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SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy

"OCZ, a manufacturer of solid-state drives, says it will file for bankruptcy. This move is being forced by Hercules Technology Growth Capital, which had lent $30 million to OCZ under terms that were later breached.

Deathmatch: PS4s See "Blue Light of Death", Xbox Ones Chew up Discs

"Sony is the first OEM to respond, claims only 1 percent of consoles experience defects." "The $399 USD PS4 launched last Friday and almost instantly reports of broken consoles started popping up.  Sony, to its credit, responded relatively quickly, saying that some consoles had shipped broken and it would be working with customers to replace these models. Chinese language nternet posters claiming to be employees of Hon Hai Precision Industry Comp. Ltd.

AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta Driver for Windows

"AMD has released a new version of its Catalyst Beta graphics driver, the Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4. The new driver will improve Crossfire scaling in the recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts game as well as fix some other issues seen in some other games and may fix the recently reported problems with some Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards."

Always-on voice search from your desktop: “Ok Google” comes to Google.com

"Today, Google released a Chrome extension that enables always-on voice search from a desktop. With the extension installed, voice search works just like it does on the Nexus 5. When Google.com is open, just say "Ok Google" and then your search term."

New Device Gives Addicted Facebook Users an Electric Shock

"If you think you spend too much time on Facebook, this might interest you: Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, a pair of MIT Ph.D candidates, have developed an aversion therapy system that administers unpleasant shocks whenever internet browsers try to visit Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the two had found they were spending a combined 50 hours per week on the social media website. The shock system was designed to steer them away from Facebook and toward more productive activities – like studying to complete their Ph.D programs, perhaps..."

Artist 'Plastic Jesus' Puts Fake Products in Best Buy Stores

"Street artist 'Plastic Jesus' placed his own creations in five Best Buy stores around LA. Priced at at $99.99 his product was called 'Useless Plastic Box 1.2" and appeared among the GPSes and tablets at Best Buy retail stores. He even printed up some very convincing display labels, each sporting the following message:

Holy sh*t! Smart toilet hack attack!

"Information security firm Trustwave has reported a potential cyber-attack vector to a device you may have never expected the phrase "security vulnerability" would be applied (other than in reference to the end of a toilet paper roll, that is). In an advisory issued August 1, Trustwave warned of a Bluetooth security vulnerability in Inax's Satis automatic toilet. Functions of the Satis—including the raising and lowering of its lid and operation of its bidet and flushing nozzles—can be remotely controlled from an Android application called "My Satis" over a Bluetooth connection..."

Don’t type “pressure cookers” into your browser

"If you want to find out the cheapest pressure cooker to buy, don’t under any circumstances search on the internet. Michele Catalano did that while her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Apparently the problem was not caused by Prism.

Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off

"The use of CAPTCHA to combat spam bots is also blocking people with disabilities and the feature should be removed from websites, argues a group of disability organisations.

Scientists try to store porn for a million years

"Researchers are developing a technique for recording up to 360TB of data on a glass disk that should be readable in a million years. The move, which works a bit like Superman’s data crystal, will probably be used to make sure that you never lose that valuable porn collection."

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