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A New Gold Medal Available in London This Year

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Scott Ertz

A New Gold Medal Available in London This Year

Everyone knows that countries from all over the world will begin a global sports competition like no other in just a few short weeks, jockeying for the ultimate prize: Summer Gold. What most people do not know, however, is there will be another competition going on in the same city at the same time, and the prize for this competition is not quite as prestigious in the sports realm, but very prestigious on the Internet: 'Lulz."

This battle will be between the white and black hat computer security experts. London Olympic officials are expecting the hacking attempts during this year's games to be stronger than all other games together. Richard Clarke, England's counter-terrorism department director, said he believed the hacking threat at this year's games would rise to the level of physical threats at previous games. The ultimate laugh would be getting their own text to display on scoreboards all over London and televisions around the world.

Patrick Adiba, Atos executive vice president for the Olympic Games and major events, said about the matter,

It is very unlikely, as it all operates on a very secure network. It would be quite complicated to get into this network without being detected. It can never be 100 percent, but it is close to 100 percent.

Is everyone as optimistic as the guy whose job it is to convince people it is all going to be okay? Hit the break to find out.

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Beats Acquires Music Streaming Company MOG, Reportedly for Only $10 Million

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Beats Acquires Music Streaming Company MOG, Reportedly for Only $10 Million

After the departure from Monster Cable, it was unsure how Beats Electronics was going to thrive independently. HTC then swept in and now has a majority stake in the company and Beats Audio is slowly showing up in several more devices here in the States. However, while the company's flagship product, Beats by Dre headphones, has expanded the lineup to include more celebrities, it appears that's all Beats has going for them. The product itself now is not being manufactured by Monster and really lacks the overall sound quality that people are looking for, especially if that person wants to actually listen to music without making it sound like a trunk is rattling in their head.

Beats Electronics has announced that the company is buying the music streaming service MOG, with both sides now confirming the acquisition. For those who don't know, the company is almost an exact replica of the original version of Spotify, which has grown exponentially since its inception in America. MOG is having a very hard time gaining any traction but now with a hardware company behind it, Beats will now attempt to offer a full music experience. This is similar to what Apple does, from the device, to the consumption software to the headphones.

We have more on the acquisition after the break, including the official statement from Beats and what their plans moving forward.

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Netflix Eclipses 1 Billion Hours Streamed for the Month of June

posted Sunday Jul 8, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix Eclipses 1 Billion Hours Streamed for the Month of June

I know it doesn't feel like it but The Great Netflix Debacle of Late 2011 happened a year ago around this time. The CEO went nuts and tried to break things up and confuse customers, all while jacking up the price for subscription. After the dust settled from that, we did learn that Netflix was working on some positive things. They purchased DVD.com, planned to add a bunch of original programming to their service and realized that all the people who left because "the prices were too high" decided to come back after realizing there were not greener pastures.

This week, Netflix has fended off the angry investors and customers and has proven that there is a reason they are the #1 video streaming service. The company has reached a new milestone in the world of video streaming: Netflix announced that the Watch Instantly service has over 1 billion hours of streamed content for the month of June. That is a lot of episodes of Parks and Recreation.

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The Apple is No Longer Greener on the Other Side

posted Saturday Jul 7, 2012 by Scott Ertz

The Apple is No Longer Greener on the Other Side

Apple has long billed itself as an environmentally friendly company. In fact, essentially the entire line of Apple products has been EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certified. Not that this was a big accomplishment, as millions of electronics products are on this registry. It makes sense, since many schools, corporations and government agencies will only purchase products that are on the registry, either by matter of law, conscience or charter. One of the reasons is because EPEAT encourages products to be recyclable, such as being easily openable with standard tools and with the ability to disassemble the components easily.

Well, Apple's products are certainly not that. If you have ever had the guts to try and change the battery in an iPhone, you know that there is no real way to do it without ruining the housing. This coming from someone who has replaced communications boards between phones without concern, so you know it is a pretty serious effort, unless you have Apple's special tools. Unfortunately, Apple's special tools are not "standard tools" and therefore, the products do not meet the EPEAT requirements for registry. Because of this, Apple has notified EPEAT to remove all of their products, almost 40 in total, from the registry.

How will this affect Apple and what do the two organization have to say about the move? Hit the break for more.

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Google Wants $4 Million From Oracle

posted Saturday Jul 7, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Google Wants $4 Million From Oracle

It is always a major financial undertaking to sue a large corporation for theft. It is always a major disappointment when the suit goes to trial and you lose. Often times, those two realities come together and cost you a lot of money when you lose. In Oracle's case, it looks like the failed Java/Android lawsuit will end up losing them $4 million.

That is how much Google has asked from Oracle in legal fees. Of course, since Google won, they are totally entitled to recover costs incurred during the suit. According to Google,

Google prevailed on a substantial part of the litigation. {Oracle} recovered none of the relief it sought in this litigation. Accordingly, Google is the prevailing party and is entitled to recover costs.

$4 million seems like a lot, however. As proof, Google has submitted information regarding the break-down of costs, and the most impressive part of all of this is the $2.9 million on copying and organizing files. They had to pull and file almost 100 million documents in its defense, costing almost $3 million. That is an insane amount of Kinko's time.

The same coder/judge who awarded the win to Google will also be deciding how much they are entitled to in reimbursement. Thus begins the second leg of a wild and crazy legal battle between two companies that no one can really root for.

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Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro Will Only Cost You a Few Hours and $39.99

posted Thursday Jul 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro Will Only Cost You a Few Hours and $39.99

With the release date of the popular Windows 8 operating system getting closer and closer and changes out of the way, I think it's about time to shift to what it might cost us to upgrade to the new software. The good thing is that Microsoft seems to agree and posted in their Windows Team Blog this week about just that thing. Specifically, blogger Brandon LeBlanc wanted to talk about upgrading to Windows 8 from a prior operating system.

LeBlanc said that the goal with Windows 8 was to make it so that practically anybody could essentially "upgrade" to the new Microsoft way of life. To start that, any Windows XP, Vista or Win7 user will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for just $39.99 in 131 different markets across the globe. For those of you wanting the "Windows Media Center Edition," an additional checkbox will be available for you to click on at no extra charge with the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

What other perks and options do you get when you upgrade to Windows 8? Well, we have all of the information after the break, including what happens to you Windows XP users out there.

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