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Submission + - Documentary to tell the story of the UK games industry

necronom426 writes: For those of us who grew up in the '80s there are many interesting tales of how the games industry developed. The UK has it's own set of unique stories, and two film makers are documenting it in their film From Bedrooms to Billions. If you had a Spectrum or C64, or get nostalgic if someone mentions Julian Rignall, Oliver Frey, Rob Hubbard, Andrew Braybrook, David Braben, Jon Hare, Jeff Minter, Matthew Smith, Martin Galway, Zzap!64, Crash, etc., then you might want to take a look.

Submission + - Gigabyte's Brix mini PC could rival the Raspberry Pi (theinquirer.net)

llebeel writes: Gigabyte previewed a mini PC called Brix at a "tech tour" event in London last night, which could see the firm take on the Raspberry Pi.

Boasting what the firm claims is "the same power as a tower PC", the mini computer boasts a choice of Intel Celeron or Core processors as powerful as the Core i7 chip for "low to high power".

However, as yet specs are thin on the ground, but we do know it should launch in the UK within the next month or so..

Submission + - Microsoft Telling Users to Uninstall Bad Patch (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: Microsoft announced last night that it has stopped pushing a security update originally released on Patch Tuesday because the fix is causing some PCs to blue screen. Microsoft recommends users uninstall the patch, which is also causing compatibility with some endpoint security software.
MS13-036 was part of this week’s Patch Tuesday update. It addressed three vulnerabilities in the Windows Kernel-Mode Driver, which if exploited could allow an attacker to elevate their privileges on a compromised machine.
Users began reporting issues earlier this week with some systems failing to recover from restarts, or applications failing to load, after the patch was installed.

Submission + - Google reported to EC for giving 'Trojan Horse' Android away for free (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle have taken it upon themselves to moan to the European Commission about Google’s Android dominance, which they say is an underhand bid to control the entire mobile market. The firms are part of the FairSearch group, which has just filed a complaint that Google is using Android as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to take control of the mobile market and all the related advertising revenue. Microsoft would of course know all about this, being at the end of several similar anti-competitive complaints in the past.

Submission + - Rackspace goes on rampage against patent trolls (v3.co.uk)

girlmad writes: Rackspace has come out fighting against one of the US's most notorious patent trolls, Parallel Iron. The cloud services firm said it's totally fed up with trolls of all kinds, which have caused a 500 percent rise in its legal bills.

Rackspace was last week named among 12 firms accused of infringing Parallel Iron's Hadoop Distributed File System patents. Rackspace is now counter-suing the troll, as the firm said it has a deal in place with Parallel Iron after signing a previous patent settlement with them.

Intel

Submission + - Intel's Pentium chip turns 20 today (v3.co.uk)

girlmad writes: Intel's Pentium processor was launched 20 years ago today, a move that led to the firm becoming the dominant supplier of computer chips across the globe. This article has some original iComp benchmark scores, rating the 66MHz Pentium at a heady 565, compared with 297 for the 66MHz 486DX2, which was the fastest chip available prior to the Pentium launch.
Apple

Submission + - Apple: 75% of our world wide power needs now come from renewable power sources (apple.com)

skade88 writes: Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.

From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'

Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!

AMD

Submission + - AMD to sell cut down version of Sony PlayStation 4 chip (theinquirer.net)

illiteratehack writes: Although Sony's PlayStation 4 launch didn't include a physical console, the company revealed some technical details of the chip that will power its console. Now AMD revealed the 'Jaguar' processor, which has CPU and GPU on the same die, includes both AMD and Sony IP so it isn't merely commoditized x86 silicon in the PlayStation 4 and that it plans to launch a cut down version of the same chip later this year, albeit with fewer cores.
Movies

Submission + - Top 10 Oscar contenders for best tech movie (v3.co.uk)

girlmad writes: To mark the Oscars, here's a list of films that tech site V3 thinks deserve an Oscar for being the best tech movies of all time. Some on the list are obvious contenders, but there's some quirkier and more controversial inclusions in there — along with some missing classics.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Model A, First Photos and Video (adafruit.com)

coop0030 writes: "The first photos and videos of the Model A production samples are now available. The Raspberry Pi Model A is the newest low-cost computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Compared to the popular Model B, the Model A forgoes the Ethernet Controller, has 256MB of RAM, and has a single USB port. A benefit of the missing Ethernet controller is that power consumption is reduced. This allowed them to reach their goals of a low-cost $25 computer. The release date is for sometime early in 2013."
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing (slate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last year, when we discussed news that The Hobbit would be filmed at 48 frames per second, instead of the standard 24, many were skeptical that format would take hold. Now that the film has been released, an article at Slate concedes that it's a bit awkward and takes a while to get used to, but ends up being to the benefit of the film and the entire industry as well. 'The 48 fps version of The Hobbit is weird, that’s true. It’s distracting as hell, yes yes yes. Yet it’s also something that you’ve never seen before, and is, in its way, amazing. Taken all together, and without the prejudice of film-buffery, Jackson’s experiment is not a flop. It’s a strange, unsettling success. ... It does not mark the imposition from on high of a newer, better standard—one frame rate to rule them all (and in the darkness bind them). It’s more like a shift away from standards altogether. With the digital projection systems now in place, filmmakers can choose the frame rate that makes most sense for them, from one project to the next.'
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Windows 8 devices not exactly flying off the shelves (theinquirer.net) 1

girlmad writes: Doesn't sound like Microsoft’s Windows 8 has got off to a great start in the UK, with computer retailer Currys and PC World struggling to shift devices running the new software. The store on Oxford Street in London was yet to sell one device running Windows 8 by midday today. It seems that the hype created in the build-up to Microsoft's launch has already blown over.
Security

Submission + - HSBC taken down by Anonymous hacking group (theinquirer.net)

girlmad writes: Looks like HSBC is the latest victim of the Anonymous group of hackers. The bank's servers were hit by a denial of service attack Thursday night that took down a number of their websites. A Twitter account called Anonymous @Fawkessecurity has taken credit for the attack and has posted a statement to Pastebin saying the proof is all in their Tweets although doesn't give a reason for the attack.

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