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Submission + - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review - GoozerNation (

solidsnake222 writes: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game for just about anyone. Want a thrilling stealth action game? No problem. Or how about a tactical shooter, where every approach and piece of cover can make a difference? You got it. Or maybe you want to blend the two, or spend most of your time hacking, searching, and scavenging. No matter what your play style is, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has something to bring to the table. Throw that in with a great story, epic upgrades, and amazing characters, and you have yourself some long lasting entertainment.

Submission + - IT total contract value falls to 8-year low (

An anonymous reader writes: The value of new contract signings or the total contract value (TCV) of global IT services deals slumped to an eight-year low in the second quarter (Q2) of calendar year 2011.According to a report by independent technology analyst firm Ovum, TCV of deals announced in Q2 2011 was $19 billion, down 40% over the same period last year and the lowest quarterly figure since Q1 2003.

Submission + - Mobile Internet to Overtake Desktop Usage by 2014 (

GeezerTD writes: "Microsoft Tag has just released a neat infographic highlighting statistics on how people are using mobile phones in 2011. The infographic shows that over 1 billion of the worlds 4+ billion mobile phones are now smartphones, and 3 billion are SMS enabled (weirdly, 950 million mobile phones still don’t have SMS capabilities). In 2014, mobile internet usage will overtake desktop internet usage and already in 2011, more than 50% of all “local” searches are done from a mobile device.
86% of mobile users are watching TV while using a mobile phone, 200+ million (1/3 of all users) access Facebook from a mobile device and 91% of all mobile internet use is “social” related."

The rush to convert every web page over to have direct mobile compatibility is growing, but from an honest perspective do you really think that these "predictions" are actually realistic?"

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Game Consoles Biggest Netflix Streamers (

bizwriter writes: According to recent studies by ABI Research, devices like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are the most popular options for watching online programming from Netflix (NFLX). A survey showed that game console users watched between 7 and 8 hours of online video every week on these devices, versus those using set-top boxes, Internet TVs, and connected Blu-ray players with integrated streaming features.

Submission + - Microsoft Flips 'Kill Switch' On DigiNotar Certs (

CWmike writes: "Microsoft today updated Windows to permanently block all digital certificates issued by a Dutch company that was hacked months ago. The update moves all DigiNotar SSL certificates to Windows' block list, dubbed the Untrusted Certificate Store. IE uses that list to bar the browser from reaching sites secured with dubious certificates. The Windows update will be automatically downloaded and installed to machines that have Windows Update's Automatic Update enabled, Microsoft said in a security advisory. Microsoft's Dutch customers, however, won't see the update for another week. 'At the explicit request of the Dutch government, Microsoft will delay deployment of this update in the Netherlands for one week to give the government time to replace certificates,' Microsoft's Dave Forstrom said in a blog post on Tuesday. Dutch users can get the update here."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Full Duplex Wireless Tech Could Double Bandwidth (

CWmike writes: "Rice University researchers announced on Tuesday that they have successfully demonstrated full-duplex wireless tech that would allow a doubling of network traffic without the need for more cell towers. Professor Ahutosh Sabharwal said the innovative technology requires a minimal amount of new hardware for both mobile devices and networks. However, it does require new standards, meaning it might not be available for several years as carriers move to 5G networks, he added. By allowing a cell phone or other wireless device to transmit data and receive data on the same frequency, unlike with today's tech, the new standard could double a network's capacity. Rice has created a Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) with open source software that provides a space for researches from other organizations to innovate freely and examine full-duplex innovations."

Submission + - Tool for automating registry forensics is released (

An anonymous reader writes: A new open source tool named Registry Decoder has just been released that automates the task of forensics analysis of registry hives. After receiving initial funding from the National Institute of Justice, the tool has had continued development from a private firm. The tool utilizes a number of commonly seen open source forensics libraries such as the Sleuthkit and reglookup.

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