Seven Top Modders Will Compete at the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational

Thermaltake invited seven of the world’s top modders to compete at the biggest international modding event of the year, the 2015 Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational, taking place in the Tt Community. The competing modders come from all around the world: USA, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Thailand, and Australia.

The contestants will use various Thermaltake liquid cooling components to transform the Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis into a brand new creation sprung from their mind. From April 26th until May 15th, everyone else is invited to vote for their favorite modders and at the same time have the opportunity to win incredible prizes from Thermaltake and other sponsors.

Thermaltake is proud to present this exciting casemod invitational event for the first time and we here at eTeknix have no doubt that it will be a success in every way.

The Core X9 E-ATX cube case is an incredible piece of engineering as it is and it’s perfect for liquid-cooled systems. The cube design allows endless stackability, so you can expand as much as you want to make room for what you need to use. You could also build massive file servers or even dual systems, the only real limitations are your mind and wallet.

The seven modders in short:

  • Stuart Tonks from Australia, owner of GGF Lan Party has built a killer Core X9 case to match the Thermaltake ‘Tt Dude’ mascot, involving custom orange paint and rigid-tubed water cooling filled with orange coolant.
  • Richi Bowzer of X-Treme computing from the United Kingdom built the Thermaltake Level 10 original BMW chassis and the Level 10 GT Battlefield theme as well.
  • Andy Weber from Germany, a reviewer at Bundymania, does several reviews on his Youtube channel: Bundymani. He also reviews and participates in over 25 forum activities around the world.
  • Nick Blackwell from the United States is the founder of Dirty South PC Mods, as well as the product reviewer for Modders-inc.
  • Suchao Prowphong from Thailand built a custom Thermaltake Thor’s Hammer mini-ITX case mod and has built many other outstanding mods too.
  • Mathieu Delsuc from France, founder of Math Military Modding, has built many notable mods like the Shielding War TUF, Desert Storm, Furtif, 760T MARPAT edition, Asus Strix and so on.
  • Fabio Moma from Japan, with his mod “Guardians of the Galaxy”, broke the “Red for GAMING” rule and designed the Thermaltake Core V1 Mini Chassis with the colors gold, white and blue.

The modders are competing for a total cash value of $15,000 where the $6,000 will go to the first place, $5,000 to the second, and $4,000 USD to the third-placed contestant

As previously mentioned, you can vote and win prizes yourself. There will be a weekly voting and the user-submitted votes will count for 45% of the total score. The last 55% will originate from Thermaltake directly. The total prize value here is $3,900 and consists of packages including Thermaltake cases, coolers, and power supplies as well as memory, motherboards, storage drives, and peripherals. Please visit and check out the official page for a complete list of prizes and rules.

Pro-ISIS Hackers Take Down French TV Station

TV5Monde, a French TV station that broadcasts around the world, was attacked by ISIS and taken down for around three hours before it could get its stations broadcasting again.

The reports indicate that the stations Facebook page and website were also taken down by the attackers, having network director Yves Bigot stating that the station’s operations were “severely damaged”. However, TV5Monde’s broadcasting, Facebook page and website are now back online.

A similar attack was also registered in the US and like the latter, the jihadist group used the site to issue threats against French soldiers and reveal the identity of their relatives.

France is said to provide air support for anti-ISIS ground forces that recently liberated the Iraqi city of Tikrit, and declared that ISIS must be “wiped out” after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

The methods used to hack TV5Monde are not clear just yet, but it is confirmed that the attack was issued by the same “Islamic State Hacking Division” who took credit for US military base attacks.

The conclusion was drawn based on the fact that the hackers ‘introduced’ themselves as the “CyberCaliphate” on TV5Monde’s Facebook page.

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Intelligence Agencies Point to Russian Involvement in Recent White House Hacking

The recent White House power outage has turned into being something more than that. CNN reports that US officials have admitted that the White House’s network has been hacked in the process, but the affected computers were part of a non-classified network serving the executive office.

Still, the attackers were able to access sensitive information, such as the president’s real-time daily schedule. CNN also reports that the attackers used an account on the State Department network to phish their way into the White House.

“We’re constantly updating our security measures on our unclassified system but we’re frankly told to act as if we need not put information that’s sensitive on that system. In other words, if you’re going to do something classified, you have to do it on one email system, one phone system.” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security adviser, told CNN.

The Secret Service and Intelligence Agencies are already investigating the matter, but it looks like clues point to Russia being behind the attack, or at least the hackers originate from the aforementioned country.

The attackers are said to have covered their tracks by routing their activity through a lot of servers throughout the world.

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Furious 7 Smashes Hollywood Records

The original The Fast and the Furious movie was a surprise hit, bringing in $144 million domestically and $207 million worldwide on a budget of $38 million. However, the franchise seems to have reeled in a lot more than previously anticipated. The latest title in the Fast and Furious series, Furious 7, brought in $143 million domestically on its opening weekend and a further $240 million in foreign markets, further adding to its $383 million total.

The box office takings made the movie the largest opening for any film in April, the largest for the franchise and even the ninth largest film opening in history. However, there is more profit to come, as Box Office Mojo reports.

“That’s without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks,” Box Office Mojo reported. “So far, Furious 7 has earned $384 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run.”

“The movie’s success was driven by minority audiences: 25% of the weekend’s ticket buyers were white, 37% were Hispanic, 24% were African American, and 10% were Asian,” CNN Money stated. “44% of the film’s moviegoers were also under the age of 25.”

There is no doubt that the movie has been extremely successful, but it remains to be seen just how successful it can get by the end of the year. Are you going to the cinema to watch Furious 7?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.

Apple Launches Second iPhone5 Battery Replacement Program

Apple has just launched their second iPhone 5 battery replacement program. First it was the iPhone 5s smartphones that had battery life issues last year and now the time has come to the iPhone 5.

In a statement on their website, they’re saying that only a small percentage of a specific shipment has the problem, but the problem must be big enough for them to start another replacement program.

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

The replacement program will start on August 22nd in U.S and China, China was the first website this news was spotted on, and for the rest of the world it will start on August 29th. Customers can either use an Apple Authorized Service Provider, an Apple Retail Store or contact the Apple Technical Support.

With any such program, there are some strings attached. Users must backup their data themselves to either iTunes or iCloud and then turn off the Find My iPhone feature. Next they must erase all content and setting. Oh, and if your iPhone 5 has any damage such as a cracked screen that might impair the repair process, you’ll have to get that fixed prior to getting a new battery. Such a repair will of course be associated with additional costs.

And one more final limitation, “This worldwide Apple program doesn’t extend the standard warranty coverage of the iPhone 5. The program covers affected iPhone 5 batteries for two years after the first retail sale of the unit or until March 1, 2015, whichever provides longer coverage.”

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Apple.

 

Google Services Go Down For 50 Minutes? What Next, The Internet?

Today, Google’s Gmail and Google+ services has been down for roughly 50 minutes. Reports from Europe, Canada, India, United States and other countries confirm that it was a worldwide phenomenon which affected a lot of users, including companies, from big to small.

Whoever tried to access Gmail or Google+ would be greeted with an “Error 500” code, which indicated a temporary problem but not the cause. The 500 code error in browsers represents the service is temporarily out-of-order and points primarily to the server or servers in use. The Google+ outage also has reportedly affected some YouTube comments working on the new system by not loading them when viewing YouTube videos.

Attempting to access the Gmail box through an external client such as Outlook or Thunderbird, or even from your mobile phone, both through POP and IMAP did not help as well. Also, it is said that Google’s Site Reliability Engineering team was also performing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit when the issue started to occur, not exactly the right time to do something like this it seems. We all know what happened next.

Google named it as a “disruption” in its Gmail services and promised to fix it as soon as possible. Well, the services went online for a brief period after the issues started to appear, but went down again, only to start going back online 50 minutes later. Currently, not all services are fully functional worldwide and nobody knows exactly when they will be. You can check the services’ status on Google’s Apps Status Dashboard here. Google officials did not release any more information regarding what caused the outage, and most likely will never comment on the exact cause of the problems.

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Pope Says The Internet Is A ‘Gift from God’ Uniting Groups Of Various Faiths And Beliefs

At the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day last Thursday, Pope Francis stated that the internet is seen as a ‘gift from God’ with its ability to bring people closer together, no matter the distance, faith and belief. Also, he pointed out that the speed of social media can make it difficult for people to engage in self-reflection.

Pope Francis described the that the “unprecedented advances” in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions, and so “creating a sense of the unity of the human family.” The ability to communicate with a variety of groups could help solve religious, economic and political differences, he added.

“The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity,” Francis said. “This is something truly good, a gift from God.”

He also wrote that the speed of social media can have a negative impact as well, threatening to isolate people from their friends and family and those without access to these networks are in danger of being left behind. The Pope noted that it’s also easy for people to become very dependent on the services at a high risk of becoming estranged, but he believes that the benefits of the Internet overcome the risk mentioned previously.

“While these drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media,” he added. “Rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement.”

He also called for Catholics to engage in more inter-religious dialogue, explaining that in doing so “does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.”. Pope Francis added that the internet and social media should be used to foster real connections and relationships, calling for greater calm and tenderness.

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Cody Kretsinger AKA. Recursion Sentenced Today For Sony Cyber Attacks

It has been two years since hacker group LulzSec, (believed to be a splinter group of Anonymous) cyber attacked Sony, many of Sony’s servers had been hacked including the Playstation Network, and Sony Motion Pictures. There were several people charged for the account including Cody Kretsinger AKA Recursion. Kretsinger was arrested September 22, 2011 by FBI agents.

On the LulzSec website they published that they were responsible for the cyber attacks on Sony, which took place between May 27,2011 and June 2, 2011. Posting the following.

“We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts.”

Though Kretsinger faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for his charges of one count of Conspiracy, and one count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Which he plead guilty to both charges last year, he was only just now being charged today. His final sentencing for the crimes were a one year prison term, once he is released from prison, he will be placed on home detention and must serve 1,000 hours of community service.

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This video was originally published on April 1st, 2011 by LulzSec. This video gives more backstory to why PS3 and PSN servers were hacked.

Do you think the judge was lenient on him for his charges? Do you think he should have been sentenced for more, or less time? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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