MadCatz Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Review


Way back when, Cyborg released the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 gaming keyboard, which I reviewed — a $300 piece of hardware with a built-in touchscreen, colored back-lighting, and a total swap of features meant for a power-user, or just for a PC gamer.

Fast forward almost a year later, and a much more economical version is in existence: the Strike 3. For just a dollar short of a Benjamin, you get the same mechanical keyboard with programmable lights and buttons, but sans the energy-consuming screen.

And it’s brilliant that way.

Apple Makes OS X “Mavericks” Available To Developers, In Gold Master

ibooks_multiple_mavericksMany OS X versions have come and gone from Cupertino, but OS X Mavericks is the newest and not leaving anytime soon. While just weeks away from debuting on consumer’s Macs, developers now have access to the Gold Master version of Mavericks (that is, the final and ready-to-ship copy) to update their apps for the new release, and to generally just play around with it.

For those of you who don’t remember, OS X Mavericks is more of an incremental update (unlike iOS 7, which was an overhaul) to the appearance of apps such as Safari and Calendar, along with better energy management, easier networking, iOS notifications, improved multi-monitor support and more.

Developers on AppleSeed also got new versions of iPhoto and Xcode, along with various SDKs to support the new OS.

So, it’s time squeeze as much out of your Mac as you can, right? Right.


GTA Online Fixes For PS3 And Xbox 360 Go Live Today

GTAOIn order to make repairs to the myriad of bugs and errors that GTA Online faced during its debut for over 16.5 million new players, Rockstar has published an update to remedy some of those problems. “For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users,” says a Rockstar Games spokesperson. This issue has been patched via an update today.

Comparatively, for Xbox owners  will get a similar patch “as soon as possible today.” Specifically, that, “Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible,” says a spokesperson. Meanwhile, buying cash packs for the game has been disabled, until everything is stable.

Good to see them handling it all so well.

Via: Rockstar

Adobe Suffers A Blow: Data For 2.9 Million Customers Has Been Compromised

creative-cloudThis is one for the record books: an intrusion led to Adobe IDs and passwords along with “certain information” for about 2.9 million customers falling to int the hands of hackers. Better yet, the information breached not only include IDs and passwords, but customer names, encrypted credit / debit card numbers, and expiration dates also was compromised.

In response to the breach, Adobe has reached out for federal law enforcement to assist, along with banks to remain on alert, and for “eligible customers”, one free year of credit monitoring.

“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems,” writes chief security officer Brad Arkin.

As a result of this whole mess, it’s a good idea to change your Adobe password.

Via: Adobe

Instagram Will Launch Ads In The Coming Months, Only For U.S. Users


Ah, advertising. Instagram states that its mobile apps will begin to display ads in the coming months, and I quote they will start by the, “Focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.”

The ads will initially only be seen by users in the United States, and you’ll have the option to report or hide the ads.

As much as a potential user backlash looms over the popular photo sharing service, one has to realize that this is a company with millions of users, and that requires server maintenance with a host of other things; basically, some sort of tangible profit is needed to keep things running.

Just don’t interrupt my list of calming forests with a fast food ad, Instagram — then we’ll have a problem.

Via: Instagram 

Why Not: Seiki Launches A 65-Inch 4K TV For $3,000

se65uy04rqConsidering the hard fact that 4K televisions will have astronomical prices, it’s nice to see Seiki developing different sizes, and pricing them hundreds if not thousands of dollars below the industry standard. Their new Ultra HD TV at 65-inches will launch in December, for the loving price of $3,000.

Called the SE65UY04, it features a refresh rate of 120Hz on 1080p and 30Hz on 4K resolution, with HDMi 1.4 technology on-board (not the new HDMI 2.0, sadly).

Not too bad, actually. If the company advertises right, a lot more people will know of Seiki, and thus will buy into the brand.


A Post From The Founder Of LaptopMemo

Google Glass on Stefan!Hey, everyone! It’s Stefan.

A couple thousand people visit this site on a daily basis. When I started LaptopMemo in 2009 at the tender age of 12-years-old, I never really expected to have met so many talented, brilliant, and driven people along the way.

Nor did I think having lunch with the president of Cornell Tech, or the fact that I’d make friends with people nearly twice my age. And that’s another thing: I’ve turned 17-years-old today, and in doing so I’ve noticed how the technology I cover, review, and ultimately even the site’s design has changed with age, not to mention the audience.

So, really that’s all. I’m calling all the possible sponsors, readers, and PR agents to come on over, and share the growth of this tech site.

It has views all its own, is unique in a saturated blogosphere, and most of all, it carries the significance of being tendered over time by the grandson over many generations of Alexandre Dumas — but more importantly, it’s just an awesome technology website.

And happy birthday to my Dad, too. We’re born on the same day.

Three Of Microsoft’s Top Shareholders Want Bill Gates Out

Bill-GatesAs a young technology journalist, I have to remain neutral. But in the realm of good acts and general great decision-making that has changed the world for the better, Bill Gates has every right to stay in the company he help founded.

But according to the views of three top shareholders at Microsoft, as reported by Reuters, not everyone is such in a loving mood:

The three investors are concerned that Gates’ presence on the board effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they point to Gates’ role on the special committee searching for Ballmer’s successor.

They are also worried that Gates – who spends most of his time on his philanthropic foundation – wields power out of proportion to his declining shareholding.

With Microsoft looking for a new CEO and Steve Ballmer stepping down from the position, Gates will most likely have to make a move that changes the company that he holds a 4.5% share in.

Via: Reuters