QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

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QNAP has focused on Intel’s Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology’s efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted TS-x51 series, we were a bit surprised to see the TS-x53 Pro series (targeting business users in the higher level market segment) also use the same Bay Trail platform. Having already looked at the Rangeley-based Synology DS1815+ and the Haswell-based Asustor AS7008T, it is now time to see how QNAP’s Bay Trail-based 8-bay TS-853 Pro performs in our evaluation.

Gmail finally blocked in China after six months of disruption

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Gmail has been comprehensively blocked in China six months after government censors first began disrupting access to the service. Google’s Transparency Report shows Gmail traffic falling dramatically in the country on the night of December 25th, and while Chinese officials have not claimed responsibility, a Singapore-based spokesperson for Google told Reuters: “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”

Chinese censors began disrupting Gmail access in May this year

China already blocks an array of Google services including its main search site, Google Maps, Google Docs, and Google Drive. The country began making access to Gmail more difficult in the run up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 June 4th Tiananmen Square…

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Gmail Now Even More Inaccessible In China

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China Internet China has made it increasingly difficult to use Google services, including Gmail, this year. Now Gmail users are blocked from a workaround that allowed them to access their emails through third-party services. Previously, people could still download messages through apps like Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook, which use POP, SMAP, and IMAP. Now it appears that these servers have also have… Read More

Brands Saying Bae is the Twitter account we’ve needed in 2014

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Here’s a brief look at American slang in 2014. “Bae,” if you’ve never heard the word before, is a term of endearment used to convey affection toward a significant other or some good thing that’s caught your eye. In common parlance, it might be used in a sentence like “She’s the bae,” indicating that the subject is the speaker’s lover or dear friend. It’s cute, and it’s in vogue with the youngs, having exploded on Instagram and Vine in recent months. Unfortunately, it may be time to kill the word off entirely now that #brands have figured out they can sound like the #teens by using it. Exposing these missteps is the Twitter account Brands Saying Bae, and it’s high time we commend their all-too-necessary work.

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Twitter error kicks Android app users out of their accounts

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Something strange is happening to mobile Twitter. The social network’s official Android app is currently kicking users out of their accounts, blocking their progress with an error when they try to log back in. Twitter’s mobile website also appears affected by whatever issue is affecting the service, loading only a blank white page, while the Twitter-owned Tweetdeck client is reporting that every new tweet is more than 365 days old.

Twitter’s desktop web client and iOS app appear to be functioning as normal, and although Tweetdeck thinks we’re all stuck in late 2013, the client is still showing new tweets. It’s not yet clear what’s caused this odd error, but according to one Twitter user, Twitter’s server may think it’s already 2015. The…

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Game of Thrones is most torrented show of 2014

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There’s no denying it: lots of people like Game of Thrones, and a good portion of those fans have no problem illegally downloading the show to enjoy it. For the third year in a row, the HBO series is the most torrented TV show of the year, according to TorrentFreak’s analysis. The site monitors data available on large public trackers like The Pirate Bay, as well as additional info, to estimate how many times a particular file has been downloaded.

The analysis is far from a precise science, but the site has concluded that Game of Thrones episodes were downloaded 8.1 million times from peer-to-peer file sharing sites. That far surpasses the other shows in the top five, The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Gotham,…

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New documents reveal which encryption tools the NSA couldn’t crack

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Thanks to Edward Snowden, we’re getting a new look at which programs can successfully keep out the NSA. A report in Der Spiegel has shed new light on the NSA’s encryption-breaking programs, and put a spotlight on the handful of programs that are still giving them trouble. The findings, based on leaked documents, were also presented onstage at the Chaos Computer Club Conference in Hamburg by researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras, who took the findings as a call to action. “We really wanted to have some of these answers for fifteen years,” Appelbaum told the crowd.

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‘The Interview’ Nets $15 Million In Online Sales During Opening Four Days

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The Interview Sony has revealed that The Interview has earned $15 million in consumer spending via rentals and purchases across online platforms in its first four days of online availability. A source with knowledge of the matter confirms that the overwhelming majority of these sales occurred through Google Play and YouTube Movies, meaning Google’s ability to rally and offer up its media stores as… Read More

Finding The Elusive Big Wisdom In Big Data

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Big Data concept picture with ones and zeros going off into infinity. You probably already know ‘Big Data’ is top of mind heading into 2015. How could you not? You are hearing about it constantly from vendors and journalists alike (guilty as charged). And you know what that hype says, right? Big data is going to provide all the answers, make your companies run more efficiently and help you make brilliant, data-driven decisions that give your… Read More

The Interview makes over $15 million online, beating movie theaters

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The Interview did far better online than it did in its limited theatrical release. Sony Pictures has revealed that the film pulled in over $15 million over the holiday weekend from online purchases and rentals alone in the US and Canada. The studio has also announced that the film was rented or purchased over 2 million times online over the holiday weekend.

That handily beats the estimated $2.8 million the film earned over the same time period in theaters. However, only a relatively small sampling of independent theaters carried the film — had the major theater chains been willing to show The Interview, these numbers would likely be very different.

Sources tell The Verge that the vast majority of the film’s sales came through YouTube…

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Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

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livemap helmet design As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap.
The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see… Read More

The Interview is now available on iTunes

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You can now download or stream The Interview from iTunes. Apple originally denied Sony’s requests to pick up and distribute the high-profile film, but it has seemingly changed its mind.

According to a report from The New York Times, Sony wanted to get the film on iTunes so badly that it reached out to the White House for assistance — but Apple wasn’t interested. At the time, it wasn’t clear if Apple didn’t want to be involved with the controversial film or if some other issue got in the way of a partnership. The report merely said that Apple wasn’t ready to host the film — “at least not on a speedy time table.” Sony ultimately released the film on YouTube, Google Play Movies, and Xbox Video, as well as a number of independent movie…

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Good Riddance To Social Search

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2014-12-24_1125 Remember how not too long ago the future of search — at least according to the big search engines — was social search? Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mention of social search on Google or Bing (let alone Yahoo Search). Let’s be thankful for that because social search was an ill-begotten idea to begin with. The basic idea behind social search was that with all… Read More

The Top 10 Pricing Mistakes Companies Are Making

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pricing Price strategy is emerging as a critical path for companies to increase their competitive advantage, and bottom line. Many companies have spent years achieving gains through cost cutting, outsourcing, process re-engineering and the adoption of innovative technologies. However, the incremental benefits from these important activities are diminishing, and companies need to look at other areas… Read More

This new service wants to be the Airbnb for Airbnb

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Airbnb has grown so large that it’s now spawning other startups that fill the tiniest of niches. Meet “Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?” which, perhaps due to the unwieldy name, is also being called the “Airbnb for Airbnb.” Just like the name suggests, this startup — featured this week on Product Hunt — pairs Airbnb hosts together so one can rent out their place and still have a place to sleep.

There’s no cost to using the service, but you’ll likely want to come to some agreement with your fellow host before shacking up at their place. The site suggests that you could split some of the cash proceeds from your rental with your new-found Airbnb buddy, or you could offer to host them for free in the future while they…

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What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email

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crystal ball Succeeding as a modern, high-tech marketer means adapting to accelerating changes in technology—whether that’s leveraging Facebook’s newest features, segmenting customers with even more granularity, or finding a new platform for viral distribution before the rest of the business world takes notice. While some marketing principles and approaches stay the same, every year… Read More

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