Crafts store Michaels confirmed that as many as 2.6 million customers, totaling almost 7 percent of customers paying with debit and credit card, were affected by a data breach that began last year.
Customer information exposed includes card numbers and expiration dates, though the store didn't confirm if names, addresses and PIN numbers were also breached. Since the news of the breach earlier this year, the popular arts and crafts store has removed the malware and reportedly boosted security to try and prevent future incidents.
In addition to Michaels, its Aaron Brothers subsidiary also suffered a data breach affecting around 400,000 debit and credit cards.
Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe over concerns of a faulty charger that may have shipped with some devices. The charger in question carries the model number AC-300 and was shipped with Lumia 2520 devices in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Any 2520 users who have this charger are advised to cease use of the charger immediately.
More than 30,000 chargers are affected including about 600 "travel chargers" sold as optional accessories here in the US. Nokia Lumia 2520 chargers that are bundled with US versions of the phone are not included. Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Smart Devices at Nokia, said "We apologise to the owners of the Lumia 2520, and we are working with urgency to minimize the inconvenience."
The so-called Dark Web is one of the few places on the Internet that I rarely visit, which is mostly because I have no reason to visit the type of websites it caters too. With sites like Silk road and other illegal sites populating this seedy corner of the web, it is no surprise that someone has developed a search engine to make it easier to find the illegal stuff you might be searching for.
"I noticed on the forums and Reddit people were constantly asking 'where to get product X?' and 'which market had product X?' or 'who had the best product X and was reliable and not a scam?'" Grams' creator, Gramsadmin, said in an interview with Wired. "I wanted to make it easy for people to find things they wanted on the Dark Net and figure out who was a trustworthy vendor."
If you are a fan of Minecraft, you may be familiar with some of the mods out there that turn the game into a shooter of sorts. Atari is getting a game ready called Minimum that reminds me a lot of Minecraft focusing heavily on crafting, but having a lot of third-person shooter aspects as well.
In Minimum, players will use blueprints and acquire the materials needed to build their own weapons and armor. Once those weapons and armor are done, players will wear it into combat. As you kill more enemy players, the armor and weapons power up making the character more powerful.
A lot of people are replacing a point and shoot camera with the camera in their smartphones. Some smartphones have cameras that are better than others. One of the things that most smartphone cameras need help on is the optics. HTC is working on that right now and teasing with a few details.
HTC's Symon Whitehorn is the camera expert for the smartphone maker and he says that HTC is hard at work on bringing optical zoom to smartphone cameras. We have seen optical zoom in smartphone cameras before, but Whitehorn says that the tech needs some tweaking.
The new policy states: "Anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site." This is also known as "forced arbitration."
We have teamed up with Fractal Design who is giving away three of its various Arc computer cases.
This week we will have three lucky winners that get a chance at taking home an ARC Mini R2, ARC Midi R2 or ARC XL.
The Arc XL brings forth a balanced combination of airflow, water-cooling and high-performance component configurability in a minimalistic and sleek full-tower form. Its strength lies with the extensive cooling options allowing the possibility to install multiple video card set ups into a supercharged system.
The case is filled with smart features such as simple-clean dust filters, integrated fan controller, flexible hard drive mounting, window side panel and plenty of space for tidy cable routing. It also comes equipped with three high quality Silent Series R2 fans contributing to maximum airflow straight out of the box.
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An interesting LED light bulb has hit Kickstarter called the Airbulb Color. As you can probably gather from the name, the bulb can change colors to suit your mood and you control it from an app on your smartphone.
The bulb has three white LEDs and three RGB LEDs inside. The colored lights aren't the big features of the Airbulb Color, the big features is an integrated wireless speaker. With the wireless speaker built-in and the RGB LEDs, the light can strobe disco style in time to your music or you can pick the color for mood lighting.
If you are a fan of shooting games that also require a bit of stealth and finesse to win, you may be familiar with the game Hitman. There has been a bunch of games in the franchise over the years with the last one being Hitman: Absolution. If you are an iOS mobile gamer a new mobile Hitman game has landed.
The game is called Hitman Go and it is different from the other games in the franchise. Rather than letting you choose a path to victory, this game is a turn-based game that focuses on getting from point A to point B undetected.
It looks like HTC is desperate, with the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer hiring Paul Golden, who was previously in a marketing position at Samsung. With HTC continuing to experience all sorts of obstacles in front of it being successful, this is an important bit of news.
Golden has been hired by HTC on a three-month contract, where we're sure he'll come in and talk to the company about how to better market its smartphone against the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC's just-released One M8 has been met with positive reactions from both the press and consumers, but I don't think it has been a big enough success for HTC against Samsung - which is set to ship a massive 35 million Galaxy S5's in Q2 2014 alone.