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Syrian Electronic Army hackers have attacked social media websites

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 14 mins ago

The Syrian Electronic Army hacking group have recently attacked the commenting platform Gigya, implementing popups in popular news websites such as The Independent - starting as of early this morning.


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The affected websites include large-names such as The Telegraph, CNBC, PC World and The Chicago Tribune. According to Patrick Salyer, Gigya's chief executive, these hackers were able to alter the 'whois' domain registration record for Gigya.

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Cybersecurity is a confusing, complicated issue for company executives

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 19 mins ago

Company executives should be concerned - and prepared - if their company ends up getting hit by a successful cyberattack, possibly leading to a data breach. However, a general misconception that the IT staff is proactive and ready to defend against cyberattacks often is not the case, especially with overworked IT teams unable to keep up.


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Although there are steps to make a data breach preventable, they certainly aren't fool-proof - and every company should have plans in place if a breach occurs.


It's also worth noting that cybercrime is done for a number of reasons, and it's not just about stealing personal information, such as debit and credit card data. Although that appears to be the basis of the Target, Home Depot and other retailer breaches, there is a growing worry of cyberespionage targeting companies and their host nation.

Apple's latest ad covers the Voice Text function of the iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 51 mins ago

Apple has released another ad for its iPhone 6, highlighting its Voice Text feature on iOS 8. Voice Text for iOS 8 will instantly send audio messages through iMessage, in the same way Facebook Messenger does.



The ad points out that it is sometimes easier to send a quick voice message than it is to type it, especially when there are longer, more complicated words to use. You could even sing to someone, which is something that is next to impossible to do over text messages.

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Nintendo files new patent allowing Gameboy emulation on smartphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 20 mins ago

Nintendo have just had a patent go public in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that has been discovered by a NeoGAF named "Rösti".


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This patent refers to Gameboy emulation being allowed on other hardware - including mobile phones. This patent also covers emulation on in-flight entertainment models for aircraft, trains and PDA devices.


I have seen Gameboy Advance Emulator's around since the mid-2000s, with one of the most popular between my friends being Visual Boy Advance. However, these aren't only illegal, but do not draw any profit for Nintendo themselves as they are downloaded off various internet sites dedicated to the cause. Alongside computer emulation programs, emulators have seen light on PDA's in the mid-2000s such as the Palm Treo.

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Apple gives us the best look at its upcoming Watch yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 53 mins ago

Apple has updated the site for its Watch wearable, giving the world a much more detailed look at its first wearable. We get a look at pretty much every angle of Apple's upcoming wearable, form the top, side, the lush corners and most of all; the features.


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The company has split the site into seven different sections; Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, Health & Fitness, Design, Technology, Gallery and Films. All of which are filled with information on Watch, and a different story to be told. Check out the Apple Watch website for a super-detailed look on Apple's first wearable.

Razer Nabu smartband confirmed for release next week

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 29 mins ago

We've just received confirmation that Razer's new smartband, the Nabu, is finally confirmed for release - coming next week, first to the North American market, followed by the rest of the world soon after.


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We've covered the Nabu's specifications and features before. As quoted by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the Razer Nabu is designed to work as "a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness band. It's a wearable device focused on helping you live smarter."


According to email contact between Razer's Australian promoters, Surprise Attack, the Razer Nabu release will begin next week. Coming at a price of $99.99, this new technology offering has been tested by "500 of Razer's most loyal fans" whom were given the ability "to buy the bands earlier in the year for a single dollar".

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OnePlus opens up a retail store in China, promises more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 55 mins ago

OnePlus has opened up its own retail store in Beijing, China, which is a temporary store at the moment. The OnePlus retail shop won't open up to the public until December 20, just before Christmas.


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The company is only stocking its "flagship killer" OnePlus One handset, and a few accessories. For a company that only has a single smartphone on the market, this is an interesting move.

Electronic kiosks, ticket vending machines being hit by malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 6 mins ago

News of malware attacks targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems became common place in 2014, and the problems are spreading away from retailer checkouts. The d4re|dev1 (daredevil) malware is able to compromise Harmony WinPOS, Figure Gemini POS, OSIPOS Retail Management System, and QuickBooks Point of Sale - able to launch keylogging features and can be used as an advanced backdoor.


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Next-generation security measures are needed to help keep POS malware in check, and that doesn't seem to be happening soon enough.


"IntelCrawler believes that such kind of devices will become the new target for cybercriminals," the company said in a blog post. "These kiosks and ticket machines don't usually house large daily lots of money like ATMs, but many have insecure methods of remote administration allowing for infections payloads and the exfiltration of payment data in an ongoing and undetected scheme."

Sony working on e-paper smartwatch, as innovation is critical

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 hours, 44 mins ago

Sony is reportedly working on a new watch that utilizes e-paper, and could be released as early as 2015, as the Japanese electronics company restructures and shuffles focus on select technologies. The watch face and wrist band will be made of e-paper and the surface area will be able to display time and its appearance can be modified.


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Instead of being a next-generation smartwatch, Sony hopes that the watch will include style alongside functionality.


"The innovation program is very important, but it will take time and require some risk taking," said Sado Nagaoaka, Hitotsubashi University professor. "It's not that Sony ran out of new ideas, but rather, it's taking too long to restructure, and gigantic losses have starved new businesses of funds."

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Security concerns above French nuclear site buzzed by unknown drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 9 hours, 1 min ago

French authorities are still looking for solutions to prevent future unauthorized drone flights over its nuclear power plant facilities, with 13 different incidents occurring between October 5 and November 2. Despite flying drones one kilometer in altitude - or within five kilometers around nuclear sites - is illegal, these random incidents continued to increase.


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As security threats around critical infrastructure, public gatherings, and sporting events increases, trying to detect drone flights remains difficult.


To detect these types of drone flights, using the Spynel, a sensor created by HGH Infrared Systems, provides UAV detection and tracking. The system has a 360-degree infrared thermal imaging camera and uses custom software to detect and track drones up to 11 kilometers away. It has been in use since 2007 - and could prove to be one answer to prevent unauthorized drone flights, helping protect infrastructure and civilians.

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