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Report: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived escape attempt in 1962

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 32 mins ago

Three Dutch researchers conducted a study using hydraulic software and 'boats' to determine the three prisoners from Alcatraz could have survived and made it to land. It's possible they could have hit the beach north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they started their terrifying voyage from 11:00 p.m. to midnight - if they left earlier, it would be almost certain that the strong current would have swept them underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and to certain death.

 

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The bodies of John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris were never discovered, but FBI agents and prison officials said there was little chance they could have survived in their homemade raft consisting of rain coats.

 

"We didn't know exactly when the inmates launched their boats, or their precise starting point, and so we decided to release 50 'boats' every 30 minutes between 20:00 and 04:00 (11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.) from a range of possible escape spots at Alcatraz to see where they would end up," said Fedor Baart, Deltares hydraulic engineer, in a statement. "We added a paddling effect to the 'boats,' as we assumed the prisoners would paddle as they got closer to land."

Staples announces 1.6 million cards affected in previous data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 42 mins ago

Office retailer Staples recently issued an update to a data breach investigation that took place earlier in the year, targeting its retail point-of-sale (PoS) systems. The company said 115 of its stores nationwide were targeted, with 1.16 million customers affected, providing cybercriminals potential "access to some transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes."

 

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Retailers remain under fire from foreign cybercriminals targeting their PoS systems - and the problem likely won't suddenly go away anytime soon. Despite Staples' data breach much smaller than Target (40 million compromised) and Home Depot (56 million compromised), shows that major problems still exist.

Apple hits back at BBC report disclosing poor working conditions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 20 mins ago

Apple executives have lashed out at the BBC Panorama report that revealed ongoing poor working conditions for employees at an Apple manufacturing facility in China. The report indicated employees were found to work up to 16 hours per shift, working many consecutive days, and living in harsh environments in their dormitories.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook noted educational programs for workers in China, along with improving working conditions, in an open letter to Apple employees working in the UK.

 

"As you know, Apple is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equality around the world. We are honest about the challenges we face and we work hard to make sure that people who make our products are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."

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Microsoft donates $2M and 200 tablets to youth organizations

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 10 hours, 6 mins ago

After the NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun teamed up with his wife Lori to donate $1 million to non-profit charity City Year recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation pushed $500,000 towards CARE in India and Napster's founder gave $24 million to Stanford for an allergy research facility - Microsoft once again put their name on this list, giving $2 million in software to NBC-supported charities.

 

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Alongside this, the tech giant has given 200 HP Stream Windows tablets to these charities, enabling them to run Office 365 and Windows 8.1 quickly and efficiently on a 7-inch screen. Although not as impressive as $24 million in cold-hard cash, it's good to see more big-name companies get on board with charity work even if it's in the form of enabling their customers to donate through a company portal that's been established - anything is better than nothing.

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Poiltitian claims Twitter hack after 'following' pornstar Belle Knox

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 11 hours, 3 mins ago

Steve Bellone jumped quickly to his own defense after his Twitter account was seen 'following' pornstar Belle Knox - claiming the account was hacked. This County Executive claimed that Mrs. Knox made his shortlist of only 267 people 'followed' through a hijack of his professional account, not by his own means.

 

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Possibly worried about his election campaign Bellone, a father of three, is up for re-election in 2015 and has made clear that this news is solely due to a Twitter hijack of the controversial Knox - who has been seen in headlines recently due to being exposed thanks to a fellow Duke University student shedding some light some extra-curricular activities relating to her employment.

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Amazon provides a massive update for low-selling Fire Phone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 5 mins ago

If you're one of the apparent few Fire Phone owners, Amazon have just pushed out a large update - adding lots of standard features to the phone that have been claimed as 'necessities on launch' that were, for some reason not included.

 

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If a Fire Phone has been on your to-buy list, you may be waiting out for a 'fire sale' like most of us have, otherwise now might be a good time to pick one up for yourself. This update includes things such as VPN connectivity support, different keyboard language supports, phone number blocking, toggling for SMS character counts, custom ringtones, continuous scrolling for Kindle and a 'best shot' feature for the camera.

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North Korea not surprisingly shielding citizens from 'The Interview'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 12 hours, 46 mins ago

The North Korean government has reportedly orchestrated a major cyberattack to cripple Sony Pictures - and prevent "The Interview" from being shared - but the regular North Korean citizen likely has no idea about the data breach or movie. The North Korean government strictly regulates the Internet and media in the country, so it wouldn't be surprising if the population has no knowledge of the movie, or its contents.

 

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"North Koreans will probably never know what this film was about," noted Leonid Petrov, from the Australian National University, as noted by BusinessWeek. "If there was a film about Kim Jong Un, it would only be explained in the most laudatory, sycophantic way. Foreigners made a film about our great leader, presenting the greatness of the great leader."

 

As such, trying to even get copies of the movie would be extremely difficult. There have been attempts to send balloons into North Korea with copies of movies, books and other banned materials into the country - but the balloons are routinely shot down. North Korean citizens who stumble across any of the contraband is ordered to turn it over, or they face potential torture, imprisonment, and other forms of punishment.

Calling Tom Cruise - Boeing gets a BlackBerry self-destructing phone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 58 mins ago

BlackBerry's mission, if they choose to accept it, is apparently to develop an ultra-secure mobile for aerospace giant, Boeing.

 

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Apparently somewhat due to the NSA's spying behavior, there has been a massive push recently into cyber and tech security for many big-name companies around the world. Just a quick look into the Sony debacle proves that not all have taken up arms against this threat, but it seems Boeing is going the extra mile.

 

What's the Boeing solution? Get BlackBerry on board to develop the most secure device possible, a massive move for BlackBerry who have seen a massive downturn in their business over the past few years.

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Das keyboard offering $20 off select models

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 15 hours, 6 mins ago

For those of you who are regular PC Master Race or Mechanical Keyboards browsers on these specific subreddits, there's no doubt you're heard lots about what Das Keyboard has to offer in terms of style, structure, reliability and feel.

 

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We gave the Das Keyboard Model S professional a massive "Must Have Editors Choice Award" alongside a stellar 95% rating. Thanks to the holiday period, Das Keyboard are offering a $20 saving on this exact board or its bigger brother - The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate.

 

Providing to you a two-port USB hub design, full n-key rollover (with included PS2 adapter), gold-plated mechanical key switches and a so-called 'unmatched typing experience', this premium price and premium quality keyboard skips out on the fancy bells and whistles seen with other regular offerings - rather spending its R&D and funding into providing a solid architecture and sturdy design.

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Sony hires a 'crisis specialist' who is already advising the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 17 hours, 48 mins ago

It feels like we've written 50+ stories on Sony in the last couple of weeks, but the stories just continue. News has broke that the hacked company has hired Judy Smith, who is a crisis specialist, so much so that there's even a TV show based on her career - ABC's Scandal.

 

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TMZ was the first to report that Sony Pictures had hired Smith, reporting that she has already started "quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal." We've seen President Obama chime in, saying that Sony's decision to pull The Interview was "a mistake" but Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton replied, saying "We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered, and we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."

 

North Korea has since offered a joint investigation with the United States to find the real culprit, after the Obama administration and the FBI pegged the blame on Pyongyang.

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