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Employers on high-alert of temp workers being targeted by scams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 43 mins ago

Cybercriminals will likely increase attacks against small and midsize retailers that hire temporary works to help augment staff ahead of the holidays. Cyberattacks don't peak during November or December, but criminals change their tactics to focus on companies that might hire additional staff and have focus on other day-to-day business operations.

 

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Seasonal temporary workers haven't been trained in company policy, and might not be aware of current social engineering attacks, so they make easy prey, according to Akli Adjaoute, CEO of the Brighterion security firm. "These less-trained workers that are hired during the holiday season are much more vulnerable to social engineering attacks."

 

The financial impact of a data breach - or other cybersecurity problems - have been a painful lesson for companies throughout 2014. However, many companies struggle in their efforts to

'Jurassic World' teaser trailer roars out of the gate

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 43 mins ago

Whilst the first teaser for 'Jurassic World' wasn't supposed to be released until Thursday, it seems Universal wanted to get out a little earlier to get some clear space before the launch of the 'Star Wars' teaser and have outed their first look at the 2015 blockbuster - and it's a doozy.

 

 

Showing the kinds of things I've wanted to see for years - a fully functional and operative park akin to a theme park, and something I didn't expect to see, I gotta say, 'Jurassic World' has now surpassed 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as my most anticipated film of the 2015 blockbuster season.

 

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'Jurassic World' hits 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide in June 2015.

Slumping enterprise demand hurts Hewlett-Packard's Q4 revenue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 47 mins ago

Hewlett-Packard saw a 2.5 percent drop in its Q4 revenue, as it saw lackluster sales for enterprise computing hardware to businesses. The company's revenue fell from $29.13 billion earlier this year to $28.41 billion in Q4, with net income dropping from $1.41 billion down to $1.33 billion year-over-year.

 

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Despite the drop, HP continues to show pride in its businesses: "I'm excited to say that HP's turnaround continues on track," said CEO Meg Whitman. The company says "we stabilized our revenue tractor, strengthened our operations, showed strong financial discipline, and once again made innovation the cornerstone of our company."

 

The US economy is recovering, but the PC market has struggled - and while HP does have tablets it offers to consumers and business users - the company has struggled to compete against the Apple iPad and Google Android-powered devices. As such, HP relies heavily on its value-added resellers (VARs) to drive sales of PCs, servers, software, and other products to their business partners.

Intel learns painful lessons in the mobile industry, as it looks ahead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 5 mins ago

Hardware maker Intel wanted to rely on its desktop, laptop and server CPUs, and missed the mobile boat when the smartphone and tablet markets began to soar. The company has managed to get its CPUs in tablets, giving away millions of chips to manufacturers, and will continue to expand its offerings in 2015.

 

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"All is not well," said Andy Bryant, Intel board chairman, when speaking at the Intel annual investor meeting. "We are aware we're losing logs of money trying to gain presence in the mobility space. I'm not proud of the money we're losing, but I'm not embarrassed by it. This is the price we pay for sitting on the sidelines for a number of years. We're fighting our way back into a market. We will improve this. We will not accept a business to lose billions of dollars. We are getting back in."

 

Despite dropping growth in the tablet market - as saturation continues to increase - the mobile market will remain a viable goal for hardware manufacturers. Even though Intel has greatly struggled trying to enter the space, profitability in smartphones, tablets, and other devices can be achieved.

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BlackBerry willing to offer $550 if consumers switch from their iPhone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 29 mins ago

Willing to give up your Apple iPhone in favor of the BlackBerry Passport? If so, BlackBerry is ready to hand over up to $550. Starting next month, BlackBerry will offer up to $400 in cash and a $150 prepaid gift card, depending on iPhone model and condition. The promotion will run from Dec. 1 until Feb. 13.

 

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BlackBerry has struggled to reinvet itself - on multiple occasions - as ioS and Google Android smartphones quickly took over the market.BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to be diligent in his efforts to turn the company around, and winning over previous customers is a valuable step in that direction.

Gartner: More than one-third US smartphone owners use video calling

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

Smartphone video calling is growing in popularity throughout the United States, and it appears 50 million adult smartphone owners in the US currently embrace video calling. The statistics top 60 million when researchers include people aged 17 and younger.

 

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Not surprisingly, adoption rates are skewed towards younger demographics, as video calling in the 18 to 24 age group was as high as 53.5 percent in the US.

 

"Based on these survey findings, we believe one of the use cases that has seemed marginal for some time now warrants much greater attention - and that is video calling," said Atsuro Sato, Gartner senior research analyst. "Person-to-person video calling, especially using smartphones, has reached very high numbers in the U.S., particularly among the younger demographics. Although the U.S> results were ahead of Germany, we believe they show the direction that other markets will follow, with important implications for product managers and marketers of smartphones."

US Army looks to test bug-inspired robot able to assist soldiers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 11 mins ago

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is working with robotic systems that provide a wide-field of vision that can improve 3D mapping and motion estimation for future technologies. Carnegie Mellon University is helping participate in the Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance (MASTCTA), with more partnerships in the works.

 

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"The upcoming tests are a small example of a much larger effort," said Brett Piekarski, Collaborative Alliance manager. "The university researchers across the consortium work with the Army researchers to come up with systems that can provide Soldier/robot teaming, and be transitioned to industry."

 

The US military wants increased collaboration from the private sector, in an effort to provide soldiers on the ground increased battlefield awareness.

IDC: Tablet boom is over as sales drop, with first year of iPad drop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 23 mins ago

The tablet market has seen massive deceleration this year, and while year-over-year growth still accounted for 7.2 percent, the figure is down from 52.5 percent in 2013, according to the IDC research group. There will be 235.7 million tablets shipped in 2014, and is a clear indicator consumers need full functionality of PCs and smartphones.

 

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Android has seen 16 percent year-over-year tablet market growth, now amounting for 67.7 percent of the market - Apple iOS is the No. 2 spot, but struggled, losing 12.7 percent year-over-year. Microsoft Windows saw 67.3 percent year-over-year and now has 4.6 percent control of the tablet market.

 

"The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, IDC Program Director. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks."

Microsoft offers gamers pre-Black Friday deals for Xbox 360, Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 55 mins ago

Microsoft doesn't want Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to begin shopping for Christmas. The pre-Black Friday offering is available now until Monday, December 1.

 

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Game titles ranging from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Forza Motorsport 5, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition are available, along with numerous other game titles.

 

Xbox 360 and Xbox One game console deals kick into effect later this week, along with controllers, Xbox Live memberships, and Xbox Video deals launching soon.

AMD backs away from the tablet market amidst yet another restructuring

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 14 mins ago

AMD is reportedly stepping away from the tablet chip market as they enter into yet another restructuring period. AMD has struggled financially over the last several years, and the low-margin tablet market isn't likely to provide them much relief. Tablet sales are declining, and the market is awash in Apple and economically-priced Chinese tablets. The beleaguered AMD is changing their focus to the low-wattage CPU space and custom chips for their customers, such as the Microsoft XBOX and the Sony PlayStation 4.

 

 

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These two custom projects are projected to provide AMD with billion in sales alone, and they indicate that other custom projects are in the works. AMD is not releasing a new tablet chip this year, instead staying with their Mullins chip for the entirety of next year. AMD does not provide chip roadmaps more than a year out, so it is hard to determine if they will ever offer a new line of their currently unsuccessful tablet processors. Intel has also recently took a drubbing in the tablet PC market, as outlined during their recent investor conference, and has shifted priorities as they move forward.

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