Target is restructuring following a massive data breach in which the retailer was warned of security issues beforehand, and cybercriminals were able to deploy malware on the company's in-store point-of-sale machines.
"It's a decision that should have been made by the CEO on January 1, not through the resignation of an employee that overlooked critical weakness in the operating model," said Brian Sozzi, Belus Capital Advisors CEO, in a statement to Reuters.
Jacob is the first Target executive to resign - and it's possible others will either receive walking papers, or "quit" - and an interim CIO will be chosen to help move Target's cybersecurity forward. It seems shocking that Jacob didn't quit earlier, or that CEO Gregg Steinhafel didn't show her the door earlier, but expect the company to find an external hire next.
PAPAGO is known for its in-car dash cameras, and with its camera technology being such a success the company has created an entirely new division centered around action cameras. The new PAPAGO GoLife Extreme is the first installment into this line of HD action cameras and represents one of the most affordable of its kind on the market today retailing for just $269.99.
The GoLife Extreme has been designed with ruggedness in mind and features an aluminum alloy body with a crystal clear protective cover over the lens. The GoLife Extreme features a image resolution of 1920x1080 and has an effective field of view of about 160 degrees. Weighing in at just 80-grams the GoLife Extreme is much lighter than the GoPro or Contour HD and comes with a mount as well as a tripod.
The Last of Us was one of the biggest games released on the PlayStation 3 console, so it should come as no surprise that Sony is working on a movie based around the PS3 exclusive title.
Naughty Dog, the studio behind the game, has its Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, on board writing the script. Naughty Dog is heavily involved, pitting its co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Game Director Bruce Straley into the project. Sony will use it's own Screen Gems production company, the same one int uses for the Resident Evil movies.
Deadline is also reporting that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is involved, along with his Ghost House Pictures company being attached to the movie. Wells talked about Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures' involvement: "Since our game released last June, we've talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn't have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards".
Tablets and smartphones helped force users into a mobile lifestyle, in which e-mails, content, work, and entertainment need to be optimized for non-PC devices.
Businesses risk downtime, lost productivity, legal problems, and possible customer backlash if data is compromised, especially due to negligence, and presents a unique problem.
"I haven't seen a lot of good products to add to tablets and smartphones - yet," said Bruce Campbell, Clare Computer Solutions VP of Marketing, in a statement to TweakTown. "While malware for these devices is on the rise, the more common problem is these devices being lost or stolen with personal or company data. Software that will enable the device to be 'wiped' clean if stolen or lost is a good idea."
Consumers have a difficult time trying to keep devices secure, and the problem escalates in the workplace.
Some of you might remember when Goophone listed a knock off of Samsung's Galaxy S5 just hours after the phone was launched, but the company has taken it another step this time. With more than two weeks before HTC is expected to launch its HTC One 2 smartphone, Goophone already has a knockoff for sale on its website.
The only thing that appears to be the same on the Goophone M8 is the front facade which appears to feature the thin aluminum bezel as well as dual speakers and camera locations. The phone it self features a slower processor, 1GB of RAM and only supports 3G data connections. Flipping the device over and you will see that the dual camera's we have seen on leaked images of the official M8 is gone, and there are no seams in the rear housing where antennas would be. This leads us to believe that the rear of this device is plastic. The knock-off sells for $230, but I would strongly advise against purchasing it.
When we first heard rumors about Apple's iPhone 5C we all expected a cheaper version of the iPhone to be released by the company, but sadly that was not the case. The iPhone 5C debuted to the world as a very expensive iPhone 5 wrapped in a new plastic skin, and when asked about a cheaper version, Apple basically laughed in everyone's faces.
As with everything in the consumer-driven world, the consumer will glorify a product or condemn it to obscurity, and it appears that the public has spoken. A new report from VR-Zone is cluing us in on how well the iPhone 5C is actually doing. Since its release, reports have been flooding in that the iPhone 5C is a horrible failure for Apple and this new report suggest that the company has as many as 3 million units sitting in distribution warehouses just collecting dust.
While that may not sound like a big deal, you need to take into consideration that Apple usually has a hard time keeping iPhone's in enough supply to meet demand. With 3 million units sitting idle now, that number could double before Apple releases a new iPhone later this year, and with a manufacturing cost of about $200 each, Apple has roughly $600 million tied up in iPhone 5C units that just wont sell. Fortunately Apple has almost $100 billion sitting idle as well, so $600 million is just another drop in the bucket.
This week, Motorola began rolling out updates to its Touchless Control software featured on its Motorola Moto X smartphone. The new feature allows users to simply ask the phone "Whats Up?" and it will respond by reading off the pending notifications found in the notifications bar. Users can also access this feature by saying "Read my notifications." The new features also work on Verizon's Moto Droid Android-based smartphones too.
To use the feature, users must first wake up their smartphone by saying "OK Google Now," the command that activates the Touchless Control feature. The feature is auto updating to some phones, but users can make sure they have it by updating the Touchless Control app via the Google Play Store. Some users are also suggesting that Motorola has optimized the app and fixed several bugs as well as speeding things up overall. This is the one feature I wish HTC would bring to its HTC One flagship and I would use it several times a day. Maybe Google should make this a core feature? What do you think?
Its been nearly three years since the original Dark Souls launched, and in that time the game has risen to cult classic status. Today Steam announced that it has opened up pre-orders of the games sequel, Dark Souls II. Developed by FROM SOFTWARE, Dark Souls II is the long awaited successor to Dark Souls. Dark Souls II will be a unique old-school action RPG experience that takes players on a journey into the Nexus, the Undead Asylum, and your goal is to figure out who you are and break the curse that plagues you.
Dark Souls II is said to be much more content dense than its predecessor, and will allow players more freedom to shape their destiny as well as being just as tough as the first. There will be no easy mode, and players must duke it out at the same difficulty as everyone else. Dark Souls II launches on April 25th and can be bought on Steam now for just $49.99. Are you itching to play the next installment in the Dark Souls franchise? Let us know in the comments.
This morning office supply retail giant, Staples, announced that it plans to close 225 of its retail locations by the end of 2015. Staples says that amidst poor fourth quarter results deriving from what it calls "soft" consumer demand for electronics, the company has no choice but to close up many of its stores to starve off mounting losses. Staples operates 1500 stores in the US, which equates to it closing nearly 1/4 of its in-store retail business.
"With nearly half our sales generated online today, we're meeting the changing needs of business customers and taking aggressive action to reduce costs and improve efficiency," Staples CEO Ron Sargent said. The closings are expected to save the company nearly $500 million by the end of 2015. Staples will focus more of its resources into generating online sales, but with the PC market dwindling and more consumers turning to Amazon, Newegg and Tigerdirect for their electronics these days, this could just be the beginning of more hard times for Staples.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discussed his country's budding cybersecurity industry, which is tasked with stopping attacks from Islamist militant organizations and cybercriminal groups.
During the interview, Netanyahu was asked about companies purchasing Israeli technologies and whether they should be worried of NSA-like spying behavior.
"My point is that to build in Israel a global center for cybersecurity, in other words to prevent this spying to prevent the piracy, to prevent sabotage" Netanyahu said in an interview transcribed by BloomBerg. "You have user accounts. You have to protect them. You have bank accounts. You have to protect them. You have electricity grids. You have to protect them, traffic systems and aviation systems. All of these can be both individually and national infrastructures could be imperiled by cyber-attacks, are imperiled by cyber-attacks."
Netanyahu also said he has made it easier for Israeli startup companies to develop technologies and join other companies while trying to improve proprietary knowledge of cybersecurity.