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UN General Assembly passes digital privacy protection resolution

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 15 mins ago

The U.N. General Assembly wants better digital privacy protections for Internet users, which was drafted by Germany and Brazil, earning consensus approval. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed mass surveillance capabilities by the NSA and GCHQ, which has angered a large number of Internet users.

 

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The UN resolution, which was co-sponsored by 65 nations - as opposed to just 10 in 2013 - will also rely on private sector companies to play a role.

 

Previously, the UN showed great concern over Internet users' rights to digital privacy, with great concern of covert surveillance programs. "Without the necessary checks, we risk turning into Orwellian states, where every step of every citizen is being monitored and recorded in order to prevent any conceivable crime," said Harald Braun, German ambassador.

Microsoft rumored to unveil a VR headset at E3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 2 mins ago

It looks like Microsoft could continue its rampage into 2015, with the latest rumor that the Redmond-based giant will unveil a VR headset at E3 2015 in June. We heard earlier in the year that Microsoft was working on "an investment in VR," so we shouldn't be surprised of this news.

 

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The report is coming from DigiTimes, according to their sources within the Microsoft supply chain that the company is working on a new VR gaming device. Development of the project is handled by the same team that has built the Surface line of devices, but that's all we know. We don't know if this VR device from Microsoft would work as a standalone product, or whether it would tie into the Xbox One.

 

I think we will see Microsoft step into the VR game at some point, because their major competitor, Sony, is already ahead of them with their own PlayStation 4 exclusive "Project Morpheus" headset. Oculus VR is obviously at the top of their game with the Rift, which will most likely lead the pack and have everyone else just following through trying to cash in on VR, unless they do it right.

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Vulnerability sees routers installed with RomPager open to hackers

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: 1 hour, 34 mins ago

It almost seems like vulnerabilities in hardware and software is all that's hitting the news in the past few days. We've reported on multiple issues ranging from the "Grinch" Linux flaw to the vulnerability in SS7's mobile network towers rendering our text messages and phone calls open for all prying eyes.

 

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In recent news, a vulnerability in router software has opened up millions of devices to hacking. This is apparently achieved by the hacker "sending a specially crafted request to RomPager, an embedded Web server running on them" as according to PC World.

 

Once access has been gained, the hacker then has full control over any in-home security, systems or devices connected to the network - meaning they can steal your data, alter your information or utilize your technology to launch attacks against other systems. It gives them the ability to strip SSL from secure connections and also hijack your DNS settings, listing dodgy websites as 'safe' for your personal computers - opening you up to more malicious attacks.

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Uber puts the brakes on its cars in Portland, but it's only temporary

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 56 mins ago

After the City of Portland sued Uber for not adhering its transportation rules, the company is moving toward somewhat of a solution with Portland.

 

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Uber has since taken its cars off the roads of Portland as of December 21, while officials work around the clock on new regulations. The City of Portland has said that if the new rules aren't set within the next three months, Uber will be allowed back onto the roads, picking customers up once again.

Prescription for nature could cure your health problems

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 2 hours, 21 mins ago

Have you ever noticed how a day out in the woods, filling fresh air into your lungs makes you feel a little bit better? Well, seems you aren't alone, and it's even being increasingly prescribed by doctors as an alternative to medication. According to an article on Mother Nature Network, DC Park Rx, a health initiative combining the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Park Service, the D.C. departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, U.S. Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Recreation and Parks Association have joined forces to encourage US doctors to look at an alternative, alternative prescription for patients.

 

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Apparently, their efforts are working, with more than 500 nature prescriptions have been written by health care providers in Washington D.C. Whilst there has yet to be an official finding, anecdotal evidence thus far is said to be positive. So go AFK for a bit. It could be good for your health.

Australian Tax Office lists Bitcoin as liable for GST

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 2 hours, 29 mins ago

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has just implemented a ruling that transactions completed in the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin are liable for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), however it's still not classified as 'real money'.

 

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This ruling reads "a transfer of Bitcoin from one entity to another is a 'supply' for GST purposes" with further research into the release commenting that anything involving Bitcoin "will be treated as a barter transaction," still rendering it as not 'real' money. This follows previous reports of this Australian organization claiming Bitcoin to be used for 'barter' only and not classified as a legitimate currency.

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Google wants to take its Android platform into connected cars in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 hours ago

Google wants to see its Android mobile operating system built directly into connected cars, hoping drivers and passengers are able to enjoy connectivity even before connecting their smartphones. If this occurs in 2015, it would be a major step beyond just the Google Android Auto software - and the first wave of vehicles should be available sometime in 2015.

 

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Despite increased interest in connected vehicles, Google still has remained relatively quiet about its long-term Android plans in vehicles. However, Android M should have a major role in providing connected features to drivers. If everything goes according to Google's plan, Android will evolve into the major platform used to power infotainment and navigation for connected cars.

 

"It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said Thilo Koslowski, VP and Automotive Practice Leader of Gartner, in a statement published by Reuters.

SS7 security flaw enables hackers to read your text messages

By: Chris Smith | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

Signal System 7 (SS7) powers multiple phone carriers across the world including big names such as AT&T and Verizon - its global telecom network is used to route calls and text and in recent news, this technology has been reported to have some huge security issues associated inside. These issues come in the form of security holes that let hackers listen in to your calls and texts.

 

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ACLU's Cheif Technologist has informed Gizmodo that this flaw is so serious that people should consider no longer using their mobile phone for calls until the problems are fixed.

 

SS7's outdated infrastructure is said to be the cause of this issue, with German research discovering this invasion of privacy, said to be publishing their full findings later this month at a conference in Hamburg (as according to the Washington Post).

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Lian Li launches its new O Series wall-mountable chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

Lian Li still make some of the most unique chassis' on the market, but the new O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis really takes teh cake. There are four new models, the PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S which are sure to impress.

 

 

The first two models, the PC-O5 and PC-O5S are mini-ITX variants, while the PC-O6S is a micro-ATX offering, with the PC-O7S being an ATX model. All four models feature Lian Li's impressive aluminum design, with all four cases featuring a very similar look. All four allow you to show off the hardware inside of your chassis, with the entire build visible through glass.

 

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The video cards are installed parallel to the motherboard which will have some of your friends freaking out, but it will also look super awesome, too. This is achieved by Lian Li offering PCI riser cards and extensions with the new chassis models. Customizable storage options are also on offer, with hard drives capable of being mounted in the HDD cage, which is hidden by a nice shield. Water cooling support is also provided, with the "S" variants of the new O Series cases denoting which ones are capable of being water cooled.

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Minecraft creator just purchased a $70 million house in Beverly Hills

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 10 mins ago

Markus "Notch" Persson is spending some of those billions that Microsoft paid for Mojang, buying a $70 million mansion, which just so happened to be the most expensive house in Beverly Hills.

 

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The John Aaroe Group announced the sale, a record $70 million, with the following press release: "Persson's purchase included everything in the house from luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal."

 

Notch's new digs are pretty damn nice, with the house taking up a massive 23,000 square feet. The $70 million mansion features "vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. Three high-definition 90-inch television screens bring panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof into the down stairs lounge - especially breathtaking at night, says De Los Reyes. Art pieces include a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. On a conventional note, the home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each."

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