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Slack rolling out two-factor authentication after data breach

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

The business communication platform Slack confirmed a data breach which left users vulnerable - with usernames, email addresses, passwords, phone numbers, Skype logins, and other information compromised.

 

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It's unknown if the cybercriminals actually decrypted any of the passwords, with no payment information accessed. "We are very aware that our service is essential to many teams," Slack said in a blog post. "We deeply regret this incident and apologize to you, and to everyone who relies on Slack, for the inconvenience."

 

Slack has added two-factor authentication today, and users will need to enter a verification code along with their traditional password. It's recommended all users begin using it immediately.

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Hotels embracing RFID finding plenty of upside to tracking technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

Hotels are finding a number of different uses for radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, with a specific note of inventory and mobile check-in solutions. Implementing RFID solutions is becoming more cost-affordable, and there is great upside if it is done well, hardware supporters believe.

 

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"That is going to be a revolution in the future," said Steve Waldron, CIO of the Grange Hotels based in London, in a statement published by Skift. "Basically everything that has value and enhances guest experience will have an RFID chip in it for housekeeping to instantly room check to a tablet - bathrobes, duvets, blankets and so on."

 

RFIDs are extremely valuable in warehouses, stores, and other locations that need to keep accurate tracking of inventory. Hotels are able to instantly track supplies that can be used in guest rooms, along with food items in restaurants.

Rockstar Games makes us drool with more GTA 5 PC images in 4K

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 53 mins ago

Grand Theft Auto V PC will be released worldwide on April 14 - and after multiple delays - Rockstar Games wants to show the world that it'll be worth the wait. Here are some pictures in beautiful 4K resolution. The game studio will also release a new game trailer next week.

 

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Drones are being enjoyed by Hollywood, filming unique shots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 10 mins ago

Drones are being embraced by Hollywood directors, as the small unmanned aircraft are able to capture photographs and video footage from unique angles. Drones also are being tasked with live news footage, as they can be rapidly deployed and are relatively inexpensive.

 

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However, there is some concern related to drone safety due to the ease in which drones can be utilized - experience isn't really a necessity before flying a drone. It can become even more dangerous on a film set, which tend to be high-pressure and fast-moving.

 

"Whenever you have a tool at your disposal that allows you to tell the story more efficiently and more poignantly, you use it," said Pieter Jan Brugge, executive producer of "Bosch," in a statement published by the Wall Street Journal. "The shot tells the story."

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Growing number of people in US embracing mobile banking apps, services

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 8 hours, 26 mins ago

A growing number of mobile users in the United States are relying on smartphones and tablets to access their bank accounts, using apps and mobile websites.

 

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Thirty nine percent of mobile phone owners are using mobile banking in 2014, a slight increase from 29 percent in 2012 and 33 percent in 2013, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve.

 

If you have a bank account, chances are very good that your bank has a mobile app that you can utilize to check your balance, recent transactions, and other typical activities. Regional and national banks are pushing users towards mobile banking - and it's becoming a major selling point - as 26 percent of respondents noted they switched banks in the past year because of a more enjoyable mobile experience elsewhere.

Report: Trent Reznor will be point man to relaunch Beats Music

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 9 hours, 41 mins ago

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will be tasked with leading the Beats Music evolution, with Apple hoping the service could one day compete with Spotify. The Silicon Valley company dished out $3 billion for the company known for trendy headphones and earbuds - and a lot of people wondered what would happen to Beats Music.

 

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Apple reportedly failed in its efforts to get music labels to lower licensing costs, as Apple wanted to sell a subscription to Beats Music for just $8 per month - $2 less than Spotify's $10 per month service. However, Apple - which once held great influence in the music industry - must adapt to changing times, with more users turning to streaming services over paid music downloads.

 

"They're used to being a shaper rather than a responder," said Toni Sacconaghi, financial analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, in a statement to the New York Times. "This is one of the few times where Apple is playing catch-up and not necessarily coming from a position of strength."

GameStop: Gamers won't have as many console bundles in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 10 hours, 21 mins ago

Gamers interested in picking up a console bundle likely won't see as many deals in 2015, GameStop said during a financial call. GameStop actually may have lost up to $250 million in physical game title sales because of increased bundles in 2014, according to a study from The NPD Group.

 

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"Based on our discussions with publishers and platform holders, these pack-in programs will be significantly reduced in 2015," said Tony Bartel, COO of GameStop, during a recent post-earnings financial call.

 

To help generate sales in 2014, especially leading up towards the holidays, there were plenty of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One console bundles available. Xbox One gamers saw bundles with Assassin's Creed Unity, Black Flag, Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Meanwhile, PS4 bundles included Destiny, The Last of Us and other select choices.

North Korea denies hacking South Korean nuclear power company

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 11 hours, 36 mins ago

Despite South Korea blaming North Korea for hacking its nuclear power operator, officials in Pyongyang have denied their involvement. In a data breach in late 2014, hackers were able to steal employee personal information, physical designs and manuals of the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co.

 

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The Korean Central News Agency said Seoul fabricated evidence saying Internet protocol addresses were linked to the north - even though the recent data breaches were "believed to have been caused by an [unidentified] group of North Korean hackers."

 

North Korea is believed to have a budding cyberespionage program, with most of its efforts targeted at South Korean banks and other critical infrastructure.

3D Robotics releases DroneKit open source API for app development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 12 hours, 46 mins ago

3D Robotics has released the DroneKit API for drone app development, and the free open software can be used for drone apps or onboard drone software.

 

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The purpose of releasing the API for the community is so those interested in drones are able to customize how they use them in the field. DroneKit allows for waypoint flight paths, drones can follow GPS targets, view playbacks and log analysis of flights, and other advantages currently unavailable.

 

"Unlike other APIs for drones, there are no levels of access to DroneKit; it's completely flexible and open," said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering for 3DR. "The platform works on laptops as well as mobile devices. Best of all, once an app is created, the app automatically works on any computing platform - the interface is always the same."

UNICEF launches Kid Power campaign utilizing wearables

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 13 hours, 36 mins ago

UNICEF wants kids to be more active and healthier, and has launched its Kid Power program to promote healthy lifestyles for children in the United States. The program is currently underway in Boston, New York City and Dallas, and will be expanded to additional cities in 2016.

 

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As part of the program, each child tracks his or her steps using a wearable, and when 12,000 steps in one day has been hit, UNICEF donates a nutrition pack. UNICEF also wants to educate American children about malnutrition and how it impacts children in other parts of the world.

 

"One in four American kids is underactive - they're little couch potatoes," said Caryl Stern, US Fund for UNICEF. "And one in four children around the world has some level of malnourishment, and so we are trying to get the kids who are underactive healthy and active."

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