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Today Swedish-based Fractal Design launches its newest computer case, the Define R5 mid-tower chassis. Follow Chad as he tells us all about it.

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Patriot increases capacity of LX series SDXC and microSDXC cards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 28 mins ago

As according to their press release sent out a mere 9 hours ago, Patriot have just announced they are increasing the sizing of their LX series of SDXC and microSDXC flash memory storage models.

 

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These come in the form of a 256GB UHS-I class 10 SDXC Flash Card and a 128GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC Flash Card and are said to be available very soon for a MSRP of $129.99 from major American retailers such as Fry Electronics, Newegg and Amazon.

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Automakers stepping up efforts to keep cybercriminals away

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

The United States military and automakers are stepping up their security protocols to ensure connected vehicles are safe from hackers - and even terrorism - as newer vehicles increase Internet connectivity. As the federal government wants vehicles to be able to send one another alerts of road hazards and traffic problems, trying to keep vehicles secure remains difficult.

 

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No public reports have been released that hackers have been able to hack connected vehicles among public owners yet - but private tests have indicated there are major loopholes. For example, a group of cybersecurity researchers revealed they can create a solution that can unlock a vehicle's networks to be exploited.

 

As more American drivers purchase and drive vehicles with Internet functionality, the effort to ensure vehicles remain secure from outside influence will be a major effort for years to come.

Sony Pictures targeted in attack, as cybercriminals try to get to Sony

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

Sony Pictures Entertainment was forced to warn employees not to access corporate networks or check their email, because the company is under cyberattack and being blackmailed to prevent "secrets" from being released. It's unknown what information, if any, the hackers were able to steal from the Sony network.

 

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An image that says SPE was "Hacked by #GOP" was published on the company's computers - and issued the following message: "Warning: We've already warned you, and this is just the beginning... We have obtained all your internal data including secrets and top secrets."

 

"Sony deserves praise for going offline while they figure out what is happening rather than allow further damage," said Hemanshu Nigam, Internet cybersecurity expert. "Hackers are always-on the hunt for holes in a network, which can happen when a system isn't updated properly or a feature change is made. It is critical for companies to conduct self-hacking exercises on a continuous basis to find and patch these vulnerabilities before the hackers find them."

Hexoskin introduces the Arctic Smart Shirt, enhancing biometrics

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 11 mins ago

Hexoskin has added to its product lineup by announcing the Artic Smart shirt, the first cold weather biometric smart shirt in the world. The Arctic Smart Shirt is made of Merino wool, providing heat insulation, breathability and body metrics. The shirt will be released next month and ship with a $199 MSRP.

 

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The Arctic Smart Shirt can monitor heart rate, step count, sleep duration, calories burned, along with heart rate recovery, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, activity level, acceleration, cadence and much more.

 

"Athletes train year-round and we wanted to create the ultimate base layer that would allow them to train smarter even in the cold weather months," said Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Hexoskin CEO and co-founder. "With the addition of the Arctic Smart Shirt, we yet again prove that we can continue to grow as a company and provide smart garments to our customers that live up to their needs for information, style and comfort."

First look at 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' coming this week

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 hours, 18 mins ago

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of the teaser trailer for 'Jurassic World' coming this thanksgiving, Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that the teaser trailer for next year's 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' will be hitting select screens across the United States on the same day.

 

 

14 years and a week from the release of the first teaser for 'The Phantom Menace', the 88 second teaser is expected to show very little action, but focus on portraits of lead characters. While the studio have only announced the teaser will show in select U.S. theatres, the online release can't be far away - JJ Abrams will be keen for fans to see a good quality HD version, rather than the inevitable cam jobs.

 

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.

Microsoft Silicon Valley campus by Knightscope's K5 security robot

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 50 mins ago

The Microsoft Silicon Valley campus located in Mountain View, California, is now being patrolled by Knightscope's K5 security guard robot. The 5-foot-tall, 300-pound robots are designed to keep company property and visitors safe, while helping augment security personnel.

 

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The K5 is an "autonomous data machine" that has a "commanding but friendly physical presence," including multiple HD cameras, license plate reader, multiple microphones, alarms, weather sensors, Wi-Fi, sirens and GPS - and they can alert human security guards if an incident is occurring.

 

It's unknown what other companies are interested in leasing K5 to patrol their campuses, malls, and parking lots - but should garner interest in the future.

Kickstarter suspends 'Blood Sport' gaming system that draws blood

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 4 mins ago

Blood Sport: The Ultimate in Immersive Gaming had its account suspended on Kickstarter, raising just $3,390 of the requested $250,000. The console game controller would have been used as a blood collection unit that drew blood any time a gamer was wounded while playing a video game.

 

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The system would have requested each gamer to provide height, weight, and details of pre-existing medical conditions before the session began.

 

The project has been active on Kickstarter since November 18, and Kickstarter has a policy not to discuss why certain projects are suspended. Blood Sport has remained media silent, not responding to media requests from multiple outlets.

Cybercriminals will enjoy victimizing mobile shoppers during holidays

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 44 mins ago

The 2014 Christmas shopping season will see a 4.1 percent increase in sales, up to $616.9 billion, and cybercriminals will be busy trying to find new ways to target retailers and shoppers. Since many smartphone and tablet owners don't bother anti-malware software, while some don't even password-protect their devices, there is an effort to hijack mobile technologies.

 

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"Cybercriminals follow the flow of money, and this Thanksgiving, a very high number of transactions will take place through mobile channels," said Alisdair Faulkner, ThreatMetrix chief products officer. "Unfortunately, it can be difficult for retailers to use IP geo-location data to ensure mobile transactions are authentic. Instead, retailers should try to leverage trust intelligence networks to recognize customers with good mobile purchasing history, and complement this with finer grained authentication intelligence available with a native mobile application."

 

However, a more realistic approach will involve cybercriminals compromising retailers - especially as more consumers keep debit and credit card data stored with their favorite stores - as network security is still often overlooked.

T-Mobile streaming music support added for Google Play Music, others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 13 mins ago

T-Mobile expanded its Music Freedom plan yet again, adding support for Google Play Music, Xbox Music, Soundcloud, and 12 other music services. Full list of added carriers: Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Digitally Imported, Fit Radio, Fresca Radio, JAZZRADIO, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, radioPup, Radio.com, ROCKRADIO, and Saavn.

 

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Pandora, Rdio, Spotify and others are available for subscribers on eligible phone plans, with streaming music not counting against monthly data caps.

 

T-Mobile has been extremely aggressive with its pricing and subscription plans to entice users away from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint. Although T-Mobile's network isn't as large - or reliable - as Verizon or AT&T, the wireless carrier continues to grow its subscriber base.

Sony quietly yanks sexist 'sexy doctor' PlayStation Vita ad

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 42 mins ago

It didn't take long before Sony pulled a new ad from its European YouTube channel due to an onslaught of criticism for the sexist ad. The ad featured a sexy female doctor that was mentioning masturbation innuendo, but it turned out it was related to playing the handheld PlayStation Vita gaming console.

 

 

Regardless of what people think of the ad, it wasn't overly funny or entertaining - and with some YouTube commenters upset - Sony decided to just pull the plug on the 50-second video.

 

What do you think of the ad?

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