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Clare Computer Solutions details basic steps to PC defense

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 5:13 pm

Trying to keep PCs and devices safe from increasing numbers of cyberattacks hasn't been easy, with sophisticated malicious code targeting PCs.


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Even with elevated malicious attacks in the wild, there are a few basic steps that can be done to boost defenses before something critical occurs.


The first step: "Make sure you have up-to-date Anti-Virus software - preferably not the freeware versions," said Bruce Campbell, IT outsourcing company Clare Computer Solutions, in a statement to TweakTown. "For home users, make sure you activate the Norton or McAfee that comes with the computer, and renew it every year."


Appropriate software is an important first step, but a bit of retraining and reeducation must also take place, for home users and business users.

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Sprint to add stolen and lost smartphones to CheckMend database

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:54 pm

One of the most prolific types of theft around the world today is the theft of smartphones. The reason is that smartphones are very common, worth a lot of money, and relatively easy to steal and resell. Authorities around the world are working with carriers in an effort to help curb theft.


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The carriers are introducing methods that will make stolen or lost devices unusable for whoever has them. The hope is that by making it known that the smartphone a thief steals won't work the thefts will stop. Sprint has announced that it will begin adding all lost and stolen smartphones its customers report to an international stolen property database.


The database is called CheckMend and it will be open to carriers and police to use. The idea is that by listing all of the devices users buying a used phone can check to see if it has been reported stolen or lost. If the device shows up on the list Sprint won't activate the phone.

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Bellabeat wants to give parents the next-gen pregnancy experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:31 pm

Bellabeat's new Bellabeat Tracking System is now available, which provides upcoming parents with the ability of tracking their unborn baby using a small device, that connects to a smartphone.


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The Bellabeat Tracking System is a pocket-sized digital tracker that uses an accompanying app to allow parents to listen to their unborn babies' heartbeat, as often as they like - all without visiting a doctors office or hospital. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android devices, which provides "innovative sound visualizations, fetal movement counter, vibrant illustrations of fetal development and a tool for tracking and planning pregnancy weight gain. In addition to the fetal monitoring services, the app is also a social platform allowing the user to interact with a global community of expecting parents and their support systems".


One of the biggest features of the Bellabeat Tracking System is that it features a Kick Counter chart, keeping tabs on your babies kicks while he or she is in Mommy's tummy. The Bellabeat System is available for $129.

HTC Desire 301 budget smartphone gets official

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:22 pm

HTC has rolled out a new budget smartphone that aims at offering maximum value to the user. The smartphone is called the HTC Desire 310 and it will land in Taiwan next month. The smartphone promises seamless multitasking, video creation, and smooth web surfing for the entry-level users.


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The phone has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that promises enough power for smooth mobile gaming and other needs. The phone runs Android for the OS and has HTC BlinkFeed for the home screen. The phone supports an offline reading mode that lets the user save up to 120 articles when they are on Wi-Fi networks to read when networks aren't available.


The Desire 310 has a 4.5-inch screen with an unspecified resolution. Don't expect high resolution since this is a budget smartphone. The 301 also has a 5MP rear camera for shooting images and video. HTC is staying mum on pricing right now and there is no word on availability outside Taiwan.

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IBM workers in China strike over Lenovo server deal

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:50 pm

Back in January, we mentioned that IBM had sold its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo. As part of the deal, Lenovo would get a facility in China where the servers were made and the staff working at that facility. It seems that the workers at the IBM International System Technology Company factory in Shenzhen aren't happy about the deal.


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About 1000 workers at that factory have been on strike and the factory has stopped manufacturing for at least four days. One of the striking workers says that the strike will continue. The worker noted that so far the company had ignored the demands of the workers.


As you can guess, the strike has to do with money. The workers want better pay to move to Lenovo or they want better severance packages if they choose to leave the company. An IBM spokesperson says that the deals offered to these workers are on par with what they have now.

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TSMC is reportedly working on Apple's A8 processor for the iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:33 pm

According to a new report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple's new A8 processor is currently under production with its new chip partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).


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The report claims that TSMC began producing Apple's new A8 processor last month, which should power the upcoming iPhone 6. The report also stated that, according to supply chain sources, TSMC won most of the manufacturing orders for logic and power management integrated chips for the upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple.


We should expect the A8 processor to be built on a new 20nm process, come in a quad-core design with 64-bit capabilities and 'quad-core' graphics. Up until now, Samsung has been the exclusive manufacturing partner of Apple for A-series chip production, so it will be interesting to see how Apple fares with iPhone stock numbers with the iPhone 6 and its A8 chip being produced by TSMC.

GoDaddy suspends Mexican protest site after US embassy's intervention

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:17 pm

A Mexican website that was a source for information containing, news, discussion and point of view from many protestors about the new President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto at a wake of a controversy in December 1st 2012. The website grew over the time.


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When the protests' first anniversary was near, the website included information about organized campaign against a bill that was going to criminalize protest in Mexico and even made preparations to document the entire protests. However, but December 2nd 2013, the website was taken offline by its host 'GoDaddy' without any notice.

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Walk around in Seinfeld's apartment in VR thanks to Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 2:25 pm

If you've ever wanted to live out a Seinfeld fantasy, and you own an Oculus Rift headset, now is your chance. Jerry's Place VR is a download for the Oculus Rift, which pits you right in the middle of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment from the hit TV show.



Fans can walk around the apartment's main room, bathroom, and Jerry's bedroom using Oculus VR's Rift headset, or even just a normal PC. Greg Miller, wrote on the project's website: "Television is virtual reality in some ways. I thought it would be a novel virtual reality experience to take a place that exists in Hollywood magic and make it for the Oculus Rift as if it were real".


Miller worked on Jerry's Place VR for around a month, using 3D modelling software to create a near-perfect, but virtual replica. He started the project off as a way to get used to using Unity, which is a game engine that a chunk of Oculus Rift-compatible titles are built on.

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Russia Today anchor quits live on air over invasion of Ukraine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 1:31 pm

Russia Today America anchor, Liz Wahl, resigned on air during her broadcast on Wednesday, stating that she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Wahl said that she feels "many ethical and moral challenges," especially since her grandparents fled to the US during the Soviet era, "ironically to escape the Soviet Union". She continued: "Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I'm resigning".



RT America flew to defensive maneuvers, calling Wahl's on-air resignation a "self-promotional stunt". In a statement to BuzzFeed, RT America said:


Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against U.S. military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.


When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.


We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.

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Bitcoin exchange chief found dead in Singapore, suspected suicide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:27 pm

Autumn Radtke, a Bitcoin exchange boss, was found dead in her apartment in Singapore on February 28. Radtke had previously worked with Silicon Valley tech giants, including Apple, on developing digital payment systems before taking up a position with First Meta.


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Douglas Adams, the non-executive chairman of First Meta, released a statement on behalf of the company, where he said: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed".


Radtke posted an essay two weeks before her death, titled "The Physcological Price of Entrepreneurship" where she stated in the piece that "everything has it's price".

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