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Smoking bed bugs to get high? Where will the insanity stop?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

When I was a kid, I mostly played sport with my friends, and afterwards I would be playing LAN games with them. This was my "high" when I was young - but these days, kids have access to much more - including bed bugs, which they crush up and smoke to get high.



Supposedly, kids are capturing bed bugs, crushing them, and thanks to the make up of the bugs, it creates an intense high when smoked, or injected. Pretty incredible, but I really think kids are going too far these days! What do you think? Would you crush up some bed bugs to smoke to get high? If marijuana is only being legalized in some states in the US, how long will it be for bed bugs to be a legalized high?

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Amazon offering $5000 to any of its staff who quit their job

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

If your boss walked up to you today and offered you $5000 to quit your job and never look back, would you take the offer, or would you realize that $5000 is just a drop in the bucket over the long-term? Many Amazon employees are experiencing that exact scenario right now. Amazon says that it is offering its warehouse workers $2000 to quit their jobs, and increases the price by $1000 every year to those who refuse until the amount reaches $5000.


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Amazon says that it makes this offer to employees as an effort to see who really wants to work for Amazon, and to weed out those who are just there for the job. The idea is not new though, and was pioneered by Zappos who made similar offers to its employees. In his earnings call to investors Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, elaborated on the idea behind offering employees rewards for quitting their jobs.


"The second program is called Pay to Quit. It was invented by the clever people at Zappos, and the Amazon fulfillment centers have been iterating on it. Pay to Quit is pretty simple. Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it's for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is "Please Don't Take This Offer," Bezos said "We hope they don't take the offer; we want them to stay. Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don't want to be isn't healthy for the employee or the company."

Amazon acquires digital comic book platform ComiXology

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

Amazon is looking to expand its digital reading material offerings very soon by announcing its acquisition of the popular digital comic book distribution service known as ComiXology. The service offers up most of Marvel's best-selling series and boast more than 100,000 issues and more than 200 million downloads since launch.


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No word was given on how much Amazon paid for ComiXology, but we would assume that it is in the hundreds of millions if not more. ComiXology is the largest digital comic book distribution services on the internet, and has been dubbed "The iTunes of comic book sales" in the past by the New York Times. Amazon says that ComiXology will continue to operate as a separate company and will be able to continue down its path, but will be able to do so faster, better, and stronger.

Hackers hit South Korea users, stealing credit card data on customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

Cybercriminals have compromised at least 200,000 credit card owners in South Korea, with forged credit cards and fraudulent charges being reported. South Korean police authorities have identified more than 250 cases of fraudulent charges, and expect that number to increase as customers are notified to look for suspicious activity.


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The hacker successfully breached a company in South Korea responsible for managing card payment processing terminals, collecting credit card numbers, expiration dates, and loyalty card passwords, according to the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).


The FSS found credit information from three credit card companies and one bank were leaked, with two of the credit card companies already publicly punished for significant data breaches. Earlier in the year, more than 100 million South Korean credit card and bank accounts were compromised, with bank officials resigning and facing heavy scrutiny from government officials.

Microsoft drops UK Xbox One Titanfall bundle price to 349 pounds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

The Xbox One Titanfall Bundle just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper in the UK. Thanks to an ongoing price war between Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, the Xbox One Titanfall bundle has just gotten cheaper by 50 pounds at both Amazon and Asda. The price drop was first noticed by Engadget, and it appears that the price-drop may be permanent.


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The Xbox One Titanfall pack comes with a Titanfall edition Xbox One, The Titanfall game, and a Titanfall-themed controller. The 50-pound price drop brings the once 429-pound Xbox One down to just 349-pounds. Microsoft is continuing to lower prices on the console in an attempt to play catch-up with Sony's PS4 which is still continuing to lead the way in units sold since launch.

RumorTT: Amazon to launch its own smartphone later this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Amazon reportedly plans to enter the crowded smartphone market during the third or fourth quarter of 2014, in an effort to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Google Android-powered devices, according to early reports from the Wall Street Journal.


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The prototype device has been secretly tested in San Francisco and Seattle over the past few weeks, with an official company announcement slated before July - and the phone could be available as early as September.


It's unsure what type of operating system the device would use, though would likely be some type of modified Android OS.


Amazon wants to include 3D technology making use of four front-facing sensors to display something like a hologram for phone owners. Previous rumors indicated Amazon would include a feature so phone owners can take a picture of items and easily find the product for sale through Amazon.

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LinkedIn announces its new Internal Job Notification feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

As more and more people search for better paying jobs, or an advancement in their career, many of them forget to look internally in the very company they work for. LinkedIn is looking to make internal jobs more visible, and has today announced a new feature to its service that will display job openings within a user own company.


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The new Internal Job Recommendations feature is designed to help companies display their job listing to their current employees better because it says that most companies assume their job listings are viewed by its employees more than they actually are. "We not only received more internal applicants coming from LinkedIn, we also saw them moving through the process. And it's been unbelievably simple," said Recruitment Sourcing Manager Lee Robinsonfrom the Westpac Group.

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'Heartbleed' vulnerability found in Cisco, Juniper Networks routers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 8 hours ago

Security experts recently issued a statement saying the Heartbleed computer bug doesn't just hit Internet web servers, and can be found on PCs, email servers, mobile phones, and firewalls. To date, both Cisco and Juniper Networks noted that they are working to ensure their products are secure.


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Unfortunately, it can be a difficult task to fix security issues with networking equipment, and Cisco has to test dozens of products to verify they are secure. Meanwhile, Juniper is busy also trying to check security and release patches as needed:


"A subset of Juniper's products were affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability including certain versions of our SSL VPN software, which presents the most critical concern for customers," a Juniper spokesperson said in a statement. "We issued a patch for our SSL VPN product on Tuesday and are working around the clock to provide patched versions of code for our other affected products."

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Facebook finally decides to begin curtailing "Like Baiting" posts

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 5 days, 8 hours ago

Scamming the system via "like baiting" on Facebook post has been a problem for a long time and today Facebook has announced plans to put an end to these confusing and annoying post once and for all. For those who do not know what "like baiting" is, let me explain. Like baiting is when a person or page or group post an image or post and ask you to "like" the post if you agree, or "share" the post if you disagree, and to "comment" if you agree and disagree. This format changes from post to post, but the basic concept is the same.


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Additionally, these post often contain links to nefarious websites, or websites that are aimed at causing the user to accidentally click on advertisements. Facebook is using algorithms to measure how many times people who visit links, like the original post, and is using this data to determine whether or not a post is a "like baiting" spam post. Facebook says that it is punishing posters who frequently publish these type of post by decreasing their reach over a period of a few months. This will result in Facebookers seeing less of these post on their news feed and that is something I think we can all appreciate.

Samsung announces global release of its Galaxy S5 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

It's been a couple of months since Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. While the S5 was not a far departure from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, it does feature some cool and innovative fitness tracking apps that set it apart from the rest of the Android community. Today Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy S5 and has begun shipping the phone to retailers globally.


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"The refined design and technological innovation of our new Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear devices are the direct result of Samsung listening carefully to what consumers wanted in the next generation of mobile technology," Samsung's mobile boss JK Shin said in an announcement on Samsung's blog. "We carefully crafted each device to offer a sophisticated, superior mobile experience that let consumers stay connected in their own way to focus on what really matters to them." Samsung says that the Galaxy S5 is available in most US carrier stores beginning today and will retail for $199 on a new two-year contract.

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