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Study: Takes 197 days for retailers to discover advanced threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Even after seeing major retailers suffer data breaches, it still takes an average of 197 days to identify an advanced threat, with an additional 39 days to contain the security problem.

 

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To make matters even worse, 38 percent relied on a "gut feeling" as the top method how retailers identify possible cybersecurity problems, according to the Ponemon Institute. Meanwhile, 23 percent turned to forensic evidence, 21 percent studied attacker signatures, while 16 percent received threat intelligence from other companies.

 

Instead of focusing on working with outside consultants to improve cybersecurity, retailers rather save the time and money - and instead rely on pointing fingers when a data breach occurs. However, the retailers and financial institutions suffer when a breach does take place, while the retailers suddenly scramble to react.

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UNICEF, ARM partner to deliver wearables for developing nations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Chip manufacturer ARM and humanitarian aid group UNICEF are teaming up to deliver wearables in developing countries. ARM and UNICEF hope to increase education and improve health standards in countries that are in need of assistance.

 

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As part of the Wearables for Good Challenge, manufacturers and designers have the chance to help create low-cost, efficient and sustainable wearables and sensors. Both ARM and UNICEF will work together to choose which countries should receive immediate help, with trials expected over the next year.

 

"It feels to me like the pace of innovation has increased, the cost of innovation has come down and we are in a world where people want to partner," said Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, in a statement to CNET. "So if some good comes from this, then that will be great."

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Akamai: Hackers changing tactics, as number of DDoS attacks increase

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Cybersecurity experts are creating new methods to help companies fight back against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, so hackers are shifting their efforts. To help avoid detection, DDoS attacks are using less bandwidth but increasing frequency and duration of their attacks.

 

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The first quarter of 2015 has been extremely busy, with a record number of DDoS attacks - double year-over-year when compared to Q1 2014 - and the type of users being targeted is changing. One-third of all DDoS attacks focused on gaming-related servers and services, with the Lizard Squad and other groups trying to get attention from the media.

 

Not surprisingly, China accounted for 23 percent of DDoS traffic during Q1, with Germany (17 percent), and the United States (12 percent) rounding out the top three.

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Google Maps has made it onto an Android Wear smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

An Android Central reader has noticed that after updating his smartphone to Google Maps to version 9.9, a "near-fully functional Google Maps app had suddenly appeared on his Wear watch as well", reports Engadget.

 

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The Google Maps app reportedly works just like its smartphone counterpart, with the "OK Google" voice command intact. With the app not being an official release (for now), it's not totally perfect yet, with an example of opening the Google Maps app on your Android Wear smartwatch forcing the Google Maps app on your smartphone to open, too.

 

We should hopefully see an official Google Maps app on Android Wear unveiled at Google I/O later this month.

Sony sets up 'ambitious' new studio for VR content on Project Morpheus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Oculus is all systems go for the unveiling of the first consumer Rift headset on June 11 at the "Step into the Rift" event, but Sony has just announced a new game development company for all things VR development.

 

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North West Studio is a UK-based company that will be developing content for Sony's Project Morpheus headset, with jobs listed with the studio referencing an "exciting and rare opportunity to join an ambitious new studio to create original games exclusively for Project Morpheus, PlayStation's VR platform".

 

Sony's new studio is located in northwestern England, where the Japanese gaming company wants to build a "small but highly experienced team who want to build great games to showcase this exciting new immersive technology". We should hopefully see what North West Studio will be working on at E3 2015 next month.

Apple updates Watch with v1.0.1 update which improves performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Apple Watch owners might be receiving an update to their wrists shortly, with the company pushing out the 1.0.1 update which is said to improve performance "across the board" according to Engadget.

 

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The update to Watch will also help with third-party apps on your iPhone, which took a considerable amount of time to launch until this new patch. Engadget reports that the "difference isn't dramatic" in their experience, but "it is there". Siri voice recognition is improved with the new Watch update, as well as fitness data calculation such as calories and distance.

 

The interface now supports seven additional languages, including Brazilian Portugese and Turkish.

God of War III: Remastered trailer arrives in glorious 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

God of War fans are going to wait to stand up, with God of War III: Remastered set to arrive on July 15 in the US, and two days later in the UK and Ireland.

 

 

In order to get the hype train rolling faster, Sony has unleashed a new trailer for God of War III: Remastered in 1080p 60FPS. It shows off the Kratos vs Hades Boss Battle on the PlayStation 4. Some new features such as Photo Mode will let God of War gamers to freeze the action in the middle of the action, where a camera can be used with creative options like lighting changes, and then sharing that image with friends.

 

The developer continues: "It's been ten years since Kratos took the throne as the God of War. With the God of War III Remaster on the horizon, we are eagerly looking forward to reliving the legend and we hope you are too. For those PS4 players new to Kratos' epic tale of betrayal and revenge, welcome. You're in for one hell of a ride".

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CryEngine 3-powered 'Umbra' is the first to use Megascans technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

SolarFall games has just unveiled a new video for Umbra, its new CryEngine 3-powered RPG that makes great use of Quixel's more-than-impressive Megascans technology.

 

 

The studio explains: "This video shows some of the environments of Umbra, and how it impacts the gameplay. You can modify it, or use it as a weapon. On the technical side, our game is fully Physically based, and we are the first indie studio to use the Megascans library". Umbra has both single and multiplayer sides, where you have no limits on your character development, with gamers having the choice of creating their own weapons, armor and spells.

 

SolarFall Games continued: "​Umbra melds much-loved hack-and-slash gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics, and underpins it all with a truly modern AI. Inspired by the classic Diablo 2 game, Umbra aims to deliver an intense and rich action RPG game. Personalization of your character build is free, deep and highly customizable, and many secret are hidden in the world".

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HDMI powers over 4 billion devices, with 700m to be shipped in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Just how popular is the HDMI standard? According to Jim Rossner from ShapeTechnology who reached out to us, there are over 4 billion HDMI-enabled devices around the world.

 

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This year alone, 700 million HDMI-compliant devices are estimated to be shipped. The HDMI organization has plenty more in store for the standard, where we expect it to really take off with VR headsets right around the corner. HDMI has gone through considerable changes since its inception, with HDMI 2.0 capable of 4K 60FPS.

Magicka 2 developer: Vulkan API might be 'even better than DX12'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

During an interview with WorldsFactory, Pisces Interactive, the developer behind Magicka 2 talked about DirectX 12. The studio said that DX12 will have large improvements over DX11, but teased that the Vulkan API could be even better.

 

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The studio said: "DX12 is a big improvement over DX11, it enables games to move to the next generation of graphics. But we're also eagerly awaiting the official release of OpenGL Vulkan, which might even be better than DX12. Currently we are only experimenting with the API's but we will of course support them eventually".

 

When it comes to the Xbox One version of Magicka 2, Pisces Interactive added: "Paradox has been focusing on PC only for many many years. And this is Paradox first game on the new generation of consoles so we start slow and begin with PlayStation 4. We will see if and when a Xbox one version would be possible. Currently we also have an exclusive deal with Sony".

 

The Vulkan API is exciting, but DirectX 12 is where all of the buzz lies. DX12 will be adopted by far more developers, but we could see some truly interesting things from Vulkan, too.

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