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Mobile devices increasingly used to launch sophisticated DDoS attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 12:35 am

The threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against enterprise users from mobile applications is increasing as more users go mobile, according to DDoS security company Prolexic. Cyber criminals are finding mobile devices can make for a powerful attack tool - and surprisingly easy to use.

 

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"Mobile devices add another layer of complexity," said Stuart Scholly, Prolexic President, in a press statement. "Because mobile networks use super proxies, you cannot simply use a hardware appliance to block source IP addresses as it will also block legitimate traffic. Effective DDoS mitigation requires an additional level of fingerprinting and human expertise so specific blocking signatures can be developed on-the-fly and applied in real-time."

 

DDoS attacks can lead to website and server downtime, interruption in day-to-day business operations, and lead to lost revenue and wasted manpower. Prolexic discovered a 26 percent increase in DDoS attacks from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013, with a significant number of advanced DDoS attack weapons.

Data breaches will reduce mobile payment popularity this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:44 pm

Analysts believe mobile payments in the United States will increase in 2014, but security incidents like the recent high-profile Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches will limit appeal. Moving forward, using layered security systems, improved authentication, and more vigilance from mobile users can help drive demand.

 

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Mobile payments have become more common place in Asia and Europe, but still have struggled to take off in the United States. Many companies have the ability to accept various forms of mobile payment, but consumers are still uncertain about the potential benefits of mobile wallets.

 

With services such as PayPal, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments - and services directly from credit card companies and banks - consumers certainly have a wide variety of different products they can choose from.

Google launches Chrome 32, will locate your noisy tabs, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:25 pm

Google has pushed out an update to its popular web browser, Chrome, bringing it up to version 32. Chrome 32 includes tab indicators, a new look for Windows 8 Metro mode, and an automatic blocking of malware downloads.

 

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The tab indicators function is the stand out feature here, where Chrome will now indicate which tab among your sea of tabs, is producing sound. This is great if there's a video ad playing on one of your tabs, but you don't know where. Now you just have to look for a speaker icon on your tab, and you can shut it down. Not only that, but Chrome 32 will display which tab is using your webcam, or casing your TV through Chromecast.

 

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If you're a Windows 8 user, Chrome now looks much better on Microsoft's latest OS. It looks exactly like Chrome OS within Windows 8, which is a little sneaky of the Mountain View-based search giant. But, this is a feature that might push me to testing out a Windows 8.1-based machine, because I'm so intertwined into Google's countless services.

Intel to refresh its Haswell CPUs, retail availability in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:04 pm

According to a report from DigiTimes, we should expect Intel to refresh its Haswell lineup of CPUs sometime in May - just before Computex kicks off in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

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Intel will begin shipping its new Z97 and H97 chipsets in April, so that motherboard makers can start selling some new motherboards moving into May. We should expect 20 or so new processors for the Haswell refresh, which will include the Core i7-4790, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i3-4360, Pentium G3450 and Celeron G1840 and low-power Core i7-4790S, Core i5-4590S and Core i3-4150T.

 

After which the chipmaker will release the more interesting processors, the Haswell Refresh K series, and Haswell-E processors in Q3 2014.

Super Bowl 2014 will broadcast in 4K Ultra High Definition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 9:01 pm

CBS plans to use six Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII, able to capture video up to 500 frames per second, providing a very clear, HD picture.

 

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During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, many high-definition TV manufacturers showed off UHD providing a whopping 3840x2160 resolution to TV viewers.

 

"We're using an unprecedented array of technology," said Ken Aagard, CBS Executive VP of operations, in a statement. "This year, we'll be using an innovative native 4K camera replay system we're calling 'Heyeper Zoom,' and given the right moment, we're hoping we can show something that will be really special."

 

Professional sports were credited with helping usher in the HD craze years ago - and the Super Bowl and other events could help push 4K - or 8K technology - into the forefront. UHD technology remains extremely expensive, and only a small number of consumers will watch the Super Bowl next month in 4K, but look out for sudden TV purchases in the January-February time frame in the years to come.

 

Broadcasters plan to show the 2014 World Cup in 4K UHD as well, setting the bar for future HD broadcasts.

Netflix, others finding it difficult to convince Chinese users to pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:57 pm

Netflix and other streaming content producers are trying to walk a fine line when expanding overseas, with China high up on the list. However, trying to convince users to spend $7.99 on Netflix Instant, for example, is difficult in China, where Internet users typically pirate content for free. Chinese companies such as Sohu.com are interested in purchasing legitimate content which can then be offered to users in the country in a legal manner, with high-definition content also available.

 

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The Chinese consumer market is huge, as the country reportedly has upwards of 600 million Internet users, according to Pew Research figures released in December 2013. As more users go mobile, Netflix and other content providers have a great chance of convincing users to jump onboard with pay-per-view and monthly subscription packages.

 

Chinese search engine Baidu and company QVOD were named the top video copyright violators in China last year, with the government reportedly interested in clamping down on some digital piracy.

Research: augmented reality can find success in evolving workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:37 pm

The fascination surrounding augmented reality will yield countless potential users in the consumer and enterprise markets, with AR adoption on the rise, businesses can use the budding technology to complement and enhance internal business processes, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Using AR to help identify potential workplace hazards, for example, could lead to a safer and more productive office or production facility. Location-based and computer aided vision is still developing, and it will take time for business to jump onboard, but there is great potential in the years to come.

 

"AR is most useful as a tool in industries where workers are either in the field, do not have immediate access to information, or jobs that require one or both hands and the operator's attention," said Tuong Huy Nguyen, Gartner principal research analyst, in a media statement. "As such, the impact on weightless industries is lower because these employees often have constant and direct access to the information they need (such as knowledge workers)."

 

The Oculus VR won the 2014 Best of CES prize after showing off its Rift prototype, a wearable electronics headset with AMOLED-based display and 1920x1080 resolution. CES is over and the industry looks ahead to a busy 2014, in which AR interest will continue to increase at a rapid pace - expect to see these technologies hit the market throughout the year.

Vuzix developing see-through smart glasses for major hardware partner

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 6:35 pm

Smart glass manufacturer Vuzix has entered a manufacturing partnership with a tier 1 partner to develop a new generation of see-through smart glasses. The undisclosed partner hasn't been announced, but the prototypes will use the Vuzix see-through optics engine, with the first phase to be completed in 2015.

 

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Manufacturers are trying to develop new smart glasses that closely resemble designer eyewear, but additional research and development time is necessary.

 

"Many analysts and industry executives are expecting this space to exhibit continued rapid growth," said Paul Travers, Vuzix President, in a press statement. "This was evident at CES last week. With the anticipated growth in this sector, those wearable products that address the real needs of the customer stand to garner the largest market share."

 

Smart glasses and similar technologies were a big hit during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and wearable computing devices are expected to ship 485 million units by 2018, according to ABI Research.

Brain-computer interface shows great potential over next 12 years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 4:17 pm

Intel and other established tech companies are showing interest in the blossoming brain-computer-interface (BCI) market, according to Mind Solutions. BCI is a dedicated communication pathway between the human brain and a device - with early focus on helping medical patients recover from severe physical injuries.

 

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With the help of Intel and other companies, Mind Solutions hopes to see BCI become more common place over the next few years. As the number of transistors powering PCs and mobile devices increases, especially as technology surpasses neurons in the human brain, there is great potential for long-term development.

 

"We will finally remove the fiction from the science fiction," said Mooly Eden, Intel head of perceptual computing, during CES. It will be possible to "open a car door with our finger, receive constant information about our health" along with using devices that "interface directly with your brain."

 

Ultimately, Mind Solutions hopes a major tech company enters the market and hopes to acquire the smaller boutique firm.

Apple's iWatch will start the wearable market frenzy, says analyst

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 1:27 pm

The wearable devices market isn't even lukewarm yet, and if we listen to what Cantor Fitzgerald analyst, Brian White, has to say - then it won't get hot until Apple launches its rumored iWatch.

 

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The analyst wrote in a note to investors on Monday morning: "In our view, the unveiling of useful wearable technology products that focused on the wrist (i.e., fitness bands, smartwatches) at this year's [CES] show brought legitimacy to the wearable space. That said, we believe it will take Apple's launch of the anticipated 'iWatch' to drive a more meaningful adoption rate."

 

Before Apple even hits the market with its wearable device, countless other companies are getting strapped onto consumers' wrists. Is Apple too late to the game? Or will it truly spark up when the iPhone maker enters the room with a wearable device?

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