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CBS airs Wi-Fi password for Super Bowl Security Center

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:06 am

Your Wi-Fi password is like your pin number on your ATM card, you just don't display it everywhere, or give it out to anyone - unless you're CBS, and you accidentally air the Wi-Fi SSID and password to the Super Bowl Security Center.

 

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CBS ran a story on the Super Bowl security, where in the screen grab above, you can clearly see the SSID and password. People have most likely tried this, but it would've been changed very quickly afterwards.

Canada spied on air travelers, privacy invasion is global battle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:36 am

The Communications Security Establishment Canada, the NSA-like department north of the border, launched a trial program to monitor unsuspecting travelers using Wi-Fi in Canadian airports. The collected metadata provided Canadian authorities with a glimpse of user Internet browsing habits, friendships, political affiliation, and other private information.

 

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The leaked document indicated the "federal intelligence agency was then able to track the travelers for a week or more as they - and their wireless devices - showed up in other Wi-Fi 'hot spots' in cities" throughout Canada and in some U.S. airports. More alarming, the Canadian authorities could track travelers within its own borders at hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, train stations, and other public locations while they remained in the country.

 

The disclosure came from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, after he accused mainly the NSA for wide-scale spying of U.S. citizens, foreign residents, and political leaders of other governments. Most of Snowden's spying revelations focused on the actions of the NSA, but Canada, England, and other nations also have used newer technologies to conduct surveillance.

AcademicTorrents makes it easier for students, researchers share info

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:03 am

The recently launched Academic Torrents service is a torrent site focused on sharing academic papers, research material and data sets, according to the University of Massachusetts. Academic Torrents was started to help researchers to more easily share and find information, and was founded by students from the Department of Computer Science from UMass, Boston.

 

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Academic Torrents already has more than 1.67TB of research data available to those interested. Researchers no longer have to worry about trying to upload, host, and share content on their own servers, and uses peer-to-peer to share files.

 

Torrents tend to be in the headlines for copyright infringement and piracy, but it's possible to find academic material, open source drivers and software, and legal torrents to download.

Super Bowl XLVIII online stream available for free from FOX Sports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 10:57 pm

For viewers looking to watch the Super Bowl and don't have access to a TV, or stuck at work and want to sneak a glimpse of the game, U.S. viewers can watch the game on the FOX Sports website. Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be contested by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, starts just a few minutes from now at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

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The game is available online for free at the FOX website.

 

Providing an online stream is a great decision by FOX Sports, as the broadcaster will still be able to cash in on viewers - the stream requires bandwidth and infrastructure - but with 30-second TV spots that cost near $4 million, everyone seemingly wins here.

Time Warner Cable loses subscribers, rivals lick their chops

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 9:36 pm

Cable provider Time Warner Cable suffered through another turbulent year, losing 831,000 paid subscribers in 2013. The No. 2 broadcaster in the United States lost 119,000 during Q1, 191,000 in Q2, 306,000 in Q3, and 215,000 subscribers in Q4 - but still has 11.5 million video subscribers in the United States, though that number is expected to decline further.

 

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Several companies have shown interest in trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, with Charter Communications expected to raise its bid for the struggling cable provider. As Time Warner Cable continues to lose subscribers, both Charter and Comcast are likely to show great interest in picking up the company.

 

Although there are disputing reports of cord cutting, in which subscribers go to Netflix and other online-based services, cable and satellite providers are clearly struggling. Premium subscription channels such as HBO and Starz are increasingly opening up content through connected TVs, tablets and smartphones, which will continue to increase.

FOX Sports to use Sony ultra-HD cameras for 4K broadcast

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 8:11 pm

Just a few hours away from the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, TV viewers will have the ability to watch the game in standard definition, high-definition, and ultra-HD (4K). FOX Sports will use six Sony 4K cameras to broadcast the game in UHD, utilizing five F55 and one F65 cameras, which will be used for the FOX "Super Zoom" technology.

 

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The cameras will be position down each sideline and in both end zones, along with one located above the field, providing overall field video.

 

"It's all about the clarity of the replay and giving viewers the best possible look at a play, and that's what we can do with these cameras," said Jerry Steinberg, FOX Sports SVP of Technical Operations, in a statement. "Since we're starting with such a high-resolution image, we can zoom in multiple times on a shot and still get a completely clear picture with zero pixel degradation. You see everything in extreme detail, in fact with an extra amount of detail you wouldn't see in a traditional replay."

 

Traditional HD became popular among TV viewers largely because of the NFL and other professional sports events - and UHD should also likely follow the same path to success.

Chewbacca point-of-sale threat steals your debit, credit card info

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 2:07 pm

A point-of-sale malware designed to steal debit and credit card information has been found on systems in 11 different countries, according to security company RSA. Dubbed ChewBacca, the malware was first discovered in late October, and has been found on in-store POS, directly blamed for stealing at least 49,000 account numbers to date.

 

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The Tor-based malware threat communicates with the Command and Control (C&C) server using the anonymous Internet network - protecting the IP addresses of controllers. ChewBacca has proven successful in encrypting traffic and slipping through network-level detection, despite being a relatively simple piece of malware.

 

In-store POS threats, typically malware to steal customer information, typically go unnoticed, but consumers are becoming more aware of current threats. Criminals want to do whatever is necessary to steal data that they can either use, trade, or sell to other criminals - at the expense of retailers and consumers.

New Battlefield due out this year, will be police-themed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 2:35 am

We posted a rumor of this not too long ago, but more details have surfaced on the next Battlefield game. It will be developed by Visceral Games, as we reported previously, who are the studio behind Dead Space.

 

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It is reportedly a police-themed Battlefield game, which is currently codenamed Havana. Better yet, it is due out this year. There's not much else known on the new Battlefield game, but a police theme is quite interesting, and should breathe some fresh air into the troubled franchise.

Android 4.4.2 arrives on Sprint's HTC One, download the update now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 2:08 am

After a few long months of waiting, Sprint customers who own the HTC One will be quite happy to hear that the company has just released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. In fact, I got the notification on my HTC One about 15 minutes ago to download the 535MB package.

 

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The update took me about 8 minutes total to download and install over Wi-Fi, but it appears that not all HTC One owners are receiving the update notification. Most users will need to manually check for updates in their phone's system update menu. My HTC One feels much faster despite being quite speeding on 4.3 and 4.2., and with this update, Sprint becomes the first carrier to release KitKat to the HTC One in the US.

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Halo 5 rumored to be delayed until November 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 1:34 am

The NeoGAF forum has gamers up in arms once again, where news has broken that the next release in the Halo franchise, Halo 5, has been delayed until November 2015.

 

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The source does claim that we will see many Halo games released over the next 18 months, five of them in fact: Halo 2 Anniversary Edition for Xbox One on November 11, 2014, Halo 3 port for Xbox One, Halo 4 port for Xbox One and the aforementioned Halo 5. Halo 2 Anniversary Edition should arrive with 1080 support, and beta access to Halo 5.

 

60FPS support is rumored, but we should definitely see two versions: a Collector's Edition, and War Collection.

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