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'Spectre' script leaks online in latest Sony-Gate data dump

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

The Sony-Gate email data dump has been hugely damaging for Sony Pictures, since being exploited last month. Hackers, going by the name of 'Guardians of Peace' are promising even further leaks to come, but Sony Pictures have just taken another hit, with confirmation that an early version of the script to the next James Bond picture has been leaked online.


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The emails give an interesting insight into the production, which shows that the script was in a state of flux even up to last month, with revisions requested to the final act. CinemaBlend have given a comprehensive summary of the leak, although beware of the spoilers.


Bond production company EON has released an official statement, which confirms the validity of the leak. Last week, further emails revealed that the film's budget was ballooning, with producers scrambling to bring it back down.

Aiimbo hype builds - Rosalina aiimbo now exclusive to Target

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

"Tap amiibo figures to the Wii U GamePad controller to interact with compatible games-no portal required!" reads the official website constructed by Nintendo.


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Retailers are all looking for a slice of the pie, with Target gaining Nintendo's Rosalina aiimbo (with her Luma buddy) as a sole exclusive before her Febuary 2015 release. This information follows various other exclusives announced for retailers.

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iOS users care more about security, privacy than Android users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Google Android might have a significantly higher market share than Android iOS, but it appears iOS users take security and privacy a bit more seriously, according to iDrive. iOS users are more likely to keep data backed up, with 33 percent more photos and 20 percent more videos backed up when compared to Android users. Furthermore, iOS users also are 25 percent more likely to keep data secure with encryption.


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"iOS and Android both have users that land between 'Does not care at all' and 'Cares deeply' on the security and privacy awareness spectrum, but it's no coincidence that iOS users seem to rank higher," noted Patrick Nielsen, Kaspersky Lab Senior Security Researcher, in a statement published by PCWorld.


Both companies are taking mobile security seriously, but must now relay its importance down to users - especially with smartphone theft and cloud security remaining significant concerns.

The smartphone and tablet markets are quiet ahead of CES 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

CES 2015 is less than one month away, and many tech companies are gearing up for yet another hectic show from Las Vegas. However, the smartphone and tablet markets are surprisingly quiet as consumers and manufacturers prepare for a barrage of product announcements and public launches.


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AT&T will host a keynote and developer conference during CES 2015, but most other wireless carriers and manufacturers have remained relatively tightlipped.


It would appear some manufacturers preparing mobile products will wait until Mobile World Congress (MWC), a show dedicated specifically towards mobile products. This allows them to have more time to prepare products, while also ensuring their products won't be overwhelmed by every other consumer product highlighted in the Nevada desert.

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PlayStation Plus gave away more than $1,300 per subscriber in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

PlayStation Plus subscribers pay $50 per year, but Sony gave away more than $1,300 in games per subscriber in 2014, according to a report compiled by Push Square. The PS Plus service has 7.9 million subscribers, Sony said during its last earnings call two months ago.


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A Plus subscription provides PlayStation 4 multiplayer access, cloud-based storage, game discounts, Tune In radio access, and free games for the PS4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita.


Sony already is increasing its cloud computing capabilities, preparing to help usher gamers towards cloud-based gaming - and subscription services will be an important piece to the puzzle. The Japanese electronics company greatly relies on its PlayStation business, as the company continues to face financial pressure.

Sony warned before hack that its networks were vulnerable to attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

Before Sony Pictures Entertainment was compromised in a significant cyberattack that crippled its computer systems and led to large amounts of data stolen, the company was warned of lapses in cybersecurity. SPE's firewall and at least 100 other devices were being monitored by the studio's in-house team instead of Sony's corporate security team, according to an audit done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


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"Security incidents impacting these network or infrastructure devices may not be detected or resolved [in a] timely [manner]," according to a PrincewaterhouseCoopers confidential report available in September. Re/code received a copy of the report and indicated SPE knew of significant security problems, but had a slow reaction time before trying to resolve problems.


Hollywood studios and other major corporations have the opportunity to learn from SPE's significant data breach, at Sony's expense.

Report: Windows 10 will include Xbox app, Cortana integration

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

The Microsoft Windows 10 leaked consumer build (9901) indicates users will be able to enjoy an Xbox app, giving them access to friends list, Store, activity feeds, achievements, and additional features. Microsoft previously promised increased gaming integration into the Windows 10 OS, and this early build shows what the company has in mind.


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Meanwhile, Cortana in Windows 10 closely resembles the same orientation as Windows Phone, revealing Microsoft is serious about its efforts to make Windows similar across all platforms. Cortana was shown in early Windows 10 builds, but has been refined and looks significantly better in 9901, according to reports.


Microsoft will continue to promote its Windows 10 OS, as consumers and business users never truly jumped onboard the Windows 8/8.1 bandwagon.

Edward Snowden's lawyer wants US officials charged over CIA torture

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

The CIA misled the White House, Justice Department, Congress and the US people in its effort to conduct intelligence gathering operations by using torture, according to the Senate intelligence committee. Wolfgang Kaleck, Edward Snowden's attorney and director of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), wants Europe to target the "architects" of organized torture operations spearheaded by the CIA.


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"We're preparing reams of dossiers, and demanding of prosecutors that they do the same for those who are named in the report and those known as the higher-ups who directed and conducted this system," Kaleck recently told The Guardian. "If these people enter European territory, they need to know that they'll run into severe trouble."


Kaleck also defended a German national, Khaled El Masri, who was wrongly seized by the CIA in 2004 - and wants the German government to begin requesting extradition requests to the United States, which will clearly be denied. El Masri was taken in Macedonia, shipped to Afghanistan, and tortured for five months. After the CIA figured out they seized the wrong person, they flew him to Albania and just left him on the side of the road.

Companies hiring hackers to test Internet of Things security efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to explode in popularity in coming years, but trying to keep a growing number of connected devices secure from cybercriminals remains a major effort. To help get a step ahead of malicious criminals, companies are embracing white hat hackers specialized in finding and exploiting potential security loopholes - and then sharing details with the company.


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"Source code analysis, integrating security testing into the normal test cycle, and penetration testing at the end," said Michael Murray, director of GE Healthcare cybersecurity consulting and assessment, in a statement published by Dark Reading. "I'm [still] breaking lots of stuff. I'm just breaking it before it gets to the customer to make sure bad things don't happen to people out in the world."


Connected devices are increasing to vehicles, our homes and apartments, medical devices, and virtually everywhere else - but keeping consumers and users secure is a major effort.

Japanese firm shows off GPS-guided robotic lawn mower for golf courses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Japanese company Mamiya-OP plans to begin selling a pricey robotic lawn mower that will be able to autonomously take care of golf courses. Mamiya-OP partnered with Jacobsen, a company that manufacturers golf course lawn mowing products, to create the "Robot Mower for Five Successive Fairways."


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Mamiya-OP said customers could be able to pay off purchasing one unit within three years, as the robot mower is able to travel up to 6 m.p.h. along a preset route. Utilizing a GPS, three-axis gyroscope and encoder, the robot mower has sensors so it is able to spot - and avoid - humans and other obstacles on the course.


The lawn mower utilizes a custom autonomous driving system and each unit will cost between $70,000 and $90,000.

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