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Sony continues to expand PlayStation 4 beyond just video games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:53 pm

Sony wants to utilize original TV programming to help keep PlayStation 4 game console owners engaged and using the console for other activities beyond gaming. Sony already has plans for an online pay-TV service for the console, with the PS4 heavily relied upon by the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer.

 

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The "Powers" one-hour original TV drama series is spearheaded by Sony Pictures Television, offering Sony a chance to utilize its own in-house studio.

 

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," noted Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO.

 

In the previous console battle, Microsoft was able to rely on a lower price point and wide selection of non-gaming activities - and Sony has learned from its PlayStation 3 mistakes - trying to capture as much usage time from PlayStation 4 gamers as possible.

Russian-born notorious 'Diabl0' hacker arrested in Thailand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 8:44 pm

At the request of Swiss authorities, Farid Essebar, working under the codename "Diabl0" was arrested in Thailand by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Office of the Attorney General, and the Immigration Bureau.

 

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The Russian-born hacker from Morocco allegedly broke into bank computer networks and hacked bank websites in Switzerland, racking up more than $4 billion in damages to banks and customers in 2011.

 

"We arrested the suspect at a condominium on Rama IV Road," authorities said in a statement. "Next Thailand will send him to Switzerland within 90 days in accordance with the extradition agreement.

 

This isn't Diabl0's first run-in with law enforcement, after the hacker was arrested in 2005 for his role in helping create the Zotob computer worm - a nasty cyber effort that targeted Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP users across the world.

Miss Teen USA hacker sent to slammer for 18 months

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 7:18 pm

Convicted teenage hacker Jared James Abrahams has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison following two years of compromising online accounts of women he later blackmailed. The 19 year old pleaded guilty last November to one count of unauthorized access of a computer and three counts of extortion, and reportedly broke into around 150 online accounts.

 

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Abrahams grabbed headlines after he compromised Miss Teen USA 2013 winner Cassidy Wolf, in which he accessed her computer and used their webcams to photograph them.

 

"As digital devices, email accounts, and social media accounts now contain the most intimate details of the public's daily lives, the impact of this type of hacking and extortion becomes more pronounced, troubling, and far-reaching," the U.S. Department of Justice noted. "In some cases, this type of criminal behavior can be life-changing for the victims - especially for vulnerable victims who may feel it is impossible to rebuild their tarnished reputations."

 

Users need to be more diligent in the type of images, videos, and other personal information they share online - and ensure they keep accounts password-protected with hard-to-guess passwords - and have updated anti-virus and anti-malware software. As Abrahams showed, it's not a bad idea to keep webcams covered when not in use, as well.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin team for new Netflix series

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 6:33 pm

If you have been around since the 80's you may recall Dolly Parton. She was a country and western singer most known for large breasts and appearing in the occasional movie. One of those films is a comedy classic called 9 to 5 that also features Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

 

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Fonda and Tomlin are reuniting on a new comedy series for Netflix for the first time since 9 to 5. The new series is called Grace and Frankie. Netflix warns that this isn't a normal sitcom. The setting for the comedy is that Tomlin and Lily are rivals and their husbands tell them one day that they are in love and are getting married.

 

This leaves Grace, played by Fonda, and Frankie, played by Tomlin, thrown together to deal with the change in marital status. The comedy is going to be a 30-minute single camera series. Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of the show for the first season and they will be from Skydance Productions.

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Toshiba Canvio Wireless Adapter launches

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 6:06 pm

Toshiba has announced an interesting new adapter that can be used to turn external hard drives into network attached storage. The new product is called the Canvio Wireless Adapter. The adapter will work with any brand of traditional external hard drive, not Toshiba brands alone.

 

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Once connected the adapter lets the user connect to the hard drive using a tablet or smartphone and upload images, video, and documents to the drive. The adapter supports up to eight deices at one time. Using the app, the data stored on the drive can also be accessed remotely from outside the home or office.

 

The wireless Adapter is easy to install and set up. It connects to the external hard drive and a USB power source. Apps for saving and accessing data are available for Android and iOS. The wireless adapter is available now for $79.99.

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Former Microsoft worker arrested for leaking software secrets

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:32 pm

A former Microsoft employee was arrested this week for allegedly leaking details of Windows 8 and other software to an unnamed technology blogger. The former workers is Alex Kibkalo, who was previously a senior architect at the software giant.

 

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The man was arrested this week and according to the complaint filed on March 17, he passed trade secrets having to do with Windows 8 to a French blogger. Microsoft says that its investigation found that Kibkalo had uploaded software that includes pre-release versions of updates for Windows 8 RT tablets and the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit.

 

The former Microsoft worker had uploaded the files to a computer located in Redmond, Washington. He later uploaded that software to his personal Windows Live SkyDrive account where he provided the blogger links to the software and a password.

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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:00 pm

Porsche has been making some of the most desirable sports cars in the world for decades. The company has its slick two seat Boxster and Cayman cars on the low-end, and the venerable and long running 911 with other models thrown in as well. Porsche has announced a new version of the Boxster and Cayman with more power and style.

 

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The new versions of the cars are the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS. Both of the cars get a bump in power compared to the standard versions of the car. Both cars get an extra 15hp bringing the output to 330hp for the Boxster and 340 for the Cayman. Each of the cars also gets a 7 lb-ft boost in torque.

 

Both GTS models get the Sport Chrono package standard and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK. When fitted with the PDK gearbox the Cayman GTS can reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with the Boxster GTS needing 4.4 seconds.

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Galactic Strongholds expansion comes to Star Wars: The Old Republic

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 pm

Gamers that have spent some time with Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will be glad to hear that a new free to play expansion is coming soon. This expansion brings a new social feature for the game that allows players to design their own strongholds.

 

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The stronghold is really just an apartment or dwelling for the player to invite their friends to for hangouts and chats. You can choose your own custom decorations and place them where you want in the stronghold.

 

As you fix up your stronghold, you will earn Prestige Score points and the chance to compete against other players in the Stronghold Directory. The update also brings with it Guild Flagships that can't participate in battles, but can be meeting places. Strongholds can be acquired in the game by earning credits or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel market.

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Pyle Rocket Torch Bluetooth speaker is a flashlight and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 pm

There are a number of Bluetooth speakers on the market today and most of them are very similar. Pyle Audio has unveiled a new one that is quite different from the other Bluetooth speakers on the market and is able to perform multiple functions. In fact, the rocket torch can perform five different functions.

 

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The device has a built-in flashlight, a Bluetooth speaker, can be used as a speakerphone, features an FM tuner, and has a memory card slot. The memory card slot lets the device play music without using the battery on your smartphone or tablet.

 

Pyle offers the rocket torch in five colors. If you have a device that lacks Bluetooth capability, an aux-in port lets you hook your device up via a 3.5mm input. You can take the Rocket Torch with you to places where it is likely to get wet. It is splash proof and water resistant. The Rocket Torch is available now in orange green, red, blue, and black for $44.99.

Teen launches comic book vending machine business

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:20 pm

When I was 19 years old, about the only thing I thought hard about was landing a date with the hot blonde in my Anatomy class in college. I certainly wasn't thinking about starting a business. 19-year old Chris Romberger is thinking about a business and the teen has launched his own, and it's very cool.

 

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Romberger has Down Syndrome and autism. He worked with a job coach to figure out what he wanted to do with is life. His goals involved the comic books he loves. Since retail space is expensive to rent and maintain, the teen and his coach went with a vending machine.

 

Rather than filling the vending machine with snacks or gadgets, Romberger filled his with comic books. The machine has an assortment of single-issue comic books that you can buy. It appears that prices range from $2.00 to $4.00.

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