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Facebook estimates it has over 100 million fake accounts in use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 10:36 am

During Facebook's Q4 earnings report, we found out that there are over 1.23 billion monthly active users, 757 million daily active users, 945 million monthly active mobile users, and 556 million daily active mobile users.

 

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These are some interesting numbers, but just how many of these Facebook accounts are fake? The social network says that at least 67.65 million fake accounts were used last month alone, with this number exploding out to as high as 137.76 million accounts, if its higher-end estimate is to be believed.

 

Facebook estimates that in 2013, between 5.5% and 11.2% of its total users, were fake. It's a huge number, but not totally surprising.

Blizzard will fund college gaming groups through eSports Association

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 9:26 am

Blizzard has just pledged support for college gaming groups that are part of The eSports Association (TeSPA). Blizzard will begin offering cash, in-game bonuses, and promo material as groups continue to grow in size, too.

 

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The help is coming as some gaming groups cannot get access to resources to host larger tournaments, which is why the World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft developer is jumping on-board. Groups with over 200 members will even be greeted with special guests, which is a nice touch. This will only help the eSports community, and gamers as a whole.

Indian retailer sold out of Moto G in less than one hour

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 8:25 am

The 16GB variant of the Moto G sold out in less than 60 minutes on Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce company. The 8GB version is still in stock, for now, but with the Moto G selling like cupcakes on Flipkart, I wouldn't expect it to stay there for long.

 

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Motorola launched the Moto G in India last week, in partnership with Flipkart. Motorola announced that the Moto G would go on sale on February 6, at 12am, but the e-commerce company began selling the 8GB version before the clock reached midnight. When it opened sales of the 16GB version, it sold out within an hour. It sold out before some people could even reach the checkout.

 

It sold out quick because of the low amount of Moto G smartphones imported, with a reported 14,800 units of the 8GB version, and just 5,000 units of the 16GB version were imported into the country. Stock should be back by now, but it goes to show that a great smartphone at an even better price can break into emerging markets quick.

 

This could be one of the many reasons Lenovo purchased Motorola Mobility from Google recently, at $2.9 billion. The emerging market space is going to be big business in the coming decade.

Edward Snowden used simple technique to steal NSA secrets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 7:50 am

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden used customized web crawler software to steal at least 200,000 government secrets, according to a new report published in the New York Times.

 

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The NSA is helping try to protect federal agencies from foreign-based cyber attacks, but Snowden's method to steal data was surprisingly simplistic - and extremely successful. If Snowden was based at the NSA's main headquarters, it's likely he would have been detected, but the NSA contractor didn't have policies as stringent.

 

Snowden is accused of scraping "data out of our systems" as he continued his daily job duties, a senior intelligence official told the Times. "We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading this much material in sequence."

 

The NSA and U.S. lawmakers continue to show disgust with Snowden's actions over the past year - and citizens are more aware of the NSA's questionable activity - with friction expected in the foreseeable future.

BioShock-themed goods will hit Team Fortress 2 soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 7:28 am

Irrational Games has announced that BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders on Steam will soon enjoy some BioShock-themed items in the immensely popular Team Fortress 2.

 

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What should we expect? Well, a Benjamin Franklin mask, a George Washington mask, and the Team Fortress 2 version of the Little Sister's Big Daddy Pocket Doll. These items will be very exclusive, being made only for BioShock Infinite Season Pass owners, and will come free in addition to all of the other content that pass holders receive.

 

The pass itself costs $19.99 and includes the Clash in the Clouds add-on, Burial at Sea - Episode One, Burial at Sea - Episode Two, and the Early Bird Special Pack.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S4 Black Edition, S4 mini Black Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 6:27 am

Samsung has just outed Black Editions of its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini, weeks before it debuts its new Galaxy S5 smartphone. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is pretty much identical to the standard S4, with a 1.9Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and unfortunately, only Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - for now.

 

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The Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition feautres the same specs as the smaller S4's, with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing snapper and the same Android 4.2.2 OS on top. The Black Editions will however, "sport a high-quality leather-like textured black back cover and bezel" and also "come preloaded with a suite of eight dedicated wallpapers for both the home and lock screens as well as several new and exclusive ringtones".

Steve Wozniak says he never said Apple should make an Android phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 6:05 am

We reported earlier on that Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, said that Apple should think about making an Android-based smartphone, but it looks like we - along with most tech press - got it wrong.

 

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In an e-mail to Gina Smith of aNewDomain, Wozniak said: "They got it quite wrong for their own reasons ... I'm used to things like this, (where the media turns) 'could' into 'should.' But the idea caught a lot of attention. It was just (my) independent idea ... I'm sure others have said it before but I get more attention".

 

Wozniak continued: "I was asked some general question as to BlackBerry. I said, as I have before, that I felt BlackBerry's best (plan) two years ago would have been to make an Android phone. I went into how the world seems to be Apple lovers and Apple non-lovers. I did say Apple 'could' make an Android phone. But I (said) total business decisions would be in the hands of knowledgeable Apple execs - not me".

 

The Apple co-founder finishes his e-mail with Smith saying: "I questioned how much this would compete with the iPhone business. My answer was brief and more thrown out like art, to mention a rare and dramatic idea to get people to (start thinking)".

HBO teases new comedy from Mike Judge, 'Silicon Valley'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 5:20 am

Just before the weekend kicked off, HBO teased a trailer for its upcoming comedy series, Silicon Valley, from creator Mike Judge. You might have watched some of Judge's previous content, such as Beavis & Butthead, Office Space, and King of the Hill.

 

 

The new HBO comedy comes from Judge's experience as a Silicon Valley engineer back in the late 80s. The show will follow introverted, social misfits living in a "Hacker Hostel," a "startup incubator" owned by millionaires in Silicon Valley. The show will see an 8-episode run starting on April 6. The trailer is pretty NSFW thanks to its content, but I'm incredibly excited to see what Judge can deliver.

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Virtual reality more than a fad for just video games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 4:46 am

Virtual reality and augmented reality hardware and software products are changing the way users interact in the living room and at the PC. The Oculus Rift, Avegant Glyph, and smart glasses might get a lot of the attention from gamers, but VR and AR create potential for so many business and enterprise apps.

 

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Smart glasses are being used as training tools for industry decision makers trying to embrace new technologies and cut prices, as the military, medical, and biotech companies show interest in VR.

 

As VR hardware continues to evolve, the bundled software also provides great opportunities for consumers and business users. Sixense's MakeVR 3D modeling software, which needs a 3D multi-touch interface, pushes the boundaries of the type of software that can be developed in the future. The MakeVR Kickstarter reached $56,000 of its $250,000 goal just three days after launch.

 

Moving forward, Oculus, Sony, Vuzix, Recon Instruments, Google, Meta, GlassUp, and other companies are helping drive innovation.

FBI collecting its own malware library to study cyber threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2014 3:32 am

In the continued battle against cyber warfare, the FBI recently opened the door to security experts willing to share information about malware. Specifically, the Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) wants to create "global awareness of the malware threat" in anticipation of what lies ahead in the future. The request for quote (RFQ) is a unique effort to purchase malware so the FBI intelligence services are able to try and reverse-engineer the security threats.

 

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The FBI is currently seeking security firms to submit malware samples for federal computer teams to learn more about how the malicious software is made and distributed. Executive files, digital media files, exploited code, and Office documents will be collected, though security experts are welcome to try and stump the FBI with select malware.

 

Sophisticated malware continues to plague desktop and mobile users, with malware targeting Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple OS X/iOS.

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