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Xoom unveils its Touch ID platform for mobile money transfers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Digital money transfer specialist Xoom has announced it will begin utilizing Apple's Touch ID technology for its own mobile money transfers app. Customers can use fingerprint biometrics to log into their Xoom app if they own an Apple iPhone 6s, 6 or 6 Plus smartphone.


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The app will first determine if a user has Touch ID enabled - and if it is enabled, they are asked if they wish to use Touch ID to login. Once agreed to, they are able to authenticate the process with just their fingerprint. The Xoom App is currently available from the Apple AppStore.


"Xoom has always placed safety and security as a top priority, and now with Touch ID on the Xoom Mobile App, this presents an enhanced customer experience with authentication that is simple and highly secure," said Joe Raymond, VP of Product at Xoom. "In keeping with our mission of creating a seamless customer experience across our platform, Touch ID will make it faster and easier for our customers to send money from the Xoom App, without having to type in a password."

Vormetric: 93% of companies face insider threat cybersecurity risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A whopping 93 percent of organizations are vulnerable to insider threats, and the problem continues to be confusing for business leaders, according to Vormetric's "2015 Insider Threat Report." The threat report also discovered 59 percent of respondents believe privileged users pose the biggest threat to their organization, and preventing a data breach is a major priority for IT security spending.


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Trying to keep companies secure from insider threat - both accidental and malicious - is a problem that only seems to be getting worse, as companies are unsure how to address evolving security problems. As such, experts are concerned the number of massive data breaches, which captured headlines in 2014, will continue in 2015 while companies remain flustered.


"As the past year demonstrates, these threats are real and need to be addressed," said Alan Kessler, CEO of Vormetric. "Organizations wishing to protect themselves must do more than take a data-centric approach; they must take a data-first approach. Although we are heartened that 92 percent of organizations plan to maintain or increase their security spending in the coming year, our larger concern is about how they plan to spend that money."

New Resident Evil movie begins filming in August, Milla Jovovich says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It looks like "Resident Evil - The Final Chapter" will begin filming in August, according to actress Milla Jovovich. The film was expected to begin filming in 2014, but was postponed due to Jovovich's pregnancy, as the Ukrainian actor is expected to give birth in about 10 weeks.


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Jovovich has gained 30 pounds because of her pregnancy, and wants to ensure she is able to physically take care of herself and her child - as she prepares for what will likely be her final role as Alice.


"I have to be ready to start filming 'Resident Evil - The Final Chapter' in August of this year," Jovovich recently said. "And I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to 'action hero' mode!"

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Software Advice: Only 56% of employees feel their passwords are secure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Just 56 percent of employees believe their password habits in the workplace are secure, according to Software Advice's "Password Use in the Workplace" report. Companies are struggling to teach their employees to hold more responsibility with security, and the problem will continue throughout 2015.


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"Our findings suggest that users either remain unaware of the rules despite the hype, do not believe them to be good advice or simply find them too burdensome, and thus opt for less secure passwords," according to the report.


Proper cybersecurity must start from the top and trickle down to regular employees, though that doesn't seem to be happening, according to the survey. Only 54 percent of employees report their employers require them to create complex passwords.

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Google broke out the check book to help lobby politicians in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If it's tech-related, it seems Google wants a piece of the action - and the company is willing to spend money to help get the job done. The search giant racked up $16.83 million in federal political lobbying throughout 2014, according to the Consumer Watchdog group.


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Google's lobbying figures put it ahead of Comcast, Verizon, IBM, Time Warner Cable, and other big spenders. More importantly, Google is investing more into political action over Microsoft ($8.33 million) and Facebook ($9.34 million), as the company expands into new business ventures.


Google recently invested $1 billion into SpaceX, while Google wants net neutrality laws revamped, to help fund autonomous vehicle research, and other ventures.

Get a glimpse: Elders React to playing Grand Theft Auto 5

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Ever wonder what it'd be like if your grandparents played Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5? You don't have to wonder anymore, as the newest Elders React video shows us just that. Most of the elders in the video are familiar with the GTA franchise, but didn't have first-hand experience playing any of the game titles.



The React YouTube video channel has become popular for its videos showing how kids, teenagers, and older folks react to a number of different games, technologies, memes, and other popular Internet content.

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Rising demand for cybersecurity to prevent insider threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

US government departments are increasingly worried about high-profile data breaches, with cyberattacks targeting US infrastructure increasing, according to General Dynamics. US military spending has declined, but due to rising cybersecurity threats, spending to help defend networks has grown significantly in certain sectors.


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Cybersecurity related to preventing insider threats has proven popular, with up to five government departments interested in insider threat protection over past few months. Trying to defend against threats from the inside can be extremely difficult, but cybersecurity experts tend to look for unusual employee behavior before information is compromised.


"Across the board, I see this as still being a growth area for us," said Nadia Short, VP and GM of cyber systems at General Dynamics, when speaking to Reuters. The contractor has merged its cyber and engineering departments, providing additional expertise and streamlined security developments.

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint will develop faster EV charging units

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

German auto manufacturers BMW and Volkswagen have announced a new effort to team up with ChargePoint to develop new fast-charging stations. The new EV charging stations would be designed for plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles - which are growing in popularity in the United States.


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"Most people will rarely use it, but knowing it is there seems to remove a big purchase barrier" for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, according to Tom Gage, electric vehicle charging specialist.


ChargePoint currently operates more than 20,000 charging ports throughout North America - and creating custom agreements with automakers can help expand that reach. BMW recently unveiled its i3 and Volkswagen showed off its e-Golf, with both automakers understanding there will be minimal interest unless drivers have an increased number of locations to charge their vehicles.

Drug smuggling drone crashes near US-Mexico border, police report

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A drone quadcopter flying with more than six pounds of methamphetamine crashed in a parking lot on the Mexico side of the US-Mexico border.


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A Mexican citize informed authorities regarding the crashed drone, with police saying the crystal meth was tethered to the drone using plastic materials and black tape.


Drug smuggling is a major business for organized cartels in Mexico, with techniques ranging from hiding drugs insides humans and vehicles to using catapults and sophisticated tunnels under the border. The use of drones, however, provides a typically fast, reliable method to smuggle a few pounds of narcotics across the border.

Netflix hopes to stream upwards of 20 scripted series each year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Netflix has big ambitions for its original content efforts, wanting to launch 20 scripted series per year. Of course, not all of the shows will be marketed towards American viewers, as the company looks to expand its reach outside of the United States.


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"I think we can launch - successfully, high quality - around 20 original scripted shows a year, which means every 2 ½ to three weeks you're launching a new season or a new show on Netflix meant to be for really diverse tastes all around the world," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, during a recent conference.


Netflix has found great success by launching original programming - an effort that other streaming services and businesses want to emulate.

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