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Mobile transactions increasing, but security remains a problem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Mobile transactions increased during Q2 2015, with ThreatMetrix analyzing more than 3 billion transactions, and 75 million attacks were stopped in real-time.

 

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Criminals trying to take advantage of mobile transactions have a number of different methods to compromise users, including spoofing attacks able to impersonate users. Cybercrime is growing across all industries and online channels, so it's important for businesses and companies offering mobile solutions to work to make improve their security.

 

"As commerce goes global and mobile, cybercrime follows suit, as is evidenced by the high volume of attacks targeting cross-border and mobile transactions," said Vanita Pandey, senior director of strategy and product marketing at ThreatMetrix. "Cross-border transactions open the door to new revenue opportunities for businesses but are easy targets for cybercrime attacks, so they must make every effort to ensure they're stopping fraudulent transactions without rejecting authentic customers."

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Don't buy into video hype, no asteroid poised to hit Earth next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Don't worry, no asteroids will be slamming into the Earth in September, NASA has confirmed following a recent viral video caused a bit of a stir.

 

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In the video, it was falsely reported that an asteroid would impact around Puerto Rico, with the incident expected to take place from September 15 to September 28 - but there is no immediate threat to Earthlings. The video made it sound like there would be a threat to the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America.

 

"There is no scientific basis - not one shred of evidence - that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," said Paul Chodas, manager of the Near-Earth Object office for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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NVIDIA launches GTX 950 DirectX 12 ready GPU for $159

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Today NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 950 card aimed at gamers who want to play PC games at 60fps 1080p without breaking their wallets.

 

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The Maxwell-based GTX 950 has an entry-level price point of $159 and packs in 768 CUDA cores clocked in at 1021 MHz that can be boosted to 1188 MHz, and sports 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM operating on a 128-bit bus clocked at 6.6GHz. Power will be supplied via 6-pin connector, and the card will draw 90 Watts of power.

 

Standard NVIDIA performance tech is compatible with the GTX 950 including SLI, V-Sync adaptive sync, and PhysX. This budget model will fully support the new DirectX 12 API and will be able to play DX12 games when they become available.

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SEGA, Steam offers trial of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

SEGA has recently announced a free and limited trial of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces to be launched on Steam in America and Europe, beginning 7PM CET on August 31 and concluding 11pm CET on September 2, 2015.

 

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Exclusive to Steam, this trial will see up to 55,000 total players involved, allowing access to the British army and the ability to control 15 new units, six new commanders and eight new multiplayer maps. Alongside these are the four factions and base commanders as seen in all previous Company of Heroes 2 titles.

 

Self-claimed as "one of the most comprehensive World War II RTS games available," Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces is set for full release on September 3 for $12.99 as a stand-alone package, with 10% off given for pre-ordering customers.

LG Electronics unveils new speakers, aiming for football seasons

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

As we quickly approach the start of the NFL football season, it looks like LG Electronics is preparing to help us hear the games better with new wireless audio products. LG showed off the P5 (NP5550), P7 (NP7550), and SoundPop 360 speakers, LG X-Boom Theater, and OM7550 Cube Speaker System.

 

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The LG Music Flow P5 is a 10-watt wireless speaker with up to eight hours of battery life, while the LG Music Flow P7 is a 20-watt speaker with up to 10 hours of battery life. The LG SoundPop 360, similar in design to a drinking tumbler, is a cylindrical speaker providing 360-degree range â€" and up to 20 hours of battery life.

 

The LG X-Boom Theater has a pair of tower speakers with up to 1000-watt total audio output, built-in subwoofers, and is paired with a 3D Blu-ray player including LG Smart TV functionality. The LG Cube Speaker System supports a 1000-watt speaker and subwoofer, two USB ports, portable audio input, Multipoint Bluetooth, and NFC.

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Report: Robots, technology help create jobs, not destroy them

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Will robots steal our jobs? There seems to be mounting fear that the human labor force will face pressure from robotic automation, though a new report from Deloitte indicates job creation among the creative, care, tech and business service sectors make up for jobs lost in agriculture and manufacturing.

 

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"It's been very easy to identify where jobs have been destroyed," said Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, in a statement to CNBC. "Job losses generally are very conspicuous, whether it's a middle manager replaced by software, or checkout staff displaced by auto terminals, whereas job gains [are] harder to identify."

 

Machines help drive down production costs, and consumers are more willing to spend on new consumer goods and services. Researchers point to increasing sales for things like short holidays, morning cups of coffee at a local café, and other luxuries consumers may not be able to splurge on.

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Indiegogo GoPro stabilizer reaches $50k in 5 hours and $100K in 24

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

SLICK stabilizer is a motorized GoPro 'steadicam' that aims to provide a waterproof solution to anyone looking at improving their GoPro footage in any capacity.

 

 

Available for a donation of $229, the 200 available $179 options sold out in a matter of hours, seeing this product raise over $100,000 in its first day of bidding - already doubling it's $50,000 asking price.

 

This device will fit to current GoPro mounts and accessories, meaning that users can attach it to themselves, their skateboards, or their cars and more easily and efficiently, whilst providing a better solution for the final cut. Weighing in at 0.66 lbs and with a two hour removable battery, there will be further software updates made available post-release and can be uploaded via a standard micro-USB connection.

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Will drug tests help legitimize eSports as an actual sport?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) wants to crack down on the use of recreational and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) used by its competitors. Many of you balked at the idea, especially when marijuana is on the list of banned substances, though the ESL has a long-term goal in mind: legitimize eSports worldwide.

 

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"The popularity and visibility of eSports has grown exponentially in recent years, but this combined with the increasing size of prize pools has also made the temptation of rule-breaking even greater," the ESL previously wrote. "ESL has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding both the integrity of our competitions and that of eSports as a whole."

 

It looks like ESL is most concerned about the use of Adderall and similar drugs that can be used to help enhance gameplay. ESL will work with the German Nationale Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) - which oversees anti-doping coordination and promoting anti-doping measures. WADA, of course, is best known for its role in athletic sports - but with a growing global image and prize money on the line - eSports wants to follow suit.

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Sao Paulo locals likely to cheat claims Ashley Madison account graphic

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

In further shocking news, the Ashley Madison hacking scandal has not only seen Australian Government employees damned by the leak, but there has further been an investigation into statistics based around the findings.

 

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This investigation came in the form of locations, naming how many Ashley Madison accounts were linked to major cities around the globe. Topping the list of 25 cities by a large margin was Sao Paulo, sitting at over 370,000 accounts in total, backed up by New York at 268,171 in second place. These results were certainly not locked to a single continent either, with London and Melbourne (Australia) both ranking quite highly.

 

As reported by News.com.au, these numbers also don't take total population into account. So not only are you looking at places like Perth (Australia) having 88,697 total Ashley Madison members, but this city has 1/10th of the inhabitants when compared to the #1 ranked Sao Paulo.

Government investigating how staff emails were added to Ashley Madison

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

In recent news, dating and affairs website Ashley Madison was hacked and user information posted on the dark web. Among this information were over 700 Australian Government email address' ranging from members of parliament to high-held positions in the police force. With more uncovered members said to be found soon, the Queensland Government wants to know exactly how its workers ended up on this list.

 

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With these 'Queenslanders' holding positions such as detective, government official and regional Councillor, the Queensland Government's IT section are reportedly conducting a full investigation in order to find out exactly how these email addresses came to be included in these lists.

 

There is a possibility that some emails were signed up by other people in a bid to inconvenience a worker they don't like, however, that's not likely to be the case for all members on the list.

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