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Google Glass wearer being treated for Internet addiction

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:30 pm

The first person suspected of Internet addiction related to his overuse of Google Glass has been treated - and he reportedly used Glass up to 18 hours per day and rarely took it off - becoming irritable when he wasn't using it. The problem was so bad that the patient had what was described as having a "nearly involuntary movement" of his right hand up to his head, and then tapped the area with his forefinger.

 

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Following 35 days of treatment for Internet addiction, the patient's irritability dropped, along with less movement of his right hand to his temple to activate the device, scientists noted.

 

"People used to believe alcoholism wasn't a problem - they blamed the person or the people around them," noted Dr. Andrew Doan, US Navy Substance Abuse and the Recovery Program (SARP) head. "It's just going to take a while for us to realize that this is real."

Google expanding U.S. shopping delivery service, competing with Amazon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 9:30 pm

Google is planning to expand its same-day delivery service for U.S. consumers, in an effort to compete with Amazon and other companies interested in jumping into the online shopping market. Google Express will expand to Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C., in addition to current markets in parts of California and New York City.

 

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The service costs $10 per month - or $95 per year - slightly cheaper than the $99 per year cost of Amazon Prime. When consumers shop online, Amazon is one of their first stops while browsing, which is why Google hopes to shake up the industry a bit further.

 

Google is including additional retailers for its service, such as PetSmart and Vitamin Shoppe, with more retailers expected to jump on the bandwagon next year.

Mobile malware threats rising, but actual infection rates still low

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 8:35 pm

Computer security companies have had their hands full keeping PCs and other devices secure from cyberattackers, and while mobile malware is still overlooked, the threats are continuing to grow. There is serious concern that hackers will infect smartphones and tablets using malicious programs that are able to act like legitimate apps - giving them access to a large amount of information on mobile devices.

 

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"We think the threat is real; we think it's a growing threat," said Gary Davis, McAfee chief consumer security evangelist. "We think there's a laissez-faire attitude with consumers not giving it the same kind of attention they give other threats."

 

Despite the lack of mobile attacks, where Google Android devices receive 98 percent of total mobile threats found in the wild, other operating systems need to be aware of security problems. Furthermore, mobile malware still has a lot of room to grow, even with thousands of Android-based malicious threats already spotted by security researchers.

Assassin's Creed Rogue PC version to hit Windows PCs in early 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 7:43 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin's Creed Rogue will be available for the PC in early 2015, but will be released later than the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 versions. However, the delay was due to production reasons, according to Ubisoft, as PC gamers should be used to getting access to Assassin's Creed titles following their console counterparts.

 

 

"The PC version is coming out early 2015,"Ubisoft recently confirmed to Eurogamer. "PC fans who enjoyed Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag will be able to discover the missing links between these two epic stories with Assassin's Creed Rogue."

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One in 10 British citizens to embrace wearable technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 6:30 pm

Six percent of the UK population are currently using a wearable device, and that number should double to 13 percent of the population next year, according to studies. It will be a drastic increase from 2.8 million people up to 6.1 million, as more citizens become familiar with smartwatches, activity trackers, fitness bands, and other popular wearables.

 

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The YouGov study predicts that 4.7 million people, roughly one in 10 UK residents, will use some type of wearable before the end of 2014 - a number that will be greatly helped with the release of the Apple Watch. Companies such as Samsung, LG, Apple, and other major technology brands are developing wearables to appeal to casual users.

 

Manufacturers will need to create innovative software that will be able to keep customers engaged - and wearing the devices - as growth is expected to accelerate.

Russian cybercriminals hit NATO, Ukraine, and other targets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 5:22 pm

Russian hackers were able to target NATO, Ukraine, European Union and private sector companies using a Microsoft Windows exploit, according to iSight Partners. Russia reportedly has organized state-sponsored cyberattacks, so it's no surprise to hear they launched attacks against geographic and political rivals. iSight informed Microsoft about the problem so the company is able to resolve problems and plug the hole to prevent future intrusions.

 

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iSight wasn't able to confirm what type of data was taken in the data breaches, though cyberattacks originating from Russia continue to plague companies. Furthermore, the five-year cyber espionage effort, named "Sandworm Team" by iSight, also included references to science fiction series in the malicious code.

 

"Your targets almost certainly have to do with your interests," said John Hultquist, iSight cyber espionage head. "We see strong ties to Russian origins here."

Experian: Fraud, identity theft are problems that need to be addressed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:30 pm

Information service company Experian wants consumers and businesses to be more aware of current fraud, identity theft, and cyber threats that face us every day. Cyberattacks largely were ignored by oblivious consumers, but recent point-of-sale (POS) attacks that hit the likes of Target and Home Depot has consumers more interested in potential threats.

 

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"Serious risks are emerging for consumers and businesses as fraudsters identify new targets to attack," said Charles Chung, Experian Decision Analytics president, in a press release. "The monetary cost of fraud losses can be high, but the impact a loss or breach can have on customer relationships and brand integrity can be even higher. Combing comprehensive authentication processes with proportionate measures to monitor user activities and protect consumer data throughout the life cycle is a competitive requirement in today's market."

 

To help businesses better understand current fraud and cyberattacks, Experian is hosting the Future of Fraud and Identity summit on Monday, October 21 in New York City. It's a difficult time for companies trying to adapt to changing customer needs - and waves of cyberattacks that have been difficult to defend against.

Google fears Amazon over search engine rivalry

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:08 pm

Google may become the first trillion dollar company, but its dominant position as the world's most commonly used search engine has intense rivalry from Amazon.

 

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Surprisingly, Google's competition isn't other engine engine companies. Google's CEO Eric Schmidt said, "Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo. But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon". He continued, "People don't think of Amazon as search, but if you are looking for something to buy, you are more often than not looking for it on Amazon."

 

Google also feels that its position is also threatened by startups and innovators who are probably working from a garage right now. It's understandable, considering that Google's humble beginnings were from a garage. On the matter, Mr. Schmidt said, "Someone, somewhere in a garage is gunning for us. I know, because not long ago we were in that garage. Change comes from where you least expect it. The next Google won't do what Google does, just as Google didn't do what AOL did." Despite its dominant position, Google is one of many search engines that is available today.

Hundreds of Dropbox usernames were posted online, Dropbox denies hack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1:30 pm

Hundreds of Dropbox usernames and passwords were posted online, and the hackers reportedly have almost 7 million other compromised accounts. The breach took place because of third-party apps which can access Dropbox, and wasn't a direct breach of Dropbox.

 

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Dropbox denied it was hacked (via The Next Web): "Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have expired as well."

 

Despite the appeal of online storage services, users must be cautious when they grant third-party applications access to accounts. While Dropbox wasn't directly hacked, it's questionable as to what apps should be allowed access - as these third-party services are now popular targets for cyberattacks.

Four men arrested for smuggling cocaine inside Xbox consoles

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 14, 2014 1:08 pm

Life for the older gaming consoles can be tough, but not in the sense they'll be used as containers to smuggle drugs. Older consoles were used as containers for smuggling cocaine, with four men arrested for allegedly smuggling thousands of grams of cocaine since Microsoft's first gaming console.

 

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According to the investigation report, a pack of 1100 grams of cocaine worth over $100,000 was stashed inside an Xbox 360, and sent to a house in Reading, Pennsylvania. As investigations progressed, the police followed a vehicle where the suspects arrived in their home at Hancock Boulevard, with police raiding both houses after getting a search warrant, where they found a large amount of cocaine and even Xbox consoles, accessories and other parts.

 

The items are as follows:

 

  • 1100 grams of cocaine with the potential street value in excess of $100,000
  • Representative kilogram substitute containing a testable quantity of cocaine
  • Miscellaneous x-box game console and parts.
  • Miscellaneous documents pertaining to the defendants
  • Miscellaneous packaging material related to cocaine
  • Heat sealer machine
  • Additional miscellaneous x-box components and shipping packaging
  • Cutting agent related to cocaine.
  • Five counter-surveillance cameras
  • Over fourteen cellular telephones
  • Box of .40 caliber ammunition and loaded gun magazine
  • Digital scale
  • Plastic bag containing "crack" cocaine
  • Approx. $600.00 in U.S. Currency

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