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IoT cybersecurity could help determine most popular smart products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 9:15 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) has great potential to be a truly disruptive infrastructure, with expectations of 20+ billion "Things" just around the corner. Consumers will enjoy smart technologies in their homes and in the workplace, opening up a large number of potential vulnerabilities that cybercriminals will exploit.




There is a mix of privacy and security concerns related to IoT products that must be addressed by manufacturers. Consumers were outraged when Samsung confirmed its smart HDTVs had the capability to listen in using the TV's built-in voice command features.


Meanwhile, cybersecurity experts are worried about hackers able to target smart technologies - especially newer products in which security may not have been a priority - that will complicate things long-term. IoT product vendors must keep in mind that consumers will be reckless with security, and it cannot be an optional feature.

Nokia Here True cars helping provide 3D 'reality mapping'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 8:10 pm

Nokia has 300 Here True vehicles traveling major international cities in an effort known as "reality mapping," which will be used by other companies. Here is currently utilized by Bing, Garmin, Yahoo, Oracle, and other major companies - and powers many built-in vehicle GPS systems.




The Nokia Here True cars use four high-resolution cameras that take 360-degree pictures about every 20 feet. The onboard GPS senor is able to identify the car's location within a centimeter, and a LIDAR system captures 700,000 points per second.


Nokia hopes that its new maps can help autonomous vehicles, which rely on cameras, sensors and custom algorithms to navigate roadways.

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Researchers show concern about robots possibly taking high-tech jobs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 7:45 pm

More jobs and human workers are at risk of robots one day taking over their roles in the workplace, and much of the concern has focused on low-tech workers. However, researchers from Columbia University and Boston University are worried that high-tech employees could also be at risk as demand for robots accelerates in the years to come.




Supporters note that humans are needed to help program the robots and carry out required maintenance - but there is growing criticism that much-needed jobs are at risk. However, researchers note that sophisticated code writing may be necessary at first, but legacy code will grow while these robots are able to autonomously learn tasks.


Companies have embraced robotics technology in manufacturing facilities to help streamline operations, reduce labor costs, and maintain high-levels of production.

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Survey: 90% of consumers shun mobile payments when it is available

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6:30 pm

Consumers are becoming more familiar with mobile payments, but that doesn't mean they are pulling the trigger to use the emerging offering. More than 90 percent of consumers don't use mobile payments when the option is available, according to a survey conducted by the Placeable enterprise advertising firm.




Seventy percent of consumers trust mobile payments, with almost half of consumers saying they never purchased a product using their mobile phones.


"While smartphones are ubiquitous today, our research discovered that consumers' purchasing habits have been slow to adapt," said Michael Bevan, director of marketing at Placeable. "As brands - particularly those in the retail and restaurant industries - strive to offer the optimal mobile experience for their customers, it's critical that they understand how consumers feel about mobile so they can provide options that engage customers and drive sales."

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Russian citizen pleads not guilty to stealing 160M credit cards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:20 pm

Vladimir Drinkman, 34, has pleaded not guilty after being officially accused of operating in a large international hacker ring responsible for stealing up to 160 million credit cards. The group allegedly installed malware on vulnerable computer systems, with stolen information sold on the black market.




Drinkman's specialty was penetrating networks to gain access to corporate databases that could later be mined.


The hacker group hit NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Dow Jones, JetBlue, and other high-profile targets - with the "far-reaching" scheme responsible for compromising usernames, passwords, along with debit and credit card numbers.

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Two UK banks add smartphone account access using Apple Touch ID

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 4:35 pm

Members of the RBS and NatWest financial institutions can use the Touch ID feature on their Apple iPhones to access their mobile accounts. Customers will be required to activate the feature in their accounts, supported by the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.




If there are three consecutive failed login attempts, members will be forced to enter their traditional password before gaining account access.


The use of biometrics seems appealing for financial institutions, but the use of Touch ID has drawn criticism from some cybersecurity experts.

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Supporters concerned mainstream bitcoin interest now stalling

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 3:20 pm

The number of stores and services now accepting bitcoins may top 100,000 worldwide, but it appears actual purchases using the volatile cryptocurrency remains low. There also is increased skepticism because of a continued drop in bitcoin value in recent months, frightening away potential investors and customers.




Bitcoin supporters say the cryptocurrency is far from dead - and urge owners to show patience during a rough time - especially as there are potential uses for bitcoin technology besides just finance.


"There are some breakthroughs in technology that are going to endure whether bitcoin survives or not," said David Yermack, professor of finance at the New York University Stern School of Business, in a statement published by the Boston Globe.

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Corporate America in dire need of cybersecurity help to fight attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 2:31 pm

To help defend against cyberattacks, executives at private corporations need assistance from the US government and cybersecurity firms.




It took longer than experts would have liked, but it appears 90 percent of CEOs in the United States find cybersecurity strategically important, according to a PwC survey. The survey also found 87 percent are worried about cyberattacks, and 45 percent are extremely concerned about mounting attacks - many aimed at stealing employee and customer personal data.


President Barack Obama hosted a cybersecurity summit last week at Stanford University, seeking greater cooperation between the United States and Silicon Valley. "When you step back and look at the role of a company versus the role of a government, clearly if we're going to provide the safest possible [customer] experience in [the] aggregate, government and companies need to work together," said John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, in a statement to Fortune.

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Drivers shouldn't expect fully autonomous vehicles just yet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:30 pm

Autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, but drivers shouldn't expect to see fully self-driving vehicles immediately. Public roads and highways aren't yet set up to accommodate autonomous vehicles, so trying to figure out roadway infrastructure will be difficult.




It's going to take additional live driving research to work out a lot of the kinks that must be improved in the years to come. However, the auto industry has plenty of time to show off technological breakthroughs while winning over the public.


A survey from Carnegie Mellon University helps provide additional insight into the type of features drivers want to see from future self-driving technology. Seventy one percent of drivers want an autonomous vehicle to be able to adjust driving habits based on weather, while 57 percent hope self-driving cars are equipped with a driver fatigue warning.

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PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 has been finished in less than 5 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:29 pm

Ready at Dawn is on the verge of releasing its PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886, but the Internet has been on fire in regards to the games length. One YouTuber has finished the game as quick as possible, clocking it in under five hours, even with countless cutscenes.



The developer has gone into defensive mode, with its Chief Technical Officer Andrea Passino saying that he would not respond to "clickbait rumors about game length" even though the YouTube video in question was taken down quite quickly. Pessino has been quoted as saying "at a normal pace and difficulty level, you can finish the game in a window between eight and ten hours".


Considering that gamers who have gotten their hands-on The Order: 1886 early have said that the game is half filled with cutscenes, which you can't skip, and there are countless quick time events (QTEs), the five-hour runtime seems extremely short. With it being a singleplayer title, there's next to no replayabality, which is a real downer for the game and its five-hour playthrough.

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