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Burger King offers up free smartphones with two-year contracts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 26, 2014 1:15 am

Fast food restaurant Burger King continues to embrace technology, and wants customers to go online and receive free smartphones when signing up for two-year wireless contracts from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or Sprint. The promotion doesn't let customers have the latest and greatest smartphones, but the list of offered wireless devices isn't too shabby.

 

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Along with a rather curious relationship of a fast food restaurant offering smartphones, it's surprising to see the types of devices currently being offered. Models offered include: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, LG Optimus G Pro, G2, and the HTC One. Purchases are made through Amazon, and will end up costing the same amount as similar free phone offerings.

 

Burger King's promotion coincides with the launch of the new Burger King App for Google Android.

U.S. Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon fails after rocket explodes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 26, 2014 12:30 am

The U.S. Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was test launched from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, but something went wrong and officials triggered a self-destruct sequence. It's unknown what kind of problem the aircraft had, but was destroyed just four seconds after launching, according to military officials.

 

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Developed as part of the U.S. military's Conventional Prompt Global Strike program, the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was created by the Sandia National Laboratory. A successful test in November 2011 saw the craft fly from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands, as the U.S. Army saw the unique glide vehicle pass through a successful series of ground testing and simulations.

 

"Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety," according to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense. Officials have launched an "extensive" investigation to determine what went wrong during the second launch.

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'Jurassic World' director posts Richard Attenborough tribute

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:45 pm

Yesterday we reported the sad news on the passing of legendary English actor director Richard Attenborough, which has caused a flood of memorial posts by the entertainment industry. Perhaps the most interesting has been posted by 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow, whom has just wrapped principal photography on the fourth 'Jurassic Park' picture.

 

 

Set 22 years from the events of the first 'Jurassic Park' (real-time from the 1993 release), 'Jurassic World' doesn't feature a live cameo appearance from Attenborough, but he does cast a shadow with his full size statue, presumably featured in the new parks visitors centre.

 

The sculpt is similar to one that adorns the 'Jurassic Park' world at Universal Studios Japan, which I had the pleasure of visiting in 2011.

 

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'Jurassic World' is released on July 12, 2015 and stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Report: Companies struggle to keep insider threats under control

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:31 pm

Companies are having a hard enough time trying to keep data secure from cybercriminals overseas, but insider threats leave organizations helpless. A lack of proper training and budget constraints make it difficult, with more than 60 percent of IT and security experts saying they couldn't respond to a real insider attack, according to the SpectorSoft security firm.

 

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Respondents from the United States, Europe and Latin America said a lack of training (55 percent) and budget problems (51 percent) are problematic, with 34 percent saying insider threats aren't currently a priority. There has been an estimated $2.9 trillion of employee fraud losses worldwide every year, as employee theft and fraud can be extremely difficult to detect.

 

"These statistics paint a bleak picture when it comes to securing company data against insider threats," said Rob Williams, SpectorSoft chief marketing officer. "With so many data breaches happening, C-level executives are coming to the realization that their jobs could be on the line if company data isn't protected. Proper defense must include a comprehensive security solution, and with humans involved, education is just as key. The market is ripe for a new approach to internal security."

JPMorgan Chase customers targeted with phishing attacks to steal data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:29 pm

Cybercriminals recently targeted JPMorgan Chase customers with a curious phishing attack designed to steal banking credentials and infect PCs so other usernames and passwords could be collected. JMorgan is the No. 1 bank in the United States based on assets, and confirmed the "Smash and Grab" cyberattack targeting its customers.

 

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It seems spam filters stopped a large portion of the attacks, but the phishing scam looks authentic, so it likely did compromise customers. In addition to stealing JPMorgan Chase credentials, attached malware also targets Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup customers.

 

Financial institutions are struggling to try to defend customers from cyberattacks - and the use of social engineering is rising, with cybercriminals simply tricking users into providing the data. However, it's rather curious that these spammers are including malware that steals credentials of other banks, because it's more likely to be detected.

Gartner: Information security spending on the rise as threats mature

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:30 pm

Information security spending will reach $71.1 billion in 2014, a 7.9 percent year-over-year growth rate, according to the Gartner research group. The data loss prevention sector will have the fastest growth, amounting to 18.9 percent, with security spending to rise 8.2 percent in 2015 up to $76.9 billion.

 

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There is great interest in improving security, especially among companies with customer and client data at risk, as retailers, financial institutions, and healthcare in the private sector try to boost their defenses. Cybercriminals are improving their malware and malicious software, which can be found online for a relatively low price to anyone willing to pay.

 

"This Nexus of Forces is impacting security in terms of new vulnerabilities," said Lawrence Pingree, Gartner research director, in a press statement. "It is also creating new opportunities to improve effectiveness, particularly as a resule of better understanding security threats by using contextual information and other security intelligence. This has led to increased awareness among organizations that would have traditionally treated security as an IT function and a cost center."

Almost one-third of PlayStation 4 owners switched from Xbox 360 or Wii

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 8:30 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 has a comfortable lead over rival game consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U - and about one-third of current PS4 owners are former Xbox 360 and Wii console owners, not PS3 owners. As previous console wars have indicated, Sony cannot become complacent with its current lead, as there is plenty of time for Microsoft to claw its way back into the fight.

 

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Launching the PS4 for $399, which was $100 less than the Xbox One starting price, was an important first step for Sony late last year. However, it was Sony's quick ability to capitalize on Microsoft's problems with the Xbox One that greatly helped sell the PS4, both in the United States and across the world.

 

Even with the success of the PS4, there are still active arguments about which game console will dominate the next-generation console war long-term. Although the PS4 has the current sales lead, developers are being drawn back to the PC and less titles are being released for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, let alone including Nintendo in the mix.

LG announces 4K OLED TVs in 77-inch, 65-inch formats at 3840 x 2160

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:32 pm

LG Electronics has announced it will begin selling the first 4K OLED TVs, supporting 3840 x 2160 resolution in 77- and 65-inch screen sizes. Pre-orders will be accepted in Korea starting this week, with North America and Europe targeted next, according to a press release from the company. OLED TVs should overtake LCD sales in the next few years, but it seemed unlikely that companies would be interested in mass producing 4K OLED TVs.

 

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"LG 4K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and a new paradigm that will change the dynamics of the next generation TV market," said Hyun-hwoi Ha, LG Home Entertainment President and CEO, in a press statement. "As the next evolutionary step in display technology, OLED will play a major role in reshaping our industry. I feel confident when I say that 4K OLED is a bona fide game changer."

 

Both Sony and Panasonic showed off 4K OLED units during CES in 2013, but the TVs didn't enter production - LG hopes its "game changer" TV models will shake things up a bit - but 4K OLED will be expensive to manufacture and cost consumers a pretty penny. Instead, Sony and Panasonic have 4K LED TV units available to early adopters.

'Backoff' malware that hit Target could impact 1,000 more businesses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 6:35 pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) noted that a single point-of-sale malware, dubbed "Backoff," could be responsible for infecting Target, UPS and more than 1,000 U.S. businesses in the past year alone. DHS officials are urging companies scan their networks to ensure they were not infected by Backoff or some other malware variant.

 

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Seven POS service providers have found malware on their systems, as cybercriminals are interested in selling and purchasing customer personal information on the black market.

 

Target, Neiman Marcus, Supervalu, P.F. Chang's, UPS Store, and other retailers have been hit by data breaches, as the problem became prevalent following the Target breach. There has been a stronger call for U.S. banks and credit card companies to release new cards that have embedded microchips providing security that scrambles data during transactions.

China interested in developing its own OS before the end of 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 5:25 pm

There are reports a Chinese-made desktop operating system could be available as soon as this October, in an attempt to battle against Microsoft, Google and Apple, according to the Chinese media. If released as scheduled, it could help users upgrade desktop PCs within the next two years, with an effort to get more users on Chinese-made mobile software within the next five years.

 

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Washington and Beijing have repeatedly accused one another of snooping, and government officials hope a Chinese-made OS would counter those security threats. The end of Microsoft Windows XP support earlier in the year has given rise to Chinese OS developers, but without a coordinated effort, it seems unrealistic that something for long-term use can be released.

 

Microsoft, Google and Apple have all had issues trying to promote their products in China - with Windows 8 banned from government PCs, Google controlling too much market share.

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