The United States is increasing its shift towards chip-and-PIN technology to meet an October 2015 deadline, but the transition has been far from easy for many businesses. It turns out 69 percent of SMBs doubt they will be able to meet the late 2015 deadline, with confusion about the technology. In fact, 26 percent of survey respondents from SMBs couldn't identify what an EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) terminal is, according to Software Advice report.
The EMV technology also will prove to be rather confusing for consumers, as 88 percent of US consumers have never made a purchase at an EMV terminal.
"EMV technology is coming to the U.S., but it won't be a smooth transition," said Daniel Humphries, Software Advice IT security researcher, in a statement. "Large firms may be aware of the liability shift and what it requires, but our data shows that only a small percentage of SMBs are prepared. However, there is still plenty of time for SMBs to prepare for the chip-and-pin changeover, and take matters into their own hands. This even represents a golden opportunity for merchants to make their businesses more secure from fraud."
The rights to Marvel's stable of comic book heroes are splintered between studios, with the majority including 'Avengers', being held by Disney, but others, such as 'X-Men' are owned by Twentieth Century Fox and 'Spider-Man' by Sony Pictures. With Disney carving out a fan-pleasing cohesive cinematic universe with their properties, it's put more pressure on the studios to unify the Marvel characters.
Courtesy of the leaked emails from the recent Sony Pictures hack, it seems that Marvel extended an olive branch to Sony for future co-operation on the character, which would have seen Spider-Man appear in 2016's 'Captain America: Civil War'.
Discussions went to the highest levels of Disney and Sony, with emails exchanged between Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Unfortunately for fans, discussions broke down last month - although there is a glimmer of hope that following this leak, fans will lobby for plans to be reinstated.
The last 'Spider-Man' feature - 2013's 'Rise of Electro' was a financial disappointment for the studio and forced Sony to reconsider plans for the franchise.
Microsoft today released Minecraft Pocket Edition for the Windows Phone, available for $6.99. The Windows Phone version also includes Creative mode, Survival mode, and Wi-Fi-based multiplayer mode. Interested gamers must be running Windows Phone 8.1 on their smartphones.
The price tag is the same for Windows Phone, Google Android, and Apple iOS. The extremely popular game is available on a large variety of different platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Raspberry Pi.
Microsoft bought Mojang and Minecraft earlier this year for $2.5 billion, and has promised to continue its development in a manner that won't alienate avid Minecraft gamers.
Not one to be left out of the promotional rounds in the wake of high profile trailers for 'Star Wars', 'Jurassic World', 'Terminator: Genisys' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', Warner Bros has dropped a new trailer for next year's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - the fourth movie in the 35 year old franchise.
The long gestating project, which wrapped principal photography back in December 2012 serves as both a sequel and a reboot to the original 'Mad Max' series, which launched the career of star Mel Gibson back in 1979. 'Fury Road' sees Tom Hardy take up the role of Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and is scheduled for release in the United States on May 15 2015.
As people spend more money this Christmas shopping season, 44 percent of consumers are ordering presents online - and cybercriminals continue to look for new methods to compromise victims. Cybercriminals have ramped up their social engineering attacks, launching phishing campaigns on email addresses, with cybersecurity experts continuing to warn shoppers about fraudulent emails.
Cybercriminals have shown increased interest in mimicking delivery updates, pose as retailers or banks, and some of the emails are surprisingly clever.
"It's seasonal - hackers will use the season to take advantage of you," said Claire Rosenzweig, Better Business Bureau president and CEO. "Everybody's all excited. They're shopping, they're shipping and scammers love this because we're all trusting."
People love their mobile Internet access! A new survey found 58 percent of respondents would prefer to give up alcohol consumption over leaving behind mobile Web access for one week, according to the Boston Consulting Group survey. The survey also found almost 50 percent would leave behind coffee or movie viewing instead of their mobile technology - a strong indication of how important mobile has become in our daily lives.
Many smartphone owners would feel lost - and potentially depressed - if they were to lose their smartphone, while using devices continues to suck up time throughout the day.
The shift towards mobile technology, including Internet access, videos and social media, has put consistent pressure on PCs and laptops. The industry will only continue to grow even higher, as prices of smartphones and tablets continues to drop.
Social networking site Instagram has reached an impressive milestone, surpassing 300 million monthly active users. Those users post 70 million photos per day and help share 2.5 billion daily "likes" while interacting with the website. Facebook purchased Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, and has been able to help the site grow even further - especially helping the service steadily grow outside the United States.
"We're seeing a lot of people coming in the fashion world, a lot of people coming in, in the youthful teens world, and a lot of people internationally as well," said Kevin Systrom, Instagram CEO, in a statement to CNBC.
Facebook has done a good job of bringing advertisers onboard, and Instagram should be able to utilize the experience to further monetize. Instagram first rolled out advertising about six months ago, and while Facebook keeps Instagram's revenue figures private, it would appear the sky is the limit.
Things just seem to be getting worse for Sony Pictures Entertainment, with cybersecurity experts now estimating SPE could face up to $100 million in costs related to its data breach. The total will account for lost worker productivity, an investigation into the incident, computer network repair and replacement, along with creating protocols to prevent a future data breach.
The estimate would have been significantly higher than $100 million if customer data was involved.
SPE's reputation will also take a major hit because of the data breach, including trying to recruit new actors and employees. "Will they be able to attract high-name stars if those stars believe their personal information will not be protected?" said Mark Rasch, a former federal cybercrime prosecutor. "How do you know what business opportunities are lost? It's hard to put a dollar figure on it."
Peter Sunde was one of the original The Pirate Bay founders, and his stint as the official spokesman for the popular torrent site earned him prison time. In comments on his blog Peter outlined his disdain with the current state of The Pirate Bay and expressed his feelings on the matter. "The Pirate Bay has been raided, again. That happened over 8 years ago last time. That time, a lot of people went out to protest and rally in the streets. Today few seem to care. And I'm one of them."
Much of Peter's angst stems from the fact that The Pirate Bay has devolved into a soulless entity hell-bent on running garish ads to receive as much money as possible, at least in his eyes. "The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old designs. It never changed except for one thing - the ads. More and more ads were filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful, they somehow ended up even worse," Peter writes. The suggestive ads began when The Pirate Bay was sold to Reservella, a shadowy company based out of Seychelles. Reservella made several moves to monetize the site, but made very few improvements in actual function and design.
Qualcomm is releasing new chipsets for access points that leverage MU-MIMO technology. Current-gen Wi-Fi systems can become easily overwhelmed when multiple users access the system simultaneously. The core reason is because Wi-Fi wasn't designed to serve multiple users at the same time. Wi-Fi sends a single stream of data to a user, then that transmission is terminated and another stream initiates for another user, but there is never more than one active data stream. These snippets in time become increasingly smaller and more frequent as more users log in, effectively throttling the network bandwidth and speed for all users.
MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output) is a revolutionary new antenna technology that enables communication with multiple devices simultaneously over multiple streams of data. This enables the host router to act more as a switched ethernet fabric and will exponentially increase the ability for wireless routers to handle groups of users. Qualcomm's new chipsets will enable this capability with 802.11ac networks. Qualcomms offerings are going out to the enterprise first, and several vendors will begin offering products supporting MU-MIMO in the middle of 2015.