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.
A nasty self-replicating ransomware, dubbed "VirRansom," is now making the rounds - utilizing the functionality of CryptoWall and Cryptolocker, able to self-replicate after infecting machines. Victims must pay 0.619 bitcoin before files are restored, as it compromises machines. The VirRansom parasitic virus encrypts hundreds or thousands of files on each PC, with criminals ensuring they are able to continually change encryption keys.
"Ransomware gets nastier all the time," said Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 CEO, in a press statement. We can expect a VirRansom 2.0 with 'new features' like industrial-strength CryptoWall-like encryption where files are held hostage until payment is made and email server infections where emails are converted to a worm for maximum dissemination of their malicious code. The legal ramifications could be horrific."
Companies are recommended to verify offsite backups are working, consider asynchronous real-time backups, remove mapped drives on shared folders, whitelist software, and update security policies.
Avago has announced the expansion of their successful 9300 HBA series to include two new 12Gb/s SAS 16-port models. The ever-changing datacenter has necessitated high port-count solutions to address DAS and external configurations. The 9300-16i and 9300-16e address these requirements with 16 native ports in internal and external flavors. Avago has accomplished this feat by merging two SAS 3008 controllers onto the same device. Each of these controllers, in tandem with the Fusion MPT 2.5 architecture, deliver plenty of grunt power to handle challenging workloads.
In aggregate both controllers deliver nearly 2 million IOPS for the HBA. The HBA's connect to the host via an x8 PCIe 3.0 connection and are backwards compatible with previous SAS and SATA revisions. The Fusion MPT (Message-Passing Technology) architecture leverages in-box drivers for ease of deployment and wide compatibility while delivering maximum host CPU offload capability.
Hardware maker Intel hesitated as smartphones and tablets became popular, making it extremely difficult for the company to compete with competitors. However, the company appears to be learning from its mistakes and is working diligently to create new opportunities in the growing wearables market.
In addition to internal hardware development, Intel also has purchased smaller companies and created new partnerships as the industry advances. The Silicon Valley company will continue to manufacture new chips and sensors, and wants to help the Internet of Things (IoT) market develop - further accelerating the growth of wearable devices.
"It hasn't come to fruition as much as the hype would suggest, but we really think something's there," said Mike Bell, Intel's New Devices group leader. "Most people don't want to have a square screen that uses this technology."