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European companies boosting security to prevent NSA-type snooping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:08 pm

European companies are responding to the NSA's spying activities by tightening control over data, boosting encryption, and promising to do a better job of protecting user rights.


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"For Israeli companies, the new rules may appear to be onerous, but there could be a great business opportunity for many of them in Europe as a result," said Patrick Van Eecke, legal expert specializing in cybersecurity, in a statement to Israeli media. "There are many companies around the world that specialize in collecting data, but they are not clear on the implications of Europe's new policies - and as a result, there is opportunity for companies from Israel, many of which do understand the policies."


In addition of concerns related to snooping, there are expectations of cyberattacks between national governments and splinter hacker groups. Growing global cyber threats allow countries to find yet another outlet to torment one another - Russia is reportedly launching cyberattacks to disrupt Ukrainian infrastructure, while Ukrainian hackers retaliated by hitting the Kremlin.

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A newly discovered bug in iOS7 disables 'Find my iPhone' service

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 1:22 pm

A new bug was discovered that affects iOS7's Activation Lock feature and therefore disabling the only way to track down a stolen Apple Device.


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Apple's Activation Lock protects the device from being accessed once stolen until the user inserts the associated iCloud credentials. However, the bug penetrates the Find My iPhone app and the iCloud credential safeguard. A YouTube video showing how the hack is exactly done was posted recently:



At the time of writing, Apple did not provide an update to fix the issue. But it shows how easy it is for thieves to disable the protection service and therefore making the tracking app useless.

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Minecraft on Xbox 360 continues to sell well, 12 million copies sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 9:34 am

Minecraft has become a phenomenon across multiple platforms, but on the Xbox 360, it has sold over 12 million copies. The PC version has sold over 14 million copies, while the PS3 version of the game has passed one million copies.


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Mojang released Minecraft for Xbox 360 back in 2012, with updates being pushed out continuously since it was released. The next update arriving for the game is the Candy Texture Pack, which will arrive on April 18. When speaking with Xbox Wire, Business Developer Daniel Kaplan said that the team behind Minecraft is "looking forward to creating mashups with other games" for future packs.


Kaplan continued: "We're pushing the limitations of the 360 in various different ways and we will continue doing that. However, bigger world's would require the guarantee of a hard drive on each 360; since not all 360's ship with hard drives that makes things tricky. Luckily, on Xbox One, that's not an issue".

Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers being shown off by Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 8:24 am

Most people haven't gotten their mits on the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but Samsung is preparing its line up of accessories, one of which is the wireless charging covers for its upcoming flagship smartphone.


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Samsung will be offering up four different models to choose from, with two color choices: black and white. We have a "standard" back plate which features a Qi charging module available in both black and white for $30, or you can opt for an S-View Flip Cover, which also comes in black and white. All four options include the water-resistant features that come with the Galaxy S5.

Windows Phone 8.1 should launch in a matter of weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 6:29 am

Microsoft has been playing catch up in the mobile market, with its latest iteration of Windows Phone being teased at the company's Build Developer Conference during the week.


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We should expect Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8.1 within the coming weeks, with the final version of the mobile OS ready for developers on April 14. The "final feature build" has already been seeded to partners according to reports, with the "Final Adaption Kit" to be completed on April 8. The combination of the latest build and the kit should gel together for the final release of Windows Phone 8.1.

Manhattan court reporter was only typing 'I hate my job' over and over

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 5:31 am

Daniel Kochanski, a Manhattan-based court stenographer, during a high-profile criminal trial typed just a few words instead of the trial dialogue. Those words were "I hate my job, I hate my job," something he wrote over and over again.


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The problem gets worse, as Kochanski has since been fired, but it has thrown 30 Manhattan court cases into the air. A high-level source of the NY Post has said that Kochanski's "gibberish" typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals that chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.


One of the sources said: "It should have been questions and answers - instead it was gibberish". The story itself reads ust like Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson, "The Shining" where Nicholson's character began typing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," with the source referring to Kochanski: "He hit random keys or wrote, 'I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,' over and over".

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Miguel Cabrera reaches 2000 hit milestone with home run in 8th

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:45 am

Detroit Tigers infielder, Miguel Cabrera reached the 2,000 hit milestone today with a four hit day capped off with an 8th inning home run to left field. His 2,000th hit made him the ninth player in MLB history to reach the mark before his 31st birthday. when asked about the feat Cabrera responded saying: "I never expected I was going to hit 1,000 hits, I never expect something personal. I expect to go out there and ... try to find a way to help my teammates."


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Manager Brad Ausmus went on to say:"What else can you say about Miguel as a hitter? Eventually you run out of adjectives, I've only been here for a short period of time, and I'm already running out of words to describe him."


The Tigers won their first two games against Kansas City, while the final game of the series was rained out causing Detroit to push back its starting rotation for today's game, giving Anibal Snachez the start. The Tigers are 3-0 to start the season.

Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson Part Ways

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:22 am

After an unsuccessful effort to trade Chris Johnson this off-season, the Tennessee Titans have taken the last resort releasing the six season veteran. In Johnson's six seasons with the team he has rushed for 7,965 yards with 50 touchdowns and 14 fumbles. He is one of only six players to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history, with names like Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon also on that list.


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Johnson was scheduled to make $8 Million this season, but sinking production and a pricey contract led the Titans to release the RB. The Titans are expected to pick up a running back int he upcoming NFL draft to work with free agent pickup Dexter McCluster.


General Manager of the Titans, Ruston Webster said in a press release: "As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans, Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team."

Student to show a flaw in Apple Passbook that gives free air tickets

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 3:47 am

Anthony Hariton, a computer science student at the University of Crete, said that he has found a simple hack for Apple Passbook which will allow him to get free first class tickets for a flight anywhere you choose.


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The student plans to present his finding in the Box Security Conference that will be held in Amsterdam. Apple's Passbook iOS app allows you to scan items such as movie tickets, boarding passes, and more so that users will not require to carry any papers. Once the boarding pass is in the app, all you have to do is show the boarding pass on your phone.


Hariton also claims that the process is so simple, that even an everyday user can do it. But he also said that one would require a good poker face and nerves of steel along with the software hack. Until the presentation is done, it will be difficult to say if the hack really works. If it does work, those who are caught would most likely be arrested and charged with fraud and theft.

Google pays up on $1.4 million fine in Italy over Street View trouble

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 2:23 am

Google is quite accustomed by this point to paying fines levied against it over its Street View service violating privacy laws both in the US and around the world. Today the Mountain View-based company was forced to pay a $1.4 million fine that the Italian government issued it over its Street View cars not being visible enough to warn citizens of its existence when driving down the road.


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"Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View roamed Italy's streets without being entirely recognizable as such, therefore not allowing the people present in those places to decide whether to be photographed or not," said Italian regulators on the subject. "The fine from the DPA relates to an old case that dates back to 2010. We complied with everything the (regulator) required of us at the time," a Google spokeswoman said. Google has since added more bright colors to the car's paint scheme, and clearly branded it as a Google vehicle.

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