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Google is working on VR support for Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 3:38 am

Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers on the planet, with over 300 million active daily users, but Google wants to see its web browser working in VR. First, with its own Google Cardboard, and the Oculus Rift.


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The search giant has said that its working on adding VR support for both the Rift and Cardboard, with 360-degree product shots and interactive exhibits being the drawcard for a VR browser. Google still believes that surfing the Internet in VR is still not ready for most consumers, but with some killer apps, or websites, it could be an interesting start to browsing the web in virtual reality.

Want to charge your smartphone on the go? Wear a solar-powered dress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 3:11 am

You know the problems we face today, with iPhone users being wall huggers, and not having all-day battery life on our smartphones. The solution? According to fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, a solar-powered dress.


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The designer is developing the next-gen dress with her startup, Wearable Solar. When van Dongen took a prototype dress with her to the Brooklyn Northside Festival last month, people got to see the dress in action. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha was there, with van Dongen telling him that she had two main inspirations for the solar-powered dress.


She said: "One of them is the fact that we highly depend on connectivity. We're all addicted to our smartphones and we want them constantly powered, and the better our batteries get, the more we'll use them. And at the same time, working as a werable tech designer, I know the difficulties when integrating these kind of bulky batteries that don't allow for any comfort or wearability. So that's why I thought, why not power your phone through your clothes? And eventually power other interactive qualities that our garments are becoming a platform for".

Soccer fans in the United States most active online, FIFA noted

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 2:17 am

The 2014 World Cup has proven to be a major success for Facebook and Twitter, with record number of users discussing the international soccer tournament. The drastic rise in Team USA's performance - and a newly found temporary love for soccer - has led to U.S. fans to be the most active on FIFA's website and mobile apps.


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NFL football and professional baseball are the most popular sports in the United States, while soccer previously struggled to grow a major following - so FIFA was surprised to find U.S. users are the most active. As of Wednesday, July 2, 36.7 million (11.2 percent) of the U.S. population accounted for 23 percent of total World Cup-related interactions.


The top 10 most active states in the United States during the World Cup: California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, Georgia, Massachusetts and Virginia.

TSA may request passengers flying to United States to turn on devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 12:53 am

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) might ask passengers flying into the United States to power on their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices, in fear of improvised exploding devices (IEDs) masked as common electronics. It seems this will be focused on passengers flying from airports in Europe and the Middle East, according to a homeland security official.


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"As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers," the TSA noted in a statement. "During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft."


If travelers are found with devices that don't power on, they could face additional screening. Furthermore, the TSA has been in communication with airlines that will have to be better prepared for these types of problems, with a specific interest in United, American and Delta. The Department of Homeland Security has asked airports to add additional security scrutiny for passengers entering the United States, including more random screenings and checking passengers' shoes and clothing.

Stanford Federal Credit Union accidentally leaks data on 18,000

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 11:19 pm

The Stanford Federal Credit Union contacted around 18,000 of its customers, informing them their personal information was accidentally included in an email to another bank customer. The personal information sent includes customer names, mailing addresses, member numbers, credit information, loan offers, and tax identification numbers.


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The incident took place on April 30 and the bank began informing customers in early June. The employees quickly discovered the mistake and data was reportedly destroyed before the customer opened the email.


"While we are confident this information was never seen by unauthorized individuals and you are not at risk, we feel it is important to communicate with our members in any situation involving their information or accounts," said Joan Opp, Stanford Federal Credit Union CEO, in a statement. "I also want to emphasize that our electronic systems were in no way compromised and your accounts remain secure."

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US Marshals bitcoin auction list targeted by spammers after leak

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 10:23 pm

The email mistake from the US Marshals Service that led an email to be sent CC instead of BCC has resulted in at least a few people on the list receiving phishing emails. It's an unfortunate turn of events considering these type of basic email snafus shouldn't happen frequently, especially from a government agency.


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So far, the only victim appears to be Bitcoins Reserve, with CTO Jim Chen sending 100 bitcoins to someone he thought was company founder Sam Lee. Here is what Lee said in an email confirming the problem:


"As this attack vector was only successful due to an oversight in operations, the founders of Bitcoins Reserve will compensate the company by injecting an additional 100 bitcoins to ensure we're still effectively performing arbitrage for our investors."

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Despite protests from cabbies, London rules Uber is perfectly legal

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 5:12 pm

London's transport authority, TFL, has ruled that controversial smartphone taxi app Uber is perfectly legal, despite official protests from the UK capital's iconic black cab drivers.


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London cab drivers voiced their concerns about the way smartphones running Uber operated - arguing that, in effect, they counted as meters that actively work out fees as the cars run. But TFL has dismissed these claims. "In relation to the way Uber operates in London, TfL is satisfied that based upon our understanding of the relationship between passenger and Uber London, and between Uber London and Uber BV, registered in Holland, that it is operating lawfully under the terms of the 1988 PHV(L) Act," spokesperson Leon Daniels said in a statement.


Even with the all-clear, Uber remains a controversial service, as cab drivers highlighted concerns about the safety of passengers with Uber vehicles. Their collective action in protest of the app brought parts of London to a standstill - but in an own goal, saw Uber user rates shoot up 850 percent.

Around 140 ISPs disconnect persistent Internet pirates in US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 7:14 am

Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp says more than 140 Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States are disconnecting repeat copyright offenders. Most ISPs send notices to repeat copyright offenders, telling them that protected content, such as music, movies, and other content are being shared.


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However, Rightscorp tracks what users are downloading and sharing on BitTorrent, then approaches user ISPs - and most fines are about $20 per shared file. Repeat offenders, however, need swifter punishment according to copyright holders, which is why Rightscorp is speaking with so many U.S. ISPs. It remains difficult to identify how many times a person must be caught sharing files to be considered a "repeat infringer," with companies such as AT&T refusing to unplug users unless a court order is issued.


"We push ISPs to suspend accounts of repeat copyright infringers and we currently have over 140 ISPs that are participating in our program, including suspending the accounts of repeat infringers," said Christopher Sabec, Rightscorp CEO, when speaking about the current state of copyright infringement.

Mobile technology use in the air has not increased since federal laws

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 5:15 am

Just 35.9 percent of airline passengers are using mobile technology during flights, not a significant increase since passengers can keep devices on during takeoff and landing, according to a report released by the DePaul University Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.


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The figure is just slightly higher than the 35.3 percent of fliers using their laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices during analyzed points in 2013. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) still doesn't allow passengers to make phone calls or send text messages while in flight - but it's a debated topic that could be changed in the future.


"Fliers often have the devices on their lap only to be told they cannot connect with work or friends," said Joseph Schwieterman, Chaddick Institution Director, in a statement. "That's frustrating."

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Battlefield 4 Premium members can chomp on Dragon's Teeth on July 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 4:41 am

Battlefield 4 Premium members will get their chompers on the upcoming Dragon's Teeth DLC on July 15. The news was announced from a now-deleted tweet from Origin's main Twitter account.


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The tweet mentioned a July 15 released date in its promotion for buying Battlefield 4 Premium with 20% off. We should expect a general release date of July 29 for the rest of the community, as the Battlefield website mentions a two week head start for Premium members with the new DLC.

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