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Will 2015 be the 'year of the healthcare hack' wonder security pros

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 12:20 am

The recent breach of Anthem was a brutal wakeup call that cybercriminals want personal records, and healthcare data is near the top of their list. UnitedHealth Group, Aetna and other groups have issued cybercrime-related warnings since 2011, but it didn't seem like a major concern among members until recently.

 

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"A name, address, social and a medical identity... that's incredibly easy to monetize fairly quickly," said Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts, in a statement published by Reuters. Cybersecurity experts have warned that health-related data tends to be extremely lucrative on the black market.

 

Organized groups will try to target healthcare providers in an effort to compromise insurance companies, hospitals, doctor's offices, and medical equipment makers - with companies urged to improve their cybersecurity protocols.

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PGL announces $110,000 CS:GO league

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:36 pm

Teaming up with the world's biggest LAN party - DreamHack, PGL announced its new $110,000 prize pool league - set to feature eight teams total, with six invited by PGL and two to qualify through the DreamHack's Bucharest competition.

 

 

PGL has been described as a staple throughout the Romanian CS:GO scene since release, also functioning as a partner of DreamHack, offering local live competitions and qualifiers - The CS:GO Championship Series (CCS) isn't to be confused with the Counterstrike Gaming Series (CGS) as famously flopped in the American scene.

 

The CCS participants will be sectioned into two groups of four teams, seeing the top team from each qualify for the finals stage. The remaining teams will fight it out in a relegation stage, giving them a second chance at the crown.

 

Online qualifiers for this competition will begin near the end of February 2015, with the main league set to kick off on March the 6th.

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Manufacturing labor costs drastically reduce with use of robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 10:20 pm

Adoption of industrial robots will increase 10 percent per year in the 25 largest export nations over the next 10 years, a drastic increase from the 2 to 3 percent growth rate currently, according to the Boston Consulting Group.

 

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Robots are becoming cheaper to purchase, while hardware and software advancements make them more intuitive and functional in the workplace. BCG anticipates up to 1.2 million advanced robots being deployed in the United States alone through 2025, with China, Canada, and other nations also benefitting from automated solutions.

 

"As labor costs rise around the world, it is becoming increasingly critical that manufacturers rapidly take steps to improve their output per worker to stay competitive," said Harold Sirkin, senior partner of Boston Consulting Group and report co-author, in a statement published by CBC. "Companies are finding that advances in robotics and other manufacturing technologies offer some of the best opportunities to sharply improve productivity."

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Just another report of a small drone coming close to commercial flight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:20 pm

A Southwest Airlines flight landing at the Los Angeles International Airport reported a close call with a small drone as it prepared to land.

 

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"Hey, there was just one of those radio-controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000," the pilot said after the near-miss. "One of those remotely piloted deals... [a] little bitty one, red in color."

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is increasingly concerned that private drone operators aren't respecting airspace around commercial and private airports. There have been a growing number of incidents that pose significant danger to aircraft, and the problem is likely to get worse before it gets better, air safety experts warn.

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Popular Android dating apps pose cybersecurity risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:43 pm

More than 60 percent of popular dating mobile apps pose significant cybersecurity risks, with personal user information and corporate data at risk.

 

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Twenty six of 41 dating apps available for Google Android had medium or high severity vulnerabilities, according to the IBM Security researchers. In addition, dating apps are being used to download malware, along with credit card data stolen and GPS information used to track movements.

 

"Many consumers use and trust their mobile phones for a variety of applications," said Caleb Barlow, VP of IBM Security. "It is this trust that gives hackers the opportunity to exploit vulnerabilities like the ones we found in these dating apps. Consumers need to be careful not to reveal too much personal information on these sites as they look to build a relationship."

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Pebble: Software, apps the key to consumer wearable growth

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:15 pm

Wearable hardware continues a rapid evolution, and now requires better software able to make use of the data, according to Pebble.

 

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"The hardware is out there," said Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, in a statement published by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. "It works; it's durable and long-lasting. The conversation can now shift from just being hardware to being, 'What am I going to do with this? How does communication change? How can I accomplish things during my day?'"

 

Migicovsky's company has focused on developing hardware for the past seven years, but there is now more focus on software development. Sixty of the team's 130-employee workforce is now made up of software engineers, he said.

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View 'Hitman: Agent 47' trailer, hitting big screens this summer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:30 pm

20th Century Fox has released a trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, featuring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds. The movie was directed by Aleksander Bach and is a followup to the original Hitman movie which was released in 2007.

 

 

Agent 47 is trying to learn more details about his creation, as part of a genetic engineering program, and he must overcome roadblocks throughout the movie.

 

The film is scheduled for release on August 28.

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Affluent tech users helping spur cellular-powered tablet growth in US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:53 pm

Almost 16 million tablets used by the end of 2014 were running on a cellular data plan, a massive 95 percent increase year-over-year, according to the NPD Group.

 

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Consumers with a tablet connected to a cellular network have an average household income of $105,000, which is $17,000 more than Wi-Fi-connected tablet owners. The report also revealed 57 percent of cellular-connected tablet owners are college graduates, compared to 51 percent of Wi-Fi tablet owners, the NPD report found.

 

"Cellular-embedded tablet use is growing rapidly, however, for it to become a mass market product mobile carriers need to appeal to a mass market audience," said John Buffone, executive director of the Connected Intelligence department of the NPD Group. "While 2014 marked the year consumers activated cellular enabled tablets, 2015 must become the year this technology reaches a broader demographic audience."

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Mobile payments expected to see boost in 2015, thanks to Apple Pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:15 pm

A growing number of retailers are adopting various forms of mobile payments, and while consumers still prefer cash and debit/credit card payments, mobile payment could be on the upswing. US mobile payment volume will reach close to 15 percent, growing at 172 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2019, according to a new Business Insider Intelligence report.

 

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Apple Pay is the early leader among mobile payment services, though CurrentC and other platforms will be able to attract non-iPhone users. Google Android solutions, such as Softcard and Google Wallet, have seen increased interest following the launch of Apple Pay.

 

Mobile payments may still be in its infancy, and consumers are worried about security and ease-of-use, but providers will have time to work out the kinks. Meanwhile, additional retailers are expected to explore options available to give consumers more payment options at checkout.

Smartphone kill switch legislation has led to drop in phone theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 5:10 pm

The introduction of smartphone kill switches by manufacturers and wireless carriers helped reduce the number of device thefts in New York City, San Francisco, and London, supporters say. Apple iPhone theft in San Francisco dropped 40 percent, reported incidents slid 25 percent in New York, and thefts in London were cut in half.

 

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The software kill switch allows phone owners to lock lost or stolen devices, along with bricking devices so they cannot be used or sold on the black market.

 

"The huge drops in smartphone theft have occurred since the kill switch has been on the market are evidence that our strategy is making people safer in our cities, and across the world," said Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General, in a statement.

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