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Yahoo beefs up encryption security due to NSA snooping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Yahoo is the latest Silicon Valley tech giant moving to increase security because of government spying, announcing that traffic moving between the Yahoo data centers is now encrypted.

 

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In addition, Yahoo Mail already uses HTTPS by default, and all mail sent between Yahoo servers also is encrypted. The company is now using 2048-bit RSA encryption for its Mail, Homepage and Digital Magazines portions of the site.

 

"Hundreds of Yahoos have been working around the clock over the last several months to provide a more secure experience for our users and we want to do even more moving forward," said Alex Stamos, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer, in a blog post. "Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default. One of our biggest areas of focus in the coming months is to work with and encourage thousands of our partners across all of Yahoo's hundreds of global properties to make sure that any data that is running on our network is secure."

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Turkey lifts Twitter ban after second free speech violation ruling

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Twitter has returned from the dead in Turkey today as the Constitutional court rules for the second time that the ban violated freedom of speech rights. Late last month, Turkis Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, imposed the ban on the social networking service and stated that he would "wipe out" twitter from his country for good. Unfortunately for him, Turkish citizens found several workarounds, which led to the country blocking Google's DNS service and YouTube as a result.

 

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This entire fiasco was sparked over Twitter suggesting that some members of the Turkish government might be corrupt, which caused the Prime Minister to virtually silence the service. Last week, the Turkish Constitutional Court issued an injunction that was supposed to lift the ban, but it did little good. Today the court passed down a second ruling that stated that the ban on Twitter violated Turkish citizen's rights to free speech, and forced regulators to reinstate access to Twitter.


GoPro blacks out its Hero 3 action camera with a stealthy new housing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Have you ever found yourself annoyed by the clear case designed to house your GoPro action camera? Maybe you have been frustrated because hiding the camera in the dark was all but impossible thanks to its blinking red and blue light? The folks over at GoPro have heard your cries and have came up with a solution that will please everyone.

 

 

THe new Blackout case from GoPro has been designed to work with the company's Hero 3 and Hero 3+ models of rugged action cameras. This new dark housing does a good job at hiding the shiny, reflective, silver surface of the GoPro, while a rubber plug effectively blocks out the LED as well. The black-out case is waterproof up to 130 feet, and is just as rugged as the clear version. Additionally, GoPro has also updated its minimalist Frame Housing to now allow the USB and Video out ports to be exposed and accessible, something I am sure the FPV RC Aircraft community will be happy to hear.

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AOC launches a new 24-inch gaming monitor that is built for speed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 9:56 pm

This morning, AOC announced a new 24-inch class monitor designed with serious gaming enthusiast in mind. The new GP2460PQU is a 24-inch 1080p monitor that features a 144Hz refresh rate and a response time of just 1ms. These features produce crystal clear visuals and smooth motion even under the most intense gaming scenarios.

 

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"The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports," AOC said in a release. "The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor's four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience."

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Mozilla's CEO, Brendan Eich, resigns over anti-gay controversy

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 9:33 pm

Mozilla's co-founder and CEO, Brendan Eich has come under a lot of fire as of late over a $1000 donation he made to a political group that supported California's Proposition 8, and today he has announced that he will be resigning from the company he helped build. Mozilla says that it takes pride in being held to a different standard, and it knows that it did not live up to that standard over the past week.

 

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"We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves," Mozilla's chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, said on the company's blog. "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community."

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Google adds Streetview tour of Angkor Wat for virtual exploration

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:48 pm

Angkor Wat is a monument in Cambodia that was built-in the 12th century. It is the largest religious monument in the world and has been in a number of movies over the years. If you have always wanted to explore the monument, but can't take off to Cambodia to check it out, Google has you covered.

 

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Google has been working on a Streetview project since July of 2013 to let people virtually explore the monument using its 360-degree camera tech. Google has been adding lots of new monuments to the Streetview service over the last several months.

 

The Streetview exploration of Angkor Wat was cobbled together out of over 90,000 high-resolution images. The mass of images shows detail on over 100 of the temples in the complex. Google completed the project to put the temple project on Streetview with help from the Apsara Authority of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Two US men plead guilty for their role in global hacking operation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:14 pm

Two members of an international cybercrime, identity theft and credit card fraud ring pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft, the Department of Justice announced.

 

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Robert Dubuc, 40, from Massachusetts along with Oleg Pidtergerya, 49, of New York, used information stolen from more than 12 banks, payroll processing companies, brokerage firms and government agencies - in their effort, more than $15 million in funds have been reportedly stolen.

 

"Both Dubuc and Pidtergerya were asked by leaders of the conspiracy to participate in a scheme to 'cash out' bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others," according to the DoJ press release.

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Ridley Scott confirmed to produce Halo digital feature

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 7:18 pm

If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.

 

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Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.

 

Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.

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Casio XJ-UT310WN LampFree projector offers 3100 lumens of light

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 6:46 pm

Casio has an interesting new projector that is a short throw until able to produce a big image from only a short distance away from the projection surface. That is a nice feature on its own, but the XJ-UT310WN projector has a cooler feature. This is one of the LampFree projectors that Casio makes and instead of using an expensive lamp to create the light that only last a few hundred hours, the light source in this projector is good for tens of thousands of hours.

 

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Casio's LampFree tech combines a LED, laser, and a florescent lamp to create a light source that is good for about 20,000 hours. Often these alternate light source projectors are too dim for some uses, but this new projector has 3100 lumens of brightness making it work in just about any setting. the native resolution is 1280 x 800 and the contrast ratio is 1800:1.

 

The short throw tech allows the projector to throw a 67-inch image from only 23-inches from the surface. Other features include 2GB of integrated storage for giving presentation without a PC. Connectivity options include HDMI, D-sub, and composite inputs. An available mobile app lets a presenter annotate images in real-time and supports a real-time web browser. Casio will ship the projector in Q3 2014 for $1999.99.

Gartner offers advice on companies struggling to leave Windows XP

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2014 6:16 pm

Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.

 

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Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.

 

"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.

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