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Consumers would struggle to make it one day without their smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:53 pm

In case you needed added confirmation of how addicted we are to our smartphones, almost one in two U.S. consumers say they wouldn't last one day without their smartphones, according to a report from Bank of America.


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Furthermore, using a smartphone is more important than coffee or television, changing "the way we live our daily lives," according to Marc Warshawsky, Bank of American SVP and mobile solutions executive. Not surprisingly, millennials from the ages of 18-24 believe their mobile phones are more important (96 percent) than their toothbrush (93 percent) or deodorant (90 percent).


Banks want to utilize smartphones and mobile technologies to keep users engaged, and it's been working for Bank of America - with 31 percent of mobile BoA users logging in at least once per day, and 82 percent access their accounts at least once per week.

Companies are aware of cyberattacks, but still learn the hard way

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:48 pm

Companies are familiar what to do during a cybersecurity incident, and how to defend against phishing and social engineering tactics, but tend to only learn lessons the hard way. Fifty four percent of respondents to a recent survey said they were not hacked or experienced a data breach in the past 12 months, according to TrainAce, a cybersecurity training organization.


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For companies that did suffer a data breach, 70 percent found a Trojan on a PC or on theur network - and 20 percent of those hacked don't have a cybersecurity incident plan ready.


"The findings we've compiled suggest that while most companies are employing best practices when it comes to cybersecurity, there is still a way to go before adoption is universal," said Ralph Sita, TrainACE CEO and President, in a press statement. "All companies have different reasons and needs when it comes to cybersecurity, but it's troublesome to learn that many still don't have the basics in place, such as a cyber incident plan or set of updates guidelines."

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Google bids adieu to 10 year old early social network, Orkut

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:16 pm

So long then, Orkut - Google's first social network, now ten years old, is officially closing its doors at the end of this September.


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Orkut began life in the earlier days of web 2.0, at the time competing with the likes of Myspace. It was incredibly popular in South America, and enjoyed millions of users in its heyday. Now, in a blog post, the social network is saying "tchau". Orkut "helped shape life online before people really knew what social networking was," the post read. "Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell."


Google plans to keep investing its time in the newer, mentioned networks. But to any users still lurking around, there will be an archive of all public communities - available at the date of Orkut's death late September. Those that don't want their details to be kept online can remove Orkut permanently through their Google+ accounts - where else?

Armed drones keeping U.S. personnel safe in Iraq, US government says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:39 pm

U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq to help try to offer guidance to stabilize the country are being protected by armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Both manned and unmanned aircraft have been flying over Iraq, conducting a few dozen reconnaissance trips each day, and drones will now be armed as U.S. boots hit the ground.


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There are currently 90 military advisers and 90 intelligence analysis personnel in Iraq, with an additional 120 expected to arrive soon. To help keep the Americans safe, Predator drones with Hellfire missiles are patrolling the skies, in an effort to keep the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from launching attacks.


"The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some military advisers whose object will be to operate outside the confines of the embassy," said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Defense Department press secretary, during a press conference.

Seized Silk Road bitcoins auctioned off, with 45 bidders involved

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:11 pm

The US Marshals Service successfully auctioned off bitcoins seized from Silk Road, with 45 registered bidders participating for their share of 29,000 bitcoins valued around $18.7 million. The auction took 12 hours and winning bidders will be contacted before the end of the day today to claim their prize.


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The bitcoins were separated into nine separate blocks of 3,000, and the last one had 2,657 bitcoins. The award process is currently ongoing, so there isn't a final tally of winning bidders just yet, according to the Marshals Service. This is a rather unprecedented event, so the government was unsure if it should reveal winning bidders - and what they paid for the seized bitcoins.


An additional cache of bitcoins valued around $85 million, which belonged to Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht could be auctioned in the future - pending legal proceedings where Ulbricht saying they are his personal property and not related to Silk Road.

More than 1 billion Facebook posts, comments, likes from World Cup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 7:11 pm

The 2014 World Cup continues to be a major draw for No. 1 social media site Facebook, as the service has seen more than 1 billion posts, likes and comments through the first half of the tournament. In fact, the popular soccer tournament is the most talked-about event Facebook has been a part of - and that tally will only continue to grow.


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"People are having conversations on Facebook about what they watch in a really unprecedented scale," said Nick Grudin, Facebook director of partnerships, in an interview with Reuters. "In addition to sharing and connecting with friends, people are engaging in real-time with the media and the public voices they care about most."


Just over one week ago, it was discovered that the World Cup already surpassed the Super Bowl, Sochi Winter Olympics, and Academy Awards in Facebook social interaction combined - topping 141 million likes, comments and shared posts/photos.

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Most healthcare providers struggle to keep data secure, earning a 'D'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 6:10 pm

A whopping 58 percent of healthcare vendors scored a "D" when it came to data security and privacy standards, as cyberattacks trying to steal medical records become more common, according to security risk management firm Corl Technologies. To put together the report, everything from security incidents, security and privacy policies, and quality of security team in place helped calculate scores.


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"[The] majority of health care vendors lack minimum security practices, well short of HIPAA standards," according to the report. "Health organizations are often unaware of how many of their vendors have access to protected information."


It's unfortunate that healthcare vendors earned such a low score, as patient medical records are a valuable asset for cybercriminals. As such, medical identity theft amounted to 43 percent of identity theft cases in 2013, according to a study released by the Ponemon Institute - and HIPAA laws are scrambling to catch up to the current rash of healthcare-related cyberattacks.

Fly video app lets you use multi-device video capture for 5 min videos

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5:00 pm

A new app has turned up for iPhone users called Fly that allows you to edit together video from multiple devices to make one five-minute video. Users can use the Fly app to trim and cut video as well as create picture-in-picture previews.


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The app also offers the ability to add dissolves to transition from one scene to another with swipe gestures. Videos taken with multiple devices can be imported from the camera roll to the app or shot within the app.


Users can also add voiceovers and soundtracks to their videos as well. The big feature of the app is the ability to synchronize up to four iPhones together to record multiple angles. Connecting together of the devices is done via Bluetooth. Fly is on the App Store right now and is available free.

BlackBerry launches public myth-dispelling offensive against naysayers

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 3:35 pm

Troubled mobile phone company BlackBerry has hit out at media critics with a dedicated "Fact Check Portal" that aims to dispel myths about how the firm's doing.


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In an official blog post, BlackBerry says there have been "many vocal voices from competitors trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry," and that in doing so, "sensationalized reports surrounding our viability and misperceptions about our product portfolio have crowded the airwaves".


"Given this environment, we must fight back," the post said. So far there are three posts on the portal - the first announcing its existence, another entitled "Which EMM Vendor Moves the Most Data - Securely" and another that lays out "myths" about migration from the service.

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Global web speeds are rising with 20% of connections over 10 Mbps

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 3:05 pm

The latest version of the Akamai State of the internet report has been published. This is a quarterly look at how the internet is changing around the world and according to the latest issue, internet speeds around the world have increased 24% year over year to 3.9 Mbps.


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Akamai believes that given the growth rate we are seeing, during the next quarter average internet speeds around the world will hit 4 Mbps. This report also looks at the countries that have the fastest internet speeds in the world. The fastest connections to be had are offered in South Korea at 23.6 Mbps average.


Japan was in second place with average internet speeds of 23.6 Mbps. The third place spot on the list went to Hong Kong at 13.3 Mbps. Rounding out the top ten, in order, are Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Ireland.

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