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Microsoft rumored to be working on its own Chromecast-like device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2014 1:02 am

Google's Chromecast represents some incredible value for money at $35, with it selling millions of devices since it launched last year. But now the latest rumors are pegging Microsoft on releasing its own Chromecast-like device.


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The report is coming from Windows Phone Daily, who spotted some documents that point to Microsoft's upcoming device that will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port - similar traits to Google's streaming dongle. If Microsoft do release this streaming device, it won't be using Google's Cast technology, as it has a separate filing with the Wi-Fi Alliance that will use Miracast for its streaming abilities.


The problem is, Miracast isn't as good at streaming as Google Cast, as it won't work with multiple people in the same room who want to control what is being blasted to the TV. Mirroring screens between your Windows Phone and your TV shouldn't be a problem, though.

'Fast and Furious 6' cam pirate sentenced to 3 years jail

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 23, 2014 9:28 am

A 25 year old English would-be pirate has been jailed for 33 months for filming last years 'Fast and Furious 6', using a mobile phone camera and uploading the video file to the web, a day before the film began showing in US cinemas.


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Philip Danks was apparently easy to locate by UK police and representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft after Danks used the same handle 'Thecod3r' on multiple websites, including dating site Plenty of Fish.


In their victim impact statement, Universal Studios valued the leak at 2.3 million pounds, or nearly $4 million USD, based on the estimated 779,000 downloads and more than a bit of Hollywood accounting. The film went on to gross nearly $800 million worldwide.



In a day and age when it seems a movie is in cinemas one day and then available on Blu-ray the next, why people choose to ruin the experience with awful cams, just for the sake of being able to say they've seen it before their friends, is beyond me. But it's safe to say that Thecod3r's days of releasing is over.

Hackers able to compromise traffic lights in shockingly easy fashion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:21 pm

All hackers need to compromise traffic lights is a laptop and a radio connected to it, with researchers able to alter traffic lights from a vehicle.


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The traffic light controllers often aren't encrypted and have default usernames and passwords that are posted online. The traffic light controllers are linked by an induction loop that is hidden underground, with cameras able to provide traffic light colors to the controller. It only takes a minimal amount of research before hackers are essentially given the blueprints.


"There's an assumption that these devices are secure," said Branden Ghena, University of Michigan computer science PhD student and study lead researcher. "We all just trust them so much. This is critical infrastructure. We were shocked that was going on."

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T-Mobile fires back against Sprint, wants to attract acquaintances

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:17 pm

In the ongoing effort to attract new subscribers, T-Mobile hopes current subscribers will help attract friends and family to join the company. Any subscriber able to convince someone they know to leave rival Verizon Wireless, AT&T or Sprint will receive one year of unlimited LTE data for free.


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A subscriber that lends a hand to T-Mobile can fill out something online, and is required to enter their T-Mobile phone number and the number of the friend or family member.


"It continues to amaze me to see the old carriers failing to listen to their customers - or reward them for their loyalty," said John Legere, T-Mobile president and CEO, in a press statement. "That arrogance and indifference has defined the U.S. wireless industry for too long. We're changing all that. In fact, this entire Un-carrier consumer movement is built on the simple act of listening to customers."

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Tablet market still has plenty of market growth potential in future

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:15 pm

At least 54 percent of online U.S. consumers own at least one tablet, a four percent rise since January 2014, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Tablet growth has slowed, but 75 percent of consumers are planning to purchase a tablet later down the road - and there is hope that the devices can become more appealing to casual consumers.


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"Tablet purchase intent remains a positive indicator that the overall market is interested in tablets," the CEA recently revealed. "Many consumers seem to be waiting to replace their existing devices until the next wave of models arrives this holiday season, while non-owners are still debating whether to buy."


Manufacturers and software makers have to convince casual consumers to purchase tablets, which could be easier to do as prices slide. The extended tablet lifespan has given consumers the opportunity to use the same mobile device for a longer duration.

Kaspersky Lab outs "Machete" malware targeting Spanish speakers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 2:20 pm

The "Machete" cyberattack targeted Spanish speaking residents of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, and the malware was recently noted by security firm Kaspersky Lab. The targeted attack campaign likely launched in 2010 and was improved in 2012, with the Machete operation still potentially active. The malware is sent as a RAR file attachment that includes a PowerPoint presentation, researchers noted.


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The malware can log keystrokes, capture geolocation data, capture screenshots, record audio from PC microphone, take photos via Web camera, and copy files to a remote server, among other similar cybercriminal activities.


There were 85 victims in Colombia, 282 victims in Ecuador, and 372 victims in Venezuela, though also found 45 victims in Russia and small numbers of victims in the United States and Europe. Much like other malware distribution, the criminals rely on social engineering to trick users to unknowingly install it on their machines.

Diaspora social networking site can't stop Islamic State messages

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:27 am

Social media service Diaspora, an open source, decentralized service consisting of individual nodes, utilizes thousands of private servers. Unfortunately, there isn't a way for the Diaspora project team to edit or remove content from a network node, and that's likely why IS chose it.


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After being booted from Twitter and other social networking sites, the Islamic State is looking for new alternatives. In an attempt to spread images, videos and published propaganda to shock the west and appeal to new recruits, IS wants to have a collection of social media accounts to use.


"As many of the members of the core team are pod administrators ourselves, we know it can be hard to detect such users," the Diaspora blog reads. "We rely on our community members to use the report function to alert their podmin to any post or comment they believe to be a cause for concern. However, because this is such a crucial issue, we have also accumulated a list of accounts related to IS fighters, which are spread over a large number of pods, and we are in the process of talking to the podmins of those pods."

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@evleaks on the verge of retirement leaks Moto X+1 image

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:39 am

@evleaks was meant to be retiring from the leaking program, but his retirement gift to us all is that he just leaked a photo of the Verizon version of the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, a smartphone that will reportedly be officially unveiled on September 4.


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The event in question will take place in Chicago, where we'll see the official unveiling of the Moto X+1. We don't know much about this new smartphone, but September 4 isn't long away, so we don't have much longer to wait.

Cinematic VR tech company Jaunt receives $27.8 million in funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:28 am

The future of entertainment isn't just sitting in front of your TV watching a flat image, but it is going to be a world that wraps around you in virtual reality. This is where Jaunt steps in, a cinematic VR technology company, which just took in a new round of funding.


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Jaunt received $27.8 million of new funding, which will help it pump more money into its omnidirectional camera shooting 360-degree experiences, perfect for VR technologies like the Oculus Rift. Jaunt had its funding come in from many different companies, who hope to see the company lead the future of cinematic VR.


Jaunt's technology was recently spotted at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, where it was shooting 360-degree footage which can be played back through the Oculus Rift. Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, says: "The enthusiasm we have seen for our technology has been tremendous and we are working tirelessly to make VR experiences available to mass audiences".

Amazon UK sees an 8.67% spike in Wii U game pre-orders after Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:35 am

Pre-orders for upcoming Nintendo Wii U games have risen 8.67% after Gamescom a couple of weeks ago, compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game pre-orders that only rose 5.16% and 2.81%, respectively.


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Slighty Mad Studios' racer, Project CARS, was the star of the Wii U pre-orders increase, with pre-orders increasing by a massive 42.53%. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the timed exclusive title on the Xbox One saw pre-orders pumped up by 30.25%. But with Wii U pre-orders rising 8.67%, the most interesting thing to take from this is that Nintendo didn't hold a press conference to talk about its games, but Microsoft and Sony did.

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