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Apple cuts prices on iPod Touch, dropping prices up to 25 percent

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:47 pm

Apple today announced its 16GB iPod Touch is available for $199, while the 32GB edition costs $249, and the 64GB is $299. The new lineup has 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, the Apple A5 chip and FaceTime camera. New colors have also been added to further entice users.


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The previous 16GB iPod Touch cost $229 and didn't have a rear-facing camera. The device currently runs iOS 7 and will be ready for iOS 8 later this year.


It seems likely Apple wants to clear shelves and either prepare for a new generation of iPod devices, or to liquidate current stock and shift focus to the iPhone and smartwatches. Prior to the success of the iPhone - and other smartphones - iPods once dominated the MP3 market, but interest dwindled as consumers transitioned.

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North Korea successfully test fires three short-range projectiles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:45 pm

The North Korean military successfully launched three short-range projectiles during a missile test, likely aimed at antagonizing political leaders in South Korea. It's not uncommon for North Korea to conduct military exercises off its eastern coast when it wants to raise political tensions and frustrate U.S. leaders.


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The projectiles flew an estimated 115 miles into the Sea of Japan, and South Korean officials are trying to determine what was fired.


"We are analyzing our data to try to figure out what type of projectiles they were and why the North fired them," said a South Korean official. "Our military has increased its monitoring activities in case the North should fire more projectiles."

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ThreatTrack rolls out its ThreatAnalyzer 5.1 malware software

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 8:38 pm

ThreatTrack Security recently released ThreatAnalyzer 5.1, the company's latest version of a dynamic malware analysis solution aimed for the enterprise. The new tool allows security teams to detect and remove malicious code, along with learning how malware runs on their networks.


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Users are able to recrate their 32-bit and 64-bit environments, including virtual machines, with custom malware determination rules and integrated threat intelligence.


"Uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges to enterprise cybersecurity, and it is paralyzing incident response teams," said Julian Waits, ThreatTrack Security President and CEO, in a statement. "Enterprises know they are under attack from breaches caused by advanced malware, but most lack the tools necessary to identify advanced threats and accurately quantify their exposure to those risks."

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College student faces multiple felony charges after hacking classmates

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 7:37 pm

Allen Lockser, 21, faces 11 felony computer fraud charges after allegedly accessing student accounts, though didn't compromise any personal information. However, he reportedly submitted quizzes and deleted submitted homework assignments from the school network, first gaining access by trying random passwords until he was successful.


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Lockser is accused of hacking into 20 student accounts on Canvas, the Pasco-Hernando State College online portal, which is used for submitting homework assignments and assessments. He was easy to track because he used the static IP address at his home, so sheriff's deputies were able to quickly identify him.


The school boosted security and students must now use passwords with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. In addition to criminal charges, Lockser will also face a school disciplinary inquiry. After being arrested for his charges, Lockser was booked and later released on $1,100 bail.

U.S. Navy wants Humvee-mounted anti-drone lasers ready for troop use

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 6:09 pm

The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in developing a Humvee-mounted anti-drone laser able to disrupt the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that might attack patrols. If successful, the Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move (GBAD) will help Marines on the ground, using hardware that can be placed on light-tactical vehicles.


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There is greater concern of enemies using UAVs to track and target Marines, so they are able to be more effective when launching attacks. The anti-drone laser system will be deployable on a Humvee or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, after officers requested mobile directed-energy weapons that can eliminate threats.


"We can expect that our adversaries will increasingly use UAVs and our expeditionary forces must deal with that rising threat," said Col. William Zamagni, ONR expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department head, in a statement. "GBAD gives the Marine Corps a capability to counter the UAV threat efficiently, sustainably and organically with austere expeditionary forces."

Amazon to launch takeout food delivery service via Amazon Local

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 5:00 pm

There are a number of local food delivery services out there like GrubHub and others that you can use to order up some local takeout when you are hungry. A report has surfaced that Amazon is out to launch its own local delivery service as well.


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According to the report, Amazon will launch the food delivery service as part of its Amazon Local offering. This new delivery service was reportedly set to go live in Seattle first and was activated via the Amazon Local app last night.


However, the service was turned off again shortly after it launched. It is expected to go live again soon. One source claiming to be familiar with Amazon's plans says that the food delivery service will see a very gradual rollout to other areas.

GoPro sets share price at $24 as IPO is set for today

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4:08 pm

GoPro is one of the most popular action camera manufacturers in the world. You can count on seeing people participating in sports and activities of all types using these cameras to record their antics. GoPro has been a private company since its inception, but this week that will all change.


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GoPro is going public with an IPO and the company has now announced the share price. Each share during the IPO will be offered for $24, which is the upper end of the range GoPro offered in its IPO filing. The camera maker is expected to raise over $427 million when the IPO launches.


An option is available for underwriters that could allow them to buy additional shares in the company. If that happens, GoPro could raise up to $491.3 million. GoPro will begin trading today on Nasdaq with the symbol GPRO. With shares set at $24 each, the company is valued at about $3 billion.

Firm caught bribing journalists to pen pro-Internet Explorer content

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4:06 pm

An agency commissioned by Microsoft has been offering to pay bloggers to produce pro-Internet Explorer content, it emerged, after one such pitch was accidentally sent to TechCrunch.


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Advocate marketing firm SocialChorus sent TechCrunch's Paul Stamatiou an offer to pay for Internet Explorer coverage, the journalist said in a tweet. Founder Michael Arrington was also emailed. "In this program, we are looking to spread the word about the new Internet Explorer web experience in a cool, visual way, which is where you come in," the proposal read.


It's not exactly unusual for marketing companies to push a client's an agenda through a network of underpaid bloggers, but it is a little more unusual to approach a publication such as TechCrunch, particularly for a top tier customer. This is usually called an "unmitigated PR disaster." Microsoft has now distanced itself from the campaign, and put the blame squarely on SocialChorus. A spokesperson for the Redmond company said, according to Techspot: "action by a vendor is not representative of the way Microsoft works with bloggers or other members of the media."

Google starts chopping search results in EU's 'right to be forgotten'

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 3:12 pm

Now that the European Court of Justice has ruled people have the "right to be forgotten" online, web powerhouse Google has started removing some search results for users on a case-by-case basis.


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Following the ruling, Google opened an online platform that allowed users to request they have their data removed. But Google's Al Verney claimed over 50,000 people across Europe had requested they have their information removed, leading to a a backlog. Verney insisted each request needs to be assessed individually. Of course, Google only has the power to scrub its own results, and not content on third party websites. But as the main gatekeeper to the internet it has a lot of power over what users will see when they enter a request.


Google has no plans to make public the details of removed search results, but has suggested that those which are inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant are likely candidates. If a request is rejected, the company will inform the user and detail exactly why, as well as informing them on how to contact their local data protection agency.

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Google Drive for Work offers unlimited storage space

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 3:04 pm

Google has rolled out a new cloud storage service that is designed specifically to cater to the business users out there called Drive for Work. This subscription service costs $10 per month per user. The big feature of the Drive for Work service is that for the $10 per month you get unlimited storage.


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Individual files can be stored under this plan up to 5TB in size each. Drive for Work comes on the heels of the announcement that Google Drive has 190 million active users on the personal and work plans combined.


Google also notes that files uploaded to drive are encrypted in transit between devices and Google data centers. Google has also refreshed the Drive apps for iOS and Android devices to improve performance and clean up the interface.

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