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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.

Danish, US donors to the rescue as UK faces sperm shortage

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 2:44 pm

The United Kingdom is having to import sperm stocks from abroad due to a serious shortage of donors in Britain, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority has warned.


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According to a report from the group, imports make up almost a quarter of donated samples in Britain. It's thought that native donations dropped considerably thanks to the dropping of a clause that would have offered total anonymity to donors in 2005. Back in '05, imports made up just one in ten samples in Britain.


The majority of these are from the United States and Denmark, with the latter country being home to the biggest sperm bank in the world. You can check out the official British government records here, should you want to for any reason.

UK kids prefer tablets, smartphones to portable consoles

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 2:05 pm

Nintendo has long had a reputation - fair or not - as being the chief console manufacturer for family-friendly, children's gaming. But now, at least in the United Kingdom, kids are ditching the 3DS for gaming on tablets instead.


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According to a study from Futuresource Consulting, just under half of children between 3 and 12 own a tablet - and 30 percent between 3 and 4 have one of their own as well. Parents interviewed for the study agreed they'd be more likely to buy a tablet for their children over the coming months, taking precedence over smartphones or portable consoles.


Older children are more likely to have their own smartphone than a tablet - at 46 percent for those aged 11-12. Parents could quite possibly save money by buying a portable console such as a 3DS for their sprogs, as moms and dads were reported to be spending over 100 pounds - 170 US dollars - on mobile apps every single year, not accounting for the cost of the devices themselves.

Scientists create supercooling system to keep organs fresh for days

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 2:01 pm

One of the big challenges when it comes to performing organ transplants is to keep the organ fresh during the trip from the donor to the recipient. If the two live in different part of the country or world, keeping those organs fresh and viable can be difficult. Scientists have devised a new supercooling method that has the potential to keep the organs fresh for days.


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Currently organs can only remain fresh and viable for less than 24 hours during transportation. Scientists have developed a new supercooling process that in lab tests has shown to be able to keep a rat liver fresh and viable for three days.


The supercooling technique reportedly connects the organ to a machine that perfuses it with nutrients and cools it so minus 6C. The breakthrough could eventually lead to the ability to share donated organs around the world.

NASA flying saucer ship completes successful test of the coast of Hawa

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 1:04 pm

NASA has been testing out a new spacecraft that will eventually be used on missions to Mars called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD. This spacecraft looks like a flying saucer and inflates something NASA calls a Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator that looks like a large doughnut, but is a pressure vessel that is designed to slow the spacecraft during the first stages of entry into the atmosphere of Mars.


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During the test, the spacecraft was lifted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai using a giant helium filled balloon. Once to an altitude of 36,500 meters, the spacecraft was release and pushed to 55,000 meters at a speed of Mach 4 using a solid fuel thruster.


The inflatable air bags were then deployed to slow the vehicle during decent to Mach 2.5. NASA says that the test went mostly well, but the Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute didn't deploy properly. The spacecraft was recovered along with all the data recorders and vehicle hardware from the waters off the Hawaiian coast.

iPhone 5S available for under $100 at several US stores

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 12:05 pm

Rumors continue to swirl that Apple is getting set to launch a new version of the iPhone in the coming months. One of the things that often happens ahead of the launch of a new Apple product is the existing version of that product getting cheaper. That has now happened with price cuts on the iPhone 5S.


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If you want a new iPhone 5S, you can hop into Apple's own store and pay $199 for the device with a new contract. If you want to save some big money, you can instead go to Walmart where you can get the iPhone 5S for $99 right now. Walmart says that the new $99 price will be permanent and is good for the 5S on AT&T Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.


If you want the cheaper and more colorful iPhone 5C, you can get that device for $29 with a new 2-year agreement. If you have an older iPhone to trade, you might want to try out The Shack, known as Radio Shack before. At that store, with the trade in of an older iPhone, you can get the iPhone 5S at no cost.

GM issues recall on 475,000 more vehicles including 2014-15 trucks

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:00 am

GM has been in some very hot water in the last several months with massive numbers of recalls on some of its most popular vehicles. One of the bestselling vehicles in the US is the Chevrolet Silverado truck and GM has now announced a massive recall on the vehicle.


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GM has issued a recall on 475,000 2014 to 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. The reason for the recall on the trucks is a fault in the control module software that controls the four-wheel drive system on 4x4 vehicles. The fault in the software could cause the four-wheel drive system to switch into neutral automatically.


The result is that the trucks could simply roll away if the driver hasn't set the parking brake. Many drivers of vehicles with automatic transmissions don't use the parking brake. GM also announced recalls having to do with Caprice police cars and Chevrolet SS sedans due to an issue with windshield wipers.

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