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IoT increasing, but so are potential cybersecurity concerns

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:13 pm

There are plenty of opportunities for consumers and companies embracing the Internet of Things (IoT), but trying to secure connected things will be extremely difficult. Vendors must embrace continuous testing programs to verify their services are secure - and consumers will need to utilize available security protocols, while pushing for new securities in the future.

 

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Regardless of potential privacy and security concerns, expect to see a number of new connected things in the coming years - with everything from smart energy meters to security, lighting and air conditioning expected to be connected. There will be over 28 billion things installed in households and apartments by 2020, according to IDC.

 

"IoT is a very fast moving space, and the pressure on companies to get new things to market almost invariably comes at the expense of proper security practices," said Casey Ellix, CEO of Bugcrowd cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by Forbes. "On top of this, many of the devices are built on top of open source libraries and components, which themselves have vulnerabilities which are discovered on a regular basis."

Jay Z wants to buy Aspiro music streaming service for $56 million

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 10:33 pm

Rap mogul Jay Z wants to expand his business empire even more, offering $56 million to purchase the Swedish Aspiro music streaming service. The Roc Nation entertainment company would receive additional exposure, in addition to acquiring Aspiro's WiMP and Tidal services.

 

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"The recent developments in the entertainment industry, with the migration to media streaming, offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music," according to a statement from Jay Z's Project Panther.

 

Streaming Media OS, which owns 76 percent of the Aspiro brand, is expected to accept the deal - and helps Jay Z jump into the competitive, yet lucrative streaming music business. The streaming music business is booming - and while companies like Pandora and may struggle to create long-lasting revenue - it could make for a wise investment for Jay Z.

US sources say Ukrainian forces face drones, electronics jamming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 9:54 pm

Ukrainian forces are overwhelmed by drones and electronic jamming from pro-Russian separatists, as electronic warfare shows how devastating it can be on the battlefield. Ukrainian soldiers lack proper training and equipment to stop continued artillery strikes, and cannot communicate with one another due to radio signals being jammed.

 

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"It is very difficult for Ukrainian forces to be able to operate on radios, telephones and other non-secure means of communications because their opponents have such an exceptional amount of jamming capability," said Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of US Army Europe, in a statement to reporters. "Even if you can acquire where mortar or rockets are coming from, to be able to do something about it is very difficult if you can't communicate."

 

In addition to electronic warfare, pro-Russian fighters are using drones to conduct surveillance operations - collecting intelligence on Ukrainian military defenses and locations. The drones likely originated from the Russian government, and have become vital in coordinated artillery and mortar strikes against Ukrainian soldiers.

Did Apple win the smartphone war after shatter sales figures in Q4?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 7:43 pm

Google Android may dominate the smartphone software market with 81 percent control, but it looks like the Apple iPhone clearly has strong grip on the smartphone hardware market.

 

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The company sold a massive 74.5 million iPhones during Q4 of 2014 - and has 42 percent of the US smartphone market share, according to comScore. Trailing behind Apple is Samsung (29.7 percent) and LG Electronics (7.6 percent), as both companies struggle to close the gap.

 

Despite iOS holding a significantly smaller share of the software market, it looks like current iPhone owners are willing to upgrade their devices sooner than Android smartphone owners.

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Gartner: No single Internet of Things platform will dominate by 2018

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 6:14 pm

There is no question the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to have a high-profile in the years to come, but there is concern that a single platform will hold back progress. Companies are building next-generation IoT ecosystems, but there won't be a standard product offering through 2018, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Since a standardized IoT offering won't be available, future efforts will remain customized platforms - and that could hurt IoT adoption by consumers. Analysts believe connected devices will still become increasingly popular, but integration into mobile devices - which is popular today - could become cluttered with numerous infrastructures that cause confusion.

 

"Many standards and ecosystems for the IoT are still in development and some of the vendors and ecosystems may fail during the working lifetime of current IoT projects," said Alfonso Velosa, research director at Gartner. "CIOs will need to ensure their prime system integrator has a strategy to future-proof their project."

Report: Single DDoS attack could cost an organization $400,000

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 5:25 pm

Companies are under cyberattack, and a single distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack could cost companies from $52,000 up to $444,000 depending on how large the company is. Enduring downtime due to a DDoS cyberattack also hurts the company's public relations image, with disclosures made to customers and federal regulatory bodies.

 

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Following a DDoS attack, 61 percent of victims lost access to critical business information, while 38 percent were unable to conduct day-to-day business operations. As cybercriminals are becoming more organized - and finding new strategies to launch cyberattacks - volumetric attacks tend to be increasing, outnumbering application-layer attacks.

 

"A successful DDoS attack can damage business-critical services, leading to serious consequences for the company," said Eugene Vigovsky, head of the Kaspersky DDoS protection at Kaspersky Lab. "For example, the recent attacks on Scandinavian banks caused a few days of disruption to online services and also interrupted the processing of bank card transactions, a frequent problem in cases like this."

Super Bowl will be a 'no drone zone' on Sunday for the big game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 4:16 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new statement verifying the Super Bowl is a "no drone zone," and anyone caught flying a drone near the stadium faces potential criminal charges. There is a mix between security and safety concerns and copyright regarding filming sporting events, so drone operators should avoid the potential headache.

 

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"The FAA bars unauthorized aircraft - including drones - from flying over or near NFL regular- and post-season football games," according to a statement from the FAA. "The same restriction applies to NCAA college games in stadiums seating 30,000 or more fans, Major League Baseball games and many NASCAR events."

 

The FAA is struggling to create private and commercial drone flight laws, as the number of unmanned aircraft continues to rise in the United States. However, the FAA is straightforward when it comes to the Super Bowl and other major sporting events: "If you want to see video of the Big Game, watch it on TV. Leave your drone at home."

Beverly Hills professional gaming house - living the dream

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 3:23 pm

Let's take a look way back to 2012, when Curse gaming picked up a lease of this beautiful $2 million mansion located within Beverly Hills - set to broadcast the lives and training schedules of their five League of Legends players to viewers around the world through to the now-closed streaming service Own3d.tv.

 

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8,000 square feet in size, this house contained a live live-in production team, supplied computers, a pool and spa and every single home-comfort one could hope for.

 

Curse founder and CEO Hubert Thieblot stated at the time that "ESports in the western world are gaining in popularity at record breaking speeds and competitive gamers have become young celebrities that live an exhilarating lifestyle," adding that "fans crave more from these new celebrities and want insight into their daily lives. Other gaming houses have portrayed pro gamers as uninteresting and lifeless individuals living in cramped quarters bound to their PCs. Curse plans to change that perception and show the fun side of training in the competitive scene."

 

This is just one example of numerous gaming houses located around the world, however it's certainly one of the most impressive.

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Banned canadian CS:GO professional Joshua 'steel' Nissan speaks up

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2:34 pm

The former iBUYPOWER CS:GO professional player and current banned member of the match-fixing and betting ring scandal Joshua 'steel' Nissan has issued a public statement and apology on his public Facebook page.

 

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In this statement he highlighted his disappointment in his actions, the good times while competing in various CS:GO tournaments and some of his plans for the future. He's currently planning to stream his public matchmaking game-play through Twitch.TV, alongside commenting that "I am still a host of knowledge about Counter-Strike. I will try to make all of this information available to everyone for free. It's the least I can do."

 

Many enraged members of the public have decided to boycott all of Nissan's content, further naming him as "Steal".

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iBUYPOWER have announced they will continue to support CS:GO

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2015 1:35 pm

Despite the recent match-fixing and betting ring scandals surrounding the former and friends-of iBUYPOWER (IBP) CS:GO squad teammates - the large North American computer company has announced they are looking toward another CS:GO pick-up.

 

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IBP and their CS:GO team split on January the 5th before the accusations were confirmed. As as we're now rolling into February 2015, they've stated that another team is on their mind - commenting that their previous players actions "are not in keeping with the philosophy of the iBUYPOWER brand."

 

They further stated that "IBP is committed to supporting gaming at the highest levels, and expects each member of our staff and teams to perform to the best of their ability and conduct themselves with integrity at all times," adding "recently, IBP learned that certain members of the IBP CS:GO team failed to meet that expectation. The actions of these individuals come as a shock to us."

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