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FireEye: People, not technology, to blame in online cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 5:21 am

A rise in cyberattacks can be attributed as an attack by people, as companies spend even more on boosting endpoint security. Many IT experts and business leaders see cyberattacks as a technology issue, but it's really a focus on people.

 

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Cybersecurity experts are increasingly focused on educating employees on spotting phishing attempts, and fighting against attacks that rely on employees being rather naive and reckless.

 

"When you do think of it that way, then you tend to do a bunch of bad things," said Dave Merkel, CTO of FireEye, in a statement to ZDNET. "Such as ask bad questions to your security team like, 'What product can I buy to make this go away?' The answer is you can't just buy a product that is going make the bad guys go away forever."

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Report: Self-driving vehicles still not as safe as human drivers.. yet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 4:50 am

Fully autonomous vehicles could be on the road by 2020, and the technology is developing rapidly, although some researchers note that self-driving vehicles aren't as safe as human drivers just yet.

 

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"It's a highly disruptive technology that's coming on a lot faster than people expect," said Barrie Kirk, exezcutive director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence group, in a statement to CBC. "Humans, generally, are poor drivers."

 

However, researcher Steve Shladover, from the Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) program at the University of California, believes it's only a matter of time before a major accident occurs: "Think about things like mobile phones and laptop computers... they don't run nearly that long without failures... but we're expecting a car to now operate that long without a failure in a very complicated environment?"

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Intel investing in the mobile market, researching possible moves

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 3:35 am

Intel is currently undergoing its largest push into the mobile market, learning from previous mistakes after missing the first major smartphone wave a few years ago. The company has endured dropping sales of PCs and laptops, as more consumers and business workers embrace mobile - so this is an important effort for the Silicon Valley giant.

 

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"They're determined not to miss the next big thing," said Mark Hung, analyst at Gartner. As such, Intel's Q1 revenue estimate lost almost $1 billion because of slowing PC sales, but merged its mobile and PC businesses into one computing business.

 

"It helps when your other businesses are performing well," said Andy Bryant, Intel board Chairman, in a statement to investors late last year. "When things are going well it gives you the time and the resolve to make the changes you need to make in other parks of your business."

Consumers looking to cut the cord have plenty of options

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 2:20 am

Consumers trying to abandon their traditional cable and satellite TV subscription have a growing number of options. Before, cord cutters only had a choice of Netflix, Amazon Video, and a few select others - but now content providers are launching online video options, while other disruptive services are launching.

 

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"Programmers see the writing on the wall," said Jim Nail, principal analyst for Forrester Research. "They know that bundles are going away. But they're going to hold out for as long as they can."

 

Some traditional content providers are learning to adapt, as DISH has its Sling TV - a subscription cable and video on-demand service - and the company hopes it will be disruptive. Meanwhile, Apple is getting involved with "skinny" bundles of select channels, which can be expanded while adding other channels per month.

Swedish SWAT team looking into drones for special operations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 1:18 am

Swedish police are testing the use of drones, with a special emphasis on SWAT and possible search and rescue operations. It's unknown how many drones the police in Sweden plan to order, but they would be used in select cases, with testing beginning sometime this summer.

 

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Drones could also be used to capture aerial photographs of crime scenes, fire damage, and other carefully chosen scenarios deemed too dangerous for humans.

 

"Drones are equipped with sensors and technology for video transfer, which would act as an addition to the police helicopters, and there are plans to use them all over the country," a Swedish police spokesperson told Newsweek. "This will be mostly in special units like SWAT teams, bomb squads, and rescue operations if someone gets lost in the mountains or at sea. They could be used for traffic monitoring as well."

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Spotify being pressured by record industry to limit free music streams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 12:47 am

The Universal Music Group isn't a big fan of Spotify's "freemium" model that allows its users to listen to ad-supported music for free. Spotify has previously noted a growing number of free subscribers end up turning into $10 per month paid users - but UMG wants to pressure Spotify in current contract negotiations to further limit free service.

 

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"Ad-funded on-demand is not going to sustain the entire ecosystem of the creators as well as the investors," said Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of UMG, in a statement last month. Other music companies also want to see changes made to the current ad-supported free radio services - especially as more users go mobile.

 

The record industry has struggled to try to keep up with modern times, and its fight against online radio is nothing new. However, it is trying to find new ways to put pressure on Pandora and Spotify, despite both services noting how many paying subscribers they now have.

Sony PlayStation 4 arrives in China, but lacks some popular games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 10:46 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has recently launched in China, where the Japanese electronics company hopes it can build a strong gamer base. As such, PS4 owners in China won't have direct access to online movies, television or music - and a very limited game catalog to choose from.

 

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However, only six game titles were launched for the PS4: Mr. Pumpkin's Adventure, Knack, Rayman Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Trial Fusion and Age of Wushu. Games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty, and other popular titles haven't been approved by the Chinese government.

 

China recently lifted a 14-year ban on game consoles from foreign countries, and will join the Microsoft Xbox One as the only western consoles currently available on the open market. The Xbox One launched in China last September.

Survey: Americans enjoy using Wi-Fi even while camping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 9:26 pm

Campers enjoying the great outdoors may want a break from their busy day-to-day lives, but that doesn't mean they want to abandon their smartphones and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

 

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Fifty-one percent of campers say they go online at least once per day while camping, and 41 percent note that free Wi-Fi helps them determine where they will stay while camping. Not surprisingly, 86 percent of campers 25 or younger tend to bring a mobile phone, while 29 percent of campers 25 years or older bring a laptop or notebook.

 

"Camping is not a one-size-fits all travel experience," said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA, in a statement. "We've evolved our approach to outdoor hospitality by stressing what's behind our yellow sign to ensure we're matching camper expectations consistently, whether they're enjoying the outdoors with a smartphone in hand or a good old-fashioned map."

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Auxiliary NYPD officer accused of hacking police, FBI networks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 8:07 pm

NYPD auxiliary police officer Yehuda Katz was charged with allegedly hacking into NYPD and FBI databases as part of his fraud scheme. Katz even installed a hidden camera in the traffic safety office, which was eventually discovered by precinct officers.

 

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Katz used 15 compromised usernames and passwords, searching for more than 6,000 license plates stemming from auto accidents. Once he had personal information, he contacted victims and posed as an attorney who would be able to collect on their behalf.

 

"The threat posed by those who abuse positions of trust to engage in insider attacks is serious, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to vigorously prosecute such attacks," said US Attorney Loretta Lynch, in a public statement.

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US military: Drone operated by ISIS destroyed in recent airstrike

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 6:36 pm

An airstrike conducted on March 17 reportedly destroyed a drone being used by ISIS militants outside of Fallujah, Iraq, according to the US military. The so-called "model airplane" was not sophisticated, US military officials confirm.

 

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It's unknown what the extremist group was using the drone for, but it was likely involved in conducting reconnaissance in the immediate area - and It's unknown how many drones the group may have.

 

"We observed it flying for approximately 20 minutes," said Army Col. Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman, in a statement to the media. "We observed it land. We observed the enemy place it in the trunk of a car and we struck the car. It was a commercially available, remotely piloted aircraft, really something anyone can get."

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