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Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR is now official

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5:42 am

When Facebook announced it was acquiring Oculus VR back in March, it had the entire world up in arms - myself included. Time has passed, and those worries have all but died down, with the news that the acquisition is now final, with an update issued by both of the companies.

 

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Facebook and Oculus VR said in a joint statement: "We're looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate". Back in March, Facebook said it was going to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion, in a deal that would include $400 million in cash, and 23.1 million shares in Facebook valued at $1.6 billion.

 

At the time, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook said: "Mobile is the platform of today, and now we're also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow. Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate". In April, the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal. Right now, people are waiting for their Development Kit 2 (DK2) units to arrive, sporting a 1080p low-persistence screen, and much more.

Apple reportedly orders 70-80 million next-gen iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 4:25 am

According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered a huge number of next generation iPhones. The Journal's sources have said that the company has ordered a huge 70 to 80 million units, with this order being split between the two screen sizes.

 

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Remember that we should have both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 arriving, with the 4.7-inch being teased the most so far. If we put these figures up against the order that Apple placed for the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple ordered between 50-60 million. The iPhone 5S was met with big demand, which saw Apple experiencing shortages for consumers.

 

Things have changed in the past year for Apple, with the company signing a rather large deal with China Mobile, which has over 790 million subscribers on its network. We should expect Apple to bake in considerable changes into the iPhone 6, in both the software and hardware departments.

Newbee takes out The International, walks away with $5 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 3:29 am

The build up has been big, but the huge DOTA 2 'The International' tournament is over for another year - with Chinese team 'Newbee' taking first place. Newbee takes home a huge $5 million for their efforts.

 

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Coming in second place is fellow Chinese rivals ViCi Gaming, who walk away with $1.5 million. Newbee entered into the finals with a 7-8 record, compared to ViCi's 12-3 record. For its first five matches in the Grand Final, Newbee lost them all, but then won the final three in a row. Coming in third place was Evil Genuises, who take home $1 million. Fourth place goes to DK, who scooped themselves up $819,000.

Pair running Apple-themed phishing scams conducted other criminal acts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 2:17 am

The man and woman involved in an Apple-themed phishing scheme, in which they sent emails that looked like Apple warning of security issues, were sentenced to a combined 14 years in prison. Both Radu Savoae, 28, and Constanta Agrigoroaie, 23, plead guilty to six counts of possessing fraudulent ID cards, equipment to make fake bank and ID cards, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

 

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In addition to the phishing operation, police authorities found cloned credit cards and fake Spanish and Romanian identification cards in their apartment. A spreadsheet found on the pair's computer also listed out fraudulent transactions for flights, vehicle insurance and other data given to to local pickpockets operating in the area.

 

For every major cybercriminal yanked off the streets, federal and local law enforcement struggle to keep up. Unfortunately, it usually takes a large amount of victims before banks and authorities catch on and launch investigations.

Anonymous victimizes Kenya Defense Ministry's Twitter account

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 1:15 am

The Anonymous hacker group reportedly hacked the official Kenya Defense Ministry Twitter account that is used to share information about the military's operations. The breach is now being investigated by Kenyan military technicians, and no internal military systems were compromised by the breach. Anonymous supporters have targeted Kenya, Zimbabwe and Twitter accounts used by other African governments.

 

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In a tweet posted to the KDF website today: "Account hacked Again by @anon_0x03 and Anonymous Kenya F**K YOU ARMY!"

 

The @kdfinfo account was hacked by @Anon_0x03, with Kenya political actions mocked and criticized, including the following topics: animal poaching, ivory trafficking, corruption, drugs, and continued tribalism. Anonymous has taken offense to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, claiming he's only interested in defending the rich - and not doing enough to keep regular civilians safe and secure.

NPD: Connected TVs in U.S. growing in popularity as prices fall

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:15 am

There will be double the amount of connected TV devices in the United States when compared to U.S. Internet households by 2017, according to the NPD Group. There will be an estimated 204 million connected TVs using the Internet over the next three years, double the figure of estimated Internet growth.

 

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The adoption of connected TVs and streaming media players, along with lowering costs, have provided consumers with a wide selection of product choices. More consumers are using their connected living room technologies to stream Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu, and other popular entertainment services.

 

"The evolution of hardware and digital content distribution is constantly changing the TV viewing experience," said John Buffone, NPD Connected Intelligence executive director, in a press statement. "Over the coming years, the consumers' preferred device for apps on TV will be shaped by the next generation of video game consoles, Smart TVs, and a new wave of streaming media players."

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Researchers creating smart helmet technology to relay concussion data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 11:40 pm

A new technology being developed at Western Michigan University hopes to give coaches and medical staff a better glimpse when a player suffers a concussion on the field. A new pressure sensor designed for helmets uses printed electronics that sends information to a smartphone, providing immediate data on hit severity.

 

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All data can be stored so coaches and staff can monitor each player's complete history following a concussion-related incident.

 

"Basically, this device or system would eliminate the possibility of inaccuracies from field judgments made by coaches, who rely on the self-assessment or self-reporting of players," said Massood Atashbar, WMU electrical and computer science professor, in a statement to local media. "The coach would receive real-time, actionable information when one of the players receives a potentially dangerous and serious impact to the head."

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AskMen website hacked twice in the past month, sending malicious code

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 11:26 pm

For the second time in the past month, AskMen.com was compromised, with malicious code injected on the company's server sending out attacks. AskMen is reportedly looking into the security issue after being contacted by security software company Malwarebytes.

 

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In the previous attack, visitors were being targeted by malicious code courtesy of the Nuclear Pack exploit kit, Websense researchers discovered. The attack started by redirecting users to another website, and then a Java exploit (CVE-2013-2465) and Adobe PDF exploit would be installed.

 

The second attack discovered by Malwarebytes runs using the same idea - a JavaScript iframe is created to redirect users to a malicious website. The new website serves as a landing page for the same Nuclear Pack exploit kit, with the payload dropped and executed on unsuspecting users. The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software flags the software as "Trojan.Kelihos," the company said.

Google now promotes legal links if you search for TV torrents

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 11:03 pm

Users who now enter piracy related keywords into Google will see legal content promoted above anything that's against the law.

 

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If users type in keywords like torrent, Putlocker or DVDrip, they will be shown what they are looking for - but Google will prioritize results like Netflix and Hulu above the search results. And Google Play, its own content selling service, is one of these that it promotes. It's an interesting premise that operates on the good faith assumption of people looking for these terms will be interested in their legal alternatives. For some Googlers this will be the case, but we strongly suspect it won't be for all or even most of them. However, this does not seem to have reached the UK just yet, so it's possible Google is running a trial in selected markets.

 

This rollout appears to have been done on the quiet but is rather all-encompassing - high-risk pirate search terms like a TV title followed by 'watch' will lead to a similar set of results, as well as keywords like 'view' or 'download'. "These ads will appear after various searches that include specific movie, TV, and music titles," a spokesperson for Google told TorrentFreak.

Criminals using Malaysia Airlines MH17 to compromise users with spam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 21, 2014 10:18 pm

Cybercriminals are capitalizing on media attention of the Malaysia Airlines MH17, with a constant barrage of tweets, Facebook status updates, and emails promising additional information about the crash. Most recently, a reported "video" of the Malaysia Airlines crash posted on Facebook actually links to a pornographic website - and other similar spam efforts are likely on the way.

 

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"When a disaster like this happens it's a great opportunity for all sorts of scammers," said Ken Gamble, Australian chapter chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention, in a statement to the media. "It's a great opportunity to prey on people's vulnerabilities and emotion is the greatest one."

 

Cybercriminals typically launch spam attacks following major international incidents - and it's becoming easier - as news is so frequently shared via email and social media. As emotions run high, criminals want to compromise users as they try to learn more about the incident and share details with friends online.

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