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DHS recommends users uninstall Superfish adware from Lenovo products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:46 pm

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommended Lenovo customers remove the Superfish adware from their computers and laptops. The Chinese electronics company installed the software on machines beginning in 2010 until January 2015, and Lenovo is no longer installing it on consumer products.




Despite Lenovo saying there were no cybersecurity issues, the National Cyber Awareness System said customers are vulnerable to SSL spoofing attacks. "Systems that came with the software already installed will continue to be vulnerable until corrective actions have been taken," the DHS said in a statement published by Reuters.


"We should have known about this sooner," said Brion Tingler, Lenovo spokesman, in a statement to Reuters. "And if we could go back, we never would have installed this software on our machines. But we can't, so we are dealing with this head on."

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Report: Growing 'Appdiction' to smartphones, mobile apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:29 pm

There is alarming concern over the rising number of smartphone owners addicted to their mobile devices and apps, altering their real-world relationships. A recent survey found 92 percent of smartphone owners admit their device has altered how they connect with friends, while 58 percent say smartphones altered health.




Users are becoming more dependent on smartphones and mobile apps, with 55 percent of the "top app users" saying they check at least one app on their phone every hour.


"Regardless of how much or how little people are using their smartphones, to me the bottom line is whether it is making their work, play and relationships better," said Bryan Kirschner, Apigee Institute director, in a statement published by CNBC. "While some of the usage data in our research is striking, on balance, I believe that smartphones are making lives better."

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Lenovo defends itself, says Superfish didn't create cybersecurity risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:53 pm

Lenovo is under fire by cybersecurity experts and consumers over the discovery of Superfish adware installed on PCs and laptops. The company confirmed the software is no longer being installed on any Lenovo devices, and it was never installed on ThinkPad desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones or servers.




Lenovo shut down server connections that activate the controversial software in January, after customer complaints. Even though Lenovo said there were no security risks, cybersecurity experts noted that Superfish issued certificates for every secure Web page - and no protocols were in place that would have stopped the software from picking up confidential information, including passwords and credit card information.


"In reality, we had customer complaints about the software," the Lenovo statement reads. "We acted swiftly and decisively once these concerns began to be raised. We apologize for causing any concern to any users for any reason - and we are always trying to learn from experience and improve what we do and how we do it."

Hackers still have access to US State Department email system

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:28 pm

US State Department officials confirmed the agency temporarily shut down its unclassified email system because of hacker activity three months ago - and it looks like security experts still haven't been able to boot the unwelcome guests from its network.




It remains unknown where the attacks originated from, but specialists suggest it could be from Russia. No classified data has been accessed, but there is growing concern the hackers will be able to write false emails, delete emails and find a way to access classified networks.


"We have robust security to protect our systems and our information, and we deal successfully with thousands of attacks every day," said Marie Harf, State Department spokeswoman, in a statement to Bloomberg. "We take any possible cyber intrusion very seriously."

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Sony release its overpriced Mico SD card with 'premium sound'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:23 am

Not long ago, we shared with you this highly-priced 'directional audio Ethernet cable' - poised to set users back $10,000 from retailers and a sure-fire way to broadcast to the world that you have a lot of money, but not a lot of sense. Well it seems Sony has jumped on the audiophile bandwagon yet again, releasing their Micro SD card tailored "for Premium Sound."




This 64GB card will cost users $160 and is positioned at around five times the cost of a 'regular' 64GB option. According to Sony, this card will produce less electrical noise - therefore increasing your audio experience. A spokeswoman has even admitted that Sony has no idea if this thing will even move units, stating "we aren't that sure about the product's potential demand, but we thought some among people who are committed to great sound quality would want it."


If you've got some money to waste, this $160 Micro SD card will suit your $1,000 Sony Walkman ZX2 quite well.

The new Corsair Dominator Platinum Orange Edition RAM is so satisfying

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 7:26 am

The polished metal finish and unique color design ensures that this new addition to the Corsair Dominator series is like no other. The Dominator series as a whole certainly isn't new, I remember filling my i7 2600k system back in 2011 with a few sticks of red Dominator's - however the product name lives on and it sure has aged well!




Custom-designed for and paired brilliantly with the GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force motherboard, we can't wait for this DDR4 RAM to be thrown into a system - paging all modders!


Featuring a tested Latency of 16-18-18-40, this set of RAM is "guaranteed to run at 3400MHz at ambient room temperature" according to Corsair's official website.

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Google puts FBI on blast for invasive privacy practices against users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 7:20 am

Google doesn't like the idea of the FBI being able to easily access Internet-connected devices owned by consumers, with the company sending a 14-page letter to officials.




"Law-abiding citizens who were the target of an unconstitutional search but are not charged with a crime will almost certainly never learn of the search and therefore will not be able to challenge the search," said Richard Salgado, director of information security and law enforcement for Google, in a letter to the US government.


Not surprisingly, the federal government thinks it needs access to user data to bust criminals and for better national security:

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Epic announces Unreal Dev Grants program, giving developers free money

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 5:20 am

While Epic Games' founder Tim Sweeney is teasing that VR will be indistinguishable from real life within 10 years, the company has just announced its Unreal Dev Grants program that will see developers working in and around its powerful Unreal Engine 4.




Epic Games has placed $5 million into the kitty for Unreal Dev Grants, where the studio will award developers amounts between $5000 and $50,000. Better yet, the studio will not be attaching any strings to the project. Tim Sweeney has weighed into the chat about Unreal Dev Grants, where he said that in order to fund the release of his first game, Sweeney borrowed his father's tractor and spent two entire summers mowing lawns. He said that the cost of getting games from the prototype stage to finished projects takes much more than just a part-time summer job.


Sweeney spoke with Polygon, where he said: "There's absolutely no substitute for money because some of these things require real-world expenses and can't be solved just by creativity and motivation alone". He added: "It's really hard for an indie now, given how crowded the market is. Even if you're going to start a Kickstarter campaign, that takes a significant effort. And that's a big change from the original days. So we set up this grant program to help people make that first big leap, which we see pretty consistently now requires some financial resources".

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Zuckerberg says he'd like to work with Google on project

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 3:50 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has big goals for his company's campaign, designed to bring affordable, reliable Internet access to people across the world. Ideally, the organization will be able to shorten the technological gap of citizens, especially in developing nations where there are plenty of mobile users - but unreliable Internet access.




Zuckerberg launched in 2013 and Facebook has largely worked behind-the-scenes with Samsung, Qualcomm, Ericsson and other corporate partners. A free mobile app has been released in a number of nations, giving users access to Facebook, Google Search, AccuWeather - creating opportunities for first-time users to benefit from connected services.


"Yeah, our team is in contact with them frequently, and I talk to a number of folks over there," said Zuckerberg, in an interview on Studio 1.0 on Bloomberg Television. "When we launched in Zambia, Google was actually one of the services that was in the suite, and that's valuable. In addition to health services and education, jobs and different government services and communication tools, people need to be able to search and find information. And whether we work with Google or others on that in all of these other countries, I think that is an important thing. I'd love to work with Google. They are a great search product."

Harmonix reportedly working on a new Rock Band for Xbox One and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2015 3:38 am

Rock Band was a staple of parties and catch ups with friends, but with the PS4 and Xbox One now here, it's all but dried up. That is, until a new report from Bloomberg teased that Harmonix is working on a new Rock Band title for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.




Harmonix was asked to comment on the news, with the developer telling Eurogamer: "We're excited by how enthusiastic our fans have been in regards to our most recent DLC releases, and we think it's awesome that people are speculating about the future of the franchise!" The developer continued: "While we don't have anything to announce, hundreds of thousands of unique users are still actively playing Rock Band games each month. This passion our fans have shown for Rock Band over the years suggests that rock truly hasn't died, and we've always been clear that we'd love to return to the franchise when the time is right".


Considering the last Rock Band game was released in 2012 as Rock Band Blitz, it's about damn time we see another Rock Band game, especially with the new consoles now here!

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