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Law enforcement get new search tool to monitor people of interest

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 7:21 am

A person and mobile phone search database popular among law enforcement and federal agencies, LP Police, has now added advanced live data search capabilities so police can resolve cases faster.

 

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A new social media search allows offers to enter a name and have immediate access to user profiles, profile photos, social influence, and other data, from more than 100 social media services. Searching for people through the work search feature will pull current and former employers, names, company names, position held, phone numbers and addresses.

 

"The LP Police team is pleased to introduce yet another round of significant search updates and user improvements," said Ron Lifton, LP Police CEO, in a press statement. "Police departments, government agencies and law enforcement across the country unanimously endorse our ongoing enhancements, best phone data in the industry, and bullet proof customer support."

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Cyberith Virtualizer hits Kickstarter, immersive VR gaming is close

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:34 am

After what has felt like years of teasing, Cyberith has finally placed its immersive VR gaming device on Kickstarter, known as the Virtualizer. The Virtualizer is a locomotion device for virtual reality gaming that allows gamers to move freely within the VR world.

 

 

The Virtualizer has been in development for two years now over at Cyberith, but now it is on Kickstarter. The cheapest way to get your hands, or body into the Virtualizer is to pledge $599. For $599, you get the Virtualizer without the sensors, which is a kit that is "specifically targeted at developers and researchers who want to track movement with/via different sensor solutions like optical tracking or the PrioVR Suit from YEI Technology".

 

For $699, you're getting the real deal: the Virtualizer. This is the early bird special, with the first 150 backers receiving their Virtualizer for a special price. On top of this, these 150 backers will have their name registered in Cyberith's hall of fame as VR pioneers. The Virtualizer has a current ETA of March 2015, but this could charge for various reasons.

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Latest version of the Steam Controller features an analog stick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 5:30 am

Valve won't be releasing its Steam Controller until next year, but there is a new version of Valve's peripheral floating around. The new Steam Controller now includes an analog stick on the left-hand side of the controller.

 

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The new analog stick replaces a series of four directional buttons, with the new controller still continuing its duo of welcomed circular track pads, four lettered buttons, bumpers and triggers, and more. What do you think of Valve's latest prototype of the Steam Controller? I'm welcoming the analog stick, as long as those two circular track pads don't disappear anytime soon.

Uncharted movie slated for June 10, 2016 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:25 am

Deadline is reporting that the Uncharted movie from Sony Pictures will be hitting theaters on June 10, 2016. The June 10, 2016 date opened up because it was originally held for Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but the studio has delayed that movie until 2018.

 

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Doug Belgrad, President of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group said: "June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It's just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film". It's unknown who will play Drake, but there are rumors that Mark Wahlberg will step into the shoes. There were previous rumors of Nathan Fillion playing Drake, but I'm sure we'll hear more about the Uncharted movie as we jump into 2015.

Another Crytek member leaves the studio, Crysis 3 producer departs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 3:38 am

Crytek is really bleeding talent right now, with the Producer of both Ryse: Son of Rome on the Xbox One and Crysis 3 leaving the studio, according to The Escapist.

 

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The Escapist is reporting that Read's updated LinkedIn profile doesn't list Crysis as his current employer, and his Twitter bio also points to the same fact, stating that he is a "former producer" at Crytek. This isn't the only talent the studio has lost lately, with the Lead R&D Graphics Engineer of Crytek leaving for id Software not long ago.

 

Not only that, but the studio has reportedly not been paying its staff on time, with some of Crytek's UK-based staff no longer going to work. The director of Homefront has also resigned, which is leaving the studio in a very vulnerable position.

Security company KnowBe4 warns of CryptoWall ransomware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 1:24 am

The federal government might have disrupted Cryptolocker ransomware operations, but the Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. brokerage house recently suffered an attack by the CryptoWall, the DOJ.NH website recently reported. The incident took place in late May, with the unauthorized third party compromising their computer systems - informing customers of the data breach.

 

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Many companies are rolling out new security and try to educate users about safely and properly interacting with emails, online accounts, and other cloud-based services proves to be difficult. As users are compromised, critical work documents become unusable until a payment has been made to operators of the ransomware - and educating users to spot these social engineering techniques should be a first great step.

 

"We are seeing a new wave of ransomware created by Russian cybercriminals, and our recent survey shows that IT pros expect it to get worse the rest of the year," said Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 CEO, in a press statement. "To add insult to injury, apart from the confidential files being encrypted and ransom extorted, the ransomware sends unidentified data out of the victim's network. That means the malware infection needs to be treated as a data breach with accompanying very high costs."

Facebook posts earnings, its mobile ad business soars

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 12:22 am

Facebook has just posted its second quarter earnings and the company trounced Wall Street expectations by boosting revenues 61 percent, strengthened by its mobile advertising business.

 

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Mobile ad revenue made up a stonking 62 percent of all ad revenue in the three months quarter ended June 30. That's up from 41 percent from the same time last year, and steady growth from 59 percent in the company's prior quarter. Total revenue was at 2.91 billion dollars, topping the Thomson Reuters expectation of 2.81 billion. Its income was posted at 791 million dollars, up enormously from 333 million for the second quarter of 2013.

 

"We had a good second quarter," Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, said in a statement. "Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world." Since going public, Facebook had some trouble monetizing despite it being by far the world's largest social network, now putting its users at the 1.32 billion mark. Clearly mobile has an even bigger role to play in the future of Zuckerberg's once fledgling social media project.

Disney announce fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film for 2017

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:38 pm

ComicCon has come to San Diego for another year and studios have wasted no time in releasing the tap on titles that will be launched in the next few years. Disney have taken the opportunity to re-announce the fifth entry in the blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, which will launch in 2017.

 

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The film which was previously revealed last year as 'Dead Men Tell no Tales', but announced today just as'Pirates of the Carribbean' will be directed by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, whose relationship with Disney had cooled following the disastrous reception of 2013's 'The Lone Ranger'.

 

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Whilst the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow has yet to confirmed, it would seem to be inevitable. For a franchise that has grossed a cumulative $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office, I'm sure they can afford to pay whatever he demands. The film launches in the U.S. on July 7, 2017.

Microsoft Windows to be unified across all screens, CEO Nadella says

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:22 pm

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's so-so fiscal fourth quarter earnings, CEO Satya Nadella has pledged that the Windows experience is set to be unified across all devices capable of running a variant of the OS.

 

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Speaking with analysts during an earnings call, Nadella suggested Windows is currently a fragmented experience. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," he said in the call. It is thought the efforts could also provide a much-needed boost to the company's ailing app ecosystem, which pales in comparison to the marketplaces on iOS and Android.

 

It was also confirmed that the company had scrapped a "new form factor" being developed - which could well be the Surface Mini, a teeny tablet running the much-mocked Windows RT, details of which leaked earlier this year. "During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," CFO Amy Hood said in the call. Of course, it's unclear right now just what this means for the future of Windows, other than users hopefully getting a more seamless experience between devices, and perhaps a rethink of the future for Windows RT.

Brits overwhelmingly opt-in to porno since ISP web filters introduced

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 23, 2014 10:21 pm

Britain is wholeheartedly rejecting its government approved 'porn filters' as customers signing up to internet providers for the first time opt out in droves, according to an official regulator.

 

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Ofcom, the independent body that monitors the activities of telecoms providers, notes that under one in seven homes are actually making use of the content filters, introduced by the British Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured) and earning him the nickname Kim Jong Cameron. Top operators BT and Sky introduced the measures in late 2013. The announcement was deeply unpopular and led to calls of censorship, although the agreement between government and internet providers is technically voluntary. At the time it was represented as a measure designed to protect children.

 

Of the top companies running the scheme, TalkTalk has the most users making most of it at 36 percent. However, a paltry four percent of Virgin Media customers are switching off the porn, followed by five percent of BT customers and eight percent of Sky customers. "Ofcom's report clearly highlighted where Virgin Media has fallen short in meeting our original commitments," Tom Mockridge, ISP Virgin Media's chief exec said, according to Digital Spy. "We take our responsibility to help families stay safe online very seriously and have taken immediate action to improve how we meet our commitments to government."

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