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Samsung, Apple and others promote health apps on smartwaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:20 pm

Technology manufacturers are greatly helping the medical industry by jumping into the smartwatch market, with medical statistics collected in a non-evasive manner. Samsung, Apple, Google, and other companies creating smartwatch technology hope to give customers the chance to track heart rate, calories, blood sugar, and similar data that can be quickly analyzed.


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To help make it easier to implement these types of features, medical scientists are being recruited to lend a hand, while they also approach U.S. regulators asking for oversight. There is special interest in glucose monitoring, which could be a market worth more than $12 billion by 2017. There has been a 41 percent increase in diabetes over the past five years, and glucose tracking via smartwatch will help save medical patients the trouble of pricking their fingers.


During a press event to announce the Simband last month in San Francisco, Samsung heavily promoted the ability to actively and accurately track medical data.

FBI teams up with NYPD and NYC MTA to create cybercrime task force

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 8:41 pm

New York City has a new financial cybercrimes task force with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) teaming up with the New York City Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation (MTA) authority. The three agencies will share threat assessment data and study cyberattacks in which money and funds have been compromised.


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The FBI has become active in partnering with local agencies across the United States, as part of its Next Generation Cyber Initiative - understanding that cyberattacks continue to expand and evolve at a rapid pace.


"The task force model that has been successfully employed in response to bank robbery and terrorism cases is now being applied to the cyber realm," said George Venizelos, FBI Assistant Director, in a statement. "The FBI continues to develop positive working relationships with our fellow law enforcement officers in our joint efforts to tackle criminal activity, and we look forward to working with our partners at the NYPD and MTA to combat cybercrime."

56% of Millennials in the U.S. use a tablet to serve as second screen

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 7:26 pm

Fifty-six percent of tablet owners in the United States between the age of 18 and 34 use their tablets to serve as a second screen while watching TV, according to a new study from the NPD research firm. Using a device for social media activity while watching a TV is the top way the Millennials age group wants to interact with social media.


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Millennials most often use the tablet to search for programming content to watch (34 percent), social media engagement during a TV show or movie (31 percent), and gaining additional knowledge about a show (30 percent). The top 10 networks likely to be viewed in homes when a tablet is used as a second screen: Nick at Nite, MTV, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO, Nickelodeon (or Nick Jr./Teen Nick), Cartoon Network, Starz, Disney Channel, and ABC Family.


"With the proper integration tablets can be an effective tool for increasing viewer engagement among Millennials and their broader social network," said John Buffone, NPD Connected Intelligence executive director, in a press statement. "Social networking is a key strategic element in the evolution of the high-profile networks this generation is viewing."

Code Spaces shutters following DDoS cyberattack brings company down

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 6:19 pm

Source code hosting service Code Spaces recently suffered a massive cyberattack that started with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The second phase of the attack occurred when a cybercriminal compromised the company's Amazon EC2 control panel, demanding a ransom from Code Spaces before the DDoS attack ended.


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Code Spaces were unable to access company private keys, and the Amazon EC2 password was changed, but the hacker was still able to begin deleting artifacts from the control panel. Trying to restore the service back to normal will be too expensive and cumbersome, so Code Spaces folded up shop.


"Code Spaces will not be able to operate beyond this point... the cost of resolving this issue to date and the expected cost of refunding customers who have been left without the service they paid for will put Code Spaces in an irreversible position both financially and in terms of ongoing credibility."

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Mozilla says it isn't working on a Firefox TV dongle

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 5:00 pm

A tweet from a developer evangelist at Mozilla named Christian Heilmann sparked some debate recently. In the photo, Heilmann is holding a TV dongle that looks like a small flash drive similar to the Chromecast device from Google.


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Along with the image, Heilmann wrote "A fully open TV casting prototype device running #FirefoxOS. Open boot loader and all." Since Heilmann works for Mozilla, many assumed that Mozilla was working on their own TV dongle. Mozilla has now stepped up and said it has nothing to do with this project, but admits that a partner might.

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Chicago to place sensors on light poles to measure pollution and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 4:00 pm

Chicago plans to put an array of sensors onto some of the light poles around the city in an effort to understand more about pollution, traffic, and the number of people on the streets. The sensor suites will go up on some light poles along Michigan Avenue this summer and are hidden behind what appear to be sculptures made of metal.


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Behind those curved sheets of metal hide sensors for measuring light intensity, air quality, sound, heat, precipitation, and wind. Sensors can also count people using cell phone traffic. Officials overseeing the project are fast to point out that the sensors are only able to count cellular signals, not listen in on texts or conversations.

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SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 satellite launch again

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 3:08 pm

SpaceX has officially postponed the planned launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with six commercial satellites onboard marking the third time that the launch has been postponed. The launch was supposed to take place on Sunday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


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The six satellites aboard the Falcon 9 rocket are owned by Orbcomm Inc and are designed to provide messaging services around the world. SpaceX is a private firm owned and operated by Elon Musk, the same man who is head of EV maker Tesla.

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Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series to continue under new author

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 2:01 pm

Fans of action novels who haven't read Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series owe it to themselves to start reading the series right now. I have read every book in the series and Flynn's Rapp is one of the best action heroes ever put on paper. Fans of the books were saddened when Flynn died just over a year ago.


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Despite Flynn's death, his beloved Mitch Rapp series will continue with the Flynn estate and publisher Simon & Schuster agreeing on a new author who will continue the Rapp series. The new author is Kyle Mills, and he will first work on completing a book that Flynn had started prior to his death called "The Survivor."

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Tom Cruise may have a cameo role in Star Wars Episode VII

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 1:07 pm

Star Wars fans are very happy right now that there are three new movies coming in the franchise that follow some of the original characters and their kids from the first three classic films in the 70s and 80s. Along with new films in the main franchise, new stand-alone films that focus on main characters are also in the works.


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A new rumor in the Star Wars universe is making the rounds, and this rumor claims that Tom Cruise might get a cameo in Star Wars Episode VII. Cruise reportedly met with director JJ Abrams in London about a possible part in the film. Abrams and Cruise first met on the set of Mission: Impossible III.

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2011-2014 Ford Explorer being examined for potential exhaust leak

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 12:05 pm

The NHTSA has been more prone to launch investigations and examinations of vehicles that are on the roads around the US since the GM ignition switch issue became such a point of controversy. Recently the NHTSA has started what it calls an examination of the 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUV.


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This is specifically called an examination, not an investigation. The NHTSA has received complaints from owners of 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUVs that claim fumes or strange odors are making their way into the vehicle. These fumes and odors are believed to be coming from the exhaust system of the vehicle.

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