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Google addresses top 10 myths over using Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 7:31 pm

Google has posted to the Google+ page of Google Glass an article dubbed "The Top 10 Google Glass Myths," where the search giant explains some of the most talked about worries of the wearable device, most of which revolves around the on-board camera on Glass.

 

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Myth 2 covers "Glass is always-on and recording everything," but it doesn't - and people need to know this. As Google explains, Glass records videos for a default period of 10 seconds, and has a maximum of around 45 minutes of recording before Glass runs out of battery. Some people wonder if you're constantly recording, but it would be the same as them holding their phone up constantly recording you... it's just not going to happen.

 

Another myth covered is "Glass does facial recognition (and other dodgy things)," and again, it does not. Google "manually approves all the apps that appear there [in its MyGlass store] and have several measures in place to help protect people's security on the device." There's plenty to read about on the original piece from Google.

Respawn to update Titanfall, will support 4K and other NVIDIA tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 6:51 pm

Titanfall will soon be updated, where we will see the first-person shooter include the ability to be played at 4K. Not only that, but Titanfall will finally support multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

 

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NVIDIA's Manager of Developer Content and Technology, Ashu Rege, said: "Respawn will also release updates to support high-definition 4K display, and our SLI multi-GPU technology, for a fantastic high-end PC experience." Respawn and NVIDIA are also working together to see NVIDIA's GameWorks technologies built into the mech shooter.

 

This will see Titanfall include PhysX for clothing and destruction simulation, and VisualFX for hair, fire and liquid simulation. Not only that, but we'll also see Temporal anti-aliasing (TXAA), which will reduce screen flickering, and Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion+ (HBAO+) which will provide Titanfall with "more lifelike shadows."


IRS worker takes drive home, opens up 20,000 employees to data risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 5:10 pm

Up to 20,000 current and former employees with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are at risk due to a reckless employee that took an unencrypted flash drive home and accessed it on an unsecure network.

 

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Employee names, addresses and Social Security numbers were exposed, with all potentially affected employees notified by IRS officials.

 

"This incident is a powerful reminder to all of us that we must do everything we can to protect sensitive data - whether it involves our fellow employees or tax payers," said John Koskinen, in a memo sent to employees. "This was not a problem with our network or systems, but rather an isolated incident."

 

The biggest threat is to employees in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with the information dating back to 2007, which is when the IRS began mandatory encryption for sensitive data.

Apple rumored to release iTunes for Android as sales decline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 3:44 pm

Revenues on music sales on iTunes continue to slide, but is Apple looking at releasing iTunes on Android? Billboard is reporting just that, looking to fill in some of its financial holes by expanding iTunes to Android, and launching a paid music subscription service.

 

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It's not like the competition hasn't done this, as Google has its Google Play Music service on iOS, but for Apple to do it, it is almost unthinkable. The iPhone maker makes up around 40% of the US digital music market, but the market itself is seeing double-digit declines in revenue over the last couple of years. Apple currently has a free, ad-supported radio service with its iTunes Radio, but it secures most of its profits in media from the standard single and album sales through the iTunes Store.

 

If the company moves toward a flat rate subscription music service, it could create a new revenue stream for itself, but it wouldn't exactly stem the losses it is experiencing through iTunes. Expanding the service to Android on the other hand, could open the company up to hundreds of millions of new devices and consumers who wouldn't be buying content through the iTunes Store.

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IMAX, Disney announces new deal, includes Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 1:46 pm

The ink is fresh on a new deal struck between IMAX Corporation and Disney to a new partnership which will see titles some of the most eagerly awaited upcoming theatrical releases remastered in the large screen IMAX format and some presumably filmed (at least partially) in the gargantuan format.

 

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Forthcoming titles such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: The Rise of Ultron, Tomorrowland and Star Wars Episode VII will all benefit from IMAX re-jigging, the latter at least which will also be released in the IMAX 3D format - surely the definitive way to view the film when it hits screens next year.

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Obama chats with Silicon Valley executives to discuss surveillance

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 5:17 am

President Obama is trying to win over Silicon Valley tech leaders and US citizens by meeting to discuss the current state of government surveillance. The tech meeting roundtable lasted around two hours and focused on Obama's promise in January to cut back on the NSA's phone data surveillance - and to provide greater privacy, especially to Internet users outside of the US, after they were unknowingly caught up in spying behavior.

 

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However, it's going to be difficult to reassure Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech company executives from Google, Netflix, Box, Dropbox and Palantir after they met with Obama and his top cabinet officials.

 

As revealed by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, the NSA has done an excellent job to undermine encryption and slip through computer security - at epic proportions - and has left citizens, foreign residents, politicians, and others quite angry.

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Panda Security offers up free security for World Cup goals scored

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:29 am

To embrace the global spirit of the World Cup, software company Panda Security will give new customers one month of additional protection for each goal scored by a chosen team during the soccer tournament.

 

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The World Cup begins on June 12 to July 13 and will be hosted in Brazil, with an opening match of Brazil playing Croatia.

 

"We love soccer and computer security, and we are sure this promotion will be very well received among users," said Alvaro Elorriaga, Panda Security Worldwide Retail Director, in a press statement. "We already have participants from the 80+ countries where we operate, including the US, Spain, Germany, England, France, Brazil and many others. Given the worldwide popularity of soccer, and the imperative need to protect our PCs and mobile devices, this is a natural and fun campaign to reward our customers."

 

New customers with the following software suites are eligible for the promotion: Panda Antivirus Pro, Panda Internet Security, Panda Global Protection, Panda Gold Protection, Panda Mobile Security and Panda Antivirus for Mac.

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Doesn't look like Pres. Obama is giving up BlackBerry just yet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2014 12:29 am

Following a story indicating the White House will jump ship away from BlackBerry, follow-up reports indicate that BlackBerry will remain in the Oval Office.

 

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The Department of Defense is reportedly testing smartphones from Samsung and LG, likely running the Google Android operating system, and losing the White House would be a major loss for the struggling Canadian smartphone maker. A White House spokesperson told the Washington Post that there is no pilot program currently underway to leave BlackBerry in favor of Samsung or LG devices.

 

A statement released by BlackBerry:

 

"We value the long-term relationship we've had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade,"BlackBerry said in a statement sent to TweakTown. "The U.S. government requires the highest levels of security. We were the first mobility platform to receive the 'Authority to Operate' certification from the Department of Defense."

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HootSuite recovers from DDoS attack that dropped the service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:11 pm

Popular Twitter platform HootSuite suffered a DDoS attack yesterday morning, though was back up and running following the temporary interruption. There was no risk to user accounts or personal information, according to HootSuite officials, as they were able to swiftly resolve the problem.

 

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HootSuite defends against numerous DDoS attacks, which typically is a rudimentary approach to crippling a website.

 

"I'm writing today to let you know that the HootSuite Engineering and Security teams are working to mitigate the DoS attack," said Ryan Holmes, HootSuite CEO, in an e-mail to users. "This interruption was the result of a malicious attempt by an outside party to flood our services in order to shut down the system."

 

Cybercriminals use DDoS attacks to flood networks and knock websites offline - and while most companies and online services bounce back quickly - it's still an annoyance that diverts IT teams and can lead to angry users and lost revenue. However, some security analysts believe DDoS attacks are being used by organized crime groups as an extortion technique, offering to cease cyberattacks in exchange for cash payments.

NoBully offers up list of 10 online safety techniques to stay safe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2014 7:34 pm

In an effort to keep users safer on the Internet, NoBullying.com, an online anti-bullying campaign, listed 10 Internet security tips that users should be aware of.

 

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For those of you trying to provide a comprehensive guide to Internet safety for education purposes, NoBullying has a series of helpful documents available.

 

"It is essential for parents and educations to learn those online safety tips to make exploring the cyber world a much easier (and) safer experience for our children," said Macartan Mulligan, NoBullying.com co-founder, in a press statement.

 

The full list: Malware, antivirus and firewall programs, free software, drive-by downloads, privacy, read the privacy policy, check links within emails, online chats, passwords, and encryption.

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