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Billions of credentials stolen in largest criminal data theft ever

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:02 am

An American web security company, Hold Security, claims Russian criminal rings have built enormous databases of 1.2 billion stolen usernames and passwords, along with half a billion email addresses.


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This heist will be the biggest identity theft of data in the history of the internet, according to Hold Security, and it is thought to have compromised roughly 420,000 websites. Hold has not named the companies it believes were hit but asserted brands both big and small are among those affected.


"We were amazed when 10,000 passwords went missing," company founder Alex Holden said. "Now we're in the age of mass production of stolen information. These guys did nothing new, they just did it better and on a mass level so it affects absolutely everybody."

Sony gives up on e-book market as it axes Reader devices in Europe

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am

Sony has abandoned its e-reader business in Europe after being thoroughly trounced by products like Amazon's Kindle, it has emerged.


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The Japanese company launched its e-book Reader devices to a largely tepid response from consumers in Europe. Its last model, the PRS-T3, will stay on sale in the continent but only until supplies run out, with the company confirming to the BBC that it has "no plans" to develop a successor. Existing customers have been pointed towards the Kobo e-reader device since February in North America and since May in Europe and Australia, according to a spokesperson. Sony's Readers will continue to be available in the company's native Japanese market, where the Sony Reader Store remains functional.


The overall e-reader market is totally dominated by Amazon and its kindle, although the sector is predicted to be on the wane in general as it is cannibalized by tablets and smartphones.

Thousands rally behind lawsuit that claims Facebook broke EU data law

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:03 pm

Over 17,000 Facebook users have rallied behind and joined in on an Austrian man's lawsuit against the social network, which alleges the service breaks data protection laws.


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Max Schrems, 26, filed a lawsuit on 1 August and invited anyone else who so wished to join in. An app created specifically for the lawsuit helped interested users file the personal details of their Facebook account into the lawsuit, along with scans proving their identity and addresses - by Monday this week 5,000 had joined, and now the figure's approaching 20,000. The case is filed against Facebook Ireland. Schrems insists the division of the company has insisted in supporting the NSA's spying programme, as detailed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and in doing so has broken European data protection laws. Each user's personal data is being set at 500 Euros - roughly 660 USD.


20 percent of any damages will be awarded to a litigation funding company backing the suit, Roland Prozessfinanz, with the rest going to the users. If the amount awarded is under five Euros, the balance will be donated to a charity. The app created for the complaints underlined that the strength of the lawsuit is in its numbers, and that if enough people join in it will present enough of a financial risk to Facebook for the company to take notice.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs leak, pre-order for $923

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 5:02 pm

Samsung fans who are in the market for a new phone might want to check out the specs for the leaked Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone. The specifications have leaked online via a UK reseller. One retailer, called Mobilefun, is also taking pre-orders for the unlocked device already for the equivalent of $923 USD.


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It's unclear what the release date will be for the device, but we know it has 32GB of storage and an octa-core Exynos processor. The smartphone will run Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and features a 12MP rear camera along with a fingerprint scanner.


The screen is tipped to be a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 320 ppi pixel density. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and more. Rumors suggest that the phone will be announced officially on August 13.

Gannett tipped to buy remainder of for $1.8 billion

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 4:00 pm is a website where millions of people in the US go when they are looking for a new or used vehicle. A part of is owned by the Gannett Company and it looks like Gannett now wants the entire pie. A person familiar with the deal says that Gannett is ready to plunk down $1.8 billion to buy all of


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The person claims that the deal could be announced as early as today. If the deal goes through for $1.8 billion, it would value at $2.5 billion. has been around for 16 years and is one of the biggest online markets for buyers and sellers of cars.


The website claims to have 11 million visitors monthly. No official comments have been offered from or Gannett at this time.

NFL Now app rushes onto Apple TV this month

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 3:07 pm

Apple TV owners who also like NFL football games and content will get a new channel to enjoy this month. The NFL Now app is heading to the Apple TV according to an image that was leaked by a NFL employee during testing for the app. The app will offer personalized NFL content along with other content.


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That other content includes on-demand highlights, extensive archives, and news broadcasts. The channel will also feature content produced by NFL teams with locker room interviews and player features. NFL Films content will also be included on the channel.


Live events and press conferences will be featured as well. The NFL Now app will hit Apple TV in time for fans to enjoy it during the 2014-2015 NFL season. NFL Now app will also be landing on other platforms includes iOS devices, Xbox, and Roku set top boxes.

Weekly Giveaway: Win a 960GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (Global Entry!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:38 pm

We have teamed up with SanDisk who is giving away one of its latest performance solid state drives.


This week one lucky winner gets the chance to win a new SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD. Yep, you read right! Almost a 1TB full-of-speedy-goodness flash storage drive, enough so you can even store your games on it for getting into your game quicker.


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Here is what Chris Ramseyer had to say about the drive that scored 96% from his review:


If you're looking for high performance and high capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO is the only real product ready for your hard workload tasks. The drive IS the fastest SATA option available, and it delivers PCIe-like performance consistency today without an adapter or special motherboard. As the fastest SATA SSD on the market, the drive fits into a wide range of use cases, and without a doubt, this is the one you want to buy if you can afford the $599 price point.



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SpaceX Falcon Rocket launch successfully places AsiaSat 8 in orbit

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:03 pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX has recorded another success for placing a satellite in orbit above the Earth. SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket after an early delay this week. The Falcon rocket placed the AsiaSat 8 satellite into orbit without further issues.


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The launch of the rocket was delayed from 1:25 am EST to 4am EST due to a last minute issue with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage issue was fixed, and the launch went off without a hitch. AsiaSat 8 was placed in orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.


At that altitude, the satellite will be used to provide satellite TV service and telecom service to customers in China, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East for the next 15 years. SpaceX will launch another AsiaSat later this month.

Scientists observe three massive volcanic eruptions on Io

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:05 pm

The Earth is one of the most volcanically active bodies in our solar system, but it's not alone in having volcanic activity. Jupiter's moon Io is one of the most volcanically active bodies scientists have ever observed and three massive eruptions were discovered on the surface of the moon. These three major events were imaged in August 2013, but the images have only now been released.


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The trio of eruptions was recorded in a two-week span, surprising researchers because only 13 major eruptions have been recording between 1978 and 2006. Scientists expect a massive outburst once every one or two years. This event recorded three extremely bright outbursts in a span of two weeks.


The scientists believe that these outbursts show that if they looked at Io more frequently, more outbursts would be noted. Io is only 2300 miles wide, making it about the same size as the Earth's moon. The volcanic activity is the result of Jupiter and neighboring moons pulling on Io causing its insides to heat up.

US DOT may stop plans to allow in-flight cell phone use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 12:05 pm

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline knows how annoying it can be when someone near you refuses to put up a gadget when asked to by the crew. I can only imagine how annoying it would be if airlines allowed people to use their mobile phones all they want while on a flight. As airlines are considering allowing phone calls during flights, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering weighing in on the subject.


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The DOT is considering the implementation of rules that would enforce a ban on in-flight cell phone calls according to the WSJ. The DOT is seeking comments on whether or not it should adopt a rule that restricts mobile calls on flights to and from the US.


The DOT is clear that there are no bans on in-flight calls in the works yet. Many of the major airlines operating in the US have already said they aren't inclined to allow phone calls in-flight. Things like texting or email would probably be allowed even if phone calls are banned.

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