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This sticker-bombed project PC is like nothing we've ever seen

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 4:25 am

Thanks to sponsorship through AK Informatica, Seasonic, Kingston HyperX and Bitspower this HEX GEAR R40 modded build by Corsaronero333 is beautiful and different.

 

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'Sticker-bombing' is somewhat common in the Japanese car modding circles, seeing people cover panels, guards or entire cars with overlapped stickers of various different things - be it memes, anime or miscellaneous objects. Corsaronero333 has set out to do this with a case - choosing a black, grey and white color scheme spanning stickers related to clothing culture and popular brands.

 

Packed full with an ASUS Z97 Armor Edition, an Intel i7 4790K and 16GB of Avexir RAM - this build also features stunning rigid tubing as is so common with builds of today.

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This phone doesn't do much and that's the point - OwnFone's US version

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 2:33 am

With 37 days to go on their Kickstarter and £9,658 ($14,700 US) pledged out of a £200,000 ($304,880) goal - The OwnFone has an uphill battle to face. This device isn't exactly a new thing, seeing success in the English market - however they're now wanting to expand globally and are using this campaign as a launching platform. But what exactly is it?

 

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Described as "the world's first 2D/3D printed mobile phone that calls the numbers you need," the OwnFone is a small, light and portable device that allows you to customize the face to suit exactly who you wish to dial. You can throw in pictures of your friends, simple catchwords like "Mum" and "Uncle" or even a short list of names.

 

With no screen, internet connectivity or text messaging services, the OwnFone sets out to be a great child phone or emergency alternative. It's perfectly safe for your children, meaning if they're stuck or lost they can take out the phone, press the "Dad" button and chat away.

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Report finds automakers failing to secure connected cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 1:10 am

Automakers want to embrace connected technology in new vehicles, but have failed to ensure proper cybersecurity protocols are available, according to Sen. Edward Markey (D - Mass.). The Senator believes almost all connected vehicles are vulnerable to some type of security risk, according to Markey's staff.

 

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Following a number of security-related incidents showed connected cars are vulnerable, Markey wants to know what safeguards are being put in place to keep car owners secure. The report indicated "there is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information."

 

"Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions," Sen. Markey said in a statement.

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Will 2015 be the 'year of the healthcare hack' wonder security pros

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 12:20 am

The recent breach of Anthem was a brutal wakeup call that cybercriminals want personal records, and healthcare data is near the top of their list. UnitedHealth Group, Aetna and other groups have issued cybercrime-related warnings since 2011, but it didn't seem like a major concern among members until recently.

 

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"A name, address, social and a medical identity... that's incredibly easy to monetize fairly quickly," said Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts, in a statement published by Reuters. Cybersecurity experts have warned that health-related data tends to be extremely lucrative on the black market.

 

Organized groups will try to target healthcare providers in an effort to compromise insurance companies, hospitals, doctor's offices, and medical equipment makers - with companies urged to improve their cybersecurity protocols.

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PGL announces $110,000 CS:GO league

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:36 pm

Teaming up with the world's biggest LAN party - DreamHack, PGL announced its new $110,000 prize pool league - set to feature eight teams total, with six invited by PGL and two to qualify through the DreamHack's Bucharest competition.

 

 

PGL has been described as a staple throughout the Romanian CS:GO scene since release, also functioning as a partner of DreamHack, offering local live competitions and qualifiers - The CS:GO Championship Series (CCS) isn't to be confused with the Counterstrike Gaming Series (CGS) as famously flopped in the American scene.

 

The CCS participants will be sectioned into two groups of four teams, seeing the top team from each qualify for the finals stage. The remaining teams will fight it out in a relegation stage, giving them a second chance at the crown.

 

Online qualifiers for this competition will begin near the end of February 2015, with the main league set to kick off on March the 6th.

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Manufacturing labor costs drastically reduce with use of robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 10:20 pm

Adoption of industrial robots will increase 10 percent per year in the 25 largest export nations over the next 10 years, a drastic increase from the 2 to 3 percent growth rate currently, according to the Boston Consulting Group.

 

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Robots are becoming cheaper to purchase, while hardware and software advancements make them more intuitive and functional in the workplace. BCG anticipates up to 1.2 million advanced robots being deployed in the United States alone through 2025, with China, Canada, and other nations also benefitting from automated solutions.

 

"As labor costs rise around the world, it is becoming increasingly critical that manufacturers rapidly take steps to improve their output per worker to stay competitive," said Harold Sirkin, senior partner of Boston Consulting Group and report co-author, in a statement published by CBC. "Companies are finding that advances in robotics and other manufacturing technologies offer some of the best opportunities to sharply improve productivity."

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Just another report of a small drone coming close to commercial flight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:20 pm

A Southwest Airlines flight landing at the Los Angeles International Airport reported a close call with a small drone as it prepared to land.

 

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"Hey, there was just one of those radio-controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000," the pilot said after the near-miss. "One of those remotely piloted deals... [a] little bitty one, red in color."

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is increasingly concerned that private drone operators aren't respecting airspace around commercial and private airports. There have been a growing number of incidents that pose significant danger to aircraft, and the problem is likely to get worse before it gets better, air safety experts warn.

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Popular Android dating apps pose cybersecurity risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:43 pm

More than 60 percent of popular dating mobile apps pose significant cybersecurity risks, with personal user information and corporate data at risk.

 

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Twenty six of 41 dating apps available for Google Android had medium or high severity vulnerabilities, according to the IBM Security researchers. In addition, dating apps are being used to download malware, along with credit card data stolen and GPS information used to track movements.

 

"Many consumers use and trust their mobile phones for a variety of applications," said Caleb Barlow, VP of IBM Security. "It is this trust that gives hackers the opportunity to exploit vulnerabilities like the ones we found in these dating apps. Consumers need to be careful not to reveal too much personal information on these sites as they look to build a relationship."

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Pebble: Software, apps the key to consumer wearable growth

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:15 pm

Wearable hardware continues a rapid evolution, and now requires better software able to make use of the data, according to Pebble.

 

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"The hardware is out there," said Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, in a statement published by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. "It works; it's durable and long-lasting. The conversation can now shift from just being hardware to being, 'What am I going to do with this? How does communication change? How can I accomplish things during my day?'"

 

Migicovsky's company has focused on developing hardware for the past seven years, but there is now more focus on software development. Sixty of the team's 130-employee workforce is now made up of software engineers, he said.

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View 'Hitman: Agent 47' trailer, hitting big screens this summer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:30 pm

20th Century Fox has released a trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, featuring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds. The movie was directed by Aleksander Bach and is a followup to the original Hitman movie which was released in 2007.

 

 

Agent 47 is trying to learn more details about his creation, as part of a genetic engineering program, and he must overcome roadblocks throughout the movie.

 

The film is scheduled for release on August 28.

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