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Concern in rising number of tax-related scams and cybercrime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

The US federal government is worried about a growing number of cases related to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF), with criminals filing state and federal taxes - and making off with the tax refunds. Tax-related identity theft was the most reported type of fraud submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2014, with the agency receiving 109,063 complaints.

 

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Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued another public advisory to remind people that any telephone calls or emails claiming to be the IRS are fraudulent. In these scams, criminals ask victims to provide personal information or transfer money to them.

 

"It is a massive problem," said Brian Krebs, independent cybersecurity investigative reporter, in a statement published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's probably going to emerge as the biggest identity theft problem this year."

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Samsung announces new Gear VR for the new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

MWC 2015 - After announcing the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, Samsung has teased that it has a new Gear VR Innovator Edition coming.

 

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The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, taking advantage of those beautiful new Super AMOLED panels and their QHD resolutions. The new Gear VR is 15% smaller than the original Gear VR, has a USB port on it, redesigned straps which give it "better weight balance" and mechanical ventilation that will make wearing the Gear VR for longer periods of time more comfortable.

Samsung makes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge official, with 14nm CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

MWC 2015 - Shock horror! Samsung has just unveiled the new Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress 2015 at its Samsung Unpacked event.

 

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Samsung's CEO, J.K. Shin, took the stage to unveil the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge official. The new Galaxy handsets have an all-new design, with wireless charging built into the smartphones finally. We have a 5.1-inch QHD display (2560x1440) with pixel density hitting a huge 576PPI. Samsung has continued the use of its great Super AMOLED display technology on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

 

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Inside, we have Samsung's incredible 14nm, 64-bit, 8-core Exynos processor with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM making it one of the fastest, if not the fastest handsets on the market. On the back, we have a 16-megapixel camera. The Galaxy S6 edge has the dual edge display, which will show users details like the time, weather and notifications on its side. One of the downsides of the two new handsets, is that Samsung has removed the microSD slot, which means we do not have expandable storage now. A move toward the way Apple does things with its iPhone. The company has also cut out the removable battery, which is another downer.

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Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone, the Liquid M220

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

MWC 2015 - Acer just unveiled its new Liquid Leap+ smartband, but the company has also unveiled its new Windows 8.1-powered smartphone, the Liquid M220.

 

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The new Liquid M220 is powered by Windows 8.1, but it will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it's released later this year. Acer has a 4-inch display with 233 pixels per inch (PPI), the full suite of Microsoft applications like OneDrive, Skype, Office and more. We have a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

The Liquid M220 is a cheap handset coming in at under $90, and will be made available through select EMEA retailers in April.

Acer leaps into wearable game with Liquid Leap+ and multi-OS support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days ago

MWC 2015 - The wearables game is heating up with Mobile World Congress now kicking off, with Acer announcing its next-gen Smart activeband products, starting with the new Liquid Leap+.

 

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Acer's new Liquid Leap+ supports multiple operating systems, with Android, iOS and Windows being supported. We have a 1-inch OLED touchscreen that gets slapped onto your wrist, with the wristband coming in many different colors giving you some personalization. The Liquid Leap+ tracks users' steps, running distance, and calories burned.

 

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The Liquid Leap+ is a wearable that can be worn day and night thanks to its waterproof certification (rated IPX7). Music controls are also provided, where you can play, pause, previous, and next song through your favorite tunes. The Acer Liquid Leap+ is powered by Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and uses Acer Leap Manager to communicate between your Liquid Leap+ and iOS, Android and Windows.

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Acer's new Liquid Jade Z smartphone revealed at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days ago

MWC 2015 - Acer has just announced its new Liquid Jade Z smartphone, with the company teasing its Zero Air Gap technology that will get rid of those annoying reflections, all while it's protected by Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning.

 

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The Liquid Jade Z also features 4G LTE (Cat 4), a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera which is backed up by a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Acer calls the new Liquid Jade Z "wallet-friendly" as it is just 7.9mm slim and weighs only 110g. The Liquid Jade Z can also be easily connected to Windows PCs thanks to AcerEXTEND.

 

Acer will have the Liquid Jade Z available through EMEA retailers later this month.

HTC surprises with a new VR headset 'Vive', partnering with Valve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days ago

MWC 2015 - HTC has surprised the world, giving me goosebumps in the meantime, by announcing at Mobile World Congress that they've partnered up with Valve on a VR headset.

 

 

HTC's new Vive headset will feature a room-scale experience, features 70 sensors, full 360-degree tracking where you can walk around your environment, 90Hz refresh rate, and it will come with two wireless controllers. HTC's Vive headset will be compatible with Valve's SteamVR service, too.

 

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We don't know the resolution of the display yet, but I could guarantee we're looking at a minimum of 1920x1080 (or 1080p). Now, HTC has three letters in its name - 3 letters - Half-Life 3 confirmed?!?!

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HTC goes for wearables with its new Grip, a smart fitness tracker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days ago

MWC 2015 - HTC has just unveiled its first wearable device, known as Grip. HTC's Grip is a new smart fitness tracker, that tracks countless data on your nutrition, training, fitness, and injury prevention.

 

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Grip features a curved display, and can connect with Android and iOS smartphones. Grip will train you "as if you have a team of professional experts coaching you for the entire time" says Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC.

HTC unveils its new One M9 smartphone at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

MWC 2015 - After being splashed around in countless rumors before Mobile World Congress, HTC has made its new One M9 smartphone official. Robert Downey Jr was used in a voice over during the presentation in Barcelona, Spain - something we knew Iron Man would be doing as he has been involved with the Taiwanese company for a while now.

 

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HTC had the slogan of 'Utopia in Process' where the company unveiled the new One M9 smartphone. HTC has a dual tone, dual finish body on the phone. The HTC One M9 features a 5-inch 1080p display, but inside we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (an 8-core CPU), with LTE Cat 9 (450Mbps), Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 on top. HTC is popular for its rear-facing cameras, with the new One M9 featuring a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. Up front, we have a new front-facing camera with great low-light image quality.

 

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The new One M9 has 5.1-channel sound from its from speakers, which will provide an even more immersive audio thanks to HTC's BoomSound technology. We have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage which is expandable by microSD, and a nano SIM.

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The Starcraft II World Championship Series is coming to a head

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

With the first season of the Starcraft II World Championship Series 2015 (WCS) reaching ever closer to the finals date, ESL just announced that this event will take place during the 2015 Gamers Assembly in Poiteres, France.

 

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With 12 players currently qualified out of the 16 total bracket, we've seen plenty of hard-fought matches including the qualification from Aussie Zerg underdog Jared "PiG" Krensel.

 

Although Starcraft II doesn't always have the same flair and new-age eSports feel as it once did in 2012, there's no denying that the passion and commitment is still there from the players, spectators and developers. Just take a look below at Krensel's reactions when his qualification was confirmed for this finals series.

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