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Corsair adds 480GB, 960GB drives to Force Series LS SSD lineup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:50 pm

Corsair has announced additional solid-state drives to its Force Series LS SSD lineup, including 480GB and 960GB storage capacities. The drives are available now sporting $189.99 and $379.99 MSRP price tags.




File transfer speeds include up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, and use SATA 3 6GB/s with backwards compatibility to support SATA 1.0 and 2.0.


The affordable Force Series LS SSD lineup previously included drives with 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB storage capacities - all drives fit into PCs and notebooks with 2.5" or 3.5" drive bays.

Kaspersky Lab helps provide CoinVault ransomware victims more options

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:15 pm

Victims of the CoinVault ransomware have another option when trying to retrieve information - and not paying a ransom to hackers. Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has partnered with the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Netherlands' police, providing decryption keys and a decryption application online.




Using information collected from a CoinVault command & control server, Kaspersky Lab, NHTCU and the Netherlands' National Prosecutors Office hope victims will be able to retrieve files without paying a ransom.


"If you get infected with the CoinVault ransomware, please check," urged Jornt van der Wiel, security researcher for the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab. "We have uploaded a huge number of keys onto the site. If we do not currently have records for a particular Bitcoin wallet, you can check again in the near future, because together with the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands' police we are continuously updating the information."

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Researchers, Houston Zoo give Smaug the Komodo dragon an orthosis

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 9:20 pm

The Houston Zoo and Baylor College of Medicine teamed up to help Smaug, a 16-year-old Komodo dragon, use his right foot more effectively. The custom spring-loaded and rubberized orthosis is made of a flexible material that can be easily taken off and off by zoo caretakers.



The 7-foot, 200-pound animal struggled because he was unable to use his muscles to pull his right foot forward properly, and would land awkwardly - essentially causing him to roll his wrist underneath of his heavy weight with each foot step.


"About a year ago, we noticed that Smaug wasn't using his right, front foot normally and that occasionally he was flipping it underneath and walking on the top of his toes," said Dr. Lauren Howard, associate veterinarian of the Houston Zoo. "So that started the last year-and-a-half of our diagnostic investigation into what was going on with him. We're still trying to determine why he's not holding his foot the right way, but in the meantime our goal is to keep him holding his foot upward so he doesn't continue to walk on the tops of his toes."

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Phishing is easy way for hackers to victimize users with cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 8:30 pm

Phishing remains a successful social engineering tactic used by cybercriminals, taking just 82 seconds to catch the first victim, according to a new report compiled by Verizon. An unfortunately alarming number of 25 percent of phishing email recipients are likely to open the fraudulent email - and trying to educate employees remains difficult for companies.




Instead of worrying about using a complicated software exploit, it's easier - and extremely effective - for hackers to just phish a victim and get them to turn over usernames and passwords. Companies that properly teach their employees to identify and avoid phishing emails reduce their likelihood of falling victim from one in four down to one in 20, according to researchers.


"They should be treating employees as tools in the fight rather than as lambs to the slaughter," said Bob Rudis, lead author of the Verizon report, in a statement published by BBC.

Video games create great opportunities to help educate students

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 7:35 pm

The US Department of Education hopes to bring teachers, gaming studios, researchers and students together in an effort to find ways to increase educational opportunities. As students rack up even more hours playing video games, the education community wants to find more innovative and proactive methods to teach students.




"If you look at the life of a student a lot of [them] play an average of about 10,000 hours of video games by the time they are graduating high school," said Erik Martin, head of the Department of Education's Games for Learning program, while speaking to Polygon. "That is almost the same amount of time they are spending in schools. You can imagine a lot of the time which of the two activities they might feel more engaged in or more relevant."


Understanding that students are playing games, whether mobile, PC or console gaming, it's something that educators can depend on.

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Autonomous vehicles prove to be cause of concern for auto insurers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 6:22 pm

Automakers are pushing towards fully autonomous vehicles in the United States, Europe and Asia, but that may not be a welcome change for everyone. Auto insurance companies are expected to have to deal with self-driving vehicles over the next 10 years, though they will likely have more than 30 years to adjust to widespread autonomous adoption.




If vehicles become safer, the $200 billion auto insurance industry could end up losing billions - a realistic, yet frightening issue that insurance companies already must deal with. Higher-end vehicles have semi-autonomous features designed to keep drivers safe and reduce the chance of accidents.


Esurance, State Farm, and other auto insurance companies seem to be taking a cautious approach, waiting to see how autonomous vehicles develop before they hit the open road. It's possible policy rates could be calculated based on miles driven by humans or autonomously - but it's extremely difficult to pick hypothetical scenarios.

Opera Software aims for 350 million mobile users by end of 2017

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 4:50 pm

Opera Software has launched a new version of the Opera Mini mobile browser for Google Android tablets and smartphones. The new version includes a more simplified menu, improved speed dial, private-browsing mode, scalable interface, and other key improvements for Opera Mini 8.




Opera currently has an active Android user base of 130 million, and the company wants to increase that total number up to 275 million users by 2017, according to Opera CEO Lars Boilesen.


"It's complicated, we have customers in 200 countries and more and more of them are using smartphones and fewer are on feature phones," said Petter Lade, investor relations chief at Opera, in a statement to Reuters. "Our target is to have 275 million smartphones and 75 million on feature phones, this will be our total target for mobile users for 2017."

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Cyanogen OS 12 released, has reached the OnePlus One smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 12:41 pm

Cyanogen OS 12 is now out, wanting to take on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but for the OnePlus One smartphone. Users can upgrade to Cyanogen OS 12, which will look like Android 5.0 with improved notifications, a new multitasking UI, and lots of that beautiful Material Design.




The new operating system will look very similar to Lollipop, but Cyanogen has provided its own tweaks to the OS. We have gesture control as well as a Themes app that lets users find and apply specific themes to apps. Cyanogen OS 12 also sports an alternate e-mail app powered by Boxer, something that gives users more customization and feature options like exchange support, multiple account integration, and the ability to choose between LED colors for e-mail notifications.


OnePlus One owners should be able to grab Cyanogen OS 12 right now, so go and take a look at it.

ASUS goes for battery life with fitness focused VivoWatch smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 11:11 am

The upcoming VivoWatch from ASUS is shaping up well, teasing a 10-day battery life according to the latest reports. ASUS is aiming for fitness users with the VivoWatch, a change from the usual market demands for a fashionable, but simple Watch.




The VivoWatch features a stainless steel body, IP67 dust and water rating, a heart-rate monitoring sensor that also tracks sleep, and a black-and-white display with a separate colored indicator bar below it. The display is probably one of the very big reasons ASUS touts a 10-day battery life, but with it concentrating on fitness, that would help with battery life, too. The ASUS VivoWatch doesn't need to worry about doing anything fancy, which is great for long lasting battery life.


Other sources are reporting that the ASUS VivoWatch will feature smartwatch-like functionality, such as notifications, and more. The biggest point of the device is going to be the price, so we'll have to see if ASUS prices the new VivoWatch competitively or not.

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