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Nation states launching cyberespionage attacks becoming normal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 4:25 pm

It's not just the United States and UK launching sophisticated cyberespionage attacks against foreign government states, with China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other nations increasingly jumping into the fun. Groups in China and Russia have been linked to major data breaches, such as Target, The Home Depot, Anthem, Sony Pictures, with future breaches expected to happen.

 

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China is the most active country involved in launching cyberattacks, routinely targeting US infrastructure - and other lucrative targets, such as financial institutions and government departments. As witnessed by CrowdStrike, skilled Chinese hacker groups are able to adapt their strategies while avoiding detection.

 

The Obama administration has publicly criticized China for its cyberespionage activities, but has been unable to launch any meaningful political crackdowns.

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Ransomware attacks increasing, as cybercriminals perfect their skills

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 3:15 pm

Consumers and business users face a wide variety of different cyberattacks, and security experts are increasingly concerned about ransomware. Ransomware, a custom form of malware designed to hijack computers and work files, typically encrypt vital documents - unless a ransom is paid.

 

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Microsoft Windows PC users face the largest threat from CryptoWall, a ransomware variation that has uncrackable encryption and uses anonymity networks to avoid detection.

 

Another nasty form of ransomware recently discovered is Invincea, which delivers the payload straight to system memory instead of targeting files on a hard drive. "This particular strain is new and quite harmful as it takes advantage of file-less infections that can communicate through the TOR network," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4. "We are going to continue to see more and more ransomware this year and this is just the latest innovation."

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Report: Almost half of jobs under pressure from robotic advancements

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 1:20 pm

The development of robotics and big data are putting pressure on the US workforce, with almost half of US jobs facing pressure from robots, according to a report issued by Citigroup and University of Oxford researchers.

 

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Robots and automated technology have had an impact in factories and mid-level positions, but developments could lead to increased pressure on low-skill occupations, the report notes. To make matters worse, manufacturers are adopting the use of more robots in factories and offices, with the humanoids able to better complete tasks.

 

"The bulk of service occupations, where the most US job growth has occurred over the past decades, are now at risk," according to the report. "Already the market for personal and household service robots is growing by about 20 percent annually - a trend that is likely to continue."

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Atari announces next-gen Asteroids, launches it as a survival game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 12:53 pm

I'm sure you remember Asteroids, but I bet you didn't see this one coming. Atari has just teased a multiplayer-focused survival game for the PC through Steam's Early Access program, called Asteroids: Outpost.

 

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Atari describes the game as: "Set in the distant future, Asteroids: Outpost thrusts players into a harsh deep space environment. While on a massive, unforgiving asteroid, players face the challenges of exploring the asteroid, collecting resources, scavenging for ore, crafting equipment, and expanding their territory as they build highly customized bases - all while forming alliances and fighting off other players in challenging multiplayer gameplay. Recurring showers of smaller asteroids represent a source of wealth and a threat as players shoot down these incoming projectiles to defend their claims and harvest their components".

STALKER developer teases new game, will defend the STALKER franchise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:41 am

The developer behind the STALKER franchise, GSC Game World, has begun teasing its upcoming game. There's nothing known about it just yet, but the developer has also come out swinging for its STALKER franchise, saying that it will defend it from other developers.

 

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Back in February 2011, GSC Game World terminated any and all work on its next STALKER game, closing the company down. The core team behind STALKER went off to Vostok Games, but Public Relations Director for GSC Game World, Valentine Yeltyshev has said that he stepped away from the games industry entirely, moving into a career on the motorcross circuit. He's now back with GSC Game World, but he's had quite a few years.

 

Yeltyshev has said that GSC Game World is back, and that they have an eye on West Games' STALKER: Apocalypse. STALKER: Apocalypse hit Kickstarter, but disappeared pretty quickly, taking to a service called Wfunder. Wfunder is a crowdfunding platform that is similar to Kickstarter, but isn't based in the US. Yeltyshev has dismissed West Games, saying that the team doesn't have what it takes, or the permission, to make a STALKER game. He said: "We started to develop a Flash-based, a web-based STALKER before 2011. An isometric, open-world STALKER. And that was these guys [that make up the core of West Games]. When we realized that this project would not be as good as we wanted it to be, we closed the project".

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Apple invests $848 million into a First Solar plant in California

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 10:32 am

Apple has just announced it is investing $848 million into a First Solar plant in California's Monterey County, something that will generate enough electricity to power a huge 60,000+ homes.

 

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Apple will receive a 130-megawatt supply from the solar farm which it will use to power its future campus, while the remaining 150 megawatts will find a home with Pacific Gas & Energy's grid. This is a big deal, as it represents the biggest commercial deal that has ever happened in the solar industry.

NVIDIA release GeForce Game Ready 347.52 WHQL drivers for Evolve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:40 am

Now that Evolve is here, NVIDIA is on the ball with some Game Ready drivers for GeForce owners with the new GeForce 347.52 WHQL drivers. The new set of drivers include performance optimizations, new SLI profiles and more.

 

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If you haven't heard of Evolve, it's from the makers of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios. It's a 4 vs. 1 action game that can be played online or offline, with four class-based hunters taking on a massive monster that wants to demolish you. As for the GeForce 347.52 WHQL drivers, there are performance improvements for Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, War Thunder, and more.

Microsoft trademarks 'Windows 365', with Windows 10 RTM coming in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:41 am

Microsoft should reach the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10 by June, according to sources of Neowin. We've already seen a number of technical previews, as well as intricate details of the operating system so far.

 

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Most thought that an August release for the RTM would happen, but it looks like Microsoft is ahead of schedule with its latest operating system. The line of thinking here is that Microsoft most likely want to get Windows 10 with as many manufacturers as possible, with June being a big month for the tech world. Computex kicks off in June, so if we see a bunch of Windows 10-powered devices at the show, we won't be surprised.

 

Something more interesting has happened too, with Microsoft filing a patent application for the trademark "Windows 365". Microsoft filed for the trademark on January 29, which means we could expect a subscription-based version of Windows in the near future.

Bethesda announces E3 2015 press conference, Fallout 4 or the Doom?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:39 am

Well then, Bethesda has just announced its hosting its own E3 press conference, but what should we expect? The studio has a fair amount of content it should share at the event, but what could it be?

 

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We could see the new Doom, Fallout 4, a new Elder Scrolls game, Dishonored 2 or something completely new. What do you want to see unveiled? Personally, I want to see the new Doom unveiled. Bring it on.

Spider-Man officially becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:38 am

One of the juiciest tidbits revealed by the crippling Sony Pictures back in December, was a series of high level conversations between outgoing Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and the owner of Marvel, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger which had intended to make the Spider-Man character part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which encompasses characters from 'The Avengers' and last year's mega-hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. Whilst talks broke down, there was a glimmer of hope for fans that has just been realised.

 

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Yesterday, Sony and Disney issues a joint press-release announcing that the two companies have come to an agreement which new Sony Pictures chair Michael Lynton describes as the "right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans". The agreement means that not only will Spider-man "first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe" (slated to be 'Captain America: Civil War') but will also appear in a stand-alone film to be released on July 28, 2017 which will be co-produced by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

 

However, some fans will be disappointed following the news that the intriguing plot threads from the newly rebooted series which started in 2012 with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and continued into 'The Rise of Electro' will not see a conclusion, with the series being abandoned, with Andrew Garfield will no longer play the character.

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