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New X-MEN: Days of Future Past trailer will blow your mind

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 25, 2014 2:07 am

The X-Men movie series is one of those once in a generation series that not only captivates our imaginations, but also leaves us wanting more with every release. The latest film in the series is set to be one of the biggest, and best yet as Professor Xavier sends Wolverine back in time to steer the future on a better path, that sees Magneto and Professor X working together instead of battling each other constantly.



X-Men: Days of Future Past is set at the end of the previous trilogy, and unites characters from all three past movies. We will see more of Bolivar Trask's Sentinel Robots, a return of Mystique, and a young Wolverine as well as Professor Xavior, and Magneto during various stages of their life. The movie is set to premier on May 23 at theaters everywhere.

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Pure Hacking: Windows XP users, networks at risk as deadline looms

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 25, 2014 1:19 am

Microsoft Windows XP remains an extremely popular and well-liked operating system, but the security benefits alone of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 haven't been enough to get users to migrate. However, Microsoft and security experts are strongly urging both users and companies to upgrade, or potentially face harmful cyberattacks.




Pure Hacking has a few tips regarding XP: Disable what users don't need on the OS, replace XP with Windows 7, segregate legacy installations, and implement application whitelisting control.


"Across Australia there are tens of thousands of machines still running Windows XP - just think POS terminals, let alone all those SMBs," said Gordon Maddern, Pure Hacking CTO, in a statement. "Anyone still on XP will be wide open to attack. All new vulnerabilities - and countless numbers of these are likely - will no longer be fixed by Microsoft. I cannot stress enough, it's time to migrate, migrate, migrate."


In reality, SMBs and corporations should have created a migration plan long ago - and should be well underway with the migration plan - but it's become evident that many companies will instead try to scramble to stay in compliance.

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ReportTT: Next-gen Apple TV will include Comcast On-Demand service

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 25, 2014 12:46 am

If recent reports are true, Apple is in talks with Comcast to bring a new On-Demand service to the next-generation of Apple TV. Some rumors state that this would be an app-based service, while others suggest that the upcoming fourth-gen Apple TV will function as a fully digital cable box when connected to a Comcast cable line.




We already know that the device will function very similar to other set-top boxes such as those offered by Roku, but the introduction of digital cable service could change the game for everyone, similar to how TiVO shook things up when it began being integrated into digital cable. The new Apple TV is said to feature an entirely new OS, as well as a complete UI redesign that will bring the device up to speed with current OS X and iOS visuals. Apple is expected to launch the new Apple TV sometime in the next few months, so I guess we will not have to wait for long to see if the Comcast rumor is true.

Cybercriminals compromise ATMs to spit out cash by sending SMS message

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 25, 2014 12:18 am

As the Microsoft end of support for the aging Windows XP operating system quickly approaches, security researchers believe the banking industry faces a serious risk of compromised ATMs, according to Symantec.




The Backdoor.Ploutus.B malware variant, an upgraded version of sophisticated malware that proved effective in 2013, allows cybercriminals to force ATMs to dispense cash.


The criminals simply send an SMS to a compromised ATM, walk up, and collect the stolen cash - using a network packet monitor (NPM) and other tools to properly infect the ATM.


"As soon as the compromised ATM receives a valid TCP or UDP packet from the phone, the NPM will parse the packet and search for the number '5449610000583686' at a specific offset within the packet in order to process the whole package of data," said Daniel Regalado, Symantec security researcher, in a blog post. "Once that specific number is detected, the NPM will read the next 16 digits and use them to construct a command line to run Ploutus."

Google passes on government funding for military robot competition

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:54 pm

It's no secret that Google has been swooping in and buying robotic companies left and right, and one of those acquisitions is making headlines today. Schaft Robotics, a company Google bought last year has made it to the finals of a DARPA sponsored robotics competition, and today Google announced that it would not accept funding for the competition that the US government had previously offered.




In a statement released by the DARPA last Friday, the government says that Google has switched to Track D of the program which means it will be fully funding the program from its own bank account, and no government funding will be accepted. The DARPA Robotics Challenge or DRC is a competition that challenges companies to create a robot that can handle disaster zone task such as navigating heavy debris, opening a door, climbing a ladder, and even turning off gas and water valves.


Google's Schaft Robot will be competing in the finals which are scheduled to be held some time between December 2014 and June of 2015. Google's other robotics company, Boston Dynamics, will also be competing in the event with its bipedal robot, Petman. This is one competition I would love to watch live, and I hope to get that chance during the next round!

HTC One 2014 edition leaks again, this time in 15-minute video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 10:33 pm

HTC's next-generation of its flagship One handset is scheduled to be released tomorrow, but today we are already getting a very detailed look at the refreshed device. A video was posted on YouTube this morning that spends 15-minutes showcasing the phones new features, hardware, and how its dual rear camera system can be used to provide selective focusing on photos taken by the device.



HTC will unveil its M8 tomorrow and is widely expected to give it the official HTC One name with a 2014 Edition subtitle. The phone will be very similar to its predecessor, but will feature an upgraded processor, more RAM, and a more efficient battery. HTC is also expected to release the phone to the retail market immediately after launch exclusively to Verizon for the 14 days following the launch. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the HTC One launch event tomorrow at 8AM PT.

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Futuremark re-list Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note III in benchmark results

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:36 pm

Last November, Futuremark made the announcement that it would be de-listing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III from its 3DMark benchmarking results. This drastic action was taken because of some shady, behind the scenes code that was implemented on the devices that made them appear to perform better in benchmarking than they actually did. Several other phones were caught up in this scandal, but things have changed with the roll-out of Android 4.4.2 KitKat to these two devices.




"That decision (To de-list the Samsung devices from results) won us lots of praise from 3DMark users, even from those who owned one of the delisted models. We knew that de-listing would send a message to manufacturers too. We hoped it would encourage them to be fair and honest with their customers," said Futuremark. "After conducting our own testing, I can confirm that the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S IV now conform to our benchmark rules when running the Android 4.4 update provided by Samsung."

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University of California at San Francisco hit with data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:20 pm

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) recently suffered a data breach and almost 10,000 people have been compromised, according to school officials. Several desktop PCs with unencrypted information were stolen from the university's Family Medical Center in January, including personal and health information.




Social Security numbers were exposed for 125 people, with a mix of patient names, birth dates, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers, and driver's license numbers exposed in the breach.


The data theft is now being investigated by the California Department of Public Health, federal authorities, and the California Attorney General, with notification letters and free credit monitoring being offered to some of those exposed.


Security experts strongly urge companies, universities and research groups to encrypt data on PCs, especially if it includes personal or medical information.

LG unveils its new G Watch, goes for a rectangular look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:14 pm

We've already seen the Gear smartwatches from Samsung, the new Android Wear OS from Google which debuted with the Moto 360, and now we're finally being introduced to LG's wearable, G Watch.




LG's new G Watch features an angular design, which looks very similar to Sony's SmartWatch 2. LG's G Watch is powered by Google's new Android Wear, which is nice to see. Google uses LG to manufacturer its popular Nexus 5 smartphone, so the relationship is still tight between the giants. The South Korean giant took to its Facebook page to tease the G Watch, something you can check out right here.

China wants US government to explain itself over Huawei spying

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 8:43 pm

The Chinese government is angry and now demands the US government to explain its reported spying actions against Huawei, a major Chinese electronics and telecom company. The report, led by insight taken from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accuses the NSA of spying on the company - and stealing information about Huawei customers.




The NSA was specifically trying to find ties between Huawei and the People's Liberation Army, though stumbled across intellectual property of Huawei network switches and routers, reporters state.


"China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about reports of its espionage activities," said Hong Lei, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, in a statement to the media.


It's ironic that countries such as Russia and China, which have been accused of launching cyberattacks - and violating human rights - are now demanding the US government to explain itself.

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