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Battle against fake, malicious apps a global fight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 6:22 pm

The battle against fake and malicious mobile apps is a global effort, with the United States, Japan, South Korea, and a few other nations dealing with advanced fake apps.

 

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Researchers from RiskIQ found that malicious apps in the Android Google Play store increased by almost 400 percent from 2011 to 2013.

 

In Japan, fake business apps are unknowingly installed, then are updated so they are able to steal personal information and user credentials. Drugstore chain Matsumotokiyoshi has had to deal with a fake app, dubbed e! Matsumotokiyoshi, used the company's logo sending users to the company's official website - but the malicious app accepts user payments to place orders, with financial data stolen.

 

South Korea, where smartphone penetration has reached 70 percent of the population, researchers are finding increasingly advanced fraud tactics used to steal information and frustrate users.

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This 5-minute video of Yosemite National Park will blow your mind

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 5:21 pm

Time-lapse videos of nature are one of my favorite genres of internet video to watch, especially when shot the right way. A new video released recently by Project Yosemite is just the type of time-lapse that I love. The video features expansive views from deep within Yosemite National Park during both the day and the night. Breathtaking shots of the Sierra Nevada mountain range framed by a very bright and sharp Milky Way take this video above and beyond.

 

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Project Yosemite is a coloration between Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, two videographers who met through Vimeo that decided to shoot the undeniable beauty that is Yosemite National Park. The videos are a compilation of more than 45 days spread over ten months of work to generate the five minute video. The pair hiked over 200 miles to get the shots seen in the video and had to carry more than 70lbs of camera gear with them.

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Metadata reveals a large amount of information about users: study

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 4:59 pm

Mobile phone metadata is more valuable than the National Security Agency (NSA) tries to imply, and it's possible to find sensitive information with phone metadata, using social media, and pattern matching, according to Stanford University researchers.

 

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Computer science graduate students learned, using 546 volunteers, that 57 percent of volunteers made at least one medical-related call, with 40 percent calling financial services. In total, the callers made 33,688 unique numbers and were able to make corroborations related to medical conditions and firearm ownership.

 

"At the outset of this study, we shared the same hypothesis as our computer science colleagues - we thought phone metadata could be very sensitive," the researchers found.

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Microsoft launches OneNote for Mac for free, includes new features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 3:39 pm

A little over 10 years ago, Microsoft released its revolutionary note-taking program, OneNote, and today the service is hitting a new mile stone. Today Microsoft announced that it has released the Mac version of OneNote and is offering it to all Mac users for free. OneNote for Mac features the same interface and functionality as its Windows counterpart, but the programs UI design is just a little different to better align with other Microsoft programs featured on Mac.

 

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Microsoft has also released the Windows, Web, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone versions of the application for free as well in hopes of becoming the number one note taking app in the world. There will be a premium version that offers integration with SharePoint and Outlook though, but all of the software's core features are free. Additionally, Microsoft has released a new cloud API that will enable developers to integrate OneNote into their apps easily.

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AMD rumored to call its dual R9 290X GPU the Radeon R9 295X2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 11:29 am

We're hearing more and more about AMD's upcoming dual Hawaii-based GPU, but right now there's no name for it. Dutch tech site BouweenPC.nl is reporting that AMD might call it the "Radeon R9 295X2."

 

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The report states that the core clocks on the R9 295X2 would be under 1GHz, and that the company is working on a hybrid air+water cooling solution for the card. The cooler will reportedly feature heat sinks with airflow to the RAM, VRM and other hot components, while two liquid cooling blocks would take the head away from the GPUs.

 

If this is the case, the Radeon R9 295X2, or whatever AMD call it, would not be a simple installation. I'm hoping this report isn't true, and that whatever AMD releases, it is a simple plug-and-play card. The image above is of the ASUS ARES II GPU, which has a similar cooling setup for comparison.

Cheap Ultra HD monitors are on the way, mid-2014 for cheap 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:32 am

Right now, Ultra HD monitors are out of most consumers' reach as they are priced too high. 4K-capable displays range from nearly $1000 to close to $5000, depending on what you are after.

 

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NPD DisplaySearch is now reporting that the industry will ship around 2 million Ultra HD monitors by the end of the year, with display makers paving the way for "affordable" 4K monitors at around 28 inches by the middle of the year. Normally cheap means crap quality, but Samsung and LG are both diving into the "affordable" 4K race, which should have users excited.

 

So if you're in the market for a monitor with a massive 3840x2160 resolution, you might want to wait a few more months as there should be more monitors to choose from.

Want beer delivered by a drone? Move to Minnesota

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 9:28 am

During the winter months when it gets cold, it gets much harder to get to the shops and buy your beer... so what step do you take next? You order your beer to be delivered by an unmanned aerial drone, that's what.

 

 

Lakemaid, a Minnesota-based brewing company, has done just that - after it saw 60 Minutes' bit on Amazon's same-day delivery system that uses drones. The owners of Lakemaid Brewing Company developed its own unmanned aerial delivery vehicle, which just delivered Lakemaid's popular winter lager to an ice fishing shack near Lake Millie Lacs.

 

A drone had a 12-pack of Lakemaid's popular Winter Lager strapped to it, where it took off to its delivery point. The video above, was met with divided response, with beer fans wanting to know when their local brewers would adopt the same technology, but was also met with criticism as drones are often used for surveillance by the military.

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Scientists to announce a "major discovery" later today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 8:45 am

Later on today, scientists will announce a "major discovery" at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There will be a press conference held, which will begin at 11:55am EDT, something you can watch here.

 

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What should we expect to be announced? The Guardian is reporting on speculation that the discovery involves the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were produced in the early universe. The imprint they left behind goes back to when the universe was created, some 13.82 billion years ago.

 

The Guardian said: "The signal is rumoured to have been found by a specialised telescope called Bicep (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) at the south pole." Hiranya Peiris, a Cosmologist from the University College London told The Guardian: "It's been called the Holy Grail of cosmology. It would be a real major, major, major discovery."

Thief's upcoming patch will add Mantle, TrueAudio support from AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 8:29 am

The Thief reboot is set to receive a patch tomorrow that will have AMD users smiling from ear-to-ear. The new patch will add support for the company's TrueAudio and Mantle.

 

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TrueAudio will see the world of Thief enjoy an effect dubbed "convolution reverb," which will simulate the echoes you'd normally hear in a similar real-life location. The effect works by recording an impulse response of a real location, which is then used by the game as an echo characteristic to manipulate the audio into sounding much more realistic.

 

This new feature is something gamers can tweak on their system, where they can have the option enabled to be run off their CPUs, which will increase gamers' CPU utilization, and on some systems, negatively impact performance. Alternatively, Thief gamers can offload the audio to their TrueAudio-enabled Radeon GPU. For this to happen, you'll need AMD's Radeon R9 290X, R9 290 or R7 260X.

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Respawn is testing Titanfall with the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 7:40 am

Respawn Entertainment has teased that it has been playing Titanfall with Oculus VR's virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift. The developer's Community Manager, Abbie Heppe told Digital Spy: "We've been so busy just trying to get the game out. That is one of those things that we will evaluate post launch. We have them in the office, we've definitely played around with them, but that was more a side project for some of our coders."

 

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Heppe continued: "After launch we will have probably a little more time when we are not totally crazy trying to get a game out. I've walked through a couple of the demos and it's pretty neat, especially with the cool stuff we have in Titanfall, there is a lot of possibilities. I'm always a little bit sceptical when it comes to stuff that's wearable because you've seen people attempt to do it in the past and it's never caught on large-scale. But it's so much fun to play with, so we'll see"

 

So there you have it, we could expect some virtual reality goodness in Titanfall, but I wouldn't hold your breath, it could be a while.

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