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Huge Ransomware Attack in Nearly 100 Countries

Major companies, government offices and hospitals were hit by a huge wave of cyberattacks around the world that take control of computers until victims paid a big ransom. On Friday, Avast a cybersecurity company said it had tracked over 75,000 ransomware attacks across 99 countries. The company said most of the attacks had targeted Taiwan, Ukraine and Russia. However, hospital across the UK, and international firms such as FedEx also reported they were attacked as well. The ransomware is known as WannaCry and it locks down files on a computer that... 
 

Microsoft Has Patched Leaked NSA Hacks

Software giant Microsoft said it already has patched the exploits on Windows released by the hacker group Shadow Brokers. The tools used for hacking were likely from NSA and were released on Friday online. Microsoft then tested and confirmed patches which are available already for all supported Windows versions. However, older versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP could still remain vulnerable to three of the released exploits, but it is not likely that Microsoft would supply patches for the older versions of Microsoft operating systems as they... 
 

Surface Beats iPad for Tablet Satisfaction

The iPad division of Apple has taken another big blow. The Surface tablet by Microsoft registered a score of 855 out of 1,000 in a recent study by J.D. Power on customer satisfaction amongst tablet users. The results put the Surface tablet in front of the iPad, which recorded a score of 849. Samsung’s Galaxy tablets were just two points behind the iPad with 847. The study by J.D. Power said that consumers like the Surface tablets due to a number of pre-loaded applications that were offered. The Microsoft tablet also had good performance in Internet... 
 

Employees Receive Microchip Implants from Startup

Epicenter, a Swedish startup hub is routinely injecting a microchip into its employee’s hands and creating yet another cyborg. The company offers to give employees and members of its startup an implant that is the size of a grain of rice that works like swipe cards to operate printers, open doors or even buy a combo meal by a simple wave of the hand. These microchip injections are becoming so popular that employees at Epicenter have parties for those who are willing to have an implant injection. The benefit that appears to be the most popular... 
 

FBI Investigating Suspected State Sponsored Hack in FDIC during 2010

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the huge data breach at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC during 2010. Hackers are alleged to have obtained access to the FDIC’s internal systems during the cyberattack. Attackers gained their access reportedly through the workstation of Sheila Bair the former chairwoman at the FDIC. According to sources that were unnamed. Authorities are of the belief that the attackers were state-sponsored and linked to China. The huge data breach was investigated by a special congressional... 
 

Saudi Arabia Backing New Tech Fund of $100 Billion

Startups that want to be like the Mark Zuckerbergs of the tech world need to get their sales pitches prepared. Saudi Arabia will be pumping in billions of U.S. dollars into tech businesses across the globe. The kingdom, rich from the largest oil reserves in the world, will join forces with Softbank the telecom giant based in Japan to form a tech investment fund with a value of $100 billion, which will make it one of the worlds largest. Over the upcoming decade, the fund will be the technology sector’s largest investor, said Masayoshi Son the CEO... 
 

Galaxy Note 7 Use Restricted on Planes by U.S.

This order comes after Feds announced an official recall of its smartphone on Thursday. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation ordered that the Galaxy Note 7, the most recent flagship smartphone of Samsung can be only carried by passengers and crew on planes if it is switched off and not connected to any charging equipment. This order comes following Thursday’s official recall of more than 1 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall followed concerns about the phone’s faulty... 
 

CES Predicts Tech Sales to Fall by 2% Around the Globe

Sales of global technology are predicted to drop to $950 billion in 2016, which represents a drop of 2%. This came from organizers of the annual tech show CES held in Las Vegas that opened on Monday. The consumer electronics show held two events on Monday that outlined the major trends across the industry and the forecast economically for the same. The organization running the event expects sales in the virtual reality category to reach $540 million across the U.S. during 2016, which would be a 440% increase from 2015. It is also predicted that... 
 

Facebook Launches Instant Articles for Android

In October, it was announced by Facebook that the feed for Instant Articles would be available for users of iOS and that it would soon be tested for those on Android. Thousands of articles are published each day in the format and will allow them to loaded at a rate that is 10 times faster than usual on a regular browser, which makes it more likely users will share those same articles. The articles that become shares more often will rank higher in the News Feed on Facebook, which led to publishers using this same format. Facebook finally announced... 
 

Neiman Marcus Site Crashes on Black Friday

Black Friday is a day when retailers hope everything about their websites operates correctly and smoothly without any hitches during the frenzy of shopping. However, for Neiman Marcus the department store, if not for bad luck it would not have any luck at all. Shoppers wanting to make a purchase on Black Friday for specials on the online Neiman Marcus store received an error message once they accessed the website. Catchpoint Systems a business that tracks retailers’ web performance said that the luxury brand’s homepage was mostly inaccessible... 
 

Microsoft Creates German Data Centers amidst Concerns of U.S. Surveillance

Microsoft will now deliver its cloud services, which includes Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and Azure from two new German data centers in a move that is aimed at deflecting the concerns of customers about access to data that is private through surveillance by the U.S. These data centers are located in Frankfurt am Main and Magdeburg. They will be unusual in that the control over data will not be Microsoft’s but Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems subsidiary, which will act as the trustee of the data for the Microsoft customers. Access to that customer... 
 

Gambling on Your Mobile Phone: What You Need to Know

One of the most popular pastimes in the entire world is online gambling. In fact, every day millions of people long on online casinos to play, for fake and/or real money, because these sites are easy to use, convenient, and you can play whenever and wherever you like. Are you interested in gambling on your mobile phone? Before you begin, check out this mobile gambling run down to see if online gambling will hold up to your smell test. About Mobile Online Gaming Imagine having the ability to gamble and win large sums of cash at any time of day and... 
 

Oversized Samsung Tablet Specs Leaked Online

Called just the SM-T670, a Samsung device was leaked online at GFXBench that reveals several important features. Included in those features is an 18.4-inch screen that has a resolution of 1,920×1,080, a Samsung Exynos 7 1.6 gigahertz octa-core processor, memory of 1,8 gigabytes, onboard storage of 25GB and a front facing 2 megapixel camera. The tablet’s operating system was listed as being an Android 5.1.1 though this tablet could be using the new Marshmallow Android 6.0 by the time it gets released. A video from Samsung last month hinted... 
 

Skype Problem Could Prevent Calls Today

A glitch in the Skype program could keep from changing their status, which means calls might not be able to be made online with the desktop or mobile app, so the company is suggesting that people use the Web version for the time being. This technical glitch is affecting Skype on Monday and might be keeping many users from making and or receiving calls. Skype acknowledged the problem Monday in a message that was posted by the company, which alerts users of Skype to issues with the status of the app, saying that an issue was detected that was affecting... 
 

First HTC Fitness Wearable Delayed to Late 2015

HTC Grip, the first endeavor by the company into the world of smart wearables, was scheduled to be launched during the summer, but HTC has decided it is best to delay the release until later in 2015. According to its press release, HTC made the decision to release Grip with the other health and fitness line of products it is launching later this year due to extensive user feedback and wear testing. In addition, HTC said that the delay was a way for the company to refine its approach and vision to the health and fitness segment. Unfortunately, no... 
 

Firefox Blocking Flash for Security Reasons

Flash is nearing an end as Mozilla blocked it on its Firefox browser and the security chief at Facebook said it should be killed by its maker Adobe. Flash-bashing increased last week after new revelations that the Hacking Team, the giant in spyware had been using Flash to take over computers remotely and then infect them with numerous forms of malware. The discovery of that took place after Hacking Team itself was hacked. Documents revealed in that breach that the Hacking Team had exploited two critical Flash code vulnerabilities. Alex Stamos the... 
 

FCC wants to Subsidize Internet

The Federal Communications Commission has moved ahead with its ambitious plan to help millions of Americans with low income get online. The regulatory agency has proposed the overhaul of its Lifeline program, which at present only covers phone service, to subsidize access to high-speed Internet. This proposal shows just how critical it is to have Internet for everyday tasks such as finding work, doing homework and keeping in touch with friends and family. However, the FCC’s three Democrats were needed to override the opposition of two Republicans... 
 

Windows 10 Will Debut on July 29

It is now official: Microsoft Windows 10 is to be available starting July 29. By the end of July, Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to the new Windows 10 free or buy a new computer with the OS already pre-installed. The OS release initially will be limited to tablets and phones. An upgrade of Windows 10 for devices that have Windows Phone 8.1 will vary between carriers and phone makers. Starting on June 1, those who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can reserve the upgrade through a prompt that will appear on the taskbar... 
 

Image Leaked of Possible New iPad Pro

Apple’s iPad Pro had been rumored as being new competition to the popular series of Surface Tablet from Microsoft. However, it had been over a year and there is nothing by more leaked specifications and images. However, this time the source of the photos and specs has been deemed reliable but suggests the new tablet will not be coming out anytime soon. The iPad from the tech giant based in Cupertino, California is quite popular with people that are tablet-friendly but the devices are nothing more than a larger version of the hugely popular Apple... 
 

5 negative effects of new technologies that impact on education

Cheating in Exams It is quite unfortunate that students have lost the old fashion culture of the harder you work the better you become. Technology has become advanced in such a way that it has become impossible to put boundaries on technology as an entity. Most students with the push of a button find themselves in trouble since they result to surfing for information on examination rooms to cheat their way out of difficult questions. This scenario has become a major problem for most institutions. Distraction According to essay formatting  website,... 
 

Walmart Executive Calls Upgrade to Credit Cards a Joke

The executive at Walmart that is in charge of card payments thinks the switch by the U.S. to credit cards that are chip-based will be a disappointment. The new program “chip & signature” is hardly an improvement on fraud and security, says Mike Cook, the assistant treasurer at Walmart, during a conference this week in San Francisco. Cook and Walmart would have preferred the system that both Africa and Europe have of chip and PIN, since the PINs would help protect cards from being stolen. He said the fact the U.S. did not go the way of the... 
 

Pew Study: Smartphones Key Way for Americans to Go Online

Americans are in love with smartphones and rely on the mobile electronic devices as their key way to get online. However, many say the cost of the devices are very steep, showed a new survey on Wednesday. The survey, performed by the Pew Research Center has found that close to 64% of adults in the U.S. had a smartphone as of 2014, which was nearly double the percentage from 2011. Approximately 15% of the people surveyed said they owned a smartphone and had limited access to Internet from other devices or sources. Another 10% said they did not have... 
 

Poliovirus Used in Cancer Treatment

Duke University scientists might have found a cure for cancer – the deadly poliovirus. A group of scientists from a brain tumor center at North Carolina’s Duke University were the lead group in a trial of small number of patients with cancer that were followed for 10 months by the CBS new show 60 Minutes. Molecular biologist Dr. Matthias Gromeier has been researching this idea at Duke for almost 15 years. He first was involved with his studies, then trials using animals and now tests on humans. During the trials using humans, 11 of 22 participants... 
 

SmartPhones, SmartWatches, Now SmartClothes?

It can be hard work to stay in shape but now a line of smart clothing has promised to give the wearer the help he or she needs. Clothes as well as shoes fitted with devices that record fitness are set to explode in growth in their move from the testing lab to the professional athlete. That means the keen amateur is not far behind. Fitness is an expanding market already for many tech companies. Online research firm Gartner forecasts that wearable devices focused on fitness will see shipments exceed 68 million in 2015, with the industry broadening... 
 

Adobe Slowing Growth in Creative Cloud Bothers Analysts

Adobe Systems Inc stock was down on Wednesday after a report for the most recent quarter and an outlook for the second quarter highlighted the slowing down in the growth of its business Creative Cloud. Some reluctant in adopting and price resistance for Creative Cloud applications by customers who are not converted yet might slow the rate of adopting even further warned an analyst from Morgan Stanley. Adobe added over 517,000 new subscribers during its first quarter, which was down from the more than 644,000 during its fourth quarter, missing Wall... 
 

Authorities Close to Nabbing JPMorgan Hackers

It has become a pattern that is all too familiar, the computer system from a big company in America is breached, personal information from millions of clients is stolen and an outcry by the public soon follows. However, the thieves are rarely captured. However, the attack last summer on the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase that resulted in the hackers stealing phone numbers and email addresses to more than 83 million small businesses and households might break that negative pattern of dead end investigations. Federal authorities that are investigating... 
 

China Based Lenovo Victim of Cyber Attack

Lenovo the computer maker based in China was the victim of a cyber attack after the U.S. government warned about the company’s software Superfish. The adware program Superfish, which offered tips on shopping, was shipped on some notebook devices manufactured by Lenovo. Lizard Squad, the hacking group, claimed the responsibility for the attack on Wednesday via Twitter. This group has taken the credit for a number of other cyber attacks including one against Sony. Lenovo said in a statement that one of the effects of the cyber attack was to redirect... 
 

How Linear Motion Systems Makes Our Life Better

The industrial applications benefits for linear motion systems (actuators) have dramatically increased over the past couple of years. This has led to an increase machine reliability demands. Actuators components provides high speed, accurate positioning, low maintenance and long life thereby making life easier. The integrated stepper motor linear actuator for example allows direct coupling to the load and provides high performance, although at relatively high cost. This modern technology offers the advantages of accuracy and repeatability in industrial... 
 

Candy Crush Saga Hauls in $1.33 Billion During 2014

Quarterly spending on Candy Crush Saga the mobile game dropped steadily during 2014, but players still dished out $1.33 billion on its in-app purchases for the hit game. Analysis of the latest financial results of King, the game’s publisher, as well as previous posts reveals that the Candy Crushes gross bookings, the term for the money spent by players, totaled $1.04 billion during the second six months of 2013. In other words, more than $2.37 billion was spent on Candy Crush over a period of 18 months. King did not separate Candy Crush from other... 
 

Chipotle Hacked, Racist Tweets Sent Out

Chipotle the Mexican food restaurant chain apologized for a volley of homophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tweets that were sent out by hackers who took control of its official Twitter account. The main U.S. feed for the chain @ChipotleTweets had the picture changed to a Nazi swastika Sunday morning and the ranting soon followed. Posts included disparaging racist remarks about President Obama, while another claimed all the restaurants in the chain worldwide would close December 31 because of poisoned meat. The tweets all contained racist and homophobic... 
 

Snapchat Launching New Feature to Threaten Facebook

Snapchat announced this week its new feature Discover, a collaboration with big media companies such as CNN, Vice, Yahoo News, National Geographic and Comedy Central to bring users the news in Snapchat style stories. News stories that are released through Discover come available in a number of parts, allowing for the companies to string together a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. In Snapchat typical fashion, each of the news stories will be good for 24 hours and then disappear. The Discover feature will help the popular app to compete... 
 

Authorities Arrest UK Man in Xbox and PlayStation Attacks

A man from the UK was arrested as part of the investigation into the DDoS attacks on Xbox and PlayStation networks. Both were knocked offline during December. Authorities alleged the DDoS attack was carried out by Lizard Squad a hacking group. Officers from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit or SEROCU, in the UK arrested a man this week who is 18 and from England. The teen was detained on a number of charges including unauthorized access to material on a computer with the intent to commit more offenses. During the raid that took place... 
 

Xiaomi Offering Smartphone Similar to iPhone

Late in 2014, Apple launched its new generation of iPhones and though there was a snag or two after the launch, the latest smartphone from the tech giant was a huge success. Apple has done well financially always, so it was not a big surprise when the company revealed its 2014 year had been successful. That success translates to other tech companies wanting to copy their technology, design or features of their different handsets, tablets or computers. Xiaomi, based in China, seems to have done exactly that, with the new release of its high-end oversized... 
 

How To Choose A Plasma TV Stand

A TV is still an essential part of any living room, and choosing the best stand for your plasma TV can help you create a unique atmosphere in any given room. However, if you want to choose the best plasma TV stand mount that would fit perfectly into your interior and create a memorable and stylish impression, you will have to consider several aspects before buying. All in all, there are three major things to do: 1. Considers the size of your room There is a wide choice of impressive living room sets that combine TV stand with shelves and cabinets.... 
 

Spartan Browser Will Supposedly Have Voice Control

Microsoft is running a complete overhaul of their web browser because of their new operating system, Windows 10 being just around the corner. Spartan is code name for the upcoming browser, not much had been released about the features included in the browser, until now since Neowin.com announced that there were certain leaked images yesterday of the web browser. That meant that those interested could piece some information together from the browser itself. The first thing that was noticeable was the overall design has very clearly changed from the... 
 

How to Use Linear Actuators at Medical Motion

Introduction Within an industry characteristically associated with healthcare, the technology used must deliver exceptional performance and purpose to ensure a confident capability for users, patients and healthcare professionals. Mechanical parts can make a difference. A linear actuator can be defined as a mechanical device that converts energy to create movement signals in a straight line, compared to a circular motion of a typical electric motor. Linear actuators can also be used to apply force. Types of motions from the actuators include: ejecting,... 
 

Netflix to Block VPN Users Overseas

Movie studios as well as rights holders might have been given their Christmas wish as reports say that Netflix has started to block users that attempt to skirt geoblocks on its service in the U.S. by using VPN’s. This news comes following the confirmation of a major group in the industry that represents distributors and rights holders that its group members were lobbying the video streaming company to block the U.S. version of the service for users living outside the region. Currently Netflix is available in close to 50 countries, with the content... 
 

Steam Sets User Record

Created by game publisher and developer Valve, Steam has its very own popular titles like Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2. The massive popularity of the games on Steam is one of the reasons Steam is one of the biggest distributors for PC games. Indeed, Steam is responsible for three quarters of PC games sold online according to estimates. With these figures out there, it is somewhat obvious why so many developers use Steam to sell 3,000 games (just a little over 3,700 were on sale in September of 2014). Plenty of users are currently logged into the website... 
 

Apple Faces Lawsuit for Storage Shrinkage

Apple caught plenty of attention for selling devices with only 16GB of space in 2014 and as much attention for the storage needed in order to upgrade to the iOS 8. Those are two issues that two customers are going to take Apple to court in the form of a lawsuit. In a complaint filed in California on Friday, Miami residents Christopher Endara and Paul Orshan state the iPads and iPhones with 16GB of space they recently purchased had less space available for usage than the stated amount, something one of the customers contends was reduced even more... 
 

Story Mode for Minecraft Coming Next

Video game lovers of Minecraft will have a new way to play the game very soon. Minecraft’s developer Mojang recently announced what they plan on doing for the new game and it will be released in story mode. The adventure, which will be a narrative, is currently in development by TellTale games, an expert in that area. The first chapter of the game is on schedule for a 2015 release, but no time was given as to what period of 2015 it would be released. The new game will available for use on smartphones, PlayStation and Xbox consoles and Mac and... 
 

FCC Approves Fund for High-Speed Internet in Libraries and Schools

The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a large spending increase that will allow more than $1 billion in completely additional funds to be used to bring high-speed internet to libraries and schools across the United States. The huge spending comes from the e-rate program that the commission has set up, which was renewed this year to start focusing all its support on technologies. For instance, using gigabit internet, while removing support for certain older types of technologies, like service for phones. After the renewing was completed,... 
 

Hack Attacks Focused on Businesses Have More than Doubled

Cyber-attacks in the business arena have doubled this year, with malicious campaigns and targeted attacks leading the way. The Kaspersky Lab reported on 7 advanced and persistent cyber-attack campaigns in only the past year. Between them, the attacks accounted for 4,400 or more corporate sector targeting cases in 55 countries across the globe, which was more than twice the amount found last year when the total was just 1,800. Malicious campaigns and targeted attacks stood out among a huge range of security breaches, particularly in the impact it... 
 

Microsoft Acquires Email Startup

Microsoft has bought the email startup Acompli, the tech behemoth announced on its website yesterday. The deal’s terms were not commented on however a popular site said that Microsoft purchased the startup for more than $200 million. Acompli has an email service that is provided for both iOS and Android users, which is designed to complete common but at times complicated tasks like: finding attachments, sending common responses, sorting messages, as well as making those tasks easier on a mobile interface. Although the software runs on devices... 
 

Exchange iPhone for Passport and Receive Up to $550

Blackberry is searching for iPhone customers for the holiday season. The Canada-based company is offering Apple device owners up to $550 just for exchanging their iPhone for the new Blackberry Passport, the new smartphone that is actually shaped and sized in the form of a passport. The deal will start December 1 and end February 14. It is available in Canada and United States only. The phone has to be purchased straight from Blackberry’s website at shopblackberry.com for Canadian and American users, and bought and shipped from Amazon for U.S.... 
 

Spying Malware Since 2008 Just Discovered

Ad advanced software application that is highly malicious has just been uncovered. The malware since 2008 has been used to spy on governments, private companies, individuals and research institutes in 10 countries, said Symantec Corp a maker of antivirus software. The Norton antivirus maker based in Mountain View, California said research it had done shows that a government was likely the entity that developed the malware that has been named Regin or the name Backdoor.Regin. However, Symantec did not release any names of countries or any possible... 
 

Twitter Allows Searches for Tweets Back to 2006

Tuesday Twitter released a major announcement, which will make all micro-blogging lovers go crazy. It consists of a list that contains all tweets published on the site since its creation in 2006. The list is called the tweet index, which is available for mobile users as well as users who will be signing in on computers, laptops or tablets. The tweet index can be found in the all tab, which is located close to the search engine. Twitter published on their blog that even though all tweets were already there, it is the first time that a tweet can be... 
 

CEO of Blackberry Says Less New Devices

Blackberry, the smartphone maker based in Canada, has completed its first turnaround phase in a plan of two years. The company now will focus on profitability and not be spread thin by trying to launch a large number of new devices, said its CEO. John Chen, who took over the top job at Blackberry in November of 2013, moved quickly trying to get the one-time darling of investors back on the right track. The smartphone maker has sold a number of assets, entered into partnerships to lower its costs of manufacturing and broadened its offerings of apps.... 
 

AT&T Comes Up Short of Wall Street Estimates

AT&T the second biggest wireless carrier in the U.S. missed estimates on profit and cut its forecast for sales as price cuts and promotions took their toll. Earnings for the third quarter, excluding special items, were 63 cents per share, which was below the Wall Street estimate of 64 cents per share. The wireless giant reduced its revenue growth for the full year to between 3% and 4% in part due to fewer than had been expected sign-ups for installment plans. The revenue growth had previously been projected by the company to be 5% for the year. To... 
 

Qualcomm Acquiring Chipmaker in the UK

U.S. based Qualcomm Inc has agreed to acquire CSR Plc for a deal worth $2.5 billion. Qualcomm, the No. 1 mobile chipmaker in the world agreed to pay cash of 900 pence per share for CSR, which is a premium of 56.5% on the price per share prior to the offer period starting in August, said CSR on Wednesday. In August, the United Kingdom-based company rebuffed an offer from Microchip Technology another chipmaker based in the U.S. saying the offer, which was not disclosed, was not enough. The two remained talking attempting to reach a deal, with a deadline... 
 

Kindle Lineup Expanded By Amazon

Amazon.com has increased its push toward more hardware Wednesday by debuting six upgraded or new devices. Included in the devices is a high end e-reader for $199 known as the Kindle Voyage and a tablet that is its least expensive to date. The No. 1 online retailer in the United States also redid its basic e-reader the Kindle to include a new touchscreen. The new basic line Kindle will be just $79 or about 15% more expensive than the current model. The other devices that were new that Amazon unveiled Wednesday include a $99 HD Kindle Fire tablet,... 
 
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