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The tablet boom is over

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by Reverend
It's time to kiss the tablet boom goodbye, as shipments of the once-dominant Apple iPad decline amid a worldwide slowdown for the devices.

Shipments of all tablets worldwide will increase by just 7.2 percent this year, compared to 52.5 percent in 2013, according to a projection from research firm IDC. Tablet shipments this year will total 235.7 million.

The numbers reflect widespread reliance on PCs and smartphones for computing and communicating. Buying trends show that consumers and businesses still look to run full-fledged applications on PCs, which have experienced a jump in sales recently.

Otherwise, users are hanging on to tablets longer than expected, which is one reason for the slowdown in tablet shipments, IDC said. Tablet refreshes were expected every two to three years, but owners are holding on to devices for three years and longer, IDC said. New software can run on old devices, and there is no compelling reason for tablet owners to upgrade, IDC said.

IDC's numbers include hybrid devices that are mainly tablets, but can also be laptops when needed with keyboard attachments. The increase of shipments of such devices, which mostly run Windows 8, was just 4 percent.

IDC is projecting shipments of Apple's iPad to be 64.7 million units this year, a decline of 12.7 percent compared to 2013. Apple has reported declines in iPad shipments in recent quarters, but iPhone and Mac shipments increased in the most recent, October fiscal quarter.

Computerworld
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Megaupload's Dotcom says extradition fight leaves him bust

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:23 AM - by Reverend
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, one of the world's most wanted cyber fugitives, says his nearly three-year fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges has left him broke.

Dotcom, the New Zealand resident who once flaunted a fleet of vintage cars, a fully staffed rented mansion and globe-trotting holidays, said that his wealth had evaporated due to mounting legal fees which had resulted in the departure of most of his legal team.

The German national is due in a New Zealand court on Thursday, when he may be remanded in prison for allegedly breaching his bail conditions ahead of his extradition hearing, which has been pushed back to mid-2015.

Dotcom, who also goes by the name of Kim Schmitz, stands accused of massive copyright infringement related to the Megaupload file sharing site he founded in 2005.

"My legal team has recently resigned because I ran out of money after spending $10 million to try and defend myself," Dotcom said on Tuesday, speaking via teleconference at a digital technology conference in London. "I'm officially broke right now."

Set up in 2005, Megaupload accounted for around 4 percent of total traffic on the Internet in its heyday as users stored and shared files containing everything from wedding videos to Hollywood films.

Reuters
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Sony to offer refunds over misleading PS Vita ads

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:21 AM - by Reverend
Sony will offer partial refunds to customers to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that its ads in 2011 and 2012 for the PlayStation Vita console’s cross-platform sharing and other features were deceiving.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will provide people who bought the handheld console before June 1, 2012 either a $25 cash or credit refund or a $50 voucher for video games or services, the FTC said in a release Tuesday.

The company was also barred from making other deceptive advertising claims. The PS Vita sold for about $250 when it was launched.

The FTC said ads that promised the PS Vita could be used to remotely play games on a PlayStation 3, and that the former console could be used to continue games started on the latter, were misleading.

“For example, with respect to ‘MLB 12: The Show,’ consumers could only save the game to the PS Vita after finishing the entire nine-inning game on their PS3,” the FTC said. “In addition, Sony failed to inform consumers that to use this feature, purchasers had to buy two versions of the same game—one for their PS3 and one for the PS Vita.”

Most PS3 games could not be run on the PS Vita, including “Killzone 3,” a popular PS3 title promoted in videos about remote play, the commission said.

In an unusual move, the FTC also singled out Deutsch LA, which produced the PS Vita advertising, for participating in the deception and urging its employees to promote the console on Twitter without telling them to reveal their connections to it. The FTC barred it from further conduct of that nature.

Sony, meanwhile, is standing by the PS Vita as a companion to the hit PlayStation 4 console, which was launched a year ago in North America.

“Although we have a strong difference of opinion with the FTC as to the message that PS Vita purchasers took from that advertising, we decided to settle the FTCs... [Read More]
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Suspects behind Expendables 3 leak arrested in UK

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:59 PM - by Reverend
Anti-piracy police have arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action film The Expendables 3 before its release date.

Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu) arrested two men in Upton, Wirral, and Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Copies of the film began circulating online from 25 July. The official US release date was not until 15 August.

The high-quality pirated copy was viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

The men, a 36-year-old and 33-year-old, were arrested at their homes and taken to local police stations.

The pair are suspected of stealing the film from a cloud-based system before uploading it on to the internet.

Lionsgate Films, which made the movie and referred the case to Pipcu, claims that the pirated copy had a significant financial impact on the film-makers, costing them millions of pounds in the UK alone.

Head of Pipcu, Det Ch Insp Danny Medlycott said of the action: "Today's operation shows you the significant impact intellectual property crime has on our creative industries, with millions of pounds being lost as a result of criminal actions.

"The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime. By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hard-working people's livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK's creative industries."

BBC News
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Sony Pictures hacked, data held for ransom

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:58 PM - by Reverend
Sony Pictures was hit by a hack that forced employees to shut down their computers Monday and stay off the film studio's network, according to reports.

Sony Pictures, the film and TV arm of Japanese tech and media conglomerate Sony, was hacked at some point in the last two days by a group calling itself #GOP, reported The Hollywood Reporter, citing people within the studio. The hackers claimed to have obtained Sony Pictures' internal data, including its "secrets," and said they would release the data to the public if their demands were not met, according to reports. It is unclear what the hacker group is demanding.

Sony has kept quiet on the incident, saying only that it is investigating an "IT matter." Sony did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

Sony Pictures employees were told Monday to shut down computers and not access corporate networks or email, as well as disable Wi-Fi on all mobile devices, reported Variety. It is unclear if Sony Pictures, which has produced films such as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and TV shows including "Shark Tank," was the target or if the hackers were attempting to go after Sony Corp. Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Music Entertainment and other parts of Sony Corp. were not affected by the hack, reported the Los Angeles Times.

c|net
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CCleaner 5.00.5050

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:54 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.

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Russian Website Streams Footage From Thousands of Hacked Webcams

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:41 PM - by Reverend
The public is being warned about a Russian-based website which has been found to be broadcasting thousands of feeds of live video footage from inside homes and businesses around the world, including over 4,000 in the U.S., 2,000 in France and 500 in the UK. The footage has been accessed by hacking into personal webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors using weak or default passwords.

The site includes footage of a child’s bedroom in Birmingham in the UK obtained from a baby monitor, as well as footage from inside a UK office, a gym and a shop interior, obtained from CCTV networks supposedly used to keep the companies and businesses secure.

The purpose of the website is to highlight poor cyber security, a person claiming to be the administrator told Sky News.

They wrote that broadcasting the footage was the only way to "contact a million" users. "All these cameras were viewed by a lot of users and (the) camera's owners have no chance to know about it for many years," they said. "Only mass media can help users to understand the importance to set a password."

The footage has been obtained from cameras using default passwords or without any passwords at all, allowing hackers to use software and search tools to scan the internet for feeds that can be accessed using the camera's' default setting.

The most commonly listed camera brand on the website was Chinese-made Foscam, followed by Linksys and then Panasonic.

A Linksys spokesperson told the BBC: “We are still trying to determine which Linksys IP cameras are referenced on the site. We believe they are older Linksys IP cameras which are no longer being manufactured.

“For these cameras we do not have a way to force customers to change their default passwords. We will continue to educate consumers that changing... [Read More]
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Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as default search engine

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:01 PM - by Reverend
Maybe it was that Google has a competing browser, making them strange bedfellows. Or after ten years of partnership, it was time for change. Or maybe Yahoo just offered to pay more.

Yahoo is replacing Google as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser, the companies announced late Wednesday. With 10% of the market, it is the Internet's third most popular search engine, behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Bing (which powers Yahoo searches).

The change is significant for Firefox users, who perform some 100 million searches in the browser every year, according to Mozilla.

It is significant for Mozilla, a non-profit that is heavily reliant on revenue from search companies. Google's three-year contract with Firefox, which will come to an end in December, had reportedly been worth $1 billion. Yahoo and Mozilla did not disclose terms of their five-year search deal.

CNN
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