Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why customers run away from you?

There will always be one reason or the other why customers will run away from you. Either as a prospective or an existing customer, there will always be a reason.
However, it is very good for you and your business to try as much as possible to limit those things that will make customers run away from you.

Monday, November 28, 2016

$5 PoisonTap Tool Easily Breaks Into Locked PCs

Proving once again that you can do a lot of damage with a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, security researcher Samy Kamkar recently managed to take down a locked, password-protected computer armed with only a US$5 Raspberry Pi.
The low-tech cookie-siphoning intrusion is one of Kamkar's simplest hacks ever. He previously has unlocked car doors, garages, wireless remote cameras and other devices, with MacGyver-like precision.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

One of the Best New VR Things: Buying a Car

I had a fascinating experience last week. I got to see and experience the new Jaguar I-Pace, the company's electric answer to the as-yet-unannounced Tesla Y SUV, long before I'll actually get to see the prototype. I didn't just get to see the car -- I got to understand intimately why the car was created and what went into its design. I got to experience aspects of the vehicle viscerally, without actually getting into it.
My experience was possible due to an alliance between Dell, HTC and Jaguar. It dovetails with a project that Nvidia and Audi have undertaken to showcase cars in dealerships without the dealerships actually having to floor the car. It opens the door, ironically, to an even more localized experience than Tesla has with its store front dealerships.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Friend Finder Data Breach Exposes 400M Swingers

Hackers have stolen information of more than 400 million users of Friend Finder Networks, which runs several adult dating and pornography websites, LeakedSource reported earlier this week.
This is Friend Finders' second breach in two years. Last year, hackers accessed 4 million accounts, exposing information on users' sexual preferences and extramarital affairs.

Friday, November 18, 2016

GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma Recall

GoPro's ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky.
The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss of power during operation, it said. It indicated it would resume shipment of Karma at some point, but didn't suggest when.
The Karma recall likely will have a significant financial impact on GoPro.
"With the amount of competition in the consumer drone space, it is imperative to satisfy demand, or that demand will shift to another product," said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
"The longer Karma is sidelined, the less chance it has of grabbing significant market share," he told TechNewsWorld.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Google Clamps Down on Sneaky Malicious Sites

Sites that repeatedly violate Google's safe browsing policies will be classified as repeat offenders, the company said last week.
A small number of websites take corrective actions after Google displays alerts on their landing pages warning visitors that they're harmful. However, they typically revert to violating the policies after Google goes through the process of verifying that they're safe and removes the warnings.
Google verification procedures may launch automatically, or webmasters can request verification through Google's Search Console.
Webmasters of sites classified as repeat offenders won't be able to request additional reviews through the Search Console for a period 30 days under the new rules, which went into effect last week.
Google's warnings will appear on those sites during the 30-day period.
Google will notify webmasters of sites established as repeat offenders with an email sent to their registered Search Console email address.
Sites that host malware or malicious links after having been hacked will be exempted from the new policy.

Monday, November 14, 2016

HTC Vive goes wireless with expensive VR add-on

Given the massive investment in VR, it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to get rid of one of its biggest limitations — the tethering cord. Whether you’re using an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or one of their lesser-known competitors, they all rely on a cable to relay high-resolution video, and sometimes other information, in real time. Startup TPCAST is changing that, with a $220 wireless accessory that will work with the HTC Vive when it ships early next year

Friday, November 11, 2016

This NASA astronaut voted from space

(CNN) From infinity and beyond, he found a way to vote.
Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut currently living on board the International Space Station, filed his ballot in Tuesday's presidential election, according to a Tumblr post by NASA.
NASA told Yahoo News that Kimbrough filed his ballot in the 2016 election from the space station sometime over the past few days.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Facebook Messenger boss admits bots are a work in progress

Facebook has admitted that until now its Messenger chat bots have been somewhat rudimentary.
The company, which launched chat bots for Messenger back in April, purposefully prevented users from discovering businesses within the app because the technology wasn’t ready, a top executive has said.
“The first websites were really bad, the first apps were terrible. And the first bots weren’t great either,” David Marcus, vice president of Facebook Messenger, told the Telegraph at technology conference Web Summit.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How Mark Zuckerberg lost $3 billion in a single day

Mark Zuckerberg had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

The Facebook founder suffered a $3 billion loss in the value of his Facebook stock on Thursday, one of the largest single-day losses ever for an individual investor.
Facebook shares plunged 5.5% after the chief financial officer warned investors that the company expects revenue growth from advertising to "come down meaningfully."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Virgin becomes last major UK 4G network

Virgin Media has launched its first 4G tariffs, the last major UK network to offer high-speed mobile internet plans.
The network said it would "zero-rate" both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, so using the apps would not count towards customers' data usage.
However, the apps will stop working if customers use up their data allowance by other means, to stay within EU net neutrality rules.
Price comparison site Uswitch said 4G alone would no longer entice customers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bustling' web attack market closed down

A "bustling" marketplace that offered tools and services to mount massive web attacks has been shut by its owners.
The marketplace, on the Hack Forums website, was notorious for making it easy it launch attacks that knocked servers offline.
The section was "permanently shut down" because several attacks known to be co-ordinated via the forum caused web-wide disruption.
One regular victim of attacks arranged via Hack Forums welcomed the closure.

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"Unfortunately once again the few ruin it for the many," wrote Jesse LaBrocca, founder of Hack Forums, in a message explaining why the section was being closed.
"I'm personally disappointed that this is the path I have to take in order to protect the community," he wrote. "I loathe having to censor material that could be beneficial to members."
Mr LaBrocca hinted that the whole site could be shuttered if the web attack section was not closed, adding a reference to "recent events" that had prompted the decision.
The "recent events" are likely to be the attacks of 21 October that briefly took down popular websites such as Reddit, Twitter and Spotify as well as many others.
Analysis revealed that historic amounts of data had been used to cause the disruption.
An attack tool called Mirai is known to have launched the tidal waves of data that made sites hard to reach.
Source code for this tool was shared on Hack Forums shortly before the attacks took place.
Mirai helped malicious hackers launch what are known as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by hijacking insecure webcams and digital video recorders and using them to send endless data requests to targets.
As well as the big attacks, the Hack Forums marketplace also gave people access to so-called "booter" and "stresser" services.
These low-cost DDoS services were often used by gamers keen to knock rivals offline or to inconvenience people that malicious hackers wanted to harass.
Security journalist Brian Krebs, whose site has been regularly hit by attacks carried out by cyber-thieves he has exposed, said he was glad the Hack Forums market had gone dark.
"The removal of booter services from Hack Forums is a gratifying development for me personally and professionally," he wrote.
"My site has been under near-constant attack from users of these booter services for several years now."

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sentence in Japan's first Pokemon Go death criticized as too lenient

A Japanese man found guilty of killing a pensioner while driving and playing the Pokemon Go game on a mobile phone has been given a 14-month prison term, a sentence that was immediately criticized as being unduly lenient.
Keiji Goo, a 39-year-old farmer, was convicted on Monday of negligence resulting in the death of 72-year-old Sachiko Nakanishi and for causing extensive injuries to Kayoko Ikawa, 60, in the city of Tokushima on August 23.