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  • US military contractors face cyber-attacks, Lockheed Martin confirms

    Like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, the US military's largest contractor, Lockheed Martin in a recent statement confirmed that it had faced cyber-attacks. The US-based multi-national defence contractor described one of the attacks as "significant and tenacious". The attack which apparently occurred on the 21st of May was immediately detected by Lockheed Martin's security team. The team leapt into "quick action" using "aggressive actions" to protect systems and data to successfully repel the attack. The statement continued that in spite of the attack, the company was still confident in the strength of its "robust, multi-layered information systems security." As per Lockheed, "no...

  • PlayStation services to be restored this week

    On Tuesday Sony announced its plans to restore PlayStation Network services worldwide except in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, after being targeted in a massive online attack in April. The electronics and entertainment giant said users in the Americas and Europe and much of Asia will again be able to buy and download games online, and will also receive "welcome back" packs of services and content. The company said that since being hacked in April, it had "implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions". Sony was attacked...

  • Will Bitcoin be another failed global eCurrency?

    Memeburn already ran an article on Bitcoin before, where Matthew Stone brought us up to speed on this new crypto-currency that seems to be taking the world by storm. Stone voiced some concerns about governmental clampdown on the new currency, and not without good reason. Firstly, at its anarchic root, Bitcoin robs government of its control over currency generation and its ability to track transactions. This has major implications in terms of controlling inflation within a country. Furthermore, the anonymity afforded by Bitcoin has strong tax implications. Ultimately, having capital tied up in BitCoins makes it incredibly difficult for...

  • As black as Vader’s heart

    It would be easy to damn the Toshiba Satellite Pro L650 with faint praise. It’s alright. It’s a midmarket fairly powerful notebook with a pleasantly understated design. If you’re looking for a work or home or college laptop PC in the US$600-odd range (closer to US$1000 in developing markets), you could do a lot worse. Decent specs, pretty enough. Could be better. The most striking thing is the design. Toshiba has gone all minimalist on us. The Satellite Pro range has always been the more business-centric models, so less flash than the Qosmio multimedia/gamer units, but this one is (depending...

  • Ten of the coolest TED talks [Videos]

    The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conferences bring together luminaries from a wide range of fields. They come to delight and entertain us with stories of their endeavours -- told in less than 18 minutes. We have hand-picked ten of the coolest videos: Featured below are journalists, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs who have “ideas worth spreading”. Joshua Klein: The amazing intelligence of crows Joshua Klein has spent the last 10 years obsessing about crows. These birds traditionally known as harbingers of doom and death are revealed to have a remarkable intelligence. Klein built a vending machine that harnesses this intelligence, in the...

  • Mac Defender becomes MacGuard, gets sneakier

    The Mac scareware that started popping up recently has got a little more insidious. Not quite a full-blown virus, it still requires a clueless or distracted user to install it, but the latest version does not require an administrator password to be entered. It started on May 2 (timeline here), where fake antivirus began to spread though poisoned Google image search results. It was pretty primitive, causing Safari browsers to run a piece Javascript that threw up a fake anti-virus scanner... Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Sony wants to bring software to its hardware

    Sony's reputation has been shredded by the recent cyber attacks from hackers and it's struggling to recover. Sony, in the wake of what could possibly be the largest ever cyber attack, it is facing a more worrying problem -- it has lost the knack of innovation. The April hacker thefts of millions of customers' personal records have been a bruising experience for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, not least because its network security failures have left it with a potential bill of up to US$1-billion. But also under threat is its core strategy of growing online revenues to replace income from...

  • GetGlue brings social check-ins to media and entertainment

    People like to be rewarded for things they would probably do anyway. Hence it stands to reason that sooner or later someone would capitalise on this. And that is what entertainment check-in network GetGlue did -- by offering real and virtual incentives for consuming media online. GetGlue, founded in 2009 by New York City entrepreneur Alex Iskold, has pioneered the media check-in space, piggybacking on the Foursquare phenomenon with more than one million users earning stickers and discounts as they watch, read and listen. Sites like Foursquare and Gowalla have come a long way offering virtual “badges” to complement the...

  • What are the emerging trends in SEO?

    If there is one thing that every user knows, it is that search engines are consistently changing their algorithms in order to keep one step ahead of everyone else. The reason why they do this is to ensure that no one is able to manipulate their algorithms in order to rank well, which is important, because this ensures that the end users are able to get the most relevant results from their listings, and that these relevant results also consist of high quality content. Due to this consistent change, emerging trends in both search engine optimisation and link building will...

  • Tablets, 3D in focus at future-shaping Taiwan IT show

    The question of how to get 3D technology into every living room and a tablet computer into every hand is set to dominate Asia's largest IT fair which opens in Taiwan next week. Around 1 800 exhibitors from across the world will descend on Taipei for the Computex fair, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, hoping to generate an estimated US$23 billion of sales from 36 000 buyers, organisers say. Under the slogan "Shaping the future!" the fair will showcase a cascade of new ... Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Twitter’s chief appointed to Obama’s telecommunication security advisory

    Twitter's role and power in the world seems to be growing. In a move that sees the microblogging platform gain even more prestige, US President Barack Obama named Twitter's chief and a high-ranking Microsoft executive among a handful of technology veterans to be appointed as telecommunications security advisors. "I am proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this administration," Obama said in a White House press release available online Friday. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,"...

  • Is your SEO company ethically sound or one big, fat conflict of interest?

    SEO companies and Conflicts of Interest are too often a carefully guarded secret from clients. Are they illogical, irrational, or just plain unethical? In the fast-paced and continually evolving world that is SEO, practitioners often don't pause for a moment of reflection on the implications of their actions and don't often see, or perhaps they do, the ethical dilemmas of their business practices. The problem that I'd specifically like to shed some light on is a how SEO companies handle what would largely be identified and termed as a 'conflict of interest'. A conflict of interest can be defined as when...

  • Seven iconic internet memes of all time: Dancing baby to Chuck Norris

    The internet has been called many things, from "democracy's greatest tool" to the "greatest place for free speech". However, when you Google "internet's greatest" and it auto-completes to "invention of all time", netizens know what the internet is truly great at -- it's also a great waster of time. While social networks, celebrity gossip sites or -- if you feel yourself to be a little more cerebrally gifted -- news parody sites are arguably the greatest sources of countless man-hours lost to web activity, the truth is that memes take up a fair amount of our time. The meaning of...

  • Big sound from budget player

    Small. Plastic. Slightly – no, very – cheap looking. But look past the dodgy aesthetics and listen with your ears. The Sansa Clip+ works where it counts most – playing music. A strange comment for a music player, but in this age of multi-multi-function devices with extra-extra features, sometimes you gotta think what you are buying your gadget to actually do. The Clip+ is an update from the Clip, a popular player with those who either can’t afford, or can’t abide, Apple’s ubiquitous mp3 players. They’re popular with the audio crowd, as the Clip not only has a pretty decent...

  • Seven forms of tech paranoia

    It’s the digital equivalent of rocking up at school in your underwear. You type a DM on your phone and send it.Several minutes later, you break out into a cold sweat as you realise that you posted that message, the one that was definitely not meant for anyone else, as a tweet. You delete it, but you know that it’s too late, and that somewhere, there is a spinning desktop fan, and a bucket of manure, and the two are going to make contact sooner rather than later. Technology is meant to make our lives easier and more productive,...