For more than a decade now, poker has undergone a dramatic transformation from a fairly niche card game into a legitimate global sport. This can easily be seen by the constant expansion and international television broadcast coverage presently enjoyed by the World Series of Poker – WSOP – and the World Poker Tour – WPT – circuit. Online poker websites have greatly contributed to the current success of the poker boom :: Read the full article »»»»
The social media behemoth said it would build on Oculus’s technology, particularly its virtual reality headset aimed at gamers, and seek to develop the technology for other areas such as communications, education, and entertainment.
The deal will see Oculus shareholders receive $US400 million in cash plus 23.1 million Facebook shares in the deal. Facebook called hailed Oculus as the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, with a strong following among developers.
The company has already garnered more than 75,000 orders for the $350 Oculus Rift headset development kits :: Read the full article »»»»
Scammers are a lowly bunch, they’ll use almost anything as bait to lure in the unsuspecting, the latest scam doing the rounds is targeting people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, steering them to a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.
According to a blog-post by Websense’s Carl Leonard, the faux Facebook page looks completely legitimate at first glance. “The lure websites have been configured to appear like a legitimate Facebook page, complete with sharing button, suitable graphics, and relevant links.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Last year a Fairfax journalist discovered that the telco had published the names, phone numbers and addresses of customers. The journalist alerted the telco to the breach, and also informed the – OAIC – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
The OAIC launched a year-long investigation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – ACMA – and the agencies have now handed down their reports.
They have found Telstra made the information of 15,775 customers available for 15 months during 2012 and 2013. The information included more than 1,257 customers with silent line numbers, and related to customer data from 2009 and earlier. There were at least 166 unique downloads of the records :: Read the full article »»»»
In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail the the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.
Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.
The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»
Microsoft is a little over a month away from killing off its überpopular Windows XP operating system – April 8, 2014 – However, it seems that punters aren’t entirely in agreement with the tech-giants death yell.
February’s trends for XP and Windows 8 were unwelcome news at Microsoft, but perhaps not unexpected. In the past weeks the company has been reduced to asking customers for help in shrinking XP’s still-strong presence and has reportedly severely slashed the price of Windows 8 licenses to makers of low-priced devices in an effort to boost sales.
Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, for the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 both defied the maker’s wishes, XP, which Microsoft just wants to go away, gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.
Windows XP increased its share by .3 of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 29.5 percent of all personal – desktop and notebook – computers globally. In January, XP had gained a quarter of a point. The fact that the well-aged operating system accounts for a third of all Windows based PCs also has to have Microsoft tearing out strands of hair. Killing off the OS is likely to upset once loyal Microsoft devotees, but is anything likely to halt the funeral? Not a hope in hell according to Microsoft
UPDATED! 16 March, 2014: Microsoft has upped the ante in its lame attempt to lure users away from it’s almost defunct OS, offering a $50 carrot for users who buy a new Windows 8.1 device :: Read the full article »»»»
Apple says it is about to issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial data and other sensitive information from Mac computers and mobile devices.
The consumer electronics giant confirmed findings that a major security flaw in it’s mobile devices – iPhones and iPads – also appears in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.
Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller says “We’re aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”
Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, most devices will update automatically. \However, when the fix went live, experts dissected it finding the same fundamental issues in the operating system for Apple’s Macintosh machines.
Apple is apparently racing to push out the fix before intelligence agencies and crooks get to write programs to take advantage of the flaw. Many analysts are questioning the accidental nature of the flaw :: Read the full article »»»»