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    Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Wins Second British Title

    England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has impressed the audience with an amazing victory, claiming her  second gold at the British Championships in Glasgow and winning the women’s 200m individual medley final. Second British victory The 18-year-old swimmer earned the English record with her time of two minutes 9.71 seconds. “I think I can […]

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    Microsoft Penalizes ‘Bad’ Xbox Players

    Microsoft launched a feature for the Xbox One in which players who display antisocial behavior or exploit cheats and glitches while playing online games are penalized. Gamercard The name of the new feature is Gamercard. In this system, players are sorted into three categories depending on their reputation. Similar to […]

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    Northwestern Football Players Granted Right To Form Union

    A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board sided with a group of northwestern players who are asking to form a union, saying student-players are employees who have the right to collectively bargain. Eligible to unionize The N.C.A.A. and the college sports have been functioning on the principle of […]

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    Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In “Forgotten” Wallet

    Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange service in Tokyo, Japan, announced Friday, March 21, that it discovered 200,000Bbitcoins in a “forgotten” wallet, a week after the company filed for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy On February 28, Mt. Gox, the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange service, filed for bankruptcy protection. The Tokyo-based company said it […]

  • Missing Flight MH370: Could Australia’s Spy Satellites Solve The Mystery?

    Missing Flight MH370: Could Australia’s Spy Satellites Solve The Mystery?

    The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 still continues, and officials now suspect that Australia’s spy satellite can help the search team solve the mystery. Radar data There are already many conspiracy theories surrounding the missing flight, and most of them are complex. Satellites monitored in Australia could […]

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Wins Second British Title

April 15, 2014 at 2:26 am Comments are Disabled
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Image by Dave Dugdale | Flickr

England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has impressed the audience with an amazing victory, claiming her  second gold at the British Championships in Glasgow and winning the women’s 200m individual medley final.

Second British victory

The 18-year-old swimmer earned the English record with her time of two minutes 9.71 seconds.

“I think I can still go quicker,” said O’Connor in a statement. “I’m really happy to win and get the record, but I went out too quickly and was really struggling in the final few meters. Once I get that sorted I’ll be in a good place.”

This was her second gold from the British Championships after winning the 200m freestyle on the debut of the event.

Impressive results

Meanwhile, six-time British Champion Hannah Miley ended in fourth place.

Francesca Halsall and Adam Brown, on the other hand, defended their titles.

Halsall won a second gold and a fastest qualification time for 100m freestyle final. “I’m feeling really good at the moment and am pleased with both the times I’m doing and the way I’m swimming,” she said in a statement.

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Microsoft Penalizes ‘Bad’ Xbox Players

April 2, 2014 at 3:18 am Comments are Disabled
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Image by Evan-Amos | Wikimedia

Microsoft launched a feature for the Xbox One in which players who display antisocial behavior or exploit cheats and glitches while playing online games are penalized.

Gamercard

The name of the new feature is Gamercard. In this system, players are sorted into three categories depending on their reputation.

Similar to traffic lights, a green category means “good,” yellow stands for “needs work,” while red is for “avoid me.” Players who display good behavior while gaming fall into the green category and earn some rewards for being a goody-two-shoe.

Algorithm

Xbox Live program manager Michael Dunn explained the system in a blog post.

“By looking at someone’s Gamercard you’re able to quickly see their reputation. The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be,” Dunn wrote.

“We designed the algorithm so it won’t penalize you for bad reports over a few weeks of play. The system also adjusts for false reports from people that might intentionally report someone of greater skill or for other griefing purposes,” Dunn added.

Twitter users welcomed the new addition.

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Northwestern Football Players Granted Right To Form Union

March 28, 2014 at 2:25 am Comments are Disabled
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A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board sided with a group of northwestern players who are asking to form a union, saying student-players are employees who have the right to collectively bargain.

Eligible to unionize

The N.C.A.A. and the college sports have been functioning on the principle of student-athlete for decades. Peter Ohr questioned this in a 24-page decision, calling Northwestern an employer and deemed all its football players eligible to unionize.

The regional director based the decision on a litany of factors, including how much time players devote to train and practice, and the control exerted by the coaching staff and their scholarships—which he called compensation.

A major step towards justice

The College Athletes Player Association, which represents the northwestern football players, hailed the decision as a “major step towards justice.” Ramogi Huma, the association’s president and a former U.C.L.A. football player, said the young men on the northwestern team are demonstrating what players can accomplish when they are unified.

“Their actions will improve the lives of the current and future generations of college athletes,” he added.

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Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In “Forgotten” Wallet

March 24, 2014 at 5:32 am Comments are Disabled
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Image by AntanaCoins | Wikimedia

Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange service in Tokyo, Japan, announced Friday, March 21, that it discovered 200,000Bbitcoins in a “forgotten” wallet, a week after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy

On February 28, Mt. Gox, the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange service, filed for bankruptcy protection. The Tokyo-based company said it lost about 850,000 Bitcoins, worth around $500 million at current rates. Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles puts the blame on a “weakness in [their] system.”

Lost Coins

On March 7, a week after filing for bankruptcy, Mt. Gox found 200,000 “forgotten” Bitcoins. The largest Bitcoin service made the announcement on their website. According to Karpeles, they found the coins in an old-format online wallet that they no longer use to hold bitcoins. The company checked the wallet again after they filed for bankruptcy.

“On March 7, 2014, MtGox Co., Ltd. confirmed that an old format wallet which was used prior to June 2011 held a balance of approximately 200,000 BTC,” according to the statement.

Missing Flight MH370: Could Australia’s Spy Satellites Solve The Mystery?

Missing Flight MH370: Could Australia’s Spy Satellites Solve The Mystery?

March 20, 2014 at 6:07 am Comments are Disabled

malaysia-airlinesThe search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 still continues, and officials now suspect that Australia’s spy satellite can help the search team solve the mystery.

Radar data

There are already many conspiracy theories surrounding the missing flight, and most of them are complex.

Satellites monitored in Australia could provide important information for the investigation, but the data are being withheld.

Malaysia’s Defense Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has reportedly requested that the United States share information obtained from the Pine Gap base near Alice Springs.

Search area

Australia’s powerful radar, known as the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), can reportedly detect movements across the country.

For the past few days, officials and the search team focused on the data of the US, France, and China.

The latest development comes as they continually request for radar data that will potentially help narrow down the search area.

Despite continuous search, the plane seems to have magically disappeared, without leaving a trace.

Young Man Visits News Reporter Who Helped Him Get Adopted

Young Man Visits News Reporter Who Helped Him Get Adopted

March 18, 2014 at 5:39 am Comments are Disabled

As a WFAA TV anchor for more than 30 years, Gloria Campos has affected many lives. During her final week on the job, a touching moment happened on live TV, as one of those people who she helped surprised her and gave thanks.

The Adopted Son

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Ke’onte Cook is a 14-year-old boy who was featured in a weekly segment called “Wednesday’s Child.” Campos aims to help children up for adoption to find loving homes through this show. After a failed adoption, Campos reconnected with Ke’onte. This time around,Carol and Scott Cook saw him on TV.

They told WFAA TV, “He just spoke to us through the video. It just seemed like he was talking to us.”

Surprise, Surprise

Last March 12, WFAA revisited the highlights of Campos’ career. After airing Ke’onte’s story, the 14-year-old walked through the set and surprised the TV anchor.

Ke’onte told Campos at the end of WFAA’s story, “Thank you so much because you’ve made my life worthwhile. You’ve helped me become the person I am right now, and I probably would have been worse off had you not helped me out.”

Twitter System Goes Down For Most Users

Twitter System Goes Down For Most Users

March 13, 2014 at 5:26 am Comments are Disabled
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Twitter said Tuesday, March 11, that its service was down for users on desktop and mobile apps. According to the micro blogging site, the outage appears to be affecting the service across mobile and Twitter’s website. The company said on its status blog shortly before 11:30 AM PT that they were looking into it.

Unexpected Complications

According to a blog Twitter update, during a planned deploy in one of their core services, they experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am. The social site further added that they rolled back the change as soon as they identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service.

Error on Recovery?

Twitter was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. Some users, however, were still being shown error messages when they tried to access the site.  The problem would have affected a large portion of the site’s 200 global users.

 The outage comes after the rival social networking service WhatsApp went down for over three hours.

Mobile Ads Pose Biggest Malware Risk, Says Study

Mobile Ads Pose Biggest Malware Risk, Says Study

March 10, 2014 at 2:56 am Comments are Disabled

smartphone blurA new study suggests that advertisements on websites pose the biggest threat for mobile users in catching malware on their smartphones.

Past pornography

Security company Blue Coat’s study reveals that mobile ads are now a bigger threat to phone security past pornography, which used to be the most common way for mobile users to encounter malware threats.

Networking firm Cisco says that even though mobile malware is increasing in number, it only accounts for 1% of all malware threats.

Stealth attacks

The study suggests this shift is due to the frequency people access the channels, but it does not rule out that pornographic sites are still effective vehicles for distributing malware.

“While users don’t access pornography that frequently, when they do, they are very vulnerable to malware,” according to the report.

Blue Coat noted that 12% of requested content and almost 20% of malware attacks are from adverts.

These ads were displayed via legitimate ad networks that contain hidden codes that direct users to malicious websites.

The report says that malware threats in web ads have tripled since 2012.

Japan Display Sets $4bn Share Sale For IPO

Japan Display Sets $4bn Share Sale For IPO

March 4, 2014 at 6:46 am Comments are Disabled

Japan Display, the largest supplier of screens for smartphones, revealed a price range for its $4 billion initial public offering on the Nikkei exchange in Tokyo.

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The move signals a cautious investor stance amid rocky market conditions.

The company said it is seeking a price between ¥900 and ¥1,100 ($8.88 to $10.85) per share for its Tokyo listing.

The final offer price will be revealed this week and the company is set to go public March 19.

$4 billion IPO is below Japan Display’s earlier guidance.

Stiff competition

The company was formed in 2012 from the liquid crystal display units of Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba, with a Japanese government-backed fund into the combined entity.

It is best known for supplying the screens used in Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C handsets.

Japan Display faces strong competition from rivals such as LG, Samsung, and others in a market that many worry has changed.

Line Reaches $15bn Value With Cute Icons

Line Reaches $15bn Value With Cute Icons

March 3, 2014 at 4:31 am Comments are Disabled

Tokyo-based messaging application, Line, has reached a $15 billion value by getting smartphone users to pay for teddy bears, wicked witches, and other cute icons.

Potential IPO

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The messaging app has grown to over 370 million subscribers since it was introduced in 2011.

After Facebook announced its plans to buy rival app WhatsApp, Line is drawing interest too.

Japanese mobile-phone carrier SoftBank Corp aims to buy a share in the company, said sources familiar with the matter.

Rising smartphone market

The growth in the mobile arena has been due in large part to the increasing popularity of smartphones.

“We’ve been talking about the monetization ability of mobile phones for 10 years, and it’s actually happening now,” said BDA China chairman Duncan Clark, who advises technology companies, in a statement. “Look around you, look at any dinner table, who’s not looking at their phones? It’s completely transformed social interaction.”