Author Archives: Brian Sin


DDoS Bandwidth usage skyrockets in Q1 2013

DDoS Bandwidth usage skyrockets in Q1 2013

The average bandwidth used by DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks had dramatically increased in Q1 2013. A report from Prolexic Technologies, a DDoS protection and mitigation service provider, discovered that the average bandwidth usage by DDoS attacks, which used to be at 6 Gbps, has increased 8 times to 48 Gbps. It has also discovered that 10% of all DDoS attacks it had mitigated reached speeds of 60 Gbps.

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Provo, Utah will be the next city to receive Google Fiber

Provo, Utah will be the next city to receive Google Fiber

Google has just announced the next city it will be rolling out Google Fiber to. It has chosen Provo, Utah as its next stop because it is home to many tech companies and is ranked as one of the top places in the United States to do business. Because one of Google's goals is to provide high-speed gigabit internet to cities that will further enhance the innovation and future of the internet, it has decided that Provo would be the next, best candidate.

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ACLU asks feds to investigate major carriers over infrequent Android updates

ACLU asks feds to investigate major carriers over infrequent Android updates

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, has filed a request for investigation and complaint for injunctive relief against the 4 major carriers in the United States. In the 16-page document submitted, it complained that the Android phones these carriers sell will rarely, if ever, receive any major updates. While many of us are just annoyed that we don't get the latest Android updates, the ACLU's main issue with the infrequent updates is that non-updated devices are more prone to hacks and malware.

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Motorola X-Phone may be available in over 20 colors

Motorola X-Phone may be available in over 20 colors

New rumors are circling around that the Motorola X-Phone may be coming around in more than 1 color... instead, it may be available in over 20 colors. These rumors come from Phone Arena's source at Motorola, and it also ties in with a recent teaser from Guy Kawasaki, an adviser to Motorola, who said, "Wouldn't it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?" when referring to Porsche's customization program.

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New microbatteries can jump-start your car battery and still charge your phone

New microbatteries can jump-start your car battery and still charge your phone

The researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed new microbatteries that are extremely small in size, but pack a huge amount of power. Not only do they pack a huge punch, but they recharge "1,000 times faster than competing technologies", according to the research team. The team wanted to find a solution to the dilemma that afflicts current power sources, where power sources can either have a lot of power, or have a lot of energy, not both at the same time.

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Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

A new digital assistant has arrived in town, and she's looking to steal Siri's job. Her new name is Sherpa and she just arrived to North America today. Right now, she's only offering her services to Android users, but eventually, she'll be aiding Apple's iPhone users as well. You will be able to use her on both your phone and your tablet. After testing out her services, she's actually much more useful than I expected.

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Limited Edition Animal Crossing 3DS XL may be heading your way

Limited Edition Animal Crossing 3DS XL may be heading your way

For those of you who love Animal Crossing, and are planning on grabbing Animal Crossing: New Leaf as soon as it comes out for the 3DS, here's some great news for you. The limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL Animal Crossing Bundle will most likely be making its way to you. So far, it's only been confirmed for the UK, however, there's speculation that the bundle will also be making its way to the United States, and various European countries.

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NQ: Malware on mobile devices grew 163% last year

NQ: Malware on mobile devices grew 163% last year

According to a security report from NQ Mobile Security, mobile malware is on the high rise. In 2012, malware infections grew by 163% year-over-year. There were 65,227 newly discovered mobile malware floating around, compared to the 24,794 that were discovered back in 2011. The malware is beginning to spread to various markets, including China, India, Russia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia.

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EU intends to launch an investigation against Huawei and ZTE

EU intends to launch an investigation against Huawei and ZTE

The European Union has set its sights on its next target, or should we say targets. It has placed both Huawei and ZTE in its crosshairs and plans on launching an investigation against the companies due to suspicions over unfair subsidies as well as national security issues. Normally, the EU would launch investigations based on complaints from companies, however, this time around, the EU is taking matters into its own hands.

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Lookout demonstrates how easy it is to hack a phone

Lookout demonstrates how easy it is to hack a phone

Lookout CEO John Hering showed everyone just how easy it is for a phone to be hacked. At All Thing's D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, Hering worked together with All Things D's Liz Gannes to demonstrate a few examples of common hacks that can affect phones. Hering says that there is a "fundamental shift in the attacks on mobile devices in a post-PC era," and that its very easy to spoof emails.

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