Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Wendy’s releases searchable list of stores hit by credit card malware

Wendy’s releases searchable list of stores hit by credit card malware

The fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s has updated consumers about its previously disclosed credit card breach, saying its investigation has led it to believe compromised service provider remote access credentials are responsible. The breach was first disclosed in February; later on in May, Wendy’s confirmed that malware had been installed on some of the POS systems in some of its restaurants. Since that time, the company says all of the malware across its affected stores’ point-of-sale systems has been disabled.

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Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

A Department of Justice lawsuit filed this week seeks to force Facebook’s hand in a battle against the IRS and the allegations it has made about Facebook’s tax records. According to the IRS, the social network may have skirted paying taxes on billions of dollars by understating the value of some of its IP that was transferred to Ireland. The DoJ’s lawsuit, which was filed this past Wednesday in California, aims to make Facebook turn over documents as part of the tax investigation.

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Two Galaxy S7 Active phones fail water dunk tests

Two Galaxy S7 Active phones fail water dunk tests

Samsung offers an "Active" version of its Galaxy S7 flagship phone for those who often put their phones in perilous situations, and one of the advertised features is "water resistance." With the Galaxy S7 Active, Samsung says the phone is water resistant to depths as low as 5ft for up to 30 minutes at a time, which means it should be able to withstand being dropped into the swimming pool or survive in your pocket during a heavy rainstorm. Consumer Reports recently performed a water dunk test on the Galaxy S7 Active to test that water resistant feature, and their results were less than reassuring.

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Resident Evil 4 for PS4 and Xbox One will release August 30

Resident Evil 4 for PS4 and Xbox One will release August 30

In late February, Capcom announced that it would be releasing Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 this year for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. All has been quiet since, up until today. The current-gen launch date for Resident Evil 4 has been announced: August 30. When that day roles around, fans will be able to get the title for their newest Xbox or PS4, though it won’t be remastered for the latest hardware. It will, however, include all of the game's bonus content.

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Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft has announced a new ‘Premier’ option that allows customers to order a high-end car for those times they want to make an impression. Cars arriving under Lyft Premier include things like an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 Series, though its rollout is pretty limited at this point: only Los Angeles, the Bay area and New York City users will see the Premier option. Uber has long offered a similar service called Uber Black.

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NASA spies Florida’s crazy algae bloom from space

NASA spies Florida’s crazy algae bloom from space

Florida’s having serious issues with algae blooms this year, and NASA has managed to take a stunning photo of the problem from space. In recent days, NASA released a high-resolution photo of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and the algae bloom that covers more than 30 square miles of it. The photo was taken on July 2 by the Landsat 8 satellite, the same satellite responsible for much of the satellite imagery found in Google’s latest Maps refresh.

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BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

BlackBerry promises it won’t ditch the physical keyboard

Those who still love BlackBerry tend to love it for one reason only: the physical keyboard. Kim Kardashian has a stockpile of them because of the keyboard. Companies have braved lawsuits to bring the keyboard to other phones. And yet, Blackberry struggles. The company recently announced the discontinuation of its BlackBerry Classic device, and with that announcement came fears that BlackBerry's physical keyboard days are over.

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T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile Home Run Derby VR Experience puts fans up to bat

T-Mobile has announced its new Home Run Derby VR experience, something it is showing off both at the MLB All-Star Fan Fest in San Diego and in its retail stores across the nation. When fans put the VR headset on, the Home Run Derby VR experience puts them in the batter’s position where they get to take a shot at hitting a home run, doing so in what appears to be the Petco Park stadium. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be taking place on July 11.

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Instagram lets business pages block offensive comments

Instagram lets business pages block offensive comments

Instagram is letting businesses crack down against comments that include inappropriate words or phrases, offering new business pages a comment moderation feature. When enabled, the new “Comment Moderation” option will let the account owner automatically block comments containing both words and/or phrases that have been deemed offensive. The feature has only rolled out to business pages, however.

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BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent news, previously revealed in the form of a job posting, is official and it has brought in Harrison Bohrman as its first News Director. Bohrman has a solid background in the industry, having formerly served as Vice’s Viceland Senior Producer of Creative Development and, before that, having spent half a decade working at CNN.

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U.S. Navy funds bomb-sniffing bugs research

U.S. Navy funds bomb-sniffing bugs research

The human sense of smell isn't that great, and so humans have largely relegated the task of sniffing out items -- non-pungent drugs, hidden bombs, missing people -- to dogs. Dogs are great at what they do, but they pose some issues, as well. For one thing, training bomb-sniffing dogs is expensive. In addition, a dog can alert to something but it can't break down what it smells or give us any details. Bugs though? They may be the solution.

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Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon has scored an exclusive movie deal with Warner Bros that brings a slew of movies, including some well regarded ones, to the Prime Video platform. The deal makes 33 movies exclusive to Amazon Prime Video (as far as streaming goes, that is), the roster of which includes all of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix movies, Ocean’s Eleven, three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and more.

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