Massive Social Media Hack Exposes Millions of Passwords
Massive Social Media Hack Exposes Millions of Passwords
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 01:14 PM PST
Trustwave researchers say that approximately two millions accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others have been hacked in recent weeks.
The research report indicates that passwords were compromised in the attack, which is being called “massive” in nature.
According to CNN, the massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world.
The server, located in the Netherlands, was found to contain compromised credentials for more than 93,000 websites, including the most popular social media sites in the world.
“We don’t have evidence they logged into these accounts, but they probably did,” said John Miller, a security research manager at Trustwave.
Infographic: The Growing Mobile Activity That May Surprise You
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 12:09 PM PST
We all know that mobile devices are now synonymous with browsing for and even purchasing various products. But did you know that people shopping on mobile devices visit more sites than those on a PC?
A new infographic shared by AdWeek and created by Millward Brown Digital paints a vivid picture of how and why more consumers than ever are now shopping from their mobile devices.
Is Driving with Google Glass Against The Law?
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 10:17 AM PST
It’s a new question for new times.
According to CNBC, a California woman is the first person to receive a traffic citation for wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel.
With Google’s computer-in-an-eyeglass expected to launch next year, this could be a scenario that plays out again and again in the headlines, but only if wearable technology is more widely deemed to be responsible for encouraging distracted driving.
With wearable technology hitting the mainstream, it’s never been more apparent how laws lag well behind technological advancements. Consequently, the driver behind this latest controversy pleaded not guilty in San Diego traffic court.
It should be noted, however, that Google’s website advises caution with regard to wearing the headgear while driving.
“Read up and follow the law,” the tech giant warns. “Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”
Unfortunately, the law doesn’t reflect the times. And for now, it’s entirely unclear whether driving with Google Glass is actually against the law.
Tablets Shipment Volume Exceeds Mobile PCs
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 09:36 AM PST
Tablet shipments will have achieved a previously unimaginable milestone by the end of this calendar year.
Strategy Analytics estimates that tablets will ship in higher volumes than mobile PCs for 2013.
The report, “Mobile Computing Device Cannibalization: The Game Has Changed”, is forecasting that shipments of tablets in 2013 will reach 231 million, compared to 186 million Mobile PCs.
This remarkable trend will continue at least through 2017.
“The tablet has become firmly ingrained in the consumer mindset, and is now seen as one of the key go-to devices for consumers who want to undertake computing tasks on a mobile device.” explains Matt Wilkins, Director of Tablets and Wearables for Strategy Analytics.
“As a result,” Wilkins concludes, “the processors architectures, operating systems, and form factor of the tablet are playing dominant roles in the MCD space.”
IDC: 2014 Will Be The Year of Data Driven Marketing and Sales
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 09:23 AM PST
Issuing its third report in so many days, International Data Corporation announced today that it expects ICT spending growth in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region to be 6.6% this year.
In 2014, even greater accelerated growth of 8.7% is projected.
Not withstanding the fact that the growth outlook for overall ICT spending of the region in 2013 is slightly lower than what IDC anticipated in last year’s Predictions, “IDC expects the region to rebound in 2014, driven by large markets like China and emerging markets like India and Indonesia.”
“The nature of spending has changed significantly. Smartphones continue their grip on overall IT spending in the region. Smartphones will account for more than 35% of overall IT (which excludes telecom services) spending in 2013 and IDC expects they will account for nearly 40% by 2017,” says Claus Mortensen, Principal for Emerging Technology Research, IDC Asia/Pacific.
We’re told that more insights will be revealed in a forthcoming report, “IDC Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) ICT 2014 Top 10 Predictions.”
iPad Air Dominates Tablet Sales on Black Friday Weekend
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 09:19 AM PST
Apple’s new iPad Air was the dominant tablet seller over the Black Friday holiday weekend.
Localytics closely studied the weekly growth during the Black Friday weekend, as compared to the previous weekend. And based on the data gleaned from this research, 51% more new iPad Air devices were seen than the previous week.
Apple’s older models didn’t perform poorly either. All told, Apple’s first-gen iPad Mini model finished second, and the iPhone 5c finished third.
“On the Android side,” Localytics found, “the Kindle Fire HD 7” and the newest Samsung smartphone, the S IV, saw the greatest growth of new devices. The Kindle Fire HD is the Android tablet exhibiting the largest new device growth from the previous week.”
Smaller Fleets Embracing Commercial Telematics
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 08:45 AM PST
According to ABI Research, in response to the emergence and rapid growth of mobile and cloud-based technology, commercial fleets no longer need to fit expensive hardware on their new trucks.
The “availability of consumer mobile devices with increasingly sophisticated capabilities means that smaller fleets are embracing commercial telematics,” a new report from the research and analytics giant reads.
“With GPS and accelerometer functionality, plus the power and flexibility of a sophisticated computer, smartphones and tablets are already important platforms for telematics applications,” says Gareth Owen, a principal analyst at ABI. “As sensors continue to develop, and new technologies such as voice and gesture recognition improve further, smartphone and tablet-based applications will become even more compelling for fleet telematics.”
The report confirms that leading commercial telematics providers are slowly but surely becoming device agnostic and are making their solutions available on consumer-grade smartphone and tablet devices as well as the typical ruggedized, customized mobile and tablet PC devices.
Game Marketing Summit Touts New Categories For 2014 Awards
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 12:48 AM PST
Owned and operated by IDG World Expo, the Game Marketing Summit is now the world’s largest interactive game marketing gathering.
And, next year, big changes are coming to the event that celebrates marketing excellence.
On Wednesday, the Game Marketing Summit announced four new categories for the 9th Annual Game Marketing Awards created to reflect the ever evolving interactive game marketing landscape.
We’re told that entries are judged on excellence in strategy, creativity and execution, as well as results in achieving objectives.
“The use of digital media as a marketing tool has become a key component of the game marketers’ toolbox,” said Marci Yamaguchi Hughes, General Manager of GMS. “As a result, the Game Marketing Awards will now be showcasing innovation in this dynamic area, as well as celebrating all of the top creative campaigns and strategies driving success in the business of interactive game marketing.”
Call for entries for the 9th Annual Game Marketing Awards will open January 7, 2014.