If you yearn for the ’80s — for the sounds of gated reverb blasting through the boombox — but you’re a sucker for digital conveniences, a new Kickstarter campaign may satisfy that nostalgia without compromising musical integrity. A startup called Taybles is offering its line of cassette tape-shaped coffee tables at a big discount.It’s been about six years since the first Cassette Tape Coffee Table was created by Taylor Calmus in the manager’s closet of the apartment building he was working in at the time. The first product was simple, built from plywood, and found its home in Calmus’ own living room. But after showing the retro piece to his friend and business partner, Justin Nanfelt, they decided to up the quality, enlist Taylor’s brother Zach, and try to sell Cassette Tape Coffee Tables online.Since then they say the’ve sold their tables to nostalgic customers in 10 countries. The high-quality … [Read more...] about Cassette Tape Coffee Table will satisfy ’80s nostalgia without breaking the bank
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The long-awaited update to the 3DS application Pokémon Bank has finally arrived, allowing players to transfer Pokémon from old games into last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon.Until now, Sun and Moon have been a closed ecosystem, with only Pokemon that you can catch, hatch or trade within the two games available. Now, players who pay Pokémon Bank’s $5 per year subscription fee will be able to transfer old favorites from previous 3DS versions, including X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, as well as from Red/Blue/Yellow, which are available as downloadable games from the 3DS eShop. Transferring from R/B/Y requires a companion app, called Poké Transporter, and Pokémon transported from the originals into Sun and Moon will have their stats updated for the newest games’ systems.The Pokémon Bank update also adds a new item to the game, Mewnium-Z, a Z-Crystal that Bank subscribers … [Read more...] about Pokémon Bank finally lets you transfer old favorites to ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’
The US Department of Justice blindsided the mobile industry Wednesday by filing an antitrust lawsuit intended to prevent AT&T from purchasing T-Mobile USA. The $39-billion deal would make AT&T the largest wireless provider in the United States — something the DOJ believes “would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services.”While the lawsuit throws a wrench in the spokes, it doesn’t derail the deal entirely. The lawsuit will next go to trial. AT&T says it will “vigorously” fight the DOJ’s suit. And the Justice Department says it’s open for “remedies” to its complaints. But history shows us that the US government rarely loses these kinds of battles. So, at this point, it seems the smart money is on the acquisition going belly up. The consequences of such an outcome will be felt wide and far. Here, we … [Read more...] about Who wins and who loses if AT&T can’t buy T-Mobile?
Purveyors of a notorious mobile banking Trojan have started targeting Facebook users to infect Android smartphones.The Net predators use a desktop Trojan to leverage a Facebook socializer to install banking malware on their phone, ESET malware researcher Jean-Ian Boutin discovered last week.The desktop bad app, Win32/Qadars, waits for an infected machine to open a Facebook page. When it does, it injects code into the page asking a user to participate in a new safety program that requires a mobile phone number.Once the phone number is entered on the page, the target receives an SMS message with a link to a software download allowing participation in the safety program. The software, of course, is malware."Usually, we'll see the malicious code injected into a banking site," Ian-Boutin told TechNewsWorld. "This is the first time we saw a general website being targeted by this kind of attack."Since there are more Facebook users than there are customers of any particular bank, the attack … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Banking Trojan Enters Mobiles via Facebook
The FBI official in charge of major cybercrime investigations told a international gathering of computer security experts last week that financial services companies have suffered massive thefts due to hackers."The financial services sector has seen losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars in actual cash removed through the infrastructure," FBI Assistant Director of Cybersecurity Shawn Henry said in a Tuesday keynote address to the Information Security Forum's World Congress in Vancouver, B.C. "We can talk about the value of intellectual property, the value of research and development. But from an actual cash perspective, we've seen cases where hundreds of millions of dollars was lost."Henry's comments have substantial implications on the ISF's membership. The global nonprofit organization, celebrating its 20th year of existence, includes network security and information technology experts from private companies in a wide variety of industries, as well as those whose job it is to … [Read more...] about CONFERENCE REPORT An FBI Cybercrime Agent’s Tales From the Trenches
When Bank One Corp. opened WingspanBank.com two months ago, it seemed to be just another foray into cyberspace by a major brick-and-mortar financial giant.That was two months ago. Since then, the new online bank has been acting more like a startup than most startups. It has even begun to compete against its parent: Certificates of deposit at WingspanBank.com yield rates of at least half a percentage point higher than those at Bank One's 1,900 branches throughout 14 states.Apparently, Bank One's chief executive John B. McCoy understands a basic truth that his counterparts at Wal-Mart Stores and Toys "R" Us have missed: You can't run a successful online operation if it acts as though its Web site is merely an extension of its land-based operation.Unlike Bank One's Web site, which sells only its products, Wingspan offers a potpourri of investments, mortgages and insurance from other companies. For example, Bank One customers can choose from 49 mutual funds, while Wingspan offers some … [Read more...] about Bank One Gets It
The banking trojan -- a type of malware used to steal credentials for bank accounts -- has been a staple of cyberthieves for years. However, ransomware, which has proven both easy to use and highly successful, has started eroding its popularity.In a typical banking trojan attack, a robber mounts a phishing campaign to entice a target to open an attachment containing the malware, or to click on a link that triggers its surreptitious delivery to the victim's computer. Once the trojan is installed, the thief can leverage it to obtain banking credentials and make withdrawals from the mark's account.There recently has been a significant move to ransomware as the malware of choice for online thieves, noted Andy Feit, head of threat prevention product marketing at Check Point."What we've seen in the last three of four months is this major move by the hacker community to install ransomware on machines," he told TechNewsWorld. "Ransomware is a big money maker right now. When something catches … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Banking Trojans Take Backseat to Ransomware
While visions of holiday shoppers dance in retailers' heads, those visions are also on the minds of online marauders.Net predators are sticking to scams that have made them money throughout the year."Over the last 12 months, we've seen a return to attachments with innocuous macros in them," said Kevin Epstein, vice president of advanced security and governance atProofpoint."Macro attacks are a sort of Back to the Future moment," he told TechNewsWorld.Unlike macro attacks in the past, though, these are sophisticated, multistage sorties.For example, a target will receive an invoice with blurred text. It's blurred for security reasons, the target is told, and the person is instructed to click on the image to activate a macro that will clarify it. The target looks at the invoice, then closes it.All the while, the macro activated to clarify the text downloads another file. That file won't harm its host -- so it won't raise any alarms from defense systems -- but it downloads a third file … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY ‘Tis the Season for Online Predators
The latest rumors buzzing around beleaguered Yahoo is that it is looking to restart merger talks with AOL, and might look at Google or Disney -- anyone but Microsoft.According to the Times of London, Yahoo and its team of advisers from investment banks Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bros. have been evaluating possible deals in a bid to fight off Microsoft.Microsoft offered US$31 a share for Yahoo, the second time it has tried to buy the company, and CEO Steve Ballmer said after the recent offer that Microsoft will do what it takes to secure the deal.Up to a point, Microsoft will keep trying, Eric Jackson, the dissident shareholder who was instrumental in forcing out Terry Semel as Yahoo CEO last year, told the E-Commerce Times."I think Microsoft's a company that's willing to play hardball and is also willing to walk away from the deal if they think the demands are unreasonable," Jackson, president of activist investment firm Ironfire Capital in Naples, FL., added.If Microsoft pulls out, … [Read more...] about Yahoo’s Wandering Eye Turning to AOL?
The pernicious program Citadel has been around for awhile, but it's using some new tricks on new targets.From its humble origins as a "man in the browser" thief of banking credentials, Citadel has become a knave of all trades. Once it lands on a computer, it can be configured in a number of ways with a file from a server operated by Web predators.Citadel now can achieve "full remote control over an infected machine," Dana Tamir, director of enterprise security for Trusteer, an IBM company, told TechNewsWorld."In the past, [Citadel] targeted individuals and their personal and financial information," Tamir said. "The reason? It wanted to steal money."Now the malware is being used to target enterprises, many of them petrochemical companies located in the Middle East, Trusteer researchers have discovered."When you target these petrochemical companies, you're not targeting individuals anymore," Tamir noted. "You're targeting enterprise systems. That's all about information."Trusteer has not … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Banking Trojan Targets Petrochemical Outfits