CNN’s Ignorance Around Gaming is Quite Skillful

It’s not uncommon for the mainstream media to produce inaccurate pieces typecasting video gamers and being completely out of touch. However, a recent article by CNN has to be the most ludicrous example I’ve ever seen which includes insulting, inaccurate claims in the heading. Unbelievably, the article is entitled, “Video games aren’t just for anitisocial nerds!” to outline the financial success of the video gaming industry. This amount of incompetence and shamefully lazy writing emphasizes the sort of content typically seen on CNN. It’s quite laughable considering studies show the average gamer is in the 30-40 age bracket, and multiplayer/co-op titles are incredibly popular.

To make matters worse, the article goes on to say:

“If you think that the only people who play video games are a bunch of underemployed loners sitting in their parents’ basement, think again.”

I’m completely flabbergasted by the audacity of CNN’s lies and derogatory comments. Video games are played by a huge amount of the population across various ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The concept that the industry is a multi-billion dollar success story and grossed more than the film industry from a niche audience alone is ridiculous. Obviously, CNN sees gaming’s new and interactive media as a threat and is trying once again to discredit it. However, all they have done is expose their own bias.

I could write a 2000 word essay disproving these claims, but CNN is an ancient, judgmental piece of media which doesn’t deserve much attention. While I have brought this story to attention, it’s only to outline how cringeworthy many of the mainstream media outlets are. In an era where Reddit, Twitter and community media becomes more important, traditional news sources try to do anything to hold onto power.

See How Many Popular Apps Failed to Protect Your Password

When using an app developed by a big company, you might think that it is trustworthy and ensures your security and privacy. Well, a recent test proved how easy and vulnerable a lot of popular iOS and Android apps are to crack and have your passwords nabbed.

According to security firm AppBugs, a huge number of popular apps are allowing users to make a large number of login attempts without any type of restrictions. Why is this so important? Well, hackers may as well try to guess your passwords this way. There are a lot of methods involving apps that can randomly generate and test passwords, and since we are talking about mobile devices, I don’t think people will use something they can barely remember, yet alone type, as their passwords.

AppBugs found that out of 100 apps, 53 were found vulnerable. Apps such as Songza, Pocket, Wunderlist, iHeartRadio, WatchESPN, Expedia, Dictionary, CNN, Domino’s Pizza USA, Zillow, AutoCAD 360, Slack, SoundCloud, Kobo and Walmart are just a few of the one found. The security firm gave the developers 30 days to fix the issues, but only a couple of the latter mentioned apps were actually patched. The full list of vulnerable apps will be revealed on the 30th of July, according to AppBugs.

If you wish to protect your data further, users are encouraged to start considering using apps that manage all your stored passwords if you forget them, or even activate 2-factor authentication in apps, if it’s available.

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Intelligence Agencies Point to Russian Involvement in Recent White House Hacking

The recent White House power outage has turned into being something more than that. CNN reports that US officials have admitted that the White House’s network has been hacked in the process, but the affected computers were part of a non-classified network serving the executive office.

Still, the attackers were able to access sensitive information, such as the president’s real-time daily schedule. CNN also reports that the attackers used an account on the State Department network to phish their way into the White House.

“We’re constantly updating our security measures on our unclassified system but we’re frankly told to act as if we need not put information that’s sensitive on that system. In other words, if you’re going to do something classified, you have to do it on one email system, one phone system.” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security adviser, told CNN.

The Secret Service and Intelligence Agencies are already investigating the matter, but it looks like clues point to Russia being behind the attack, or at least the hackers originate from the aforementioned country.

The attackers are said to have covered their tracks by routing their activity through a lot of servers throughout the world.

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Attack at NSA Headquarters: One Dead, Two Injured

This morning at the NSA’s Fort Meade headquarters an unidentified car attempted to ram the entrance gate. Shots were fired after the gate was rammed, authorities are saying that one individual is dead and there are two other that were airlifted to area trauma centers with serious injuries.

CNN is reporting that two men were involved in the attack, one being killed and the other wounded. Aerial photos show two vehicles damaged at the scene, a white NSA police car and an unidentified black SUV.  Footage at the scene also showed a uniformed officer that was being loaded into an ambulance. This is the second incident at the NSA Fort Meade headquarters in a month with a person firing bullets at the building from a distance, the suspect was taken into custody by the FBI.

Source: The Verge

FBI Thought Joke Was a Threat Against CNN

During the aftermath of the Sony Pictures hack, while perpetrators Guardians of Peace (GOP) were threatening terror attacks against anyone screening or viewing comedy movie The Interview, the FBI released a statement saying that threats had also been made against a US media outlet. The threat in question was part of a Pastebin post, claiming to be from GOP, demanding, “You have 24 hours to give us the Wolf”, referring to CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer. It has now been revealed that the post was a hoax by web security expert David Garrett, Jr..

https://twitter.com/DavidGarrettJr/status/550351431623254016

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Garrett Jr. admitted to the post, and that it was just a hoax, the moment it was revealed that the FBI were investigating it, but still had to speak to FBI officials on New Year’s Day.

https://twitter.com/DavidGarrettJr/status/550662252194713602

Garrett Jr. told Fusion in an interview that “[The FBI] said basically that, in the future, it’s a good idea not to pretend to be someone they’re investigating.”

Source: Gizmodo

CNN Name T-Mobile Tech Company of the Year

News network CNN has declared T-Mobile as its Tech Company of the Year for 2014. Faced with stiff competition from Apple and Microsoft, CNN posits that “no other tech company shook up its entire industry the way that T-Mobile (TMUS) did this year.”

In 2013, mobile telecom provider T-Mobile shifted its business model, scrapping phone contracts, allowing customers to switch network easily, and introducing free international roaming. This year it went one better, offering to pay early termination fees for customers wanting to move to T-Mobile from another network, introducing free music streaming, independent of existing data plans, offering seven-day smartphone loans, free in-flight internet, and monthly rollover data allowances.

The move kicked off a major price war amongst its rivals, with Sprint offering half-price bills and Verizon and AT&T lowering rates while upping data allowances, with all three now offering free smartphones on contract. But still, T-Mobile has gained 3.5 million customers this year, more than any other mobile network, taking its market share from 11% at the start of the year to 18% now.

To CNN, this remarkable growth and brilliant business strategy has earned T-Mobile the title of Tech Company of the Year, and could point towards the company becoming a long-term success story.

Source: CNN

Apple’s Tim Cook Named ‘CEO of the Year’ by CNN

US news outlet CNN has named Tim Cook, the Chief Executive of Apple, as its ‘CEO of the Year’ for 2014. Over the last twelve months, Apple has enjoyed an upsurge in stock price and record-breaking sales with its iPhone 6 iteration, for which Cook has been rewarded.

CNN posits that Cook did “an amazing job” and cite the hype for the forthcoming Apple Watch next year as a major victory.

Cook has arguably the toughest CEO job in America. He’s had to convince skeptics that Apple can still innovate after the death of Steve Jobs. He’s proven all the naysayers wrong.

Cook has garnered a number of other accolades this year, including the Financial Times’ ‘Person of the Year’ 2014, and a nomination for TIME magazine’s 2014 ‘Person of the Year’, losing out to the Ebola Fighters.

Source: MacRumors

CNN and Twitter Become Official Partners, Said To ‘Revolutionize’ News Gatherings

It appears that head Twitter’s head of news, Vivian Schiller, has announced their first project, namely a partnership with CNN and the New York startup Dataminr. It is said that the partnership, along with Dataminr, will help journalists cover breaking news and making sense of the flood of public information on Twitter.

Dataminr is a five-year-old startup that has raised $48 million from investors like Box Group, Venrock and IVP. Until now it has worked with clients in financial services, helping banks and hedge funds make real-time investment decisions by processing huge amounts of social media content and extracting the high-value information. Dataminr uses machine learning algorithms to analyze the Twitter firehose of data and highlight the needle in the haystack so CNN reporters can find the most important, relevant, and reliable facts and images from around the world.

“There is actually a very different set of algorithms that help us determine if information spreading on Twitter will move markets, as opposed to becoming a big news story,” said Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey. “So it’s not a matter of more or less data, but of how the service is focused and tuned.”

CNN is one of the companies that set up Twitter accounts in their news gathering since 2009. Now it wants to bring a purpose-built product and official partnership. For example, CNN first learned about a shooting this weekend at a mall in Maryland through Dataminr, which has been deployed in-house for several months now, and picked up on a tweet from a first responder on the scene. The alert helped CNN be one of the first on the story. The company says it now produces about two stories a day based off tips from its Dataminr alerts.

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