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Microsoft Offers $250K Prize In Hacking Competition

Management at Microsoft are hoping to turn hackers into cyber security for the Digital Media giant. The company is offering hackers $250K to develop new security defenses for the organization.

It’s called the BlueHat Prize and is open to programmers all around the world. First prize is valued at $200,000 and goes to whoever develops the ‘best’ way to prevent cyber attacks. The second and third best strategists will share a $50K prize, and will each be able to develop their own subscription of their software for development.

BF3 To Feature Online Pass System

Looks like developers are getting more and more greedy with their games. Usually, developers get nothing from the sale of pre-used game copies.

Therefore EA introduced this system which blocks some of the features of the pre used game, for instance, the multiplayer feature. Hence, second hand buyers have access to the limited content only and if s/he needs to access full features of the game, s/he needs to pay some extra money to get a code from the publisher which unlocks these features.

Major Security Issue In OS X Lion & Snow Leopard

According to eweek, security researchers have managed to grab passwords saved on the Mac while it is sleeping through the means of a FireWire device.

The information can easily be stolen from a locked Mac, or one that has FireVault disk encryption turned on. Considering that one could spend a thousand dollars for Passware Kit Forensic V11, it is quite scary to know that public Macs could be in jeopardy of stolen login information.

Ustream Launches iPad App, Bringing Video To Happy Eyes

A new application known as Ustream has just come out for the iPad. It allows iPad users to directly watch and stream videos online.

The company previously launched the Android version just 2 weeks ago known as Honeycomb. It also allowed streaming videos directly from tablets.

But Ustream now seems to be a better option for iPad users. In addition to watching streaming videos online on the iPad, using the Ustream, users can now record their own videos and upload them directly from their iPads.

Jumio Introduces Netswipe For Online And Mobile Payments

Jumio has introduced a new technology known as Netswipe. The idea behind this technology is that people can shop online and process their transaction by swiping their cards using their webcam.

This technology enables e-commerce website owners, retailers and customers to process online transactions and payments by using their webcam to read the details of the card and make the transaction. You don’t need to purchase or install an additional hardware for this process.

Save Time When Buying Apps With Password Pilot

Since buying stuff online is a risky process, online stores usually have your account setup with a password with which you can access the online material and save you the peril of losing important information or data. Apple also followed the same procedure where you only had to put in your password once, saving the trouble of punching the password again for next 15 minutes.

This was only until some lawsuits were filed against Apple. Apple, fearing an FCC investigation changed the method leaving users to enter password for every download. This sometimes becomes very troublesome for frequent downloaders who get lots of stuff.

Alibaba To Launch Mobile Operating System

Alibaba is one of the E-commerce leading companies of China. The company recently announced in Shanghai that it is planning to launch a mobile operating system; which means, the company will be joining the two colossal OS industries i.e. Google and Apple.

Alibaba is also going to roll out its first smartphone next week in Beijing.

Apple Releasing Mac OS X Lion On USB Drive

Apple has been planning on releasing Mac OS X Lion on a physical drive since May. And now it seems that the day is near. Apple is about to launch a USB Drive in August which would contain the new Mac OS X Lion for customers who want their Lion Operating System in a Physical Drive.

The proposed price of this USB Drive is about $69. This is almost the double price of what you would pay if you downloaded Lion from the Mac App Store.

Online Shopping Glitch Lets Customers Shop For Free

Online shoppers in New Zealand were stocking up on incredible electronic bargains after a glitch on the Dick Smith website let users purchase items at no cost.

Dick Smith were forced to temporarily take down their New Zealand homepage after online shoppers were able to purchase goods, prompted to pay nothing but the cost of postage and handling. Only the New Zealand website was affected, and shoppers using the Australian site were able to continue shopping as usual, albeit without the super-sale prices.

Windows 8 Was Microsoft’s Idea

Microsoft has had a clever marketing scheme for Windows 7. Have you ever seen those commercials that go something along the lines of “My name is Mark, and Windows 7 was my idea.” Shoot, they even have those commercials in other languages (I’ve seen one in French).

Well, although that strategy may have worked out with Windows 7, it looks like Microsoft decided to take the reigns for Windows 8. No clue if this is related to any worry over a potential future lawsuit over a successful windows feature, or if Microsoft just wanted the street cred, but here’s an e-mail from Microsoft to a customer just trying to share their input.