Ninja’s Cool Technology Hunt


There are many many campaigns out there right now on the web with ideas that range from stupid to straight up ninja. So in this post Ninja will go on the hunt for the straight up ninja projects that will catch eyes. I will say though that some may not even be available yet as Ninja’s hunts usually turn up upcoming tech that actually may never be available or just available as latter dates as creators work to improve and get things going.  Hey things fail whether good or evil intentions are involved. I advise anyone though to do research before pulling your wallets out for your next cool gadget. So here it goes….


FlexR – Control Technology With Your Muscles





This technology makes use of electromyography (EMG) — an electrodiagnostic medical technique used for evaluating and recording electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. So what is it being used for? Ever wanted to control your smartphone by flexing your muscles? If not then it is a concept being worked on right now. FlexR,  is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. See the idea here is a small wearable gadget that can be attached to your skin so it can recognize muscle contractions, and translate those signals into inputs for your mobile device. Once hooked up, it allows you to play games while exercising. It is like a Wii Fit or an Xbox Kinect without the large movements like jumping or waving your arms.




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More will be added as Ninja goes out on the hunt so keep checking…





Bouncing around the web I ran into a reddit page from a user called “illCodeYouABrain” who while opening Firefox at times receives a message from Windows 10 (image shown link). I thought it was a little interesting but wanted to know for sure or rather what prompted Microsoft to create such a notification.

So apparently Microsoft has enabled a set of ‘Windows Tips’ that lets users who use Firefox and Chrome know that their Edge browser is safer. I do remember some news months ago about Windows 10 warning Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain related to those browsers and recommended using Edge instead.  This notification of course most likely applies to those that have portable Windows 10 devices like tablets and laptops. My first reaction to it was just a simple “okay”.  I can understand already how battery drain can be applied to Chrome and Firefox just from my own personal use of the browsers. Both have more features and having addons in any browser will equate to more battery use depending on the addons you like to use. Microsoft even supposedly performed an experiment to prove it. (video on left) I don’t know how trustworthy this would be and I have a lot of questions on the test itself but either way it would not surprise me for reasons I have mentioned latter.

The notification can at times popup when opening Firefox as well as Chrome; and, if anyone has seen this popup make a comment. Microsoft of course will only respond with rhetoric that coincides with the tone they use in the Windows 10 environment with words like “We want to provide easy information that can help our users enhance their Windows 10 experience.” I will add that you can change the settings for this feature if you open Settings => System => Notifications => Disable “Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows”

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So where does this tip find its merit? Well NSS Labs performed a comparison of the 3 major browsers. Now I know Microsoft in the past has asked them to do studies and Internet Explorer has come out on top but apparently this time Microsoft had not commissioned this study. I have the results and read through them and this is the scoop.

The NSS test results were obtained from live testing where all browsers were subjected to the same set of social malware. “This test comprised 220,918 test cases that included 5,224 unique suspicious samples. Ultimately, 304 samples met NSS validation criteria and were included as part of the test.”

The Edge browser blocked a great 99% of the socially engineered malware (SEM) that was thrown at it. Now this is due to SmartScreen URL Rep and App Rep which are reputation based defenses that protect you from malicious links and downloads. Chrome and Firefox use Google’s Safe Browsing service. Just check the image (right) to see how the the others compared in this test.

There were 2 tests and the next one was in phishing protection, namely the average phishing URL catch rate for browsers over a 12 day period where Edge hit 91.4% while Chrome and Firefox also following closely. (image on left)


Security is important in all browser and Microsoft has been on the ball as far as security in concerned. It seems Edge is pretty secure. Now will these result make you want to switch? Idk. Mozilla and Google have a good history of keeping their users safe. Now Edge is a Windows 10 only browser while Firefox and Chrome are available on PC, Mac, and Linux. Edge having less features and being less compatible being addon-less will of course make it more secure just on that point alone but I see changes little by little as Microsoft aspires to add more to the Edge browser. Overall??? Nothing beats user knowledge. The NSS report itself says this

“Users who are able to identify social engineering attacks rely less on technology for protection against such attacks. Technology will sometimes fail, but those users who can identify social engineering attacks will remain protected, regardless of the method used to attempt social engineering.”

which is something I always tell my own clients anyways.

If you wish to view some of the other data from the NSS report you can just continue reading. Whatever your browser of choice is just remember what was just said and know that YOU are the best protection against threats.


Other Tests Performed

There were other tests between the two categories of SEM and Phishing which I will show below.

SEM

Socially Engineered Malware



New threats are always an issue and will continue to be and so how fast your browser can respond to new threats is also important. This image shows how long it took for each browser to block a threat once it was introduced. The cumulative protection rates were calculated each day until the threats were blocked. “During the test, Microsoft Edge demonstrated a 98.7% zero-hour protection rate for malware. Microsoft Edge blocked 5.9% more malware than Google Chrome and 20.4% more malware than Mozilla Firefox. By the end of the seventh day of testing, Microsoft Edge was maintaining a 3.6% lead over Google Chrome and a 17.4% lead over Mozilla Firefox.”

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“Figure 3 depicts the average time to block SEM samples for each browser.”

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“Microsoft Edge required an average of less than ten minutes to block new SEM. At more than two hours and 39 minutes, Google Chrome had the next best average time to block. Mozilla Firefox took longer than three hours and 45 minutes to block malware.”



“Figure 4 compares the use of Google Safe Browsing API vs Microsoft SmartScreen.”

“Microsoft has invested significantly in its SmartScreen technology, which has constantly provided superior
protection for its users over time. When Google Safe Browsing API was first rolled out, it only offered protection against drive-by downloads and phishing sites. In response to the increase in socially engineered malware, Google added protection against SEM, which improved its block rate over previous NSS browser tests.”



“Throughout the test, new URLs hosting SEM were added, and URLs that were either no longer reachable or no longer delivering SEM, were removed. Figure 5 shows the consistency of protection of the tested browsers throughout the testing period.”

“Microsoft Edge had an average block rate of 99.0%; with its lowest recorded at 98.0%. Google Chrome had an average block rate of 85.8%; its lowest recorded at 50.0%. Mozilla Firefox had an average block rate of 78.3%, which was noticeably different than the 38.9% block rate it demonstrated at the beginning of the test.”

Phishing Malware

Masquerading as a legit entity to obtain sensitive info.



Equivalent data when referencing phishing attacks…

“Figure 2 depicts how long it took the browsers to block a threat once it was introduced into the test cycle. Cumulative protection rates are listed at the time of introduction, i.e., the “zero hour,” through the end of the test. Final protection scores for the duration of the URL test are summarized under the “Total” column.

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“Initial protection from phishing sites ranged from 82.7% for Google Chrome to 92.1% for Microsoft Edge. Since both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox rely on the Google Safe Browsing API, their protection is almost identical.”



“Figure 3 answers the question of how long a user must wait on average until a requested phishing URL is added to a block list. It shows the average time to block a phishing site once it was introduced into the test set, but only if it was blocked during the the test. Unblocked sites are not included,…”

“The average time to block a site (if it is blocked at all) is 56.4 minutes. Microsoft Edge was significantly faster at adding protection in the earliest hours of a phishing attack than any of the other browsers. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox took more than one hour on average to block new phishing websites.”



Daily users visit a wide range of sites that change from time to time thus phishing links also evolve along with it and keeping the phishing links blocked is key. NSS tested some live hyperlinks every six hours. The percentages will be different from the link results because this test entails multiple tests of a link. So if a link is blocked early on this will  improve the score while links missed continually will lower the score.

“Figure 4 shows protection at each of the 44 incremental tests of over a period of 12 days, and each score represents protection at a given point in time.”

“Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox use the Google Safe Browsing API. The mean detection rates for these browsers is very close; however, Chrome lags behind Firefox in early protection.”

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Microsoft

A little confused as to why but apparently Microsoft has purchased LinkedIn. In case you did not know LinkedIn is is a business and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via the web. So again I asked…..why?  Well I have been noticing Microsoft make moves toward being more social. Windows 10 Microsoft decided to be more like Apple and Google by offering syncing services as well as an app store to coincide with their Operating System.  I assume this is just another step in that direction but let us look at a little history for Microsoft here shall we?

In 2014, Microsoft bought Nokia for $6.1 billion which proved to be a failure and was written off a year later.

Microsoft offers to buy Facebook for $15 billion but was declined. Kind of reminds me of a image I saw:

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So in this  deal for LinkedIn, Microsoft paid $26.2 billion which breaks down into: $196/share and a 50% premium on the share price at announcement time.  Which is cool actually since LinkedIn is popular but it has not been as profitable as one might think. Last year LinkedIn reported a yearly loss of about $165 million. This leads me to think as to how LinkedIn makes any money at all and I find out that LinkedIn has a recruiting service for corporations looking to hire employees. I know LinkedIn has advertising too but that could have really amounted to much of their earnings. I am saying how many of us are are LinkedIn as often as we are on Facebook? So since this is the case how is Microsoft going to make any money in this deal? Readers…. Microsoft basically paid $60 for every LinkedIn user. Shoot I signed up for free so if Microsoft paid for my account where is my money at?

Now the industry is moving more into social networking, cloud, and mobile devices while the application and operating system business dies down which places Microsoft in a better place to service this need by purchasing LinkedIn. Either way LinkedIn just has not really come on top but Microsoft has money to waste I supposed. I hear Microsoft has roughly $91 billion to lose or win so they can afford it.  Seeing what Microsoft has done with Windows 10 I am thinking they will look to integrate LinkedIn with their current offerings. So all of us 433 million users who use LinkedIn are going to eventually see LinkedIn powered by Microsoft or perhaps just be pushed into using Microsoft service offerings.


All of this talk of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 around and its battery issues. So what exactly is going on then? Is the issue with the phone or is it really the battery? If it is just the battery what is the problem? Many batteries we see everyday to run into no issue yet these Note 7s have bad batteries.What is a battery? A battery is a type of voltage source that is composed of one or more cells that converts chemical energy directly into electrical energy. All batteries use a specific type of chemical reaction called an oxidation-reduction reaction. In this type of reaction, electrons are transferred from one reactant to the other. If the chemicals used in the reaction are separated, it is possible to cause the electrons to travel in the external circuit, creating current. As long as there is an external path for the electrons, the reaction can proceed, and stored chemical energy is converted to electrical current. The image below shows the basic copper-zinc battery. Batteries all follow this basic idea.

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I am sure this will lose some of you and so here is a video to help you out a bit.

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So the idea here is using chemicals to produce electricity and as for the Note 7, why is this phone such a fire hazard? The problem is the lithium-ion battery which is a common source of power that is used in cellphones, computers, power tools and toys.

Lithium

periodic-table-lithiumLithium which is the 3rd element on the periodic table is a silver-white metal that can catch fire when exposed to oxygen or water. So how can lithium be used then for batteries? Sounds more dangerous than useful right? Well Sony Corp. apparently made a way to safely use lithium by keeping the lithium ions in a suspension or chemical so that it is not pure lithium.
Properly made batteries have safety measures built into them but faulty batteries with poorly made electric circuitry can end up with fiery results. Bad batteries can be overcharged but good ones will stop charging automatically once they are full. If bad batteries are left plugged in for too long the lithium ions can collect in one spot and be deposited as metallic lithium within the battery. Now remember what happens to lithium when exposed. Heat from the overcharging can cause oxygen bubbles within the gel. You get the picture??? The opposite per say can also be a problem with a bad battery where they can be over-discharged which means they won’t shut off when the power is too low which can also cause a fire.

And there you have it. Be careful when using off name brand batteries or if you happen to still have your Note 7. Also if  the battery is not listed as being rechargeable do not try to recharge it. Non-rechargeable, or Primary Batteries, are not designed to  be recharged and can cause damage and possibly fires.

25 December 2015

Apparently now you have to be careful how you name your device’s wifi hotspot or even your Bluetooth name. Seem an airline has literally stopped a flight due to finding a network named “Samsung Galaxy Note 7_1097” Seriously this flight was canceled due to this. Passengers had to readjust their itineraries.

No Note 7 was found on this plane but no one came forward at first while they went looking for the person who owned this ph0ne with the pilot threating to search everyone’s bag. The person finally owned up to it when the threat to divert the plane from its destination to Wyoming. Mond you this flight was from San Francisco to Boston. I guess this person did not wanna goto Wyoming.

There’s no mention if this person was punished go hey who wants to try to name their phone Galaxy Note 7? You know what if you are one onf the more tech savvy one of us and you flash a Note 7 ported ROM?…..

On September 2nd Samsung acknowledged issues with the battery inside the Note 7 handsets. There were several reports of faulty batteries going around where the phone (or the battery) exploded. Samsung said it had found a problem with the battery in some of the phones and was halting sales in 10 countries, including South Korea and the U.S.  Samsung said phones in China don’t appear to be affected because it used another battery supplier but was unclear if models sold in China would be recalled. All sales outlet for the Note 7 have followed suit and halted sales, pulled the device form their sites, and offer exchanges. I hear Sprint is offering up similar devices for customers to use during the recall process. To give you a better picture of the situation here is a video to checkout.

Imagine this happening to you while the phone is in your pocket?
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A Galaxy Note 7 owner in South Korea, who asked that he not be identified, told CNN Money he was awoken in the middle of the night when he “smelled something burning.” His phone had melted and he used his older model Samsung, Galaxy Note 2, to take photos that he posted online. (source: CNN)  A south Korean news agency Yonhap had reported five claims around the world of Note 7s catching fire while charging while unverified photos posted on social media showed charred devices.

There have been 35  reported cases of this happening and Samsung has jumped in quickly and announced a full recall of the the Note 7 phablet. Samsung has stated that they will replace all of the phones that were already purchased and they have already setup an exchange program. The exchange program goes as follows.
United States customers have 2 options

  • Exchange a Note 7 for a new, fixed Note 7
  • Exchange a Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge and replacement of any Note 7 specific accessories with a refund on the price difference between devices.

Samsung mentioned that the Note 7 for Note 7 exchange could start next week but nothing so far as to when the Note 7 for S7 Edge will start. ALSO, Samsung is giving Note 7 buyer a $25 gift card or credit off of their phone bill for  their troubles. Of course this only applies if you are swapping out phones with another Samsung Note or S line of phones.

The program will be implemented in conjunction with your carrier so visit your carrier to get the ball rolling.

The Note 7 Recall is definitely a huge blow to Samsung. All you Apple fans can start talking your junk now to no real avail since Samsung is obviously not going anywhere.  Samsung’s response to the problem is not what Apple has done in the past which chalking issues up to software related problems. If you think that is an error feel free to comment. (Just throwing that out there…lol) Samsung stock as dipped to a 2-week low (reuters) while the Apple iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next week in San Francisco. So Samsung needs to get moving or they stand to lose money by the iPhone 7 eating into the market. The cellphone business being one that still locks people in for a period of time.

So if you waited to buy the Note 7 or were warming up to it… You will have to wait. Although I have been hearing that September 30th may be a day you may be able to buy your new, cool, fixed Note 7. As the issue just seems to be a battery issue. Changing batteries and/or battery carrier would fix things just nicely. I can imagine the process being accepting all the bad phones and just changing the battery. Although I will say people have been finding issues with the phone. Mentioning that the phone lags and very fast battery drainage. This mainly though came from T-mobile customers. I have not seen all of the complaints has of yet but these were the ones that stood out.  Oh carriers are waiving their restocking fee…  ooooh. (sarcasm) I cannot  forget also customers still get to keep their free year of Netlflix.

UPDATE:

I have heard from a source close to Samsung that the phones will be available for exchange starting next week. Samsung will not be doing it directly so this process will happen at the carrier level.

Sept 6, 2016

Note 7 related hotel fire…

Another Note 7 has been reported as exploding. The owner was an Australian man in a hotel no doubt. The explosion caused about $1400 in damages in the hotel room. The man was apparently on a business trip when his room almost went up in flames.

“My brand new Note7 exploded this morning while I was still asleep, it was plugged in and charging,” he said. “Phone completely fried, I can’t eject the SIM tray to retrieved [sic] my SIM or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable if you are wondering. Charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger [sic] while doing that too. “[Samsung] told me this is the first case in Australia,” he added. “I have gone to Samsung store and they gave me a loan device, and have been promised that they will take care of the hotel damages bill.” (Numerous sources. Just google it.)

Though still insure of this story which originated on Reddit where the man posted the story.

Possible House Fire Caused by Note 7

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FAA Plans to Ban the Note 7

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a ban on the Note 7. So passenger will not be able to take their Note 7 device on planes. Now the FAA is still thinking about it. The Transportation Security Administration and US Airlines are talking about it also. If these all decide to label the Note 7 as a hazardous product, passengers will be, I repeat, prohibited from carrying a Note 7 on board of upcoming flights. The actual details are still confusing which means they have no clue yet what they wanna do. Since Samsung has not made an official recall of the phone they feel the need to take some action. If you are yet still confused. Yes Samsung has recalled the Note 7 but they have not taken the official steps which is getting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission involved. It just sounds like a lot of time wasted going through red tape and paperwork to me. So Samsung has initiated their own recall. But the official way to do it apparently makes sure no one else can still sell the possibly defective Note 7s still out there.


Sept 12, 2016

6 Year Old Boy from Brooklyn Burned by a Note 7

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Sept 15, 2016

Signs of ‘Safe’ Note 7s

New Galaxy Note 7 phones will have boxes with a giant S mark on them to show you have the “safe” phone. Which is an indication to help ease the public’s concerns about having to get another phone with a defective battery. We all know how the insurance replacements go. You pay money for your replacement normally to quite often get a refurbish unit. Anyone that is not new to the cellphone game knows this. To add there may be another indication of ‘hitting the safe spot’ is the battery indicator which supposedly will have a green fill instead of the default white. This detail though I would not trust 100% cause this can be easily changed or mimicked so if you buy your Note 7 online be careful. (–source zdnet.com & pocketnow.com)

President of Samsung US Apologizes

Sept 19th is the day to start looking for safe Note 7s while the 21st is the latest.

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PhoneArena.com setup a poll…

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DECEMBER 10, 2016


UPDATE:

The Note 7 had several reoccurring fire incidence so Samsung went through official channels & started the recall. Now Samsung you could tell was trying to avoid this to preserve the Note 7’s ability to sell but they had no choice due to the reoccurring events. Samsung has made several attempts at getting these phones out of people’s hands, the replacement program being its main effort. Note 7s in the US are restricted from charging past 60 percent and receive a pop-up notification about the recall every time the screen is turned on. In Canada, Note 7s are about to have all wireless networking disabled so they won’t even be able to make a phone call.

Months later and a large part of the public still wants a Note 7. There are numerous reviews of the Note 7 that despite the battery fire issues deem the Note 7 the better phone among current options available. This being the case, other phones have been released by other manufacturers while consumers look for some equivalent option. Some make claim the LG V20 being equal without pen features. A true Note user knows better as the S-Pen just adds so much more to the device.

Note 7 owners basically just did not want to give up their phones. Samsung says that 93 percent of US-sold Note 7 units have now been returned, which means there are about 133,000 phones still out there. 

So what now?

Samsung will now render the remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the US useless and inoperable with an update for the recalled smartphone. Anyone getting any Apple thoughts in the brain? (This though is intentional where Apple just messed up.)  On Dec 9th Samsung confirmed that it plans to release an update on December 19th that will be distributed across all major carriers within 30 days. So what’s happening is this update will disable charging of the phones all together which will eventually render all updated phones useless.

Now this sounds good an all but I can literally think of a way around this which I will not mention here in this blog but anyone that is familiar with jailbreaking & rooting will already know what I mean.

If you must break down & give up the ghost. Note 7 owners still rocking the cool phone can still return your phones or exchange them for other Samsung devices.

If there is anymore updates I will keep you posted… Keep checking.

Since Pokemon Go has launched, the game has generated its share of headlines. Pokemon, a series of video games developed by Game Freak and Creatures Inc and published by Nintendo based on a cartoon series. The cartoon series features 10 year old Ash who aspires to be the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world. In his effort he enlists the help of two friends, Misty and Brock, and his own Pokemon, Pikachu who also becomes more his friend. Together they search their world for all Pokemon while avoiding Team Rocket and their Pokemon, Meowth.I myself have recently been pulled into the game and found myself walking around looking for Pokemon. Some being rather unreachable due to having to trek into other people’s backyards that may or may not have dogs while Pokemon gyms are located near bus stops and state buildings. I will probably head out after this on my own quest to “Catch em all.”

Now some headlines have been true like 4 teens using the game to rob Pokemon Go players. Another story is about a lady who found a dead body while playing the game. CNN has mentioned these incidents while also mentioned that people’s private homes are being turned into Pokemon gyms. You gotta read the CNN article as it mentions some more interesting things revolving around the game.

On the opposite side of things there is a lot of fake news out there involving Pokemon Go. Let me just get straight into it.

Pokemon Go Teen Kills Brother

    1. Pokemon GO, a mobile game that has captured the attention of millions of fans worldwide, is yet again the cause of a tragedy. Timmy Richards, A 15 year old Florida teen, was arrested Sunday morning after stabbing his 13 year-old brother to death because, according to authorities, he thought his younger brother had deleted his Pokemon, when in reality, he had simply logged him out.Since the release of Pokemon GO earlier this week, it has been a hit, attracting millions of players from all age ranges. Encouraging players to travel on foot to find and capture the various Pokemon available. “Tragic, tragic, tragic” said Officer Gary Philips, who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the murder, “It’s sad to see a game capture it’s players so much that they are willing to kill others. Especially in this case, as it was all just a misunderstanding”. According to his family, Timmy was a very smart and peaceful person, rarely seen angry or agitated.

pokemonGo ISIS

    1. Some users are having problems logging into or playing Pokemon Go the infamous terrorist group know as ISIS is taking responsibility for this attack.ISIS leader Ahmad Aklahar HanhJob says “America will feel the pain of not being able to catch them all” he claims the terrorist group has stopped purchasing illegal firearms and is now moving the war online. He claims they own several computer with over 500gb of ram something that could cause mass destruction.Using a simple dial up connection they have managed to shut down Pokemon Go’s servers.Stay woke and keep updated by checking back as this story develops.

pokemonGo hit by car

    1. Charley Lewis claims he was walking home when he felt a vibration from his phone upon checking it the notification was from the Pokemon Go app.He told his family that he didn’t feel the car hit him he simply awoke at the hospital with fractured skull and both his legs broken doctors say he might never walk again. His friend who wants to remain anonymous recorded the incident and immediately dialed 911.Charley Lewis says his life goal was to “catch them all” but with his inability to walk his dreams have been crushed he said “I felt like they set me up for disappointment” he is expected to live but he might never catch them all.His family has already started the suing the Pokemon Go company they feel that a 500 million dollar settlement will be enough to satisfy his disappointment. We have yet to hear from the Pokemon Go company.

pokemonGo accident

  1. 26 Year-Old Lamar Hickson is accused of causing one of the worst highway accidents after stopping in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu.Lamar Hickson admitted to police that he was playing the newly released Pokemon app game know as “Pokemon Go” while driving. He said “Sh*t if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all so I put my car in park and started tossing these balls”.Charges against Hickson are still unknown, nobody was seriously hurt but this raises concerns about future accidents. We spoke to one of the car accident victims and he also says he was also playing the game.We spoke the officers Fredrick Jones who says “Texting and driving was already a very serious issue, but now playing Pokemon Go and driving could make things worse.” He said this could double or triple the amount of incidents that happen due to driving while using a mobile device.The hashtag #dontpokemongoanddrive has since started trending on social media.

These four are the main rumor/articles going around that are fake works of fiction originating from the CartelPress website. CartelPress looks like a normal news site but its stories are actually manufactured stories. See if you scroll down to the bottom of the site you will see a link to their Term and Conditions. Once you click on it you are shown this at the top:

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So…..there you have it. I have done some research of the site and apparently Huzlers.com regularly publishes fake stories and that CartelPress may be just a mock-up for another site they plan to create which will allow its users to create their own stories and share them on social media. The guy behind the idea even tricked Facebook users into believing he had predicted many milestone events in 2016.

Other stories:

TOLEDO, Ohio — Police say two people in Ohio have been arrested while playing “Pokemon Go” after they climbed over a fence at the Toledo Zoo. The pair was arrested early Thursday after they were spotted on a zoo security camera. Police say the two went over a fence near the zoo’s tiger enclosure in search of the smart phone game’s cartoon monsters. Officers say the pair was walking through the zoo when they were caught. Both were charged with criminal trespass. Twenty-five-year old Robin Bartholomy and 26-year-old Adrian Crawford, both of Toledo, are due in court Friday. Court records do not list attorneys for them. A message seeking comment was left with Crawford. There was no telephone listing for Bartholomy. WTOL reports that Bartholomy posted on Facebook just days before her arrest: ‘I am not above breaking and entering for a Pokemon.”   *** True

 

 
Pokemon Go Users getting injured, car crashes, and sunburns…***True

The first reported car crash attributed to Pokemon Go…

A 15 year old killed trespassing while playing Pokemon Go…***False

Pokemon player stabbed and keeps on playing… ***True

Two former Marines playing Pokemon Go help nab attempted murder suspect…***True

Two Men Fall off a cliff while playing Pokemon Go… ***True

A guy gets caught cheating through Pokemon Go…    lol!!!

A Bakery charges different prices depending on what Pokemon Go team you are on…

You can hire a professional Pokemon Trainer….    You gotta read this one.

 

Some are being led to some not-so-great places.
The whole point of Pokémon Go is that you have to go out in order to play the game. In theory, this is great. So many games we play on our phones keep us stationary, but Pokémon Go has us exploring the world. However, the game’s creators might want to rethink where they’re stashing the Pokémon: Users have reported being led to a strip club, cemeteries, private homes and even a Holocaust museum in pursuit of their prizes.

So with all that has been going on be careful when playing the game and limit where you go. Pokemon appear everywhere even across the street in a neighbor’s backyard that owns two big pit bulls………………………………..







Let’s start off with a definition of A.I.Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal “intelligent” machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.

So the move to improve AI has been going on for years and now is taking another step through the use of the game, Minecraft.  Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published byMojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat.


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So Microsoft has been on this project, called Project Malmo. A platform that uses Minecraft as an environment for advanced research into artificial intelligence. It was previously open only to scientists who were invited in a private preview but now it is available via Github. The idea here is instead of creating AI system that can perform singular tasks and solve singular problems, create a general AI that has learned how to make sense of complex environments, and has learned from humans how to interact with the world. Project Malmo does this by placing an AI in the Minecraft environment where researchers can see how it response to things that you throw at it (to put in plainly). This way the researchers can teach their AI creation to respond to a vast range of different situations.

The move from being able to perform specific tasks to anything in general is what most would say a needed stepping stone so instead of creating AIs that can play games or board games, one could create an AI that can do larger functions in life, like washing clothes and then folding the laundry afterward. Another one that comes to mind is being able to stock the shelves at Stop N Shop or ShopRite. (If this happens more people will be out of a job.)

Microsoft has released an education version per say in an effort to engage a more broad range of users. Well the whole Minecraft idea is the niche in itself which they hope will attract more beginner coders.

Sources: Microsoft Github Microsoft Blog

Facebook is just simply huge and the larger it gets the more it is open to new ways it can be used to scam and advertise those scams. It is the same concept and phenomenon in the computer field that applies to any software, even the Operating System. in case that loses you the Operating System (OS) is basically Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple OSX. Only in this case Windows being the the more prevalent is the victim hit the most so thus Facebook being as big as it is…you get the idea. Scammers like Facebook because it provides a platform to test out their scams on a large audience. The result, we have to be subject to myriads of spam posts, rogue apps bent on stealing your info, scareware (I will get into this one in another post), and many different or similar types of cons and hoaxes.Ninja is taking a stance against such malicious methods to use social media to scam and swindle people. So if this concerns you read on and make sure you share it because others having this info also affects you. So let’s begin…

The Dislike Button

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Facebook does take a stance against negativity on their site and so we get features like the ticker and the timeline. We also get the like button but no dislike button. I mean really is there a need for a dislike button? I assume if no one likes a post then it is either just ok or not liked. So it is really all about what people like while Facebook makes money off knowing what people like. Apparently there is a lot of people interested in having a dislike button. Since scammers missions are all about using something everyone wants in order to bait you into clicking a link and installing malware on your computer.

If facebook ever adds a dislike button please know that it will be on every major news media market. They will be on it like dogs and trust, you will know. There are a few others that fall into this category. One is an app that let you see who is viewing your profile. I even remember an app that let you change your profile in other ways like colors instead of the facebook blue. So do not place your trust in any app that makes such claims, especially the adding of a dislike button.

Facebook does have an the option How do I feel about this post or report post, which offers a way to effectively dislike. These options should make the dislike button idea drop out into the archives and metadata spaces.

Sexy /  horribly / scarily tasteless videos

Shark FB scam

These videos are all over facebook and a good portion have a little added treat. They will ask you to complete a survey or install an app to supposedly allow you view the video. Guess what? The app is most likely a virus or malware. Oh to add you have to do this in order to see the video. This scam definitely plays on people’s curiosities. It baits you with something crazy, outlandish, very sexy, or morbid like a “Shocking” video. Crazy part about it is that people constantly re-post these video scams before they even verify them which helps it go viral worldwide in a matter of hours. The more outrageous it is (slight laugh), the quicker it spreads. When you do what it asked you will find out there is no video and the scammer just made money of off you from the survey results you provided and/or the app you installed. See money is paid out by malware affiliate marketing programs. These systems pay scammers to install malicious software. Crazy right???

Facebook Charging???

Facebook Charging Scam

I think this scam is known already but I will mention it anyways. The scam itself has many different ways that it presents itself but the idea is the same and simple. The post or whatever tell people that Facebook will be or is now gonna charge users for their accounts and if they don’t pay their accounts and everything they posted will be deleted. In the end all you end up doing is paying the scammer and they have your credit card info.




Free items

FB Range Rover Scam Mar 2016

I like free stuff and I am sure you do too. If my or your friend just got a free iPad because he or she posted it then it must be cool right? So we must go get it so we can get one free too while supplies last……………….

Well, actually your friend likely installed a bogus app that uses the allow friends to post to my wall feature on facebook. The app that was installed posted the scam post or message (another topic for another post) on his or her wall and the wall of all his or her friends making it look like it was from him and he or she probably has no idea it even happened.

To verify the scam you can just check to see if the same message is posted on the walls of some of your mutual friends. You can then inform your friend that he or she can stop waiting for the postman to deliver that iPad. lol

Your Friend is Stranded

 

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Okay now this one is weak from my opinion and yet people have fallen for it. Now this one started as an email hoax that was a big problem. Hackers like to hack into people’s facebook accounts and will often impersonate the person they hacked. Then try to get money out of their friends. Your friends may think you are in trouble and actually fall for this scam before you can even contact them. This leads me into something similar but a little different.

 

Facebook Friend or Facebook Hacker

Facebook like to suggest new friends. Why not make new friends right? Well some of those suggestions may be hackers, people running outside scams, or people out to make money through sex. I will first start with hackers:

I just recently have been having someone making attempts to hack this site. They have been getting in but because of security measures I have implemented I have been able to block them out close to as soon as they get in. i had to make some changes to the site to keep them out permanently which has worked, or course. As I researched things further I retrieved their IP addresses. On another side of things I have been running into people asking to be friends. One new friend was questionable to me so I checked her page and there was not much on it other than images supposedly of her in various interesting outfits. To make a long story short, my investigation found that this person has been posting from the same IP addresses. Coincidence????? I think not. So they were unfriended and reported. That was all I did really cause to me their actions only helped me by actually running into a scam I knew about but never ran into. So, yeah, hackers are out there and will snatch anyone they can for fun or profit.

Next I run into people who run money scams. While back there was a lady who was supposed getting money from a military group in conjunction with a military credit union. This lady required that you wire her money so she could use it to make you more money. This part threw me off a bit so I asked questions. I guess the money you send her was like her fee plus dues for the military program that she could get you into whether you were ever military before or not cause the powers at be never check. This did not get me so I called the bank, why?, cause this person apparently worked for this bank and even posted images of herself at the bank as if she was a worker there. Well no one knew of her and it was told to me that there were a few scams that they knew about, this being one of them… Gots ta be mo careful. There are others too like the iphone scam.  These people post images of the iphones and all the money they scammed people stating you can make it too if you participate in their ‘thing’. Strange thing is you always have to send them money for some questionable reason. All of these scam ask that you send them money using Moneygram or similar (Walmart is a newer way) cause they know once you send the money there is no way to track them. Once it is out there it is gone. I told one that I would send them the money through paypal and all i got was the run around. See Paypal has strict rules on accounts and they need to verify you before you can have an active account with them. Paypal also will reimburse you if you get scammed or hacked while they chase the person.

 

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When adding friends that you know you do not really know but you have mutual friend just remember be more careful. I would also add in to avoid the facebook pages that show some female half naked on them all the time. At least check the profile and make sure it is real person. See if all they post is naked images and links to naked images. Some of these scammers are more thorough and take the time to create believable profiles. Okay you added them now make comments see if they respond to yours or any other Joe’s comments. Especially if they message you about something they are doing. Always respond and ask legit questions about what it is they are doing. The response or non-response will tell volumes. Once you deemed them unfit report them and unfriend in that process. It is crazy the commenting I see on these type of facebook profiles. You have guys (yes it is usually guys) commenting their phone numbers for this so called female to call them. I watch it go down for awhile and then I start commenting with stuff about the scam and I eventually get unfriended. haha. Okay I know about trolling not being good but in this case I troll on these facebook profiles cause trolling convos does stick in people’s memory. Oh also some profile post  image of different females. Chances are the poster is not even female….   Last year I unfriended and commented on one such profile because I got notified of one of my friend being on instagram and when I checked instagram it was a dude. I guess they forgot about that little feature. lol

Hello readers. Gaming has only gotten better and better. Now not without a few hiccups but better yes. As we move into 2016 and eventually into 2017 there will be a lot of games coming out that will literally amaze you.  One type of gaming coming out on the horizon are virtual reality games. Sony will be spearheading the movement with their new PlayStation VR, which is a virtual reality headset set to release in October 2016 for $399… Now how cool this sounds to me until the price comes into play. It’s like buying another PlayStation 4. So if you do not have a PS4 now and you want to play in VR then be prepared to kick out at least $800 to get you started. I know there is a bundle that will come with a game for $499.99. (If you clicked the link you will have seen that already.)

Three flavors of PS4 for ya.

So… what about Microsoft the the Xbox???  Well nothing definite was mentioned but Microsoft has announced a new more powerful XBox One referred to as Project Scorpio. Check out the IGN video:

 

Okay enough of that stuff, with all the new hardware coming out boasting more powerful GPUs (Sony also has mentioned a better PS4) what games are we going to be to play on these all of this??? Let’s see shall we???

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I want to start with the game that has my attention. I am talking about Resident Evil. If you are a fan of Resident Evil you know that the franchise has moved from the horror we all loved about the game to more of a RPG fighting type of game with some puzzles in the mix. Well Resident Evil 7 is on the move. The game now will not be out until about Jan of 2017 but you can get a glimpse at what this game will be like now. There is a demo that some people can play and a trailer.

 

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