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Pokemon Go – Real News or Fake???

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………………………………..


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Minecraft helping to improve AI???????






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.


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

Ninja fights against Facebook Scams

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

 

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