"It's the most wonderful time of the year -- until your credit card information is compromised. An estimated 140 million American shoppers are expected to start their holiday shopping in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. While many of us are dreaming of deals, it's important to remember that cyber criminals are on the prowl, targeting unsuspecting shoppers and trying to steal their passwords and credit card information.
"It wasn’t easy accumulating the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shopping center. I saw things that will haunt me the rest of my days. I watched two kids get trampled by what I call Double-Wides because Circuit City clearanced-out Dreamcasts for $80 on Black Friday. I once hid behind a massive video display just for a few moments during the chaos. I’ve seen people fight, bite, and trample other members of our human race just to save a few dollars.
"We'll see it in the coming months. YouTube has announced a list of improvements for users who create and post video to its site, such as playback rates of 60 frames per second. According to the YouTube Creators blog, the video service is rolling out support for 48 and 60 frames per second in the coming months..."
"If you’ve been sitting on your duff and dithering over whether or not to get Netflix, you've got some bad news in store: the streaming video service just raised its prices from $7.99 per month to $8.99 per month. This increases the yearly cost of Netflix from $95.88 to $107.88, and makes it more expensive than Hulu Plus ($95.88 per year) and Amazon Prime Instant Video ($99 per year), its nearest competitors..."
"A new study carried out in Canada has revealed what most internet junkies knew already – trolls are sick.
The study found that one in twenty internet users deliberately engage in trolling. They exhibit classic traits of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism and Machievellianism. The study was published in ScienceDirect and it covered 1,215 people.
Unsurprisingly it found that those who identified themselves as trolls were sadistic, as they enjoyed to watching their victims suffer. They were also willing to manipulate people and many simply lacked empathy."
"A Florida man was shot and killed during a screening of the new movie "Lone Survivor" over the weekend. The shooting happened near Tampa, Florida and the ruckus started because of text messages. Chad Oulson, 43, who was there to see the film with his wife, was texting during the previews before the film despite being asked several times to stop by Curtis Reeves, a retired police officer. Oulson at the time stated he was texting his 3-year-old daughter."
"While it must be disappointing news for those internationally that the 300 Steam Machine beta boxes will be confined to the U.S. only, it's not all bad. Friday the 13th will bring some good fortunes to those who want to take the SteamOS software for a spin, as Valve will make it downloadable tomorrow."
"Sony is the first OEM to respond, claims only 1 percent of consoles experience defects." "The $399 USD PS4 launched last Friday and almost instantly reports of broken consoles started popping up. Sony, to its credit, responded relatively quickly, saying that some consoles had shipped broken and it would be working with customers to replace these models. Chinese language nternet posters claiming to be employees of Hon Hai Precision Industry Comp. Ltd.
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"If you think you spend too much time on Facebook, this might interest you: Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, a pair of MIT Ph.D candidates, have developed an aversion therapy system that administers unpleasant shocks whenever internet browsers try to visit Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the two had found they were spending a combined 50 hours per week on the social media website. The shock system was designed to steer them away from Facebook and toward more productive activities – like studying to complete their Ph.D programs, perhaps..."
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