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Wal-Mart opens new trade-in initiative for consoles and games

"Leading international retailer Wal-Mart has recently opened a new trade-in program allowing consumers to trade-in select gaming consoles and games for in-store credit. Wal-Mart’s new trade-in program gives consumers the opportunity to trade-in unwanted games and consoles for store credit, while also throwing a direct punch at GameStop’s similar trade-in initiatives."

IT workers breed brighter kids

"An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents’ occupations has revealed that if a kid has at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering they will do better in school.

The news will be greeted with glee amongst the IT community where it will be suddenly be possible to use a pick-up line “but our kids will be good in school.” Not only were the kids of information and communications technology (ICT) workers top of the country in maths and science, they were also found to be the best in terms of reading..."

Whatever happened to the IPv4 address crisis?

"The day of reckoning still looms – it’s just been pushed out as the major Internet players have developed ingenious ways to stretch those available numbers. But these conservation efforts can only work for so long.

ARIN currently has “approximately 24 million IPv4 addresses in the available pool for the region,” according to President and CEO John Curran. They’re available to ISPs large and small, but Curran predicts they will all likely be handed out by “sometime in 2014.”"

Feds ask telcos: Please stop letting workers who climb up cell towers die

"According to the agency, 13 worker fatalities occurred in 2013, “more than in the previous two years combined.” OSHA added, “This disturbing trend appears to be continuing, with... four worker deaths occurring in the first five weeks of 2014.”"

Linksys Routers Exploited By "TheMoon"

"A vulnerability in many Linksys routers, allowing for unauthenticated code execution, is being used to mass-exploit various Linksys routers right now. Infected routers will start scanning for vulnerable systems themselves, leading to a very fast spread of this 'worm.'"

What Gaming Looks Like on Google Glass

"Although Google Glass doesn’t provide augmented reality, that doesn’t mean gaming is out of the question. In a recent post to its Glass developer blog, Google details concepts for Glass-friendly games in an effort to nudge app-makers into the gaming territory. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” Google says in its post. “We hacked together five simple games that experiment with the unique features of Glass and demonstrate some of the possibilities for gaming.”

Google is sending its robots to Foxconn

"Google’s former head of Android Andy Rubin is said to have met with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou to “speed up deployment” of Google’s robotics technologies at Foxconn’s factories. It is also believed that in the long run, Foxconn will assist Google in integrating a technology company that Google is acquiring.

NASA Contracts Company to Develop Replacement Tissues

"We recently discussed one such effort, with Bigelow Aerospace agreeing to a memorandum of understanding to brainstorm with NASA about creating a long-term Moon colony based on inflatable modules.

Now another interesting collaboration has popped up. NASA has signed agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC, a Houston, Texas-based research and development startup, to grow human tissues. (Note: There's a similarly named, but unaffiliated bioinformatics company called GroK Solutions -- beware.)"

Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

"cold fjord tips a BBC report about the successful installation of microscopic motors into living, human cells. The motors were propelled inside the cell by pulses of ultrasound and steered with magnetism. "At low ultrasonic power, the nanomotors had little effect on these cells. But when the power was increased, the nanomotors surged into action, zooming around and bumping into organelles — structures within the cell that perform specific functions"

Payments experts assure Senate that swipe-and-sign cards will disappear in 2015

"In 2012, MasterCard and Visa decided on a timeline, setting October 2015 as the deadline for the switch away from swipe-and-sign cards, which are notoriously easy to gather information from."

”Chip-and-PIN makes it much harder to copy a card when data is stolen,” a Symantec representative testified before the committee on Tuesday. “It also makes it harder to steal data in the first place due to encryption. It also makes physically stealing a credit card less useful, since you don’t have a PIN.”

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