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Google Wallet's Newest Security Flaw

posted Saturday Feb 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Google Wallet's Newest Security Flaw

This week, a few new vulnerabilities were discovered in Google Wallet. The first requires that the device be rooted to allow someone near you to enable the stealing of a Google Wallet PIN. That exploit is about as easy to take advantage of as the last one we discussed, so we won't go into a lot of detail.

For those who do not know, Google Wallet allows for payment through a Citi Mastercard, a gift card or a Google prepaid card. The Google card allows you to tie any other form of payment, credit or debit from any company, as the funding method, allowing for payment through virtually any card. This third payment method, plus Google's tendency to not think before they act, are what allow a thief access to your money.

To find out how and hear Google's response, hit the break.

Psychonauts Sequel in the Works?

posted Saturday Feb 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

<i>Psychonauts</i> Sequel in the Works?

Many of our readers may not even know what Psychonauts was, but those who do will be very excited to hear that a sequel might be in the works. The initial release of the game was not all that successful, but after being added to several of the older digital distribution systems, some for free, people learned about a game and everyone who played it seemed to love it.

Creator Tim Shafer said about a sequel in a recent interview,

I'd love to do that game, but I'd have to convince someone to just give me a few million dollars, that's all.

One of the people who discovered it and read this interview was the creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson. He responded to the interview via Twitter saying, "How many millions exactly?", followed by "Let's make Psychonauts 2 happen." and "Also, I'm serious." He told Ars Technica, "Their about page told me to contact Tim via Twitter, so I did!"

Why did he make this offer and what could it mean? hit the break for more.

LinkedIn Proving Social Networks Can Profit

posted Saturday Feb 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

LinkedIn Proving Social Networks Can Profit

It is fairly early in LinkedIn's public life and it seems to have been nothing but good for the company so far. Since going public in May of last year, their earnings, as well as their subscriber-base, has continued to rise. Their earnings, announced this week, show that their earnings this quarter have risen 105%. Yes, LinkedIn made more than double this quarter than this quarter last year. That is impressive growth for any company, even more so for a social network.

While it may not seem like it, this might actually be good for Facebook. While it may show that LinkedIn is growing, possibly at the cost of Facebook, it also shows that a social network can be profitable, which could help Facebook in their inevitable IPO.

How is LinkedIn making money, while Facebook seems to be losing? Hit the break to find out.

Kodak's New Business Model

posted Saturday Feb 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Kodak's New Business Model

Kodak, the company that invented the digital camera in 1975, will be phasing out production of digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital photo frames before the middle of the year. The company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, completed the middle of January. While the company will still manufacture home printers and offer photo-printing and enterprise services, the company will start focusing on their brand-licensing program to generate revenue.

This is a major move for THE name in photography to be giving up on photography products. The decision will cost the company an initial $30 million, but they estimate that it will save the company $100 million annually. Of course, Kodak will continue to honor existing warranties for all products.

This won't be the only changes to the Kodak Corporation. Hit the break to find out the changes.

CES 2012 - MWE Lab

posted Thursday Feb 9, 2012 by Jon Wurm

CES 2012 - MWE Lab

Geeks the world over would have left CES this year with tiny holes in their artificial hearts if we here at F5 Live had not stumbled across something like the Emperor 1510 to plug the hole and thankfully MWE Lab delivered. With the growing dominance of mobile technology that suggests you have places to go and things to do it's always nice to find gadgets that make you not want to leave your home or office. Here's why the Emperor 1510 does exactly that.

Gianni Martinez was nice enough to talk to us and give us a hands on demonstration despite the fact that he was about to keel over from exhaustion (just like me). Designed to be an ergonomic work station, it's purpose it straightforward. Create an environment where the user has easy access to the technology they require and allow them to leverage its use in a way that maximizes the user's performance.

I had a chance to try it out myself and even though I was only able to experience it for a short time, it does seem that 10-12 hour shifts would pass by rather quickly and comfortably. Take into consideration the amount of time and energy we invest into using our computers and a $6,200 investment in yourself is a small price to pay over the long run. Check out our video below and as always leave your questions and comments so we can sure you stay as plugged in as possible to this years CES 2012 news!

Interview by Jon Wurm of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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CES 2012 - Turtle Beach - The Sound of Winning

posted Sunday Feb 5, 2012 by Scott Ertz

CES 2012 - Turtle Beach - The Sound of Winning

Turtle Beach has long been synonymous with gaming audio, and this year they have decided to make high-quality gaming headsets available to everyone, everywhere. They have added new headsets to their high-end wireless line, allowing people on any budget to afford a high-quality Turtle Beach wireless gaming headset.

They have even branched out and created a new line of mobile gaming headsets for your iPad, iPhone, Android-based phone or tablet, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP or any other mobile device you are currently gaming on. Now, no matter where you are or how you're gaming, you can always experience the sound the way it was made to be heard.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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