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Month: June 2014

Star Wars x XLARGE 2014 Summer Collection

With a powerful array of licensed collaborations in its past, XLarge adds Star Wars to its range of special projects. As the hype builds around upcoming episodes currently in production, artwork derived from the original Episode IV: A New Hope keep the momentum going with a range of T-shirts. Featuring some familiar faces, the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, R2-D2, C-3PO, Han Solo and more are represented. The collection will be available this summer at select XLarge retailers. Article source:...

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This Video Shows A Day In The Life Of DDOS Cyber Attacks

Update: This is a video that’s been shared throughout the Internet purporting to show a concerted DDOS attack coming mainly from China and concentrated on United States internet servers on the day that Facebook’s service was down for many users worldwide. We’ve looked into this further, however, and it turns out this attack bore no relation to Facebook’s outage on Thursday. For one thing, we’re told the time stamps don’t square up quite correctly. We’ve updated this post’s headline to make that completely clear. Meanwhile, Facebook says its initial statement that the outage was due to an internal software configuration error still stands. So, as action-packed as it is, the video above was just another of the many global DDOS attacks that regularly occur in cyberland (showing why companies like Facebook have had to erect top-notch security teams for constant protection.) Technology companies large and small are increasingly targets for such attacks — as more people come online, the potential for havoc gets larger. Update 2: And now, the video has been pulled from YouTube for violating the site’s policy against “spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content” (the title of the video said the attack caused the Facebook outage.) You can still see a blip of the video in the screenshot embedded in this post. Original post: This past Thursday, a number of Facebook users worldwide were unable to...

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Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream

What does it feel like to be a massive music festival? Nothing like a glossy livestream of the mainstage. Much more like Snapchat’s new Our Story feature, a curated channel of user submitted photos of videos from all around a big event. I was there last night at Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, an 140,000-person dance music festival where Snapchat piloted Our Story. I can vouch that the decentralized perspective was remarkably accurate. Our Story has huge potential, and you can follow along tonight by adding “EDC Live” on Snapchat. The startup’s other big experiment at EDC didn’t fare so well. See, cell phone networks get overloaded at every music festival. Wouldn’t it make sense for Verizon or ATT or someone to set up extra towers or Wifi to help their customers or lure in competitor’s? Well Snapchat tried to beat them to it by providing free wifi for the mega-rave, but only for using the official EDC app and…Snapchat. The idea was that while people’s texts, Instagrams, Facebook posts and tweets wouldn’t send, Snapchats would go through in an instant. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work. I tried more than 20 times across my 8 hours at the festival, and never successfully connected to the Snapchat Wifi networks. None of a dozen people I talked to were able to connect either and many festival goers expressed frustration about the experience...

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Russia’s Skolkovo Project Back On Track

The pace of change in Russia appears slow at the moment. Ongoing events in the Crimea suggest an inward-looking country that has no ear for global opinion and is set on acting like the angry Soviet bear that we know from the Cold War. The perception, however, can be different from reality, especially when viewed from thousands of miles away, because despite its recalcitrant political front, there is a revolution in entrepreneurship taking place in Russia. The Russian Startup Tour began in March and included startup pitch-offs in 27 cities before culminating in a one-day, showcase event held at the Skolkovo Foundation‘s Moscow technology incubator. The event is indicative of the growth Russia’s nascent technology startup scene; the foundation plans to bring the Startup Tour to more Russian cities in 2015. The Skolkovo Foundation is Russia’s state-sponsored push to jumpstart the country’s tech ecosystem. It’s not just promoting startups through the multi-city tech tour and competition. It’s also building a 400-hectare site on the outskirts of Moscow. That site will be a hub for up to 30,000 workers when the project is completed in 2020. At the finale of the startup tour held earlier this month, the spotlight was on Russian robotics. Presentations ranged from glorified Meccano creations with an emphasis on Heath Robinson machines to a much more impressive kickboxing robot. The winner of the $26,000 nationwide startup competition was ExoAtlet, an ambitious robotics company that not only aims to improve...

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Nike Air Foamposite One "Black White"

Nike releases another Air Foamposite One hinting back to the glory days of the Orlando Magic along with Penny Hardaway. Aptly named the “Black White” colorway, the sneaker takes a more formal approach with the use of an all black Posite upper mixed in with premium white leather and a translucent icy outsole. Details include several 1Cent logos throughout the shoe, a small Nike “Swoosh” logo at the toe and a checkerboard carbon fiber shank plate. Look for these to drop on June 28 with a price tag of $230 USD. Article source:...

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