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McAfee: Superstar Soccer Players’ Screensavers and “Skills” Video Downloads are Risky to Search for Online

Thu June 5, 2014
Features of McAfee's FREE SiteAdvisor

Features of McAfee’s FREE SiteAdvisor

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming up just around the corner, excited fans are taking to the Internet to catch up with their favourite soccer players. McAfee expects cybercriminals will be doing the same, albeit with a different goal: to lure fans to websites laden with malware so they can steal passwords and personal information.

McAfee today released the roster to the McAfee Red Card Club, a group of 11 superstar soccer players whose respective web pages present the greatest threat of infecting site visitors with malware. Topping the list are Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, and Spain’s Iker Cassillas.

Make sure to use a safe search tool that will notify you of risky sites or links before you visit them.

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Ronaldo Tops McAfee “Red Card Club” For Riskiest Online Searches For Footballers

McAfee Study Reveals Screensavers and “Skills” Video Downloads as Most Likely to Pose Risk to Fans

MARKHAM, ON, June 4, 2014 – According to research from McAfee, part of Intel Security, cybercriminals are most likely to use Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to lure visitors to web pages designed to infect them with malware. The McAfee “Red Card Club” showcases the top eleven Brazil-bound players whose web pages are considered to be risky for fans to search for online. Following Ronaldo and Messi are Spain’s Iker Cassillas, Brazil’s Neymar and Algeria’s Karim Ziani.

As is common with other cultural sensations, cybercriminals leverage consumer interest in the world’s most popular sport to lure them to websites rigged with malware, malicious code capable of infecting a user’s machine and stealing passwords and personal information. McAfee researchers have used McAfee® SiteAdvisor® site ratings to determine which sites are risky to search when coupled with footballer names and have calculated an overall risk percentage.

According to the research, fans run the greatest risk when visiting sites offering screensaver downloads and videos showcasing the extraordinary skills of the players. Searching for the latest Cristiano Ronaldo content yields more than a 3.7 per cent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Players make the McAfee Red Card Club by scoring among the top 11 positions in terms of greatest chance of web page risk:

 

Red Card Rank Player Team Risk %
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 3.76%
2 Lionel Messi Argentina 3.72%
3 Iker Casillas Spain 3.34%
4 Neymar Brazil 3.14%
5 Karim Ziani Algeria 3.00%
6 Karim Benzema France 2.97%
7 Paulinho Brazil 2.81%
8 Edinson Cavani Uruguay 2.67%
9 Fernando Torres Spain 2.65%
10 Eden Hazard Belgium 2.50%
11 Gerard Piqué Spain 2.45%

“Consider the McAfee Red Card Club as our effort to warn consumers against allowing passion to trump digital hygiene,” said Paula Greves, director of web security research at McAfee. “Cybercriminals can’t resist taking advantage of ‘fever-pitch’ excitement around this summer’s epic matchups in Brazil. The danger is that this anticipation could lead fans to download content from pages they shouldn’t to fulfill their football experience.”


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Epson: Super Gifts for Father’s Day June 15, 2014

Wed June 4, 2014

Epson

Presents

Super Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, 2014.

“A recent Epson survey revealed that the majority of men identify with Superman as an alter ego.

The superhero dad in your life could benefit from a gift that helps him leap tall buildings in a single bound whether he’s at work or at home. Wherever your dad is, Epson has some handy gifts that are sure to help him reach new heights.

Epson WorkForce WF-3540 All-in-One Printer
For the superdad
$199.99

This video presents “Epson WorkForce WF-3540 Inkjet Printer for Business.”

Epson WorkForce WF-3540 All-in-One Printer

Epson WorkForce WF-3540 All-in-One Printer

For the double-duty dad at the home office, balancing work and family life can be a challenge. Help him maximize his productivity with the Epson WorkForce WF-3540 printer so he can make the most of his working hours. This versatile and powerful all-in-one printer will bring his business the world’s fastest print speeds as well as 500-sheet paper capacity, so he’ll reload paper less often. The rear paper feed will help him handle specialty paper including envelopes, labels and card stock. Keeping costs low will be easier as the printer is proven to have lower printing costs than colour lasers. Wired and wireless connectivity makes networking a breeze. He can use Epson Connect™ to print and scan from anywhere, including his iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.

Use Epson Connect™ to print and scan from anywhere, including your iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.

Use Epson Connect™ to print and scan from anywhere, including your iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.


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IMPORTANT INFO – Samsung #DITCHtheDSLR event tomorrow

Tue June 3, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog Samsung #DITCHTHEDSLR Free Event in Times Square: Ditch Your DSLR for Mirrorless NX Cameras June 4, 2014 .

Samsung has sent us additional info concerning their #DITCHtheDSLR event taking place in New York’s Times’ Square tomorrow (Media 10-12 p.m.; Public 12-6 p.m.).

The first two hundred fifty (250) participants who trade in their existing Qualifying Digital Camera (as defined below) will receive a Samsung NX30 Camera (Model Number: EV-NX30ZZBGBUS/approximate retail value $999.99 each) (“Trade Up Reward”) while supplies last.

Below, please find the media alert about the event, where Samsung clarifies its OFFICIAL terms and conditions for “ditching” or trading in a DSLR camera for a Samsung NX30.

Samsung has posted the FULL Terms and Conditions via the following URL: http://www.samsung.com/us/ditchday/

Of note, a qualifying DSLR includes the lens and battery.

OF IMPORTANTCE:

Trade In Criteria

All Items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion are subject to acceptance by the Promoter in its sole discretion.

Items that the Promoter accepts for trade-in under this Promotion will be paid for with the Trade Up Reward. Participants will not be entitled to any other form of payment or exchange for items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion.

You represent and warrant that you have the legal right to sell all items you submit for trade-in under this Promotion, that the items are not counterfeit or stolen, and that your submission of them complies fully with the Promotion requirements. Promoter may utilize a national stolen goods database to determine if submitted items were ever reported stolen.

Qualifying Digital Camera : For your existing digital camera to qualify for the Trade Up Reward, it must be a digital camera which is fully operational, including the main battery. and power supply and functioning lens, must not be permanently marked or defaced and must be complete and undamaged (reasonable wear & tear excepted) (the “Trade-In Criteria”). For the avoidance of doubt, each of the following is considered beyond reasonable wear and tear; cracked/split or open chassis structure, cracked or non-working display, does not power on, missing/failed AC adaptor or battery charger, missing battery (if applicable), lens cracked, or mechanism seized or failed. Only cameras that fully comply with the Trade-In Criteria shall be deemed a “Qualifying Digital Camera” for the purposes of this Promotion and such determination shall be at the sole discretion of the Promoter.

Participants may only submit one Qualifying Digital Camera for a maximum of one Trade Up Reward.

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One year ago, the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated all of its 28 photo staff. Where are they now?

Tue June 3, 2014

A year ago, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its photo staff and turned to freelance photographers instead. The reasoning back then was that they were beginning to rely more on the use of videos and multimedia, and photographers who did only stills were redundant.

Where are these 28 photographers now?

Four were rehired by the Sun-Times as multimedia journalists. Four were hired by Yahoo! which was looking to improve its photo quality. Four went into early retirement.

Read the story of the rest at: Poynter.

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Watch Live NASA’s LDSD ‘Flying Saucer’ Test June 2014 Via Onboard Cameras

Tue June 3, 2014

This video presents “LDSD: We Brake for Mars (Part 1).”

  • NASA and JPL are testing a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions for future exploration.

Rocket-powered Test Vehicle of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD). This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's LDSD, designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. A balloon will lift the vehicle to high altitudes, where a rocket will take it even higher, to the top of the stratosphere, at several times the speed of sound. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Rocket-powered Test Vehicle of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD). This artist’s concept shows the test vehicle for NASA’s LDSD, designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. A balloon will lift the vehicle to high altitudes, where a rocket will take it even higher, to the top of the stratosphere, at several times the speed of sound. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project is managed by JPL for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is a rocket-powered, flying saucer-shaped test vehicle for NASA’s Evolvable Mars campaign.

NASA’s LDSD project’s goals, led by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), are as follows.

The two supersonic decelerator technologies to be tested are:


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You’re Invited to Magnetic North Exhibtion Until July 19, 2014: Photographs, Artifacts & Contemporary Canadian Art of the Arctic

Sat May 31, 2014

This video presents “Magnetic North Exhibition | May 17 – July 19, 2014 | TD Gallery.”

  • Interpretations by artists, explorers and academics from TD Bank Group’s collection of contemporary Canadian art and Toronto Public Library’s special collections of Arctic art and artifact.
  • With Pamela Meredith, Senior Art Curator, TD Bank Group.

Magnetic North Exhibition | TD Gallery

Magnetic North Exhibition | TD Gallery

Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group

Present

Magnetic North: The Enduring Pull of the Arctic Explored through Art

Continues Until July 19, 2014

FREE Admission

TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 416-395-5577

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Magnetic North examines the enduring pull of the Arctic, explored through art and artifact.”

Magnetic North features “interpretations of the elusive North” from TD Bank Group’s collection of contemporary Canadian art and Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections of Arctic art and artifact.

The exhibition includes the following highlights:

  • From the library’s special collections:
    • Septentrionalium terrarum descriptio, the first printed map of the North Pole, 1613.
    • The illustrated Logbook of Samuel Smith, 1857, depicting the ship surgeon’s journey to the Arctic.
    • Photographs, circa 1920, by Robert Joseph Flaherty of Inhabitants of the Sub-Arctic Part of Eastern Canada.
    • Eskimaux and English vocabulary dictionary, 1850.
    • Book illustrations from The Polar World by George Hartwig, 1881.
  • From TD Bank’s collection of contemporary art:
    • Tim Pitsiulak’s large-scale drawings of Migrating Walrus and Bowhead Whales, 2013.
    • Sarah Anne Johnson’s Explosion Panorama, photograph, 2013.
    • Christopher Wahl’s Rankin Inlet photo series, 2013.
    • Pitseolak Qimirpik’s carving of Young Man with MP3, 2010.

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Samsung #DITCHTHEDSLR Free Event in Times Square: Ditch Your DSLR for Mirrorless NX Cameras June 4, 2014

Thu May 29, 2014

Samsung will be hosting the first ever #DitchTheDSLR Ditch Day FREE event in Times Square, NY, USA, on Wednesday, June 4th from 12 – 6 pm (ET).

  • Consumers are welcomed to exchange their “dusty” DSLR for a new NX30 (a $999 value), while supplies last.
  • There will be a variety of stations in the booth where consumers can test out all of the new Samsung SMART cameras, take panoramic images of Times Square and capture slot car racing.

It will be a unique and fun experience to remember.

June 3, 2014 Update:

MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA ALERT

June 4, 2014

  Samsung HOSTs #DITCHTHEDSLR DitchDAY IN TIMES SQUARE FOR HANDS-ON PHOTO EXPERIENCE AND OPPORTUNITY TO #DITCHTHEDSLR

 Consumers will have the opportunity to capture slot car racing, zoom in on Times Square from the Skydeck or capture an NX Mini Selfie

When:

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    • 10am – 12pm (ET) – Open to the press
    • 12pm – 6pm (ET) – Open to the public and press

Where:

  • Times Square between 42nd and 43rd Streets across from Nasdaq Marquee
  • Please Note: Media are invited to experience a booth tour, local photo walk led by a Samsung #Imagelogger or shoot images from the event space’s Skydeck

What:

Samsung invites consumers to a unique and interactive Times Square experience to showcase what mirrorless cameras have to offer. Samsung will be hosting the first ever #DitchtheDSLRDitchDay, where they will showcase the newest, slimmest and the most connected SMART cameras currently on the market. There will be a number of exciting activities, consumers can test the speed of the mirrorless cameras by capturing images of slot cars racing down a speedway, taking a high quality NX Mini selfie, create an impressive panoramic of Times Square, as well as demo any of the NX cameras at their leisure.

The first consumers that #DitchtheDSLR (via trade in) will receive a NEW Samsung NX30 SMART Camera ($999 value). Attendees will also have the chance to receive a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a Samsung NX camera like the new NX Mini, when they pledge to #DitchtheDSLR. Samsung #Imagelogger members will be on-hand to offer helpful tips, and share their experiences using mirrorless cameras. They will also be conducting photo walks for press, to showcase how the NX line has improved their workflow.

Why:

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