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postheadericon Retailers’ heavy handed fraud prevention leads to loss of sales

Online retailers battling with fraud prevention are losing out on genuine sales by treating their customers like criminals, according to a new report by ThreatMetrix.

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postheadericon Microsoft introduces Surface 3: The thinnest and lightest Surface yet

REDMOND, Wash. — March 31, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. is introducing a new Surface, the Surface 3. Like Surface Pro 3, it’s a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner, lighter and even more affordable. Powerful and efficient, Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features long battery life. The ability to run Windows apps and the versatile pen experience1 — great for taking notes or marking documents — make Surface 3 ideal for students, schools and anyone looking for a portable device to get things done. A 4G LTE-ready version,2 Surface 3 (4G LTE), will offer even more mobility. Starting at just $ 499, Surface 3 packs performance and value into an elegant, lightweight design.

“Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “We’ve taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface. It’s beautiful, versatile, powerful and productive, and our customers are going to love what it lets them do.”

Productivity and portability

Powered by the new quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor,3 Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life.4 A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The beautiful 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display featuring 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound, and the elegant and durable magnesium design are just a few of the benefits of Surface 3 that customers will recognize from Surface Pro 3. The three-position kickstand is ideal for using Surface 3 while working at a desk, sitting on a couch or holding in the palm of a hand as a natural writing surface. And with Surface 3 (4G LTE),2 anyone who needs connectivity on the go can get Internet access wherever their tasks take them.

Free upgrade to Windows 10

To help people get even more done, Surface 3 and Surface 3 (4G LTE) ship with full Windows 8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free when available.5 They also come complete with a one-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus OneDrive cloud storage.6 Full device specs are available here.

Built for business

And with Surface 3, businesses and schools will now enjoy a broader array of options. Even before its availability, educational institutions such as University of Phoenix and companies such as Prada, BASF and Emirates have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface 3 across their organizations because they see the value Surface 3 can bring to their employees and students. “Having explored multiple platforms, we are confident that Surface 3 meets the expectations of our experienced and professional flight crew,” said Captain Alan Stealey, divisional senior vice president, Flight Operations, Emirates. “The device’s innovative design and functionality prove to be the choice for our EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) initiative.”

Surface accessories

Surface 3 and Surface 3 (4G LTE) can be paired with new accessories7: Surface 3 Type Cover is offered in a variety of colors and features an improved trackpad and responsive keyset for fast, accurate typing, alongside four vibrant Surface Pen colors — silver, black, blue and red. The Surface 3 Docking Station lets people easily connect to an external monitor and all their desktop devices, and Surface 3’s full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD™ card reader and Micro USB charging port make it compatible with the Surface Pro line of adapters and ready for quick and easy connections to a variety of accessories. Surface accessories specifics can be found here.

Pre-order and availability

Surface 3 and new accessories will be available for pre-order starting March 31 through, Microsoft stores8 and select partner retailers in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Commercial customers should contact their authorized reseller for pre-order information.

Starting May 5 through those same retailers and resellers, customers can begin purchasing Surface 3, Surface 3 Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Docking Station and Surface 3 Screen Protector, with availability in all 26 markets by May 7. Microsoft will offer Surface 3 (4G LTE) through T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. later this year. More to come regarding additional Surface 3 (4G LTE) availability and markets in the coming months.

Additional information on Surface can be found at

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Some information relates to a pre-release product, which may be substantially modified before it is commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here.

1 Surface Pen sold separately.

2 Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card and activation.

3 Intel, Intel Atom and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

4 Testing conducted by Microsoft in March 2015 using 128GB and 64GB units with 4 GB of RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness was disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

5 Free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year. More information and additional offer terms available in the coming months. See for more information.

6Available on Surface 3 with Windows 8.1 purchased prior to Dec. 31, 2015. While supplies last. Office activation required within six months of Windows activation date.

7 Accessories sold separately.

8 In Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States.

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postheadericon Burglars In Detroit Attempt Early Morning Break-in, Met With Armed Resident

DETROIT, MI — Just before 4am Monday morning, two suspects were attempting to break into a home, but were met with an armed resident that had other plans. Investigators say two suspects were breaking into a home on University Place … Continue reading
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postheadericon Passport and visa details of world disclosed in accidental G20 privacy breach

A common email mistake accidentally disclosed passport and visa details of 31 world leaders attending the G20 summit in Australia, the BBC reports.

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postheadericon How to Manage QoS in DD-WRT (FlashRouters FAQ)

R8000 AC32000 DD-WRT FlashRouter -DD-WRT QoS, Router QoS FAQ

Managing QoS in DD-WRT

Quality of Service or QoS is the function in the DD-WRT router that lets you specifically select what incoming and outgoing traffic is of higher or lower priority than others. This is useful when you have multiple services running on a PC such as voice calls, high-quality video streaming, gaming, and downloading files. Rules can also be set so that different PCs on the Local Area Network (LAN) take higher priority in accessing the Internet than others.

QoS becomes useful when there are noticeable issues in voice calls and streaming videos, or if your web browsing is slow. Typically there are two causes for this, the first is a slow connection, and the second is that there are multiple services across multiple PCs that are competing for the same amount of bandwidth. In the default configuration, the DD-WRT router does not distinguish between the PCs on the LAN or the services running on the PCs.

Benefits of Setting Up QoS in DD-WRT

Some scenarios where it may be beneficial to diagnose a QoS issue and consider configuring QoS in DD-WRT include:

  1. Skype calls are breaking up and / or dropping out.
  2. Streaming video (such as YouTube) is freezing or streaming slower than usual.
  3. Web browsing is slower than usual.
  4. Downloads are slower than usual.

The first step in diagnosing the QoS issues is to look the PCs connected to the DD-WRT router and check them for abnormal activity:

  1. Are there any PCs downloading large files, such as torrents or software applications?
  2. Do all the attached PCs have an up to date virus scanner running and are there any issues with viruses or malware?

The next step is to determine which services should have a low priority and high priority, and which PCs should have a low priority and a high priority.

Logging into the DD-WRT Router

  1. Open your web browser and in the URL bar type
  2. Enter the username and password (root/admin)
  3. On the top menu bar, locate the QoS page



In the DD-WRT QoS page the following fields will be presented from top-down:

  1. QoS Settings
  2. Services Priority
  3. Netmask Priority
  4. MAC Priority
  5. Default Bandwidth Level

These DDWRT QoS settings will determine which services have low priority and high priority and which PCs should have a low and high priority.

1. QoS Settings

a.  Enable QoS


QoS is disabled by default. To be able to configure DD-WRT QoS press click the Enable check box. All the greyed settings should then become available.

Note: Changes to the settings will not be saved and take effect until the last step.

In the “Port” check box, leave the setting on WAN, which is the default.

b. Packet Scheduler


In the packet scheduler there are two options: HTB and HFSC.

If the DD-WRT router will be setup for multiple services such as Voice, Video and Downloads, choose HTB.

If the DD-WRT router is not being setup with QoS for individual services, a better throughput can be achieved with HFSC.

Note that the default is HFSC.

c. Uplink and Downlink

The Uplink and Downlink settings will determine how much of the total WAN bandwidth will be controlled by the QoS function. Depending on the internet connection these can be changed. If there will be multiple services being configured such as voice, video and downloads check the Internet connection information provided by the ISP and allocate 80% of the uplink and downlink bandwidth that is specified.

d. Optimize for Gaming

The Optimize for Gaming option is disabled by default. If there are game consoles or PCs using the internet connection to play multiplayer games, this box can be checked to impose the optimized QoS plan for these web services.

2. Services Priority

The Services Priority Field is where the priority for each web service can be configured.

a. Services Priority Field


There are five levels of priority, going from high to low: Exempt, Premium, Express, Standard and Bulk.

For video services such as YouTube, Vimeo and so on, set the httpvideo to “premium”

For voice services such as Skype, set the skypetoskype and skypeout priority to “premium”

For music streaming such as Spotify and Soundcloud, set the httpaudio priority to “premium”

b. Add services


The list of services can be edited by selecting the service and delete checkbox, and adding from the add dropdown menu.

3. Netmask Priority


By default the Netmask priority is not used. This option can be used by advanced uses that are using multiple LAN subnets in their network.

4. MAC Priority


MAC Priority can be used to prioritize the traffic to and from a PC or device on the LAN based on its MAC address (sometimes referred to as hardware address)

For a Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8 PC, the following process explains how this can be configured:

a. Locate the MAC Address

Press Start Button + r


Type cmd and press the OK button, which will open the command prompt.

b. Type IP Config


Type ipconfig at the command prompt and press enter. This will give you a list of all the network interfaces and their information.


In this example the PC is connected to the DD-WRT router using WiFi, so the WiFi interface has been identified under the Wireless LAN Adpater Wi-Fi section.

There are two MAC address. One is for IPv4 and has two numbers in each field, and the second is for IPv6, which has four numbers in each field. DD-WRT allows MAC address that are IPv4, so we take the value 68-17-29-B5-D2-81

5. Enter the MAC address


Back in the DD-WRT router QoS page, enter the MAC address (68-17-29-B5-D2-81 ) in this case into the MAC address field and press Add

Note: the MAC address above is for demonstration only. The MAC address of each PC or device will be different based on manufacturer.

In the Max Kbits Up and Max Kbits Down fields, set to the desired rate. To calculate an adequate amount look at the number of devices on the LAN, how many need QoS services and allocate accordingly. If the MAC address of the PC or network device is intended to be high priority, make sure that the up and down values are higher than the Default Bandwidth Level in the field below.

6. Default Bandwidth Level


The default bandwidth level will be applied to the PCs and network devices on the LAN unless otherwise specified. To calculate an adequate amount look at the number of devices on the LAN, and divide by the upload and download speeds specified by the ISP.

Finally press the Save button to save the current configuration and then Apply button to apply the QoS settings to your DD-WRT router.

Best Routers for Managing QoS in DD-WRT


Want to find the best router to setup QoS on your network? Every DD-WRT FlashRouter can be used to manage QoS in DD-WRT, but using a high-powered router like the FlashRouter DD-WRT Netgear R800o X6 AC3200 will allow you to connect multiple devices with its 1 GHz Broadcom processor and six external antennas. These antennas will provide for a wide reaching Tri-Band network that can handle a greater amount of traffic than your average router and create three completely segmented wireless networks instead of two with a dual band router.

Best Routers for Streaming ESPN & Live Sports

All FlashRouters come pre-flashed with DD-WRT firmware so you can setup your network how you wish with QoS right out of the box!

Looking for a high-end router Wireless-AC DD-WRT router with a few less bells and whistles? The Linksys EA6900 is another recommended router for managing QoS in DD-WRT, possessing three external antennas and an 800 MHz processor.

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postheadericon PoSeidon Malware attacks Point of Sale credit card transactions

Point of Sale credit card terminals are under threat from a new malware named PoSeidon, thought to be more dangerous than the Zeus exploit kit that was used to steal millions of card details from Target customers.

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postheadericon SPECIAL DELIVERY: Another Fake Home Delivery, Gunman Draws Gun On Nanny And 3-Year-Old

LA GRANGE, KY — An unidentified nanny was at a home with a 3-year-old when a man posing as a delivery man came to the door. The nanny didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, and mentioned that it wasn’t … Continue reading
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postheadericon Hackers hijack song contest with Eurovision voting app attack

The voting system used by the Eurovision Song Contest was briefly forced offline after a suspected cyberattack caused an “extreme” surge in activity,.

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postheadericon Microsoft introduces Lumia 430: The most affordable Lumia smartphone

March 19, 2015: This press release was updated post-publication to include Ukraine in the group of select markets to where the Lumia 430 will begin rolling out in April 2015.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday unlocked the promise of smartphone ownership for many more people with the introduction of Lumia 430 Dual SIM, the latest addition to its affordable range of Lumia smartphones. Built with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor featuring a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, and with Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM was designed to help people achieve more at work, at play and on the go. With an estimated retail price of $ 70,1 it is also the most affordably priced Lumia that will be able to upgrade to Windows 10.2

Microsoft continues to expand its affordable smartphone portfolio, which now spans a diverse range of price points and capabilities, from the super-affordable Lumia 435 with Lumia Camera to the recently announced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, which come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. People can have their choice of Lumia device to suit their everyday needs and budget. Windows Phone 8.1 devices like the Lumia 430 Dual SIM will benefit from further innovation, with the ability to upgrade them to Windows 10 when the service debuts later this year.2

The Lumia 430 Dual SIM features a compact, durable and colorful design with a vivid 4-inch WVGA display that brings all the latest apps, games and videos to life. With Lumia 430, people can instantly achieve more every day, and they can use Microsoft Office and Outlook for work and personal productivity. They can access up to 30 GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive for safekeeping important content. People can experience the fun of video calls with Skype-integrated calling and a front-facing camera. Smart Dual SIM allows people to assign unique profiles to their SIM cards, such as “work” or “family,” to help them better manage daily communication. Favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Candy Crush Saga and Instagram are available, with more apps and entertainment just a click away on the Windows Phone Store.

“People around the world have responded enthusiastically to our affordable Lumia range. We continue to invest in this segment to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy signature Microsoft experiences, regardless of budget,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “The Lumia 430 Dual SIM continues our commitment to combining the right hardware, software, services and apps with the right price to give people a smartphone they can afford and be proud to use.”

The Lumia 430 Dual SIM will begin rolling out in select markets in the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus starting in April 2015, and in India toward the end of April 2015. Pricing for Lumia 430 is $ 70.1 It will be available in two colors: bright orange and black.3

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1 Before local taxes and subsidiaries. Actual pricing may vary by market.

2 Like any upgrade to a new operating system, not every phone will support all possible Windows 10 features. Certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware.

3 Device color varies by market.

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postheadericon Android apps track your location every three minutes, says Carnegie Mellon study

A Carnegie Mellon University study has discovered that a selection of Android apps collect location data on their users on average every three minutes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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