Penetration testing wing to launch next yearJapan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.It will include critical infrastructure operators including power, gas, and chemical utilities.Governments around the world have in recent years created departments charged with bringing together critical infrastructure operators including those running utilities, banks, and transport.Japan's unit, for now called the Industrial Cybersecurity Promotion Agency, will be staffed with security wonks and seated within the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry.Unnamed sources told the paper techies at high-profile organisations could be forced to undertake mandatory security training to protect critical data.Australia and the UK have participated in previous Cyber Storm hacking games in 2010 and 2008.
Discovery Communications Inc. is in talks with Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. to show programming from its Eurosport channel, including Olympic Games, on the social-media sites in Europe, Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav said.The Internet companies approached Discovery and Eurosport, its pan-European sports broadcaster, for deals to stream sports content, Zaslav said in an interview during the French Open tennis tournament on Thursday.Discovery owns the European television rights to four Olympics games, starting with the Winter Games in South Korea in early 2018.Deals with Facebook or Twitter have the potential to expand Eurosport s reach by drawing younger social-media users to the Olympic Games, one of the oldest sporting events on the planet.It s an audience that s been dwindling in recent years as younger people ditch traditional TV in favor of viewing content on mobile phones and tablets.Last year, Discovery agreed to pay 1.3 billion euros $1.5 billion for exclusive European broadcast rights to air the Olympics, which it will show mostly through Eurosport, in a bid to strengthen the network and give it heft in negotiating deals for sports rights.Known in the U.S. for reality shows such as Alaskan Bush People and Deadliest Catch, which features life on board fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, Discovery today earns about half its revenue outside its home country.The Silver Spring, Maryland-based company has committed $5 billion to sports over the next 10 years, Zaslav said.Twitter is paying the National Football League $10 million to stream 10 Thursday night games during the 2016 season while Snapchat in April agreed with Comcast Corp. s NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Summer Games.Discovery, which counts cable-TV billionaire John Malone as an investor and has snapped up a number of European broadcasters and a production studio in the U.K., is also doubling the money it invests in Eurosport to $300 million, Zaslav said.
Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics are just round the corner, but what do you know about sport s relationship with technology?Later this summer, Rio de Janeiro will host the first ever Olympic Games to be held in South America.COMPETITION: Win tickets to NFL London at Wembley!Sport and TechnologyGlasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 3 Steve McCaskillTechnology has become increasingly important to sport over the past few years, with nearly every professional sport having at least some form of interaction with IT.Indeed, many teams and associations are turning to the field of analytics to gain an edge over their competitors.Even the Luddites in many sporting organisations are being converted after seeing the benefits of video and ball tracking technology in enforcing the laws of their game.
Visa unveiled a new post-password wearable tech solution — a near-field-communication-based payment ring that syncs directly to its user s credit card account — during an event in New York on Thursday.The ring, which is still in the prototype phase, will be given to a select group of sponsored athletes to use during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.It does not need to have its batteries replaced or be recharged regularly.Visa, the exclusive payment provider of the Rio Games, will supply approximately 4,000 NFC-enabled payment terminals across the city s Olympic facilities.As American Team Visa swimmer Missy Franklin pointed out, having a wearable payment device should be convenient for athletes in this setting because they may not care to carry a phone or wallet while training.The Visa ring is a great innovation that I know all the athletes competing in Rio will enjoy, as it will be great to go from a competition to purchase without having to carry a wallet or card, she said.
is how we imagine the conversation in the board room ended.Visa has decided to usher in the 2016 Olympic Games by creating a magic NFC-enabled ring that does everything a contactless payment card can apart from cutting up fine powders, of course .It s not for ordinary, muffin-topped riff-raff like you and me though.Visa s giving its wearable to 45 athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, presumably because it knows that s all it takes for the headlines to roll in, who ll be testing it this summer.Simply hold it up to a contactless payment terminal, wait a few seconds, panic, laugh nervously, realise you re not holding it close enough, move your hand away and then back again, breathe a sigh of relief and smile at the member of staff in front of you as that beep finally hits your eardrums.We ve seen plenty of smart rings come and go over the past few years, but this is apparently the first to be backed by a Visa account .
The payment giant has just announced a new contactless payment wearable for athletes to use during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Visa's payment ring will be given to 45 Olympic hopefuls from around the world who apparently "embody Visa's values of acceptance, partnership and innovation."Presumably they all have a tendency to leave their wallets at home, too.Related: Best wearables and fitness trackersThe Visa payment ring doesn't require a battery to operate, and it's also water resistant to 50 metres, so the swimmers shouldn't feel left out.Indeed, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Missy Franklin is one of the athletes to be given Visa's new gadget.Next, check out our first look at Android Pay:Would you like to make payments using your ring?
Visa has secured its spot as the exclusive financial services provider at this year s Olympic Games in Rio at official venues, anyway .The company will be taking advantage of the opportunity in a big way as it plans to deploy an NFC-enabled ring that ll enable users to pay for goods and services without the hassle of pulling out a phone or wallet.Like other NFC-enabled devices, wearers will simply be able to tap the ring to any contactless payment terminal to complete a transaction.Visa says the wearable uses the NFC Ring design of McLear & Co. which includes a secure microchip from Gemalto and an embedded NFC-enabled antenna.Unlike other payment wearables, Visa s solution doesn t need a battery and thus, doesn t require charging.More of a trial run no pun intended than anything, the Visa payment ring will be distributed to a group of 45 athletes.
is how we imagine the conversation in the board room ended.Visa has decided to usher in the 2016 Olympic Games by creating a magic NFC-enabled ring that does everything a contactless payment card can apart from cutting up fine powders, of course .It s not for ordinary, muffin-topped riff-raff like you and me though.Visa s giving its wearable to 45 athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, presumably because it knows that s all it takes for the headlines to roll in, who ll be testing it this summer.Simply hold it up to a contactless payment terminal, wait a few seconds, panic, laugh nervously, realise you re not holding it close enough, move your hand away and then back again, breathe a sigh of relief and smile at the member of staff in front of you as that beep finally hits your eardrums.We ve seen plenty of smart rings come and go over the past few years, but this is apparently the first to be backed by a Visa account .
Ringing up payments, quite literally VisaForgot paying with your smartphone: Visa has just launched an NFC-enabled ring you can slip on your finger and use to make contactless payments.As an added bonus the ring, which has been designed by UK-based start-up McLear & Co, is waterproof up to 50 metres.A prototype of the ring was unveiled at an event in New York City on 2 June, and will be handed out to Team Visa athletes at the Rio Games this summer.One such athlete, US Olympic gold medallist Missy Franklin, said: "As an Olympian, rings have a special meaning to me.However, a Visa spokesperson told IBTimes UK that it would "be using the Rio 2016 Games as a test and learn scenario, to help inform any next steps.""Visa's first payment ring puts smart payment technology right on the hands of our athletes for convenient and easy payments," said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa.
The Technology Operations Centre which will oversee the systems which support the Rio Olympics.The 'technical rehearsal' is designed to test readiness based on the three busiest days of the Games, which are expected to be August 9, 10, and 12.During the final technical rehearsal, nearly 1,000 different scenarios were tested out including a flood, network disconnection, power failures, changes to the competition schedule, and security attacks -- across the 22 Olympic venues.Testing for the systems, such as the accreditation system and volunteer portal, are being managed via the cloud for the first time.Although the Rio Olympics doesn't start until August, the services that underpin it are already being used: last month the first of 300,000 accreditations for media, athletes, sports officials, and sponsors were issued.And from 25 July, the Technology Operations Centre will be at full capacity with 500 staff covering 187 positions to manage and monitor the technology infrastructure and systems.
Forget about Olympic medals, the jewelry Olympic athletes will be donning during the Olympic Games in Rio will be a little more subtle.For athletes, keeping up with keys and cards and ID badges is a hassle, and it s only fitting that Olympians get to be among the first to test the new technology.Of course, traditional Visa cards will still work just fine.While this is true, Visa has created a safeguard by enabling the rings to be deactivated immediately via an app on the owner s smartphone.So, it would theoretically be no more or less of a risk than carrying a wallet filled with payment cards with you.On the plus side, the ring doesn t have batteries that need to be changed out on the constant.
It's a new day and new deals here on Giz UK, with our Dealzmodo round-up bring you word of some great savings to be snapped up right now.Your starter for ten today is this great price on Sony's Smartwatch 3.It's been out a little while now, having hit the market with a £190 price point early last year.Most vendors ares still hawking the Smartwatch 3 at around the £120-£140 mark, but Amazon has knocked it down to just £89 today.We rated it highly when it first came out, and while newer devices will have since trumped it, the Android-powered Smartwatch 3 is certainly still worth consideration.TV & videoPanasonic Viera TX55CX680B: VIERA TX55CX680B 55 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV Freeview Play now £599 at Richer SoundsGamingMario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games now £28.95 at The Game CollectionHeadphones & audioAnker SoundCore: Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker with Ultra Low Harmonic Distortion, Enhanced Bass Response and Built-in Microphone for Calls - Black now £26.99 at Amazon UKPhilips SB7220/05 SHOQBOX: Bluetooth Wireless SplashProof Portable Speaker with Gesture Control - Khaki now £41.99 at Amazon UKiPads & tabletsComputingHP Pavilion: 15.6 Inch AMD 1.8GHz 8GB 2TB Windows 8 Laptop - Silver now £278.99 at EBAY-GBWearablesSony SmartWatch 3: Fitness and Activity Tracker Wrist Watch Compatible with Android 4.3 Smartphones - Black now £89 at Amazon UK
It's a new day and new deals here on Giz UK, with our Dealzmodo round-up bring you word of some great savings to be snapped up right now.Your starter for ten today is this great price on Sony's Smartwatch 3.It's been out a little while now, having hit the market with a £190 price point early last year.Most vendors ares still hawking the Smartwatch 3 at around the £120-£140 mark, but Amazon has knocked it down to just £89 today.We rated it highly when it first came out, and while newer devices will have since trumped it, the Android-powered Smartwatch 3 is certainly still worth consideration.TV & videoPanasonic Viera TX55CX680B: VIERA TX55CX680B 55 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV Freeview Play now £599 at Richer SoundsGamingMario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games now £28.95 at The Game CollectionHeadphones & audioAnker SoundCore: Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker with Ultra Low Harmonic Distortion, Enhanced Bass Response and Built-in Microphone for Calls - Black now £26.99 at Amazon UKPhilips SB7220/05 SHOQBOX: Bluetooth Wireless SplashProof Portable Speaker with Gesture Control - Khaki now £41.99 at Amazon UKiPads & tabletsComputingHP Pavilion: 15.6 Inch AMD 1.8GHz 8GB 2TB Windows 8 Laptop - Silver now £278.99 at EBAY-GBWearablesSony SmartWatch 3: Fitness and Activity Tracker Wrist Watch Compatible with Android 4.3 Smartphones - Black now £89 at Amazon UK
British athlete Greg Rutherford -- you know, the one everyone swears is a dead ringer for Neil Patrick Harris -- has decided to have his sperm frozen ahead of this year s Olympic Games because of the Zika virus.The long jumper s partner, thermal socks Susie Verrill, revealed the news this week, adding that neither herself or their son Milo will travel to Brazil to watch him."The Zika news has caused no end of concern," she wrote in a Standard Issue piece.We'd love to have more children and, with research in its infancy, I wouldn't want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented."The Zika virus has been linked to a rise in serious birth defects, with thousands more babies than usual born with skull and brain deformations since last October.The worry for potential parents is that not all Zika infections result in symptoms being displayed in adults.
British athlete Greg Rutherford -- you know, the one everyone swears is a dead ringer for Neil Patrick Harris -- has decided to have his sperm frozen ahead of this year s Olympic Games because of the Zika virus.The long jumper s partner, thermal socks Susie Verrill, revealed the news this week, adding that neither herself or their son Milo will travel to Brazil to watch him."The Zika news has caused no end of concern," she wrote in a Standard Issue piece.We'd love to have more children and, with research in its infancy, I wouldn't want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented."The Zika virus has been linked to a rise in serious birth defects, with thousands more babies than usual born with skull and brain deformations since last October.The worry for potential parents is that not all Zika infections result in symptoms being displayed in adults.
Zika Olympics RioNews emerged earlier in the week that some journalists are refusing to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics over fears that they might contract Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading across Brazil and other regions.But it s not just journalists who are taking precautions amid fears that infected mosquitos will spread the virus throughout the Summer Games — the Olympians themselves are now also beginning to take steps to protect themselves and their families.DON T MISS: Revolutionary glasses help color blind man see the world in color for the first timeBritish long jump champion Greg Rutherford has confirmed to the press that he will have his sperm frozen ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Rutherford, who won the gold medal in long jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics, is afraid he may become infected during the Games as the Zika Virus outbreak continues to spread across the region.The Zika news has caused no end of concern if we re totally honest, Verrill wrote.She continued, We ve also made the decision to have Greg s sperm frozen.
Getty Images, the company that supplies many media around the world with pictures, has announced that it now starts VR section "Getty Images Virtual Reality Group," which will focus on photographing and filming at 360 degrees. The company already has over 12,000 360 photos in its archives but this will increase significantly during this year's Olympic Games in Brazil. During the Olympics Getty plans to equip all of its 360 photographers with cameras as a complement to their traditional cameras and these cameras, it is thought that photographers will photograph and film the 360 ​​media to check in VR. Getty Images has previously app "360 View by Getty Images" to Oculus Rift and I guess some of the stuff you're shooting and filming during the Olympics may show up there. via Engadget press.gettyimages.com
Facebook has added a new game to its Messenger app: Soccer.After people played its inaugural basketball game more than 1 billion times in the past three months, the social networking company is branching out to provide some lighthearted entertainment during the Euro 2016 soccer or football outside of the U.S. competition.To enable the game, send someone a soccer emoji and tap it to begin.The objective of the game is to bounce the ball as many times to receive the most points.It doesn t seem like this is immediately available to everyone as when we tested it out before publishing, the game wasn t accessible, but getting this available to more than 900 million monthly users likely takes time.In March, Facebook rolled out its basketball game to coincide with the college basketball tournament commonly referred to as March Madness.And with soccer and basketball now on the platform, it s perhaps likely that we ll see other games be made available, such as football and maybe hockey next season?Or perhaps more around this summer s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro?Just like with basketball, this game seems to only work on Facebook Messenger s mobile app, not on the web or desktop.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f120024%2fscreen shot 2016-06-17 at 1.08.12 pmThe next emoji update will be two characters short of what was originally planned — the result of a "late stage" change, according to the organization overseeing the symbols.The two characters, originally slated to roll out with 72 other symbols later this month, were a rifle and a "modern pentathlon," which depicted a man shooting a gun.Both symbols were apparently tied to the upcoming Olympic Games rifle, shotgun and pistol shooting are all Olympic events and pistol shooting is part of the modern pentathlon.Citing "sources in the room" BuzzFeed reports that Apple initiated the conversation to remove the two characters from the Unicode 9.0 update during a meeting in May.Microsoft, also a voting member of Unicode, reportedly agreed with Apple, though it sounds like the decision was not a controversial one for the organization."These will not be recommended for emoji presentation by vendors when the final version of Unicode 9 is released next month," the organization wrote of the symbols in a blog post.
BuzzFeed reports that the two tech titans, both members of the Unicode Consortium — the organization charged with approving letters, digits, and symbols for the encoding standard Unicode — removed several gun-toting characters from consideration in the upcoming Unicode 9.0.A rifle emoji had already been approved by a majority of members for inclusion the Unicode 9.0 release in June, but Apple spearheaded an opposition effort.Ultimately, company s outsized influence — millions of iPhone users send messages containing Unicode emojis every day, and the company retains voting rights — effectively forced the other members to fall in line.The members also agreed to remove a second, pentathlon emoji that depicts a figure holding a pistol among athletes.The initial reasoning behind the inclusion of the rifle emoji was relatively innocuous.It was intended to appear alongside a set of sports-themed icons — handball, water polo, and gymnastics, among others — timed to coincide with this year s Olympic games in Rio, and indeed, Unicode s webpage of proposed emojis includes descriptors for the rifle such as shooting, hunting, and marksmanship.
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