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Sonic turns 25 with a boom

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Comedy, action, adventure and speed awaits in the latest chapter of the Sonic Boom universe: Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, coming to Nintendo 3DS family systems across Europe later this month.

Releasing as part of Sonic’s 25th anniversary celebrations, this fast-paced title sees Sonic the Hedgehog, his faithful sidekicks Miles “Tails” Prower, powerhouse Knuckles, Amy Rose and Sticks the badger, all join forces again as they prepare to do battle with the dastardly villain D-Fekt.

The trouble begins when Dr. Eggman discovers a new supercharged element called Ragnium, mining it as a powerful fuel source for his robots, making them ultra-fast – even matching Sonic’s famous speed! Not only that, but all the waste that’s created as a result of Dr. Eggman’s mining is sent to nearby islands, completely covering some areas with fire and ice. When things go array with Dr. Eggman’s mining robot D-Fekt, it’s up to Sonic and his friends to save the world,

Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks have all reunited, and players can seamlessly switch between them in-game to use their unique abilities. Teamwork has never been more important: only by using Sonic’s speed, Tails’ flight, Knuckles’ brute strength, Amy’s hammer and Sticks’ boomerang, do they have a chance of putting D-Fekt on ice. It won’t be easy though: when they’re face to face with giant bosses that fill both screens, things really start to heat up.

Brand new to this title is the unique ability to switch between fire and ice to reach new areas, destroy objects and solve puzzles. Sonic and his friends can melt icy obstacles to reach hidden areas, freeze water spouts to slide speedily across gaps and much more, for a fresh take on the series’ exploration-based platforming. Players can explore at their own pace as they search out hidden secrets, or race to set their fastest times, but however they play, using fire and ice is the key to discovering new routes and areas.

Fans of the Sonic Boom TV series will already be familiar with the hilarious dialogue between Sonic and his friends, and those comic quips come to life in this third Sonic Boom game with high-quality CGI animation clips between levels, bringing the game and TV series closer than ever before.

Also included alongside the single-player adventure, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice introduces the two-player Bot Racing mode that’s purely about racing and speed, with players unlocking character-themed Bots to challenge their friends on the track.

Comedy, action, adventure, speed and plenty of platforming awaits in the latest chapter of the Sonic Boom universe: Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, coming to Nintendo 3DS family systems across Europe on 30th September, releasing as part of Sonic’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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