Archive for October 9, 2020

Rainbow Six Siege: Collegiate League Pre-Season Kicks Off + Friday Canada Division Playday!

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 9, 2020 by itnerd

Friday brings us more Rainbow Six Canada Division action, and tomorrow marks the pre-season kickoff of the brand new Rainbow Six Siege Collegiate League! The Stage 1 Pre-Season kicks off on October 10th and will be four weeks long. Each Championship League team will be placed into one of four regional conferences based on state/province and play their matches in a round robin style.

Teams are participating for a $5,000 USD prize pool for the 2020 Pre-Season! The Regular Season happening from January to March offers a $30,000 USD prize pool and prizing at the end of Stage 3 – The Collegiate Championship, which will be played online over one weekend in a GSL style format.

Canadian Collegiate League Schools:

  • Carleton University
  • Fanshawe College
  • Humber College
  • Ryerson University
  • St. Clair College
  • U. of AB
  • U. of BC
  • U. on Montreal
  • U. of Ottawa
  • U. of Manitoba

Today’s regular Canada Divison match will be between @AltioraGG vs @MirageSportE.

It’s bound to be an action packed and intense match-up. As always, you can tune into the matches every Friday at 6PM EDT/3PM PDT on http://Twitch.tv/Rainbow6.

Trump Appeals TikTok Ruling

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 9, 2020 by itnerd

The The Trump administration on Thursday appealed a judge’s ruling that prevented the Trump administration from imposing a ban on TikTok, the viral video app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Here’s what The New York Times says:

In a filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Justice Department argued that a preliminary injunction issued last month by Judge Carl Nichols in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia should be lifted. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it had no further comment beyond the appeal. TikTok declined to comment. It was not immediately clear when the court might act on the government’s appeal. 

The government’s decision to appeal the injunction, which delayed TikTok from being banned in U.S. app stores, further escalates the battle between the White House and ByteDance. The move is part of a Cold War between the United States and the Chinese government. The Chinese government has for years prevented its citizens from using international apps like Facebook, Twitter and other communications services. Since President Trump took office, he has repeatedly moved to stop Chinese companies from investing in and acquiring American companies. Citing national security concerns, the administration has also sought to stop American citizens from using Chinese-owned apps and has worked to banish Chinese technology and hardware from American telecommunications networks.

Clearly Trump and company isn’t willing to let this go. No shock there. Trump doesn’t exactly have a good record when it comes to appeals like this. Thus I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they don’t get the result that they are looking for. But we will see.

Guest Post: Hisense Has Suggestions To Help Make The Most Of A Halloween Unlike Any Other

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 9, 2020 by itnerd

With no social bubbles permitted and physical distancing measures in place to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are expecting to have a Halloween unlike any other.

Trick-or-Treaters not expected to be out and about scavenging for candy from their neighbours, and Halloween parties – whether for kids or adults — will be frowned upon (if not, technically, illegal in some parts of the country where people can be fined for hosting or attending large events). 

But that doesn’t mean Halloween has to be a write off. You can still enjoy it in a physically distanced manner — grab the candy bowl, settle into the couch and enjoy the theme of the season with a horror movie marathon. 

“Halloween is a great time to go back to the classics, and this year even more so with the clamp down on parties and Trick-or-Treating,” says Ashley Saunders, Social Media Specialist for Hisense Canada and a self-described horror movie enthusiast. “But if you are having a horror movie marathon, you have to do it right — dark room, big screen, the right colour contrast and a sound system you can feel in your chest, but is reduced to a whisper when the tension is building.” 

To get the best out of your TV when screening horror flicks, your checklist should include:

  • Ultimate Resolution — Don’t settle for less than 4K Quantum Dot technology. 
  • Broad Colours — Distinguish the dark from the really dark, and get the most vibrant reds — nothing takes you out of scary moment faster than fake-looking blood.
  • Contrast — Without the right contrast, you could end up watching a black screen, or get pixelated blotches in the dark areas that make it hard to see what is happening. Horror movies are mostly shot darker than other genres, so HDR technology is so important.
  • Killer Sound — Pun intended. Much of the tension and thrills in a horror flick comes from the soundtrack. Sound effects, music, screams – all are equally important for your marathon. 

Once you have the TV, it is time to assemble your viewing list. The easy choices are classics and pop culture favourites like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween. But Ashley suggests inserting some of these favourites into the rotation: 

  1. The Shining (1980) – Here’s Johnny! Ok, you’ve probably seen this one, but we love it anyway.
  2. Lifechanger (2019) – A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Body horror meets awesome practical effects in this Canadian film. 
  3. Alien (1979) – Sci-Fi can be terrifying to anyone. Do we really know what’s out there? And also, Sigourney Weaver is badass (and so is Jonesy).
  4. You’re Next (2013) – A family dinner party gone horribly wrong. Want to see a protagonist finally fight back? This is a must-watch from Australia.
  5. The Lodgers (2017) – Irish “ghost” story that leaves you feeling uneasy from beginning to end. 
  6. Poltergeist (1982) – A malevolent ghost attacks a couples’ young daughter, sending her to a terrifying alternative dimension.
  7. Host (2020) – Very fitting as it was filmed during pandemic lockdown – friends decide to host a digital séance – what could go wrong? 
  8. Thir13en Ghosts (2001) – Fascinating variety of horrifying spirits that teaches you that what you can’t see can definitely still kill you.
  9. The Mortuary Collection (2019) – An eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he’s encountered in his long career, but things take a turn in this anthology.
  10. Peninsula – A sequel to the Train to Busan (2020). A Korean zombie flick about folks escaping the initial outbreak and after a time jump in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. A group takes a mission in the middle of an overrun city – what could go wrong? 

For more information, please visit hisense-canada.com

Guest Post: ESET Highlights That October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 9, 2020 by itnerd

October is a month associated with many things, including stunning fall foliage displays and various celebrations.

Canadians from coast to coast have turned their attention to Thanksgiving preparations and Halloween costume planning. Yet, there is one more thing October is about, and it is by no means the ever-present smell of pumpkin spice. A subject that if overlooked can be far more terrifying than the ghastliest Freddy Krueger costume – cybersecurity.

Unfortunately, that is no exaggeration. With technology now being an integral part of everyday life and many tasks transitioning from the analog to the digital space, it is now more important than ever to protect our digital lives from continuously evolving cyber-threats. For cybercriminals, everybody is a potential target — government officials, celebrities, tech CEOs or the average citizen.

In an effort to help Canadians learn about the dangers of cyber crime, Canada has declared October and Cyber Security Awareness Month.

We are connected more than ever before, with Internet-enabled devices steadily becoming more integrated into our lives and homes with each passing day. We use voice assistants to help manage our daily activities, our smartphones are connected to our security cameras and smart doorbells as well as smart household appliances; you can now check if your washing machine has finished its cycle or if your dinner has been properly heated. You can use your smartphone to check the contents of your fridge while in the middle of the grocery store. Everything is available at the tap of a finger on your smartphone’s screen.

However, all of these marvels of technology also introduce a slew of potential risks and avenues for cyberattacks. But being aware of how these devices impact our lives and what risks they carry allows us to handle them more responsibly and take steps to mitigate those risks. It’s also worth noting that the current pandemic has changed how people work and even study, with technology shouldering the brunt of the transition of doing almost everything from home. The transition also introduces its own vulnerabilities of which people need to be aware.

By raising the collective awareness of these threats and vulnerabilities, initiatives such as Cyber Security Awareness Month is ensuring that everyone does their part and contributes to increased safety and security online. When everyone is responsible, and everyone does their part, it increases global cyber-immunity and reduces the risk of getting cyber-infected.

To raise awareness around October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month, ESET challenges Canadians to take its Phishing Derby Quiz.

This quiz will challenge your security expertise. The quicker and more accurately you respond, the higher your score will be.

Prizes for ESET’s Phishing Derby include:

  • First Place: The top 25 contestants on the leaderboard are entered into a drawing to win a Microsoft Surface Laptop.
  • Second Place: Those ranked from 26th to 50th place on the leaderboard, will be entered to win one of three Apple iPad Airs.
  • Third Place: Everyone else will be entered into a drawing to win one of five Bose SoundLink BlueTooth Speakers.

Entries will be accepted from October 8 to November 5, 2020. Enter to Play

For more cybersecurity tips, please visit welivesecurity.com.