Archive for the ‘Video Games’ Category

Hackers’ Next Victim: Nintendo

June 8, 2011

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, it was reported that Nintendo Co. had been hacked.  The security breach on their network was not as severe as the one on Sony’s PlayStation Network.  Hackers were not able to obtain any sensitive information, nor have the attacks caused any damage to internal systems that would inconvenience their customers in any way.  The latest attack has raised questions over who exactly is responsible for hacking these online servers.

Nintendo is the latest victim in a string of high-profile attacks on its servers and network, which should serve as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.Unlike many security breaches which are done anonymously at the hands of obscure hackers, the group who took public responsibility for hacking Nintendo is called LulzSec.  LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking other websites, as well, including some of the Sony websites.  LulzSec stated on Twitter: “We’re not targeting Nintendo…we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap.”  The group also confirmed Nintendo’s claims that no important customer data was lost in the breach, stating, “we [sic] just got a config file and made it clear that we didn’t mean any harm.  Nintendo had [sic] already fixed it anyway.”  The recent string of security system breaches serves as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.

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Joie Montoya

Sony Gets Hacked Again

June 1, 2011

In April of 2011, the Sony Online Entertainment network was hacked.  I was dismayed to hear that Sony was hacked again, putting even more users at risk.  Hackers may have stolen the personal information of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users, the company said on Monday, May 2.  More than 20,000 credit card and bank account numbers were also put at risk.  This is in addition to the recent leak of over 70 million accounts from Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.  On Monday May 2, 2011, Sony released this statement, “We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyberattack”.

For the second time in as many months, Sony's network was hacked and the personal information of 25 million users has been stolen. What action is Sony taking against these attacks?Not only is this affecting users in the United States but it also affecting users worldwide.  12,700 non-U.S. customers, plus 10,700 direct debit customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain are at risk of getting their bank-account numbers, names and addresses exposed.  The PlayStation Network is still down and will remain closed for a few more weeks.  In order to make it up to their customers, Sony is offering a selection of free downloadable content along with 30 days free for all premium services.  Sony has not decided when the Sony Online Entertainment services with officially be back online.

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Joie Montoya

Sony’s Network Security Breach: the Global Outage (and Outrage)

May 9, 2011

On April 17, 2011, hackers gained access to Sony’s PlayStation Network.  At first, the company thought they would be able to keep damage to a minimum but as it turned out, the hackers were able to access the account information of the network’s 77 million users.  As a result, many of Sony’s PlayStation customers were very upset that their information had been exposed.  The only way Sony was able to stop the hackers from accessing anymore information was to completely shut down the network.

Sony's PlayStation Network is the latest target for the company's most valuable asset: its customers' personal information. The security breach has affected users around the world.The Sony security breach has impacted PlayStation users on a global scale.  Not only are customers upset because access to the PlayStation Network was disrupted, but they are also upset because they are now at risk for identity theft.  Since PlayStation is a gateway to an Internet-connected network, it requires users to provide information such as birth dates, mother’s maiden names, and addresses, all of which could be used to access users’ bank accounts.  Tom Standage, a technology editor for The Economist, said, “So the danger is that if your passwords and personal questions — your mother’s maiden name — so forth, the answers to those questions have been made available, fallen into the hands of hackers, then they could potentially use that for identity theft, to get into things like your bank account, and other online systems where you might have provided your credit card details.”  Let’s hope Sony resolves its issues and looks into more effective ways to secure their network.

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Joie Montoya

The winner of the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway” contest!

April 19, 2010

Please retweetOur company conducted a “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway” contest that ended on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 11:59PM, California time.

I am very pleased to announce that the winner of our contest is Staisha Flescher-White of Maryland!  Congratulations, Staisha!  The Nintendo Wii is on its way!

Thanks to everybody on Facebook and Twitter (and both) who participated in the contest.  If there was any hard part to the objective drawing, it was pressing the “Generate” button at RANDOM.ORG 47 times, a prime number I chose by adding 9, 10, 11, 12, and 5 while staring at the clock the night of the contest.  Yes, a random number on my part.

We will have a new contest in the future with a new prize up for grabs.  Again, thanks for your participation!

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Francis M. Unson

Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway contest ending soon!

April 12, 2010

Please retweetWith just a few more days before the end of our first contest, co-founders Rick and I created a video to let others know that they still have time to send their entries.

Admittedly, I haven’t edited a video in a few years, so please bear with me.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 5: Boxing

March 23, 2010

The fifth and final blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Boxing and the muscles involved in real-life boxing.  The physically demanding sport requires warming up and exercising a considerable array of muscle groups spanning almost the entire length of the person’s body, from the shoulder and neck muscles to the upper leg muscles.  Three-minute rounds of fighting, interrupted by 30 or 60-second rest breaks between rounds, demands aerobic and anaerobic conditioning so that boxers could last 12 or 15 rounds.  Body conditioning involves developing upper and lower body strength as well as good hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

The fifth and final blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Boxing and the muscles involved in real-life boxing.Much of the wear and tear that takes place on the body during boxing occurs in the upper torso area, so boxers focus on strengthening the core muscles in order to absorb punches to the body.

Target muscle groups

Core muscles

Offensively, the act of punching and the subsequent impact requires conditioning the shoulder, neck, arm, and hand muscles.

Shoulder and neck muscles

Deltoids

Latissimus dorsi

Pectoralis Major

Sternocleidomastoid

Trapezius

Teres major and minor

Arm muscles

Biceps brachii and Triceps brachii

Hand muscles

  • Palmaris longus
  • Abductor pollicis brevis
  • Flexor pollicis brevis

The following video contains a series hand, finger, and forearm exercises for martial artists, and boxing, as a martial art, is no exception.  The exercises highlighted in the video strengthens the hand muscles listed above.

Why work out the legs in a sport that seems not to use them?  A good amount of the power in a boxer’s punch comes from their lower body.  Working out the upper leg muscles and hips helps boxers develop more explosive punches.

Upper leg muscles and hips

Quadriceps

Hamstrings

First-time players of Wii Boxing found themselves the most sore (and out-of-shape) out of all five sports available in Wii Sports.  Whether you’re a virtual Wii boxer or a real boxer, warming up the muscle groups outlined in this blog will help you reduce injuries, increase your endurance, and get the most out of the athleticism that virtual and real boxing needs.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 4: Golf

March 12, 2010

The fourth blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Golf, the muscle groups involved in playing golf, and warm-up and strength-training exercises that work those muscles.

The fourth blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Golf, the muscle groups involved in playing golf, and warm-up and strength-training exercises that work those muscles.When one mentions golf, many people picture an individual on a green golf course with a bag full of golf clubs and hitting a golf ball from a tee or on the green towards a cup marked with a flag.  What many people do not connect, however, is the athleticism involved, especially because there is almost no running involved, except by the spectators of a tournament when an errant tee shot comes their way.  Golfers, it turns out, must work out in the gym in order to improve their game and reduce the chances of injury.  Indeed, a lot of consideration goes into making the first tee shot.

According to Mike Pedersen, the core muscles required for stronger turns and more powerful torque include:

Target muscle groups

Hamstrings – Maintains golf posture and prevents lower back injuries.

Quadriceps – Maintains knee flex throughout the swing.

Latissimus Dorsi (upper back muscles) – Maintains firm upper spine for smoother rotation.

Deltoids (shoulder muscles) – Allows a more consistent “top-of-the-backswing” position and better club control throughout the swing.

Forearms – Maintains stronger impact position with better wrist control.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 3: Bowling

March 8, 2010

The third blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Bowling and the muscles involved in the real-life version of the sport.  The seemingly fewer muscles and warm-ups required prior to bowling does not preclude the sport from any form of warm-ups, especially when athletic activity requires some warming up.

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 3: BowlingPrior to playing a game or two of bowling, a person should warm up the muscles and joints in their throwing arm.  Recreational bowlers and glove-wearing seasoned bowlers alike should focus on warming up their wrist since much of the energy released when throwing a bowling ball goes through there.  Additionally, the bowler gathers energy during the follow through and approach to the foul line, so warming up the biceps and triceps is also necessary.

Wrists

Biceps and triceps

Long-time bowlers can suffer from repetitive strain injuries (RSI), affecting the chest, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back.  The following exercise can help lessen the possibilities of such injuries.

Shoulder mobility exercises

On a side note, if you sit in front of a computer at work all day, or blog or Tweet all day, the aforementioned exercise is very useful for rejuvenating you during breaks.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 2: Baseball

March 4, 2010

The second blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Baseball, with a discussion about the muscle groups involved in playing baseball, including the muscles involved for batting and pitching.  Even though Wii Baseball does not involve running around the baseball diamond, the discussion does include the leg and lower body muscles involved.

The second blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Baseball, and discusses the muscles, warm-ups, and conditioning involved.Batting and pitching

Arms
The proper pitch occurs in six stages: wind up, stride, arm-cocking, arm acceleration, arm deceleration, and follow-through.  The primary muscles on either side of the upper body involved in the arm movements of batting and pitching include the following:

Pectoralis Major

Posterior Deltoid
Teres Major
(diagram only)
Latissimus Dorsi

Abdominals
In order to become a consistent batter, working out the abdominal muscles is essential since batting involves a powerful twisting motion during the swing.  Batters must concentrate on strengthening the following abdominal muscles:

Leg Strength
Why is leg strength important in batting?  The batter pushes off the ground with his legs prior to swinging the bat, drawing all of the energy that goes into the full swing.  Developing the necessary leg strength requires strengthening the following:

Calves

Quadriceps

Hamstrings

Groin

Even though most of the running done by actual baseball players takes place when they run around the baseball diamond, retrieve a fly ball infield, or run after a ball outfield, people should understand how doing running drills helps increase speed and efficiency while also maximizing the potential hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.

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Francis M. Unson

Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!

March 2, 2010

Nintendo Wii GiveawayWe at Flower Blossoms would like to thank the bloggers, Facebook fans, and Twitterers who have supported us on our endeavor to provide social media marketing services to the local businesses in our community since January 15, 2010.  To show our gratitude, we are having a “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!”  We will pick one winner at the end of the contest run and announce it on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

How to enter the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” contest on Facebook:

  1. Become a Fan of Flower Blossoms by going to the Flower Blossoms’ Facebook Page.  Log in first if necessary.
  2. Click on the Wall tab, then click on the “Become a Fan” button.
  3. Once you are a Fan, write “Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” on the Wall.  This is your entry for the contest.  You may enter the contest once every 24 hours.

How to enter the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” contest on Twitter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter.  We will follow you back as soon as possible.
  2. Send the following as your Tweet so we can track your entry:
    __@FlowerBlossoms >> Nintendo #WiiGiveaway Contest << Please RT to enter to win a Wii! http://bit.ly/bvqOSm

One more thing: If you write an entry in your own blog or website about our “Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” and post a link to that entry below as a reply, the total number of your contest entries from Facebook and Twitter will count for double!

Contest notes

  • We will use the services of RANDOM.ORG to determine a winner.
  • Only one Wall post and/or one Tweet contest entry per day.
  • If you have an account on Facebook AND Twitter, you may submit one contest entry each on BOTH sites per day.  This is the only daily multiple entry allowed.
  • We will contact the winner on Friday, April 9, via PM on Facebook or DM on Twitter.
  • Contest ends on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:59PM PDT!
  • Due to popular demand, and the upcoming April 15 deadline on which tax returns are due here in the United States, we are extending the contest an extra week! That’s right, we’re ending the contest at exactly the same time as your tax returns are due!
  • The contest now has a slightly longer name, too: Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!
  • You now have until Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:59PM PDT to submit your contest entries to Facebook and Twitter!
  • We will contact the winner on Friday, April 16, via PM on Facebook or DM on Twitter.  Good luck!

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Francis M. Unson


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