Men’s hockey returns to ice against UMD

first_imgForward Andy Bombach (11) and the men\’s hockey team will try to break through the WCHA\’s top goaltender Alex Stalock against UMD.[/media-credit]Much of the talk surrounding the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s opponent this weekend — the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs — tends to revolve around one individual: junior goaltender Alex Stalock.And for good reason.Stalock leads the WCHA in goals against average (2.24 per game) and save percentage (.921). But it’s his style of play that seems to garner equally as much attention.“He’s one of a kind, for sure,” UW defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “He likes to play the puck and he’s real active and comes out and really challenges the shooter. He makes you think twice before you shoot the puck.”“He comes out of the crease, and he’s kind of like a third defenseman, we like to call it,” forward Andy Bohmbach said. “You try to keep the puck away from him as much as you can so he doesn’t fire it up the ice.”For Bohmbach, though, Stalock’s unique goaltending style is nothing new — the two have faced off against each other since high school.“I actually played against him when I grew up,” Bohmbach said. “He’s from South St. Paul and I’m from Hudson and we were in the same league, so I’m kind of used to it now. He’s definitely a one-of-a-kind goaltender.”As good as Stalock is, however, the Badgers (13-10-3, 10-6-2 WCHA) were just a bit better when they faced the Bulldogs (13-7-6, 7-6-5 WCHA) back in mid-November. In a weekend series in Duluth, Wisconsin beat Stalock seven times in two games: a 3-3 overtime tie and a 4-1 victory. It took UW just 28 shots to get three pucks past Stalock in Friday’s tie but had to fire 38 times on the junior netminder Saturday for the 4-1 win.Patience, says Stalock’s counterpart Shane Connelly, will be the key to get past him again.“A lot of times he likes to make the first move and then make you think about that. He’s really athletic at getting back into position,” said Connelly, who made 28 saves in UW’s win over UMD. “If we’re patient, we can expose him by his over-aggressiveness.”While Stalock has been solid in net for Minnesota Duluth, the Bulldog forwards have been equally as impressive. The top four scorers — wingers Justin Fontaine and Mike Connolly and centers MacGregor Sharp and Jack Connolly — have all scored over 20 points on the season.Much like the Badgers, the Bulldog offense has been a committee of sorts. Fontaine has led the way with 12 goals and 34 points, and Sharp’s 11 goals and 15 assists aren’t far behind.“They’re going to create interesting matchups,” Connelly said. “Their strength is in their forwards. They’re going to try to dictate our D down low and keep their puck possession. They’re just a bunch of guys who work hard.”“They’re quick and small and fast and shifty, so we’ve got to make sure we’re smart in our D zone and not get too fancy,” McDonagh said.When the two teams clash at the Kohl Center Friday night, it will be a meeting of the hot versus the rested. Minnesota-Duluth is riding a four-game winning streak after sweeps of Bemidji State and Minnesota State. Meanwhile, the Badgers had last weekend off, allowing players to recover for the grind of the WCHA schedule.“We had a chance to relax a little bit, but at the same time we kept our practice speed up and we definitely battled all week,” Bohmbach said. “I wouldn’t say it was an off week for us really at all. The only thing off was not playing any games [last] weekend.”Wisconsin has just 10 games remaining, including this weekend’s series. Currently sitting in third in the WCHA standings — just two points behind No. 1 Denver and three points ahead of No. 6 Duluth — the Badgers hold their postseason fate in their own hands.“It feels good to be in control,” Bohmbach said. “I think that’s where we want to be. We just can’t slack off in these last couple of weekends. … We need every point we can get, even if it’s a tie.”last_img read more

Dota 2 The International 7 set to bring esports to a new level

first_imgAugust is set to be an action-packed month in the gaming industry with a host of major shows taking place.However, while conferences such as the XLIVE eSports Summit will draw in the crowds, one of the competitive gaming world’s most hotly anticipated dates will be another major attraction. The Dota 2 International is one of the biggest esports tournaments in the world and has become a global phenomenon in the years since it was first held by the game’s developer Valve Corporation in Cologne, Germany back in 2011 for a prize pool of around $1.6 million (£1.2m).Since then, however, the competition has not only found a natural home in Seattle, where every tournament has been held since 2012, but also grown to be the most lucrative competition held anywhere across the globe. The Dota 2 International 2016 was held at the 17,000-capacity KeyArena and boasted a prize pool of more than $20 million – the largest in esports history – with Chinese team Wings Gaming securing $9,139,002 for winning the best-of-five final against the US-based side Digital Chaos.The biggest ever?With the largest prize pool of any esports event at stake, thousands of fans flock to attend. Many major bookmakers like Bet Way have been turning their attention to esports betting, offering enthusiasts the chance to bet on who will win. The Dota 2 International 2017 is sure to be the biggest of the events so far.Being held from August 7th to 12th, the competition will once again take place at the Key Arena in Seattle with a prize pool which, as of July 27th, stands at more than $22.5 million (£17.2m). The pool tends to be started by a contribution from Valve – this year $1.6 million, with 25% of proceeds from the sale of the International Battle Pass then being added to the pot. By purchasing the pass, fans of the game get access to a host of special features such as a Battle Point Tribute, Team Quests, Prestige Towers and a trivia game.The International itself is the culmination of a larger tournament and comes after a series of single elimination Open Qualifiers, Main Qualifiers, a Wild Card Series and a Group Stage. 18 teams have made it through to the main event and the excitement around the competition is building fast.Ones to watchWith the Dota 2 International 2017 now only a few days away, it is unsurprising that much attention is now turning to which sides are the most likely to enjoy a strong competition. Many eyes will be on Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses this year since the break-up of Wings Gaming and the failure of the finalists from Digital Chaos, who jumped to Planet Odd afterwards, to qualify – but there are plenty of other teams who may well have what it takes to challenge for victory this time around.Evil Geniuses finished third last year but took home more than $6 million when they won the International 2015. Their recent form has also been good, with the US-based side winning the Manila Masters and also reaching the final of the recent Epicenter 2017 tournament held in Moscow. They were beaten by Team Liquid on that occasion and it is fair to say that the European side will also be looking for a strong showing at the International after finishing 7th last year. It’s still an open field however, as so many players have changed teams since the last competition.Despite winning four out of the five Valve Majors, one team which has not enjoyed the best form since their last Major victory, however, has been OG. The side usually has a good pedigree in Dota 2 tournaments but was eliminated at the group stage of the Epicenter tournament, so the jury will be out as to whether they can come up with the goods on the big stage in August.A global gaming eventRegardless of which team ultimately wins outright at the International, it is going to be the biggest esports event ever held. With its ever-increasing prize pot, thousands of fans looking to attend in person and millions more set to watch online via streaming services such as Twitch, it is a true phenomenon of the 21st century.The competition is only a matter of days away and we simply cannot wait for it to get started.last_img read more

Large number of Android VPN apps insecure

first_imgLarge number of Android VPN apps insecure by Martin Brinkmann on January 31, 2017 in Google Android – 24 commentsVirtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well.Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps.Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.Google’s Android operating system supports native VPN clients since Android 4.0 released in October 2011 through the Android VPN Service class.When enabled, VPN applications on Android intercept and take full control of a device’s traffic.A team of researchers analyzed more than 280 Android VPN applications for privacy and security issues. The results, revealed in a research paper, reveal that many free and premium VPN applications on Android are insecure.Key findings include67% of Android VPN applications promised to protect user privacy. 75% of those used third-party tracking libraries, and 82% requested permissions to access user information such as text messages.37% of Android VPN applications had more than 500K downloads, and 25% at least a 4-star rating. Over 38% of those applications showed signs of malware on Virustotal.18% of all VPN applications implemented tunneling protocols without encryption.84% of VPN apps do not tunnel IPv6 traffic.66% of VPN apps do not tunnel DNS traffic.18% of VPN applications don’t reveal “the entity hosting the terminating VPN server”, and 16% of apps may forward traffic using peer-to-peer forwarding.16% of VPN applications deploy non-transparent proxies that modify HTTP traffic, for instance by injecting or removing headers. 2 of those inject JavaScript for advertisement and tracking purposes.4 of the analyzed VPN apps perform TLS interception.The research paper does not include the full list of tested Android VPN applications, and the issues identified in each of them. That’s unfortunate, as it would have helped users make an educated decision on which Android VPN application to install on their device, and to verify that installed VPN apps are not misbehaving.Some VPN apps are mentioned however. The research paper lists all VPN apps that were flagged as potentially malicious by Virustotal, and apps that have “egress points in residential ISPs”.The researchers suggest that Google needs to rethink the VPN permission model, as the current one is putting users, who are mostly unaware, at risk.The ability of the BIND_VPN_SERVICE permission to break Android’s sandboxing and the naive  perception that most users have about third-party VPN apps suggest that it is urging to re-consider Android’s VPN permission model to increase the control over VPN clients. Our analysis of the user reviews and the ratings for VPN apps suggested that the vast majority of users remain unaware of such practices even when considering relatively popular apps.Now You: do you use a VPN application on your mobile device?SummaryArticle NameLarge number of Android VPN apps insecureDescriptionA team of researchers analyzed 283 Android VPN apps for privacy and security issues, and came to the result that a large number are insecure or have issues.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more