Bipartisan legislation? Check. Good for the country? Check. Total common sense? Check. Yup this one is bound to fail.
The move marks the latest foray into an ongoing debate over encryption between Silicon Valley and Washington. While tech companies generally oppose weakened security standards, federal authorities have warned about a "going dark" phenomenon in which criminal suspects use powerful encryption in their communications so that investigators cannot access a phone's content, even with a warrant.
This article on bullshots is pretty interesting. It's mind boggling how game developers and publishers, in this day and age, can think this is a good idea.
Consumers are smarter today than they used to be, but that hasn’t stopped video game publishers from releasing what have become known as "bullshots," doctored images that are meant to show what a video game looks like, but end up being so modified and fancified they’re often nothing of the sort. Think of it as a nip and tuck, only for a video game. While they’re useful for a publisher - the better their games look, the more they’ll sell - they’re the opposite for a gamer, as we’re essentially being told tiny lies, shown one thing then sold something else.
Why do scumbags like this always try to take people's hard earned money? Hell, if you are going to break into the IRS, why not pay everyone's taxes while you are in there.
One of the worst things an identity thief can do with a stolen Social Security number is use it to then claim that person’s tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service has revealed that ID thieves recently tried to attack IRS.gov in an effort to cash in on 460,000 stolen SSNs. According to the IRS, the automated cyber attack attempted to use malware to trick IRS.gov into generating E-file PINs for the hundreds of thousands of SSNs.
"In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials," Clapper told a Senate panel as part of his annual "assessment of threats" against the US.
I don't care what people think of this new 'Best Tweets' thing, just the fact that you have to manually turn the feature on makes this a win in my book.
Here's how it works. You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the Tweets you're most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the Tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always. At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new Tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love.
Are any of you paying for YouTube Red? Personally, there is no way I would pay $9.99 a month for this content. That is more than I pay for Hulu and the same price as Netflix.
If you're already a subscriber, you can keep up with all the releases at the YouTube Red channel. The service costs $9.99 a month, which includes ad-free and offline YouTube video access, and a subscription to Google Music. It's only available in the US right now, but those abroad in some applicable countries will be able to pay for access to the original videos.
Who knew Canada was a hotbed for piracy? I find it kind of funny that the International Intellectual Property Alliance, in its press release compaing about piracy, provided a list of the most popular torrent sites with "attractive, user-friendly interface." Whoops.
The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups are unhappy with how the Canadian Government is approaching the problem of online piracy. The country remains very appealing to pirate sites, they claim, while ISPs often fail to warn infringing subscribers effectively.
According to this article, Intel will be shipping a new microcode update for Skylake processors that will put an end to overclocking non-K CPUs.
"Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS," an Intel spokesman said. "The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications."
NVIDIA GRID acceleration of Blast Extreme — a new protocol for optimizing the mobile cloud — is now supported in VMware Horizon 7. What’s that mean for IT managers? Reduced latency. Improved performance. And up to 18 percent more users. NVIDIA and VMware have been working together for years to improve the virtualized computing user experience and enable a whole new class of virtual use cases. We were the first to enable hardware-accelerated graphics rendering in VMware Horizon View. Then we enabled the first virtualized graphics acceleration in Horizon with GRID vGPU. Now, using the new Blast Extreme protocol, NVIDIA GRID offloads encoding from the CPU to the GPU. This frees up resources and lowers the demand on network infrastructure, which lets organizations reach more remote users. In tests of key applications like ESRI ArcGIS Pro, scalability increased by up to 18 percent. That’s without investing in new hardware.
Intel Security today announced that leading research firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company in the leaders quadrant for its "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention" as published on January 28, 2016. According to the report, "By 2018, 90% of organizations will implement at least one form of integrated DLP, up from 50% today." The report also states "[Leaders] have strong management interfaces, and have tight integration with other products within their brands or through well-established partnerships and meaningful integrations."
I guess now we know why the CEO, chairman and general counsel of Mad Catz all jumped ship yesterday. It sounds like it might have been a "quit before you are fired" situation.
At this time last year, Mad Catz reported $809,000 in losses. That number is now $4.36 million. The company attributes the shortfalls to Rock Band 4 sell-through, which was lower than forecast. This has led to both softer than anticipated revenue and higher than expected inventory carrying costs.
I don't know if I would call this "shooting itself in the foot." Let's be honest, how much money could PayPal possibly lose over this situation?
Under the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction. This includes transactions for any device or technological measure that descrambles a scrambled work, decrypts an encrypted work or otherwise avoids, bypasses, removes, deactivates or impairs a technological measure without the authority of the copyright owner.
The Los Angeles Times explains why Apple fans are starting to hate Apple software. Are things really as bad as this article makes it sound? I don't use Apple products, so I wouldn't know.
The last few weeks have seen an explosion of discontent with the quality of the core apps of Apple's iPhones, iPads and Mac computers -- not only its OS X and iOS operating systems, but programs and services such as iTunes, Music, iCloud and Photos. Not only do the programs work poorly for many users, but they don't link Apple devices together as reliably as they should. These complaints aren't coming merely from users but several widely followed tech commentators who used to fit reliably in the category of Apple fans.
We're committed to our customers and strive to incorporate their feedback, both in how we deliver Windows as a service and the info we provide about Windows 10. In response to this feedback, we’re providing more details about the Windows 10 updates we deliver through Windows Update. You'll see a summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details. This page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released.
It would seem that Kim Dotcom will remain a free man for a few more months as his extradition appeal was pushed back to August.
The United States government will have to wait another six months for the appeal in the Kim Dotcom extradition case to be heard. A judge in the High Court in Auckland has just denied US requests for Dotcom's appeal to be fast-tracked, instead setting a date for this coming August.
Amazon Games has launched Lumberyard, a free cross-platform game engine with AWS support and native Twitch integration. Hit the link for the complete rundown.
Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for you to create the highest-quality games, connect your games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. By starting game projects with Lumberyard, you can spend more of your time creating great gameplay and building communities of fans, and less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of building a game engine and managing server infrastructure.
If you are in need of a thin all-in-one CPU cooler that won't break the bank, make sure you read our evaluation of the SilverStone Tundra TD-02 Slim.
One obstacle that often stands in the way of adding an AIO to your system is space to do so. In a smaller computer chassis, many times the thickness of the radiator can be an issue. Silverstone is looking to solve your space issues with a new Tundra series All-In-One cooler that is specific to this footprint need.
Maybe the age old tactic of throwing money at a problem might work in this case. Who knows? I mean, they've done a bang-up job so far, why not give them more money. Given the opportunity, how would you guys beef up our nation's cybersecurity?
In his fiscal 2017 budget proposal, Obama asked for $19 billion for cyber security across the U.S. government, an increase of $5 billion over this year. While the White House's overall fiscal plan faces tough going in the Republican-controlled Congress, increased cyber security funding has won bipartisan support of lawmakers in the past. The request comes as the Obama administration has struggled to address the growing risk posed by criminals and nation states in the digital world.
The French Data Protection Authority has told Facebook to, among other things, stop collecting data on people that visit Facebook without an account and to give account holders a way to opt out of data collection.
The Chair of the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) issued formal notice to FACEBOOK to fairly collect data concerning the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a FACEBOOK account. FACEBOOK must also provide account holders with the means to object to the compiling of their data for advertising purposes.
Today is Safer Internet Day. Those of you that are truly dedicated to making the internet a safer place should unplug from the internet immediately and do whatever people do when they aren't on the internet. We'll hold your spot until you come back.
Welcome to the official site of Safer Internet Day U.S., hosted by ConnectSafely.org. Safer Internet Day, an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago, is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Globally, it’s coordinated by the Brussels-based Insafe Network for the European Commission and is marked on the second Tuesday of February each year. For Safer Internet Day 2016, we’ll host a livestream event at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Closed beta testing of Overwatch resumes today. Those of you that were in the previous beta are all set to go, everyone else has to sign up on Battle.net and wait for an invite. Thanks to Blue's for the news.
The review crew at Overclockers Club just published a review of G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3400 16GB memory kit. If you are memory shopping, you'll want to read the full review.
In every test run, the Trident Z modules finished first in every test but three. In those three tests the performance gap was minimal at best between the top two sets of high speed DDR4 modules. When overclocked, the Trident Z modules followed the Patriot modules in only three tests. Again with margins small enough that you could call it a draw. All in all a very impressive performance from this set of memory from G.Skill.