Beats Music is catching up on its competitors Rdio and Spotify by making its API public. Up until this point, the company only gave its API out to a few select partners so that they could create integrations with compatible devices.
Now that developers have access to the API, they have access to Beats' catalog of over 20 million tracks, as well as metadata, artist and album art, personal recommendations, and the company's own curated content. The curated content is what Beats believes will make its service stand out against the streaming music crowd.
Opening up its API has Beats in a more competitive nature, as it will allow developers to get elbows deep in its code, making the service available on more platforms.
During his speech at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Google chairman Eric Schmidt had some damning words to say about the Chinese, and the NSA. SChmidt said that government attacks from China, and the US, forced Google to boost its security protocols.
Schmidt said that governments around the world have come to the realization that trying to block Internet access to its citizens are futile, and that they have moved onto other methods of control. He said: "You don't turn off the Internet: you infiltrate it. The new model for a dictator is to infiltrate and try to manipulate it. You're seeing this in China, and in many other countries."
The Google chairman was pressed about the role of technology in uprisings, such as the one in the Ukraine right now, where he said that the spread of mobile devices has allowed people to organize much more easily, but although "revolutions are going to be easier to start," they'll also be "harder to finish."
WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, gave a talk at SXSW Interactive, where he said that President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform. Assange said he is siding with the NSA, and not with the American people.
Assange said that we can see that Obama isn't serious about the NSA scandals, as he has failed to fire or prosecute anyone at the NSA. The WikiLeaks founder also said that Obama couldn't enable any change, even if he actually wanted to. Assange said that if President Obama tried to dismantle the NSA or CIA, that he would be impeached, and that the agencies would destroy him as they "have dirt on him".
Assange had some dark words about the NSA, adding that the NSA "has dirt on all of us", suggesting that the American government has been collecting information on US citizens to black mail them when the time is right.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created the Practical Root Exploit Containment (PREC) tool aimed to look for root exploits in malicious apps.
Since most malicious apps targeting Google Android are based on C programming, not Java, researchers can compare apps with a database that describes how apps are expected to operate. Software anomaly detection isn't new, but researchers focused strictly on C code, greatly reducing the number of false positives by searching for C only.
"We have implemented PREC and evaluated our methodology on 140 most popular benign applications and 10 root exploit malicious applications," researchers wrote in their paper. "Our results show that PREC can successfully detect and stop all the tested malware while reducing the false alarm rates by more than one order of magnitude over traditional malware detection algorithms."
European Union law enforcement agency Europol is urging citizens to be careful using public Wi-Fi hotspots, due to an increase in the number of cybercriminals trying to steal information.
There is even greater concern when people use these hotspots to log into social media, make online purchases, or use online banking. However, the majority of consumers don't tend to focus on security, and aren't aware of the risks.
"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi Internet," said Troels Oerting, head of the Europol cybercrime unit, in an interview with BBC Click. "They should do this from home where they know actually the Wi-Fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."
During his testimony to the European Parliament released on Friday morning, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he reported policy or legal issues related to the NSA's far-reaching spying programs to more than 10 officials. But, as a contractor, he had no legal leg to stand on in order to pursue further whistleblowing.
Snowden was asked specifically if he had felt like he had exhausted all of his options before deciding to leak the classified information to the public, where he responded with: "Yes. I had reported these clearly problematic programs to more than ten distinct officials, none of whom took any action to address them. As an employee of a private company rather than a direct employee of the US government, I was not protected by US whistleblower laws, and I would not have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified information about lawbreaking in accordance with the recommended process".
US President Barack Obama said back in an August news conference that Snowden had "other avenues" to pursue, referring to Snowden "whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions". Obama referred to Presidential Policy Directive 19, a system setup for questioning classified government actions under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Microsoft Studios has owned the rights to Gears of War franchise for a little over a month now, but as of March 10, 2014 at 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), Epic Games will be shutting down and archiving the Gears of War forum.
Epic Games will also be handing over the Facebook and Twitter accounts to Gears of War over to Black Tusk Studios. Epic Games said on its Facebook page for Gears of War that "Black Tusk Studios asks for your patience and support as they set up new forums for the Gears of War community, and encourage you to communicate with them over Facebook (this page) and Twitter (http://Twitter.com/GearsofWar) during this forum transition over the coming weeks".
Remedy En'tertainment has worked on some pretty special games, including Max Payne and Alan Wake, but its upcoming title Quantum Break is looking like yet another winner for the Finnish-based studio.
On Remedy Entertainment's website, the staff congratulated Greg Louden for his work at the London-based effects studio Framestore, which took an Academy Award home for its Best Visual Effects for Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'. Louden's resume touts that he oversaw shots of Gravity's computer-generated interiors, with a focus on the free-floating objects that surrounded Sandra Bullock's character.
Quantum Break will see Louden use his talent on scripting and designing events as part of the game's level design. He will also be tackling some of the visual effects for Remedy's upcoming Xbox One-exclusive third-person shooter.
The next installment in Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds series looks like it might don some metal armor, with a trailer teasing a knight's suit of armor posted to Rovio Mobile's YouTube channel.
The new game will be released in Australia, Canada and New Zealand first, with the video description teasing: "Perhaps the most Epic soft launch ever - whatever that means!?" There's no more information on it right now, but you can check back here at TweakTown for more information on the new Angry Birds title as it breaks.
The situation between Russia and the Ukraine is heating up, but could the US government know what Vladimir Putin's next move is, all by studying his body language over the years?
The Pentagon has spent considerable sums of money studying the body language of foreign leaders, to hopefully predict future behavior. An article was recently published by USA Today reporter Ray Locker, who worked with documents uncovered by RT that provided a look into a subject that isn't talked about often. The military has been using the expertise of body movement analysts to interpret the nonverbal projections of important heads of state, including one in the spotlight right now, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Locker reported: "US policymakers are seeking any advantage they can find". He added that the United States Office of Net Assessment, which is a division of the Department of Defense, has employed Naval War College research fellow Brenda Connors. Connors has been involved since 1996, and is one of just a few movement pattern analyst practitioners in the world to be sanctioned by the Motus Humanus organization.