When Microsoft launched the first Windows 10 Technical Preview last year, it included a built-in keylogger that would collect information about "you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage".
Well, it looks like the latest version of Windows 10 that the public can get its hands-on in the form of the Technical Preview still includes this built-in keylogger. Microsoft adds "[When you] enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features".
Since this is stated in the EULA for the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft isn't exactly hiding it. A post on Reddit bought this to my attention, warning people to not use this as their "daily driver" operating system. Since it's collecting copious amounts of not just personal data, but being a keylogger, it can secure everything on you. What if someone has found a way to hack into this built-in keylogger, and has been taking users' logged keys of Internet banking sessions, and various log-ins like Facebook and the such?
Late last year, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Jurassic World' star Chris Pratt passed on the role of the video game adaptation of Sony's 'Uncharted', which I thought was rather curious at the time. Now, it's a little clearer why.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney, who now own the rights to the 'Indiana Jones' franchise after purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012, are not only looking at bringing the franchise back, but are looking at casting Chris Pratt in the role once occupied by 72 year old Harrison Ford.
Deadline do make the point that "while things are very early", it sure looks like we might be seeing some more 'Indiana Jones' adventures soon - and hearkening back to the classic Hollywood serials that the franchise is based on, I think this can only be a great thing.
Featuring an i7 4790K paired with a GTX 780Ti DCII, this custom-chassis ROG-styled build is all tied together with an ASUS GENE VII.
If the full build log tickles your fancy, you can have a look for yourself - otherwise we'll wrap up the information below for you. With the custom chassis design being made out of sheet steel and acrylic, the original purpose was for it to house a mATX motherboard, two radiators, one video card and a full water-cooling system.
Once again featuring Bitspower cooling support, this custom build even managed to throw a full-size Be Quiet! power supply into the mix, with the full specification list reading:
CPU: Intel i7 4790K
MOBO: ASUS GENE VII
GPU: ASUS GTX780Ti DCII
PSU: Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800
FAN: Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 120 mm
SSD: Kingston 3K 240 GB
RAM: Kingston HyperX Black Fury 16 GB
COOL: Various Bitspower products
A little over fifteen years ago Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. In a final convulsion, the company decided to bring back its exiled founder Steve Jobs who, as we all know, went on to revolutionise the company to the powerhouse it is today. Still, not many industry analysts called today's profit result for the company, which has just broken the record for the largest quarterly profit in history.
According to the release from the company, up until the quarter ending quarter ending December 27 2014, Apple earned $74.6 billion in gross revenue and recorded quarterly net profit of $18 billion, primarily off the back of strong strong sales of iPhone and Mac products leading into the Christmas period.
To put the revenue result in context, this is more than Microsoft and Google combined, with the latter making less than what Apple did in this quarter in all of 2014. Apple shares closed last night at just under $110 dollars.
Set to ride the smartwatch success wave, Chris V Woolpert has set out to create a limited edition charging station - adding class and style to your charging experience.
Recently releasing a Kickstarter campaign, Woolpert describes this project as a "derivative or "spin off" design from a larger parent design project called USDCS." Further explaining that "the goal of this Kickstarter project is to raise funds for the proper development of the USDCS smart technology design project."
The product itself will hold your smartwatch up high for all to see, whilst providing a charging cable threaded through the 'arm' of the device - allowing you to hold and charge your smartwatch in style. All new major-brand smartwatch releases will require nightly charging, so if you're looking to keep your watch safely off the ground or a desk, this might be the solution for you.
Just 8 years on from the release of 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer', which starred a pre-'Captain America' Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd, Twentieth Century Fox have completely reset the franchise, with the release of this years 'The Fantastic Four' from 'Chronicle' director John Trank.
The studio have now released their first look at the film, with a rather generous 2 minute trailer that I gotta admit doesn't really make me excited in the same way as, say 'Jurassic World' or 'Terminator: Genisys'. Still, take a look and see for yourself.
'The Fantastic Four' hits screens worldwide in August, and also in 3D if you're that way inclined.
With $1.428 billion net revenue posted for the reported period, EA blew their $1.275 billion expectation out of the water - claimed by CEO Andrew Wilson as due to "great execution with our leading IP, new mobile hits and continued strength in our catalogue of top games and services."
Proud of their results, Wilson went on to state that "Electronic Arts delivered amazing experiences to our players in Q3, from the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition to SimCity BuildIt to our live services for FIFA, Madden NFL and more," as seen in their recent press release. The results achieved this quarter mark a record for Electronic Arts, seeing it ranked as the best "cash flow for a calendar year period."
Further results include EA being listed as the #1 publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - due to their releases of Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, UFC, Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14. They also pushed through 22 million downloads on SimCity Buildit and saw their titles hit the top 5 iOS downloads in more than 100 countries.
The 'Ghostbusters' sequel/ remake/ reboot has been a long time in the making, but the project took a huge leap forward this morning, with the full cast revealed for the all-female reboot.
A reversal of the original cast which featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed the full cast, which includes comedians Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy.
The 'Ghostbusters' reboot will shoot in New York mid this year and is aiming for a 2016 release.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a 55-page study focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), admitting that there are "numerous" and "potentially revolutionary" benefits to consumers - but at major privacy and security risks that must be addressed.
For companies making connected devices, the FTC hopes to see security built directly into devices immediately, instead of waiting to add it in later. Furthermore, it's important to train employees regarding security, so they can take it more seriously while designing - or using - connected technologies.
"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a press statement. "We believe that by adopting the best practices we've laid out, businesses will be better able to provide consumers the protections they want and allow the benefits of the Internet of Things to be fully realized."
A day after a small quad-copter drone crashed on White House property, President Barack Obama discussed the lack of drone regulation by his government. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on guidelines and is creating future restrictions, while Obama also has tasked other government regulators to help streamline creating rules for drone flights.
"You know that there are companies like Amazon that are talking about using small drones to deliver packages... there are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife," Obama recently told CNN. "But we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it."
Several US agencies are engaging with "stakeholders" to ensure a new drone infrastructure is created, preventing the violation of people's privacy, according to Obama.