In August of 2012, Vladimir Putin paid a visit to a 14th century monastery where he engaged in a meet and greet with members of the church. All seemed well until a Russian Orthodox priest attempted to greet Putin with a kiss on the hand, which Putin promptly rejected in disgust. Recently, someone has created a .gif of the incident, and it is hitting viral proportions on popular sites like Reddit, Imgur, and 9GAG.
As tensions in Asia heat up, all eyes have been on Putin, and the internet has been having a field day. Images much like this one have surfaced all over, depicting Putin in the manliest of ways, and often presenting him shirtless in a side-by-side comparison with president Obama. Unsurprisingly, these images often hit viral proportions.
Two men have been arrested and are allegedly involved in a cyberattack and data theft of KT Corp, a major South Korean phone company, with 12 million users affected. The breach took place over a long period, and the criminals took up to 300,000 piece of information at a time, and the South Korean government forced KT Corp to create an online database for users hit by the breach.
One of the suspects reportedly broke into the KT Corp computer system using custom-coded software he developed himself. During the breach, the accused hacker gained bank details, employment information and home addresses on 12 million KT - around 75 percent of the company's customers.
The information was later sold to another criminal, and he allegedly used the data to pose as a KT sales rep and sell mobile phones - the criminal scheme generated an estimated $10.8 million, according to reports.
With this mornings launch of Titanfall, Microsoft has also enabled Twitch.TV live streaming on the Xbox One. Starting today, users will be able to begin streaming their gameplay sessions straight to Twitch, and allow users all over the world to watch them battle it out in real-time.
"Our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like 'Titanfall' on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch," said Microsoft product manager, Mark Whitten.
The National Broadband Network in Australia has tested out some truly breakneck Internet speeds, where a successful trial has been completed by the NBN Co and network transport company Coraint at 1Tbps super-channel.
The trial was conducted over the company's 1066km fiber ring in Queensland on a 396GHz grid using Coraint's FlexiGrid technology. Coriant said that the trial featured a 35% improvement in spectrial efficiency, where it could eventually provide a maximum theoretical transmission capacity of 13Tbps over a distance of over 1000km.
NBN Co's Chief Technology Officer, Gary McLaren, said that the trial proved that the NBN Co's potential upgrade path for its transit network is huge. He said in a statement: "It highlights how established backbone infrastructure can be upgraded with sophisticated optical and electronic equipment to provide extra capacity for the future needs of the National Broadband Network."
13Tbps would be quite the Internet connection, let's hope this is in the pipes for the future!
The Jawbone UP24 launched way back in November, and ever since then only iOS users got to partake in the the fitness trackers full mobile experience. Today Jawbone announced that it has officially updated its UP app for Android and now allows Bluetooth syncing with Android phones. Previously the app was only compatible with the UP fitness tracker which has less features than the popular UP 24.
"We believe that helping people understand the context and meaning of their data is key in helping to make sustained behavior changes," said Travis Bogard, Jawbone's vice president of product management and strategy. "Through our investment in data science we have been able to provide personalized insights to help nudge people to meet their sleep or activity goals. Now, our entire community can enjoy the benefits of these insights in real-time."
The update also adds other features to the Android app such as better alerts, push notifications, and milestone tracking. I wrote off fitness trackers for a long time, but with a recent purchase of another fitness tracker that is on the market, I am almost completely sold on he concept and look forward to recording and tracking data every time I head out for a workout, hike, or bike ride.
While Apple may have had its differences with "jainbreakers" in the past, the company has actually given some of them some long overdue credit with the launch of iOS 7.1. During yesterdays launch of iOS 7.1, Apple listed out all of the security fixes that have been applied to the update and with the listings, recognized Evasi0n jailbreak for its contributions to finding four security flaws in the operating system.
Citing those who point out potentially dangerous flaws in software is a long standing tradition and we are glad to see that Apple is adhering to that tradition even though the flaws were pointed out by a group who teaches users how to hack their devices for more control. Apple also mentioned a student from Italy, a Google engineer, a security consultant, and even a researcher for helping make iOS 7.1 even safer. With the holes now patched, we wonder how long it will take for new ones to arise in iOS 7.1.
On March 27th, Paramount Pictures Australia will launch one of the riskiest propositions of the 2014 theatrical season with Russell Crowe's Noah, the $130 million epic which seems to create controversy wherever it goes - from studio disagreements with Director Darren Aronofsky over the final cut, to split results from preview screenings with religious denominations.
In the latest development, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all signaled that they will ban the release of the film due to the depiction of prophets - a no-no in the Middle East.
Still, Paramount Pictures are aggressively promoting the film, no doubt hoping that the surprise financial and critical success that the Lord bestowed upon Passion of the Christ back in 2004 will shine his light on Noah. Paramount Australia have released a new behind the scenes promotional featurette online, which can be found here:
Easter eggs being hidden in video games its a long standing tradition in the programming world, but it is apparently becoming popular in the music world as well. Dubstep super star, Skrillex, has hidden his entire new album inside a new mobile video game called Alien Ride. The game is available for download on both the Google Play Store and in the iTunes App store, and yes you do have to play through the game to unlock all 11 of the tracks.
Recess is Skrillex's first album since his massively popular 2011 hit, Bangarang, the album many credit for making Dubstep popular with today's club scene. Unfortunately there is no mention of Skrillex on the Game or in its credits, but Skrillex is taking credit for the beats that get unlocked. Now all we need is a Flappy Bird clone that plays to a new Deadmau5 album and my life will be complete!
Speculation has ran rampant about why the next-generation HTC One has dual rear cameras, and a new leak squashes many of those theories and clues us in on what the dual camera system is actually used for. According to the leak, the second camera has been added to aid in generating images with more depth to them. The two imagers will let users take better images in low-light situations as well as re-focus images after they have been taken.
The leak comes from a brochure that Australian telecom, Telstra, has prepaired ahead of the HTC One Two's launch two weeks from today. The brochure also confirms that the new HTC One will feature BoomSound, Sense 6.0, and a 5-inch full HD Screem. With many reviewers and customers billing the current HTC One as the best Android smartphone ever made, HTC has a lot to live up to and many are worried that they can not meet expectations, but as a very happy HTC One owner, I think the new HTC One will best is predecessor much more than Samsung's Galaxy S5 did to the Galaxy S4.
The United States is the top producing nation of drones, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tries to come to terms with commercial drone regulation. Industries such as film, farming, and construction now find drones can be a great tool to handle tasks including video recording, mapping geographic sites, and conducting research in remote regions.
There is a global push to bring drones into the commercial market - and Amazon's desire to use drones to deliver packages will need to wait until lawmakers create regulations to fly drones in U.S. airspace.
Since the U.S. has such busy airspace, the FAA is closely studying standards that are right the first time - which means there isn't a big rush to make it happen immediately.