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Sony attorney says 'The Interview' will be released, maybe via Crackle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 32 mins ago

Sony Pictures originally pulled "The Interview" from theaters, bowing to terrorist threats issued by the Guardians of Peace, but is looking for different online methods to distribute the controversial movie. It's possible Sony could release the movie on the Crackle online streaming video service, as a way for interested fans to watch the movie.

 

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"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," said David Boies, Sony attorney. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

 

The entire Sony Pictures drama has taken many peculiar turns, and CEO Michael Lynton admitted the company has struggled to find streaming or video-on-demand distribution partners. However, BitTorrent is willing to help Sony Pictures share The Interview, though sharing it on Crackle could also be extremely effective - as social media will certainly help drive viewers to the movie.

Pres. Obama says United States not in cyberwar with North Korea

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

President Obama has said the United States will respond "proportionately" against North Korea for its role in attacking Sony Pictures, but said the country is not engaged in a cyberwar against North Korea. Instead, the US may reintroduce North Korea to a list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, and will look for other methods to retaliate against the reclusive country.

 

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"I don't think it was an act of war," Obama recently said on CNN's State of the Union. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said. We've got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism. And we don't make those judgments just based on the news of the day. We look systematically at what's been done and based on those facts, we'll make those determinations in the future."

 

There aren't many things the United States can do to attack North Korea with cyberattacks, as the US has much more to lose in an ongoing battle - and the US is more interested in trying to create generational change to help better the North Korean people, rather than directly fight with the government.

BMW interested in creating vehicle technology controlled by smartwatch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 28 mins ago

BMW and Tesla both want to create new in-vehicle technologies that can be controlled using smartwatches, with unique features available to auto buyers. The BMW i3 would allow drivers to essentially park a vehicle using a smartwatch, using a mobile app paired with the Remote Valet Parking Assistant feature in the BMW. The app is able to guide vehicles into a parking spot on its own.

 

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The BMW Remote Valet Parking Assistant uses active laser sensors that scan the immediate vicinity to verify the vehicle won't accidentally run into anything. However, there is a "possibility of entirely collision-free driving," indicating the system still isn't exactly full-proof.

 

Tesla's Model S already has built-in self-driving features so vehicles can park themselves, and incorporating these features in a smartwatch could prove extremely valuable.

BitTorrent more than happy to carry 'The Interview' for Sony Pictures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 hour, 50 mins ago

If Sony Pictures truly doesn't want to release "The Interview" into theaters, BitTorrent would be more than happy to help the studio share its controversial movie. BitTorrent says its BitTorrent Bundle service would be a legal method for the movie to be distributed, instead of releasing the film to online video sites and via pirated torrenting.

 

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"Though we normally would not offer commentary during such a trying time for another company, the answer is yes," BitTorrent officials said in a statement. "BitTorrent Bundle is in fact the very best way for Sony to take back control of their film, to not acquiescence to terrorist threats, and to ensure a wide audience can view the film safely. It would also strike a strong note for free speech."

 

After Sony decided to pull the movie - a decision which it is second-guessing, while considering still releasing the movie - there has been a large amount of criticism. Pres. Obama said Sony made the wrong decision, while Hollywood actors also heavily criticized the decision.

Report: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived escape attempt in 1962

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 40 mins ago

Three Dutch researchers conducted a study using hydraulic software and 'boats' to determine the three prisoners from Alcatraz could have survived and made it to land. It's possible they could have hit the beach north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they started their terrifying voyage from 11:00 p.m. to midnight - if they left earlier, it would be almost certain that the strong current would have swept them underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and to certain death.

 

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The bodies of John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris were never discovered, but FBI agents and prison officials said there was little chance they could have survived in their homemade raft consisting of rain coats.

 

"We didn't know exactly when the inmates launched their boats, or their precise starting point, and so we decided to release 50 'boats' every 30 minutes between 20:00 and 04:00 (11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.) from a range of possible escape spots at Alcatraz to see where they would end up," said Fedor Baart, Deltares hydraulic engineer, in a statement. "We added a paddling effect to the 'boats,' as we assumed the prisoners would paddle as they got closer to land."

Staples announces 1.6 million cards affected in previous data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 hours, 50 mins ago

Office retailer Staples recently issued an update to a data breach investigation that took place earlier in the year, targeting its retail point-of-sale (PoS) systems. The company said 115 of its stores nationwide were targeted, with 1.16 million customers affected, providing cybercriminals potential "access to some transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes."

 

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Retailers remain under fire from foreign cybercriminals targeting their PoS systems - and the problem likely won't suddenly go away anytime soon. Despite Staples' data breach much smaller than Target (40 million compromised) and Home Depot (56 million compromised), shows that major problems still exist.

Apple hits back at BBC report disclosing poor working conditions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 28 mins ago

Apple executives have lashed out at the BBC Panorama report that revealed ongoing poor working conditions for employees at an Apple manufacturing facility in China. The report indicated employees were found to work up to 16 hours per shift, working many consecutive days, and living in harsh environments in their dormitories.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook noted educational programs for workers in China, along with improving working conditions, in an open letter to Apple employees working in the UK.

 

"As you know, Apple is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equality around the world. We are honest about the challenges we face and we work hard to make sure that people who make our products are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."

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Microsoft donates $2M and 200 tablets to youth organizations

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 14 mins ago

After the NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun teamed up with his wife Lori to donate $1 million to non-profit charity City Year recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation pushed $500,000 towards CARE in India and Napster's founder gave $24 million to Stanford for an allergy research facility - Microsoft once again put their name on this list, giving $2 million in software to NBC-supported charities.

 

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Alongside this, the tech giant has given 200 HP Stream Windows tablets to these charities, enabling them to run Office 365 and Windows 8.1 quickly and efficiently on a 7-inch screen. Although not as impressive as $24 million in cold-hard cash, it's good to see more big-name companies get on board with charity work even if it's in the form of enabling their customers to donate through a company portal that's been established - anything is better than nothing.

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Poiltitian claims Twitter hack after 'following' pornstar Belle Knox

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 13 hours, 11 mins ago

Steve Bellone jumped quickly to his own defense after his Twitter account was seen 'following' pornstar Belle Knox - claiming the account was hacked. This County Executive claimed that Mrs. Knox made his shortlist of only 267 people 'followed' through a hijack of his professional account, not by his own means.

 

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Possibly worried about his election campaign Bellone, a father of three, is up for re-election in 2015 and has made clear that this news is solely due to a Twitter hijack of the controversial Knox - who has been seen in headlines recently due to being exposed thanks to a fellow Duke University student shedding some light some extra-curricular activities relating to her employment.

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Amazon provides a massive update for low-selling Fire Phone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 13 mins ago

If you're one of the apparent few Fire Phone owners, Amazon have just pushed out a large update - adding lots of standard features to the phone that have been claimed as 'necessities on launch' that were, for some reason not included.

 

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If a Fire Phone has been on your to-buy list, you may be waiting out for a 'fire sale' like most of us have, otherwise now might be a good time to pick one up for yourself. This update includes things such as VPN connectivity support, different keyboard language supports, phone number blocking, toggling for SMS character counts, custom ringtones, continuous scrolling for Kindle and a 'best shot' feature for the camera.

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