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Sony hackers pledge to withhold stolen employee data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

The Guardians of Peace hacker group, which has taken credit for compromising Sony Pictures Entertainment, has offered to withhold compromising data: employees only need to email them their name and business title to be spared. The unique correspondence comes ahead of another promised round of published email correspondence between SPE employees.

 

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Here is what the group said in an email: "Message to SPE staffers. We have a plan to release emails and privacy of the Sony Pictures employees. If you don't want your privacy to be released, tell us your name and business title to take off your data."

 

The message also has an ominous warning to SPE executives: "The sooner SPE accept our demands, the better, of course. The farther time goes by, the worse state SPE will be put into and we will have Sony go bankrupt in the end."

DARPA creates self-guiding, mid-flight-changing .50-caliber bullet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

DARPA has developed something that is quite amazing: a self-guided, mid-flight-changing .50 cal projectile. This allows snipers to hide behind cover, and still hit their target with accuracy - even if they move.

 

 

The project comes from DARPA's "Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance" (EXACTO), with the team having the job of "developing more accurate military artillery that will enable greater firing range, minimize the time required to engage with targets, and also help reduce missed shots that can give away the troops' location".

 

A few months ago now, DARPA tested the .50 cal bullet at a distance of 1.2 miles, with the projectile using optical sensors on its nose to pull in-flight information. It also featured an internal electronic system that controls the fins on the projectile, which fling out in-flight, as they can't be seen in EXACTO photos. The video above shows a live testing of DARPA's impressive guided bullet, with the rifle intentionally aimed to the right of the target. The video shows that the projectile finds its target, changes its flight path on-the-fly, and then connects. DARPA's EXACTO team recently conduced the first successful live-fire tests using the in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets, which means it could be close to being used by snipers in the field.

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Amazon UK slammed with software bug, sells items for $0.01

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

There was a very brief error on Amazon UK's site that saw thousands of sales of third-party goods that were sold for just $0.01, with the glitch originating from Amazon Marketplace's Repricer Express between 7-8PM GMT on December 12.

 

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Amazon issued a statement about the problem to Sky News shortly after the error took place, saying "we are aware that a number of Marketplace sellers listed incorrect prices for a short period of time as a result of the third party software they use to price their items on Amazon.co.uk". The retail giant has announced that most of the orders that were placed, have since been cancelled.

 

The piece of software in question is a subscription service that monitors Amazon pricing continuously for the lowest price, and then sets sale prices on items that a user sets as something they're after. Up to 60,000 item prices can be changed per hour, with the constant re-pricing there to maintain the lowest prices to give a seller the best change of being in Amazon's prized "More Buying Choices" box.

Valve releases 'End of the Line' update for Team Fortress 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Valve has just updated Team Fortress 2 with the new End of the Line update, something that has a new special event that runs through until January 5.

 

 

The new update includes 21 new cosmetic items that are designed to keep your army warm during winter, a new taunt for the Pyro, and a new multi-class melee weapon that focuses on ducks. There are plenty of duck-related content, such as collectable ducks, duck journals, duck tokens, duck statistics, and much more.

 

This End of the Line update is inspired by a community film titled "End of the Line" which you can catch above.

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Metro Redux arrives on Linux, also supports Steam Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

4A Games has released both the Linux and SteamOS versions of its Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux games, with both versions featuring Steam Play support. This means that if you've already bought them, the Linux and SteamOS versions are automatically added to your Steam Library.

 

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4A Games' Chief Technical Officer Oles Shishkovstov said: "Thanks to huge advances in driver support, the Metro Redux titles were developed for Linux using OpenGL 4.0. This has allowed us to deliver an experience that rivals the DX11 version for Windows in terms of graphical fidelity and performance - something that was just not possible when we ported the original Metro: Last Light to Linux a year ago".

 

Linux gamers will receive all of the graphical bells and whistles that the Windows version supports, something that includes SSAA, Motion Blur, NVIDIA's PhsyX technology, and more. 4A Games will be releasing an Open GL 4.0 version of the game that will be released for the Mac later this month.

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'Lamborghini' smartphone will set you back $6000 with a leather finish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

As it gets closer to Christmas, some people might be finding it hard to find their loved one that perfect Christmas present. Well, that's what we're here for, to report to you about the new 88 Tauri smartphone from Torino Lamborghini.

 

 

The 88 Tauri will cost you only $6000, but it does feature leather finishes and "angular slabs of steel" according to The Verge. Unfortunately, the 88 Tauri smartphone isn't from the same supercar company that hits the race track, but it is a fashion brand named after the son of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who founded the car brand.

 

What's inside of the 88 Tauri? We have a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, and more. It's not going to break speed records in your hands, but it'll look damn good in them.

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SPE attorneys want media to destroy received materials from breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

Sony Pictures Entertainment is still trying to recover from a nasty data breach, and now the company's attorneys are taking aim at the media. Hackers have released eight rounds of data, much of it embarrassing, as SPE's attorneys want journalists and bloggers to stop publicizing leaked data.

 

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"We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information," according to a letter written by attorney David Boies, and sent to several tech media outlets.

 

The Supreme Court previously found a radio not liable for broadcasting an illegally recorded conversation, as the station was a third-party and didn't participate in actively making the audio recording. It would seem unlikely the SPE can make any legal demands of journalists for posting the data - and outlets will continue to air SPE's dirty laundry in public.

A '4D' printed dress was just added to the Meuseum of Modern Art

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

"Bodies are 3-dimensional but clothing is traditionally made from flat material that is cut and painstakingly pieced together" says Nervous Systems, the creators of this 3D-printed dress, further commenting that "In contrast, Kinematics garments are created in 3D, directly from body scans, and require absolutely no assembly." This futuristic looking dress looks like something out of a futuristic sci-Fi feature film, however it's a very real thing - and you can own one too.

 

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The dress in question has been labeled as 4D rather than the expected 3D, this is common practice when 3D-printed objects are "designed to change over time in response to their environment" as according to CNET.

 

This dress was designed by Kinematics and is constructed using 2,279 rigid, interlocking triangles which are connected to 3,316 hinges printed in a single piece. The hinges mean that the dress can conform to a human body, much as seen through regular clothing - allowing it to flow and move like fabric would.

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'Hobbit' finale grosses half its budget in 3 days, before US release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

After nearly fifteen years and 17 hours of screen time, Peter Jacksons 'Lord of the Rings' saga comes to an end with the release of the final entry in 'The Hobbit' Trilogy - 'The Battle of Five Armies'.

 

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Whilst the movie won't open for a number of days in the United States and even longer in Australia (December 26th), the film has just opened in 37 overseas locations, including Germany, United Kingdom, France and Japan. In it's first three days of release the film has already pulled in $117 million, which is nearly half the film's production budget of $250 million. The Previous entry; 'The Desolation of Smaug' grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide.

 

'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' is the final entry of both the 'Hobbit' series and the wider 'Lord of the Rings' saga and will be released over the course of December in hundreds of markets in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 48FPS High Frame Rate versions.

Taxi drivers in France threaten to block Paris roads because of Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

The roads leading into France's capital city may be in jeopardy this Monday, as Parisian taxi drivers are vowing to block major highways to protest the rise of Uber's ride-sharing service application - adding to yet another countries Taxi demographic unhappy with the company's offering.

 

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The court has refused a ban on the urban ride share service application Uber, seeing French cabbies threaten massive retaliation against the service that they claim is promoting unfair competition of their services.

 

UberPOP has a claimed 160,000 French users, with people being able to use their personal cars to transport passengers around at low rates. Taxi drivers are fed up with the recent rise in popularity of these services, bidding to the French commercial court to make a new law ot ensure Uber drivers have a harder time soliciting businesses. However, last Friday this law could not be enforced "until the government had published full details of the restrictions", as according to Business Insider.

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