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Sony rumored to unveil its VR headset at GDC next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 3:42 am

Sony has been rumored to unveil its virtual reality headset for quite a while now, but Edge is reporting that the Japanese electronics giant will unveil its VR headset at GDC next week, during its "Driving the Future of Innovation" panel.




There's not much software for Sony's VR headset right now, so we should see developers displaying a game or two from one of Sony's first-party studios at GDC next week. Oculus VR is already on the VR game, dominating it pretty badly right now, even without a consumer headset. It should be interesting to see what Sony can deliver to the table that Valve or Oculus haven't yet.

Divergent Actress Shailene Woodley Criticizes Twilight Series

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 1:38 am

Actress Shailene Woodley who was considered for the role of Mary Jane in The Amazing Spiderman 2 and is now the star of the upcoming dystopian film series Divergent is back in the news today after voicing a very honest opinion about the Twilight series. In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Woodley referred to the central plot of the film series Twilight as "unhealthy," and "toxic," and expressed concern about the message the series is sending to adolescents.




When weighing in on Twilight, which is often compared to Divergent since both series have their roots in young adult literature, Woodley told the magazine:


"Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."


Despite being only twenty-two, Woodley appears to have her heart, and her head, in the right place, especially when compared to other young stars in her age group (we're talking about you Miley and Beiber). Woodley sets quite the example for young girls coming to age in an era of sexualized and out of control youth. In her interview with Teen Vogue, Woodley also noted that she isn't boy crazy, and hasn't had a boyfriend in "over five years."

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Yahoo has integrated Yelp reviews into its search results

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 1:37 am

For a few years now, Google has included reviews of local businesses in its search results and now Yahoo is following suit. Today Yahoo announced that it has integrated Yelp ratings into users search results. The integration includes images, ratings, reviews, but comments appear to be left out.




The integration of Yelp will allow users to locate eateries, find out when they are open, what their menu consist of, and how they stack up against the competition all-in-one convenient place. Even though many internet users still default to Google, Yahoo's search engine still ranks number three with Microsoft's Bing coming in at second place. This new integration just may convince me to use Yahoo when searching for places to eat on a Friday or Saturday night.

Windows XP end of service will cause problems for utility companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 12:28 am

The Microsoft Windows XP operating system reaches end of support in less than one month, and utility companies face possible security problems. Security experts are most worried about potential service disruptions if cybercriminals successfully compromise XP-based PCs and control centers - and to make matters even more pressing, XP is a major OS used in almost all U.S. gas and electric utilities.




To help offer an additional layer of support, Microsoft will provide "Antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015." However, cybercriminals are still anxiously awaiting the deadline, when they know home consumers and business users will be susceptible to malware, virus attacks, and other cybercrimes to steal information.


Of reported incidents, the energy sector made up more than half of the Department of Homeland Security industrial control systems cyber emergency response team (ICS-CERT) complaints, with a focus on trying to test network limitations - and steal trade secrets.

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Tribute Games announces Mercenary Kings arriving on PS4 April 1st

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 12:27 am

Today Tribute Games took to the PlayStation blog to announce that its highly-anticipated game Mercenary Kings is headed for the PlayStation 4 with the official release taking plan on April 1, 2014. The game will be available in the PlayStation Store for download, but no mention of pricing was made.




Mercenary Kings is a side-scrolling shooter that takes players on and action packed adventure on the island of Mandragora. "In this action-packed adventure, you must choose between Empress and King, two members of the elite squad known as the Mercenary Kings! Dropped on Mandragora Island, you're tasked with one mission: rescue the brilliant Dr. James Neil from the forces of C.L.A.W. (Cyber Loyalist Active Weapons) and prevent them from using the Mandrake Formula to conquer the globe," said Yannick Belzil of Tribute Games.

Potential Directors for Marvel's Doctor Strange film chosen

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 12:13 am

Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter tweeted the names of potential directors for Marvel's phase three film based on the Marvel Universe character Doctor Strange. Rumors about Doctor Strange coming to the big screen have been flying around for quite some time now, and recently it seems the rumors are becoming reality, which is something Marvel fans are certain to be happy about.




Why all of the excitement for a Doctor Strange film? Well, the answer lies in the character himself:


Doctor Stephen Vincent strange is a Marvel superhero created in the 60's by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The neurosurgeon gone crime-fighting sorcerer was an active member of the Avengers in the 2010-2013 run of the comic book series The New Avengers, and the founder of the Illuminati, a secret order created to protect planet Earth. The Sorcerer Supreme regularly teams up with other members of the Avengers like Spiderman and Wolverine, and defies the laws of physics when he battles the dark forces that threaten Earth. How could such a dynamic character NOT warrant a feature film?

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Fitbit Force recall totals over 1 million units in North America

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 pm

When Fitbit first announced the recall of its Force fitness tracker, the company was doing so on a voluntary basis, but the recall became official today now that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is handling things. Being an officially sanctioned recall means that it is now illegal to sell affected devices from this point forward, making transactions of the devices on Craig's List and Ebay illegal as well.




The recall started when dozens of users began reporting skin irritation after prolonged use. Official word seems to be that some of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of the wrist bands are allergens to many people who are in prolonged contact with the bands. About 1 million of the devices have been recalled in the US with another 28,000 being recalled in Canada. Fitbit has released an official statement on the recall which we have posted below.

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Popcorn Time Installer gets taken down by Host for ToS violations

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 10:48 pm

Its been just a week since we first told you about a program that turns torrenting into something akin to Netflix, and just seven days later the Popcorn Time's installer has been taken down from Mega over violations of the company's Terms of Service. That's right, it appears that Kim Dotcom's Mega has decided to distance itself from one of the easiest to use torrenting programs ever to hit the internet.




Popcorn Time is a program that lets users search for popular movies from within a very user friendly interface and then download them via Bit-torrenting software leading many to call the program the Netflix for pirated movies. The project is open source though which means that it will most likely never go away, and will almost certainly move to torrent-based distribution.

Experian duped into handing over customer records to identity thief

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 10:25 pm

National credit reporting company Experian endured a data breach dating from 2007 to 2013, with a man posing as a private investigator reportedly purchasing consumer data. Vietnamese citizen Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty last week, after reportedly selling the stolen information to a group of 1,300 customers.




The information Ngo offered up included full names, addresses, previous mailing addresses, phone numbers, e-mail information, birth dates, and Social Security Numbers. It's unknown how many people were affected, though security experts believe up to 30 million American records could have been shared.


Ngo faces up to 45 years in jail, and will be sentenced on June 16.

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Security hole in WhatsApp allows others to read your conversations

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 9:52 pm

A security expert from Double Think has discovered a major security flaw in the way WhatsApp backs up and saves your data that could lead to nefarious users accessing your chat history. Bas Bosschert says that the hole in security lies in the way WhatsApp saves user data when it is manually backed up by the user.




All of the data is stored in the WhatsApp database which is encrypted, but unfortunately the popular messaging service decided to use the same encryption key for every user. This means that a hacker could in theory develop an app that has a hidden side that's sole purpose is to sneak into your Android or iOS file system and copy the data base. Since the same encryption code is used for all WhatsApp users, decryption is quite easy and anyone with a small amount of knowledge on the subject could access your chats.


Bosschert actually developed an app to do exactly what was described above that used a loading screen mask the apps malicious activity. The app was able to acquire and decrypt the encrypted WhatsApp database without fail. WhatsApp did receive an update yesterday, but Bosschert says that this flaw was not fixed. We have reached out to WhatsApp for a comment but a response has yet to be received.