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British spies snooped on webcam images of Yahoo users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 10:34 pm

British spy agency GCHQ reportedly stole webcam images from millions of Internet users, including sexually graphic images, according to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

 

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Anywhere from three percent up to 11 percent of the images comprised "undesirable nudity," according to the study.

 

"Unfortunately, it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person," according to a GCHQ document. "Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography."

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Google's new Maps Gallery enables users to easily find custom maps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 10:33 pm

Today Google announced the launch of a new feature that is designed to make publishing and searching for custom maps much easier than ever before. The all new Google Maps Gallery is a new way for Governments, non-profit organizations and businesses to easily publish and share their map data with the rest of the world from a familiar and easy to use interface.

 

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Once published, the new custom maps can be easily viewed on Google Earth and are discoverable from all major search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo. This brings maps from National Geographic, World Bank, and USGS instantly into the view of researchers, students, and the general public anywhere there is an internet connection.

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New HTC One 2 images leak as company increases launch hype

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 9:27 pm

HTC is continuing its campaign to hype up its next-generation flagship the HTC M8 before its launch next month on March 25th, and today the company has posted a new video teasing us about the next-generation of Boom Sound, the audio system featured on the HTC one. Alongside this video's launch new images have surfaced online that give us more conformation on what the new HTC One will look like.

 

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The video does allude to the M8 as the "New HTC One" and says that the audio quality will be even better and more rich than its predecessor which featured "Beats Audio" technology. As an owner of the current HTC One, I can not imagine how they will be able to stuff any more audio quality into the new device, but I can not wait to see if it truly is any better than before. The video is the first in a new series called "HTC Technical Translations" and should see more episodes launch before the March 25th unveil.

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Titanfall will not run at 1080p on the Xbox One says developer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 8:37 pm

Titanfall is one of the most anticipated games of 2014 and today Xbox One gamers got the big letdown everyone has been expecting since the beta took place. Instead of releasing the game in 1080p for the Xbox One, its developers say that the game will not arrive on the Xbox One in full HD but somewhere between 720p and 1080p. Titanfall on the PC is no slouch with almost 50GB of install files, so we know the high-resolution textures are there, but not being utilized on the Xbox One.

 

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The news came from Respawn Entertainment co-founder, Vince Zampella, via Twitter where he answered a question about the game arriving on the Xbox One in full HD. A Twitter user linked to a Twitter post by @Titanfall_EN which said "Titanfall will be 1080p on Xbox One, and asked if this is true. Zampella responded with the word "no." Unfortunately this appears to be the general conscientious when it comes to AAA titles on the Xbox One.

 

The biggest question here is how could Microsoft continue to let the biggest upcoming titles in gaming launch on its platform in anything but 1080p? Full HD is the common resolution in household living rooms today and virtually every PC game launched in the last two years has 1080p support. It almost appears as if Microsoft wants the Xbox One to fail so it can exit from the console gaming arena entirely. A friend of mine recently commented that it "feels like Microsoft has moved the Xbox franchise onto the same release patter that it uses for Windows. Good, Decent, Crap, Good, Decent, Crap. If so, does that mean that in 10 years, we will see a full HD Xbox released when 8K resolution is beginning to be phased out?

Energy companies, critical infrastructure still exposed to threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:58 pm

Utility companies are reportedly being denied insurance coverage for cyberattacks because security defenses are seen as too weak, according to a recent report.

 

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Cyber protection is inadequate and until it is improved industrywide, utility providers are going to be forced to pay high premiums - and security still hasn't improved - only dragging out the process further.

 

"I think what's behind it is the increase in threats and the fact that a lot of these systems were never previously connected to the outside world," Laila Khudari, insurance underwriter at the Kiln Group, in a statement to the BBC.

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Samsung's new mirrorless camera spotted in leaked images and specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have been one of the biggest items in the photography market space over the last two years and companies like Samsung have been leading the charge to make them smaller, more efficient, and higher quality than ever. Today we got a fresh look at what could be Samsung's next NX mirrorless camera thanks to the website NXRumors.

 

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Specs accompanying the leaked image says that the camera will feature a 20-megapixel, 1-inch back illuminated CMOS sensor that is powered by a DRIMe 4 image processor also of Samsung origin. An ISO rage of 160-12,800 is on hand to handle all lighting situations, and video capture is set to 1080p at 30FPS. Burst speeds up to 22 frames per second are possible and shutter speed can be dialed up to 1/16000 of a second.

 

The rear LCD is of a 3-inch hVGA variety and is capable of flipping 180 degrees for instant selfie acquisition. The new NEX camera will be bundled with 9mm and 9-27mm lenses, but may not be backwards compatible with previous NX lenses. The entire camera measures in at just 1.37-inches thick and weighs less than a pound with lens attached. All of this information should be taken with a grain of salt though as nothing official has been announced from Samsung yet, and this is the only leak we have seen on this particular camera.

Polk 4 Shot Xbox One Headphones ship March 6

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:14 pm

Polk Audio has announced that it will be launching the very fest set of Xbox One headphones that will hit the market. The headphones are the Polk 4 Shot Headset. The headset will hit store shelves in the US on March 6.

 

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The headphones were made in collaboration with 343 industries and Turn 10 studios, the developer's behind Halo and Forza Motorsport respectively. The headphones use a 40mm driver in each ear cup and have a 3.5mm input. They ship with a 46-inch audio cable and a 4-inch cable for connecting to the Xbox One wireless controller.

 

The headphones were designed specifically for the best in-game experience possible according to Polk. The 4 shot does have a retractable near-field microphone that can also be used for making calls in addition to chatting in-game. The 4shot headphones will sell for $159.99 and are available in three colors.

KDDI GameNow service will stream games over cable in Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:48 pm

Japanese gamers who also happen to get their cable service from KDDI will soon be able to play video games on demand. The on-demand game service is coming by way of the GameNow service. This is the same on-demand video service that some LG smart TVs have access too.

 

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The difference between this service on the smart TV and on KDDI's cable system is that KDDI offers the on-demand games over the cable without using an app. One potential downside to the on-demand games in Japan is that the catalog is limited.

 

Gamers will be able to choose games like Pro Evolution Soccer, WRC3, and Sonic Adventure DX. There may be more games offered by KDDI, but those are the ones we know about right now.

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Panasonic Bamboo plant opal Loudspeaker made is with Bamboo leaves

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:17 pm

There are more speakers on the market today than you could possibly listen to. Many of those speakers are made using speaker diaphragms made of plastic, metal, or some sort of fiber. Panasonic is talking up its latest loudspeaker that it says is the first in the world to use bamboo plant opal.

 

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Bamboo plant opal is a material that is very rigid and found in the leaves of the bamboo plant. Panasonic says that the material is able to create a diaphragm that can deliver low distortion sound. The speaker is suitable for use in home speakers and automotive speakers.

 

Other than using the bamboo plant opals found in the leaves, the speaker also uses other parts of the bamboo plant. It uses resins made from bamboo fibers and bamboo charcoal. Bamboo is a fast growing, green, and renewable material.

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Razer Game Booster saves game settings, data into the cloud

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:05 pm

Gaming company Razer announced the ability to use its Razer Game Booster to save game data and setting directly into the cloud-based Dropbox service.

 

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Razer will include support for other cloud storage services when the feature is enabled for the full release. The Game Booster is able to maximize system performance, offering up more frames per second, when unnecessary processes are disabled to enhance game performance.

 

"We continually work to enhance the gaming experience for our community," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in in a press statement. "There are few things that take the fun out of gaming more than lost game progress or disappearing settings. It is our hope to rid the world of such frustrations and help make sure that losing game info never happens again."

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