Scarlett Johansson is back in another action thriller, this time featuring in the sci-fi film "Lucy," in which she goes from drug mule to uber genius and butt kicking machine. Her character is able to retain information at a rapid pace and has physical speed and strength advantages, leading her to destroy as many bad guys as she can come across.
Lucy also features Morgan Freeman, and the Universal Pictures film was written and directed by Luc Besson, while being produced by Besson and Christophe Lambert.
Lucy is scheduled for release on August 8.
For a few weeks now, Battlefield 4 players who were gaming on 64-player servers have been experiencing rubber-banding randomly when the battle heats up. DICE is still unsure what is causing this, but they did say that they have been very unhappy with server performance as of late and are working hard and investing more to improve the experience across all platforms.
"We wanted to provide a quick update on the issues with Battlefield 4 "rubber banding" that some players on certain platforms have experienced during matches with 64 players.Looking into this further, we're unhappy with our server performance, so we'll be upgrading the hardware as soon as possible, investing more to deliver a better experience," DICE said in an official blog post. "As soon as we know the exact timetable, we'll let you know the ETA. Reducing lag for these players is absolutely a top priority for us to solve and we expect to have the solution very soon."
Microsoft is finally getting with the plan and realizing that manufacturers do not want to pay for the OS they install in their mobile devices. With free Android dominating the smartphone and tablet market-space, paying $100 or even $50 to install a less popular OS on the device you are manufacturing is a tough pill to swallow. During its keynote at the Build Conference, Microsoft announced that its Windows OS will be free for smartphones and tablets, but there is a catch.
For smartphones the Windows Phone OS will be completely free, but only tablets under 9-inches will be eligible for the free version of the OS. Additionally, Microsoft said that it will release a free version of Windows that will power The Internet of Things in the future. It is still unclear weather ending OEM royalties on smartphones and small tablets will help improve Windows Phone and Surface adoption rates, but it is a step in the right direction.
When Microsoft first unveiled Windows 8, the entire tech world began complaining about the lack of a Start menu in the next-gen operating system. Microsoft's vision was that everyone would switch over to touch-screen based devices and Windows 8 would be the new standard that all other operating systems strive to reach. Unfortunately, as with Windows Vista, Windows 8 was for the most part a flop with anything other than casual PC users.
The enterprise and business world failed to adopt Windows 8 or its later 8.1 update, and many attribute that to the lack of a true desktop interface that featured the Start menu that everyone was familiar with. During this weeks Build Conference, Microsoft said that it will be bringing back the Start menu, but it will still feature a live tile interface off to the right. There is a major update to Windows 8.1 scheduled to drop this month, but the Start menu will not come with it. Microsoft says that it will issue an update later this year that will include the reborn Start menu.
A new clever cryptocurrency mining malware has been located on digital video recorders (DVRs), in a continuing evolution of connected devices being targeted by security threats.
The malware actively searches for vulnerable devices, and then the exploit comes later. Researchers are still unsure how the camera DVRs are being infected with the malware, though with many home users installing custom surveillance systems at home, this could be a growing concern.
"After accessing a couple of the DVRs, we noticed that the malware was running on the
DVR itself," said Johannes Ullrich, from the SANS Technology Institution, which discovered the bug. Two pieces of malware typically ran: a customized version of minderd, the Bitcoin miner - [we] actually learned today that, in this case, it may mine Litecoin, not bitcoin - [and] a piece of software called cmd.so, which initiated the scans for Synology devices that we observed before and that led us to investigate the DVR."
Americans are still unsure what to think about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of widespread NSA spying, though appreciate the knowledge of such snooping activities.
In a recent poll, 33 percent of Americans believe Snowden leaking information was "the right thing to do," with 33 percent believing It was "the wrong thing to do," and 36 percent still on the fence regarding the entire situation. Interestingly, 45 percent believe Snowden should face prosecution if returned to the U.S., while 35 percent would support a full pardon.
However, more than half of those surveyed believe Americans have the right to know about the NSA surveillance programs revealed by Snowden.
Spotify has began rolling out a new update to its web, desktop and iOS versions of its streaming service that gives the music streaming app a whole new look as well as an awesome new feature. The new app ushers in a darker theme that utilizes new fonts, and icons which makes the app more uniform across all platforms.
Spotify has darkened its theme even more in an effort to make its content really "POP," and the new fonts were chosen because they are said to be more modern and pleasing to the eyes. Additionally a new Collections View allows users to manage and organize their own music collection. This is said to make finding and building playlist with users music much easier. This feature is similar to how Rdio works, and is something Spotify has been missing for a long time now. The update has yet to hit Android, but word is that it will arrive within the next few days.
There is continued tension between tech companies trying to shuttle employees to Silicon Valley and the protesters fighting against the buses, with protesters saying the company buses take up space and interfere with normal commuters, along with hurt the environment.
The Oakland Police Department and BART Police received calls reporting 15 to 20 protesters were becoming increasingly belligerent in their efforts to block a Yahoo shuttle bus.
Protesters block, vomit on Yahoo bus in Oakland. (BART police confirm blocking, at least. Happy lunchtime.) http://t.co/X4xxI5xDvW- Ellen Huet (@ellenhuet) April 2, 2014
Major Silicon Valley companies - such as Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Genentech - have had their commuter shuttle buses blocked in San Francisco and Oakland. The problem only seems to be intensifying, with the companies trying to determine the best way to pick up employees from local ferry and transit systems without impeding on normal traffic flow.
Today Micron Storage announced that it is beginning to ramp up production of DDR4 memory modules in preparation of Intel's pending launch of the new Xeon E5-2600 V3 line of processors. Micron says that these DDR4 modules will offer a performance increase of up to 35-percent over previously utilized DDR3 RAM.
"Our JEDEC-compliant portfolio showcases the performance and power benefits that DDR4 products can provide for our customers," said Robert Feurle, Micron's vice president of marketing and program management. "As a result of Micron's close engagement with our key enabling partners, we are well positioned to bring this exciting new technology to market."
Just days away from the Microsoft Windows XP end of service, to take effect on Tuesday, April 8, there are still millions of users relying on the aging operating system.
Between business computers and consumer PCs, XP market share is still 28 percent worldwide, amounting to about 300 million PCs - many of them including ATMs, electric and water, and similar critical infrastructure.
"[It's like] there's a big air bubble on the side of your tire and it's going to fail,"said Mark Bernardo, General Electric GM of automation software, when speaking to WSJ. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when."
Microsoft and security vendors have repeatedly warned current XP users they will face significant security threats after the April 8 deadline.