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Symantec: New Breaking Bad-themed ransomware now causing problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 11, 2015 9:00 pm

A new form of ransomware infecting users in Australia has been discovered by Symantec, with the "Los Pollos Hermanos" malware encrypting documents, images, videos, and other files on compromised PCs.

 

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The Trojan.Cryptolocker.S demands a payment of almost $800 for the encrypted files to be decrypted, with malware authors pulling information from Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White. Much like other ransomware attacks, it appears social engineering is responsible for infecting users, with a malicious zip file that appears to be from a delivery courier.

 

"Based on our initial analysis, the threat appears to be using components or similar techniques to an open-source penetration-testing project, which uses Microsoft PowerShell modules," Symantec noted in a blog post. "This allows the attackers to run their own PowerShell script on the compromised computer to operate the crypto ransomware."

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Four self-driving vehicle accidents in California since September

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 11, 2015 8:27 pm

There are around 50 self-driving cars traveling in California, with four of them reportedly involved in auto accidents since September, according to reports. Three of the accidents involved the Google-equipped Lexus SUVs, while the other was an Audi SQ5 Delphi self-driving vehicle.

 

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All four accidents were low-speed incidents, at 10 miles per hour or less, with Google and Delphi saying their vehicles were not at fault in any of the reported accidents. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) didn't offer a public statement, though the DMV is now tracking self-driving vehicles.

 

Earlier in the year, a Delphi self-driving vehicle successfully completed a cross-country journey - and Google has tested its autonomous vehicle on California roads since late 2014

Prior Elite: Dangerous gamers will be given free Steam code

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2015 7:34 pm

Gamers who purchased Elite: Dangerous through the online store hosted by Frontier Developments will be given a free Steam key, the company has announced. Elite: Dangerous game runs on Frontier's servers, but the studio is working with Valve so current accounts can be connected to Steam.

 

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"We always appreciate it when you buy direct from our store because it means we can put more into supporting and developing Elite: Dangerous," said Edward Lewis, community manager for Frontier Developments, in a forum post. "But we know a number of long-time players and backers like to play through Steam and we think it's fair everyone has that option, not just new players."

 

The Steam code will be available to existing owners starting on May 28. Elite: Dangerous is available via Steam for $59.99.

Charge All Your Devices With The Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 11, 2015 5:45 pm

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 818 to be the first 10-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 11, 2015 12:55 pm

We have gotten used to some flagship smartphones on the market rocking an 8-core processor, but Qualcomm will be kicking things up a notch or two with their upcoming Snapdragon 818 processor.

 

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The Snapdragon 818 processor will be the first 10-core chipset, with four low-power Cortex-A53 cores at 1.2GHz, two mid-power Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6GHz and four more high-power Cortex-A72 cores rocking along at 2GHz. All of this will be baked onto the 20nm process, include LPDDR4 support and LTE-A Cat10 support, too.

 

We should expect to see some smartphones with this processor in the future, but for now, nothing is confirmed just yet so we'll have to wait to get off this rumor train for now, and jump onto the next ride. For now, what do you think about the world of 10-core smartphones? It will be coming sooner than you think.

Tesla has reportedly received $800 million in Powerwall orders so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 11, 2015 7:54 am

When Tesla unveiled its new Powerwall home battery, I don't think most people thought it would take off as fast as it has. According to Bloomberg, Tesla has received over $800 million in orders for the Powerwall and Powerpack batteries so far.

 

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The site says that Tesla has received around $179 million worth of Powerwall reservations so far, with $625 million worth of Powerpack reservations to boot. Tesla has already said that it's taken in around 38,000 total reservations for Powerwall, and 2,500 reservations for Powerpack.

 

Tesla is selling the Powerwall for $3000 and $3500 for the 7kWh and 10kWh models, respectively. Powerpack units make even more money for Tesla, as they're being sold to businesses and utilities for power storage for $250 per kilowatt hour to use.

Galaxy Note 5 edge teased, could Samsung make multiple Note handsets?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 11, 2015 5:37 am

It was only last month that Samsung launched its two new premium handsets in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, with rumors of the Galaxy Note 5 to be unveiled later this year.

 

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The latest rumor is that Samsung will unleash the Galaxy Note 5 edge, which means if it's anything like the S6 edge, it should feature a dual-edge display. Samsung could do this, releasing a Galaxy Note 5, and Note 5 edge simultaneously. This rumor is coming from the Note 5 edge being spotted by Phone Arena, which popped up on the HTML5Test site.

 

The purported Galaxy Note 5 edge ranks pretty high, just as high with 503 to battle any flagship handset out right now. There's a few months until the Note 5 unveiling, so we'll have to wait a little while to get things locked in and confirmed.

Treyarch discusses COD: Black Ops III with the other COD developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2015 4:00 am

After hearing the rumors for Call of Duty: Black Ops III for what felt like months, it was made official last month with a release date of later this year. With three studios now developing games within the Call of Duty franchise, there must be a lot of brainpower going around.

 

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Last year, Sledgehammer Games developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but this year the torch goes to Treyarch Studios for Black Ops III. Treyarch has come out and said that they communicate with the two other studios that develop Call of Duty games, with Mark Lamia from Treyarch talking with the Official PlayStation Magazine, saying: "From very early on we'll share stuff on all sides".

 

He continued: "I invited the other teams very early on in this development, as soon as I had what I considered a representative prototype. I shared it with the other studios, but it's up to them to come up with their own [creative ideas]". Lamia continued: "It was interesting to see that they had maybe some movements like ours, but the systems and focus they had was different from ours. I think that's important inside the franchise to have some differentiation for the players so that they can get a different experience every year".

Mythbusters team has 'already begun shooting VR for next season'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 11, 2015 3:03 am

Virtual reality isn't really even here yet, and while Samsung might have the Gear VR in the retail market, the Oculus Rift is still a development kit with the consumer version arriving in Q1 2016, and HTC and Valve's collaboration on the Vive headset arriving later this year.

 

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This hasn't stopped companies from jumping into the world of VR, with Discovery Digital Networks getting right into the VR world early. Discovery Digital Networks is "the online arm of Discovery Communications" reports AdWeek, where they have over 110 digital series "covering everything from science and technology to current events and pop culture". Discovery Digital Networks has just announced that it going to be using VR in the very near future.

 

Discovery Digital Studios' Senior Vice President, Conal Byrne, said: "This is one of our most innovative moves in the next year, period, across the company. We believe VR will fundamentally change the way that fans connect with your content. When you experience VR, it is like seeing the future. It is digital media at its very best".

Project CARS compared on video at 1080p 60FPS between PS4 and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2015 2:31 am

With Project CARS now finally out, comparisons are being made between the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions of Slightly Mad Studios' very ambitious driving game.

 

 

The comparison we've embedded above is between the PS4 and PC versions of Project CARS, with both versions running at 1080p 60FPS. For the most part there's not much of a difference between the two, with some impressive performance coming out of the AMD APU-powered PS4. But, if you pause the video at any time, there's some very serious motion blur happening on the PS4 version of the game.

 

At 2:40 into the video, mountains completely disappear on the PS4 version of the game for some reason, which I'm sure is performance-related. As for the PC version, it was running on High texture resolution with AA on High, FXAA disabled, and most other settings on Ultra. Motion blur was set to High, with grass, particle levels and intensity set on Ultra.

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