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Edward Snowden says he would go to jail in order to return home

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 7:46 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden would "volunteer" for prison but only under the right circumstances, he said in a recent interview with Wired Magazine. Considering he faces charges that include conveying classified information to an unauthorized party, theft of government property and disclosing communications intelligence information, he would likely face significant prison time if convicted.

 

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"I told the government I'd volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose," Snowden told Wired earlier this month. "I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can't allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal is. I'm not going to be part of that."

 

Earlier in the month, Russian officials announced Snowden's asylum was extended for an additional three years - allowing him to remain in a safe location as he tries to figure out what to do long-term. Most U.S. politicians have been less than kind when describing Snowden's actions, and it seems unlikely he would receive a fair trial if he returns back to the United States. However, they are still keen to see him return home, because they certainly seem to have a lot of questions they would like him to answer.

German security reportedly recorded at least one John Kerry phone call

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 6:44 pm

In a rather ironic twist, German foreign intelligence reportedly recorded at least one phone call made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to Der Spiegel magazine. Berlin has heavily criticized officials in Washington for systematic snooping, including of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other high-ranking German politicians.

 

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The phone call was recorded by the BND when Kerry was in the Middle East to help ease tensions between Israel, Palestine and other Arab states sometime in 2013. After it was discovered, the recording was supposedly erased immediately, but the magazine didn't offer any evidence to prove this claim.

 

A phone call in 2012 by Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State was also recorded by German spy officials, German media recently reported.

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Uber set to test UberMovers moving services in Atlanta and Nashville

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 6:05 pm

If you are familiar with Uber, you will automatically think of a fleet of drivers using their own cars to take people where they need to go. Uber is dispatched by an app that allows users to hail a car to their location. Uber tried out something new in two cities over the weekend.

 

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Uber tied up with Bellhops for a service called UberMovers and provided free and professional moving services for up to half an hour to students in Atlanta between 9am and 2pm Saturday. Nashville residents also had the chance to get the same service on Saturday and Sunday.

 

New Uber users could get service free while existing Uber users were charged by the half hour. Those who took advantage of the service had a pair of Bellhops movers show up and received some free Uber gear as well. There is no word on if this moving service will become a permanent part of Uber's offerings.

Sony Alpha 5100 compact camera rocks 24.3MP sensor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 5:20 pm

Sony has rolled out a new digital camera that is very compact and promises the same high quality images that you would get from a larger full size digital camera. The new Sony offering is called the Alpha 5100 and it has a sensor inside with 24.3MP resolution.

 

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Sony says that the Alpha 5100 is the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C size image sensor and integrated flash. Sony also fits the 5100 with a Fast Hybrid AF system that can auto focus in 0.07 seconds. The Alpha 5100 also has a 3-inch touchscreen on the rear and a touch on the screen selects the focus point for the image and activates the shutter to snap a picture.

 

The 5100 has no electronic viewfinder; the touchscreen is used for aligning shots. That LCD does flip up so users can take selfies using the camera. In addition to taking high quality still shots, the camera can also record full HD video. In the UK, the Alpha 5100 will launch in mid-September for £420 for the body only and £550 with a 16-50mm kit lens. There is no word on launch or pricing in other countries at this time.

Saleen modifies Tesla Model S EV, calls it the FourSixteen

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:43 pm

One of the cool parts about an electric vehicle is that all the torque the electric motor produces is available as soon as you step on the pedal. That makes the car perform very well and makes it fun to drive. Tesla makes one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market with its Model S and car modifier Saleen Automotive has taken that vehicle and turned it up a few notches.

 

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Saleen is most known for modifying Ford Mustangs to make them faster and the company is now turning its hand to improving the performance of the Model S. The car gets a new front bumper, hood, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a trunk lid lip spoiler. All the upgrades are aimed at improved aerodynamics.

 

The Saleen car is called the FourSixteen and it keeps the stock 416hp power rating the Model S has. It does get a new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for better acceleration and a locking differential to improve handling. The suspension is also changed to coilovers and the car gets new sway bars to help cornering ability. Saleen also gave the car new brakes and changed up the Interior.

Rosetta spacecraft snaps incredible images of comet's surface

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:10 pm

If you find space to be an interesting place and have ever wondered what the surface of a comet actually looked like, the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared some images from the Rosetta spacecraft. The images are of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta after arriving at its target only about a week ago.

 

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The ESA even generated a 3D image that can be viewed with old-school red and blue 3D glasses. The photos were taken when the spacecraft was about 65 miles away from the comet.

 

These photos are very interesting and show lots of craters, boulders, and other surface features. Some of the most interesting surface features seen in the photos are several very smooth areas. Rosetta will continue its triangular orbit around the comet for the next few weeks as it gets ready to send its lander to the surface of the comet.

Nintendo stock surges on reports Pokemon game is heading to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:33 pm

Nintendo has had a very hard time in the gaming market over the last few years. Sales of the firm's game consoles are down as are sales of game software. Some have been clamoring for Nintendo to support other platforms with its first party games, but so far, Nintendo has refused.

 

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A new report is making the rounds that claims Nintendo and affiliate The Pokemon Co. may be getting ready to put Pokemon onto the iPad. If the report is true, this will be the first time that the Pokemon franchise has been available on iOS hardware. The Pokemon Co has said that an online trading card game will hit the iPad.

 

Word that Nintendo has sold over a million copies of Mario Kart 8 also helped send Nintendo shares up in trading. Mario Kart 8 has become only the second game on the Wii U to sell over a million copies; Super Mario Bros. U was the first game to hit that milestone. The Pokemon game will hit the US and Europe on the iPad, but no official launch date has been offered.

Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch price and specs leak at Best Buy

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:05 pm

Motorola is set to launch its latest smartwatch sometime next month, but the price and specs for the watch have leaked. The leak came in the form of a Best Buy listing page for the watch that went live too early. The listing showed a retail price for the watch of $250.

 

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Specifications include a 1.5-inch backlit LCD with 320 x 290 resolution and 205 pixels per inch. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 will be used to protect the smartwatch's screen from scratches and breakage. Scratch protection is a big deal on a watch that will see lots of bumps while worn.

 

Other features will include an optical heart rate monitor, pedometer, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity with smartphones. Most devices running Android 4.3 or later will be compatible with the Moto 360 smartwatch. One thing that the listing on Best Buy doesn't give up is the launch date; the official unveiling is expected during an event in Chicago on September 4.

Facebook tests satire tag for newsfeeds to avoid user embarrassment

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:34 pm

If you spend much time on Facebook, you have seen people share content from sites like The Onion and others. Many of us know that the content from The Onion and similar sites is satire, meaning it's fake. The problem for some folks is that they think the content is real. The upside for those of us that know the content is satire is that we get to point out their mistake, and make fun of them for it.

 

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Facebook is said to be testing a new satire tag for content in your newsfeed. At first glance it sounds like that will take away all the fun of tricking people into thinking these often outlandish satire stories are true. Facebook is reportedly only marking the content with the satire tag in user's newsfeeds after they click the article to read it.

 

That means at first glance, someone unfamiliar might think it's real. Facebook told Mashable, "We are running a small test which shows the text "[Satire]" in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units."

Secret GCHQ system can map web connections of entire countries

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 12:13 pm

Britain's GCHQ spy agency, which was revealed to be working in partnership with America's NSA to monitor the online communications of pretty much everyone ever, has been scanning the internet connections of entire countries in order to find weaknesses its agents can exploit.

 

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According to documents obtained by Heise Online, a GCHQ programme called Hacienda examines every single internet address in a country to find out what kinds of connections are being used and any software running in tandem with those addresses. Weaknesses are reported back to agents - allowing them to gain access to steal user data, or alternatively, to put phishing websites in place of legitimate ones. Hacienda looks at protocols like SSH and SNMP, as well as HTTP and http://FTP.

 

The documents state there's another system, called Olympia, which is capable of scanning all the information in just minutes and automatically. Five countries are reported to have had all of this data, although it's not yet public which countries these are.

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