We all know that the NSA isn't trying to protect your privacy, nor is it even trying to spy in secret anymore now that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden blew the lid on PRISM, and GCHQ. Well, it has forced Google to start encrypting its internal traffic, which should make the NSA's job even harder now.
This will effect the NSA, as the US spy agency pulls in countless gigabytes of data per day, with up to one-third of this data coming from Google, well, until Google told the NSA to "F*** off." The news is rolling from the MUSCULAR program, which is a joint program between the NSA and GCHQ that cracks into the networks of Google and Yahoo's overseas datacenters, as we reported a few days ago now.
Even worse, the data that was grabbed, was given to President Obama during his daily intelligence briefing. The slides revealed that the NSA had become quite proficient with the internal workings of these networks, suggesting that the US spy agency either launched a significant reverse-engineering operation to look further into Google's and Yahoo's secrets, or it had gotten its hands on this information from people who work for the two search giants.
It doesn't matter which way you look at it, it is clear that the NSA has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of two massive American companies. It will be interesting to see - not that we'd ever find out as we're simply peasants to the NSA - if this actually effects the NSA and GCHQ's data mining projects.
Facebook's Like buttons have become a cultural icon for the internet age, and today the company released updates to the iconic button. The like button is not alone though, as the Share button has been updated as well, with both now appearing more flat in appearance.
Gone is the heavy gradient and overly rounded corners which gives the buttons a more refined and elegant look. Additionally, less emphasis has been placed on the iconic "thumbs up" icon which now only appears in 2 of the button models. The new buttons employ the Helvetica typeface which is actually quite pleasing to the eye. What do you think about the new buttons? Let me know in the comments.
On Wednesday, November 13th AMD will host a "Fan Day" at the San Jose Convention Center that will be open to the public and will include what they claim to be the worlds first Battlefield 4 Tournament. The Tournament will feature 16 teams of five players each that will be pitted against each other with the ultimate prize being five high-end AMD based PCs.
Additionally, AMD will have 100 machines set up for attendees to play Battlefield 4 in free tournaments and singleplayer modes. AMD says that it will have partners onsite as well that will be giving away more than $50k in prizes via contest and raffles. Early birds who arrive at the event could also score a "Never Settle" voucher that will land them two free games. The event is free to all, and only those participating in the tournament need to register. Doors open at 9AM and close at 8PM.
LucasFilm and its new owners at Disney have confirmed recent speculation that Star Wars Episode VII (still feels weird writing that) will forego the traditional May launch, to be released theatrically on December 18th 2015.
Despite talk of delays and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) being removed from the project, Disney CEO Bob Iger has been adamant that the film would not miss its 2015 release date as announced last year, following LucasFilm being acquired from Star Wars creator George Lucas for the princely sum of $7 billion dollars in cash and Disney stock.
Precious little is known about the plot other than it will be a direct sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi, with a return to original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
The as-yet untitled Episode VII is directed by Star Trek reboot director JJ Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk., with music by original composer John Williams.
The HTC One is arguably the highest quality Android-based smartphone ever made, and it looks like its maker is wasting no time in developing its successor. Known by the codename, M8, the phone has just seen its alloy unibody chassis leaked by the Taiwanese site ePrice.
The images are a little blurry, and the lighting is atrocious, but judging from the rounded corners, this does appear to be a legitimate chassis for something other than current generation models. Interestingly enough, the chassis does appear to be machined to fit in a fingerprint sensor above the rear camera. Other rumors are suggesting that HTC will increase the screen size from 5.0 to 5.2 inches as well as bumping the resolution up to 2K. I am sure that we will see many more leaks, and rumors on specs as the Mobile World Congress conference approaches in Q1 2014.
SteamOS continues to sign on new developers to port their games to its SteamOS that will launch in 2014, and the latest to join the team is World of Mass Development. WMD is the developers of the highly anticipated, crowd funded racing game, Project CARS. This means that Project CARS will be available on Windows, SteamOS, PS4, Xbox One, and the Wii U.
It seems that there is no stopping Valve from making the push into the living room, and the number of developers rushing to jump aboard SteamOS confirms this. If only Valve can land big names like Activision, Rockstar, Warner Brothers, and Bethesda, PC gaming will once again reign supreme in in 2014. What games would you like to see ported to SteamOS or Linux in general? Let us know in the comments.
This morning Corsair announced the launch of its latest line of high-efficiency PC power supplies. The all new CS Series of modular power supplies features 4 models from 450W all the way up to 750W, and are 80 PLUS Gold certified, but are priced with the budget conscious consumer in mind.
Corsair says that the new CS Series of PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power while minimizing energy waste, which equates to a lower energy bill and smaller carbon footprint. For the low noise enthusiast, Corsair has installed a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at very low RPM during normal load and will only increase speed if a heavy load is detected.
"The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices," said Aaron Neal, Corsair's global product manager of PSUs. "They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won't break their budget."
The CS Series features a semi-modular cable design that sees the core motherboard power cables permanently attached to the PSU, while all supporting cables can be attached on an as-needed basis. This feature alongside the incorporated flat cable design will ensure that customers choosing the CS series will have the best cable management experience possible. Corsair's CS Series PSUs are on sale now, and retail starting at $89.999 for the 450W model, $99.99 for the 550w, $109.99 for the 650W and will rise to $119.99 for the 750W model.
This morning Twitter launched its long awaited and highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. Carrying the stock symbol, TWTR, the company went public at the opening bell which was rang by Sir Patrick Stewart himself. Twitter set its opening price to $26 per share, but that did not last very long.
Just seconds after opening, Twitter saw the opening transaction trade with 11 million of its offered 70 million shares sell for over $45 each. This effectively valued Twitter to be worth approximately $25.4 billion, which makes the total IPO to be roughly 1/10th of what the company is valued at. When the day is over and all 70 million shares are gone, Twitter will have raised more than $1.82 billion. While that number is far lower than the $16 billion Facebook raised, I suspect that Twitter will have far less fallout from its IPO than Facebook did.
At the time of this writing, Twitter is trading at $45.30 per share which is up almost 74-percent since the opening bell. How high the stock will rise is anyone's guess. I will update this post with a follow-up when the markets close today at 4pm, so bookmark this page and check back around 5pm for the latest update on how Twitter's IPO went.
Google will be hosting a hackathon in San Francisco later this month, with the event being the 'next phase of the Glass Developer Platform.' There's a limited number of applicants, but it should be a good chance for developers to get their hands, or eyes on with the Glass unit itself.
Developers can get knee-deep in some Glass SDK, which will be like striking gold for developers. Once the Glass SDK arrives, developers will be able to build applications that both work offline, and have direct access to Glass hardware. We should be able to see much more in the coming weeks, with the Glass hackathon taking place in San Francisco on October 19.
It seems like just yesterday, but Diablo 3 launched back in 2012, and has since sold over 14 million copies. Blizzard CEO, Mike Morhaime, announced the news during an Activision Blizzard Q3 financial call.
Morhaime said: "We're pleased with the response to the game's launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Lifetime sell through of the game across all platforms has reached over 14 million copies, and reviews have been very positive about how the game plays on consoles." These 14 million copies aren't just on PC, either, it is spread out across all platforms: PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Diablo 3's expansion, Reaper of Souls will hit the PC, Mac and PS4 in 2014.