If you haven't heard about Lavabit, well, it was the e-mail service that Edward Snowden used until it was pretty much forced to close its electronic doors. The creator of the service, Ladar Levison, has now launched a Kickstarter campaign, where he's trying to raise funds for a dark mail encrypted e-mail service.
The dark mail service requires $196,608 in order to take the Lavabit source code and bake it into a free, and open-source project with the new dark mail protocol. Dark mail is looking to deliver a next-generation form of e-mail with end-to-end encryption, free from the prying eyes of our governments and their spy agencies.
The campaign will also be delivering the first dark mail clients to Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.
Microsoft has announced it is now offering a free, 16-week IT training course for soldiers transitioning out of the military life, to a civilian life, with a guaranteed job at the end of it.
The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy will be based on the Microsoft IT Academy, which will offer the training required to plunge into the world of being a developer, applications engineer or IT project manager. At the end of the course, the company will hire participants as software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, which is the tech firm administering the program.
Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Brad Smith, said in a statement: "American servicemembers possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career-serving in the U.S. military-and another, creating technologies that improve lives."
Apple's new iPad Air uses some impressive display technology from IGZO, which has resulted in a reduction of weight of over 25%. Most of ths is thanks to lowered power consumption, which allows the iPad Air to feature a thinner battery, too.
IHS iSuppli has released its cost analysis, which points out that Apple's iPad Air uses just 36 LEDs to light the display, which is down from as many as 84 LEDs in previous models of the iPad. The iOS giant has also reduced the thickness of the display assembly, so with all of this display-related changes, we can see that the company has been capable of improving the size and weight of the new iPad Air.
But, does this lead to a better-looking display? Not exactly. Ray Soneria from DisplayMate Technologies has said that while the IGZO-based technology in the iPad Air has allowed for a thinner, more battery-friendly tablet, it doesn't look as good as something like the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 display, which is based on LTPS (low temperature polysilicon technology). LTPS offers even better performance, and lower power requirements than the IGZO display.
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and even though we have the iPad Air, Nexus 7, and numerous other great tablets, DigiTimes' research arm is expecting Q4 tablet shipments to grow 18.1% sequentially to 42.15 million shipments this year.
But, year-over-year, we're looking at a drop of 2.5%, according to DigiTimes' report. The high-end, high-margin smartphone market continues to slow down, but the tablet market is doing a mirror image of the smartphone market unfortunately. This is pushing electronics manufacturers to new areas, such as wearable computing, to continue their growth.
We should see 2014 become the start of wearable computing, with devices like Google Glass really taking off in the consumer space.
Getting to Mars isn't easy, with countries like China failing so far, but now India ia having its turn, successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission, which is a satellite looking through the red planet's atmosphere for chemicals like methane.
The spacecraft will take approximately 300 days to reach Mars, but it is doing so very cheaply, with a cost of just $72 million. The Mars Orbiter Missions team is saving money be using Earth's orbit to speed up the launch speed. We should hear more in the coming months of how the MOM is doing.
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a draft of RFP (or request for proposals) which would allos businesses that are interested, to develop a citywide Wi-Fi network.
Building this free broadband network "would require fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles," according to LA's Information Technology Agency GM, Steve Reneker, who talked with Ars Technica. Better yet, LA residents would receive free fiber Internet, a speeds of between 2Mbps and 5Mbps, with plans scaling up (if they choose to pay more) to gigabit.
Back when Valve first announced SteamOS, we all knew that it would be something big, and today we got a glimpse of just how big it may be. 4A Games, the guys behind Metro: Last Light have just finished porting the game to Linux with full support for SteamOS, and a visit to the games page on Steam (Source link below) will confirm this.
A report from Shacknews, states that Metro: Last Light will be fully compatible with SteamOS and the Steam Controller in time for those lucky 300 to play on their beta-edition Steam Machines. Metro: Last Light is available now on Steam for just $39.99, but lets be honest, who has time to play with both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts both out right now!
Evolution Studios' PS4 exclusive DriveClub, will be featured in PlayStation 4 retail kiosks, with Sony releasing a new video that shows off some gameplay footage of the racing title.
DriveClub boasts "team-based racing," social features and attention-to-detail graphics, such as beautiful animation when you step into your vehicle, making DriveClub feel that much more real. DriveClub was expected to launch side-by-side with the PS4, but has been delayed into 2014 unfortunately, like a lot of games these days.
Don't worry - I was surprised too: it looks like Valve will not be making any SteamOS, or Steam Machine exclusive games anytime soon. Valve has confirmed the news, too.
Designer Greg Coomer talked with IGN, where he said: "You won't see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We're not going to be doing that kind of thing." Valve spokesperson, Anna Sweet, also chimed in: "That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that's exclusive to SteamOS or Steam Machines."
Sweet added: "Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms. Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are."
I guess this is a good thing, as it means that even a system-seller like Half-Life 3 would reach any Steam-based platform, be it Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS or any of the Steam Machines.
Today Nikon introduced a new DSLR that is sure to make many aging photographers feel nostalgic. The new retro-inspired Nikon Df is actually a state of the art DSLR that features a 16.2-megapixel full frame imaging sensor, the same one featured in the D4. The body of the new Df is constructed of magnesium and weighs in at just 710-grams.
The new Nikon Df features an ISO range of 100-12,800 and can be expanded to 50-204,800 which will ensure that even the darkest lit environments will photograph nice and bright. An Expeed Image Processor is on board to facilitate the quick writing of images to the camera's storage card. Shutter life is said to be a whopping 150,000 cycles, and the shutter can snap open at 1/1,400th of a second.
The camera is compatible with all vintage Nikon non-AI lenses as well as the company's current Nikkor line of premium autofocus lenses. Unlike many analyst speculated, the Df does in fact feature a traditional mirror design as all proper professional DSLRs should. Rounding things out is a 3.2-inch LCD screen that has a pixel density of 921 dots. The new Nikon Df will arrive on November 28th at a pricing point of $4,414 with a 50mm kit lens.