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Breaking Bad actor is turning on Xbox One's across the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 14, 2014 5:30 am

Jesse Pinkman is waking your Xbox One up! Don't believe me? It's true, I swear. Microsoft have taken in Aaron Paul, who played Pinkman in AMC's hit show Breaking Bad, in its new Xbox One commercials.



Paul says some of the key Xbox One commands such as "Xbox On" in the commercial, with some hilarious results on the Internet - with one user on Twitter known as @DrW_Qass saying: "@aaronpaul_8 just turned my Xbox One via the Xbox advert. (Which triggered the IR blaster to switch my TV off..) Amazing". @TomNeal tweeted: "@Xbox your new TV advert is annoying the hell outta me. Aaron Paul keeps turning my console on... #stoooop".


Now gamers are wondering why Paul's other filmed voice commands aren't working, and whether this is some next-gen advertising campaign to have the Xbox One turn on from the advert. Whatever it is, it's working, b*tch.

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Google Maps has passed the 1 billion installation milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 14, 2014 4:57 am

Google Maps is a widely used application, with the navigation app now passing 1 billion installations on devices across the world. It's a little easier for Google to get there, as Maps is pre-installed on quite a number of Android-powered devices.


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Google has crafted one of the most important mobile apps on the market with Maps, but passing 1 billion downloads is a huge milestone. I'm sure they're definitely popping some champagne over in Mountain View right about now.

Iraq tries to block social media, hoping to block rebel communications

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 14, 2014 1:10 am

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications recently issued an order to block access to social media websites and YouTube, in an effort to clamp down on communications by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The crackdown also targeted journalists and bloggers, with political tensions rising in Iraq, local media indicated.


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Users trying to access social media websites are being greeted by an error page, informing them of the government-ordered block. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that a website ban will prevent ISIS from sharing propaganda videos and news of their continued efforts in Iraq.


ISIS has growing control of towns and cities located in northern and western Iraq, including the second biggest city in the country, Mosul. The situation has grown so dire that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki released a statement saying civilians will be armed - and local rebel groups also are recruiting new members to fight.

Malicious World Cup apps serve as 'SMS Stealer' on Android devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:08 am

Cybercriminals are using the 2014 World Cup as a perfect platform to compromise users, with security specialists warning of malicious apps. There are almost 400 apps, all targeting Google Android-powered smartphones, becoming extremely popular in third-party app stores.


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Compromised devices will block incoming text messages, send SMS to premium numbers, and install even more malware. SMS Stealer and similar threats also steal contact phone numbers, email addresses, and other information from an infected device.


The SMS Stealer is the most troublesome World Cup malicious app, because of "the capacity of criminals to colonize Android devices, not just for premium messaging abuse, but for other malicious purposes," according to a statement from Trend Micro, in a statement sent to SC Magazine.

U.S. federal government to auction off millions in Silk Road bitcoins

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 9:22 pm

Do you want some bitcoins and have a minimum of $200,000 for a deposit? If so, prepare for the U.S. federal government's auction of bitcoins that once belonged to the defunct Silk Road black market website.


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The U.S. Marshals Service is spearheading the auction, and all interested parties must register by June 23. The auction itself begins on June 27 and will run for 12 hours. Everyone participating must submit a registration form, copy of a government-issued photo ID, and a wire transfer deposit. The 30,000 bitcoins currently are currently valued around $17.3 million currently exchanging at $600 per bitcoin. It appears the federal government has monitored the value of bitcoin and has tried to time the auction at a time when bitcoin value appears to be rising yet again.


The feds also seized another 144,336 bitcoins that belonged to Silk Road head Ross William Ulbricht, however, he is contesting their forfeiture. Interestingly, Ulbricht's attorney argues that bitcoin isn't real currency, and says charges should be dismissed and the cryptocurrency should be returned.

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U.S. Android users average 138 minutes per day on smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 7:48 pm

Google Android smartphone owners in the United States averaged 138 minutes of use per day in May 2014, a 20 percent increase from December 2013, according to the Strategy Analytics' AppOptix platform. The study was based on more than one million application sessions used by 1500 Android smartphone users, with Facebook, YouTube and Messaging apps capturing 50 percent of the total time alone.


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In addition, LifeStyle, Productivity, and News, Weather & Sports are popular - with mobile use continuing to rise.


"The three big categories are social, communication, and browsing - together they account for nearly a third of the time spent," said Bonny Joy, Consumer Telemetry Platform chief, said in a press statement. "Our analysis on the top 25 apps across each of the categories shows games and lifestyle segments are among the most vulnerable in maintaining mindshares as they are quick to come and disappear from our rankings."

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United States indicts 'Guccifer' hacker, extradition not promised

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 6:46 pm

The United States Justice Department indicted Marcel Lazar Lehel, a Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," accused of stealing personal information and posting it online. In a Romanian court last week, the hacker was sentenced to four years in prison for his activities, and it's unknown if the U.S. will try to extradite him after release.


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The U.S. could try to extradite Lazar to face trial once he's released from prison in Romania. No official request has been made to the Romanian government, but prosecutors could be waiting.


Guccifer was responsible for hacking George W. Bush's email account, posting personal self-portraits the former president created. He also released email correspondence of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and European Parliament member Corina Cretu, trying to hide an affair.

Apple warns some iPhone adapters in Europe pose a safety risk

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 5:10 pm

Apple is working iPhone users in Europe that some of the USB adapters could pose a safety risk. Apple has found that some of its USB adapters that shipped bundled with iPhones and were sold separately could overheat leading to a safety risk. The adapters shipped in Europe with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S.


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These adapters were sold from October 2009 until September 2012. The affected adapters have model A1300 printed on the on the bottom of the unit. You can see an example in the image above.

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Facebook Messenger adds new video sharing feature

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Facebook has been working on its messenger app a lot over the last few months in an effort to better compete with other offerings on the market. The messenger app has gained the ability to allow the user to quickly and easily share video messages with other users.


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With the updated app, users can record a short video by tapping and holding the camera button. When activated the camera defaults to the front facing camera on your phone. You can flip the camera around to show the person what you are looking at as well.

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NASA scores sharp images of near-Earth Asteroid using radar

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 3:06 pm

NASA has fired up a pair of giant radar telescopes to take some of the sharpest views of a near-Earth asteroid ever taken. The image you see here was taken on June 8, 2014 as a large asteroid called 2014 HQ124 slipped past the planet. The large asteroid has a length of 1200 feet.


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The asteroid has an irregular surface that is larger on one end than the other. Scientists believe that the asteroid could have formed from the impact of two asteroids that were fused into one. One of the most interesting feature images on the asteroid is a pointy hill near the middle of the object.

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