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WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line
WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."
These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.
@Evleaks, everyone's favorite source for pre-release mobile phone information has just released an image of what is said to be Facebook's upcoming smart phone.
As you can see in the image above, the HTC manufactured "First" is a very generic looking smartphone that somewhat resembles an iPhone. The "HTC first" screen looks very much the result of some quick Photoshop work, but coming from @evleaks, we are inclined to trust them.
Lending further credence is that the phone closely matches the description given by 9to5Google last week. Either way, we will know something in a few days at Facebook's big Android focused event. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
This morning KitGuru is announcing that Microsoft has let details leak on Battlefield 4's release date. The leak occurred when details were accidentally posted to the official Xbox blog. This leak comes hot on the heals of the 17 minute live action teaser video EA released last week.
The details were removed almost instantly but a few fast thinking readers managed to grab a few screen captures before Microsoft noticed the mistake. The blog said that the game will release on October 29th 2013. Judging as to how fast these details were removed from the blog, we feel that it is safe to assume that the release date is official.
"Only in Battlefield can players go through a building instead of around it, eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall, or flip a tank. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that Battlefield 4 will arrive on Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013."
EA and DICE have officially taken the wraps off of Battlefield 4, where it has been completely and utterly announced to the world. EA have confirmed it is indeed launching in Fall 2013, and will be powered by Frostbite 3, not Frostbite 2 as previously thought.
Today, we have a 17-minute gameplay demo unleashed upon us, which I'm about to check out once I click the submit button on this news. Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label has said:
We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store. It is thrilling to witness peoples' reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they'll talk about for days. That's the beauty of Battlefield.
Things are heating up in South Korea once again, with South Korean authorities investigating a major attack on multiple fronts. Three TV broadcasters and two major banks were attacked, with the South Korean army raising their alert levels thinking that North Korea are behind the attacks.
Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were taken down, as well as two major banks; Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. Some of the computers that were infiltrated had files deleted, according to the authorities. A police official has said: "We sent down teams to all affected sites. We are now assessing the situation. This incident is pretty massive and will take a few days to collect evidence."
The banks are back up and running, but the TV stations have said they don't know when they'll be fully operational again, with some workers at the stations not able to boot their systems back up. South Korean military hasn't been affected, but they've raised their state of readiness in response. Police and government have both declined to speculate on North Korea's involvement, but the North have threatened the South more than once now, stating they would attack both South Korea and their major ally, the United States after they were slapped with United Nations sanctions for their nuclear test back in February.
At tonight's Galaxy S IV launch, Samsung showed off some cool new features that really take the smartphone game to the next level. The new "S Features" are being called: S Translator, S Voice Drive, and S Health.
The S Translator is an app that automatically translates information that is typed or copy/pasted into it, and helps you translate up to nine languages at launch, including Chinese, English U.S., English British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. S Voice is Samsung's version of a hands free car app that lets you make and receive calls and text without ever taking your hands or eyes off the road.
S Health is a new app that is part of Samsung's push into the health department. It allows users to sync up their Galaxy S IV with smart sensors that can report back on blood glucose levels, heart rate, weight, and can even access the S IV's built in Pedometer to help you track your exercise.
Hotmail, Outlook.com outage enters hour 12 - Microsoft still working to fully bring services back online
This morning TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft's Outlook.com and Hotmail email services have been down since 4:00PM EDT yesterday. That puts the services past 12 hours or so since they were last accessible.
SkyDrive and Calendar were also affected, but it appears that those services have been restored. Early speculation tied the outage to the Hotmail to Outlook.com migration, but an official statement from Microsoft denied that the migration had anything to do with the outage.
As of this posting I am unable to reach outlook.com and attempts to login to an old Hotmail account also failed. TechCrunch is reporting that the outage is not a total systems blackout though with some users still being able to reach the service.
It looks like users are experiencing some downtime to multiple Microsoft services, for the last few hours and counting. Hotmail is one of these services, and three hours without email is like a week without snail mail for some.
SkyDrive and Outlook are experiencing similar issues, with SkyDrive users having problems with file editing. Hotmail and Outlook issues seemed to be pegged on an issue not displaying all of your emails, which is, well, quite important. Microsoft have given the following statement on the problems:
Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting a small number of customers' access to Hotmail and Outlook.com, and we are working to restore full access to the service as quickly as possible. For the latest information, we encourage people to visit the Hotmail and Outlook.com status page (HTTPS://status.live.com/).
It appears Evernote are the latest in a string of attacks, with their Operations & Security team discovering, and blocking suspicious activity on their network. The attempted attack appears to be a coordinated attempt to gain access to Evernote's network.
In order to keep your data safe, Evernote have enabled a server-wide password reset - meaning that everyone will need to change their password before they log into their Evernote account. Evernote's network was compromised, with the investigation in place reporting that the hackers gained access to Evernote users' information, such as usernames, emails and even encrypted passwords. The passwords were protected by one-way encryption, which keeps them much safer than normal.
Evernote would still like to play it safe, which is where the server-wide password reset comes into play.
Facebook victim of Java zero-day exploit, admits they were hacked, no evidence user data compromised
Social media giant Facebook has said that they were hacked via a Java zero-day exploit after employees visited an infected mobile developer website back in January. Facebook has said that it does not appear that any user data was compromised and that they are working on moving away from Java.
"They gained limited visibility into our systems," Fred Wolens, a spokesperson for Facebook told VentureBeat. "We've accelerated our program to disable Java in our environment."
A patch for the bug used to compromise the fully patched laptops was issued by Oracle on February 1 after Facebook alerted them to the bug that allowed the hackers to bypass the sandbox protections. This is the latest in a string of high-profile hackings and exploits found in Java.
Many people have called for Java to be uninstalled from systems due to the frequency in which major security holes are found. The Department of Homeland Security has reiterated this recommendation.
Facebook is working with law enforcement to identify the hackers and the details. Facebook was quick to post about the hack so that other companies can protect themselves. They say that they were "not alone in this attack," though it's not clear who else has been affected by the compromise.