The founder of McAfee, John McAfee, has been on the run from authorities for a while now, and has added an interesting new twist to the already interesting story.
McAfee is currently wanted by the police in Belize, for questioning in regards to the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. McAfee of course denies that he murdered Faull, and is now stating that he is the victim of a murder plot. Forgetting that he's not starring in his own movie, McAfee is posted a transcript of a conversation that allegedly took place between an ex-employee, and another employee, which McAfee says he taped using "secret recording devices" on the grounds of his $1.5 million property.
The post shows that the two men were talking about planting a bomb at McAfee's house, and afterwards calling officials in the police force, which they suggest are involved in the conspiracy. But, if this post isn't a troll, it would explain why McAfee is afraid that the police will kill him if he comes in for questioning.
At the moment, Saudi Arabian men exert quite a lot of power over women, as a woman requires a "male guardian" to approve of their travelling, and much more. Women are banned from travelling without consent 'from their male guardians', and banned from driving altogether.
It has gone a few steps worse recently, where since last week Saudi's women's male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones, which informed them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together - yikes. This is thanks to a new electronic system that tracks any and all cross-border movements.
One woman became the symbol of a campaign that was launched last year, Manal al-Sherif, who started spreading the information through Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple. The husband was travelling with his wife, when he received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh.
Apple's new 'Spaceship' campus was meant to open in 2015, but Apple have reportedly filed a new timetable with the City of Cupertino on November 14, adapting its development timetable. Apple have had delays that affect Cupertino's environmental impact report. This report monitors traffic, noise, air quality levels, and allows local residents to comment on its development.
This has caused Apple to push back the completion of the report from the expected late-2012 date, to June 2013. This could mean that Apple won't start work on the new HQ until 2014, pushing back the move-in date into 2016.
The new 'Spaceship' HQ boasts 2.8 million square feet of a research and development building, a 1000-seat corporate auditorium, a fitness center, central plant, parking and another 300,000 square-foot research facility. Apple hopes that the new campus will maximize efficiency and convenience to their employees, where it will provide a co-location of services and a consolidation of employees in a single distinctive office R&D building.
Building mammoth skyscrapers these days just doesn't take anywhere near as long as it used to, but 90 days? Sheesh - that's nothing. Sky City will sport 220 floors and reach a dizzying 2,749 feet (838m) and will be built in Changsha City, near the Xiangjiang river in just 90 days - yes, just three months.
So, to have Sky City completed in just 90 days, we're looking at an amazing five floors being built, per day! The building has been designed by some of the same engineers who had a hand in building the Burj Khalifa, as well as the company that built the 30-story hotel in just 15 days, which is still in perfect working condition. Foundation on the new building starts at the end of December, where they're just waiting on Chinese authorities to give the final nod to begin construction.
What could potentially lead into a huge, huge war - the conflict over in the middle east with Israel and Gaza, is Anonymous stepping in and taking down multiple Israeli websites.
These aren't just little pleb websites, we're talking big Israeli sites - which Anonymous have called "OpIsrael". This comes in direct retaliation to threats from the Israeli government that it may shut to and from Gaza as violence between its Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Hamas seem to be escalating.
Anonymous has stepped up and said:
For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defence Force. But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand.
Israeli defense forces and Hamas have taken to Twitter to live blog the happenings of a new Gaza skirmish. The two sides in the fight have side-stepped the traditional news organizations, which allow them to release the information they want with the spin they want. It allows propaganda to be easily spread and for the forces to control what info gets out quickly.
Furthermore, it's likely that people will prefer to watch the Twitter feed of what's happening, versus a news source, due to it being quickly updated. True, the source will be biased, something most people hope typical news sources aren't, but it is likely the way wars of the future will be covered: 140 characters at a time.
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
@IDFSpokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)
It is being reported that anti-virus pioneer and founder of McAfee, John McAfee, is on the run from police on murder charges, according to Beliza police, reports Gizmodo.
The head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, Marco Vidal, has said that McAfee is the prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was shot and killer on Saturday night in his home in San Pedro Town, on the island of Ambergris Caye.
The police report has stated:
On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone.
MasterCard have worked with Standard Chartered in a new credit card that sports a built-in display and touch-sensitive keypad. The card itself is being touted as an interactive payment card, or security token card, featuring the credit card company's Display Card technology.
The display and keypad will allow the cardholder to generate a one-time password that can be used as an authentication security measure. MasterCard have said that future revisions will be capable of displaying things like available card balance, loyalty and reward points, recent transactions and other interactive information.
The card will become a standard issue item for all Standard Chartered Online Banking and Breeze Mobile Banking users starting January 2013. The card will become very useful for high-risk transactions such as payments or transfers above a certain amount of when adding third-party payees.
It looks as though Korea could dethrone Dubai as the tourist spot in the not-too-distant future, with plans of a new $264 billion mega-city to be built on the islands of Yongyu-Miiu in the port of Incheon, which is close to Incheon International Airport.
The mega-city would be so gigantic that it would span 80 square kilometers, with the designers claiming the 8City project would be the largest single tourism plan in the world, if they manage to complete it. The mega-city would spot a "megastrip" which would be 200m high, 880m wide and 3.3km long, making it the world's largest single architectural unit.
An "inner circle" would be built, which would feature a tubular 14km building. The mega-city would house luxury hotels, condominiums, casinos, shopping centres, a concert hall and even a Formula One racing track. The new mega-city would stand out of the crowd, too, was there would be a medical tourism "healing town" and entertainment "hallyu" town.
Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip Dilbert, has taken a shot at a technology company, saying that "there's nothing [they] can do about [their] long slide toward irrelevance." He also takes a shot about the company redesigning its logo and releasing a tablet computer. Any ideas which company it's making fun of?
If you guessed Microsoft, you're right. If you didn't, you probably need to read TweakTown more often to stay up with the latest. Everything the Dilbert comic said is accurate, well mostly. Microsoft has recently revamped their corporate logo, as well as revamping the Windows logo into something that looks more like Windows.
But sliding towards irrelevance? Hardly. The Xbox 360 has remained the top selling home entertainment console for 20+ months, Windows is still the leader in the desktop operating system market by far, and Office is still one of the most widely used productivity suites around. It's a hard sell, at least right now, that Microsoft is becoming irrelevant.
Well, London is about to get a whole lot cooler - with the City of London planning on upgrading their street lighting system in Westminster over the next four years.
They've committed to spend £3.25 million, which will see the city outfitted with 14,000 lights with new energy efficient versions. The new lights are dubbed "smart street lights" which will sport the ability to alert workers through an iPad app when they need to be repaired or replaced. Technicians will also have the ability to control the output of each light with the app.
The city council have said that their initial investment in the new iPad-controlled lights will be made back within seven years thanks to the energy efficiency of the new lights. The lights will reportedly save taxpayers £420,000 per year in energy bills starting in 2015.
Concrete is the world's most widely used building material, but there haven't been any fundamental changes in the material, and because of that it is prone to cracks - which means that most structures be substantially reinforced with steel.
This is all about to hopefully change with experimental concrete that self heals - yes, self, heals. The experimental concrete contains limestone-producing bacteria, which are activated by corrosive rainwater working its way into the structure. The new concrete is about to enter outdoor testing, and if successful, we could see new structures made with the concrete that could provide better service life with the concrete, and huge cost savings, too.
The work is being done at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands and is the brainchild of microbiologist Henk Jonkers and concrete technologist Eric Schlangen. If the testing is positive, Dr Jonkers says that they could start the process of commercializing it as soon as 2-3 years from now.
With Hurricane Sandy baring down upon the east coast of the United States, Netflix has seen a spike in viewing. This is almost certainly due to users watching Netflix as they wait out the storm. However, I have a feeling usage may drop as soon as the storm really starts to hit as power will likely be out in a lot of places.
We currently see about 20% more streaming compared to last Monday. A lot of it is coming from the East Coast with New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore showing a lot of activity on Netflix. Initially we saw a lot of kids titles being watched, a sign that the kids are staying home from school. We're glad we can provide people some great entertainment while they're hunkered down for the storm and hope everyone stays safe.
This storm is a big deal, so hunker down and do like the rest of the people in the path and watch Netflix. It will help pass the time for as long as the power and internet stay on. Stay inside and stay safe if you have not been evacuated.
With the ever-increasing pervasiveness of technology, it was only time until someone figured out that airplane boarding passes could be read by smartphones and the data displayed to the user. Unfortunately, it was discovered that these boarding passes lacked any sort of simple security, such as encryption.
Users who use the PreCheck system can decode their barcodes and find out whether or not they would be randomly checked before they ever left home. The US PreCheck system allows frequent flyers and people willing to pay $100 to sometimes skip some parts of security, though it is random whether or not you will be checked.
This "randomness" is decided ahead of time and encoded in the barcode. A quick scan with a smartphone, or a quick look with your eyes, divulges whether or not you've been randomly selected. "The disclosure of this information means that bad guys are not going to be kept on their toes anymore," Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, said.
"The disclosure of this information means that bad guys are not going to be kept on their toes anymore," he said. This means terrorists can realize their not going to be screened and bring unauthorized items on board the plane, posing a massive security risk for those on board.
On the heals of today's release of the iPad mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, Mac mini, iPad 4, and iMac, we're reminded that Apple can still keep a secret--sort of. Before today's event, rumors were running rampant regarding the upcoming iPad mini. As the event neared, people caught word that a 13-inch MacBook pro with Retina would be coming and an update for the Mac mini was inevitable.
However, I didn't see a single rumor regarding an iPad 4 or iMac being talked about at today's event. But they were. Maybe it was because nobody cared about those as much as the other products. Or maybe, Apple still has some skills when it comes to security and secrecy. It's a battle that Apple has been fighting for a long time, and it seemed as though they were losing as the iPhone 5 came with basically zero surprises at launch.
ArsTechnica talked to a couple of Apple employees on the condition on anonymity and found out some really interesting stuff. According to the employees, the security is just as tough as it was with Steve Jobs, if not more so now with Tim Cook. However, the leaks aren't coming from the US-based teams.
"Apple's security practices are targeted at making sure US employees don't leak stuff, but everything comes out of China now," one employee told Ars. "I think Apple's secrecy mode is really outdated."
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, plans to become 100% powered by renewable, low-carbon forms of energy
Saudi Arabia, currently the world's biggest oil producer, has some very interesting plans - they want to be 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy. This process would most likely take decades, but just the hint of it is quite powerful, and interesting.
You're probably thinking 'what does this have to do with tech?', but what is the one thing tech uses above all else? Energy. If the world turned from oil, to renewable sources to somewhere over 50-75% in the next decade, we would be looking at not only an entirely new world of technology, but an entire new way of living.
The news comes from Prince Tuki Al Faisal Al Saud, who is the founder of the King Faisal Foundation, where he told the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil that he hoped the kingdom could one day be powered entirely from low-carbon energy within his lifetime. At 67 years old, this would be much sooner, rather than later.
I definitely got a laugh when I saw this, I think you just might as well. We all know we live in a digital age where people seem to be more connected to their devices than the people around them. Well, author of Goodnight iPad, a parody of the well-known Goodnight Moon, has chronicled one man's love for Siri in his new book called Siri & Me: A Modern Love Story.
As you can see in the video above, it definitely looks like it will be a humors book. He pokes fun at her ability to understand several times: "I love you, Siri," Dave says. "I'll bet you say that to all of your gadgets…" Siri responds.
"The concept to do something about Siri came from my publisher when we had a meeting after the iPad book, but it really resonates with me and I'm completely fascinated by technology," Milgrim told Mashable. "It boggles my mind how much we live digitally now."
I'm just hoping that this new love story doesn't involve two star-crossed lovers, or both of them could be in for some serious trouble. Maybe Siri will guide him into a river? What do you think about this new "love story?"
A family in Sealy, Texas had a birthday party ruined when they received a box of notepads instead of the iPad they thought they had purchased from Walmart. It seems they fell victim to a scam that was running rampant last year, albeit a slightly funnier version. Previously, the scammer had used perfectly weighted clay so that the box would be the same weight.
It's slightly funnier that they used notepads to replace an iPad, basically trading the electronic version back for the paper version. But anyway, Bobbi Linden purchased the iPad as a gift for her daughter, who then opened and discovered the issue. I wonder what she must have been thinking? "Is this some sort of joke?" comes to mind.
The family then returned to Walmart to fix things up, but the manager was fully unhelpful. "She was just saying she has never seen it happen before and she couldn't help us," said Linden's daughter Courtney Akers. However, Walmart has since fixed the problem. Linden will be getting a full refund as well as a new iPad and apology for the mistake.
"It appears someone previously purchased the iPad, removed the contents and resealed it in a manner that clearly resembles factory packaging. We have reviewed our surveillance video to see if we can find out who is responsible for this and we are sharing that information with local law enforcement in hopes that whoever is behind this is held responsible for their selfish acts," said Walmart in a statement.
By now you've surely heard of Psy's viral mega hit "Gangnam Style", and if you haven't I've embedded the clip below for your viewing pleasure. Well, since the clip hit YouTube on 7/15, it has reached [at the time of writing] 423 million views.
Normally I wouldn't report on this, but YouTube is a huge part of our daily lives, and this clip has gone viral in ways most people can't even image. Gangnam Style is everywhere and it's gotten to the point where it is even being played on the radio, some what of a record - a Korean song, on Australian radio stations (and around the world). It is either #1 or close to #1, or has been at #1 on most charts around the world and has turned Psy into a megastar.
There are only a few music videos that have garnered as much views as Gangnam Style are Justin Bieber's "Baby", which has an astounding 787 million views. But it took Bieber over a year to reach 400 million or so views, but just three months for Psy.
RIM has had a bit of a celebration in light of BBM, the abbreviation for BlackBerry Messenger, being added to the Collins English Dictionary. If you look at the list of words added by Collins, RIM doesn't really have much to celebrate. I'd like to take a moment to highlight some of BBM's company.
Take, for instance, fandabidozi. This interesting addition means "an expression of admiration or enthusiasm." I'm not really sure that this qualifies as a word in any sense of the English language, but then again, I am a writer. Floordrobe is another interesting word among BBM's new company. It means "a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room."
The point I'm trying to make is that RIM doesn't have much to celebrate. If they were added to the Oxford English dictionary, or an equivalent, then maybe the marketing team should be making noise. For right now, RIM needs to keep working on new products so that they stay afloat and can continue having a marketing team that can celebrate these minor achievements.
Resident Evil fan? Might want to book some tickets to Japan, as Universal Studios Japan are turning their theme park into a live action replica of Raccoon City, the fictional city from the Resident Evil series of games for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event.
Where the Cyberdyne building from the park's Terminator 2 attraction usually sits, has been remodeled as the Umbrella corporate HQ. Props and projection techniques have been used that turn the usually New York street set into the Raccoon City ruins. There will be actors on-hand to guie tourists through the attractions, playing characters from the series such as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine.
The Resident Evil experience opens this Friday and runs each night through to November 11, which will engulf the worldwide launch of Resident Evil 6 on October 2nd, the Halloween holiday, and you could even include the recently-launched Resident Evil: Retribution movie, too.