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Hacker releases Amazon Kindle user data after company fails to respond

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jul 2016 22:06

Hacker releases Amazon Kindle user data after company fails to respond A hacker going by the name Ox2Taylor released sensitive information about 80,000 Amazon Kindle users earlier this week after Amazon did not respond his warnings of a significant security risk within their servers.

Ox2Taylor says he tried to contact Amazon last week to tell them of the vulnerability but did not receive any response. He was seeking a $700 bounty from Amazon for revealing the vulnerability as well as an explanation on how to fix it. "They're a big company and they should have enough money to have the proper security defenses," he added.

In the database are usernames, passwords, address, phone number and IP address of over 80,000 users.

After a few days in which Amazon did not even acknowledge the bug, he released the whole list via a zipped file on the cyberlocker Mega. It has since been taken down. "I was trying to prove them privately but they were ignoring my warnings," he said.

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Elon Musk ready to unveil part 2 of his Tesla's 'Top Secret Masterplan'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Jul 2016 22:04

Elon Musk ready to unveil part 2 of his Tesla's 'Top Secret Masterplan' Tesla CEO and genius Elon Musk has said he's ready to unveil part 2 of the Tesla 'Top Secret Masterplan,' a plan that's been in place since 2006, before the launch of the Tesla Roadster sports car.

The CEO says he could even post it later this week, teasing excited fans.

In 2006, Musk revealed the first part of the plan in a detailed document that has essentially gone to plan so far. Musk said at the time that the first plan was to a build a sports car, use the proceeds to built a more affordable car, use those proceeds for an even cheaper car and save the world with zero emission electric power and charging.

It is unclear what will be in part two of the plan, but many expect Musk to speak about his proposed acquisition of his solar power company SolarCity and the development of Tesla trucks that can drive long distances autonomously.

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Kim Dotcom plans to relaunch Megaupload next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Jul 2016 21:29

Kim Dotcom plans to relaunch Megaupload next year Infamous MEGA owner Kim Dotcom says he plans to relaunch the original Megaupload cyberlocker in January 2017, following its 2012 shutdown by U.S. authorities.

At its peak, Megaupload accounted for over 20 percent of global Web traffic at any given time and had over 50 million users. The site was accused of linking to millions of unauthorized files including pirated movies, music and games and it drew the ire of U.S. authorities and content rights holders.

Perhaps most shocking of the announcement is the fact that Dotcom says all former users will get their accounts back, exactly five years after the site was raided and shut down. Dotcom was arrested but after five years the entrepreneur has still not faced a trial or jury. He has also been fighting to get back millions in assets that were frozen at the time of his arrest.

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Report: Google working on their own Android Wear smartwatches

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Jul 2016 21:51

Report: Google working on their own Android Wear smartwatches According to reports, Google is working on two Android Wear smartwatches, its latest foray into hardware.

The company currently sells a Chromebook, the Pixel C tablet, the Chromecast dongle, and co-brands Nexus smartphones.

Currently, the smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, and will prominently feature Google's assistant AI that was shown off during this year's I/O.

Angelfish is expected to have a 45mm case, LTE connectivity, GPS, heart rate monitoring and will steal some design aspects from the LG Watch Urbane. One report says "it does not have the stark circular 'puck' shape of Motorola's 360, nor the rather angular lugs or multi-piece design of the Urbane LTE. This gives the watch a subdued but sporty look." Additionally, the watch will have three buttons including a circular crown and two other unknown buttons.

The Swordfish should "resemble the Pebble Time Round" and will be smaller and thinner, include a single button and may not have LTE or GPS. It will also likely come with a much lower price point.

Expect an announcement in September.

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Microsoft clears up confusion about Xbox Play Anywhere

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Jul 2016 15:20

Microsoft clears up confusion about Xbox Play Anywhere Microsoft has released a new press statement that should clear up any confusion about its upcoming Xbox Play Anywhere service.

Last week, the company confirmed that Play Anywhere was scheduled to launch on September 13th, giving gamers access to some games on Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One with just one purchase. However, Microsoft later changed the verbiage of the service, stating that Play Anywhere only applies to Microsoft Studios games that were shown off at 2016's E3 conference.

Obviously, that would have been a very big change to the former policy. Microsoft has now tried to clear up any confusion: "When we unveiled Xbox Play Anywhere, we said that every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere. We understand that a recent blog post didn't specify that the only Microsoft Studios titles we've confirmed to date as Xbox Play Anywhere were shown at the E3 2016 Xbox briefing."

Okay.

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Twitter CEO's account got hacked

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Jul 2016 14:50

Twitter CEO's account got hacked OurMine, the group of hackers behind recent high-profile account thefts, temporarily took over Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, tweeting and posting a Vine clip.

The group tweeted "Hey, its OurMine,we are testing your security" while linking to their site.

OurMine recently took over the social media accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

It appears that the messages came through Vine, which suggests that it was Jack's connected Vine account that was really compromised.

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Samsung unveils the first Universal Flash Storage memory cards

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Jul 2016 14:32

Samsung unveils the first Universal Flash Storage memory cards Samsung has unveiled the first UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory cards this week, the evolution of microSD.

The company is offering 32, 64, 128, or 256 GB capacity models and the performance is incredible compared to even the high-end current microSD cards. UFS cards offer sequential read speeds of up to 530 MB/s, multiples faster than microSD.

Samsung says you can transfer a 5GB, 1080p movie in about 10 seconds compared to 50 seconds for the average UHS-1 microSD card. Write speeds are up to 170 MB/s, as well, about seven times faster than the average card aimed at consumers.

For now, it is unclear what devices will support removable UFS cards and what the price will be for such a powerful chip.

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Don't forget: macOS Sierra and iOS 10 open betas are now available

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Jul 2016 13:03

Don't forget: macOS Sierra and iOS 10 open betas are now available Just a few days after releasing the developer betas of their two new operating systems, Apple has launched open betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing.

To sign up, you have to join the Apple Beta Software Program, but keep in mind with all betas that there are bound to be plenty of bugs and app inconsistencies so it is not advised to download the installs to your primary device.

You can read a bit more about the new OS here and here.

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Pokémon Go to delay international rollout due to server issues

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jul 2016 21:39

Pokémon Go to delay international rollout due to server issues Pokemon Go, the biggest mobile release of 2016, has had to delay its international rollout following server issues for gamers playing in the U.S.

Niantic, the company the built Pokemon Go with Nintendo, says they are aware of the issues and are quickly working on a fix. Niantic CEO John Hanke says the rollout is "paused until we're comfortable," and that "We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve," which might be the understatement of the week following millions of downloads and tens of millions of playing hours.

As of writing, the server issues are almost completely solved and gamers can continue to enjoy catching Pokemon in real life.




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Audible launches 'Channels' premium podcasts for $4.95 per month

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jul 2016 20:46

Audible launches 'Channels' premium podcasts for $4.95 per month Amazon-owned Audible has launched a new service, 'Channels,' premium podcasts for $4.95 per month or free if you are an existing, paying Audible member.

The exclusive selection will include comedic performances, audio recreations of long-form written articles, and ad-free original podcasts.

At launch, there will be very few pods available, but Audible says there about 40 shows in production.

The company took a small shot at Apple, the market leader, and its offerings of thousands of podcasts. "I've heard customers refer to podcasting as a flea market, where you'll find some treasures, and it's surrounded by a lot of junk," said Eric Nuzum, senior vice president for original content development at Audible. "You have to be in the mood to sort through the junk to find the treasure, and people don't want to do that all the time."

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Apple settles with patent troll for $25 million

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jul 2016 20:04

Apple settles with patent troll for $25 million Apple has settled with patent troll Network-1 Technologies for $25 million, ending a suit over alleged patent infringement.

The "'227 Patent entitled 'Document Stream Operating System' relates to methods that enable unified search, indexing, displaying and archiving of documents in a computer system," says Network-1.

Initially originated at Yale University in 1996, the patent's creator sued Apple in 2008 and eventually won a $625 million judgment in 2010. Following an appeal, the ruling was overturned and the Supreme Court denied review, thus ending the initial suit.

After the loss, the patent was sold to patent troll Network-1, who sued Apple again in 2014 (as well as other companies, including Microsoft). That case has now been settled for $25 million and Apple has also received licenses to numerous other Network-1 patents.

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Nintendo looking into smartphone peripheral

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Jul 2016 22:02

Nintendo looking into smartphone peripheral Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi has suggested that the company is looking into creating a peripheral for smartphones that will make it easier for mobile gamers to play Nintendo action games.

The company has looked into third-party options but "may develop something new by ourselves," says Takahashi.

Takahashi made the statement after he was asked about famous titles (Mario, Zelda, etc) and when they might come to iOS and Android. The executive said those types of games would be difficult with virtual controls.

It will be interesting to see what the next step for Nintendo is.

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Apple, Amazon others form coalition to fight EU's "Cookie Law"

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Jul 2016 21:41

Apple, Amazon others form coalition to fight EU's "Cookie Law" Apple, Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies have formed a coalition to fight the EU's "Cookie Law," asking for more refined laws and a better balance between data collection and privacy.

"We believe that simplifying and streamlining regulation will benefit consumers by ensuring they are provided with a simple, consistent, and meaningful set of rules designed to protect their personal data,"
said the group. "At the same time, it will encourage innovation across the digital value chain and drive new growth and social opportunities. This is critical at a time when digital companies are striving to launch new innovative services and working to build a 5G Europe."

The group includes some heavy hitters including Apple, Amazon, BT, Blackberry, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, Fastnet, Foursquare, Google, Huawei, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, Orange, Paypal, T-Mobile, TalkTalk, Telefonica, Three, and Vodafone.

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Despite being banned in country, Twitter estimates 10 million users in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Jul 2016 10:59

Despite being banned in country, Twitter estimates 10 million users in China Despite being blocked in the country since 2009, Twitter estimates that over 10 million people actively use the service in China.

The source claims that the number is what Twitter uses internally and that it is an estimate because even the company can't be entirely sure due to the Chinese user's use of a VPN that could show them as located basically anywhere.

Of course, 10 million in China is a tiny fraction of active Internet users in the nation, and a fraction of Twitter's overall users (700 million and 300 million, respectively) but it is interesting to see the lengths people will go to to be connected to world news and get around China's state-imposed censorship.

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VLC media player is now a universal Windows 10 app

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Jul 2016 10:09

VLC media player is now a universal Windows 10 app VideoLan has built a universal Window platform (UWP) app for their popular VLC media player, meaning it will eventually work across Windows 10 devices, Hololens and Xbox One.

The new app is in beta but already appears to have some cool features. As with desktop versions, the app will support nearly every type of file format, will offer a media library for managing content within the app itself, subtitle support, sync controls (for those poorly dubbed files you definitely have) and picture-in-picture mode to allow you to browse your content without closing your current video.

Over time, DVD/Blu-ray playback and TV tuning will also be made available, but VideoLan says the current UWP APIs do not allow such features as of yet.

Get the app here: Microsoft Store





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