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Can Devices Be Hacked to Explode?

RatedRR has a great YouTube channel that is one of my favorites to watch. They shoot a lot of things and also blow lots of stuff up. This week they do the "Breakdown" where they take bits from games and movies and see if they are actually possible. This time around they take a look at WatchDogs and see if they can hack remote things such as cameras, thermostats and even electrical outlets to explode - remotely. Interesting and maybe a little scary.

 

Source: YouTube

Turkey Spoofing Google DNS to Spy/Control

Google has just discovered that Turkey is pulling off some DNS spoofing in order to block social networks and things that they want to control. After a recent scandal, the residents of Turkey starting to tweet and post their frustrations and spread video of the corruption, they got shut down. Google says this is a big deal - not because they are being cut out - but because this fake DNS will allow the government to intercept and redirect all traffic as they see fit.

A DNS routes the domain name you type into your browser to the IP address of that site. In the early days of Turkey's crackdown on social media, Turkish citizens were able to restore their access to Twitter and YouTube by routing their traffic through Google's DNS. But now Turkish ISPs have set up servers that appear to be Google's, according to Google, putting users at risk that their traffic could be monitored.

Source: TheVerge

Upgrade Windows 8 Start Screen

If you want your Windows 8 start screen experience to be a bit better, there are mutliple ways and this is probably one of best. A Windows 8 program called Start Screen Unlimited is a great way to add a bunch of amazing features and improve your experience. Take a look and see if it is going to help rock your Windows 8 life.

Start Screen Unlimited is a Windows 8 program that adds a few useful features to the Windows 8 Start Screen, like date and time, a link to the Windows control panel, and more power options. It also adds a Google search bar directly to the Start Screen.

Source: CNET

20 Amazing Indie Games to Play Now

Right on the heels of VulcLAN 2014 we are featuring a news story that covers 20 amazing indie games that are available right now. A few years back, Indie games were really bad, but the quality of these independant studios has improved like crazy and they are definately worth checking out. I've never even heard of some of these before, and others I was surprised are classified as "indie" games.

Indie games are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with digital distribution and a general malaise over disappointing big budget titles combining to form the ideal conditions for a resurgence of rejuvenated retro genres and new game types that tell their stories in ingenious ways. Here are some of our favourites.

Source: Stuff

iOS vs Android App Crashing

In a recent study done by Crittercism, they show that iOS apps seem to crash more than their Android counterparts. Other details included in this study also show what version of these two different OS's are more prone to crashing. Not only have more recent mobile operating systems added features and odd bug fixes - for the most part they have also added stability to the lineup.\

Not surprisingly, the study shows that newer versions of Android and iOS offer more stability than older ones. KitKat, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, for instance, showed a 0.7-percent app crash rate, while apps crashed 1.7 percent on the older Gingerbread OS. The same is true for iOS. The latest iOS 7.1 has a 1.6-percent app crash rate, while apps on iOS 7 crash 2.1 percent of the time. iOS 6 is even higher at 2.5 percent.

Source: Gigaom

What Will Facebook Look Like with Oculus

Last week Oculus VR was bought by Facebook as Facebook "really gets Virtual Reality" and apparently has some amazing plans for the future of their social network. Chaotic Moon Studios has put together a demonstration of what Facebook will be like with Oculus. Remember, progress is getting less done in more time - so this is really a great interface that will consume more time and keep you logged into their network longer. Good job.

 

Source: Engadget

Twitter- Now more Facebooky

Twitter has announced this week that you are now going to be able to put up to 4 pictures in each of your tweets and tag up to 10 people and none of that will count against your character limit. This might not seem like a huge deal but it will now allow people to basically turn your Twitter feed into something more like Facebook. I think this is one of those decisions that will make some people very happy and some very mad. Gizmodo has more details.

Now, how these new features will affect how people use Twitter is a curious mystery. On one hand, tagging features aren't necessarily Earth-shattering. Instagram got tagging almost a year ago, and it still works fine. On the other hand, when you couple the tagging with the photo album feature, it's pretty obvious that Twitter's opening itself up to me a much more image-driven platform. (And those rumors about streamlining mentions and hashtags might be true.) After all, it needs to compete with Instagram!

Minecraft says NO to Facebook

The guy who made Minecraft has apparently been working to bring Minecraft to the Oculus VR platform that was bought this week for a cool $2 Billion dollars by Facebook. Minecraft's founder has now formally announced that he has canceled his dealings with Oculus VR (Facebook) because he doesn't like Facebook and what they stand for. I am sure this will buy him some brownie points with the Anti-Facebook crowd but it could also backfire, only time will tell. Kotaku has the full story.

The people at Oculus VR are doubtless pretty psyched that Facebook just bought their company for $2 billion. Some game developers, not so much.P

Among the displeased is Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who tweeted that in light of the Facebook acquisition, he's cancelled a deal he and his company Mojang were working on to bring Minecraft to Oculus VR.P

Facebook Buys Oculus VR for $2,000,000,000

Oculus VR has been getting tons of press for their Oculus Rift VR display and after you've used it for a while, you'll understand why. It's slick. It's so slick that they've outgrown their Kickstarter roots and attracted a buyer like Facebook. The downside to this is that every serious gamer just walked away from Oculus and in fact there have been a few game developers quite working on their titles for this platform. The upside is that everywere you look inside the VR, you'll see Facebook game request and way too many pictures of food. This may be a good day for Oculus VR, but its a crappy day for gamers, VR enthusiasts and Facebook users.

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg talks at length about how Facebook plans to make Oculus a platform for "completely new kinds of experiences," and gaming is only the first one.

Source: Engadget

Another Reason to Hate EA

If you wanted yet another reason to hate EA, it might be this. They were recently hacked and Apple IDs were stolen. The big deal here is not that Apple users will suffer most - they already do by trying to play EA games on their systems. The big deal is that no one really cares that much about it anymore and EA has never issued a widespread alert about this. The actual website for EA was compromised and a very legitimate box showed up asking you to "Sign in to verify your Apple ID". Many users did and a lot of information was taken. Make sure to check your credit cards for charges from your Apple account - and for Pete's sake, go change both your EA and Apple passwords!

The attacker may have used the calendar’s vulnerabilities as an entryway to go deeper into EA’s network. “The mere presence of old software can often provide sufficient incentive for a hacker to target one system over another, and to spend more time looking for additional vulnerabilities or trying to probe deeper into the internal network,” Netcraft said.

 

Thanks to forum member swdswan for pointing this out.

Source: PCWorld

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