Archive for Mar 29, 2012

PSA: Anonymous ‘Internet Blackout’ a false lead

PSA: Anonymous ‘Internet Blackout’ a false lead

The hacker group known as Anonymous has been tipped to be initiating a project called "GlobalBlackOut" which would hypothetically knock out the vast majority of the HTTP internet. Though the text posted to PasteBin does appear to be an official Anonymous release, setting in motion wheels which would eventually lead to a March 31st attack on the pillars that hold up the greater web, not all is as it seems. Anonymous' own @anonops Twitter account dismissed the attack as a falsehood last month.

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South Park creators reveal MPAA corruption in plain english

South Park creators reveal MPAA corruption in plain english

The creators of the hit cartoon series South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, did an interview at the Paley Center in which they revealed some shocking allegations of mis-deeds of the MPAA. This video is one of many in which these two fellows let loose on a variety of groups (as they're prone to do), but the MPAA clip has begun to gain significant traffic this week as the MPAA finds its name popping up in relation to the Megaupload saga as well as the soon to be released movie "Bully" which will be released without the MPAA's approval. Have a peek at what this pair of foul-mouthed miscreants has to say about how seemingly corrupt the MPAA appears to have gotten.

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Microsoft’s Biggest Threat: The Younger Generation

Microsoft’s Biggest Threat: The Younger Generation

Whenever I’m at Starbucks, visiting my local mall, or even just driving around town, I find something rather interesting: younger people are nearly always using an Apple product.

Now, I’ll fully admit that there are exceptions to the rule and I’m sure that there are countless people out there that can tell me that they are proud BlackBerry and Windows PC owners. But I’m willing to wager that if you sit on a college campus for a day and examine what all the students are using, more often than not, it’ll be an iPhone and a Mac. And when they leave school, those some individuals are using the latest and greatest Apple products.

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Colossal Milky Way photo captures ‘one billion stars’

Colossal Milky Way photo captures ‘one billion stars’

Dr Nick Cross from the University of Edinburgh and associates of his at that institution have completed a 10 year sky survey data combination which will allow one single image (and the information embedded within) to display "about one billion starts." This is according to Cross who notes that this "is more than has been in any other image produced by surveys." This image can be seen in an extremely zoomed-in portion of an image as well as an expanded image which reads more like a river-sized landscape than it does a photograph.

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Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

This week Yahoo Inc has announced that they'll offer their own "Do Not Track" feature on all of their associated websites by this summer. What we've learned over the past few weeks about how much and how often search engines, web browsers, and other web giants track us has been shocking, to say the least, and Yahoo appears to be joining the fray of groups attempting to win back customers turned off by such allegations. This feature will provide customers with a peace of mind, Yahoo hopes, that at this moment will come from nothing else but those three words: Do Not Track.

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Google Account Activity tells you all they know

Google Account Activity tells you all they know

This month Google is showing off their newest opt-in service known as Account Activity, a service capable of showing you everything the group knows about your signed-in activities. Google services of course work their way into several daily activities of people like you and I, and certainly knowing everywhere I logged in from as well as all the YouTube videos I've ever watched could be entertaining - but that's not what the service is for, says Google. Account Activity is Google's way of helping you "step back and take stock of what you're doing online" in an analytical way.

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Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

As you may have heard at the start of this month, Apple's iTunes App Store had its 25 billionth download, and the prize for being the one to tip the scales went to the young lady appearing just now in Beijing newspapers collecting her prize. Chunli Fu (also reported as Fuchun Li) of Qingdao, China, downloader of the 25 billionth app, has this week been given a warm reception at the Beijing Apple store where she's received her gift card for the iTunes Store worth a whopping $10k USD. When at first she was contacted by Apple, Fu dismissed it as a hoax - imagine her surprise when Apple confirmed and her friends started pouring in calls of congratulations.

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PlayStation Orbis and Xbox 720 both restrict “used” games

PlayStation Orbis and Xbox 720 both restrict “used” games

Console game giants Microsoft and Sony may be ushering in a new era of media control with their Xbox 720 and PlayStation Orbis systems as both have been tipped this month to be placing unheard-of controls on so-called "used" games. These tips would have the next-generation console gaming systems both cutting down on game rental and sales services like GameStop and would essentially put online re-sales of games at a standstill. How this will affect sales of the consoles themselves is yet to be seen.

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Google’s programming language “Go” hits version 1 milestone

Google’s programming language “Go” hits version 1 milestone

As if there weren’t enough languages to deal with, Google just had to go and create another. Conceived back in November 2009, the project was designed to create an open source programming language, and now Google say the project has reached a major milestone: version one, or "Go 1" for short. So far over 200 contributors have made thousands of changes to the code and documentation.

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Google Consumer Surveys tool promises cash and stats

Google Consumer Surveys tool promises cash and stats

Google already knows plenty about you, but if you want to figure out more about your fellow users then the freshly launched Google Consumer Surveys tool could help. Taking on established questionnaire services like SurveyMonkey, Google's offering includes straightforward setup of multiple choice questions, point-scale rankings, and more, but also promises to pay websites that present surveys to their visitors.

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Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Your local Best Buy store may be right along the razor's edge this week as the electronics giant makes relatively large cuts to their retail footprint amid slow profit growth. Included in this cut are 50 big box stores inside 2012 as well as an estimated 400 jobs. The jobs, surprisingly enough, are said by Best Buy to be cutting mainly from corporate headquarters - this pointing toward a restructuring of the company's business as well as its physical presence in the United States.

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