The PlayStation 4 exclusive title DriveClub is being teased in a big way this week as both the developers and those lucky enough to have gotten early previews spout off. The first demonstration you’re going to see is one of several "4TheSenses" videos, this one called "Audio."
Post Edward Snowden and the revelations of widespread NSA intrusion, many larger tech companies have been as forthcoming as possible about what information they’re giving to authorities. In anticipation of reform bills for how and why the NSA does what they do (as well as those currently in process), The White House is asking that any legislation include language to keep tech companies safeguarded from prosecution.
It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.
It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.
Potentially catastrophic internet security exploits like Heartbleed should be publicized rather than covertly used for surveillance, President Obama has reportedly told the NSA and other intelligence divisions, although exceptions to the rule will still see the US rely on loopholes for its spying and monitoring. Heartbleed pitched the National Security Agency back into the headlines on Friday, after anonymous sources claimed it had discovered the OpenSSL flaw at least two years ago, but opted to keep it secret so as to use it for stealing passwords and other data.
Dropbox has responded to calls for a boycott over Dr. Condoleezza Rice joining the cloud company's board, insisting that the former US Secretary of State "fully supports" its commitment to privacy. The controversial appointment earlier this week sparked fury and shock among Dropbox users, suggesting Dr. Rice's background with NSA wiretaps and other surveillance behaviors made her role at the company "tone deaf" given heightened awareness of privacy intrusion.
Microsoft won't go snooping through users' private content in Outlook, OneDrive, or other services, even if it believes it might find evidence that secrets stolen from the firm are there, as the company changes its policies in reaction to outcry earlier this month. Microsoft had admitted it dug through Hotmail messages back in 2012 as part of an investigation into details of Windows 8 leaked by an employee; however, as a result of the negative reaction from users since the revelation, Microsoft now says it will take a different approach, in a move that may force similar changes from Google and Apple.
Microsoft might have succeeded in plugging a big leak in its Windows 8 department, but it might have unwittingly waded into a more shady legal department. Responding to concerns on privacy regarding Hotmail and Outlook email users, the company has released a statement clarifying the new steps it will be taking when investigating its own email service.
Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.
Twitter turns eight this week, and the social messaging service is going back in time to celebrate, helping users find their very first tweet. The #FirstTweet tool does one thing very easily: checks your Twitter username and then shows you the very first message you posted, giving you the opportunity to then retweet it or - if it's embarrassingly socially-naive - ignore it and hope nobody else spots it.