Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tokyo police figure Mt. Gox bitcoin heist was an inside job

It's been about ten months since the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange turned out the lights, blaming hackers or a bug in the blockchain as reasons why 850,000 bitcoin it held had suddenly disappeared. Today the Japanese paper Yomiuri Shinbun (English) report...-> read more

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Police reportedly arrest UK hacker behind gaming network attacks

Lizard Squad probably shouldn't have bragged about being impossible to track following its cyberattacks against the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. According to both The Daily Dot and a Thames Valley Police report, law enforcement arrested alleged...-> read more

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All of Samsung's new smart TVs run Tizen, stream TV to your phone

This summer Samsung showed off prototype HDTVs powered by its homegrown Tizen OS (pictured above and in the gallery), and things have apparently progressed far enough for the company to go all-in on the software next year. While Tizen hasn't taken ov...-> read more

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Moto X Pure Edition gets a 64GB option

Motorola trotted out a bloatware-free version of the Moto X (2014) back in September, and now, it's getting a memory boost. The company quietly added the 64GB Pure Edition handset to its Moto Maker site where you're free to fine-tune a design before ...-> read more

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

Over three-quarters of all installs are insecure, research shows More than 78 per cent of all PHP installations are running with at least one known security vulnerability, a researcher has found.…-> read more

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

Chinese mobe maker bags trademarks from HP Remember Palm? The company that made the PDA a must-have item in the 1990s may be long gone, but it looks like the Palm brand may be due for a resurgence this year.… -> read more

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

ASA asks: 'Won't somebody please think of the children' Universal Pictures has had its hand slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for scaring kiddies by featuring a 15-rated horror film clip before Youtube videos of Minecraft characters.…-> read more

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No wind-up: Second New Year's honour for Baylis music box

Hoberman and former Dragons' Den star Caan also awarded medals Former co-founder of Lastminute.com Brent Hoberman and inventor of the wind-up radio Trevor Baylis were two names in just a handful of science and tech folk to be handed gongs in the 2015 New Year's honours list.…-> read more

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

What went down when it all, er, went down Sony Pictures has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at how it handled its recent megabreach to select media outlets.…-> read more

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

...and contracts are history, says crystal-ball-gazing bigwig In a rash of annual predictions, T- Mobile big cheese John Legere claims that “Wearables and phablets will be the big device stories of 2015”.… -> read more

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

'Office macro exploits only cool thing Visual Basic used for,' quips securobod The dangers of allowing Office macros have been underlined by a newly discovered attack against European and Israeli companies.…-> read more

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LG announces a curved, 34-inch monitor that's tailor made for gamers

You're going to see lots of curved things at CES 2015. TVs, all-in-one PCs, and plenty desktop monitors. LG's one of the main pushers of curved displays, and tonight it's announcing one of those products before we head for Las Vegas. The 34-inch UltraWide desktop monitor has been designed for gamers and integrates support for AMD’s FreeSync, which eliminates unsightly screen tearing that can happen when your monitor and graphics card get out of sync. And since it's got a 21:9 aspect ratio...-> read more

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NASA's Mars Opportunity rover faces increasing memory loss

After more than a decade of traversing the red planet, NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is facing some problems in its old age — namely, ones with memory. According to Discovery News, the rover has been going through bouts of "amnesia" thanks to failures in its flash memory storage. "The Opportunity rover uses two different types of memory: "volatile" and "non-volatile," NASA project manager John Callas told Discovery News. The volatile memory is akin to a computer's RAM, so any data stored...-> read more

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Samsung brings curved displays to the PC with new Ativ One 7

Samsung sure loves its curved display HDTVs, and now it's expanding the design trend to cover PCs as well. Today the company announced its brand new Ativ One 7 Curved, an all-in-one Windows machine that features a slight curve in its screen that isn't as readily apparent compared to what we've seen from its recent 4K TVs. It's a 27-inch, 1920x1080 panel with pretty fantastic viewing angles and vivid color reproduction. But it could stand to be a bit sharper. The resolution is no match for...-> read more

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See The True Motion Of Sports In These Stunning Long-Exposure Photos

Stephen Orlando is a photographer from Ontario, Canada, who captured the motion of outdoor sports in a unique way. Using a combination of long-exposure photography and LED lights, Orlando was able to show the tiniest details like the pivot of a kayak paddle's stroke and the sweeping motion of a tennis serve. "The light trails have not been artificially created in post production and the photos are not composite images," Orlando tells Business Insider. "The photos are achieved with careful...-> read more

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The ’Lizard Squad’ Hacker Group Is Now Selling Its Attacks As A Service

The same group that claimed to have taken down PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over Christmas now appears to be selling its attacks as a service. The product, called “Lizard Stresser,” is a stress tester that might let you see how your own network stands up to DDoS attacks, like the ones that interrupted the gaming networks for several days last week. DDoS attacks basically overload servers with massive amounts of bogus requests. Though Lizard Squad advertises the tool as a stress tester,...-> read more

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I Played The Super-Addictive Game Trivia Crack, And Now I Know Why It's Crushing It In The App Store

The highest-ranking free app in the Apple App Store right now isn't Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. It's a game called Trivia Crack, and it's super-addictive. I first found out about Trivia Crack when I went home for Christmas last week. My 19-year-old sister and all her friends from college were playing Trivia Crack, and they were shocked I didn't know about it. Trivia Crack had my mom, who just months ago traded in her archaic flip phone for an iPhone, glued to her screen for hours. I...-> read more

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Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Librarian

It takes more than a creaky book cart and reading glasses to become a librarian. Rather, librarians often have a substantial education in their field, which itself is full of variety. From academia to public libraries and archives, being a librarian entails much more than shelving and shushing.Read more...-> read more

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Chromebooks Can Now Run Linux in Its Own Window

Chrome: You've been able to install and run Linux on Chromebooks for a while, but a new Chrome extension allows you to run it inside a window, without switching back and forth.Read more...-> read more

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What's The Best CPU Cooler?

If you're building a new PC and you're planning to overclock, or you just want your new rig to be as quiet as possible, you'll probably want some aftermarket cooling for your processor. You have tons of options, but this week we want to hear which ones you think are the best. Read more...-> read more

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Clear Your Clogged Sink by Checking the P-Trap

Have your holiday guests left you with a clogged bathroom sink? Follow these instructions for clearing out the P-trap under your sink.Read more...-> read more

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Four Things You Didn't Know You Can Do With Your Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is a great way to stream anything in your living room, but mastering its intricacies can really make it shine . There are some hidden Chromecast capabilities many people don't know exist, and here are some of the best ones.Read more...-> read more

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The Novels Everyone Should Read, Based on Top Book Lists and Prizes

We've shared our favorite productivity books and life-changing books here before, but if you're looking for more great reads—specifically novels—this interactive list of books contains the most recommended works of fiction.Read more...-> read more

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Find Which Potatoes Will Make the Best French Fries with This Test

To make the perfect french fries, you need the right potatoes—not just the variety of potato such as Russets—but ones that are neither too wet or too dry. A quick dip in a salt water solution will help you separate the best french fry potatoes from the rest.Read more...-> read more

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Apple adopts 2-week return policy for iTunes purchases in the EU

New iTunes terms and conditions governing sale of games and other digital goods in the European Union allow people to cancel and request a refund up to 14 days after making a purchase. ...-> read more

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Art workflow: Creating a cake-themed house for casual games

"It's quite popular to use a dessert theme for game graphics recently. You can find lots of match-3, bubble shooter, and puzzle games in the App Store which have gingerbread houses and whipped cream trees." ...-> read more

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Blog: Christmas '81, the year we got our Atari 2600

A Christmas memory from a Gamasutra blogger: "The very idea that a video game system could invade this environment was beyond unthinkable." ...-> read more

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Video games and stand-up comedy: Subversion in common?

What do Cart Life, Papers, Please, and stand-up have in common? This thoughtful blog post points out some largely unexplored territory for video games, and how we're getting to it. ...-> read more

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Get hard data on how players make moral choices at GDC 2015

Amanda Lange surveyed over 1,000 people about how make choices in a game that allows for a "good" or "evil" path through the story, and she'll share her data during the GDC 2015 Narrative Summit. ...-> read more

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Joystiq Streams: Co-op forever in Don't Starve Together

Joystiq has issues with not starving. It all started with those accursed turkeys when Don't Starve hit PS4 in January. Things got even worse when we tackled Reign of Giants with Klei's own Seth Rosen in June. This time? This time's going to be differ...-> read more

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Xbox One's $50 holiday trimming ends this weekend

The Xbox One's "special, limited-time" pricing of $50 off in the US ends this Saturday. The discount applies to both the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle ($350) and Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect ($450). Major Nelson also li...-> read more

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XNA, Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live Founder Boyd Multerer announced his departure from Microsoft this week after 17 years with the company. Multerer revealed the career change via his Twitter account, saying "Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do so...-> read more

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PlayStation Store sale extended following PSN downtime

Sony announced it's stretching out its PlayStation Store sales in response to the network woes endured over the last week. The storefront's Flash Sale now runs through until 12PM PT on December 31, 2014 (3AM ET on January 1, 2015), and the Holiday Sa...-> read more

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This Lamp's Very Structure Is Its Light Source, Too

Are you looking at the outline of lamp or just the glow of a bulb? Or maybe it's both? This lamp, you see, is made entirely from the fluorescent tube which is used to emit its light.Read more...-> read more

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This Incredible Technical Drawing Is Actually an Oil Painting

While this may look like something spat straight out of AutoCAD, you're actually looking at a mind-bogglingly sophisticated oil painting.Read more...-> read more

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A Laser-Powered Nanosensor Could Spot Extra-Terrestrial Life

This may look look like an incredibly simple little device—because, well, it is—but don't be fooled. This laser-powered nanosensor can spot the movement of the tiniest of objects, and it could help us identify extra-terrestrial life.Read more...-> read more

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How ILM made you believe this painting was a real hangar in Star Wars

When I saw Return of the Jedi in the movie theater back in 1983 I and everyone else thought this matte painting of a Rebel hangar was a real thing—that, somehow, they managed to build a full size set with giant models. It was all a magic trick that used distraction to fool your brain. This BBC documentary explains how.Read more...-> read more

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Fantastic landscape photography makes Earth look like a magic dimension 

Greg Boratyn captures landscapes with absolute perfection. The photo above, taken in Patagonia, Argentina, using multiple exposures while the rising moon was hitting at the right angle, is a perfect example. This gallery has a lot more.Read more...-> read more

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Sticky Sensors Could Monitor the Health of Your Organs

Keeping track of your insides is difficult without large-scale imaging devices or relatively invasive sensors. These sticky, flexible sensors, however, could soon be applied to organs and left there—measuring what's happening whilst also conforming to your body's internal structure.Read more...-> read more

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A Mesmerizing Pixel-Littered Performance Blends Technology and Dance

Imagine layering a world of interactive digital pixels over the athletic, poised movements of dancers—and, actually, you get this. Put together by French dance company Adrien M / Claire B, this performance uses light projection technology to create an interactive world that doesn't get in the way of dancers yet enhances their performance.Read more...-> read more

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Live in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle?

Live in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle? Then it may pay to ditch Uber in favor of its rival Flywheel for New Year's Eve: rides between between 8PM and 3AM that night, which would usually cost up to $50, will be charged at a flat rate of $10 in the four cities.Read more...-> read more

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AirAsia Debris Identified Off the Coast of Borneo

The ongoing search attempt to discover AirAsia Flight 8501 is edging closer to a discovery. Indonesian officials have announced that they've discovered airplane debris in waters near the island of Borneo—and officials are "95% certain" it's from the missing plane.Read more...-> read more

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Gamers! Aren't you glad that PlayStation Network outage is over? About that…

Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?' Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) continues to give users headaches, as many are still unable to access the service with their consoles.…-> read more

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

Claims new service will end NSA mass surveillance Megaupload maestro Kim Dotcom says he will soon unveil an encrypted video calling and chat service that he claims will mark "the end of NSA mass surveillance."…-> read more

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Don't like your Euro iTunes purchase? You now get TWO WEEKS to change your mind

New Apple policy extends time to take back online orders Apple iTunes customers in Europe have received a small gift from Cupertino this holiday season - a new policy that allows up to 14 days for users to cancel their purchases.…-> read more

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

13,000 leaked accounts are likely stale data, expert claims On the day after Christmas, Anonymous dumped out 13,000 credit card numbers and account details for a host of popular websites, but an analysis of the package by security experts shows that most of the data has been available online for ages.… -> read more

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to beat Chrome

Windows 10 will ship with two-pronged browser - report Microsoft is working on a new scheme to strip away some of the legacy bloat that has burdened its Internet Explorer web browser, sources claim.…-> read more

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

iThings said to account for more than half of all activations Apple was by far the most popular brand of phones and tablets this Christmas, according to market researchers.…-> read more

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German minister fingered as hacker steals her thumbprint from a PHOTO

Merkel's iris print could be next Security researchers claim to have cloned the thumbprint of the German Defense Minister by photographing her hand at a press conference.…-> read more

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

20K credulous victims hit by South Korea targeting nasty Malware-slingers have latched onto the torrent of publicity spawned by the controversial film The Interview by stitching together a fake Android app actually designed to swipe online banking credentials.…-> read more

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HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

Claims workers forced to take annual leave HP has reportedly flicked the switch on its main sites and required employees to take holiday leave between Christmas and New Year, in a move to cut labour and running costs, a source tells us.… -> read more

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

Turn that frown upside down and do the happy dance A new round of NSA documents snatched by master blabbermouth Edward Snowden appeared online late on Sunday, revealing spooks' internet security pet hates.…-> read more

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How Apple's New App-Refund Policy Could Hurt Developers

European Apple users got a holiday bonus recently: Apple now offers a new two-week return policy for iTunes, App Store and iBooks customers in the U.K., Germany, Italy, France and other countries in the European Union.Apple's previous policy restricted refunds to a narrow set of circumstances where the user might claim they never got the app in question—before “delivery of the product has started.” Apple support reps could make exceptions when glitches or busy servers made downloading...-> read more

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2015: The Year Of The Mobile Singularity

ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year.Many enterprises seem content to toe-dip in the mobile deluge. That's unwise. As Facebook, Uber and a host of mobile-first companies up-end traditional ways of communicating and commuting, companies that don't take a mobile-first position risk becoming the Microsofts of their industries: big and profitable from yesterday's businesses, but struggling for relevance in tomorrow's enterprise.In...-> read more

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UK Is Ready For Apple Pay, But Security Remains A Concern

Apple Pay is set to travel across the pond to the United Kingdom in the first half of 2015. However, the Telegraph reports that one of the UK’s biggest banks is concerned about “the amount of personal and financial information Apple wants to collect about its customers.” The bank’s objection goes against Apple executive Eddy Cue’s insistence that "we are not in the business of collecting your data," as he announced at the keynote in September. Cue explained that during and after an Apple Pay...-> read more

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Take a look at polaroids from the set of Star Wars IV: A New Hope

With enough time, the most ordinary objects can become extraordinary. These polaroids, on display through January 4th, 2015 at the British Film Institute Southbank as part of an exhibition of materials from the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, were taken by crew member Ann Skinner. She's credited for continuity, also known as script supervisor. It was typical in that time for script supervisors to use instant photographs to supplement quickly written documentation of a scene's set...-> read more

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The year's best newscast bloopers will make you glad you don't work on camera

Every year hundreds of newscasters try to bring the public the most important events on the global, national, and local scale, and every year things go terribly wrong and someone ends up making an awful double entendre or getting hit by a skateboard. The annual collection of best news bloopers is online. Watch it with your teeth cringed and your hands covering your face, knowing if your job were on camera this would be you. Continue reading… -> read more

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A Security Researcher Claims To Know The Names Of Two Hackers Behind The 'Lizard Squad' Attacks

Security researcher and former cyber security reporter Brian Krebs claims to know exactly who may be behind the massive attacks that took down both Sony'sPlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live platform for two straight days. A hacker group called Lizard Squad is taking credit for the attacks, and two members of the group have spoken out to the media since the outages. One member going by the alias "Ryan" recently appeared in a television interview on Sky News, and two Lizard Squad...-> read more

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'The Interview' Was Pirated Online About As Much As It Was Legally Purchased (SNE)

Sony announced Sunday that "The Interview" was purchased or rented online over 2 million times since it premiered Dec. 24. It also generated over $15 million in revenue from those online sales. But while Sony trumpeted the release as its most successful online movie ever, "The Interview" has also been pirated a lot. According to Torrent Freak, which tracks downloads from file-sharing sites, "The Interview" was pirated about 1.5 million times in the first two days. Part of the reason could be...-> read more

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Give Your Unused, Unwanted Gift Cards to Charity

If you've received a gift card you don't think you'll ever use, pay it forward. Give those gift cards to charity or a homeless shelter to help someone in need. Read more...-> read more

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CCleaner Updates with a New Disk Analyzer to Free Up Hard Drive Space

Windows: CCleaner is easily one of our favorite utilities and now it's updated to version 5.0 and learned a sweet new trick: analyzing your hard drive to find which files are taking up the most space.Read more...-> read more

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Create a Personalized List of Best Places to Retire

You can find the most tax-friendly places to retire, and you can find the best places to stretch your dollar in retirement. But the best places to retire, overall? The answer will depend greatly on your personal situation and preferences. This interactive tool helps you decide where to retire, based on factors that matter to you.Read more...-> read more

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Defuse Heated Arguments by Handling it Like a Child's Tantrum

We've all gotten into heated arguments with adults. When it comes to children, though, we don't rationalize. We treat emotional outbursts as what they are. Try applying that same strategy with adults.Read more...-> read more

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Amazon's Discounting a Grab Bag of Handy Tech Accessories Today

Today's Amazon Gold Box doesn't feature items from one particular category, or even from a single company; it's a free-wheeling assortment of tech accessories that should have something of value to almost anyone. Some of our favorites are broken out below, but head over to Amazon to see all 25. [Amazon]Read more...-> read more

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Take "Airplane Days" to Remove Distractions and Get Stuff Done

In the olden days of just a few years ago, flying usually meant being cut off from the internet for a few hours. If you're overwhelmed by too many distractions, taking an "airplane day" to cut off communication can help you catch up on work.Read more...-> read more

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Credit Karma, the service that makes it easy to track and monitor your own credit for free, now offe

Credit Karma, the service that makes it easy to track and monitor your own credit for free , now offers free reports and scores from Equifax as well as TransUnion, which it rolled out a few months ago . Check it out here. Read more...-> read more

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The Best Command Line Replacements for Bloated Desktop Apps

Command line utilities are often reserved for only the geekiest amongst us, but many of them are actually a lot better than desktop alternatives. In fact, many are easier to use, waste less resources, and often have more keyboard shortcuts. Let's take a look at a few of the best.Read more...-> read more

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A technical overview of compiling C# to JavaScript in Postbug

Taking a browser game new places with the help of a compiler that moves code from one system to another -- a look back at how one developer did it. ...-> read more

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Top 5 design debates I ignored in 2014

Can we keep having the same game design arguments year-in and year-out? A look back at tired-out debates that should be put to rest, from Daniel Cook. ...-> read more

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AirAsia Rescue Chief: The Plane Is Likely at the Bottom of the Sea

The Indonesian official in charge of the rescue of AirAsia flight QZ8501 says that aircraft is likely "at the bottom of the sea." That's a bleak outlook as rescue attempts start afresh this morning in an attempt to find survivors.Read more...-> read more

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The Interview Chalked Up $15m in Online Sales Over Christmas

The Interview may be over-hyped and not really worth the drama. It may have been torrented by the world and his hacker . But it also managed to take in an impressive $15 million over the Christmas period just in online sales.Read more...-> read more

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The Mighty Ducks Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Andy Williams was one to something when he was talking with all that "it's the most wonderful time of the year" business. Except I don't really follow when he veers off into "holiday greetings" and "gay happy meetings." I only think winter is wonderful because of hockey.Read more...-> read more

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Russia lets anyone use Earth-sensing data from its civilian satellites

The US government has been willing to loosen its grip on satellite data, but what about the info from other countries? Don't worry, that's opening up as well. Russia has declared that the Earth-sensing data it collects from civilian satellites is now...-> read more

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How would you change the BlackBerry Q5?

Your humble narrator doesn't review too many gadgets, so it's always a treat when one hits the How Would You Change timetable. In my mind, the BlackBerry Q5 was the company's most important new device simply because it would show if BlackBerry could ...-> read more

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Twitter login bug kicks users out (update: resolved)

Did your Twitter app suddenly give you the boot or otherwise behave strangely? It's not just you. The social network has confirmed a sign-in problem that's kicking out hordes of users (so far, mostly on Android) and preventing them from logging back ...-> read more

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Here are the security measures NSA spies hate the most

It's tempting to imagine that few online safeguards will stop NSA surveillance in its tracks, but that's not true. A new leak from Edward Snowden's files reveals that there's a surprising number of ways to thwart these snoops, at least as of 2012. Wh...-> read more

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Toffee, Apple? U.S. fanbois get their sticky fingers on Nork-teasing flick The Interview

KA-CHING! Apple has begun offering the controversial Sony Pictures' movie The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, for rent and sale on its Stateside and Canada iTunes stores.…-> read more

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

Apart from Dr Kelly coming back from the dead, that is ... Although the Freedom of Information Act was passed in 2000, it didn't come into force until 1 January 2005, meaning we've had just about 10 years of FoI – as the Information Commissioner's Office was keen to point out in a minor PR blizzard.…-> read more

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Sony fingers DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

Malefactors turned festivities into a turkey for online gamers Sony has blamed distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attackers for causing PlayStation's network to go titsup on Christmas Day.…-> read more

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When algorithms attack: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

It's been really sh*tty, thanks for being a part of it! Facebook has apologised to a man who moaned about the free-content ad network's recent "Year in Review" feature, after the firm's clumsy algorithms tastelessly inserted painful, personal highlights from 2014.…-> read more

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The Reg's 2014 review: Uber, naked JLaw selfies and monkey madness

Put it on a stick and 'cheesie' Facebook buying WhatsApp for nearly as much as Hewlett-Packard spent on Compaq in 2001? Well, 2014 was the year of the selfie, after all. Just don't let that pic of your bits get hacked.…-> read more

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Could Cryptocurrency Improve P2P File Sharing?

The Pirate Bay may never make it to its teenage years. The popular file sharing site, launched in 2003, was recently taken offline following a raid by Swedish police. It’s a sad event for a site that is supposed to be all about unassailable file sharing. Though resurrected versions of The Pirate Bay may already be back up online, the latest interruption to its service raises a host a questions. What does this raid mean for decentralised P2P filesharing? Can the same technologies that underpin...-> read more

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PlayStation Network back online nearly three days after Christmas attack

This long holiday weekend hasn't been a good one for gamers. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were taken offline over Christmas, just as hundreds of thousands unwrapped their new consoles and plugged them in for the first time. But now, nearly three days after both services went offline, gamers are now free to play online once again. PSN was down for the count PlayStation Network engineers brought the service back online on Saturday, and Microsoft had Xbox Live back up and running...-> read more

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YouTube Superstar Bethany Mota Reveals Her 4 Favorite YouTube Channels

In five years, Bethany Mota has become a bona fde Youtube superstar whose channel amassed more than 7.8 million subscribers. We caught up with Mota at the IGNITION 2014 event and we asked her to share some of her favorite fellow "YouTubers."Produced by Graham Flanagan Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story » -> read more

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Why PlayStation Network Is Still Down, Even Though The 'Lizard Squad' Attacks Have Stopped

Sony's PlayStation Network is still experiencing intermittent outages, as of Sunday morning. On Saturday, the company acknowledged its network was hit with "high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay" — also known as DDoS attacks, where servers are overloaded by massive amounts of bogus requests coming at the same time — for over 48 hours, through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The notorious hacker gang "Lizard Squad" claims responsibility for those attacks,...-> read more

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This 'NYPD Funeral' Photo That's Going Viral On Twitter Is Not From This Weekend

On Saturday, thousands of men and women in uniform paid their respects at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, one of the two officers who were killed in Brooklyn on December 20th. Photos of the procession made their way around the internet, but BuzzFeed points out that one in particular continued to be shared all over social media by many NYPD precincts. To all who traveled or sent condolences for Officer Ramos. Thank you. Your support is overwhelming, and inspiring. pic.twitter.com/...-> read more

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Five Best Desktop Comic Book Readers

Reading paper comics is fun, but if you want to take a ton of great reads with you on your laptop, or read your favorite titles on your computer's huge display, you need a solid comic reader. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.Read more...-> read more

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Winter Is the Best Time to Clean Out Your Fridge and Freezer

Cleaning your freezer is typically a spring activity , along with cleaning the rest of the house. However, you need to remove the stuff from the freezer to clean it. Keeping all that stuff safe is a whole lot easier when it's cold outside.Read more...-> read more

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Weekly Webcomic Wrapup got good gifts this year

Welcome back, Joystiq readers! Last year around this time, I asked you what you gave someone as a gift for the holidays. This year, it's okay to brag a little bit about what you got. But of course, as I am a sentimental sort, I'll tell you one of my ...-> read more

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Mistwalker head shares trailer for canceled JRPG, Cry On

Cry On, a JRPG collaboration from Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey developer Mistwalker and the now-dissolved Cavia, was once planned for release on the Xbox 360. While the project was canceled on Christmas Day in 2008 due to the state of the market, stu...-> read more

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AirAsia Plane Goes Missing Over Indonesia With 162 People On Board

We just couldn't escape 2014 without just one more unfortunate airline tragedy. The Associated Press reports that a Singapore-bound AirAsia plane, Flight 8501, lost communication with ground control while flying over the Java Sea, an hour before it was supposed to land.Read more...-> read more

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I Wonder How The Usual Suspects Ends

I'm in the mood for a good classic 90s movie tonight, and I see The Usual Suspects is on Netflix! Score! I have a vague memory that it was good, but I forget how it ended. Do you happen to know?Read more...-> read more

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cyberattacks used security software to cover their trail

State-sponsored hacking attempts frequently rely on specially written software, but that's a risky move. Unless it's well-made, custom code can be a giveaway as to who's responsible. Attackers are switching things up, however. Security researchers at...-> read more

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Uber tries to win back India with improved passenger safety

It's no secret that Uber wants to improve its passenger safeguards and rescue its reputation, especially in India -- sexual assault claims led to a Delhi ban amid worries that the ridesharing company wasn't doing enough to screen drivers and protect ...-> read more

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After the hype: here's what the internet thinks of 'The Interview'

So you resisted the pressure to watch The Interview the second it became available, and you're not willing to rely on one review to decide whether it's really worth a download or theater trip just to stick it to hackers. No worries -- we've rounded u...-> read more

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

Accuses Washington of 'playing hide and seek' North Korea has launched a personal attack against Barak Obama and blamed the US after its internet connection went titsup earlier this week.…-> read more

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Vawtrak challenges almighty ZeuS as king of the botnets

Crimeware-as-a-Service Crooks behind Vawtrak, a dangerous banking Trojan, are ramping up its reach and sophistication, security firms have warned.…-> read more

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50 Universal Truths That Will Make You More Successful

No matter what is going on in your career, good advice is universal. No matter what problems you are trying to solve, chances are someone else before you had a similar problem.See the rest of the story at Business Insider -> read more

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Jawbone's Newest Fitness Tracker Is Dirt Cheap, But Doesn't Feel Like It

If you want to spend around $50 on a fitness tracker, there really aren't too many options to choose from. Misfit's Flash (which is now actually even cheaper at $25) was the only other option until Jawbone released its new $50 Move tracker. The Move is ideal if you only really care about keeping track of basic health statistics, like your steps, how many calories you've burned, and how many hours you've spent in deep versus light sleep. You won't get sophisticated features like the UP 24's...-> read more

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Why Tech Companies Love The City So Much

Google now has more than 4,000 employees and over 3.5 million square feet of office space in New York City alone - and it’s looking to expand even more. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to rent space in what used to be a marine terminal on the shore of the Hudson River. It didn’t say when exactly Google’s new office will open, as it’s still in early discussions. The move is a clear sign of tech companies aggressively expanding in to the city. In the past, tech companies built...-> read more

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Alleged ‘Lizard Squad’ Member Reveals His Face In A TV Interview

After allegedly taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, one of the hackers from the collective “Lizard Squad” has spoken out, revealing his face in an interview with UK’s Sky News. The interview with the alleged Lizard Squad member, a Finland-based man using the alias “Ryan,” was conducted via Skype. It can be viewed at the bottom of the page. Here’s what “Ryan” said, regarding Lizard Squad's takedown of the game networks over the...-> read more

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PlayStation Network Is Still Down And Nobody Knows Why (SNE)

Since Wednesday afternoon, Sony's PlayStation Network has been experiencing long periods of major outages across the globe. But the group that claimed to be originally attacking those networks says it is no longer doing so. And yet, PlayStation Network is still down. Again, we are not attacking PSN or XBL. Ever. — Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) December 27, 2014 We've reached out to Sony and we'll update the story if we learn more from the company. But here's what we know so far: The...-> read more

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Apple Suddenly Cancels Its ’12 Days Of Gifts’ Promotion, For The First Time In Six Years (AAPL)

Apple has canceled its annual holiday promotion that previously gave away free movies, music, and more to iOS users, Macworld reports. The promotion, which was renamed from “12 Days Of Christmas” to “12 Days Of Gifts” last year, offered free giveaways on the iOS App Store for 12 straight days: apps, books, songs, movies, TV shows, and more. Over the years, Apple has given away free episodes of “30 Rock,” songs and music videos from Foo Fighters and One Direction, and even the film “Home Alone”...-> read more

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De-Clutter With a Category Plan instead of Going Room by Room

Typically, when most people are on a de-clutter mission, they start in one room. If that approach isn't working for you, try to start with a category of stuff in your house or apartment.Read more...-> read more

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Top 10 Family Issues You Can Overcome

People don't always get along, even when they're in a romantic relationship or come from the same blood line. While family problems are often the source of comedies and dramas, in real life, we can tackle tricky issues and keep the peace. Here are 10 such issues.Read more...-> read more

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Intel’s new “Easy Migration” Moves Your Stuff Onto a Chromebook

Chromebook: If you got an Intel Chromebook for the holidays, Intel created a tool to move your contacts, photos, files and bookmarks into your Gmail account.Read more...-> read more

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Rockstar extends GTA Online's Christmas gift window due to XBL, PSN outage

If you had trouble opening your Christmas Day inventory gifts in Grand Theft Auto Online, you weren't alone. Between apparent DDoS attacks and the likely holiday rush of player traffic, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have suffered connectivity iss...-> read more

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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby soundtracks now on iTunes

If you found an iTunes gift card stuffed in your stocking this week, feel free to think of it as a real-world Master Ball from the Pokemon series. Why? Because you can use it to capture Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre (or at least their theme songs)...-> read more

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The State of Free Expression Online: 2014 in Review

In the midst of the global surveillance debate, talk of online censorship has often taken a backseat. Yet, all around the world, the inalienable right to freedom of expression is violated on a regular basis. While in 2014, issues such as terrorism and online harassment generated new discussions of speech rights, censorship of political and religious speech—as well as “obscenity” and content deemed a risk to “national security”—remains all too common. A recent Guardian editorial declared online...-> read more

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North Korea's Internet and Mobile Phone Network 'Paralyzed' 

Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting that North Korea's internet is down. Again. But this time the country's 3G mobile phone network has been taken down as well. The report was confirmed via landline from North Korea to China.Read more...-> read more

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Russia Building World's Largest Collection of DNA, Called 'Noah's Ark'

The New Cold War is about to live up to its name a bit more literally. Researchers in Russia want to build the world's largest repository for DNA, storing the genetic material of every creature on Earth, both living and extinct.Read more...-> read more

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Someone wants to build a futuristic version of Sauron's tower in Africa

The call it Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) and, once built in Casablanca, Morocco, it will be the tallest building in Africa. The 1771-foot (540-meter) building is a project of Sheikh Tarek M. bin Laden, designed by French architects Valode et Pistre, who obviously have been watching too much Lord of the Rings.Read more...-> read more

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A giant bow hanging over a ship

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.—of South Korea—is one of the largest ship manufacturers in the world. Along with Samsung, they build the largest ships in the world too. It just seems amazing to me humans can build vehicles at this scale. Imagine when we start building interstellar ships in space.Read more...-> read more

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Facebook's 'Year In Review' shows tragic side of software's shortcomings

Facebook's automated 'year in review' slideshows are meant to surface highlights from the year that was, but for some the virtual scrapbook simply brings back bad memories. In the case of web designer Eric Meyer, a photo of his recently deceased daug...-> read more

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North Korea blames the US for internet outages following Sony hacks

It may appear we've reached a climax in the Sony Pictures hack saga - what with The Interview finally seeing a theatrical release - but the international finger pointing is alive and well. Today, North Korea's National Defense Commission is accusing ...-> read more

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Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings, and a quiet dog

Embarrassment, shame, and coming late can be good things... right? Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013!… -> read more

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Lizard Squad hacking gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live to Tor

Floods network with 3,000 relays, project devs shrug The developers of Tor, the software that tries to mask netizens' identities on the internet, have downplayed the arrival of 3,000 new relays – which are courtesy of a gang of hackers.…-> read more

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

Agency cynically dumps blunder dossier at 1:30pm on Dec 24 Slipping out unpleasant news at awkward times is a well-known PR practice – but the NSA has excelled itself by publishing on Christmas Eve internal reports detailing its unlawful surveillance.…-> read more

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ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

Cryptographically signed BIND, DHCP code safe, we're told The website for the Internet Systems Consortium, which develops the BIND DNS and ISC DHCP tools, has been hacked.…-> read more

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Tesla flaunts sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

More power + less drag = 400-mile range between charges Elon Musk's Earth-bound transport company has upgraded its two-seater Roadster sports car design with a better battery – and a new body that will increase the range of the flash motors by up to 50 per cent, apparently.… -> read more

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Bitcoin Continues March to Mainstream at St Petersburg Bowl Game

If BitPay's decision to promote bitcoin through a college football playoff seemed bizarre or peculiar at times, the event ultimately succeeded as spectacle, promoting the emerging technology's benefits to many hearing about it for the first time. The Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl packed in references to bitcoin amid the typical college football trappings, the cheerleaders, marching bands and garishly painted fans that assembled in Florida throughout the week. Bitcoin was visible at a Christmas...-> read more

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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Hacker Group Has Shared 13,000 Passwords To Sites Like Amazon, Walmart

The hacker group known as Anonymous released a file on Friday containing about 13,000 passwords, it claims. The stolen account information was posted to Internet file sharing site Ghostbin. That's not the biggest password hack we've ever seen. With millions of passwords in use for sites around the internet, chances are, yours is not among these 13,000. But these accounts come from a variety of online sources, the Anonymous claims, some of them really popular. DailyDot's Aaron Sankin sifted...-> read more

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Explore the World’s Biggest Data Breaches with This Interactive Chart

With the new year comes a fresh start, and there's no better way to prepare for the new year than with a brief reminder of how important it is to be aware and careful with your data. This interactive chart covers the biggest breaches out there, along with reports of how it all went down.Read more...-> read more

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This Game Can Teach You and Your Kids How to Lower Utility Bills

Water and power are things we have to pay for, but there's plenty you can do to lower your utility bill. This game from Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy is free, fun, and shows you the importance of only using water and power when you need it.Read more...-> read more

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Purging Unneeded Stuff Could Earn You More Time (and Possibly Money)

Having too much clutter or unnecessary items around the house can be a frustrating time hindrance. By regularly purging all of the things you don't need, you'll spend less time looking for things—and maybe even net you a few bucks.Read more...-> read more

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Take Notes When Unpacking to Make the Next Trip Better

Packing can be a worrisome chore that dulls even the most exciting trip. To make packing easier for future trips, take notes while you unpack from a recent one. Your memories of your trip are fresh so that you can remember and write down anything you've learned for next time.Read more...-> read more

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Distraction Free Facebook Messenger Cuts Clutter from the Inbox

Chrome: Facebook is a bit of a cluttered mess and the messages section is one of the worst offenders. If you use Facebook mostly for emailing people, Distraction Free Facebook Messenger is a Chrome extension that clears out the junk.Read more...-> read more

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Distraction Free Facebook Messenger Cuts the Clutter from the Inbox

Chrome: Facebook is a bit of a cluttered mess and the messages section is one of the worst offenders. If you use Facebook mostly for emailing people, Distraction Free Facebook Messenger is a Chrome extension that clears out the junk.Read more...-> read more

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Joystiq's favorite new characters of 2014

It takes all sorts to make up the video game worlds we explore, and sometimes a few characters stand out as our favorites. From the buffoonery of Ratbag to the big splash made by the Troupple King, this year featured a host of unique new faces. As w...-> read more

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Console Madness: Free Sunset Overdrive Xbox One and much more

Joystiq will never stop giving away consoles! NEVER! Until we run out of consoles to give away, of course. That ain't happening yet. Following up our Nintendo 3DS XL giveaway comes yet another Xbox One giveaway. This one, however, is the possibly the...-> read more

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Roleplaying classic Akalabeth now free on GOG.com

In 1979, Richard Garriott launched Akalabeth: World of Doom, arguably the first computer roleplaying game and the predecessor to his seminal Ultima series. Now, thanks to GOG.com, you can own this piece of gaming history at no charge. With this offe...-> read more

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Joystiq Deals: Free anime for 30 days from Crunchyroll

If you love anime, Joystiq Deals has an offer you won't want to miss. This week, we're giving our members a 30-day Crunchyroll membership, free of charge. Crunchyroll offers over 10,000 hours of content across hundreds of available anime titles stre...-> read more

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Super Joystiq Podcast 127: Notable games of 2014 and GotY discussion

This week's Super Joystiq Podcast believes Destiny is Richard Hatch. As another year of gaming comes to a close, we convene to go over some of the standout titles of 2014, a few overlooked gems, and clunkers that hit over the past 365 days. Join Ale...-> read more

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Making a moddable game in Unity

"Making a game properly mod-able and data driven is something one should make a decision about early on because it impacts so much of the structure of the code and data." ...-> read more

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Barely Related: A nerdy year in review

Merrily Related to you all! This is a special edition of Barely Related, covering the stand-out stories of 2014, from May 2 onward (because that's when this whole column got started). This isn't all-encompassing, but it's a nice snapshot of our year ...-> read more

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Best of 2014: Should you upgrade your game for free? We are - here's why

"It will be free to current owners. It will be an in-place upgrade, delivered through existing channels. It won't break any of the old stuff... [But] not everyone can or even should do the weird crazy things we do." ...-> read more

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Xbox Live, PSN suffer outages in apparent denial of service attack

The Grinch stole online connectivity this year, it would seem. Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network have been hit with online issues, with each service taken offline in an apparent DDoS attack (distributed denial of service). The targeted attack beg...-> read more

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What Amazing Gift Do You Wish You'd Gotten for Christmas?

My three younger sisters are in the other room playing with Gear VR right now and having a blast. It's a unit I bought to review, and ultimately plan to return, but if they could have their way it would never leave the house. Read more...-> read more

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These "Christmas Trees" Sit on the Bottom of the Ocean

There's a veritable gold rush going on beneath the world's oceans as nations and multinational corporations alike vie to discover and exploit a wealth of minerals and energy trapped within. Off the coast of Western Australia, for example, General Electric has tapped into a massive reserve of oil and natural gas, pumping the valuable resources to the surface with help from a forest of highly-specialized "Christmas Trees". Read more...-> read more

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Hackers Who Shut Down PSN and Xbox Live Now Attacking Tor 

Uh oh. Lizard Patrol, the hacking group claiming responsibility for the Christmas attacks on PlayStation and Xbox Live , has announced a new target: Tor , the anonymous internet service. Read more...-> read more

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Cool samurai Star Wars clearly shows the saga's Japanese influences

Now that Disney bought Star Wars, I hope they get a little bit riskier and produce new stuff loosely based on the classic trilogy. A Japanese version would look amazing, as these cool action figures demonstrate. It's only a natural step—as George Lucas' original saga was directly influenced by Kurosawa's work.Read more...-> read more

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​Tesla Roadster 3.0 Can Drive From SF To LA (400 Miles!) In One Charge

Tesla is out with its 3.0 upgrade for the Roadster , and by combining improved aerodynamics, reduced rolling resistance, and new batteries, Tesla claims its achieved a 40-50 percent improvement on range. And it's going to test that with a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles.Read more...-> read more

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How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion powering your everything-machine happy if you follow a few simple rules. Read more...-> read more

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Worst Demolition Team Screws Up Same Explosion Twice

How hard can it be to blow up a building? My childhood experience with knocking over waist-high towers of cardboard blocks leads me to say "not hard," but this botched job by a demolition team in Sevastopol suggests otherwise. I mean, come on guys. Read more...-> read more

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The NSA Dumped Its Spying Violations While You Were Waiting on Santa

The U.S. government has released proof that it repeatedly spied on American citizens without being allowed to—and you probably missed it. Read more...-> read more

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Kid-Proof Construction Toys Made From Concrete

Nerf and Tonka are probably the brand names most closely associated with toys that are nearly impossible for kids to break. But Studio Paulsberg might be looking to steal a little of their marketshare with this pair of construction toys made from wood and actual concrete, instead of foam or die-cast metal.Read more...-> read more

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Install the Google Play Store on Amazon’s Fire Phone

The Amazon Fire Phone is a smartphone with a 4.7 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and up to 64GB of storage. It also has an unusual set of features called Dynamic Perspective which uses eye-tracking and gesture detection to provide a 3D-like experience on a 2D screen. […] Install the Google Play Store on Amazon’s Fire Phone is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Deals of the Day (12-26-2014)

Christmas Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean holiday and year-end sales have ended. Amazon continues to sell the Fire TV, Kindle, and Kindle Paperwhite for $20 off each as well as deals on select Fire tablets. Meanwhile Best Buy is offering up to 60 percent off clearance and open box items. […] Deals of the Day (12-26-2014) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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LED mask concept lets you smile through the pollution

There are myriad reasons for wearing a face mask. In China and parts of South East Asia, they're commonly used as protection against alarmingly poor air quality, while in Japan and elsewhere they help reduce the chance of catching airborne diseases s...-> read more

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Windows Phone bumping along the bottom

Microsoft's stats for developers advise them to aim low … in Russian or Spanish Microsoft has revealed a new batch of data about Windows Phone's fortunes, and it seems Redmond's mobile efforts are doing best at the low end of the market.… -> read more

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Christmas Eve email asked Oz telcos for metadata retention costs by Jan 9th

7-day extension allowed for questions inc. 36-month retention option and benefits to telcos of storing data Australian telecommunications companies and internet service providers were given until January 9th, 2015 to offer an estimate of what it will cost them to comply with data retention laws, and appear to have been told of that deadline on Christmas Eve.…-> read more

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LG Flow punches Sonos right in its portable battery speaker hole

Also: Bonky play tech for seamless cans handoff Aiming to compete more strongly with Sonos, LG Electronics is updating its streaming Wi-Fi loudspeaker/music-player product line with something that Sonos users have (so far fruitlessly) requested; a portable, battery-powered job.…-> read more

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'I've got a brick feeling about this' - El Reg's guide to the best Lego films + TV

Ditch the Christmas Radio Times, surf this lot Using toys to re-enact beloved movies is pretty much one of every nerdy kid's favorite playtime activities and Lego makes this easy, by providing minifigs of many of celluloid's leading characters. It's safe to say I had far more fun with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego down the pub than I did watching Michael Bay's film.…-> read more

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Festive post-pub noshtastic neckfiller: HEARTY HOG MAW

Offally good pig haggis (piggis?) from the cheery Pennsylvania Dutch We're now well into the season of festive excess, and doubtless readers will already be sustaining a severe pummelling to livers and credit cards in equal measure.…-> read more

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White hats do an NSA, figure out LIVE PHONE TRACKING via protocol vuln

SS7 hole already used in Ukraine & Russia Security vulnerabilities in the SS7 phone-call routing protocol that allow mobile call and text message tracking will be revealed this weekend.… -> read more

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Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

Coverage increase promise is (mostly) cobblers The “landmark agreement” between the government and the mobile phone operators has been reported as a coup, something worthy, and a step forward. However, scratch the surface and it’s merely a face-saving exercise.…-> read more

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Crumbles Makes TV and Movie Characters Say Anything in a Short Video

Web: Sure, you can record a video or send email to say what's on your mind. That's boring. A new web site lets cartoon and movie characters speak on your behalf.Read more...-> read more

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Fix Your Bluetooth Audio in Yosemite With This Terminal Command

Mac OS X Yosemite adds a bunch of new features to your Mac. The upgrade also added some annoyances, like lousy Bluetooth audio. That's by design, but you can fix it.Read more...-> read more

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America Must Stand Up To Cyberattacks

As a steady flow of information about the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures has been revealed, we have watched with shock and increasing concern as American lives and our values have been threatened by a narcissistic dictator. As the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, we don’t agree on every issue—but we are in complete agreement that our national response to this chilling threat must be clear and unequivocal, so that we continue to zealously protect our freedoms and...-> read more

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WRUP: A cup of cocoa

It's time to slow things down. What's everyone playing?...-> read more

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Joystiq Deals: The Great Charger and Battery Roundup

Christmas is here, and it won't be long before you're rushing to find a charging cable or batteries for your newly delivered gadgets and goodies. Don't worry - Joystiq Deals has you covered. If you're looking for a USB charge, you can pick up the fo...-> read more

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International Copyright Law: 2014 in Review

Copyright law remains just as broken in 2014 as it was in 2013, but some countries have been tinkering around the edges of copyright this year in an attempt to address its flaws. The United Kingdom stands out as a country where the need for copyright reform has been comprehensively studied over the past decade, and where a number of key recommendations of the most recent study—for once—were not shelved, but actually found their way into the law books. These included provisions facilitating the...-> read more

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Big Patent Reform Wins in Court, Defeat (For Now) in Congress: 2014 in Review

At the end of last year, patent trolls were filing more suits than ever before. At the same time, efforts to restore sanity to the patent system were in full swing. The House of Representatives had overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act and it seemed legislative patent reform would arrive soon. That didn’t happen. Instead, the bill stalled in the Senate. While that setback was disappointing, there is still strong bipartisan interest in patent reform, and we expect that it will be back on the...-> read more

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Christmas Vacation: How a Perfect Family Holiday Goes Horribly Wrong

Clark Griswold's only crime is that he wants a perfect family Christmas. He just wants a little too much of it. What could go wrong? The answer is everything. Read more...-> read more

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