Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ATMs running Windows XP robbed with infected USB sticks – yes, most ATMs still run Windows

Giving new meaning to the term "free money"

A high-tech criminal group in Europe has been infecting ATMs (cash machines) with malware, and then completely emptying the machines without a trace. The group has not yet been caught and the attacks continue — and thus very few details have been released — but we assume that they’ve already made off with millions of pounds/euros. The best bit: The hack is carried out by plugging an infected USB stick into ATMs that run Windows XP.

The NSA regularly intercepts laptop shipments to implant malware, report says

Then they have the audacity to say that we have malware so they shutdown our favourite sites...

It’s common to check up on tracking information when you’re waiting on a package, but at least occasionally, that tracking data is omitting a quick stop off at the NSA. According to a new report in Der Spiegel, the NSA regularly intercepts shipments of laptops and other electronic devices in order to implant physical listening devices and install advanced malware. This process, called interdiction, can give authorities instant remote access to a subject’s computer without them being any the wiser.

Monday, December 30, 2013

What will the PS4 and Xbox One redesigns look like?

Call me the Doctor, and let's take a trip through time...

The PS4 and Xbox One are fresh off the assembly line, and they’re both incredibly popular this holiday shopping season. That feeling of novelty and excitement doesn’t last long, though. After a while, sales will start to dip. Consoles will get discounted, and then the whole world starts to wonder when a redesign is coming out.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Over 25 000 Blog Views!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoop! Whoop!

Now this is just beyond! I am at a loss for words. All I can say is... 


The Code Lives...

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

HTC’s new HTC One update status page explains why updates take forever

I wondered also...

The HTC One was among the top Android smartphones in 2013, and that’s thanks in part to the company’s new focus on OS updates. The HTC One launched with Android 4.1, but now is on 4.3 or 4.4, depending on which version you have. It’s the multiple versions that can get confusing. Why do some variants of a phone get KitKat while others lag behind? Stop staring angrily at that useless system update button — HTC has a new update status page with a big graphic that explains the anatomy of an Android update.

The great x86 pivot: Intel and AMD break for new markets in 2014

Now, let's engage the new gen processors

2014 will be a year of tremendous change for both Intel and AMD. Both companies are responding to rapidly shifting market dynamics as the computing market continues its greatest product transition since the PC debuted nearly forty years ago. The two CPU manufacturers are attacking this shift from different directions and with different product strategies; we’ll start with Intel first.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Kazuya Mishima TURBO Combos (Tekken Revolution)

To start it off, I'll give you a combo exhibition by TheMainMain

We're going TURBO on Tekken Revolution...


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

First stage of VENGEANCE.... Complete!

So there we we go... Your 7 posts for my week of absence. That is the First Stage of my VENGEANCE done...

My work is done for today. Psypher is going to finish this off with your last 3 posts then we'll see about the extra when he is done.

The Code Lives...

And today it's ANGRY and executing in multiple arrays...

The Chief Technomancer
VB Kid

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag Gameplay [AC4 / PS4 / HD]

Some Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag Gameplay on the PlayStation 4

Nulla e reale; tutto e lecito. Requiescat in pace. 

Thank you to CommunityGame for this video

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VB Kid

Researchers report security flaw in Samsung's Galaxy S4

An Israeli security team says a vulnerability in Samsung's Knox security platform enables malicious software to track e-mails and record data communications.

Here's some Grinchy news for those of you who put Samsung's Galaxy S4 on your holiday wish list: Israeli researchers have identified a vulnerability in the smartphone that allegedly allows a hacker to easily intercept secure data.

Microsoft Xbox One unboxing, setup & system config video

Because I love all tech, good or bad...

Watch this

Thanks again Gamebits

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PS4 sales accelerate towards Christmas, beating the Xbox One by almost 2-to-1

Like there was any doubt...

It has now been six weeks since Sony’s PS4 exploded onto the scene, kicking off the eighth generation of game consoles, and just over a month since Microsoft’s plucky Xbox One joined the fray. It’s now high time to take a look at which console is faring better. While both consoles hit one million sales on launch day, the PS4 hit the two-million mark well ahead of the Xbox One, and now early figures from Ebay indicate that the PS4 is pulling away, with almost two PS4s being sold for every Xbox One. It’s looking more and more like Microsoft may never recover from the marketing and policy SNAFUs that plagued the console throughout 2013, and that the PlayStation 4 is cruising towards an easy victory.

Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) unboxing, setup & system config video

Just realised that I said a lot about this gaming console and never posted abot it when it came out.. So here it is...

Watch this

Thank you for Gamebits being on point, on the day!

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VB Kid

High quality graphene wafers fabricated using beetle tech

Talk about nanotech

Many beetles, like ladybugs, have the ability to stick to things as they walk underwater. They can do this by trapping tiny bubbles within hair-like structures on their feet. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have used a similar bubble trick to develop a way to make high quality graphene films. Their new technique is the first which can accomplish both the growth and transfer steps of graphene onto a silicon wafer.

The researchers are calling their process face-to-face transfer. It differs from the standard dry or wet methods which transfer films in a roll-to-roll fashion. Although stardard methods can grow sheets up to 30 inches in length, they also create many defects. These defects — cracks, folds, and wrinkles — are unavoidable when CVD-grown graphene is transferred from its underlying copper substrate. Ideally, one wants to grow the graphene right on top of a silicon chip, or whatever substrate will be the end product.

In the face-to-face method, the silicon dioxide top layer of a piece of silicon is first bombarded with a nitrogen plasma. This creates a silicon oxy-nitride surface that can trap bubbles that form later during the CVD (chemical vapor deposition) process. As the copper layer that was spun on before the CVD step is later etched away, the graphene is held in place by those bubbles that take up positions to form “capillary bridges,” like those on the setae (bristles or ridges) of some beetles and frogs.

After they fabricated long (up to 1 meter), thin ribbons of graphene, the researchers were able to take images of the process using atomic force microscopy. They also tested the electrical properties of their product using standard four-probe resistivity measurements. To do this they first had to metalize 50nm spots of nickel to act as electrodes. Conductivity was in the range of 4,000 S/cm (compare the conductivity of copper, a bit higher at 6,000 S/cm). Importantly, they were also able to demonstrate uninterrupted electrical continuity of ribbons with length-width ratios of up to 105.

The authors believe their process will help to enable the larger graphene dream many see as the future of microelectronics. The so-called graphene-on-silicon platforms would be a big, or at least interim, part of that future. Such devices are now under development on many fronts, and have been shown to support all manner of useful electrical components — transistors, optical modulators, and even more exotic gate-controlled Schottky barrier triodes. For a batch process, where directed graphene growth can spontaneously attach to an underlying substrate in defect-free form, the technological implications may be huge.

Credit: John Hewitt
Source: ExtremeTech

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What To Do If Your Laptop Is Plugged In But Not Charging

A little solution to a problem my laptop users might have come across

Watch this:

Thank you to PCMag

The Chief Technomancer
VB Kid

I'm Baaack... with a VENGEANCE!!!!!

So, as most of you might have noticed, my posting had somewhat halted over the past week. My ISP was being difficult, yet again.

But, anyway, I am back, and I have a VENGEANCE!!!!!

I have a post for you for every single day that I wasn't here. Yes, even the days that I don't work (Saturday & Sunday). Then as your Christmas present, you'll get 3 posts for today, and if I'm feeling very happy, I'll post a video of myself, so you put a face to the name

So that's 7 posts plus 3 for today and perhaps 1 extra

Let the VENGEANCE begin!

The Chief Technomancer
VB Kid

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fleksy fires the first shot in the iOS alternative keyboard revolution

Could this be the future?

Android has secured its dominant position in the smartphone market largely thanks to the level of customization the platform offers. It’s the perfect foil to Apple’s obsession with keeping the UI consistent and tightly controlled at all costs. One of the long-time advantages Android’s approach has offered is a wide assortment of great alternative keyboards. Now one keyboard developer is making a play for the iOS ecosystem by bumping off the iOS keyboard one app at a time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

YouTube’s ContentID system guts game streaming, pushes away loyal audience

We could say goodbye to YouTube. Well, the gamers at least cause we gotta stream...

Last weekend, YouTube made certain changes to the automatic content detection and management software that scans uploaded video for copyrighted material. As a result, a huge number of videos posted by gamers belonging to Multi-Channel Networks (MCN) are now being yanked offline thanks to bogus copyright claims and poor auto-detection. The email that initially went out included the following:

“Beginning in early January, newly-uploaded videos will occasionally go through a process called monetization review. This review is performed by YouTube, and will determine if your content is in compliance with YouTube’s current terms of use and copyright standards.”

The problem with YouTube’s new system is that it’s apparently flagging huge amounts of previously approved content and imposing no penalties on claimants who are filing bad faith disputes on content they don’t own. YouTube’s monetization system allows a user to choose to run ads in front of their content and earn money from the views. If, however, a rightsholder files a claim against the video, YouTube will automatically disable ad revenue on a video. Even if you dispute it, the claimant gets a month to respond. During that month, you make no money.

Dispute too often, or lose disputes, and your account gets deleted. It’s a ridiculous policy, clearly user-unfriendly, and this latest set of claims has only further demonstrated how YouTube — a company literally built on sharing video — has become deeply hostile to its own constituency. The situation is bad enough that Blizzard and Deep Silver (makes of Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light) are issuing statements that explicitly grant players the right to stream their products after other companies are making false claims against user uploaded content.

Part of the problem is the byzantine nature of the copyright system itself. BioShock Infinite, for example, contains a sequence from Mozart’s Requiem — Lacrimosa. Presumably, Irrational Games paid for the copyright on whatever performance of the piece is used in the game. But if a different choir claims copyright of the song on YouTube, they can shut down the video stream, even if the version of the song used in-game isn't performed by the claimant taking advantage of the ContentID system.

So badly out of step, it hurts

All of this is happening even as Sony and Microsoft double down on video sharing as a major feature of their next-generation consoles. This is only going to drive a substantial segment of the population away. To date, the advantage of being able to possibly monetize content on Youtube — and its enormous reach in comparison to other services — has made users more willing to suffer through the problems. With the Xbox One and PS4 driving streaming to services like Twitch.tv, that’s going to be less an issue in the future.

But reading comments on websites, I’m struck by the number of people who acknowledge ContentID abuses and have turned them off on YouTube altogether. Why upload videos when someone else from an unrelated company can file a claim and wreck your business? Why bother attempting to create something when disputing the claims can lead to your entire channel being deleted? YouTube’s system is deeply hostile to the end user — even NASA has had its video streams blocked by people with the arrogance to claim copyright over footage of Curiosity deploying on Mars.

Instead of solving the problems, YouTube’s solution is to up the ante, driving users farther away.

Credit: Joel Hruska
Source: ExtremeTech

The Chief Technomancer
VB Kid

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Invisibility gun uses a beam of darkness to make objects vanish from sight

A little something for all the tech-heads. Darkness to create invisibility...

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have built a beam of darkness that can make objects invisible from a long distance away. This isn’t the plot from some not-so-distant sci-fi movie: It really works. The beam of darkness can create a 3D region of invisibility — or “empty light capsule” as the researchers call it — that can hide macroscopic objects.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sony RX10 camera unveiled, get the first look

The Sony RX10 camera

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Get the scoop on the 4K Handycam Camcorder (FDR-AX1)

Brought to you by the Sony YouTube channel.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How to Set Up a Wireless Router

Brought to you by PCMag

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Monday, December 09, 2013

You have too many chat apps. Can Layer connect them?

The people behind Jabber and Grand Central want to reinvent how we chat

Jeremie Miller almost brought on a golden age of instant messaging. He invented XMPP — often referred to as Jabber — the common language used by many IM apps to talk to to each other. If your friends used AOL Instant Messenger or ICQ or even Yahoo! Messenger, it was possible for a brief period in the mid 2000s to use any app you wanted to talk to friends. Some chat apps let you group all your chats into tabs instead of windows, while others let you add wallpapers to your chats or even skin the entire app’s user interface. Then, as IM on computers gave way to smartphones, it all fell apart.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition): Unboxing & Review

An Unboxing & Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

RESOGUN (PS4) - Available Now

From PlayStation, another one available now on PS4, RESOGUN...

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VB Kid

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Computer Processor Types (Post By Request)

And the post I have for you today was is requested by a fan on my Facebook Page, so here it is:

Computer Processor Types

A few years ago, choosing a processor was pretty straightforward. AMD and Intel each produced two series of processors, a mainstream line and a budget line. Each company used only one processor socket, and there was a limited range of processor speeds available. If you wanted an Intel processor, you might have a dozen mainstream models and a half-dozen budget models to choose among. The same was true of AMD.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Jin Kazama Guide

I rep  all Mishimas, even the one's that forsake their heritage

Jin Kazama Guide

Chikara Ga Subetedesu!

Thank you to TheMainMan

Your VB Kid

Monday, December 02, 2013