the interviewAs many of you guys might have heard by now, Sony has decided to cancel The Interview from being shown in cinemas. This is no thanks to the hackers of Sony Pictures who actually made physical threats of what they would do to theaters that screen the movie, thus forcing theaters to pull out and Sony ultimately giving into the hackers’ demands.

Was that the right call? After all better safe than sorry, right? Well it seems that President Obama does not agree with Sony’s move. In a statement released by the President, “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama said. “If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing if they see a documentary they don’t like or news reports they don’t like.” Read full post →President Obama Doesn’t Think Sony Should Have Pulled “The Interview”

sony pictures hackedJust yesterday there was more speculation that North Korea could be behind the hack on Sony Pictures, and now it looks like the FBI has confirmed it, despite an earlier report also from the FBI that suggested that there was no evidence of North Korea’s involvement, but we guess further investigation probably uncovered additional information.

According to the FBI’s statement, “As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” This is based on evidence found in the code of the malware, which apparently are similar and have been used in previous North Korean attacks in the past. Read full post →FBI Confirms North Korea’s Involvement In Sony Hack

We’re sure you’ve probably seen this in movies and TV shows where the good/bad guy attempts to hack a computer network or system just by plugging in a USB drive. Once the USB drive has been plugged in, the hack seems to run without a hitch and if you’re wondering if that’s just the imagination of movie writers, apparently it is pretty damn real.

Samy Kamkar, a developer, apparently wears such a device around his neck. Called the USBdriveby, it’s basically a USB microcontroller that is small enough to be worn as a necklace. It will connect to computers via USB and is designed to take advantage of the security flaws found in USB ports. Read full post →This USB Necklace Is Able To Hack Your Computer In Minutes

bing amber alertBing happens to be Microsoft’s primary vehicle when it comes to search, and hence it is far from surprising to hear that Bing will also assist in the search for missing children. For folks who happen to live in the US, you would in all probability be familiar with AMBER alerts, where these are now part of Bing. AMBER is short for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, and it was birthed after the abduction of Amber Hagerman in 1996. AMBER alerts will be issued every time a child reportedly goes missing, and these alerts will be delivered through multiple channels such as SMS, radio, TV and others, Bing being part of the roll call now.

Read full post →Bing Assists In AMBER Alert Child Searches

Andy Rubin and Android logoThere has been anonymous Google sources going around that tout how the Internet search giant is developing a new Android version whose ultimate aim is to be incorporated directly into cars, so that drivers are able to remain connected round the clock without the need of a smartphone or tablet. While Google has an Android version that can be used in vehicles, known as Android Auto, that particular version would require a handset to be connected to the vehicle, not to mention having a compatible car with a built-in display being the other compulsory requirement.

Read full post →Google Works On Android Version For Cars (Rumor)

t mobile logo 2 640x480We have just received word that T-Mobile will be returning up to $90 million in refunds, where these refunds will concern the billing of customers for cellphone text services that they did not order in the first place, thanks to a settlement with federal regulators. According to an announcement made by the Federal Trade Commission, this particular practice is known as “cramming”, and with T-Mobile being the fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company, they have been slapped with $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, while the Federal Communications Commission would receive $4.5 million in fines from T-Mobile. AT&T as well as Sprint were fined $105 million each in the past for “cramming”, too.

Read full post →T-Mobile To Return $90 Million In Refunds

3d wrenchWhen you are an astronaut living on the International Space Station (ISS), it would be best if you were prepared beforehand to bring everything that you need – and might need down the road throughout the entire duration of the mission, since it isn’t exactly located near a convenience store or supermarket should you require something like a spanner or some other kind of hardware. Well, thanks to the wonders of email and 3D printing, astronauts on the ISS will be able to print out selected spare parts as and when required. In fact, today is a landmark moment where it is the first time that hardware of any sort has been “emailed” to space.

Read full post →Wrench “Emailed” To International Space Station

nokia lumia 928 7 640x424If you happen to be rocking to either a Nokia Lumia 822 or a Nokia Lumia 928 with Verizon, then you would most probably be pleased as punch to hear that the mobile carrier intends to roll out the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, where it will be complete alongside Lumia Denim, to both of the above mentioned handsets. The updates will throw in the likes of Cortana, which is Windows Phone’s digital assistant that has racked up quite impressive reviews, in addition to the ability to choose a background image for your Start screen, added support for two or three columns of Live Tiles, a Word Flow keyboard, Action Center notification panel, and updates to the Nokia Camera app among others.

Read full post →Verizon To Update Nokia Lumia 822 And Lumia 928

whatsapp chatonWhile Samsung might have ventured into the world of instant messaging with their very own self-styled Samsung ChatOn messaging service, one ought to remember that companies do make mistakes from time to time – and ChatOn happens to be one of them. While there were whispers going around concerning the ChatOn messaging service being shut down in the past few weeks, it looks as though it has finally been confirmed – at least according to The Wall Street Journal. The official date as to when the Samsung ChatOn messaging service will shut down has been set for February 1st, 2015.

Read full post →Samsung ChatOn Messaging Service To Shut Down On February 1

There are numerous online video services that only work inside U.S. and a handful of other countries. Still, the best selection of content on these sites is only available to U.S Subscribers. Netflix is a good example, as its selection of movies and TV shows is bigger for U.S users than in any other parts of the world. If you are in a country where Netflix is not supported at all, or where the choice of content is not as good as the U.S edition, then you should either change your country of residence or use a simple trick to access the U.S. version Netflix. Many U.S resident also travel abroad and simply want to watch their usual shows. Read full post →How To Watch Netflix Abroad (Outside The U.S)