Month: November 2016

It's All Aboard for Linux Gamers at The Final Station

Recognizing the growing market for The Final Station in the open source community, the developers have made their hot-selling title available for the Linux OS. The indie game, which Do My Best Games and TinyBuild launched for PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this summer, became available for Linux last week. Although the post-civilization genre is fairly crowded space, the zombie-killing horror ride has earned generally positive reviews from veteran games critics, who appreciated its narrative and level of...

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Here's Looking at You, Alexa

Amazon is developing a premium version of its Alexa-powered Echo speaker, which will have a 7-inch touchscreen, in a bid to stave off competition from Google and other companies developing rival offerings, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Designed for use in the kitchen, the new device would have an upward-tilting touchscreen that would permit a user to swipe controls from a standing position. The development would mark an important moment for integrating artificial intelligence with automated home...

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iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full Swing

Apple’s latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company’s next new phone. Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand. That demand may have peaked, though, which may be why chasers of the next big thing are looking down the road. “Next year being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple will come out with something special,” said tech analyst Wayne...

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Facebook Denies Ransomware Infiltration

Facebook has denied that its network and Messenger app were being used to spread ransomware to its users, contradicting the claims of Check Point researchers Roman Ziakin and Dikla Barda. The two researchers last week reported they had discovered a new method for delivering malicious code to machines, which they dubbed “ImageGate.” Threat actors had found a way to embed malicious code into an image, they said. Due to a flaw in the social media infrastructure, infected images are downloaded to a user’s machine, Ziakin and Barda...

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SF Muni Hack a Wake-Up Call for Public Systems

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, or SF MTA, was hacked on Friday. “You Hacked, All Data Encrypted,” was the message reportedly displayed on computer screens at the authority’s stations throughout the city. “Contact for Key (cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681 , Enter.” Fare payment machines at underground stations were out of order, resulting in free rides on the subway and light rail system known locally as “SF Muni.” Some SF MTA employees’ email systems reportedly did not...

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