CyberBlood will also be the title of my next film. I want it to star Bruce Willis as John McCain as a Cyber Vampire.
Okay, onto the news! The Pentagon today announced it was officially regarding Cyberwarfare as an official battlefield, along with air, land, sea, and love.
What’s critical to recognize in this announcement is that the Pentagon will be focusing on developing “offensive solutions” against hackers, desiring to move away from a “If it’s OK to attack me and I’m not going to do anything other Keep Reading
I am so happy about this. Not because it’ll do any kind of good for humanity, but because it opens, for the briefest second, the possibilities of time/space travel. Which, by natural logical extension means I can get a time-traveling Delorean soon!
Scientists at Cornell announced today the invention of a form of technology that can effectively remove an object from time. This isn’t theory either, they’ve built the thing, and it works. (But…how do they know it works?!)
To keep the technobabble to a minimum, I’ll sum it up–the scientists can bend light in two ways that effectively leaves the light’s path unchanged, but whatever’s in that path will vanish out of time…for about 120 nanoseconds. So not even a second out of time. Drat. Keep Reading
Does anyone remember back in 2008, when they were promising to drop this new music player/engine called “Q Tracks”? It was like the second coming of Christ for all of two minutes for iTunes slaves, and threatened to cast a permanent shadow every media player that was around, and for good reason.
Q Trax promised more songs, more bands, songs that would play on any Mp3 player, and completely free music anytime you wanted (on-site advertisements would make up for revenue you might have paid). Although the player eventually surfaced, such grandiose features/predictions have proven premature, at least as of this moment.
Now there’s Spotify, a streaming online music service which offers all iTunes does for a membership fee of around 5 bucks a month. It’s still possible, however, to be granted an ‘invitation’, in which you’re given a membership without a fee. But as a free user, your selection of music is significantly less. What the hell did I just say? It kinda gets weirder.
First off, Spotify has a bit of a complicated user interface thing going on…there’s different kinds of memberships, such as Spotify Premium – which gives you full access to everything – Keep Reading
You know who News Corp is—FOX NEWS.
Remember when we talked about News of the World maybe hacking 9/11 victims? Looks like we weren’t the only ones who noticed that little tidbit of information. The FBI whipped their heads around at the word 9/11 and are launching an investigation into the New York based Media conglomerate to see just how far the scandal Keep Reading
Talk about a good time to jump to Google Plus! (Though they can probably search that too, come to think of it.) Police and law enforcement agencies across the nation, according to a recent Reuters news report, are gaining warrants to access people’s Facebook accounts, going after everything from your latest status update to the time you turned down that creepy girl’s friend request (if it can happen once…)
Don’t sweat it though—the authorities aren’t looking to tear into every single Facebook account, these warrants were issued in ongoing investigations for a variety of different departments, with the accused crimes ranging from Arson to Keep Reading
Alright, this is just silly. Myspace didn’t just got beat by Facebook, LinkedIn just sped by and curbstomped the beleaguered social network. Which, to make sure our metaphors are still in perspective, is like the most popular kid in school getting sped by and curbstomped by that nerd he shoved in lockers back in the ninth grade.
Despite Justin Timberlake’s desire to turn Myspace into a talent show, the once-great website took another plunge as LinkedIn’s user numbers jumped to make it the #2 most popular social network in the world. To be fair to Myspace, the recent economic downturn has made plenty of out-of-work Americans turn to LinkedIn in order to help network their way back into employment. (Or for fresh-out-of-college interns to keep in touch with their colleagues.)
So is this the equivalent of the internet turning twenty? First, we had the awkward teenage years with Myspace, then we went to College with Facebook. Are we growing up now that Google+ and LinkedIn are storming the scene?
Though Lulzsec may have vanished in the background, Anonymous has taken up the flag of operation #Anonsec—but that’s chump change compared to the storm that’s been rumbling in Great Britain in the last few days. If you thought Lulzsec’s shenanigans were pretty rough, they’ve got nothing on Rupert Murdoch’s British Newspaper News of the World, which was forced to shut down over a huge scandal its propagated.
That scandal? Hacking into people’s cell phones, and listening to and stealing their voice mails.
More on that outrage in a moment–first, Anonymous. The faceless, headless, V-For-Vendetta worshipping hackers targeted Booz Allen Hamilton today, a Military contractor that was targeted for its involvement in a recent surveillance minor-scandal. Anonymous managed to make off with 90,000 military-related email accounts and passwords–not just of Booz Allen employees, but military employees staffed at US CENTCOM and SOCOM, as well as other military departments. The long and the short of it Keep Reading
Okay, this news is one-half cool, one half wasted potential. First off, a video for your consumption!
Here’s the story. French Tattoo Parlor Ballantine’s got the crazy idea to take those same QR codes you see in Magazines, on Subways, and even on TV and Web and incorporate Keep Reading
First, a preface. Check this out.
It’s a video of a guy who snuck into an Apple store and loaded some software on the computers that took pictures of people looking at the display models and sent them back to him. It’s a leetle shady on the personal privacy part, but to the fair, this is in a public place, so the pictures he’s taking aren’t going to be of people naked or anything. The art (italicized for emphasis) here is based on the question of what we do when we stare at computers. Which is kind of interesting when you think about it. The question of the perspective of a device that cannot see what we see on a screen OH WAIT Keep Reading
Filmmaker Lewis Rapkin’s music documentary, Live From Tokyo, has been hailed as a fascinating peek into the animus of Japan via its underground music scene.
A hodgepodge of different societal psyches, from the United States to the United Kingdom and beyond, has helped shape Tokyo’s amorphous and leviathan pop culture sphere — so dominated by a torrential flow of information, it’s no wonder the music is incredibly varied and multi-genre. LFT’s trailer promises not only interviews with a ton of Tokyo musicians (many of them from the city’s famed Shibuya and Kenjya districts, among others), but the influence of global culture on them and their creative processes.
The documentary enjoyed a brief run on the indie festival circuit last year, is now being released on DVD, and quite simply looks f*cking awesome. There’s a special focus on the Japanese hardcore scene, with Nisennenmondal, Dmbg, Tanniscoate & Secal, D.v.d., Tokyo Pinsalocks, Optrum, Zooboms and Para among the plethora of bands featured. Of course members of legendary bands like The Boredoms make appearances, as well as ‘Musical celebrities’ like Shugo Tokumaru, Jennifer Matsua, W. David Mara, Craig Eaton and Shintaro Miyazaki. Looks awesome, not only for the music, but for the the culture, the creativity, and the psyche.
Want something to warm your hearts today guys? This will. First off, let’s set the stage.
Meet the gang of Extra Credits. Every week James Portnow, Daniel Floyd and Allison Theus set out to discuss gaming in a dialogue that isn’t the usual format we’re used to hearing. There’s no press, no PR, no harsh criticism–just a lot of dialogue fueled by a desire to see games improve humanity.
Unfortunately, the team got some rough news yesterday. James took to the show’s twitter account to announce Allison, (the show’s artist, who animates and edits the videos) was in dire straits. Thanks to an old college injury, she now had a radial tear around her shoulder blade, meaning the muscle was literally shredded. If she didn’t have surgery soon, she could never draw again. Keep Reading
All right, that’s what I’m talking about!
CNN’s reporting that an analysis by IHS iSuppli is bearing the good news that by this fall, Japanese electronic companies will be able to make full recoveries and get back into business. Currently responsible for 35% of the world’s NAND Flash production, and the leading source of semiconductor and LCD manufacturing equipment, these companies were in a rough spot after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. Keep Reading
Sony. We cannot afford your 3-D TVs. We cannot afford 4 sets of glasses. We cannot afford this magical world you want to build for us. Please. Stop.
Alright, onto serious reporting.
Sony of Europe’s Mick Hocking spoke to b.TWEEN 3D today (some kind of British 3-D entertainment conference.) and talked about the company’s vision for 3-D gaming technology. Mick talked about the possibilities of 3-D phones Keep Reading
Stand and salute Ladies and Gentlemen. Feast your eyes upon Lego Middle Earth—led by ubergeek Chris Phipson, these fine folks built the iconic moments from Tolkein’s three books (Rendered in the style seen in the Peter Jackson movies), all the way from Hobbiton right up to the eye of Sauron.
Words defy me. The Mines of Moria built to scale? Isengard with the tower of Orthanc? I literally shouted “holy shit!” When I saw Minas Tirith. It’s even got an army of 2,000 Lego figures lined up and ready for the siege.
So that’s it—the entire, epic saga of Lord of the Rings reduced to millions of brick pieces, and realized by a dedicated squad of geeks. Well done sirs (and ladies) well done.
Go salute these fine folks’ effort at their website!
There’s no way they think this will really work…
FOSS Patents is reporting today that Samsung has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, with the express purpose of restricting the import of the following types of products: “Mobile Electronic Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computers.”
So in everyday lingo, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. As in, the devices each of yoy has at least one of in your household. Samsung’s publicity stunt comes courtesy of an ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung regarding various patents each company claims the other stole. Apple and Samsung were previously partnered for producing the various gadgets and gizmos Apple’s released, but apparently, Keep Reading
OK, not really…but for those of you out there reading this who might be pursuing some sort of medical career, we’ve heard that common lament that the coursework can be more than a little dry.
Fortunately, there’s the site Nerdcore Learning, which utilizes traditional geek stuff to teach both medical students and doctors about diseases. In the words of co-creator , NL is “a publishing start-up devoted to developing unique study-aids for medical students.”
It’s also run by two rabid geek gamers/comic book fans/Star Wars enthusiasts. Take for instance Keep Reading
It’s the 90′s all over again—Hackers are the talk of the town, cybserspace is scary to old people again, and this new generation of internet thieves still relies on absurdly stupid and hard-to-type codenames.
But there’s been such a variety of reports going out we decided to consolidate them all for your viewing convenience. First up—Lulzsec. We’ve covered these bad boys before, and this week their first fruits of operation #Antisec have been revealed. Last night, Lulzsec released a trove of information ripped from the data centers of the Arizona State Police department—personal email correspondence, training manuals, private memos, names, phone numbers, passwords, and weird power points Keep Reading
Meet Aimi Eguchi. She’s the latest member of J-Pop band AKB48—a band so big in Japan, the group receives millions of votes each year on which of their 61 members is the most popular. She’s just like the other girls—pretty, a winning smile, can woo dozens of Otaku just by showing up on camera…except there’s one catch. She’s not real.
Aimi Eguchi isn’t an actual new member of the musical group. She’s a digital composite, with facial features and body profile borrowed from her fellow group members. But as you can see from this video below, she looks pretty damn life-like.
This wasn’t just a one-shot stunt though—she’s been part of the group “officially” for some time now, complete with her own page on their website that detailed her hobbies, age, and hometown. She even appeared in a photoshoot prior to this.
Of course, this isn’t Japan’s first non-human idol, it’s just the first one where active deception has taken place. While this should evoke questions about the nature of humanity and what the state of existence is for a human-like entity created in a computer and not in the womb…instead mostly just evokes a certain Disney Channel Original movie. Personally, I’m not exactly excited that our first A.Is won’t be awesome, sarcastic badasses, but instead…pop singers.
But hey, maybe you’re okay with this? Or are you with some of her fans, who are shocked by this reveal?
Well here we go! We got ourselves all fired up about Apple dominating into the games business, but then Google appears to be sneaking up on us. The tech giant behind not only the world’s most dominant search engine, but the Android Phones, most of our email accounts, and about a thousand other things they give away for free every day, has decided it wants in on the gaming business as well.
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
- The Art of War
By Paul Nyhart
Modern Warfare. No, it’s not just a video game title. It’s the mode we live in. It’s a subject that should give us pause–not because it is so entrenched in our everyday activities, but precisely because it’s not. There is a gaping hole in our awareness, or lack thereof, in regards to the evolving methodology and ethos of modern warfare, which we should probably be paying more attention to. The kicker is, it’s a bit hard to notice.
War can be summed up as the eternal expression between nations whose differences have grown so great, the only way to settle matters is to battle over who can suffer more. World War after World War, the United States has stood standing, with a few battles in between where we more or less pondered, “why are we here” instead of “can we overcome. “
Today, Modern Warfare has evolved concurrently with the rapid expansion of technology. The modern approach doesn’t worry about avoiding war, as much as it focuses on staying (literally) on top of it.
One invention in particular perpetuates this thought. The invention of an unammned device which can cover great distances and possesses the power to simulatenously spy and/or attack enemy targets Keep Reading