Few things can top an Oculus Rift hack that involves hands and music
A Kiwi design student named Bryon Mallett has come up with Pensato, a virtual reality interface for controlling music devices and software that, unlike most other Oculus Rift-based projects out there, makes pretty good use of human hands. In a video he posted to YouTube back in September, Mallet can be seen creating some music — actually the “final compositional output” for his Masters of Design Innovation — using popular music creation software Ableton Live and his Penasto interface, which allows him to interact with various sound controls using a pair of custom VR gloves as if they were physical objects.
Says DPRK sympathizers could be behind ‘righteous’ act
The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that rendered most of the movie studio’s computers unusable for over a week and left the hackers behind the attack in possession of copious amounts of sensitive data is currently being probed by both forensic experts hired by the company and the FBI. Although the identity of the perpetrators has yet to be established, many believe there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that points to a North Korean hand. Perhaps fed up with all the incriminatory rumors, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday dismissed all talk of its involvement in the attack on Sony in its own inimitable style.
Even though everyone and their mother seems to be busy building a smartwatch at this point in time (no pun intended), this “smart” reimagining of the wristwatch has a long way to go before being accepted as a mass market product, and there is no guarantee of that happening. Nonetheless, if you have already invested in a smartwatch and are desperately looking for a respite from being constantly bothered by its troubling lack of utility, unfortunately we can't help you. But if all that you are looking for is to while away some time, you should probably try running an antediluvian operating system on it.
When Google first announced Chrome OS in 2009, among the few people who were polite enough to not dismiss it outright, and predict for it either a stillbirth or an early demise, were those who saw a merger with Android as its ultimate fate. Of course, let alone a full-blown merger, we have yet to see substantial interplay between the two platforms. The best we have seen, all these years down the line, is the ability to run a grand total of four Android apps on Chrome OS — and that too is a very recent development. Even now, Google is only working with “a select group of Android developers” and is unlikely to bring more than a handful of mobile apps to Chrome OS in the near future. Well, that’s what hacks are for, right?
Make your Windows XP-using friends/family members read this important PSA
Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on support for Windows XP. That’s it. Finite. Done. No more. Don’t expect to see any future patches, services packs, fixes, hotfixes, critical updates, anything — if you’re one of the one-fourth of desktop users or so who are still running the antiquated operating system (yes, there’s that many of you), you’re about to enter the Wild Wild West of computing.
Managed to log in to dad’s account with simple trick
Each month, the Microsoft Security Response Center publishes a list of security researchers to whom it is thankful for privately disclosing bugs in its online services and, often, working with it to fix them. On the surface, the latest list may not seem too different from the previous ones, but that’s only until you realize that one of the over three dozen security researchers on it is actually a five-year-old kid.
Microsoft Office 2013 can be pricey, though we of course advocate purchasing it should you need to use it regularly. However, if you're thinking about using it to give it a test spin or need to use it a little beyond 30 days, How-To Geek has an answer for you.
Syrian Electronic Army continues its hacking rampage
The latest news outlet to fall victim to hack attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is The Washington Post, which earlier today posted a short message confirming a security breach that redirected readers of certain stories to the SEA's website. The Washington Post didn't say which specific stories were affected by the breach, adding that it's working to resolve the issue. Since then, more information has been made available.
If you're one of the approximately 1.8 million registered users at Canonical's UbuntuForums.org portal, then consider your login details compromised. You should have received an email from "The Canonical Sysadmins" this morning alerting you to the security breach that allowed a remote attacker to make off with your username, email address, and an encrypted copy of your password after breaking into the forum's database.
Simple Windows RT registry tweak makes the Microsoft Surface RT a “touch” more responsive
The Surface RT firmware update Microsoft made available last week as part of this year's first Patch Tuesday brought with it a number of improvements, including improved audio playback in Connected Standby and “additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations.” But as with most firmware updates, there are always issues, known and unknown, that remain unresolved until a future update — or, as in this case, a simple registry hack — gets rid of them.