Google's Chromium Security Rewards program offers participants cash bounties for the discovery of eligible bugs. Rewards range in value from $500 to an 'elite' $3133.7 (get it?), and up until now, that max payout has never been claimed.
Enter Sergey Glazunoz, who will not only collect Google's first ever elite reward for discovering a "Critical" bug, but several thousand more for unearthing four other bugs classified as "High."
"We're delighted to offer our first 'elite' $3,133.7 Chromium Security Reward to Sergey Glazunov," Google said in a blog post. "Critical bugs are harder to come by in Chrome, but Sergey has done it. Sergey also collects a $1,337 reward and several other rewards at the same time, so congratulations Sergey!"
Congratulations indeed. For his efforts, Glazunov will collect a cool $7,470.70 from Google.
Remember that song you'll never be able to forget thanks to the Internet's insistence on brutally hammering it into your skull? Well, it all started with Jonathan Coulton, and he's returning to overwrite more precious childhood memories with another insidious tune.
“Closing the doors. If this plane goes down, the Portal 2 song goes with it. It is in my pocket,” Coulton tweeted.
He later added that the plane didn't crash, which means he's -- yep -- still alive.
Portal 2's set to forever singe the color white into your retinas on April 20. In other words, you'll only be able to hear one song and see one color. And when you're old and gray, you'll look back on a life full of entirely avoidable hardships and mumble: “Worth it.”
Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! Actually, the former King Kong record holder isn't dead, but he has been dethroned by Hank Chien, a 35-year-old doctor from Queens, New York, according to Twin Galaxies.
Chien scored 1,068,000 points in less than three hours, enough to reclaim the high score after losing the title of King of Kong to Billy Mitchell, who himself was ousted by Steve Wiebe.
"Although I was excited to reclaim [the high score], nothing beats the first time," Chien said in an interview with Twin Galaxies, the self-proclaimed world authority on player rankings, gaming statistics, and championship tournaments. "Of course it was harder this time, however I have gotten better since last time so relatively speaking it was a bit easier."
If any of these names sound familiar, then you probably watched the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." The flick follows Wiebe as he tries to get the high score in Donkey Kong, while also illuminating viewers on the whole culture of arcade games and Twin Galaxies.
For now at least, Chien can celebrate his achievement, but he knows it probably long last long.
"I know that the current score still has much room for improvement, so it is likely that this back and forth will continue for a while longer," Chien said.
Valve may have appeared to cross Sandy Bridge right over to the dark side, but Gabe Newell's taken the mic yet again to explain why PC gaming – regardless of the form it takes – will always be on top.
“We see [the PC] as the centre of innovation of everything that’s going on, whether it’s microtransactions, MMOs, free-to-play, or something like CityVille which – after its first month – has 84 million people playing,” Newell told Develop.
“To us, this is just an indication of why open platforms are where innovations are going to occur.”
STALKER's back for another irradiated Russian romp, and this time, GSC Game World's not playing around. No clear skies, no Pripyats – just a good old-fashioned “2.” So then, what's in a (number-centric) name? GSC's broken its particularly thick veil of silence to divulge a few details.
Foremost, despite STALKER 2 being the first non-PC-exclusive entry in the franchise, it's still definitely a PC game at heart.
“Since we develop primarily on PC, you won't see any compromises in the PC version. The key difference between the PC and console versions will be the beauty of graphics (meaning PC will offer more of visual effects),” read a post on the game's official Facebook page.
Also in the “sure bet” category are new mutants, DX11 support, a brand new game engine, more secret underground complexes, an increased focus on survival elements, and more artifacts. The faction wars system, meanwhile, has politely been told to take a hike.
Unfortunately, GSC's can't say for sure whether we'll be leaving our winding trails of urine (“Invisible radiation monster eeeeeeeeeeeek”) through a completely open version of the Zone or one that's been chopped up with load times. Here's hoping for the former.
All in all, it's sounding pretty darn promising so far. Granted, the majority of the game could still be a drawing on a napkin for all we know. For now, the release date's “sometime in 2012,” which is roughly seven years off in dog years and “Whoa, that's nearly two Call of Duties from now!” in impatient-yet-paradoxically-ADD-riddled-gamer years.
After taking a detour into The Apocalypse, Bethesda's getting back to its roots with some good old-fashioned swords 'n' sorcery. Well, ok, that's not entirely true. See, we're not in Tamriel anymore, Toto – and also Toto's a giant 30-ton dragon. Welcome to Skyrim.
According to a recent preview, Skyrim's set to take place 200 years after Oblivion – just in time for the return of the dragons, which (in addition to sounding like an oddly amusing Bruce Lee/Star Wars mash-up) is where you come in. You're a dragonborn, so it's your duty to put an end to the dragon god and save the world from certain destruction. Which, in Elder Scrolls-ese, roughly translates to “dick around for 70 hours while ignoring humanity's grim fate in favor of 'Hey! That looks neat!'”
Sounds pretty standard so far, doesn't it? Well, Bethesda's also torn out the franchise's old guts and replaced them with something more sensibly streamlined. For one, class selection's out. Instead, you'll only be leveling skills this time around, and every skill level gained contributes to your overall level. Levels, of course, bring new and interesting perks, so there looks to be quite a bit of room for variation. The Skyrim's the limit? Oh come on; at least wait until we're done with this post to shoot us.
Skill types have also been pared back, but only a bit. This time around, you've got 18 to choose from versus Oblivion's 21. Again, though, you can mix-and-match skills whichever way you want or specialize in a couple different types, so you definitely won't be at a lack for options.
Combat, meanwhile, is set to emphasize a two-handed approach so as to create more “dynamic and tactical” battles. In other words, you'll be able to create just about any arsenal you can think of. Sword and shield? Sure. Sword and axe? Go for it. Shield and bare hand? Sounds kind of suicidal, but, er, all right.
The vaunted “Radiant AI” popularized in Oblivion has also been retooled from the ground-up, resulting in quests that take stock of your impacts on the normal workings of the world and readjust accordingly. For instance, the game might search for a dungeon you've never explored in order to dynamically generate a quest. Or you might never be approached by, say, a quest-giving mage because you're not buddy-buddy with mages in general.
In other words, Skyrim isn't aiming to be revolutionary, but it sounds like the smartest, most sensible take on Bethesda's brand of massively single-player role-playing yet. The game's out on November 11, which – not so coincidentally – is probably around the time we'll be out of a job.
According to security firm BitDefender, malware aimed at social networks like Facebook pose the biggest threat for mobile platforms and is as widely spread as malware that targets PCs.
"When data security researchers focus on finding malware specifically designed for mobile platforms, they lose sight of an important mobile platform threat source -- the social network," said George Petre, BitDefender Threat Intelligence Team Leader. "Statistics indicate that malware targeting social networks may be the biggest current threat for mobile devices, and BitDefender can help users stay safe against these types of threats."
Sure it's a self-serving study, but there's still a lesson here. Citing goo.gl statistics, BitDefender points out that one of the URLs used for a recent massive Facebook scam duped a large number of users. One of the URLs making the rounds promised to show users a girl's Facebook status that supposedly got her expelled from school. The simple scam generated 28,672 clicks, and nearly a quarter of those came from mobile platforms.
"Users who clicked on the link -- whether on PC or mobile device -- downloaded a Facebook worm and fell victim to an adword-based money grabbing scheme," BitDefender says.
Google on Monday launched a new version of its Google Goggles, this latest release "faster and smarter than ever before." So smart, in fact, that you can now use it to solve Sudoku puzzles.
"Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be a frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle," Google explains. "Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we'll tell you the correct solution."
Other features of the new Goggles 1.3 client include improved barcode scanning and recognition of print ads. If you take a picture of an ad that strikes your fancy, Goggles will return search results about the product or brand, Google says.
Up until just a few days ago, Nvidia's 3DTV Play software was only available for 3D Vision customers. Now it's being offered as a standalone product, Nvidia announced in a blog post.
If you have the right pieces in place -- a notebook or PC equipped with a GeForce GPU and an HDMI 1.4 3D television -- the 3DTV Play software allows you to game in 3D on your TV, watch Blu-ray 3D movies, view 3D photos, and view 3D videos on your large screen HDTV.
3DTV Play has been certified to work with a plethora of television models and home theater receivers (you can view the entire list here) and is available from the Nvidia Store for $40.
Boxee Box owners should be receiving a fairly major firmware update in the next 24 hours, although if you don't want to wait, you can grab the latest release by heading to Settings>System>Update.
The new firmware adds a handful of goodies, such as settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration, support for language selection in subtitle/audio, enhancements to browser performance, direct launch of websites when defining the full URL in the search bar, and a few more. Missing from the list, however, is Vudu support.
"The change list is below, but we do have one frustrating bit to share with you. While we've been demoing Vudu without a hitch this week at the show (CES), there's still a few issues the technical team is trying to get to the bottom of. We'll push the app out to you as soon as it's ready and send out an email so you know the moment it goes live," Boxee said in a blog post.
Also included in the update are tons of bug fixes, more than 40 in all, most of which are minor in nature. See the full list here.