Hector Monsegur caused quite a bit of chaos during his stint as a LulzSec hacker, a group he co-founded. You may know him better as "Sabu," his online stage name when he was helping the hacking group with its agenda. That is, until the FBI tracked him down and gave him a proposition he couldn't (or wouldn't) refuse -- help them convict other LulzSec hackers or risk losing the two girls he was fostering. Monsegur accepted the FBI's proposition, and with that part of his life now behind him, he's ready to speak about his days as a hacker and informant.
This holiday shopping season has been highlighted by numerous deals on lots of different items, though the sales didn't end after Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Several retailers continue to pitch discounts, including Microsoft, which is in the home stretch of its 12 Days of Deals promotion. Effective today (and today only), Microsoft is offering the Asus Transformer Book Flip (TP500LA) Signature Edition Laptop for a comparatively low $299.
TPB co-founder was right: people no longer care about site
The recent shuttering of The Pirate Bay (TPB), which followed a police raid on a Stockholm, Sweden-based datacenter belonging to the popular torrent site, has had almost no effect on peer-to-peer file sharing, the latest data from German anti-piracy firm Excipio has revealed. Although there was a slight blip in torrenting activity in the two days immediately following the shutdown, it did not take too long for things to get back to normal.
Dropbox recently announced the launch of a new collaboration tool for Microsoft Office desktop apps. Now available through the Dropbox for Business early access program, the “Dropbox badge” Office plugin is the first tool to be rolled out by the company as part of the “Project Harmony” initiative that it announced back in April.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner and, if some recent reports are to be believed, so is the announcement of a new generation of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) range of pint-sized PC kits and boards. A bunch of images said to show next-generation NUC units quietly appeared on Intel’s own website late last month, where they sat unnoticed until the folks over at ComputerBase.de stumbled on them a few days back.
Microsoft plans to shed light on the consumer side of Windows 10 at a special event on January 21, 2015. If the release of the consumer preview can’t come soon enough for you, there is now a new leaked preview build that you can turn to for some valuable clues as to the kind of consumer experience that the Redmond-based company has in mind with the upcoming operating system.
Buggy updates caused problems with some Windows rigs
It's been a bit of a rough month for Microsoft and various Windows users, at least in terms of software updates. It started with Microsoft telling Windows 10 Preview users to uninstall Office prior to applying Patch Tuesday updates or else the installer would fail. However, it's not only uses of pre-release software who ran into trouble. Microsoft has gone and pulled two security patches because they were causing problems for some users.
Steam gives gamers a taste of CoD:AW and knocks 25 percent off the price
It seems Steam is always cooking up a sale, and come next week, rumor has it the Winter Sale will kick off. In the meantime, you can still find discounts all over the place, though if you'd rather not spend any money at all, be advised that Steam is making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer free to play for the next couple of days as part of its weekend deal. If you end up getting hooked, you can purchase the title for 25 percent off ($44.99, or $79.99 for the Digital Pro Edition).
It's been about a month since Corsair first began showing off its Neutron XT solid state drive family, and at the time, the company wasn't ready to talk about pricing details. That's a secret Corsair can't keep forever -- the drives are reportedly supposed to launch to public in the coming weeks -- so last night, Corsair spilled the beans on how much its Neutron XT SSD line will street for.
Just about anyone who's ever used Facebook has wished for a "Dislike" button at one point or another. Unless you're willing to rid your Friends list of all your friends, family, and co-workers, then you've seen an inane post that made you question how well you really know Uncle Bob or your buddy Bill. Or maybe someone posted a spoiler to The Sons of Anarchy's series finale. Well, the good news is Facebook is at least "thinking about" a dislike button. The bad news? A "sympathize" button is more likely to appear.