There's a bit of debate brewing over whether or not Google did the right thing by posting a Windows 8.1 security vulnerability to the public before Microsoft was able to release a patch. The disclosure came from Google's Project Zero program, which hunts down vulnerabilities in software and alerts its findings to vendors "in as close to real-time as possible." Vendors are then given a 90-day deadline to issue a patch, and in this case, Microsoft didn't react in time.
At the conclusion of a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat deceive consumers in regards to the way messages sent through the video and chat service supposedly disappear. As part of the settlement, Snapchat is required to implement a comprehensive privacy program that will be monitored by an independent privacy professional for the next 20 years.
Amped Wireless is beginning to integrate touch functionality into its home networking devices. We saw it first with the TAP-EX, a high-power Wi-Fi range extender with a built-in touchscreen, and now there's the TAP-R2, an AC750 Wi-Fi router with touch display. This isn't the first router with a touchscreen we've seen, though Amped Wireless is billing it as the industry's first high power touch screen Wi-Fi router.
NZXT last fall launched its S340 mid-tower ATX chassis, an entry-level case intended to bring a premium quality design without emptying your bank account (it's listed on Newegg for $70 plus $8 shipping). Now as we embark on a new year, NZXT is offering new color options for its S340 case -- "Gloss Blue" and "Gloss Red," both of which are accents to the matte black paneling.
Guardians of Peace hacking organization has unfinished business
The hacking organization that took credit for infiltrating Sony Pictures Entertainment and stealing 10TB worth of data has also threatened at least one news media organization, according to an FBI bulletin that's making the rounds in cyberspace. Known as the Guardians of Peace, or GOP, the group of hackers proved a major headache for Sony, who's antics appear to have been motivated by The Interview, a comedy involving an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
2015 is nearly upon us, and that means the next Consumer Electronics Show is right around the corner. We’ll be at CES 2015 and will provide you with in-depth news and videos on the latest tech from the show floor. But since we’re already super excited about the show, we thought we would give you our top 15 predictions for what you can expect to see at CES 2015.
It was only a matter of time before the original Kinect for Windows sensor would be set aside once Microsoft had released the Kinect for Windows v2. The new device was released in October and now Microsoft has announced that it is discontinuing the original Kinect for Windows in 2015.
The group that has claimed responsibility for bringing down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live with a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which began back in August, are now looking to make a profit. Lizard Squad has launched a DDoS tool called Lizard Stresser for anyone wishing to bring down a website or service for a fee.
As always, be suspicious of links in your Steam chat sessions
Hopefully you're getting to spend a bit of time in Steam over the holiday season, catching up on a treasure trove of games that you picked up on discount through various sales. While you're navigating Steam, however, be advised that there's a piece of malware spreading through Steam chat sessions. Messages on Steam chat saying "WTF?????" seem to link to a JPEG file, but it's really a malicious executable.
Given the choice, most people would likely choose a Windows laptop over a Chromebook if both were free. They're not free, of course, and Chromebooks have found an audience due to their low price tags and ability to offer basic functionality, like surfing the web and being productive in Google's ecosystem. In addition, you can now run Linux in a Window on Chromebooks.