Posted: June 19th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: app, Microsoft, Mobile, mobilepostcross, Software, VIDEO | No Comments » | 0 views
If Vine still leaves you pining for the choppiness of GIFs, Microsoft’s got you covered — on Windows Phone 8, at least. Redmond’s Blink app, which helps smartphone photographers capture bursts of images, has hit version 2.0 and scored the ability to create short animated clips, aptly dubbed Blinks. In addition to the bite-sized videos, the latest update bakes in camera settings in capture mode, sharing to social networks and web galleries for shared creations. Microsoft Research also released Blink Cliplets for Windows 8 and RT, which allows users to layer static and dynamic elements atop footage. Hit the break to check out the new release of Blink in action, or jab the first source link for the download.
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Via: Windows Phone Blog
Source: Blink (Windows Phone Store), Blink Cliplets (Windows Store)
Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Microsoft | No Comments » | 0 views
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it took down 1,400 Citadel botnets with the help of the FBI, and now Ballmer and Co. have divulged just how big of an impact the effort had. According to Richard Domingues Boscovich, the firm’s Digital Crimes Unit assistant general counsel, the operation freed at least 2 million PCs across the globe from the malicious code — and that’s a conservative estimate by his reckoning. It’s believed that more than $500 million has been stolen from bank accounts thanks to information gleaned from keystrokes logged by computers afflicted with the software. Though the chief botnet organizer is still on the loose and many machines are still burdened by Citadel, Domingues Boscovich says they “feel confident that we really got most of the ones that we were after.”
[Image credit: Edmund Tse, Flickr]
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Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Gaming, HD, Nintendo | No Comments » | 0 views
Nintendo was coy when it announced that its first free-to-play game will launch before the end of next March, divulging only that it wouldn’t belong to the Mario or Pokemon franchises. However, the firm’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed to IGN that its first gratis title would be a Steel Diver game — yes, as in the 3DS launch title — featuring four-person multiplayer. Don’t expect a rehash though, as the pricing model will change the game’s design. Kyoto’s gaming powerhouse hasn’t settled on what business model they’ll lean on quite yet, but CEO Satoru Iwata mentioned during an E3 analyst Q&A that its unpaid games would be “balanced and reasonable.” The Big N noted that “free-to-play games, if unbalanced, could result in some consumers paying extremely large amounts of money, and we can certainly not expect to build a good relationship with our consumers in this fashion.” There’s still no word regarding which consoles this free installment of Steel Diver will grace, but Miyamoto teases that it’s something they’re hoping to show “relatively soon.”
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Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Alt | No Comments » | 0 views
Come June 28th, Wall Street outfits including the likes of Citigroup and Bank of America will be under siege — from fake hackers, that is. Representatives from a total of 40 companies along with the Federal Reserve, Securities and Exchange Commission, US departments of Treasury and Homeland Security will take part in Quantum Dawn 2: a simulated cyberattack on faux trading and information systems. Led by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the drill will test the ability of participants to cooperate via email and phone to suss out what’s going on and hatch a plan. The exercise will momentarily pause so that those involved can decide on a course of action, and then it’ll speed up and model the effects of the decision over a longer period of time. With the recent flurry of hacking incidents and international finger pointing, something tells us this won’t be the last we hear of drills like Quantum Dawn.
[Image credit: MoneyBlogNewz, Flickr]
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Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Government, Privacy | No Comments » | 0 views
Yahoo has just revealed just how many government requests for data it’s received in the past six months, and it’s beaten out Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell noted in a Tumblr post that the search giant received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests, “inclusive of criminal, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other requests,” between December 1st, 2012 and May 31st, 2013. According to Mayer and Bell, the majority of requests relate to “fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations.” Naturally, Yahoo notes that it can’t specify how many FISA requests are in that figure due to their classified nature, but it “strongly urge(s) the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue.”
Mayer and Co. also announced that their first “global law enforcement transparency report” will debut later in the summer, and will include data on the first half of 2013. It’s not a one-time occurrence either — the firm plans to update the dossier twice each year.
Source: Yahoo (Tumblr)
Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Sprint | No Comments » | 0 views
Sprint warned Clearwire in early June that it viewed Dish’s latest attempt to buy it as illegal, and now the carrier is following up with legal action. Big Yellow has just announced that its filed a lawsuit against Dish and its acquisition target in Delaware, as it believes the buyout would violate state law and the rights of shareholders and investors in both itself and Clearwire. The Now Network is asking the court to prevent the completion of the deal, rescind certain parts of the agreement and seek “declaratory, injunctive, compensatory and other relief.” In the outfit’s own words, the suit “details how DISH has repeatedly attempted to fool Clearwire’s shareholders into believing its proposal was actionable in an effort to acquire Clearwire’s spectrum and to obstruct Sprint’s transaction with Clearwire.” Stand back folks, the legal fireworks are just starting.
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Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Education, Microsoft, School, Tablets, Windows | No Comments » | 0 views
If you thought Microsoft’s effort to push Surface RT tablets into classrooms would stop with a 10,000-unit giveaway, you’d be mistaken. Ryan Lowdermilk, a technology evangelist for the company, revealed that it’s offering 32GB Surface RT slates to K-12 and higher education institutions in 25 countries for $199, more than 50 percent off the $499 retail sticker price. Dropping $249 for each unit will snag organizations keyboard-infused Touch Covers, while bumping the cost to $289 will add Type Covers to the package. Education outfits can take advantage of the deal until August 31st (or while supplies last), but individual students won’t be able to snag a Surface at such a deep discount on their own. The post announcing the program has gone offline since its unveiling, but we’ve reached out to Lowdermilk to confirm that the offer is still valid. In the meantime, you can hit the second source link to snatch an order form for school administrators.
Update: It appears the order form has been pulled, so we’ve replaced the second source link with a mirror of the document.
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Source: Ryan Lowdermilk (Google Cache), Surface for Education Order Form (PDF)
Posted: June 12th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Gaming, Sony, VIDEO | No Comments » | 0 views
Now that the dust has settled from Sony’s E3 press conference, Quantic Dream’s posted the entirety of its PS4 tech demo, The Dark Sorcerer. Over on the PlayStation Blog, the studio’s director, David Cage, laid out the finer points of their experience with performance capturing and going from flexing the PS3′s graphical muscle to working with the next-gen powerhouse. When it comes to technical details, the Heavy Rain developer’s comedic sketch was rendered at 1080p in real-time (lighting and all), includes one million polygons for the set and just shy of a million for every on-screen character, which each boast 350MB of textures and roughly 40 different shaders.
Impressed with what you see? Cage says it’s bound to get better. As it stands, the engine used for the demonstration is in its first iteration, and is missing features that are scheduled for the final version. “We can feel that we are closing in little by little on the kind of graphic quality we find in CG films,” Cage notes. Venture past the break for the video or hit the bordering source link for more background.
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Source: PlayStation Blog, PlayStation (YouTube)
Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Camera, Cameras | No Comments » | 0 views
Leica had teased that June 11th would see the Mini M added to its lineup, and now it’s made good on its promise. Now known as the X Vario, the compact cam crams a 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor inside an aluminum and magnesium body bound in leather trim. As for glass, the shooter packs a fixed Vario Elmar 18-46mm zoom lens (or 28-70mm in 35mm format), paired with an aperture range of f/3.5-6.4 and ISO of 100-12,500. The camera also packs a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD, and can capture 1080p and 720p video at 30fps. The X Vario is already available at Leica stores and vendors, but those angling to sling one of these on their shoulder will have to extract a princely $2,850 from their bank accounts. If you’re happy to window shop, head to the source for a closer look.
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Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: Alexis Santos | Filed under: Engadget | Tags: Gaming | No Comments » | 0 views
In May, Turtle Beach shouted from the hilltops that it snagged Microsoft’s blessing to craft Xbox One headsets, and now it’s ready to show off the actual hardware. Based on the outfit’s Seven Series, the pair of XO Ear Force cans will be available at the console’s launch and feature 3.5mm jacks, detachable boom mics and deliver surround sound through wired connections to controller adapters. At $149, the XO Seven boasts a “premium finish,” on-ear cups with noise-isolating memory foam cushions, interchangeable speaker plates and a breakaway cable with an in-line mic for use with mobile devices. Liberating $99 from your wallet, however, will net you the more budget-friendly XO Four, which can also be used with devices outfitted with 3.5mm ports.
Bringing other platforms into the mix, Turtle Beach unveiled a trio of Call of Duty: Ghosts-branded headsets, but remained mum on pricing. The wireless Ear Force Phantom boasts dual-band WiFi, rechargeable batteries and compatibility with the Xbox 360, PS3 and mobile devices. The wired Spectre and Shadow are presumably less pricey, and play nice with PC and Mac as well. Sure, E3 may be a video game bonanza, but comic fans are getting some love with an Ear Force Seven headset embellished with Marvel branding, a red accent and swappable speaker covers with different characters.
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