A tenacious and talented Halo fan has spent three-and-a-half years building The Pillar of Autumn ship from Halo using Lego.
Lee Jones is the individual in question who’s also responsible for other Lego creations such as Neo’s battle with Agent Smith from The Matrix and more.
Apple has updated the app-store so that the install button no longer says “free” on apps with microtransactions.
Polygon reports the App Store now says “get” instead of “free” in the space on the install button where a price is displayed on premium apps.
Continue reading Apple joins Google in removing “free” label from games with in-app purchases (Read Below).
HBO Go is one of the apps eventually landing on Xbox One, and according to images which appeared online this week, the app is currently in beta. Time to binge on Game of Thrones!
A link to a OneDrive album posted on Reddit appeared yesterday, complete with screencaps of the app running on Xbox One.
Continue reading Looks like the HBO Go app is currently being tested on Xbox One – report (Read Below).
The appeal of a contactless payment card is obvious: you just wave your credit or debit card over a terminal and you’ve paid. But it also removes the PIN from the equation, meaning it’s easy for someone to steal and use your card. To combat this, but to also keep contactless payments a breeze, MasterCard has just announced the first credit card with a built-in fingerprint sensor for biometric security.
When making a contactless purchase the card owner simply needs to ensure their thumb is placed on the biometric sensor during the transaction. If the pre-approved thumbprint stored on the card isn’t detected, the contactless or chip-enabled purchase won’t be processed-it’s that simple.
Continue reading MasterCard Will Offer A Credit Card With A Fingerprint Sensor (Read Below).
There’s a reason you’re not supposed to use same password for all of your accounts, Large-scale data breaches are all too common. But in case you still refuse to abide by logic and reason (and many of us do), Facebook now uses those stolen-passwords-made-public to tell you what an idiot your being. And to keep you safe.
Basically, Facebook is taking advantage of the fact that hackers will often post their stolen cache of data on sites like Pastebin for all the world to see. So whenever a hoard of usernames and passwords leak from other sites, Facebook goes in, swipes the stolen credentials, and checks it against its own user database. Should it find two sets that match, the user will find something like this alarming little notification upon his or her next login:
But don’t worry-this doesn’t necessarily mean that Face knows what your actual password is. As the company explained in today’s blog post:
This is a completely automated process that doesn’t require us to know or store your actual Facebook password in an unhashed form. In other words, no one here has your plain text password. To check for matches, we take the email address and password and run them through the same code that we use to check your password at login time.
Instead of comparing two sets of plain-text passwords and usernames, Facebook is comparing their encrypted counterparts. So while that does let them figure out whether or not user credentials leaked from another site matched your own, they still don’t know what those user credentials actually are.
Of course, you shouldn’t be using the same password across multiple accounts in the first place. And two-factor authentication is almost always the best preemptive defense you can take. Still, if the worst does happen, and your password for every account you’ve had since middle school does end up on the big, wide internet, at least it’s being used for some good.
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Source: Tech Crunch.
When apps are accused of shady behavior, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that’s been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper’s not so anonymous.
Zdziarski just published his preliminary findings on Whisper, and they are not encouraging to anybody who’s used the app with the hope of concealing their identity. Actually, based on the back end, he found that Whisper doesn’t even seem like it’s well-intentioned. And if you’re going to listen to anybody about this sort of thing, Zdziarski is a good bet. The security researcher says that he “frequently trains many federal and state law enforcement agencies in digital forensic techniques and assists law enforcement and the military in high profile cases.” He’s also written books about iPhone hacking.
Continue reading IOS Expert: Don’t Use Whisper If You Want To Remain Anonymous (Read Below).
Single-serving tumblrs tend to fizzle out and die before their first day is even up, but First Drafts of History might actually have some staying power. Because when it comes to hunting down the more delightfully bizarre of Wikipedia’s first entries, there’s enough material to last a lifetime.
Continue reading The Very First Wikipedia Entries For 19 Tech Icons (Read Below).
Tumblr just launched a weirdly bare-bones app for Apple’s new OS X Yosemite. If you have a Mac and you download it, you’ll be able to post to Tumblr from elsewhere on the web using a “Share” button.
The other thing it does: You can also use it to turn your computer into a Tumblr-only zone. “You can even make it full screen, so that your computer displays 0% non-Tumblr content,” the app description reads. That seems like overkill, but OK, I can admire their confidence that people will actually want to filter their entire browsing experience through Tumblr.
Continue reading Tumblr’s OS X App Is A Full Screen Of Tumblr Because Nothing Else Matters (Read Below).
You can’t buy Bose products from Apple’s online store anymore. And if earlier reports are true, soon you won’t even be able to wink at a Bose product in an Apple Store, because Apple plans to scrub every trace of Bose from its vaunted retail chambers.
I don’t know what they’d do to you if you brought your own personal Bose product into an Apple Store but they would probably not greet you as warmly as they would if you came in toting Beats By Dre. Because Apple owns Beats, and that’s what this is all about.
Continue reading Apple Just Banished Bose From Its Online Store (Read Below).
The folks over at iFixit have done their usual job of tearing exciting new bits of technology to pieces, this time with the new Retina iMac as their unlucky victim. Conclusion: apart from that pretty new screen, everything’s more or less the same.
Overall, they found that once you take a scalpel to the edge of the display, you find the same SSD, logic board and memory units hiding under the hood. Of course, as Apple pointed out last night, the processor, GPU and display controller are all new, so that the internals don’t shudder to a halt under the processing load of that 5K display.
Continue reading Retina IMac Teardown: New Face, Same Guts (Read Below).