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22-05-2017 Law & Disorder

There’s new evidence tying WCry ransomware worm to prolific hacking group

Enlarge (credit: Health Service Journal) Researchers have found more digital fingerprints tying this month's WCry ransomware worm to the same prolific hacking group that attacked Sony Pictures in 2014 and the Bangladesh Central Bank last year. Last week, a researcher at Google identified identical code found in a WCry sample from February and an early 2015 version of Contopee, a malicious backdoor used by Lazarus Group, a hacking team that has been operating since at...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

There’s new evidence tying WCry ransomware worm to prolific hacking group

22-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise

Enlarge / Not just any universe... a DARK one. (credit: Universal Studios) If you can't beat 'em, misunderstand 'em. That appears to be the logic coming from the programming wizards at Universal Studios. The film production company took the (mummy) wraps off its "Dark Universe" initiative on Monday, and its intent is clear: to "reboot" the company's old monster-movie franchises over the next few years with big-name actors, interconnecting plots, and a rising tide of evil—a tide...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise

22-05-2017 Cars Technica

Daimler begins construction on a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany

Enlarge / Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in a conversation with Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars) and others. (credit: Daimler) On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the site of a future lithium-ion battery factory in the eastern German town of Kamenz. The factory is being developed by Mercedes-Benz manufacturer Daimler, which will devote approximately €500 million (or $562 million) to churning out...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Daimler begins construction on a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany

22-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Lawbreakers dev: PC/console cross-platform play is “dumb”

Enlarge / All those Lawbreakers characters had better be playing on the same platform... After years of online gaming being strictly segregated by platform, recent months have seen a resurgence in the idea of playing with friends and rivals on different hardware. That includes some hesitant attempts by game makers to cross the PC/console barrier with cross-play between players using a mouse/keyboard and those using handheld controllers, even in first-person shooters. At least one...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Lawbreakers dev: PC/console cross-platform play is “dumb”

22-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Injustice 2 Review: Gods, monsters, and unholy beatings

Enlarge / Little touches like these, before and after fights, really give the game personality. (credit: NetherRealm Studios) There’s a lot going on in Injustice 2—maybe more than the game itself can keep track of, at times. But thanks to developer NetherRealm’s ongoing commitment to making the most accessible fighting games this side of Divekick, Injustice 2 is only occasionally overwhelming. That permissiveness begins with Injustice 2’s single-player campaign, which just might set a new...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Injustice 2 Review: Gods, monsters, and unholy beatings

22-05-2017 Technology Lab

North Korea’s latest launch heralds mass production of “cold launch” missiles

The launch of a Pukguksong-2 solid-fuel missile from a mobile launcher on May 21 may signal a new level of worries for the US, Japan, and South Korea. (credit: KCNA (North Korean state media)) On Sunday, the North Korean military conducted a second, successful test of the Pukguksong-2, a solid-fuel intermediate range ballistic missile based on a design derived from the country's submarine-launched ballistic missile. While this might seem like just more saber-rattling from Pyongyang's...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

North Korea’s latest launch heralds mass production of “cold launch” missiles

22-05-2017 Law & Disorder

Supreme Court makes it much harder for patent trolls to sue in East Texas

Historic Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, Texas. (credit: Joe Mullin) The US Supreme Court ruled (PDF) today on how to interpret the patent venue laws, and the controversial business of "patent trolling" may never be the same. In a unanimous decision, the justices held that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, has been using the wrong standard to decide where a patent lawsuit can be brought. Today's Supreme Court ruling in...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Supreme Court makes it much harder for patent trolls to sue in East Texas

22-05-2017 Cars Technica

2018 Audi SQ5: A danger to sports sedans or window dressing over good bones?

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2018 Audi SQ5: A danger to sports sedans or window dressing over good bones?

22-05-2017 Risk Assessment

“Yahoobleed” flaw leaked private e-mail attachments and credentials

Enlarge (credit: BenGrantham) For years, Yahoo Mail has exposed a wealth of private user data because it failed to update widely used image-processing software that contained critical vulnerabilities. That's according to a security researcher who warned that other popular services are also likely to be leaking sensitive subscriber secrets. Chris Evans, the researcher who discovered the vulnerabilities and reported them privately to Yahoo engineers, has dubbed them "Yahoobleed" because the vulnerabilities caused the site to...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

“Yahoobleed” flaw leaked private e-mail attachments and credentials

22-05-2017 The Multiverse

Twin Peaks is back and somehow as strange and beautiful as ever

Enlarge / Agent Dale Cooper is very much back. (credit: Suzanne Tenner / Showtime) Warning: This post contains some spoilers for Twin Peaks: The Return alongside references to details from the original series. “Is it future, or is it past?” -Mike (a benign spirit inhabiting a shoe salesman sitting in an extra-dimensional waiting room) It almost goes without saying that Twin Peaks felt like nothing else on TV back when it debuted on...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Twin Peaks is back and somehow as strange and beautiful as ever

22-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

2017’s “Board Game of the Year” shortlist is out—get playing!

Enlarge The shortlist for board game's biggest international award, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), has just been announced by the German critics' association that awards the prize. The main Spiel des Jahres award is currently reserved for lighter, family-style games, while the more complex Kennerspiel des Jahres honors deeper or more strategic games. The final decision will be made this summer, but for now, if you're looking for something new to...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

2017’s “Board Game of the Year” shortlist is out—get playing!

22-05-2017 The Multiverse

National Geographic series Year Million explores the future of humanity

Trailer for tonight's episode of Year Million. (video link) If you're interested in where science and technology might take humanity over the next million years, you might want to check out a new series from National Geographic called Year Million. Part science fiction, part speculative commentary, the show explores what could happen to humanity if we actually achieve some of today's scientific moonshots, like extreme longevity, human-equivalent AI, fully immersive VR, and space colonization. The...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

National Geographic series Year Million explores the future of humanity

22-05-2017 Law & Disorder

Senators ask FCC why reporter was “manhandled” after net neutrality vote

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Atypeek) Two Democratic senators have asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to explain why "FCC security personnel reportedly manhandled, threatened, and ejected" a journalist who was trying to ask questions after last week's net neutrality vote. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) sent a letter to Pai Friday, one day after CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly accused FCC guards of forcing him out of the building when he was...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Senators ask FCC why reporter was “manhandled” after net neutrality vote

22-05-2017 Cars Technica

Elon Musk says “hardware 2” Teslas will get better self-driving software in June

Enlarge (credit: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday night to let the world know that a revised version of the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot software would arrive on compatible cars next month. Excited about the Tesla Autopilot software release rolling out next month. New control algorithm feels as smooth as silk. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017 The release will be for the most recent versions of the...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Elon Musk says “hardware 2” Teslas will get better self-driving software in June