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News Roundup for 3/1/2017

YouTube Cable Service? – YouTube TV

(Via The Verge)

Well, not cable, but it includes cable networks.

When I first saw the headline, “YouTube launches its own streaming TV service” I didn’t think much of it. Then I read on a little bit. $35 gets you the four major networks, (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and 35 cable channels. – That caught my attention.

The price includes 6 accounts, similar to how Netflix has profiles.

Evidently there are going to be some gaps in channel availability due to various broadcasting agreements not being in place, but it’s progress. It also sounds like the programming will be available on demand, no worrying about watching at a particular time. Hmmmm….

Check the service out here.

Xbox Game Pass – Library of games available to play

(via Gamespot and xbox.com)

Scheduled to launch in Spring of 2017, it’s going to be similar to a Netflix Streaming subscription in so far as you can play whatever games are available on the service, all you can eat, with new game being added and removed monthly. Right now it’s expected to be $9.99 / month.

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I would go for it, unless possibly it included the Live subscription as well. The FAQ on the Xbox site says that you don’t need a Xbox Live membership to subscribe to the service, but not playing online removes a lot of the fun of games.

In my house, we buy a game, and go nuts playing it until we get tired of it. With Xbox live Gold membership, we get 2 games a month, and we don’t even play most of those. Unless it’s a title that we desperately want, we wait for sales to buy games.

I’m sure that this will be a popular service though, just not for me.

Amazon’s S3 service has problems Tuesday – Chaos ensues

(via CNET and personal experience)

The amount of chaos that ensued I’m sure varied from person to person and company to company. I noticed it when Amazon Music Unlimited stopped working. Of course, the ironic part of this is that the web site Is it Down right now? runs on Amazon’s S3 service, and of course was down as well.

I can’t blame Amazon, I can count the number of outages I’ve experienced from them on one hand, but this still outlines the issues with sending your infrastructure to the cloud. As a community member in this thread mentioned, ” I prefer a crew of Amazon or Google engineers working on a solution to my outage rather than me”. I don’t necessarily echo the sentiment, I would still be clicking refresh over and over, but I can see his point.

Travelers renewed for Season 2!

Netflix’s Travelers is a very interesting twist on time travel, and I really enjoyed season 1. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that Season 1 ended with a total pile up of plot lines, and we really didn’t know what was going on.

Being a sci-fi fan, I was worried about that we would experience  the worst case scenario. You know what I’m talking about. You watch a great show, and it ends with a cliffhanger, and then never gets renewed again. The horror!

Well, good news my friends, according to Deadline, Traveler’s was renewed for Season 2!

The creator and writer, Brad Wright, is going to be at the helm for this season as well, which is great news.

Will Smith, Orcs, and super weapons!?!? Netflix Bright coming in December

 

Do I really have to say much more to get you interested? The trailer starts out looking like a typical LA Cop movie or TV show, that is until you realize the guy with the shotgun isn’t wearing a mask. Then what’s going on with the two girls? Why is Will Smith holding a sword? Check it out yourself in the trailer below.

 

According to this Engadget article, this $90 Million movie is going to feature Will Smith in a world where humans and fantasy creates live side by side.

The only bad news I have for you is that it isn’t coming out until December 2017. I’m really looking forward to seeing some more trailers.

You can get news by following @BrightNetflix on Twitter

BBC gives some insight into the Cybercrime Underground

The BBC has an interesting article titled “A Guided tour of the Cybercrime underground”, which gives a bit of a rundown on how the attempts to get money from regular users has evolved into the ransomware we have today. As well as the role bitcoin has in it.

I’ve had to deal with the earlier attempts that the article mentions, the fake anti-virus scam and the warnings that child porn was found on your computer and the FBI was coming, unfounded warnings of course.

These days we have ransomware variants all over the place, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a new ransomware variant. That is illustrated in this article on Softpedia which reveals a fifth of spam emails sent in 2016 had ransomware included.

News Roundup for 9/23/16

500 million Yahoo Accounts Breached

USA Today reports that the accounts were stolen in 2014, and security researchers have been hearing rumblings of a hacker trying to see them since about August.

In an article from Business Wire, Yahoo believes it was a state actor that did it.

Of course, the scary thing here is that many users use the same passwords for everything, and although the passwords stolen were hashed, we all know that won’t last forever. Of course, Security Questions and Dates of Birth were also stolen, combine that with the other information, and you can see why this is so big of a worry.

Google Allo

I’m a bit confused on why Google spent time on Allo, sure, a the smart assistant seems pretty sweet, but why not put that into “OK Google” instead of a proprietary messaging app. Is there really a need for another messaging app? The reviews aren’t terribly good,

Snowden says that it’s a honeypot for US surveillance Efforts

The Verge Review says it’s “fine”.

Gigabit Speed for Rural users using Power infrastructure?

AirGig – Uses Power lines for 1G data. Not how you think though. They put a wireless device on top of the powerline.

ArsTechnica says that it’s very experimental. AT&T says it’s not even on their technology roadmap yet. The antennas are inexpensive though, and it would be a huge boost for rural areas who are historically underserved.

News update–2016-08-08

I have the nastiest habit of finding tidbits, then writing a little blurb about them, and never ever posting them. You see, the idea is to make it a regular feature of the site, I mean, we can’t all read every bit of news, right?

These are still pretty good, although they were from early July.

Federal Government releases their strategies to recruit new CyberSecurity talent (Link to FedScoop)

“The government has hired 3,000 people for cyber security jobs in the first half of the current fiscal year”, and plan on hiring 3,500 more before year end.

There’s even a Scholarship for Service (SFS) program called CyberCorps offering scholarships, and stipends, funded through the National Science Foundation.

After graduation you have to work for a Government Agency, or if approved, a State, Local, Tribal or Territorial Government, or a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, in a position related to cybersecurity. You have to work for them for a period equal to the length of the scholarship, with each academic year equaling one calendar year.

Intel is planning on selling “Intel Security” (formerly McAfee). (Link to Knowbe4.com)

Evidently Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, thinks that antivirus is crap. He’s not the first to say so, with so many new variants of malware popping up, AV companies are having a hell of a time keeping their signatures up to date.

Court Rules that Microsoft can’t be forced to turn over emails stored abroad. (Link to The Guardian)

Will companies move emails all around the world? Does this set the stage for a neutral country to set up some sort of data service?

Fallout 4 Release Day Eve News

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning, and checked your preload status for Fallout 4, just to make sure you would be ready to go. Next stop? News of course! Today (Monday 11/9/15) is the day that reviewers are allowed to post their impressions of the title.

This weekend I dropped the $120 (2 copies at $60 each) on Fallout 4 this weekend just so I would be pre-loaded. Both my wife and I play, and I have to ashamedly admit, she’s going to play it a whole lot more than I will. That doesn’t mean I’m not still pumped about it though!

Reading this review on the Verge, which is very positive on the gameplay and the world of Fallout 4, “what Fallout 4 adds to the world is heart”, stating that for the first time they cared about their character.

What scared me there was that “the game also features the series’ infamous technical problems, with frustrating glitches and bugs that often pull you out of the experience at best, and at worst, lose hard-won progress”

The bugs they point out sound primarily related to NPC’s being difficult, characters talking over each other, blocking doors, with one case mentioned of loading a game and not being able to move.

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This PC World Review isn’t quite as glowing. While the Verge liked that the game had the same feel as Fallout 3, Hayden Dingman from PC World didn’t enjoy that part of the game. He goes on to say that the world is huge, but that most of the locations aren’t worth exploring, and it can feel pretty monotonous.

One of the new features I’m looking forward to is the crafting. When I saw the system on the E3 release video, I immediately became excited about the idea of customizing the weapons. Dingman doesn’t care much for it, and says that he ended up using the same weapons and armor most of the game.

He also points out a number of bugs / glitches, many with the NPCs. I guess that shouldn’t come as any surprise, being familiar with the other Fallout Games.

News Roundup Episode #3

Spiceworks is adding an App Center

Ken Hess at ZDNet wrote “It’s unanimous: The Spiceworks App Center is a hit“.

You can see the home page at the Spiceworks App Center Page.

I use Spiceworks, but it’s one of those applications where there is so much that it can do, I feel like I’m only scratching the surface. With the introduction of the App Center, many people will be able to develop extensions, apps, that integrate into Spiceworks. It has the potential to be glorious!

Windows 9 gets unveiled tomorrow?!

I have absolutely not been following the developments around Windows 9. I read “Why Microsoft’s engineering changes will be the real Windows 9 (Threshold) story” by Mary Jo Foley, and it learned about the release. The changes they have made to testing user acceptance and utilization of new features is pretty interesting. So long as they can pull it off, I’m really looking forward to the “closer to one month” milestone updates, rather than 3 – 6 months as it is now.

More Space for OneDrive Users

This is pretty old news, but I hadn’t seen it yet. Brand new one drive accounts now come with 15Gb of Storage (previously 7GB). If you have a Office 365 home / personal / university subscription, you have 1TB (previously 20GB). Existing accounts should see the additional storage.

Criolock says it’s cryptolocker – the prevalence of Crypto-Ransomware

Now we have malware masquerading as other malware? Pretty interesting behavior.

Home Depot didn’t invest in Security – Lesson for other businesses?

Might be good to keep handy if you need to justify some security spending at your place of work.

News Roundup Episode #2

OneDrive now Supports files up to 10G

Yea, 10G. I’m a huge fan of OneDrive, and I’ll be honest, the file size limit hasn’t been an issue for me. There was one time I was trying to share a big video file, but besides that, no issues.

You can read more here on the Microsoft OneNote Blog.

Of course, this isn’t close to the 5TB file size supported in Google Drive. Still, it works for me.

Also, if you’re an IOS user, a new account gets you 30Gb of free storage.

OneNote Supports writing on Android

I am soooo late on this one. I noticed it quite awhile ago after an update. This was probably the one thing that I most wished OneNote would add, and they did. Writing can just be so much faster than trying to type. Now I just have to work on my handwriting so I can read it.

Here’s the Office Blog post for that one.

Z Nation Ratings

The first episode of Z Nation got 1.6 Million viewers, according to Zap2it. Although I’ve seen a number of show where there is a steep decline in viewership after the first episode.

I found it interesting that the show was Syfy’s “most socially acquired scripted series premiere ever across all social metrics”. Evidently, it was “#4 in the number of tweets in both broadcast and cable”.