Just as quickly as Anonymous Red Cult created the growing “Cyber Brain Reborn” group page, the social media giant bowed to pressure from hundreds of Anons who protested the take down of the most popular Anonymous page. As the Anonymous operation, #OpISIS, was hitting full swing, Facebook decided to shut down the main Anonymous group page belonging to the team hacking the living hell out of ISIS.
Earlier this month, we brought you the story of the big-ass alligator that took over a Florida golf course.
Now that same course has shared another run-in with a gargantuan gator, this time showing the circle of life at work right there on the links.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a unique view of the vivid Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which lit up the night sky around the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday and Wednesday
The result of a rare, severe geomagnetic storm that fortunately did not endanger ISS crew members or affect the station’s navigation systems, the Aurora was visible as far south as Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
NASA astronauts captured the first night of the spectacular Aurora displays, and shared these otherworldly images via Twitter:
Are you suffering from garage fever, biker dudes? Itching to hit the open road on a throaty American-made motorcycle, hug the curves, catch some scenery, feel the horsepower?
Subzero temperatures and record snowfall have made that impossible in most of the country this endless winter. What’s a gearhead to do, except wait for the thaw?
That’s where virtual reality steps in, with executives from Minnesota-based Victory Motorcycles hatching a promotion that uses Oculus Rift to give motorcycle enthusiasts a trip to Sturgis without leaving a trade show floor.
The simulated ride through the Badlands comes complete with 3D, 360-degree images of Needles Highway, a famous stretch of desert road in South Dakota, throttle control, sound effects and a “tactile transducer” to recreate the vibrations of a speeding bike.
The project, produced by digital agency space150, means to put butts on seats at high-traffic trade shows, which executives say is one of the best ways to move product. It rolled out at the recent Chicago International Motorcycle Show and will repeat, with additions and tweaks, at future events. It may also become part of a museum exhibit in New York.
Young sports stars: Ugh, they’re all egomaniacs who start spending lavishly once they begin raking in that big-league cash, right?
Wrong — at least in the case of one millionaire top Major League Baseball prospect named Daniel Norris.
Norris is 21 years old. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him picked him in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and gave him a $2 million signing bonus. So he probably lives in some swanky condo while working his way up to bigs right? Wrong again.
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program, embedding Spyware in factory Hard Drives
(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan,Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0)
The days of carriers locking down devices to keep customers in place are officially dead.
Starting Wednesday, all US carriers must comply with requests from postpaid and prepaid customers to unlock their devices, as long as certain parameters are met. The rules officially came down in 2013 and the industry group CTIA committed last year to have all wireless carriers adhering to the regulation by February 11, 2015.
The debate over phone unlocking has come a long way in just a few short years. Unlocking a phone allows owners to put the device on whatever carrier network they choose. For years, carriers have locked down devices, allowing them only to connect to their own networks. The move was designed to keep customers close and not see them stray to other carriers.
“We are pleased the FCC acknowledged the participating wireless carriers met the deadlines to unlock their customers’ devices per the Consumer Code for Wireless Service,” said Scott Bergmann, the CTIA’s vice president for regulatory affairs, in a statement. “We also remind consumers than an unlocked device does not necessarily mean an interoperable one since different carriers use different technologies and spectrum bands.”