21 December 2014

Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs


21 December 2014

New Final Fantasy XV trailer shows off more crazy and weird road trip action

New Final Fantasy XV trailer shows off more crazy and weird road trip actionWe've got to be honest: we don't really know much about the plot of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, but we're irresistibly drawn to the idea of a road trip movie in a fantasy world. There's just nothing like pulling to the side of the road and piling out of the car to beat down a crew of dudes in armor and some massive land mammals. And as for the story, it is coming together a bit: the latest trailer for the upcoming RPG just came out of the Jump Festa 2015 Japanese convention, and it does fill in a few more gaps. And no, there's still no word on when this game will ship.


21 December 2014

Obama says Sony hack was not 'an act of war'

US President Barack Obama said that while his administration was planning a "proportionate" response, the hack of Sony was an act of "cyber vandalism" rather than warNorth Korea's alleged hack of Sony Pictures was not an act of war, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday, as Pyongyang threatened reprisals if targeted with sanctions. Obama's Republican critics have accused North Korea of waging "cyber warfare" by targeting Sony, urging the president to respond robustly to the crisis. Obama, however, said that while his administration was planning a "proportionate" response, the hack of Sony was an act of "cyber vandalism" rather than war. We take it very seriously," Obama told CNN.


21 December 2014

Samsung's super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy

Samsung's super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy


21 December 2014

Fox News channels go dark on Dish as contract talks stall

Fox News channels go dark on Dish as contract talks stallThe absence of those channels marks the third major blackout for Dish subscribers in recent months.>


21 December 2014

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.


21 December 2014

SNL's Serial spoof gets to the bottom of Santa Claus' secrets

SNL's Serial spoof gets to the bottom of Santa Claus' secretsIt's official: Saturday Night Live has spoofed a podcast, and, of course, it's none other than the hugely popular Serial. Fortunately, the skit is up there with some of the finest work to come out of this uneven season. Cecily Strong pulls off a pitch-perfect Sarah Koenig who's moved past true crime to answer some age-old mysteries about Santa Claus. The Christmas connection is probably the weakest link here, but did you ever think a podcast would be big enough to be parodied on SNL?


21 December 2014

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

FILE - This file photo taken Tuesday, May 13, 2014 shows a row of Google self-driving cars outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.


21 December 2014

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company. ...


21 December 2014

Gamer pleads guilty to making emergency call to report Grand Theft Auto shooting

Gamer pleads guilty to making emergency call to report Grand Theft Auto shootingAn allegedly "confused" gamer calls emergency services and says there's been a shooting at his house. He was actually describing the action in his "Grand Theft Auto" game.>


21 December 2014

Fox News and Fox Business go dark on Dish as negotiations stall

Fox News and Fox Business go dark on Dish as negotiations stallDish customers are in the midst of another channel blackout — hardly an unusual occurrence for the feisty satellite TV provider. This time it's Fox News Channel and Fox Business that are missing from your lineup. The two channels went dark last night as both sides, Dish and 21st Century Fox, failed to come to terms and renew their contract.


21 December 2014

Obama doesn't believe the Sony hack was an act of war

Obama doesn't believe the Sony hack was an act of war


21 December 2014

Mike Myers, as Dr. Evil, mocks Sony and North Korea on SNL

Mike Myers, as Dr. Evil, mocks Sony and North Korea on SNLBoth the corporation and the nation have given evil organizations a bad name, says the comically malevolent doctor.>


21 December 2014

The Sony hack: 9 more things you didn't know

The Sony hack: 9 more things you didn't knowIt was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Sony, and we learned even more as reporters sifted through a trove of stolen documents from the Hollywood studio.>


21 December 2014

China criticizes US and Sony Pictures, says The Interview is 'nothing to be proud of'

China criticizes US and Sony Pictures, says The Interview is 'nothing to be proud of'China has given its first hint of its stance on the Sony Pictures hack and The Interview, and Americans will likely be displeased. An editorial in The Global Times, a paper run by the state's Communist Party, largely sides with North Korea and strongly criticizes The Interview.


21 December 2014

Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNL

Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNLOf course SNL had to get a few digs in at the Sony hacks this week, and Mike Myers returned as Dr. Evil himself to do the digging. During the show's cold open, the old Austin Powers villain said that Sony, North Korea, and the GOP were all giving evil organizations a bad name. And over The Interview, of all things.


21 December 2014

Hands-on with the CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Plus: Carry cards while using Apple Pay

Hands-on with the CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Plus: Carry cards while using Apple PayEven with Apple Pay serving as your digital wallet, there remains the need for physical cards and that is where the Q Card Case comes in handy.


21 December 2014

Obama: Sony Pictures hack was not an 'act of war'

Obama: Sony Pictures hack was not an 'act of war'President Obama has stopped short of characterizing the Sony Pictures hack as an act of war by North Korea. In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley that aired early Sunday, the president described the attack as a "very costly, very expensive" act of cybervandalism. However, he did reiterate that the US will respond proportionally to the attack, and is currently reviewing whether or not to put the communist country back on our list state sponsors of terrorism.


21 December 2014

U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm, said its researchers last week found a corrupted JavaScript file that is being used to host content on "gov.af" websites, and there are no antivirus protections available for the malware. ...


21 December 2014

The peculiar star of the Sony hack: Email

The peculiar star of the Sony hack: EmailThe massive hack has raised questions about First Amendment rights, privacy and cyberwarfare. But there's a subtler issue at play when we look at all the news stories that have come from hacked inboxes: Why do we put this stuff in email?>