Hidden gems of the Steam Summer Sale: 10 delightful games under $10 Great games you haven't heard of
The temperature’s rising and the sun’s beating down outside, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for PC gamers to shutter themselves
inside and drool over the delectable discounts in Valve’s annual Steam Summer Sale. But with everything selling for rock-bottom prices, what should you buy?
We’ve already sifted through package deals to find
10 great game bundles that save you even more money, but one of the best parts of Steam Sales is trying new and unique games while the entry fees are low. In that spirit, here’s 10 hands-down great games selling for $10 or less during the Steam Summer Picnic Sale. We stayed away from aging blockbusters like Fallout New Vegas, Counter-Strike, and the older Batman games to shine a spotlight on games you might’ve glossed over. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:46:00 -0700
If Tim Burton made a robot, this would be it
With customers like the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps, Boston Dynamics doesn't go out of its way to build friendly-looking robots. But its newest creation, SpotMini, is even creepier than the others. It looks like some sort of dog/giraffe hybrid, but unlike either of those, it's definitely not cute.
SpotMini is a smaller version of the company's Spot robot. It weighs 55 lbs (65 lbs if you add the arm). Unlike its hydraulics-powered predecessors, SpotMini is all-electric, which makes it a lot quieter. According to Boston Dynamics, the robot can go for 90 minutes on one charge, depending on what it's doing.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:08:45 -0700 Here's how NASCAR is digitizing race day
When cars leave the starting line at Sonoma Raceway in California on Sunday for the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, they'll be taking part in the launch of a product designed to help NASCAR officials monitor and manage the 110-lap race.
New race management software that NASCAR is launching on Sunday is designed to give officials a single screen to watch where cars are on the racetrack, manage penalties and share information with racing teams about what's going on.
It arose from a partnership between NASCAR and Microsoft that started in 2014. It began with a mobile inspection app that let race officials see whether cars were in compliance with all the rules about how they have to be constructed.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:35:26 -0700 The Surface 3 is dead, as experts debate the future of low-end Windows tablets
Microsoft will stop manufacturing Surface 3 by the end of the year, which raises a big question: Will there be a Surface 4?
The company has declined to say whether a Surface 4 will ever be released. But Microsoft says it saw strong demand for the Surface 3 tablet PC, so releasing a successor seems like a no-brainer.
But the PC market is challenged. Upgrades have slowed down to
every five or six years, and tablet shipments—with the exception of 2-in-1s—are declining. PC makers are already releasing innovative products that could be viable options to a Surface 3 successor. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:07:00 -0700 C-Span Delivers on Sit-In, Even With Cameras Off With the help of Periscope, a live video streaming app, and Facebook Live, the cable network that covers Congress got its story. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:40:59 GMT YouTube Red Buys ‘Step Up,’ Its First Big-Budget TV Drama The move puts the streaming service in more direct competition with the likes of Netflix and traditional cable networks. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:45:13 GMT Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life? Surveys show that people generally believe autonomous vehicles should make an emergency decision for the greatest good — except if it might kill them. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:00:23 GMT Opinion: Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem Our world is increasingly shaped by biased algorithms that have been built with little oversight. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:33:06 GMT Security News This Week: Brexit Edition (Hey, at Least Bitcoin Is OK) Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. The post Security News This Week: Brexit Edition (Hey, at Least Bitcoin Is OK) appeared first on WIRED. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:33 +0000 This Is One Seriously Cool Garage-Door Opener. Seriously. The Ryobi Ultra-Quiet Garage Door Opener lets you add a Bluetooth speaker, some lasers, and a battery pack to its modular base unit. The post This Is One Seriously Cool Garage-Door Opener. Seriously. appeared first on WIRED. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:18:11 +0000 How the House Sit-In Went Down, From the People Who Made It Happen Members of Congress livestreamed nearly every minute of their historic 26-hour sit-in. This is how government works now. The post How the House Sit-In Went Down, From the People Who Made It Happen appeared first on WIRED. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:49:05 +0000 Brexit Could Make Space Boffins All Topsy Wopsy, Innit? Space transcends political boundaries, but access to it is still subject to the decisions made here on Earth. The post Brexit Could Make Space Boffins All Topsy Wopsy, Innit? appeared first on WIRED. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:03:23 +0000 Crashlands brings humor to an otherwise bleak survivalist game
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
Think of the movie
Castaway... but your sidekick is with a robot instead of a volleyball named Wilson... and you’re in space and not alone. That’s —maybe not so much like Crashlands Castaway, but it’s a humorous action-adventure role-playing game with a survivalist focus. Developed by Butterscotch Shenanigans, a team who finds themselves exceptionally funny (and are, for the most part), Crashlands tasks the player with surviving on an alien planet after your ship crashes. Your play a space delivery person, Flux, who has only her wits and her robotic companion (named Juicebox) to help her in a quest for survival. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:00 -0700 The Week in iPad Cases: Never leave your Apple Pencil behind with STM's latest case for the iPad Pro New iPad cases of the week
This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the STM Dux, a see-through case with a dedicated slot for your Apple Pencil. Plus, plenty of new keyboard cases for all iPad models. Read on!
Saddle Pro (all iPad models; $295 MSRP) is a briefcase-style bag with plenty of room for your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and accessories. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0700
Troll machine: All bad advice, all the time
John Dvorak is a perpetual troll machine that defies the laws of thermodynamics. Science is at a loss to explain it. Also, science asked how we got their number and could we please stop calling because they’re working on actual science and don’t have time to be props in the Macalope’s little jokes.
Which are different than Dvorak’s jokes.
“Apple Should Spin Off the Macintosh.” (Tip o’ the antlers to
A dumb idea whose time has come. Won’t you please give dumb a chance? This year when you vote, please vote dumb.
(That’s a joke. Please do
not vote dumb.)
I get suspicious over seemingly minor little changes.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0700 The week in Apple news: Discontinued Thunderbolt Display and non-Retina MacBook Pro, unencrypted iOS 10, and more Apple headlines for the week ending June 24, 2016
The biggest news story of the week was
Brexit, and yes, there’s an Apple angle here, mostly related to Apple’s stock, which, like many other companies, was down after the Brexit vote. We’ll see how Brexit affects Apple and tech in the long term. In the meantime, you can see this week’s top Apple-related headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:00:00 -0700
Why Are Hackers Increasingly Targeting the Healthcare Industry? Slashdot reader Orome1 shares an article by Bitdefender's senior "e-threat analyst," warning about an increasing number of attacks on healthcare providers:
In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identity theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient's medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks...and hackers are able to access this data via network-connected medical devices, now standard in high-tech hospitals. This is opening up new possibilities for attackers to breach a hospital or a pharmaceutical company's perimeter defenses.
If a device is connected to the internet and left vulnerable to attack, an attacker could remotely connect to it and use it as gateways for attacking network security... The majority of healthcare organizations have often been shown to fail basic security practices, such as disabling concurrent login to multiple devices, enforcing strong authentication and even isolating critical devices and medical data storing servers from a direct internet connection.
The article suggests the possibility of attackers tampering with the equipment that dispenses prescription medications, in which case "it is likely that future cyber-attacks could lead to the loss of human life." Read more of this story at Slashdot. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:00:00 -0700 Lenovo Warns Users To Upgrade Pre-Installed Tool With Severe Security Holes Long-time Slashdot reader itwbennett writes: Lenovo is advising users to upgrade to version 3.3.003 of Lenovo Solution Center (LSC), which includes fixes for two high-severity vulnerabilities in the tool. [The tool] allows users to check their system's virus and firewall status, update their Lenovo software, perform backups, check battery health, get registration and warranty information and run hardware tests. The CVE-2016-5249 vulnerability allows an attacker who already has control of a limited account on a PC to execute malicious code via the privileged LocalSystem account. And the CVE-2016-5248 vulnerability allows any local user to send a command to LSC.Services.SystemService in order to kill any other process on the system, privileged or not. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:00:00 -0700 Crypto Ransomware Attacks Have Jumped 500% In The Last Year Kaspersky Lab is reporting that the last year saw a 500% increase in the number of users who encountered crypto ransomware.
Trailrunner7 shares an article from On The Wire:
Data compiled by Kaspersky researchers from the company's cloud network shows that from April 2015 to March 2016, the volume of crypto ransomware encountered by users leapt from 131,111 to 718,536. That's a massive increase, especially considering the fact that ransomware is a somewhat mature threat. It didn't just burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. Kaspersky's researchers said the spike in crypto ransomware can be attributed to a small group of variants. "Looking at the malware groups that were active in the period covered by this report, it appears that a rather short list of suspects is responsible for most of the trouble caused by crypto-ransomware..."
It's difficult to overstate how much of an effect the emergence of ransomware has had on consumers, enterprises, and the security industry itself. The FBI has been warning users about crypto ransomware for some time now, and has consistently advised victims not to pay any ransoms. Security researchers have been publishing decryption tools for specific ransomware variants and law enforcement agencies have had some success in taking down ransomware gangs.
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