Mars Curiosity Rover Exits Safe Mode, Is Now Fully Operational

Mars CuriosityA memory glitch forced the Mars Curiosity Rover to halt its expedition of Mars and enter safe mode on a backup computer, causing gasps and “oh nos” everywhere. Don’t worry, NASA is reporting that they’ve successfully brought the Curiosity rover out of safe mode and filling out the needed tests to make sure the system can withstand all the perils that come form traveling on Mars. Once that’s over with, the Curiosity rover will continue its adventure in the next few days.

Via: Jet Propulsion Lab 

Samsung Galaxy S IV Specs Possibly Got Leaked On Twitter

gsiv-evleaksA reliable Twitter account for leaks, @evleaks, has posted what is a proposed design of the Galaxy S IV set to be announced on March 14th at a press event in NYC (which I’ll be attending). What’s more interesting are the purported specs: a crsip and clear Super AMOLED Full HD screen of unknown size, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.2 as the operating system. While the design is mostly not what we’d come to expect, the specs seem pretty realistic — we’ll know for sure on the 14th, of course.

Via: @evleaks

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flags Coming October For PC And Current + Next-Gen Consoles

AC4: Black FlagsThe Assassin’s Creed franchise has struck again, this time with pirates in the Caribbean. After the end of the half-British, half-Native American assassin Connor in the previous game, AC4 will take the player on an open-world naval warfare adventure with a new assassin, named Edward Kenway of The Caribbean. Kenway’s the captain of a pirate vessel known as “The Jackdaw”, and besides having a crew, he can explore the islands, including underwater expeditions where you’d come across sharks looking for booty. And rather being Desmond Miles, you are a Templar, running through your memories in the Animus, attempting to uncover the past.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flags is coming out this October on PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, and Microsoft’s next-gen console. Premier video after the break!

Evernote Was Hacked, Encrypted Passwords Stolen, So You’re Safe

EvernoteNext time you log in to Evernote, you’ll have to reset your password. A hack on the 28th of February successfully breached all forms of security, including your emails, usernames, and encrypted passwords — except personal information. So, it’s time to reset; thankfully the passwords were encrypted, thus rendered nearly useless.

From Evernote:

Evernote’s Operations & Security team has discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network that appears to have been a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service.

In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed.

The investigation has shown, however, that the individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords. Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption. (In technical terms, they are hashed and salted.)

One day, another hack. Via: Evernote

The Most And Least Repairable Tablets, According To iFixit

iFixit Repairability With all of the tablets available, some of the more investigative users want to know just what’s inside, and if repairs are possible, like on laptops and desktops. Well, iFixit has created a list of repairability that ranks most recent tablets. So with that aside, it’s interesting to learn that the Microsoft Surface has the worst score rating, at just 1 point, with the iPad 4 following at a mediocre  score of 2 — both received such low scores due to their use of adhesives.

But, there are other tablets that made the cut, like the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD.  Check out the full list at the source link.

Via: iFixit

Sony Will Stream 4K Movies On The PS4 At 100GB Of Bandwidth

PS4-DualShock-4By the time the PS4 is ready for launch this holiday season, Sony will have a catalog of 4K movies available for streaming to the console. The only grimy part of this dream is that the average 4K movie is around 100GB of bandwidth, which would require not only a fast but reliable internet connection to make full use of. In fact, Sony is so sure that everything will line up perfectly for this happen, that Sony President and COO Phil Molyneux promised that we “will not be disappointed.”

Via: Verge

Ubisoft Announces Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

It’s coming: the next Assassin’s Creed is based off of pirates — who knows where — and the assassin’s. One thing for sure however, is that the assassin in this particular game is loud: equipped with four guns, no flowing robes, a large Assassin’s belt, and a hidden blade that is not hidden.

All wraps will come off on Monday, March 4th with a premier trailer, but in the meantime, stare at the box art, courtesy of Ubisoft’s offices.


T-Mobile’s US Operations Take A Fall While Merging With Metro PCS

t-mobileWith the merger of T-Mobile USA to MetroPCS, there’s a slight drop in revenue: down to $4.9 billion from $5.2 billion last year, while income was down a whopping 25.1 percent to $1.05 billion year-over-year. Meanwhile the company lost 515,000 branded contract customers compared to 492,000 last quarter, representing a ‘churn’ rate of 2.5%, which is only a slight improvement. As for more miserable news: T-Mobile made $424 million less than in 2011 ($4.9 billion), while showing a total loss of $6.4 billion thanks to depreciation and impairment charges.

That merger with Metro PCS in April can’t come sooner enough, it seems.

Via: T-Mobile