In a display of both authority and maintaining public image (as well as upholding the law, ironically), the NYPD has arrested the artist responsible for several posters around New York City illustrating the NYPD taking out New Yorkers using a UAV Predator drone, weapons-free and projectile inbound. Since his arrest, the artist has been identified as Essam Attia, and he used fake uniforms and a fake Van Wagner maintenance van to appear as if the crews pinning up the posters were actually working for the city. Crafty indeed, yet dangerous with high implications? Yes.
What really makes this story interesting is that the posters were a response to the NYPD’s increased surveillance arsenal: officers can now create fake social networking profiles to track down potential targets. Ironically, the NYPD last Wednesday successfully tracked down and arrested the 29-year-old art school vandal, who identified himself in the video as a former “geo-spatial analyst” serving US military operations in Iraq. He is currently being charged with Attia now faces 56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and grand larceny possession of stolen property, as well as an unlicensed weapon.
Long live the NYPD and surveillance technology?
In San Diego International Airport, with the help of Adobe Premier, Cy Kuckenbaker took five hours of plane landings on Black Friday and condensed them down into just thirty seconds using composite and timelapse techniques — creating an amazing display of technology and traffic into a rich HD video. Like, this is really cool.
That’s the traditional price point for an unlocked white or black, 16GB iPhone 5 on a GSM carrier like AT&T, or similar networks overseas. It is expensive after all, and a similarly unlocked smartphone called the Nexus 4 by Google is available unlocked for a much more moderate $349, but lacks the LTE. Both devices have their pros and cons, with each leaning towards different advantages that make one more appealing than the other. Either way, unlocked smartphones are more expensive in this day and age than their carrier subsidized variants, so get used to it.
Today, Microsoft gave the Surface Pro, a Windows 8 tablet that is more powerful than the Surface RT, a release date and price. Starting from $899 and up, the Surface Pro will get you 1080p HD display, Windows 8 Pro, approximately half the battery life of the RT model, and of course the ability to run legacy (meaning literally every Windows app), something the RT version can’t do because its kernel is based off of AMD architecture. Other than all of that, it’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and will launch in January of next year, with no specific date mentioned — yet.
The full price range is as follows: a 64GB model will cost $899, while a 128GB edition will be available for $999. The tablet includes a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, which can drive a screen of up to 2560 x 1440 resolution, and always comes bundled with a Surface Pen.
That is not a comfortable position to be in at all. About 100 email addresses have been outed by hackers who attached the International Atomic Energy Agency. But it may not be too bad, as it’s outdated information, as the IAEA claimed the addresses were “stolen from an old server that was shut down some time ago.”
As for the identity of the aggressors? A hacker group known as Parastoo has claimed responsibility for the intrusion and released the full list of email addresses via Pastebin, expressing their purpose of the breach was to shed light on Israel’s nuclear weapons program(s). Keep in mind Israel has kept their atomic arsenal under wraps, with some wondering if it exists simply as a trump card bluff. The IAEA is continuing to investigate and patch their systems.
Just in case you’re on-the-run like the characters of Nikita, making a big file transfer via email could be rather useful. Using existing infrastructure, Google has managed to expand the limit for attachments in Gmail to a sound 10GB. To utilize the new feature, just go ahead and click the Google Drive icon instead of the useful paperclip representing attachments and you;ll be on your way — this new method is about 400 times larger than the original 25MB limit. Talk about progress!
Via: Gmail Blog
So, there’s improvement on the Microsoft front! Windows 8, despite being an awkward transition that caught many consumers by surprise, has started to pick up upgrade users. In fact, according to Tami Reller, the Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer, 40 million licences of Windows 8 have been sold to date; she revealed the figure during a speech at Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. These sales were purportedly achieved during the first few days of availability, back in October. This comes after initial reports that MSFT was displeased with early sales. Perhaps that is no longer the case?
Via: Windows Team Blog
There goes you anonymity when reviewing apps on the Google Play Store. Google has linked those reviews to the Google Account closet Google+ account, so all of you info is made visible and public. So if you’re into damning reviews, get them done soon, and hope that they live up to your name.
Via: Google Play Store
Apparently, the popularity on Earth for Galaxy Note II handsets produced by Korean technology giant Samsung is at an all time high. 5 million units have been sold worldwide Having had the chance to review an Galaxy Note II, we can understand why it’s been a moderate success. With five million out the door, and more every hour, it’s no doubt large devices are here to stay.
Via: Samsung Korea
It’s glossy black and red! It’s one of MadCatz’s latest additions to their elite PC gaming division. The R.A.T. 9 is still the same hardware I loved before in a well-documented review, but now it comes in a few striking colors, like full red, white, black, and this special black and red edition, with silver accents. It’s awesome, still costs $150 when purchased from MadCatz directly, but still is wireless, has great battery life, and an astounding 6400dpi sensor, with variable weight system, precision mode, and different profile settings. The only thing not as good about this particular R.A.T. 9 is that because of its glossy finish, it’s slightly more fingerprint prone, but considering this is a gaming mouse, you’re supposed to touch it for extended periods of time, and also to maintain its beauty, it’s acceptable.
R.A.T. 9 In Black/Red Gallery
And I have to say, it makes a great (albeit pricey stocking stuffer).Go ahead and touch it; this R.A.T. is still clean and awesome.
Price as Reviewed: $149.99 at MadCatz USA