North Korea Blames The U.S. For Its Internet Outage, Makes Racist Remarks

the-interviewIn blaming Washington for its internet access woes, one of Pyongyang’s unidentified spokespersons also had the chagrin to make rascist remarks towards the POTUS: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”

Meanwhile, via the republic’s official news network, KCNA, North Korea the following statement:

The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic.

In the stereptpyical language of avid gamers, “u mad bro?”. On the flipside, the movie that ignitied this debacle, The Interview, scored $1 million in earnings on Christmas Day alone.

What a tale.

ViaReuters, Associated Press

Xbox Live And PlayStation Network Are Both Down Due To Attacks

ps4-xbox-oneThe infamous hacking group, Lizard Squad, have claimed responsiblity on Twitter for bringing down both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on the 25th of December, Christmas Day. While the dilemma at hand is obivous, the reasoning for the attacks by the Lizard Squad isn’t clear at all — unless of course, it was all for trolling.

Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft have acknowldeged the issues and are continuing to investigate and attempt to remedy their networks.

This is a developing situation.

Via: VentureBeatPlayStation (Twitter), & Lizard Squad (Twitter)

HP Subtlety Adds The Chromebook 14 Touch To Its Catalog

c04404362The HP Chromebook 14 Touch is probably the comapny’s most intriguing Chrome OS laptop, with a 14-inch FHD WLED backlit touchscreen at a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

With 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, and NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor and Kepler GPU to do the pixel pushing, one would expect a high(er) price.

Well, in terms of Chromebooks that is the case: it’s $440.


Chromebooks Will Get The “OK Google” Voice Search Touch

Screenshot 2014-12-19 at 3.24.31 PM - Display 1Google have the “OK Google” command ready on more than just its online search engine, watches, Glass, phones, tablets, and cars — soon Chromebooks will be added to the list. Users will be able to say “OK, Google”, to activate voice search on the notebook, as long as the screen is on and the system is unlocked. Currently available on the developer preview channel, this feature will make its way to stable channel and become final.

ViaFrançois Beaufort (G+)

Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion

instagramWhen Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, the tech industry was astounded. Circa December of 2014, and Citigroup has reevaluated Instagram, stating that it’s worth $35 billion. The increased value is thanks to the social media company announcing last week that it reached 300 million users.

Furthermore, Citigroup expects that Instagram could eventually contribute $2 billion to Facebook — if the network was fully optimzed for creating profits.

Via: TC, Tech Investor News

Mars Rover Curiosity Comes Across Methane, But No Distinct Proof Of Life

14-330a_0Methane. A chemical that results from decay of organice matter, was read by the Mars Curiosity Rover. Measured in the atmosphere around the rover, along with organic molecules in a rock-powder sample via drill, has been the best evidence for life on Mars. Back in 2013, the methane recorded in the atmosphere were was too low to support living microbes — 1.3 parts per billion. However, recording over 20 months show that the amount varies, and that on average, 7 parts per billion of methane exists on the red planet.

Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan and a member of the Curiosity rover science team, has this to say about the new results, “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized source,” and that, “There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock.”

Furthermore, Curiosity found organic materials in the rock-powder sample, however skepticism remains, as the organic material could have been delivered by metoreitites.

Time (and science) will tell. Via: NASA

Moto 360 Review: The Best First Attempt At A Smartwatch

20141207_141743The Moto 360 is is an extremely unique sort of gadget, but for unusual reasons. Sporting a circular design, the Moto 360 is designed to be a true watch — not a gadget. Its covert styling and stainless steel casing, available in black or silver, is appropriate for a business affair, or a rave. That being said, is it worth the price of a new on-contract smartphone, so you can look cool at the office or in the club? Let’s enterain that idea (and many others), in the review after the break

Researchers In Italy Illustrate The Most Detailed Nerve Endings

1412_snaptag_1By applying a decade-old technique known as SNAP-tagging, the lab at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Italy developed a new technique to illustrate nerves, touch receptors, and hair follicles — all seen as vibrant fluorescent colors, looking more like n art piece than cutting-edge microscopy.

Scientist Paul Heppenstall is marveled at the detail accomplished by the new technology, speaking of the lead image above, which is of nerve endings below the skin: “It’s shocking the first time you see it,” he says. “Normally you’d just see the big fat one without any idea that all these other fibres are there. That was a stunning example.”