Google’s Acquisition Of SlickLogin Could Mean Even Bigger Things For The Death Of Passwords

slicklogin-tech-crunch-startup-logosOr rather, the reincarnation of passwords. It doesn’t take a security expert to see the flaws the exist in traditional passwords: they need to be remembered, can easily be stolen or cracked, and generally multiple variations or complete unique passwords need to be made to manage an individual’s social, financial, or business accounts.

That’s where the team of SlickLogin was trying to make big changes: by emitting an almost-inaudible tone from a computer when logging-in, a user would hold their smartphone to the speaker, hear the tone, and send the credentials to the requested form or app.

This way, 2-step authentication via a code sent to your phone via text is obsolete, and the use of your private credentials to log-in somewhere requires your very presence, and your trusty smartphone.

The details of the acquisition (i.e. how much, why, what’s going on) haven’t truly been revealed by either company, but at the very least, Google is continuing its journey in finding out new ways of protecting information, as their researchers have done in the past.

Via: SlickLogin, TechCrunch

Titanfall Becomes An Open Beta On PC And Xbox One

TitanfallRevealWell, after some Microsoft Azure server maintenance which took the Titanfall beta servers offline for a while, developer Respawn Entertainment has flipped the switch on beta codes and invitations; instead all Xbox One users can partake in the beta, until a systemic limit is reached. The same arrangement is being prepared for PC users later on.

Meanwhile, I’ll still drop Titans on your shoddy battle maneuvers. Be ready, pilots.

ViaMajor Nelson

The First Xbox One Spring Update Is Here

xbox-one-dash-leadIntroducing a ton of fixes and improvements for Microsoft’s gaming console, the first spring update for the Xbox One has arrived. First off, there’s better Kinect voice recognition, more stability, dashboard fixes, support for a USB keyboard, and onscreen meters for both controller batteries and available hard drive space.

Availability of said update? During “off-peak” hours in local time zones; alternatively, as Microsoft’s Larry Hryb put it, “never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend.” Well said, well said.

ViaMajor Nelson

Microsoft Outs Windows 8 Sales: 200 Million Licenses And Counting

win-8-startThe sale of 200 million Windows 8 licenses sounds like a big number, but it is a fraction of the overall Windows 7 sales that have been reported in the past. In a 12 month period of availability, 240 million copies of Windows 7 were sold; in contrast with Windows 8, which took 15 months to reach the 200M mark. Granted, they’re different operating systems, with pros and cons, and one being older than the other, but it can’t be helped that Windows 8 isn’t as favored as its predecessor.

Meanwhile, the Windows 8.1 Update 1 addition to the OS family aims to fix many of the still-lingering issues that users have, but Microsoft has not commented on it. Look for it later in April, however.

Via: ZDNet

Arma 3’s Zeus DLC Brings Immense Control To Multiplayer Battles, And For Free

arma-3-zeusSo, get this: Arma 3 “Zeus” is a DLC that allows more a new kind of multiplayer: players enroll as soldiers, and another player controls the game environment, causing obstacles, new scenarios, objectives, and environment changes along the way — to create a dynamic, unpredictable storyline.

Plus, the player can “become Zeus”, and use a lightning bolt to resolve any particular enemy actions that would threaten the other players (or cause them harm). It’s all very deux ex machina, but it sounds fun.

Best of all, the DLC is free so you can come to expect it available for download sometimes in Q2 of 2014 — nearly the same time the “Win” campaign conclusion arc episode launches, which is also free.

Video after the break.

Via: Arma 

Sony Unveils The a6000: The World’s Fastest Autofocus System Is On A Mirrorless Camera

sony-alpha-a6000This is a testament to creating cutting-edge technology, then pouring into one very small body. The Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless lens camera features a 24.3 megapixel image sensor with BIONZ X processor, and what Sony calls “the world’s fastest autofocus system”, at just a mere 0.06 seconds.

Sony took great care with the 3-inch viewfinder as well, using an OLED panel for clarity, and in terms of physical controls, two customizeable buttons with access to 47 shortcuts, and a function button for easy control.

Per usual, a photographer wielding the a6000 will have access to full HD video recording at 60FPS, a pop-up flash, support for all Sony E-mount lenses and backwards compatibility with Sony’s older A-mount lenses,

The AF system really deos seem impressive on paper, because there are 179 focal points that the camera takes into account (yes, a hundred-and-seventy-nine). You can shoot images at 11 frames-per-second with continuous AF, with WiFi and NFC support for transferring images quickly and without the use of wires.

Availability for this speedster of a 12.1 ounce camera? In April 2014, in both black and silver finishes in a kit with a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens for $800, or body-only for $650.

Press release and additional press photos, after the break.

Titanfall Beta Sign-Ups Have Commenced

TF_Lagoon_Pilot_TitanWhat are you doing right now? Titanfall beta sign-ups for PC (requires an Origin account) or Xbox One have finally opened up. According to the Titanfall folks, decisions about who is coming into the closed beta will be “emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th”.

Sounds pretty straightforward, so get to it. Naturally, I’ve already signed up.

ViaTitanfall Beta Sign-Ups

Here’s The Xbox One Stereo Headset And Mic Adapter That Come Out In March

2-11-2014_xbox_headsetAhead of the Titanfall release, which is going to be a milestone for the Xbox One as a majorly anticipated game launch, comes Microsoft’s official communication gear. A $25 adapter for connecting any normal 3.5mm headset with muting and volume.

However, if you need a new headset period, Microsoft will also sell you the adapter and an official headset for $80; both communication peripherals launch in early March.