Fears that the virtual hang-outs for online gamers could become a hotbed for terrorist activity and planning led both British and American intelligence groups to actively spy on services like Xbox Live, World of Warcraft and Second Life, according to newly disclosed classified documents.
The documents, disclosed to The Guardian by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, detail a history of spying with online games that dates back to 2006 and includes not just infiltrating existing online games, but in some cases creating special mobile games explicitly for the purpose of collecting information about the people playing them.
Smartphones will soon be able to predict a consumer’s next move, their next purchase or interpret actions based on what it knows, according to Gartner, Inc. This insight will be performed based on an individuals data gathered using cognizant computing - the next step in personal cloud computing.
Sounds like legal phishing to me. The question is, will these smartphones be affordable? Wages aren’t going anywhere and planned obselescence means shelling out $700 a year.
Hands up: Who’d like their very own psychic personal assistant to sort through all their life admin? Y’know, someone who just happens to know what we want before we even do? Well, according to The Daily Mail, Google has launched an app that promises to do just that, and we’re pretty psyched ab via Pocket
Promo put together by WIRED Italia shows a history of modern technology, with a file created on an early Apple gets transferred from machine to machine:
Innovation is not technology but culture. Something able to travel through time thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of people. Here’s the story of an information flow in its switching between different machines, different formats and file-extensions, different communication protocols and over almost 30 years of technology, from the ZXSpectrum of 1982 to the 3D printers of today.
This is how it works. A Macintosh SE/30 displays a file on its screen and saves it as WIRED.TXT on a floppy disk. The floppy is read using a serial peripheral device connected to an IBM Thinkpad. Changing the file-extension from .txt to .jpg, you are seeing the text for what it was originally: a barcode image, which you can open and display with dPaint. The barcode is interpreted by an app that uses a smartphone camera. It’s an http address. The address is copied and sent via SMS to an old Nokia5410i. This Nokia model was among the first to send emails, so it can transfer the SMS text to the email client of an iPad. The iPad activates the address which was written in the email. It’s a .htm page containing a link to a downloadable file: WIRED.WAV.
The file is played and connected with a mini jack to the audio port of a ZXSpectrum. The Spectrum detects it as a .TAP file, a faithful reproduction of audio cassette format which Spectrum used to play and save contents. The programme inside the WIRED.TAP file is a slideshow loading a single image: a QRcode. The QRcode is photographed using a small digital camera. The photo, stored in the SDCard, is read from a laptop and loaded into an album on Wired Facebook account. An eBook page appears in the browser mode. The eBook is scanned, the QRcode image is cropped and then printed on special paper for heat transfer and then ironed on a T-shirt. T-shirt is photographed with an iPhone that reads QRcode for the url it contains. The iPhone sends the address to a laptop: it’s a page containing the WIRED.STL file. The laptop uses this file to produce the Wired logo with a RepRap 3D printer. That’s it. Easy, right?
Veteran character designer Akihiko Yoshida, known best for his work on games including Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Final Fantasy Tactics and the recent Bravely Default titles, has left Square Enix after having worked with the games company since 1995.
Yoshida confirmed his leave from Square Enix in an artbook released today called “The Art of Bravely,” which shipped with copies of Bravely Default: For the Sequel today in Japan, Siliconera reports.
The daily print edition of The New York Times now has a home of its own on digital devices. A new web app called Today’s Paper, released today for tablets and computers, offers solely the articles and sections that go to print every day in an attractive layout similar to the paper’s full iPad app in Newsstand.