Who’s copying Amazon? Everyone! But especially Walmart . Speaking of which, the retailer giant announced today the launch of its own video streaming service, called Vudu Movies on Us. The service at launch will include thousands of titles, which will be available in HD and can be streamed for free. To generate revenue, Vudu Movies on Us will be ad-supported. While Amazon’s Prime Video is a perk that comes with an Amazon Prime membership, then offers a variety of commercial-free movies and TV shows, including originals, Vudu Movies on Us will not have new releases. Instead, it will more narrowly focus on distributing free blockbuster titles and other classics, the company says. For example, at launch the service will include movies like “Mad Max,” “True Grit,” “Abduction,” and “School of Rock.” All will be available in 1080p high definition, and will support Dolby Digital sound when available, says Walmart. … [Read more...] about Walmart launches a free streaming service, Vudu Movies on Us
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Advertisement Blackhat is the latest in a line of movies that feature hacking as a major plot point, and it paints a pretty scary picture of what nefarious computer geniuses can do. But how accurate is it? Should we be worried? I talked to Jeff Schmidt, founder of JAS Global Advisors and Zurich Insurance Cyber-risk Fellow at The Atlantic Council, about the movie, some of its inaccuracies, and what we can learn from Blackhat.What’s Blackhat All About?To provide some background for this discussion, here’s a quick synopsis of the movie. Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen it, and you don’t want to know the plot, you might want to come back to this article after you’ve seen it (though the box-office numbers and mediocre reviews suggest that it’s probably not worth the $20 it costs to see it in the theater).In short, a hacker Learn How to Hack From the Best Websites and Tutorials Learn How to Hack From the Best Websites and … [Read more...] about Blackhat Shows Us the Power of Hackers; But Is It Accurate?
The era of 5G mobile networks is quickly approaching, and while there isn't any smartphone out yet sporting the new network connectivity, AT&T says that "select" early adopters will soon be able to jump on AT&T's mobile 5G mmWave service with a mobile hotspot. AT&T's 5G service kicks in on December 21 in some cities, which AT&T says makes it "the first and only company in the US to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network." The hotspot hardware is a "Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot," which Netgear is calling the "first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world." Netgear's 5G hotspot comes in at a pricey $499 and sounds ridiculously overbuilt. Despite being a mobile router/modem that has very little to do computationally, the Nighthawk is packing one of the newest, fastest SoC's on Earth, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. This is something we're expecting to see inside all the high-end Android smartphones of 2019, so packing it … [Read more...] about AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot
Tracing the mysterious green flashes of light produced by a sea snail has revealed a creature built to shine from the inside – and with a shell that may be designed for communication as well as protection. Typically found in tight clusters or groups at rocky shorelines, the clusterwink snail, or Hinea brasiliana, was known to produce light. But scientists like Dimitri Deheyn assumed the sea snails did their light thing just like their pals on the land. Terrestrial snails produce a glowing light from their foot when it's sticking outside the shell.Nerida Wilson of the Australian Museum in Sydney was working with the Hinea snail when she noticed these bright flashes and not the usual snail glow, so she contacted her colleague Deheyn, of the University of California-San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and sent him some snails. [Sea Creature Releases Glowing Decoy 'Bombs']The first difference he noticed upon receiving them was that, instead of glowing … [Read more...] about A Sea Snail Glows From the Inside
Biometrics and big data: How to create the airport of the future New technologies could turn air travel into a pleasure, not a pain. GEDmatch has quietly introduced a "partnership" with Verogen, a company that has created technology specifically for use in the US National DNA Index System (NDIS), opening the door for a fresh wave of privacy concerns. GEDmatch allows users to upload their DNA profiles -- obtained through third-party sequencers, as the organization does not perform testing itself -- to compare their results with other profiles and potentially find familial relationships. Security 2020 is when cybersecurity gets even weirder, so get ready FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network A decade of malware: Top botnets of the 2010s How to prevent a ransomware attack (ZDNet YouTube) Best home security of 2019: Professional monitoring and DIY (CNET) How to control location tracking on your iPhone in iOS 13 (TechRepublic) This week, … [Read more...] about DNA firm GEDmatch now operated by company with police ties, privacy worries surface