What's your daily routine? Perhaps you roll over and scroll through your phone for a few minutes, ask Alexa for the weather, fire up satellite radio on your drive to work or use a credit card to purchase a train ticket, swipe a keycard at the office, and sign into a PC at your desk. You pay for lunch with Apple Pay, keep tabs on your home and pets via a security cam, and buy a few things on Amazon. At home, the kids watch Netflix or play Fortnite as a robot vacuum whirs nearby and you pay bills with a few taps on the iPad. Most of us remember a time before these modern creature comforts. We made do with paper books, physical maps, landlines, and snail mail. But now, it's all but impossible to live a productive life without access to the internet, not to mention more vital resources such as electricity. If any of these services were to go offline—briefly or for a long time—it could seriously disrupt our way of life and the economy, and our foreign adversaries know it. But it … [Read more...] about Cyberwar Is Here: Are You Ready?
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Contents Jason Silva Rajen Sheth Elizabeth Bear Yuvraj Agarwal Rana el Kaliouby Patricia Culligan Andrew Lippman Amy Webb For the first issue of the PCMag Digital Edition in 2019, we're fast-forwarding to envision what technology—and our tech-driven society—will look like in 2039. We wanted to explore the myriad ways in which tech will be more intertwined with our lives and will have changed our culture. To do so, we interviewed a select group of futurists, execs, academics, researchers, and a speculative fiction writer, who gave us some thoughtful predictions. Each of our interviewees has a unique perspective on the most important factors that will influence our tech-driven future, including artificial intelligence, automation, biotechnology, nanotechnology, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things devices, smart cities, and much more. They also speculate how broader issues such as climate change and online privacy and security will affect us and the technology with … [Read more...] about What Tech Will Look Like in 2039
NordVPN has suffered a breach that may have allowed a hacker to view the customer traffic flowing through a Finland-based VPN server. However, no login credentials were intercepted, the company says. The same hacker also hit rival VPN providers TorGuard and VikingVPN; TorGuard is downplaying the severity of the breach. The hacks, which went unnoticed for at least a year, are stirring up security doubts about the affected VPN services, which can prevent internet service providers from collecting details on your website lookups. In the case of NordVPN, the breach occurred in March 2018 at a Finnish data center from which NordVPN was renting servers. "The attacker gained access to the server by exploiting an insecure remote management system left by the data center provider while we were unaware that such a system existed," NordVPN said in a Monday statement. What was exposed NordVPN has a strict policy against keeping user traffic logs, so "the server itself did not contain any user … [Read more...] about NordVPN, TorGuard Hit by Hacks Involving Insecure Servers
Further ReadingWith sour 2015 forecast, Sony will have lost nearly $10B over 8 yearsJust a few months ago, we were looking at Sony's end-of-fiscal-year financial reports and worrying about the consumer electronics giant's $10+ billion in losses over the past eight years. Today, things are looking a bit rosier, as Sony is riding strong sales of the PlayStation 4 and its associated games and services to an increase in profitability for the quarter ending in June. The numbers for Sony's Game & Network services division tell the tale, flipping from a ¥16.4 billion (about $160 million) loss this time last year to a ¥4.3 billion (about $42 million) profit this year. Savvy industry watchers (or anyone with half a brain) will note that the PlayStation 4 launched in that time, and Sony confirms that the turnaround is "due to the contribution from sales of PS4 hardware which was launched in November 2013, as well as a significant increase in network services revenues … [Read more...] about Strong PlayStation 4 sales keep Sony in the black
"We takin' shots at Bitcoin." This is the tagline of the latest cryptocurrency to hit the Web. It might sound bold, but it has to be—it's trying to emulate a pretty bold character, after whom it has entirely modeled its image. CoinYe West is a modern day love letter to musician Kanye West. Its creators are in the process of fashioning a currency dedicated to the man himself, and have chosen to stamp his likeness on it and to advertise it with a website featuring his "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD" video in the background. If this is not a new slight of genius self-promotion from the oft misguided West, it's certainly a takedown notice in the making. Choosing a popular culture figure to represent a decentralised, anonymous, and unregulated currency might seem an odd choice, but it had already been done before with Dogecoin, a nod to the Doge meme. Coinye West's creators, who spoke to Noisey in an e-mail interview (because they "want to stay sorta anonymous in case Kanye gets pissed off"), … [Read more...] about Coinye West: A new cryptocurrency for the masses and an ode to Kanye