In a posted Thursday morning, group members said they were deleting their accounts and making an exit after their offers to release their entire cache of NSA hacking tools in exchange for a whopping 10,000 bitcoins currently valued at more than $8.2 million were rebuffed.While they said they would still make good on the offer should the sum be transferred into their electronic wallet, they said there would be no more communications.The post included 61 Windows-formatted binary files, including executables, dynamic link libraries, and device drivers.While they all were detected by antivirus products from Kaspersky, which in 2015 published a , had previously been uploaded to the Virus Total malware scanning service.And even then, Virus Total showed that the sample was detected by only 32 of 58 AV products even though it had been uploaded to the service in 2009.After being loaded into Virus Total on Thursday, a included in the farewell post was detected by only 12 of the 58 products.
Customers of the banks operating under the Lloyds umbrella are suffering a second day of everything being a bit broken and online banking access being sporadic at best, with the banks' web sites and apps generally not working properly for numerous users.The poor old social media operatives for Lloyds are seeing their self-esteem levels plummet from all the abuse they're getting today, plus the repetitive strain of having to type the message "We're aware of intermittent errors and are looking to resolve ASAP" 13 times a minutes must be doing their hands in.Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers started reporting problems yesterday, with Lloyds going so far as to say everything was fixed last night.But it clearly isn't, as the complaints are lining up on their Twitter account today, with heaps of tales of woe from people who promised other people money.Both personal and business users are complaining to Lloyds this afternoon, with the only factual statement issued by the bank being to reassure everyone that it's not broken due to a hack.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
I did not have high expectations for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium.Broadly praised though Godzilla may be, my last encounter with the supercar left me thoroughly underwhelmed.In 2014, when offered seat time in Nissan s highest performance model, I all but kissed the feet of the individuals responsible.It wasn t just the lack of engagement that turned me off the GT-R in 2014; its blocky, bloated figure lacked artistry.Moving over and around the car s body, a 30-percent stiffer hood improves high-speed wind deflection, 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels look incredible, and a remodeled C-pillar helps manage airflow.With elements borrowed from the track-focused Nismo edition, Nissan updated the rear diffuser and lower rear fascia but kept the four massive exhaust tips .
On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that gives credence to those rumours of an edge-to-edge OLED iPhone.For years, users have longed for a phone that s totally made up of a screen—no bullshit bezel needed—and this looks like one way it could happen.The patent, which was filed in February 2015, is for electronic devices having displays with openings.It describes a device with openings that could allow various electronic components — such as cameras, light sensors or speakers — to be mounted behind the display.The openings in the display would allow information from those various sensors or the camera to transmit information.As Apple Insider notes, the openings could be small enough that the human eye wouldn t even see them, allowing the components to be hidden away and the phone to just appear like one giant piece of screen.
Uber has agreed to share ridership data with cities, in a gambit that could assuage some concerns about the company s operations in various municipalities.The ride-hailing service intends to share with city officials and urban planners the vast and growing global data statistics it has about ridership within cities.Every hour of every day, people use Uber to get around the more than 450 cities we serve, Uber said in a post on its site about the program, which is called Uber Movement.That constant movement of riders is creating a mother lode of data that Uber can mine.We ve been working hard to get to know these cities, with the goal of making them cleaner, more efficient and less crowded, the tech firm said in its post.The company said it s well aware that city officials are anxious to harvest more knowledge about traffic in their jurisdictions.In fact, Uber was reportedly sparring with New York City over rider data just last week, the Washington Post reported.But in its blog post Sunday, the company sounded helpful: We ve found that local leaders, urban planners, and civic communities are all working to crack their city s commute and figure out how best to invest in new infrastructure.San Francisco-based Uber noted that it s in good position to provide city leaders with valuable information about rider movements because its services are in constant operation.By analyzing a lot of trips over time, we can reliably estimate how long it takes to get from one area to another, the company stated in the post.We can compare travel conditions across different times of day, days of the week, or months of the year.
The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we've published during the previous seven days.Hyperloop One is planning to run the world s first full-size hyperloop test in Las Vegas in the next few months, to prove that the company has the technology in place to transport passengers at near-supersonic speeds.One of the most exciting products at CES was the Holo Cube, Merge VR s toy that lets children hold and interact with holograms.It can be transformed into musical instruments, virtual pets or worlds of mini blocks.WIRED narrows down what we're excited about in the year to come – from Nintendo's latest hardware and vengeance-fuelled cowboys to cannibal giants and the most prominent female superhero.The Orion space mission – in which humans will travel into deep space before returning to Earth – is one of Nasa's most ambitious to date.
Apple Inc. has removed the New York Times from its app store in China, following a request from Chinese authorities.The withdrawal of both the English- and Chinese-language apps further curtails access to the Times in China.New York Times Co. s websites have been blocked in the country s mainland since 2012, following its publication of a report detailing the wealth of China s top leadership and their families.Apple spokesman Fred Sainz said the Times app hasn t been permitted to display to China users for some time because Apple was informed the app was in violation of local regulations.The Cyberspace Administration of China, the main regulator, didn t immediately respond to a request for comment.The request by the Chinese authorities to remove our apps is part of their wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by the New York Times of that country—coverage which is no different from the journalism we do about every other country in the world, including the United States.
The smartwatch market may be in a state of flux, but that hasn t deterred Fossil Group from dipping its toes in the water.The timekeeping giant released dozens of models in 2016 from well-known brands such as Michael Kors, Diesel, Chaps, and Kate Spade, and now Armani Exchange is joining the party.The new line of Armani Exchange Connected hybrid smartwatches promise to stay linked to your Android phone or iPhone from up to 84 feet away, and require a separate app to customize notifications and access activity features.Like Fossil s other hybrids, the watches feature standard faces that incorporate smart touches that elevate them above their dumb peers.In the case of Armani Exchange, the watches most notable features are auto time, which mirrors the GPS-set time on your phone, and the ability to view a second time zone at the press of a button.Additional features include support for notifications, activity and sleep tracking, alarms, music controls, and the ability to wirelessly take a photo using your smartphone s camera.
Over the past six years, McLaren has grown from a boutique carmaker to a genuine rival for the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.That s largely down to what the company calls its Super Series, encompassing the discontinued MP14-12C, the 650S, and the 675LT.It should be a tough act to follow.Yet that is exactly what McLaren will do.It will unveil a second-generation Super Series on March 7 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.This marks the first time McLaren has ever replaced an existing model, something that is routine for most automakers.
Twitter s managing director of the greater China region, Kathy Chen, is leaving the tech firm after eight months at the helm, adding to the string of company executives who announced their departures in 2016.In a series of tweets on Saturday, Chen said that the company s Hong Kong office will remain open but she was leaving the company.Chen joined Twitter in mid-April to help expand advertising, customer service, data analytics and grow other business services in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.But reports that she previously worked as an engineer in the People s Liberation Army sparked free speech concerns from activists.Twitter is blocked in China, but users still access the site through an encrypted connection called a virtual private network.Chen said on Twitter that the Greater China Region is one of the fastest-growing markets in the Asia Pacific for the tech firm.The company s advertiser base has grown nearly 400 percent over the past two years, she wrote.Chen said she s taking some time off to recharge, study about different cultures and then pursue more international business opportunities.Twitter has struggled to attract more users and slashed its worldwide workforce by 9 percent, or 350 employees, last year.The company, which has 317 million monthly active users, is trying to become profitable in 2017.But Twitter will have to accomplish that goal without some key players.A number of executives announced they were leaving the company, including Adam Bain, chief operating officer; Adam Messinger, chief technology officer; and Josh McFarland, a vice president of product.Photo: The Twitter building on Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: China, Departures, twitter
Companies launching into new markets often spend substantial budgets on advertising and PR in order to create awareness.These investments can be significant when there is no existing affinity between the brand and the solution in target markets.Turning to their influencer marketing platform, Traackr, the company identified and engaged influencers in new communities outside of high tech and marketing to include lifestyle design and connected home.The program was successful not because of overspending on ads and PR, but because of integrating specific and relevant influencer communities with content marketing.Launching into new markets can be an uphill battle to create brand awareness, credibility, and engagement and is a common challenge with companies worldwide.From the promise of increased consumer trust to better conversion rates and retention rates, content co-created with industry influencers is an attractive approach for many brands that are challenged to keep up with content quantity and effectiveness.
Should Amazon share Alexa s information with Law Enforcement?: A murder case in Arkansas is garnering national attention, due to the use of Smart Home devices.Police are petitioning Amazon to release information from an Echo device because it may harbor information relating to the crime.CES 2017 Preview: Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show brings us some surprises in tech.We ll give you our rundown of what to expect, what could be the breakout technology, and a preview of the extensive coverage you ll get from Digital Trends.Each week, we gather a round table of tech experts from the Digital Trends staff, along with the occasional celebrity guest, to discuss all things tech.
The Best Games of 2016There s no getting away from it; 2016 has been a year most people would prefer to forget.We ve witnessed the return of the immersive sim in remarkable fashion, and the single-player FPS has come back fighting with a couple of surprisingly great entries.In fact, this year it was really tough to narrow this list down, with four or five games contending for the number one spot alone.But we eventually managed to whittle them down.It also proved that it s possible to make a compelling game about everyday life, that games don t need to be apocalyptic or fantastical to arrest the player s attention.
Reuters — A cargo plane emblazoned with Prime Air descended from an empty sky at Lehigh Valley International Airport on Tuesday, ninety minutes from the bustle of New York City, loaded with crates of goods during the peak holiday shopping season.It s one of 40 jets leased by Amazon.com Inc for a new cargo service to meet delivery demand from the retail giant s customers.Exclusive payload data reviewed by Reuters and interviews with airport officials around the country show that Prime Air planes are flying nearly full, but with lightweight loads, taking away valued business from FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service Inc.Expanding into transportation, from trucks to planes, is one of Amazon s most important endeavors as it strives to lure new customers with fast shipping while keeping costs under control.The world s largest online retailer is sending more packages, more often, and later in the day to serve its estimated 35 million to more than 50 million U.S. members of AmazonPrime, a service that promises two-day shipping for $99 per year.Bulky boxes with goods once purchased in stores, like toilet paper, are a revenue driver at UPS and FedEx.Our own delivery efforts are needed to supplement that capacity rather than replace it, Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman told Reuters.Officials at four airports said Amazon s flights are operating near capacity but landing with lower-than-average weight — meaning it is placing low-density shipments inside the jets.Amazon aircraft on a monthly basis handled only between 37 percent and 52 percent of their maximum loads by weight, according to an analysis of cargo, capacity and landing data from the four airports, with supplementary information from tracking website FlightAware.com.You re dealing with cargo that s big in dimensions, but in pure weight it s light, said an airport ramp manager in California.Airports in Tampa and Charlotte reported similar payload data for the carriers contracted byAmazon, but they did not specify whether the flights were full by volume or whether they were operated on Amazon s behalf.
This week, one Virgin America flight was delayed and another was reportedly cancelled after crew members discovered a wi-fi hotspot named Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mid-flight.Ultimately, however, no Note 7 was found on the plane, as the network belonged to another device named to resemble the banned smartphone.According to one passenger, the trouble began when crew members on a flight from San Francisco to Boston tried to recover the smartphone associated with a network named Samsung Galaxy Note7 1097 and no one came forward.Open my laptop on the plane and notice a Galaxy Note 7 wifi hotspot https://t.co/y1csn9gOsZ pic.twitter.com/9Z5IJULuPs— Lucas Wojciechowski @lucaswoj December 20, 2016 This isn t a joke, said the captain, according to passenger Lucas Wojciechowski.
It s the holiday season and whatever that might mean to us, it always seems to mean a new glasses free 3D smartphone from China.Every year or so Chinese phone makers take a crack at building a phone with 3D capabilities but without the need for glasses and each year they fail to really capture the imagination of consumers, perhaps Doogee s Y6 Max will be different?Being a Max device the new Doogee Y6 Max has a large 6.5-inch display with a parallax stereo effect.The screen works in conjunction with the front facing camera to monitor the position of the users eyes to create a floating image effect.The Y6 Max isn t a one trick pony though and also boasts a large 4300mAh battery, rear fingerprint scanner, octacore Mediatek MT6750T chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB memory and a Samsung 13 mega-pixel sensor with PDAF fast focus.Doogee are rolling out the Doogee Y6 Max launch with a presale and a low price of only $169.99!Head over to the Gearbest site to place your order today!
Finland-based Nokia today disclosed that it has filed suit against Apple in the U.S. and Germany, claiming that Apple products infringe on Nokia s patents.So far Nokia has filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for Texas Eastern District and in regional courts in Düsseldorf, Mannheim, and Munich.The relevant patents cover displays, chipsets, and software, among other things.Nokia stock was halted earlier today on the release of the news.As one of the world s leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property, Nokia said in a statement.Built on more than EUR 115 billion invested in R over the past twenty years, our tens of thousands of patents cover many important technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices.Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple s products.Earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its patent infringement case against Apple.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Schoolyard swaggering is relived in Bully.Nobody s really sure what s happening at Rockstar, the famed developer behind groundbreaking games such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and Red Dead.In the past the developer would release a mind-blowing game every year or so, but its output of late has been confined to a set of false starts and cryptic clues, alongside the occasional update for GTA: Online.There are also the re-releases of its greatest hits for mobiles and Bully is the latest to move to the small screen.That s probably because it came during Rockstar s peak period in the mid-2000s when it all but flooded the market with hit after hit.Many of Rockstar s most distinctive games went unplayed, which is a shame because Bully represents Rockstar at its most creative.
Tim Cook has spoken to Apple employees in a closed Q about his decision to meet with US president-elect Donald Trump, arguing that it s more important to engage than stand on the sidelines yelling .Although unsurprisingly deferential in tone, the questions nonetheless provide the clearest insight yet into Cook s thinking about the election of Trump, who openly and repeatedly railed against Apple in his campaign for the company s lack of US manufacturing jobs, offshoring of capital, and refusal to aid the FBI in hacking into an iPhone once used by a dead terrorist.Last week you joined other tech leaders to meet President-elect Donald Trump, the questioner said.Cook replied: It s very important.What we do is focus on the policies.They re on advocating for human rights for everyone, and expanding the definition of human rights.
Hi, I'd like to touch base with marketing influencers, but more tech-saavy rather than social ninja gurus.