Items tagged with spy

The Oculus Rift has finally begun shipping to fans that have been eagerly anticipating their pre-orders.  For many, the Rift is the virtual reality device beat despite the best efforts of HTC, Sony, and others.  According to some, however, the Oculus Rift may come with a greater cost than its $599 pricetag and we aren't talking about the beast of a gaming machine you'll need to adequately power it.  Instead, these concerns stem from Facebook's ownership of Oculus.  These concerns have been heard before, of course, back when Facebook acquired the company two years ago, but now Reddit detectives have offered up some evidence to support the suspicions.Photograph from Sergey... Read more...
You've probably never heard of Pico Computing, and that's just fine. The company works mostly undercover, out of the line of sight from most citizens. It sounds like a story from a James Bond movie, but the company's execution is real: they're in the business of cracking codes, digging into top secret transmissions and giving their customers the ability to figure out what enemies are saying. It's a modern day spy story, and there's great potential for Pico to grow monumentally. The company was founded in 2004 in Seattle, and they currently sell a "a desktop-size supercomputer aimed at the modern-day equivalent of Bletchley Park's cipher-geeks: military and government agencies that need to turn... Read more...
In preparation for the Spy / Sniper Update coming this Thursday to Team Fortress 2 via Steam, Valve has released the latest video in the "Meet the Team" series, featuring many of your favorite characters from the game... "You've met the Scout, the Soldier, the Demoman, the Heavy, the Engineer, and the Sniper. Then, for some reason, a sandwich. But now it's time to meet the stealthiest, shiftiest, most secretive, suit-wearing TF team member of all...again..."Along with making great games, Valve has gotten incredibly adept at creating interesting, fun to watch cut-scenes and animated shorts. The intro to Left 4 Dead, for example, could easily be made into a full length film in our opinion (Francis... Read more...
OCZ Technology Expands its Diverse Flash Lineup with the new Ultra-Portable Spyder USB 2.0 drive Sunnyvale, CA—June 11, 2008 —OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to its award-winning lineup of performance flash drives with the all-new Spyder, first debuted at Computex 2008. Undertaking exciting new endeavors in the flash memory market, OCZ is all about affordable, portable, and innovative style with this super-sleek and cap-less design that offers students and professionals highly reliable and high-capacity flash storage at an aggressive price point.   “With the latest flash technology,... Read more...
The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has won a default judgment against Valence Media's download site Torrentspy. The judgment is handy for figuring out exactly how much all those free movies everyone's downloading are worth. According to a federal judge, $110 million dollars ought to about cover it. In 2006 TorrentSpy was more popular than any other BitTorrent site, but this changed quickly in August 2007, when a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy to log all user data. The judge ruled that TorrentSpy had to monitor its users in order to create detailed logs of their activities, and hand these over to the MPAA.In a response to this decision - and to ensure the privacy of their users... Read more...
We just received some photos of a slick, liquid-cooling system for the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX that we thought you'd all like to see.  The shots come by way of Berlin-based Aqua Computer.  Aqua Computer manufactures a number of custom liquid-cooling kits and accessories for everything from processors to hard drives, but their GPU water blocks are particularly trick.         Click For Hi-Res Photos The aquagrafx 9800 GTX cooling system you see pictured here should be available on the company's website very soon.  In addition to its obvious good looks, the aquagrafx 9800 GTX features purified electrolyte copper construction (99.99% pure cooper)... Read more...
The end of an era may be upon us as yet another major BitTorrent site has closed down:Friends of TorrentSpy,We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the Torrentspy.com search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile. We spent the last two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending the rights of our users and ourselves.Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore,... Read more...
Facebook has gotten all the bad publicity anybody could ever want over their intrusive "Beacon"  marketing/advertising/information gathering widget. On top of everything else, researchers have discovered that despite Facebook's modification of their permission settings, Facebook is still collecting information about all your  purchases at retailers participating in the program, even if you are not logged on to Facebook. "When a Facebook user takes a Beacon-enabled action on a participating site, information is sent to Facebook in order for Facebook to operate Beacon technologically. If a Facebook user clicks "No, thanks" on the partner site notification, Facebook does not use the data... Read more...
If it's not the best, it's one of the best, spyware removers available - and it's got the best price possible - free.  SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.5 has been released, after a few delays. We have to admit, it was delayed a few times, mostly because we always had some new feature we wanted to implement in mind, but now it's finally here: we're proud to announce the availability of Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.5. This new version features a lot of improved detection mechanisms (which in parts were already made available through the regular 1.4 updates in the past months), improved Operating System support (Windows Vista integration, restored support for Windows 95, more compatibility... Read more...
If you are a user in the United States, you can no longer use TorrentSpy.  However, that's not necessarily a bad thing as the site had been ordered to start tracking users.  Citing privacy, TorrentSpy now gives an error message if a user with a U.S. IP address tries to search. US users of the popular Torrent search site TorrentSpy can use the site no more—at least not for now. TorrentSpy has begun to block all searches by US visitors, instead redirecting search requests to a page with the headline "TorrentSpy Acts to Protect Privacy." The page says that TorrentSpy has chosen to block US visitors because of an "uncertain legal climate in the US regarding user privacy and an apparently... Read more...
Professor Robert Wood of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences considers the life-sized robotic fly small, agile, and, from a military perspective, inconspicuous. With funding offered by the U.S. Military, Harvard researchers spent seven years working on it. Composed of lightweight carbon joints, the bug moves like an actual fly, with wings that beat 110 times per second. As it only weighs as much as the head of a pin and has a wingspan of just 3 cm, the U.S. Defense Department intends to use the robot for military surveillance operations. No word on speed or range of the gizmo. As for commercial availability, we highly doubt it. After all, the most obvious purpose of... Read more...
Most people hear the word BitTorrent and immediately think piracy, but there are legitimate uses for the technology according to a group of TorrentSpy founders who are now founding a new company, FileRights.  The goal of FileRights is to allow companies who feel their content is being distributed in a fashion that isn't beneficial to them to sign up and report the files which would hopefully be removed quickly. "FileRights was started by some of the same people that run the Torrentspy search engine and who are fighting a copyright lawsuit brought by the major motion picture studios regarding the issue of whether dot torrent files manifested in search results, which can be used by site visitors... Read more...
Direct from Computex, we have some world exclusive pictures of a still unnamed pair of 45nm Penryn-based quad-core microprocessors from Intel. To combat AMD’s upcoming native, quad-core Barcelona CPU and its accompanying 4x4 platform (QuadFX), Intel is planning to introduce its own, dual-socket, dual quad-core CPU equipped enthusiast platform later this year. With this platform Intel will bring eight cores to the desktop enthusiast space along with a number of other sought after features.                    Although we only have preliminary information... Read more...
A bipartisan bill to outlaw various spyware activities, that passed 395-1 when voted on in the House of Representatives in 2005, has been re-introduced by its co-sponsors Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill would protect "Americans from Internet crime while not impinging on software development," Lofgren said in a statement. "Spyware has become a plague for computer users, and Congress must address the mounting negative impact that it is having on our economy. Americans should not be afraid to use the Internet." The legislation will punish "bad actors" while protecting legitimate online companies by not over-regulating, Goodlatte added in a statement. House members introduced... Read more...
GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and GameSpy are pretty familiar with each other, as GameSpy is available on the Nintendo DS. "This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime says. "Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy's technology,... Read more...
Marco and I are just back from CES and while we're a little weary from all the walking and a red-eye flight from hell back to the east coast, we're on the mend, thankfully.   We had some behind-close-doors time with the folks at Sapphire and got to take a look at some of their new products not yet released to market.  One that caught our particular interest was their dual GPU Radeon X1950 Pro Dual card that utilizes a pair of X1950 Pro GPUs on a single card CrossFire setup.  Check it out.  Though it is a monster design, it's pretty impressive.    In addition, the card also employs a full 512MB per GPU for a total of 1GB per card.... Read more...
Brian Krebs of the Washington Post reports that, over the past week, MySpace and other websites ran a banner advertisement that infected over a million users with spyware using a Windows security flaw. The banner ad was designed to take advantage of a serious security weakness in the way Windows renders Windows Metafile (WMF) images. The flaw was originally patched by Microsoft in January. Unpatched Internet Explorer users who visited the websites that displayed the malicious banners would become infected by a Trojan horse. The Trojan would then download and install spyware that tracks the infected machine's web usage and displays pop-up ads. Thanks to the nature... Read more...
As much as you may hate it, there are those who love Spyware. To be more precise, the owners of such businesses as Direct Revenue, love Spyware. While they may be raking in the money, people everywhere are spending frustrating hours trying to remove Direct Revenue's type of software from their computers. Though Congress has been trying to clamp down on the massive amounts of Spyware circulating around the net, the millions of dollars in revenue those pesky programs bring in make it hard to predict any end in sight. "This explains the vitriol aimed at Direct Revenue. The company, located in a loft above a clothing boutique in New York's hip SoHo district, has been a pioneer in a seamy corner... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot is known for their guides on everything from BIOS Tweaking to Voltage Mods. This weekend they've added to their list with the "Emergency Spyware Guide", which covers how to properly identify and remove the most annoying of programs. "Is your PC behaving strangely? Popping up banners all the time? Getting redirected to unknown websites? It's very likely your PC has been hit by spyware! But fret not. We have just the guide for you! Join TEB as he shows you how to get rid of spyware and stay clean!"... Read more...
Tonight, a little article from The Tech Zone appeared in the news box... Life without the Internet? Could I do it? Could you? To some degree, it would be all right. The boredom would be horrendous... and you know, no news. Actually I have gone without the internet for extended periods of time, unfortunately my cable company didn't really give me a choice. Goodnight all, enjoy the news. Coming Attraction: Intel(R) Viiv™ Technology Intel Unveils New Platform Brand for Digital Entertainment in the Home   INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2005 - A new kind of personal computer (PC) will premiere in homes early next year when Intel Corporation introduces Intel(R) Viiv™... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm a bit tired tonight so please forgive the lack of conversation as I get straight to the news. If your just checking in for the first time today, take a look at Dave's post below to see our hot new threads(100% Pre-shrunk cotton). Goodnight folks :) Aerocool Spiral Galaxies WTX Case @ Controlled-Insanity "I spent a few moments marveling at the design. While at a quick glance it might not be completely obvious the differences between this case and every other full tower case out there, if you spend a moment and focus on the case you can see many subtleties that make the visual appeal of this case A+." Spyware and Hijacker Removal @ ExtremeMHz "Advanced users have become... Read more...
Hey folks, it's that time again.  Sadly, we heard some disturbing news about Abit yesterday. The reports are there is a fair amount of financial wrong doing going on and the Taiwan authorities have stepped into the picture.  Here's the latest details so far, but we'll need to stay tuned and see how this unfolds. The 12 Stars of Samsung for 2005 @ HardwareZoom: "Here is a sneak preview of 12 Samsung hottest products which will be released in year 2005. From 56" wide screen DLP TV to the ultra compact MP3 player about the size of your thumb. Other highlight includes six compact & stylish clamshell/sliding phones, laser printer, video camera, LCD TV & DVD Recorder."... Read more...