When investigating an incident that involved domain redirection and a suspected tech support scam, I recorded my interactions with the individual posing as a help desk technician and researched the background of this scheme. It was an educational exchange, to say the least. Here’s what I learned about this person’s and his employer’s techniques and objectives.
Security Advisory: XSS Vulnerability Affecting Multiple WordPress Plugins. Keep your fingers on that update button folks.
Multiple WordPress Plugins are vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting (XSS) due to the misuse of the addqueryarg() and removequeryarg() functions. These are popular functions used by developers to modify and add query strings to URLs within WordPress.
The just released Jurassic World - Official Global Trailer shows a bit more of the plot and while I’m not convinced, I know I’ll be there opening weekend regardless…
Double the nostalgia… Floppy disks and Nirvana!: HDD and Floppy Music: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - YouTube
ResearchKit is now out there on github. I’m sure the Apple haters will still complain, but it’s out there and available, and (in theory) will help researchers do great things. Now how about that FaceTime Apple…?
The Bitcoin miner was quickly suspended until further notice. Based on the negative backlash from users it was recently announced that the “offer” would not be reinstated.
Guess we’ll see…
This ad for the New Peugeot 208 GTi is really nothing short of “epic”.
Jeff Atwood digs deep into security, bugs, and perceptions and misperceptions in Given Enough Money, All Bugs Are Shallow.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a fantastic segment on Government Surveillance, including an interview and some amazing footage. Here’s the embedded:
Regardless of what you think of Snowden, this is a fantastic bit of video, and an amazing interview.
Happy April Fools’ Day 2015, at least a mini-round up.
Finally the GPP2015 ShootOut featuring Sara Lando, Ryan Brenizer & Joel Grimes is online.
As always, fantastic.
Super Troopers 2 is going the crowd funding route:
Several moons ago, we made a little indie movie called Super Troopers, which we debuted at Sundance in 2001. We’re proud of how it turned out and apparently it struck a chord with many of you out there because almost daily we get asked “Who wants a mustache ride?” (“Who doesn’t?”) or “Did you chug real maple syrup?” (“Yes, and we will never, ever, ever do it again.”) or “How is the view from sugar heaven?” (“Sweet.”)
This is awesome, contribute now. Super Troopers was awesome, I can’t wait for Super Troopers 2!
First of all, the new Mission Impossible trailer:
Next you’ll notice the plane scene at the end of the trailer, and you think to yourself, wow, that’s a cool effect, of course there’s no way they’d let a big star like Tom Cruise actually do that in real life, right? Well…. he said that the Plane Scene was ‘The Most Dangerous Thing I’ve Ever Done’:
The scene in question, which can be seen at the end of the brand new trailer, sees his character Ethan Hunt strapped to the side of an Airbus A400M plane as it takes off.. and Cruise was doing it for real.
You can’t help but respect the man.
Universal Music Group has hijacked several YouTube videos of Bjorn Lynne, an independent musician from Norway. The world’s largest music corporation is now running advertisements on videos of music tracks Lynne created, and is refusing to correct the mistake.
Seriously a nightmare scenario, combining huge bureaucracy, tons of money, and a real David vs Goliath fight, except I suspect in this case David isn’t going to win.
Saw that Google Code is shutting down. This is a bit sad to me, I always had thought it was nice to have a google backed system for source code hosting. I wonder where everyone is going to? BitBucket? GitHub? Anyone know?
14 Commercials from the 80s and 90s That You’ll Never Forget. Ahhh…. memories.
TorrentFreak reports that uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner
The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles.
The guys at uTorrent say they’re not aware of any issues, but if you’ve noticed that your uTorrent-running-computer has been running more lately, it’s something to look at for sure.
Sync 2.0 is out, and looks pretty damn good.
All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access.
A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use. Go here to check out all the many new features in Sync 2.0.
As with its Windows counterpart, the Java installer selects the option to install the Ask app by default. A casual Mac user who simply clicks through the dialog boxes to complete the installation will find the app installed and enabled in their browser, with the New Tab page changed to one with an Ask search box.
Here’s more details on how it works:
For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.
Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns. Man science is pretty awesome.
Pebble is back on Kickstarter with Pebble Time, their next generation smartwatch.
- Color e-ink display
- Up to 7 days of battery life
- A “timeline” feature (the “Time” in “Pebble Time”) which lets you see what’s coming up and happening.
- Ships in May
I’m pretty excited about this one, but honestly, I’m wondering if I’m going to wait to see what the Watch looks and feels like. Not because I think I’m getting one, but because I’m wondering if it will simply blow everyone else out of the water or not, and if I’ll feel like I’ve got an old and busted thing on my wrist.
That said, I wear my pebble most every day, so….
Confessions of an iPhone 6 is a hilariously written article on life from the point of view of your iPhone 6.
Kyle put a giant case on me today. It looks like a fat suit. He said it is because my battery does not last long enough. Never mind that Kyle forgets to charge me all the time and then tells his friends it’s because my battery “sucks.” Field Notes made fun of me. I am ashamed.
“Today Calendar Pro has a 85% piracy rate, so the way we’ve chosen to combat that is to have the app randomly insert pirate-themed events if the app decides the install is pirated,” Underwood told TorrentFreak.
Honestly a pretty good solution.
Google is partnering with Mattel to reboot the iconic View-Master stereoscopic 3D photo viewing device. Instead of static photos with circular film reels, however, the new View-Master offers an immersive digital experience that puts people inside 360° “photospheres.”
How I Hacked Your Facebook Photos is the story of how a ridiculously simple “hack” let you delete anyone’s photos, public or private, from facebook.
I decided to try it with Facebook for mobile access token because we can see delete option for all photo albums in Facebook mobile application isn’t it? Yeah and also it uses the same Graph API. so took a album id & Facebook for android access token of mine and tried it.
Kudos to the fast response from Facebook in fixing this.
The Verge has the scoop: Apple is finally killing iPhoto — and this is the replacement
Photos for OS X, the modern photo library that Apple built from the ground up for Mac computers, is making its debut. A developer seed version of Photos is being distributed to developers today, the company said. It will be followed by a public Photos beta, with the final Photos product delivered to Mac users as part of a free software update this spring. (Check out our complete hands-on report here.)
Well, “scoop” in that the embargo on the press for the pre-release is over.
Jimmy Fallon Re-creates ‘Fresh Prince’ Opening With Sitcom’s Cast. Awesome for people who grew up with Will Smith as the spunky punk kid living in Bel-Air…
Designing Twitter Video is a really interesting look at how the twitter mobile teams prototyped and implemented their new video feature.
Who are you prototyping for? Prototypes are partly for me to get a sense for what something could feel like and validate the interactions of the concept. However, they are very much also for communicating intended designs with all stakeholders. I would often show early prototypes to my manager Brendan Donohoe for his thoughts along with others at design critiques, in addition to emailing screencasts to the video team.
We’ve given the new BCM2836 Pi 2 a quick blast, with SPB apprentice boffin Katarina having the honour of being one of the first to lay hands on the board. It seems nippy enough but just how it measures up remains to be seen.
Can’t wait to hear what people are going to do with this.
Ever wanted to try out Google Earth Pro, but not been able to justify the cost? Well, now it’s free.
The ad makes a powerful point — all without ever showing actual violence. As the camera pans across a wrecked home, a woman can be heard calling 911. In the recreated voiceover, a woman tells the 911 operator she’d like to order a pizza. At first exasperated, the operator then realizes the caller is in danger, using the pizza order as cover while her abuser stands nearby.
This was a very affecting ad.
Frankie MacDonald is a Canadian man with autism who has an insatiable passion for all things meteorological. He even broadcasts his own online weather show and his hugely popular videos led to CBC News giving him the chance to present a segment on their program.
My country makes me proud once again.
Looks like up here in the frozen north we were feeling left out, luckily we now know that the Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers, so we can be just like the big boys in the US.
That assumption has today been blown completely out of the water amid revelations that Canada’s top electronic surveillance agency has been spying on millions of downloads from more than 100 file-sharing sites.
Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset. Probably the best explanation of what the new sci-fi stuff that Microsoft announced today (along with some other boring windows stuff).
“Wages are finally starting to rise again”: This is false. What we perceive as “time” is merely an illusion created by the limitations of our own consciousness. All is now.
Lots of amazing gems in there.
A fun article on Macworld on buying a non-Mac laptop: The opposite of Apple
The next model over was $1,179, but you could get it for $749 “After Instant Savings.” I have no idea what the point of having “eCoupons” or “Instant Savings” is unless it’s to give you the feeling of a toupé-wearing car salesman who would love to set you up with a laptop today, but he has to talk to his manager first.
As of February 7th, we’ll be retiring Evernote Hello, Evernote Peek, Evernote for BlackBerry 7, and Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook. This means they’ll no longer be available for download and we won’t be making any further updates to them. It also means that the apps or features within the apps, including sync with Evernote, will no longer work.
Unsurprising, most of the functionality from these apps has been supplanted in the main app or others, or just isn’t as relevant anymore. And I hate to say it, but no one uses a blackberry anymore…
Found The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation through a reddit discussion on evil coprorations, where someone brought up that the US privatized prison system is engineered to get as many people in jail as possible.
[…] told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop.
If any of this is remotely true it’s absolutely amazing.
Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your Android phone once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make in Lightroom mobile will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.
Very handy program to have, glad it’s made it’s way to Android now as well. Really this fulfills the biggest dream I had when I had both an iPhone and Lightroom, rating photos on the toilet :)
The new, more powerful Google Translate app integrates a couple of very cool technologies. The first is WordLens, an iOS app which would (in real time) show you a translation of a live feed from the camera (ie: you pointed the app at a page and it would show you a translation as you moved your phone over the page, or pointed it at different street signs, etc. The second is (almost) real time audio translation, letting you hold the phone between you and a foreign speaker, and it will listen and translate whichever language is being spoken and display and speak the translation.
The Translate app already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.
I just showed this to a Spanish speaker in my office and he was amazed and it allowed us to have a (short) conversation in our native languages.
Snoozing the alarm in the morning is so satisfying. You get those extra few minutes of sleep without worrying you’re going to miss anything. That’s exactly what snoozing in Inbox is like. Whether you’re in an inconvenient place or simply need to focus on something else first, you can snooze away emails and Reminders to a better time or place without worrying you’re going to forget.
We installed the top 10 apps from Download.com, and you’ll never believe what happened! Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. Join us for the fun!
Shockingly (not really) download.com is not the useful utility and site it used to be back in The Good Old Days(tm).
I can’t. Just… wow. Make sure you watch the full video of his “apology”. And then head over to #FoxNewsFacts on twitter to see the Internet mocking Fox News.
Then head over to see the original report where the whole thing started, with the bastion of Fair and Balanced says that Birmingham (a lovely English town) is “all Muslim” and how there are “hundreds” of no-go zones where non-muslims don’t go.
Keep an eye on the female anchors face when he talks about how anyone who goes to Birmingham who doesn’t dress according to Muslim law get beaten.
And finally read how traumatizing this ordeal has been on him.
If you told me this was a comedy parody from the Onion I would believe it. Yet some crazy huge percentage of the US population relies on Fox for actual news.
Seeing inside a Rolex is a pretty awesome sight. The video is beautifully shot, and shows just why (I guess) you have to pay Rolex an extra arm when you get your watch maintained (or so I assume, having never owned a super-fancy watch).
Also I had no idea how many specialized tools and gizmos there were for watches.
The End of Paris Daily Photo, after 10 years of posting an image a day. Pretty fantastic, I’m only sad that I just discovered the site a few months ago.
Fox News Hashtag #OverIt2014 Backfires Big Time. This is why you don’t try to create “grass roots” movements on the Internet when you’re not grass roots.