Take a Trip to the Malware Museum

I’m sure many of you have been to a museum at one point or another but did you know there was also a museum for Malware? That’s right, there’s a huge online collection of things that want to ruin your computer, and no, I’m not just talking about that “download more RAM” banner. Don’t worry, though, as this museum isn’t going to leave you with a wildly virus infected computer, it’s actually run by Archive.org and is more an art exhibition that a pit of doom that will wipe your hard drives.

Most people have heard of malware, most of you have likely suffered at the hand of it too, but there’s also a little artistic beauty to many of these bits of malicious software of days gone by. The exhibition was put together by online security expert Mikko Hypponen, and offers a visual collection of old-school viruses and the often creative visual effects, ascii art and more that they use to use to effectively troll their victims. It’s certainly a colourful display too, and you can see them in action in all their glory.

There are some pretty cool animations in there too, it’s not just blocks of text or pop ups like you would expect from modern spam-centric viruses. If anything, I’d say the hackers of the past were far more creative and more often than not were just out to demonstrate their skills and cause destruction, rather than be financially motivated; not that this makes what they did any better for the user of course.

So what are you waiting for? Take a trip back to the days of MS-DOS and floppy discs, screen saver viruses and more and who knows, maybe you’ll learn a bit of computer history while you’re at it.

View the full gallery at Archive.org.

The Best MGS V Snake and Quiet Cosplay You Will Ever See

Cosplay is a very popular pastime, especially when it comes to portraying video game characters. Metal Gear Solid V (MGS V) is certainly no exception and with Snake and Quiet being very popular choices when it comes to dressing up, it was only a matter of time before someone got them perfect.

Courtesy of Maulcosplay (Snake) and Majafelicitas (Quiet) and the photography of Eosandy, these are without a doubt the best Metal Gear Solid V cosplay pictures you will ever see. Their attention to detail is immense and while I must admit, the images are helped in no small part to some great photography and a dose of post-processing, the end results speak for themselves. I would love to see the unedited images, as it’s clear they would still look amazing, but the filters do bring the lighting closer to what you would see in-game.

Have you ever tried Cosplay? Even if you haven’t, which game characters would you love to portray?

E3 2015 Booth Gallery

E3 2015 is well underway now, and with Sony and Microsoft delivering killer keynote presentations earlier this week, we thought we would bring you a quick look at some of the other fun stuff happening in and around the event. There’s a huge amount of booths at the show, although that likely comes as no surprise. However, there’s no doubt that many of you are unable to make it to the event, so why not check out this gallery of the fun you could see at the show, and who knows, perhaps it’ll be enough to tempt you into booking up tickets for next years show!

If you were at E3, which booths and more importantly, given this is a gaming event after all, which games would you be most eager to check out? There’s still a few days left of the show, so no doubt we can expect a few more cool surprises from various developers and studios, so stay tuned and we’ll bring you the latest as soon as we have it.

Microsoft “Office Lens” Document Scanner App for Android Beta Released

Microsoft just released the Android beta app for “Office Lens”, an app that allows you to capture notes, business cards, receipts, and other printed material to be saved as a digital file. The app can also capture things like whiteboards and save them as a digital file, a useful tool for capturing meeting notes in the office.

The written text will be recognized with OCR, transforming what was written into text that you can edit. Using the app is very simple, and to start you just open the app and use the camera to capture your image.  The app takes care of the rest by framing, cropping, and enhancing the image. The resulting file can be saved to your gallery, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, or as a PDF. To get started with the app you will need to join the beta community on Google+ and sign up to test the app.

Source: Android Police

See Famous Paintings as Raw Data

Now we all know how much effort can go into a painting by a person, but exactly how much goes into a painting by a computer? Japanese artist Yousuke Ozawa set out to demonstrate that by creating a series of artwork that showcases some of history’s most famous pieces in raw data.

Yes, what you’re seeing above is the legendary painting ‘The Scream’ converted into its raw data. The idea of the artwork is to showcase just how much code is behind an amazing painting such as that and how computers intricately replicate the work of the artist on our screens.

“Art is now seen through google images or wallpapers. However, we are actually looking at a series of numbers and letters instead of actual paint. Through a generator I retrieved the codes of each paintings I found on google images and printed them out, framed and showcased them at a galleries in Tokyo.” – Yousuke Ozawa

The pieces have been displayed in Tokyo, but we can all see them (not entirely in raw data thankfully) on Ozawa’s website.

Source: Data Visualization Via: Gizmodo

“Signs From The Near Future” Provide An Interesting Insight To Modern Life

Technology is changing faster than ever these days, innovative and world changing products seem to hit the market every other month and while we’re all so busy using our new gadget overlords to share things on social media, stream our multimedia, navigate us where ever we go and more, we often forget to look at just how radically the world is changing around us.

We’ve got driverless cars on our roads, drones in the sky, VR glasses and other wearable technologies, as far as the young boy in my mind is concerned, we are in what I would have called the future when I was little. So what comes next in our technology obsessed lives? Well designer Fernando Barbella has shared his image of a slightly dystopian future in his Signs of the Near Future Tumblr and whilst some are a little amusing, some are pretty thought provoking too as they’re not all that far detached from the reality we live in now…

Check out the gallery and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you Signsfromthefuture for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Signsfromthefuture.

Insomnia i49 – Summer 2013 Live Gallery

Introduction


We’re back again it Multiplay’s Insomnia gaming festival, the biggest of its type in the UK and its a big one alight. With over 3000 BYOC gamers (Bring Your Own Computer) booked in to come and play some of the biggest games (as well as some of the lesser known games) on one massive gaming network, whether it be for fun or for the pros – for the cash!

Those with a keen eye will see that GamesCom over in Germany has conveniently clashed with this summers LAN event, but that has not stopped us from getting a slice of the action. Whilst Andy and Peter are over in Cologne seeing what’s new in the gaming world, I’m here getting the latest coverage from the forefront of the gaming scene with those that play the games themselves.

For those that have been to, or have seen our coverage of Insomnia before will know some of the major highlights of the weekend – apart from the tournaments – include the grand opening ceremony with tons of swag (including boxes) literally being thrown out for everyone to get a bit of; or in some cases they may have to work a little for their goodies. On top of this there is also the exhibition hall with a wide array of manufacturers and vendors showing off some of the latest and greatest kit, including Overclockers UK who will be yet again offering their delivery to your desk option for hardware purchases – for free!

One of the biggest staged events of the weekend has to be the world famous pub quiz the takes place on Saturday night, and don’t worry if you’re not here as you can take part yourself via the live web feed through the iSeries website.

So all in all there is a lot in store for those that are here as well as those who are visiting, but fear not as we will be here getting a slice of the action to show back to you.