Lytro Cinema Gives You The 40K Experiance

When we say 40K in this instance we aren’t talking about the Warhammer universe, instead, I am talking about the 40k resolution that the Lytro Cinema will give you.

Lytro uses a “light field solution” to detect and calculate a cubic ton of information regarding the light in a photo, this gives you not just the original imagine but the depth of any given point, essentially a 3D copy. While this technology may give you something to use for VR technology, the companies recent introduction of Lytro Cinema looks to be the closest to everyday use that we will see for a while.

Lytro Cinema records at 40K resolution with a staggering 300 FPS, leading to around 400 gigabytes of information per second. With the ability to change settings after filming because of how the data is recorded, the new recording technique may get rid of an old cinema favorite, the green screen.

With the ability to detect and focus on a particular part of a scene, the reliance of putting people within a green screen (something you would then remove to overlay special effects). With the rental package for a camera starting at £125k, it’s not for your everyday filmmaker.

With many only just catching up to 4K TV’s, I doubt that 40K 3D content will be coming to your home anytime soon but when it comes to making movies the added quality can only be a good thing.

SilverPush is Actually Legal?!

Earlier this week we reported that the FTC was warning people about apps that used the SilverPush framework. The reason was that the FTC believed users should be aware that SilverPush automatically collected and sent the data on to third parties, without any notification. SilverPush has now responded and is looking to put this warning behind them.

The feature that was causing issues with the FTC was the “unique audio beacons” (UAB) system, which could identify sounds, both audible and those you can’t even hear, to detect what shows you were watching on your TV and even if you were on a laptop in the same room.

In their statement, SilverPush has responded by stating the UAB system is no longer used in their framework and that they don’t have any active partnerships with US-based developers. While this may be true, there is no way to prove it as the product still features as one of their core products and is even advertised under the cross device platform.

Even amongst all of this news, it would seem that the SilverPush framework and everything it does is actually legal, something that may surprise people, and not in a good way. Do you feel comfortable knowing that the only reason the FTC had an issue was that you weren’t being told the app could use your microphone or is the entire premise of spying on everything you do through your microphone a little too creepy to handle?

SpotCam Announces HD Eva Wi-Fi Camera with Free Cloud Recording

Monitoring your home while you are away can be both tricky to setup and manage as well as get quite expensive depending on your needs, but there are simple solutions too. One of those simple solutions is the newly introduced SpotCam HD Eva which is a complete and user-friendly IP webcam solution with free online recording.

The HD Eva can both pan and tilt its wide-angle lens in order to monitor your pets and loved ones anywhere in the room. You can eliminate dead zones with his and get high-quality camera footage with full 3660-degree horizontal movement and 70-degree vertical movement – and this can be controlled from anywhere and any device that has a web-browser.

Most cameras like this offer you a live view for free, but recording will either cost you monthly plans or they are limited to motion-detected clips. The HD Eva offers free unlimited 24-hour cloud continuous video recording out of the box. SpotCam users can rewind and review a full 24-hour’s footage at any time without paying a subscription. That said, you can pay monthly or yearly plans in order to get access to 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day recording options too. All files are stored in Amazon’s cloud, which should keep them pretty safe and it is considered one of the world’s most secure cloud service.

The camera offers 720p HD recordings with sound and H.264 compression to save both bandwidth and storage. It features 18 IR LEDs that make it able to record when it’s practically dark too. Built-in motion and audio detection can also be configured to send out notifications to you.

With a built-in microphone and speaker, two-way communication is possible too. Say hi to your pets or yell at them when they go where they shouldn’t – it’s a small job for the HD Eva. Price-wise it isn’t the cheapest, but considering the features and included 24-recording service, £169.99 is a fair offering.

VTech Leak Contained Headshots of Kids and Chat Logs

Recently it came to light that VTech had been hacked, potentially revealing thousands of emails and usernames. The hacker has revealed more information though on what was contained and revealed within the hack, the information which was revealed yesterday.

The data that was obtained from the hack contained around 4.8 million users details, but the scope of the information is nothing compared to what the hacker was able to obtain. 200GB’s of images were downloaded from the server containing images of both the parents and child of the registered accounts, coupled with the chat logs between parents and children (some of which are recording of conversations).

VTech suggests using the image so that it’s easier for parents and children to talk and interact through their services. The hacker provided Motherboard with 3,832 image files and at least one audio recording to prove that the information they obtained was legitimate and the scope of the risk from such an amount of data.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the photos, chats and recordings were often linked to usernames, something that normally wouldn’t be a problem but with usernames, address and emails being revealed and even their security questions and answers (meaning that resetting your password would have been an easy task).

While the service has been stopped by VTech while they investigate. The hacker stated, “it makes me sick that I was able to get all this stuff” and I think it’s fair to say that no matter what they do VTech has a lot to answer for.

IGN Video About PC Gaming Shows You Can’t Spell Ignorant Without IGN

Gaming journalism is possibly one of the most distrusted professions and there’s a great deal of scrutiny surrounding critical scores. This is expected though as people are very passionate and knowledgeable about their favourite game franchise. Additionally, becoming a professional gaming journalist is a dream for many people and it can be frustrating to see hired individuals showing a complete lack of knowledge. IGN’s readership is absolutely massive, but also known for inconsistent reviews scores, and poor standards of writing.

Recently, during a round-table discussion, one journalist claimed PC gaming didn’t have any major recording software and lacked in this department compared to the Xbox One. This is laughable as prior to the latest consoles, recording footage on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 required a dedicated piece of hardware. In contrast to this, the PC has a huge array of software including XSplit, Fraps, Open Broadcast Software, MSI Afterburner, Shadowplay, Dxtory and more! Once again IGN’s complete incompetence surrounding the PC gaming industry and hardware defies belief.

The journalist in question, Sean Finnegan, attempted to defend his comments and said:

This response doesn’t evoke a sense of confidence and exemplifies IGN’s atrocious journalistic standards. To be fair, mistakes can happen, but this is a simple concept and doesn’t require years of industry experience to be aware of. Windows 10 now integrates a capture feature to make sharing footage incredibly easy. It’s no wonder gaming audiences around the world distrust journalists. Without sounding too harsh, it makes me question how someone could attain such an important job position while spouting rubbish. Finnegan’s remarks are akin to something you would hear from a devout Xbox fanatic.

As modern media changes, traditional print outlets are being closed down. Furthermore, IGN is becoming a laughing stock among a certain core demographic and these ignorant comments won’t help matters.

Hack Reveals Recordings of 70 Million Calls From Prison Phones

With companies that provide phone services to prisons being scrutinised for the prices they demand and the leaks and hacks that have recently revealed the lack of security at some major companies, including the likes of TalkTalk, it was only a matter of time before the two stories became connected in some way. Some recently obtained records, which led to a surprising realisation of just how unsafe we are in this digital world.

Over 70 million records of phone calls were placed in SecureDrop, an online service designed to allow users to share files anonymously, and reveals that Securus, a company that is considered one of the leading providers of phone services inside US prisons and jails, has not only recorded all the phone calls but has stored them in a way that someone was able to download them (and in this case, also share them). The 70 million calls cover 37 states and as far as the records start in December 2011 and end only in Spring 2014.

While usual to record calls, the more worrying fact regarding this exposure was that at least 14,000 of those records were between inmates and attorneys. Designed originally to help protect people by blanket observing any communications between inmates and the outside, there are obvious flaws in the system given that all conversations between inmates and attorneys are protected by law and are designed to be confidential, as such they are not allowed to be recorded, and any breach of this attorney-client confidentiality is a breach of their constitutional rights.

Orbweb 4.0 now available for Thecus Windows-Based NAS

Thecus’ Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS got an upgrade and Orbweb 4.0 is now available for the range of devices. Orbweb 4.0 is the latest version of the robust remote web access application and it provides media streaming, webcam monitoring, and allows users to view, edit and transfer files. Users will be able to remotely access files via a web browser as well as mobile devices anytime and anywhere without the use of third-party servers.

The new Orbweb.me 4.0 includes a redesigned user interface, increased support for multimedia files, compatibility with Windows 10, as well as timeline view and snapshot for webcam monitoring.

It now supports the mkv, mpg, ogv, avi, ts, webm, flv, rmvb, mov, m2ts, wmv, and 4k file formats, and also give users the joys of on-the-fly transcoding that automatically adjusts resolution based on bandwidth and screen size available. Windows 7 and 8 were already supported in the previous version and now Windows 10 is supported as well. Android and iOS devices can also be used and they’re the most common on-the-road devices.

The webcam monitoring function is pretty cool, allowing you to turn your NAS into a surveillance station with motion detection and email notifications. The new version adds a timeline view and snapshot, and the one-click activation icon allows convenient control of webcam monitoring activities. All the recorded data will then naturally be stored on the Windows-based Thecus NAS or one of its mounted drives.

Thecus Windows Storage Server NAS include a one-year subscription for the Orbweb.me Ultimate Version. Mobile versions can be downloaded from Google Play and the iOS App Store while the latest PC version can be found on https://orbweb.me/. It is to be noted that the Windows version requires Java.

 

GoPro Unleashes Tiny Hero 4 Session Camera

GoPro have unveiled their latest video camera which adopts a stunningly small form factor. The Hero 4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than previous Hero products whilst maintaining 1440p 30 fps and 1080p 60 fps recording capabilities. Additionally, the device is up to 10m waterproof and able to capture single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second through an 8MP sensor.

The built-in battery offers approximately 2 hours of record time which should be more than enough to capture memorable moments in extreme environments. Other superb features include a panoramic mode with a cinematic field of view, one touch recording, dual microphones and automatic image rotation. I’m pleased to see the Hero 4 Session support every unique mount out there from headgear to arm tripods which makes it a small but very flexible piece of recording apparatus.

Currently, the product is available for pre-order and should be in stock on the 12th July. However, the MSRP of £329.99 might be a little high to most consumers. There is some added value through the editing package which allows you to make professional content without relying on 3rd party software. The Hero 4 Session encourages sharing creations over social networks. This can be done directly on the device through the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

While the compact size is magnificent and incredibly useful to record fast motion video, I’m not sure if the camera will have a widespread appeal.

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US, UK, New Zealand and France – Who’s Spying On Who?

Over the past few years, people have been told more and more about countries which have been part of or are actively spying on one another. The biggest revelation coming when it was revealed by Edward Snowden the extent at which the American government was spying not only on foreign entities but also on their own citizens. If the latest reports are correct it would seem France has joined the list of countries spying on foreign entities.

In a report from the L’Observateur, it claims that the french agency DGSE tapped several undersea fiber cables in an attempt to gain access to the information transmitted via them. This action was conducted and completed with cooperation from both the telecom supplier Alcatel-lucent and the operator Orange.

The received information was then shared with GCHQ, the British security agency responsible for digital and online security. If these reports are confirmed it could be a little trouble with GCHQ, given that they also received information from the American’s PRISM program. The PRISM program is reported to have recorded the conversations and communications of several high-ranking French officials including the President himself but also tried to access and gather all information relating to French companies which were valued over $200 million. PRISM then shared the information with the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

It seems that everyone is shocked when they find out  that someone spied on them, but then it all changes when it turns out they were spying on that country at the same time. I’ve lost track of who’s spying on who and sharing that information with what country.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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Amnesty International Tracked By UK Goverment

Amnesty International is an organisation dedicated to promoting human rights and defends victims who have been abused. They have recently forayed into the world of digital rights, with the release of an Anti-spyware programme  designed to track down and alert you to common signs that your computer may be observed or accessed remotely. Ironically, the latest news is that members of Amnesty International have been observed by GCHQ (the Governmental branch within the UK that overlooks digital security).

On Wednesday, Amnesty International announced they received an email outlining that their information had been intercepted, accessed and recorded. The time frame that this information was obtained from and stored from has yet to be disclosed. The revelation was revealed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), who are in charge of monitoring and making sure that government agencies follow the policies involved in surveillance. Following from these investigations Amnesty International has requested that the IPT hold a public hearing into the claims, allowing for the scope and detail of the surveillance to be revealed in the open.

With the scope of the surveillance unknown and the detail unclarified to both the public and Amnesty International itself, it’s hard to disagree that there should be more open and public discussions when it comes to the level that digital surveillance is used (even illegally).

Thank you Amnesty International for the information and the image.

Alibi: The Recording App That Acts as a Witness

A team of software developers have created a mobile app that automatically records your life for you – audio, video, pictures, and geolocation – just in case you might need a witness. The aptly named Alibi passively records you, all day long, deleting recordings after an hour. Should something happen that you require permanent documentation of, you can save the recorded data to support you should you need it.

Inspiration for the app came from an incident involving Ryan Seleh, one of Alibi’s coders, in which he was accosted by two police officers. Saleh’s car was pulled over in New York, and one of the officers began searching the vehicle. After a chat with his uncle, Saleh realised that the cop broke the law by undertaking an illegal search, and that he could press charges against them if he had evidence. So Saleh teamed up with some developer friends to create an application that, should an incident like that occur again, could provide such evidence.

“The idea is that we all walk around all the time with the tools that we need to document our lives, [but] the only real reason we can’t is the amount of data that it encompasses,” Saleh said. “The truth is we know what we want to keep after the fact, we don’t know before.”

Referring to recent spate of incidents in the US of black men being assaulted or killed by police officers, Saleh said, “We’re seeing a lot of this more and more, but for every instance that is recorded, there are 10 that aren’t.”

The default setting on Alibi is to record audio – with a range of about six feet – and geolocation – pinged every 15 minutes – with no noticeable impact on battery life. If video recording is activated, however, that cuts battery life by up to 85%.

Alibi is available for Android from the Google Play store now. Though the app is ready for iOS, the Apple SDK prohibits background image and video recording, so iPhone users are set to miss out, for now.

Thank you Tech Republic for providing us with this information.

MediaTek’s Latest Helio SoC Will Let You Record 4K Videos at 120 FPS

The Taiwanese mobile chip maker, MediaTek, is reportedly working on a high-end SoC lineup named Helio, which the company states will compete with its rivals, Qualcomm and Samsung.

The company has revealed its latest SoC at a recent conference in Beijing, where the company’s executive explained how MediaTek is going to grasp the high-end SoC market with its new Helio lineup, which is comprised of the Helio X and Helio P versions.

While the Helio X is stated to be used in high-end smartphones, the Helio P will help the company grasp the budget smartphone market as well. The first Helio lineup is stated to be made up of the MediaTek MT6795, featuring an octa-core package, and the second will come with the ARM Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz.

Mediated is said to be creating more chipsets in the future, which will feature ARM’s Cortex-A72 processor that will allow users to record 4K videos at 120 FPS.

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Transcend Released MP710 Digital Music Player, Recorder and Fitness Tracker

Smartphones can do it all, but they’re not always the best choice. For music and fitness lovers, the phone might have to limited battery time and for those Transcend released the Black and White MP710 digital music player.

Next to the music player it has some built-in functions to keep track of your fitness progress. You can set workout times, calories limits, number of steps or the distance traveled as goals and to be notified when those goals are reached and it works with a built-in G-Sensor step counter. A simple but effective method.

One of the advantages of such a device is the increased battery time compared to your smart phone. The MP710 can deliver 42 hours of music playback on a single charge. It has 8GB storage and a 2-inch full colour TFT display that should be viewable even in bright sunlight.

It also doubles as a voice recorder, line-in recorder and comes with built-in FM radio. You can scheduled recording of radio broadcasts or use it for interviews with up to 28 hours continuous use while the A-B repeat function will help you when you have to write down a transcript of the recorded audio.

The Transcend MP710 comes backed by a two-year warranty and as either black or white model. At the time of writing it can be had at Amazon for £41.99.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Sony Quietly Launch New G Series XQD 2 Memory Cards

Sony has quietly launched a new series of their memory cards with a significant performance boost. The new G Series is compliant with both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB 3.0 interfaces for the XQD 2 Format. The new G-Series memory cards can deliver impressive speeds up to 400 MB/s reads and 350 MB/s writes.

Sony’s new G-Series memory cards provide efficient data writing and dependable recording of 4K video while avoiding speed degradation. The larger capacity 128GB model expands the line-up allowing up to 40 minutes of 4K XAVC Intra 422 60p (600Mbps) recording with 4K video cameras.

The G Series comes bundled with a dedicated USB 3.0 adapter so you can transfer all those RAW images and data-intensive 4K video files to your workstation at the same speeds, and get started with the those editing jobs.

These new memory cards won’t come cheap. The 32GB model will set you back $163.50, the 64GB model will cost you $363.95 while the largest 128GB card will cost a staggering $799.95. The included USB 3.0 adapter has a retail value of $38, so that can be seen as a value boost. The new Sony XQD cards will start shipping on November 3rd.

Thanks to Sony for providing us with this information

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PAPAGO! P2 Pro Dashcam Review

Introduction


The usage of dash cams hasn’t boomed yet. It’s still some what in its infancy. There are many different versions that can be found on retailers like Amazon or Ebay that are really cheap and don’t really provide the necessary quality and feature sets to really make them relevant. But that’s about to change. Let me introduce you to Papago!.

Papago! has been in the GPS industry for over a decade. With all of the experience they’ve gained they have built a very strong following in countries like Taiwan, China, Russia, South East Asia, Japan, and Australia. And with their recent expansion into the United States they’re not only looking to follow others to bring another novelty dash cam into the market, they’re looking to dominate it.

Pulled directly from their website, “PAPAGO! Inc. has devoted itself to offering better services and driving technology for every consumer”. So let’s see how well they live up to that devotion.

Papago! was gracious enough to send us their P2 Pro Dash Cam. As you can see from the images below, the packaging is very simple and clean. No fancy marketing graphics. Just straight to the point.

Once the box is ripped open you can see that it includes the user manual, adjustable windshield mount, screws to secure the dash cam, power cable, and of course the dash cam itself.

SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information
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Stealing Encryption Keys From A Computer Just By Listening

A team of researchers have managed to crack strong encryption algorithms by simply listening to a laptop as it decrypts it. I don’t mean they listened to someone type, they physically listened to the electrical components such as the processors and capacitors and found that they could isolate the vibrations made by these components to extract the RSA 4,096-bit encryption key in less than an hour!

Using a microphone and some software based audio filters they were able to extract keys, of course the microphone needs to be high powered and in close proximity. The team found parabolic microphones to work very well as they could be as much as 13 feet away from the system while recording what they needed. What’s even crazier is that they managed to do it with a regular smartphone, but the device had to be within a foot of the laptop. While a final test found that just recording the computers electrical ground potential could also provide the key.

So far the team have only cracked one type of RSA encryption, but there is no reason why they can’t decipher the sound paterns for different software. If your hiding some top secret information on your laptop, you may want to watch out for people putting their mobiles next to your computer, and be especially wary of people pointing parabolic microphones at you, just because you’re not speaking aloud, doesn’t mean there is nothing to record.

Personally I do think this raises some interesting security concerns, but on the other hand the method for extracting the keys is very impressive.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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