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Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet

M. Umar Muzaffar:

Change your passwords when there’s still time. :P

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

I saw a t-shirt one time. “I’m a bomb disposal technician,” it read. “If you see me running, try to keep up.”

The same sort of idea can be applied to net security: when all the net security people you know are freaking out, it’s probably an okay time to worry.

This afternoon, many of the net security people I know are freaking out. A very serious bug in OpenSSL — a cryptographic library that is used to secure a very, very large percentage of the Internet’s traffic — has just been discovered and publicly disclosed.

Even if you’ve never heard of OpenSSL, it’s probably a part of your life in one way or another — or, more likely, in many ways. The apps you use, the sites you visit; if they encrypt the data they send back and forth, there’s a good chance they use OpenSSL to do it…

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The First $299 3D Printer Hits Its Kickstarter Goal In 11 Minutes

M. Umar Muzaffar:

WOAH WOAH WOAH!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Lots of things can happen in 11 minutes. You can grill a nice steak, you can bake a pan of cookies, or you can raise over $400,000 to build an ultra-compact 3D printer that, for a brief period, cost a mere $199. Called the Micro, the printer smashed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 and is now well on its way to becoming one of the most interesting projects on the site.

Created by a team in Bethesda, MD, the Micro originally sold for $199 for early birds and his since risen by $100. It’s a tiny printer, to be sure, with a 4.5 cubic-inch build volume and a special internal spool that holds the filament inside the printer’s case. It can build objects 4.5-inches high, which isn’t much but it’s enough to have a bit of fun.

Now, for the tough question: can M3D pull this off? The case…

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A giant art installation targets predator drone operators

M. Umar Muzaffar:

Value human lives, they’re not a bug splat.

Originally posted on #NotABugSplat:

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In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.

To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.

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The installation is also designed to be captured by satellites in order to make it a permanent part of the landscape on online mapping sites.

The project is a collaboration of artists who made use of the French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement. Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch the effort which has been released with the hashtag

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon FireTV, Windows Phone 8.1, And The New Start Screen

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Another week has come and gone, and with its close, we offer you this Friday Gadgets podcast.

Today we’re talking about Microsoft’s introduction of Windows Phone 8.1, as well as their re-introduction of the much beloved and never-forgotten Start screen. Plus, Amazon launched a brand new media console called the FireTV that includes gaming functionality.

I know, it was a big week.

We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John Biggs, Matt Burns, Jordan Crook, and Darrell Etherington.

Have a good Friday, everybody!

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Unreal Engine 4 Gets Support For Making Linux And SteamOS Games

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Unreal Engine 4, the newest version of the game engine that powers many a AAA gaming title, just got a feature that may prove quite important in the near feature: the ability to build games that run on Linux.

This news comes just weeks after the entry fee for making an Unreal Engine-powered game got slashed considerably. Instead of requiring weeks of licensing negotiation and hundreds of thousands of dollars up front, Epic Games decided to license Unreal Engine 4 to developers for $19 a month (plus 5 percent of gross revenue).

That news (and this move into Linux to some extent) are almost certainly meant to help Epic secure their footing among indie developers — a market that a relative newcomer, Unity, has managed to get a pretty solid grasp on. With past releases of the Unreal engine, Epic largely focused on licensing to huge development houses…

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Hawken: First Look

I must admit that I was intimidated by Hawken and without wasting much time I downloaded it via Steam and started playing it. Although it seems like a work in progress but I like its gameplay. It needs serious upgrading in terms of graphics. Mechs need to look more attractive & more weapon modification option is expected.

Right now Hawken is in ‘early-access phase’ and I have high hopes from it.

Startup Pakistan

Originally posted on The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser:

Career images The number of startup companies in Pakistan is rising steadily, especially in the IT, communications, retail and HR sectors. Here are five reasons why this is the best time to consider launching a startup in Pakistan:

Ecosystem. Now more than ever before, there is a lot of support from government and private investors for funding as well as opportunities to co-share spaces and incubators. Furthermore, due to the fact that internet rates are relatively low and 3G internet service is around the corner, tech support is set to become more efficient and cost-effective, which can facilitate startups effectively.

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