Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hackers break into Samsung Smartcam again

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Samsung's SmartCam has fit into users' DIY surveillance setups for years thanks to its smartphone control and local (non-cloud) storage. But at last August's DEFCON 22 security conference, members of the hacking blog Exploiteers listed exploits for the networked camera that allowed remote camera execution and let them change the administrator's password. Rather than fix it, Samsung ripped out the accessible web interface and forced users to run their SmartCams through the device giant's SmartCloud website. So, like good little hackers, Exploiteers broke into the camera again with a different exploit.

Samsung had patched the original vulnerabilities but left one set of scripts untouched: The php files which provide firmware updates via the camera's "iWatch" webcam monitoring service. Those scripts have a command injection bug allowing a user without admin privileges to allow root remote command execution. Exploiteers helpfully provided a technical writeup explaining how to do it, fix the vulnerability and even re-enable the web interface.

Source: Exploiteers

Emotional sci-fi game ‘Alone with You’ hits Steam next month

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Alone with You tells a surprising story about relationships, love and friendship -- surprising because it stars just one living human as he attempts to escape an abandoned planet that's scheduled for implosion. His only companion is the space colony's artificial intelligence system and holographs of dead colonists. Through interaction with the AI system and nightly conversations with digital ghosts, the survivor discovers details about the people who used to inhabit the planet and how their lives collided.

And now, it's all coming to Steam.

Alone with You is scheduled to land on Steam on February 9th for $10, but during launch week it'll be sold at a 15 percent discount. The game debuted on the PlayStation 4 and Vita this past August.

Alone with You is the follow-up to Benjamin Rivers' hit horror game, Home, which earned critical and public acclaim when it came out in 2012. Home helped establish Rivers as a successful independent developer with an eye for creating complex, player-driven narratives. While he was still working on Alone with You in 2015, Rivers talked with Engadget about the importance of tapping into players' emotions in video games.

"Storytelling is the most satisfying reward in games," Rivers said. "Feeling the gears in your brain turn as you begin to understand a mystery, learning to empathize with, or perhaps even to change a character's behavior -- those are the feedback loops that make my brain buzz the way someone might enjoy progressing up a level system. My other personal goal is to prove that narrative-driven games don't have to be boring or non-interactive or clumsy autobiographies."

Snowden never filed paperwork requesting a pardon

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If you thought Obama might give Edward Snowden a similar reprieve to Chelsea Manning this week, think again. While the formed NSA-contractor turned whistleblower has explained why the president should grant him clemency, he hasn't done anything beyond that. "Mr. Snowden has not filed paperwork to seek clemency from this administration," the White House told CNN today.

Further on that, Snowden has still not faced trial or been formally charged with any crimes -- unlike General James Cartwright of Stuxnet infamy. "I can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves," Obama said in November. Having a trial isn't a necessity for a pardon, mind you, but based on the President's comments at the time it doesn't sound like he was interested in broaching the situation that way.

"At the point at which Mr. Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments," he said, "then I think those issues will come into play."

As of publication time, the ACLU-led petition to grant Snowden full immunity was still roughly 500 signatures short of the 60,000 target -- up from 57,000 signatures in September.

It's worth noting that Snowden himself implored President Obama that if he only granted one act of clemency upon exiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to free Chelsea Manning. The president commuted Manning's sentence today and she will go free May 17th this year instead of 2045.

Source: CNN

NASA’s Curiosity finds new water evidence in possible cracked mud

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NASA's four-year-old Curiosity rover spent 2016 discovering new clues to Mars' history, including veins potentially from evaporated lakes and mineral deposits suggesting the planet once had oxygen. The craft spent the beginning of 2017 examining a newly-discovered natural formation: Rock cross-cut with ridges, which are probably mud cracks.

Assuming that interpretation holds up, it will be the first mud cracks (okay, "desiccation cracks") confirmed by the rover. Regardless, the cracked surface formed 3 billion years ago and was buried by layers of sediment, which all became stratified rock, according to a NASA blog post. Wind erosion exposed the split pieces, which are located in an area known as "Old Soaker" on lower Mount Sharp. Other evidence in the site includes a layering pattern called cross-bedding, which could have formed where water flowed vigorously, as in near the shore of a lake. Then again, it could have been made from windblown sediment during a dry episode.

Source: NASA blog

NASA’s Curiosity finds new water evidence in possible cracked mud

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NASA's four-year-old Curiosity rover spent 2016 discovering new clues to Mars' history, including veins potentially from evaporated lakes and mineral deposits suggesting the planet once had oxygen. The craft spent the beginning of 2017 examining a newly-discovered natural formation: Rock cross-cut with ridges, which are probably mud cracks.

Assuming that interpretation holds up, it will be the first mud cracks (okay, "desiccation cracks") confirmed by the rover. Regardless, the cracked surface formed 3 billion years ago and was buried by layers of sediment, which all became stratified rock, according to a NASA blog post. Wind erosion exposed the split pieces, which are located in an area known as "Old Soaker" on lower Mount Sharp. Other evidence in the site includes a layering pattern called cross-bedding, which could have formed where water flowed vigorously, as in near the shore of a lake. Then again, it could have been made from windblown sediment during a dry episode.

Source: NASA blog

What’s on TV: ‘Hunted,’ ‘Teachers,’ ‘Voltron’

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This week the NFL rolls out its conference championship games, but if you're not a sports fan there's still plenty to look forward to. On Sunday night, CBS kicks off its The Running Man-ish (book, not movie) reality TV show Hunted, while Netflix is ready to release the second season of Voltron: Legendary Defender. Teachers is also returning on TV Land, Baskets is back on FX and The Flame in the Flood has launched on PS4. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • The Girl on the Train (4K)
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses
  • Death Race 2050
  • Ali (Commemorative edition)
  • Battleship (4K)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (4K)
  • Fences
  • The Whole Truth
  • RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, Xbox One)
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (PS4, PC)
  • Outbreak (PC)
  • The Flame in the Flood (PS4)

Tuesday

  • Neal Brennan: 3 Mics, Netflix, 3AM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 8PM
  • The Wall, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30PM
  • The Mick, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Teen Wolf, MTV, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime 9PM
  • This is Us, NBC, 9PM
  • Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 9PM
  • Bull, CBS, 9PM
  • No Tomorrow (season finale), CW, 9PM
  • Bones, Fox, 9PM
  • The Real O'neals, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Teachers (season premiere), TV Land, 10PM
  • Shooter (season finale), USA, 10PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC, 10PM
  • Taboo, FX, 10PM
  • Killing Fields Discovery, 10PM
  • Sweet/Vicious, MTV, 10PM
  • Noisey, Viceland, 10PM
  • Throwing Shade (series premiere), TV Land, 10:30PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Wednesday

  • Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 8PM
  • Blindspot, NBC, 8PM
  • Lethal Weapon, Fox, 8PM
  • Unsung: Fat Joe, TV One, 8PM
  • Lucha Underground, El Rey, 8PM
  • Speechless, ABC, 8:30PM
  • People's Choice Awards 2017, CBS, 9PM
  • Are You the One?, MTV, 9PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Frequency, CW, 9PM
  • Nova, PBS, 9PM
  • Star, Fox, 9PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 9PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FXX, 10PM
  • Match Game, ABC, 10PM
  • Blood & Fury: America's Civil War (season finale), American History Channel, 10PM
  • Incorporated, Syfy, 10PM
  • Code Black, CBS, 10PM
  • Bong Appetit, Viceland, 10PM
  • Man Seeking Woman, FXX, 10:30PM
  • Jeff & Some Aliens, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Thursday

  • The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime, 7PM
  • Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama, BET, 7PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • The Good Place (season finale), NBC, 8PM
  • The Great Indoors, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Chicago Med, NBC, 9PM
  • Alone, History, 9PM
  • Mom, CBS, 9PM
  • My Kitchen Rules, Fox, 9PM
  • Life in Pieces, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Lip Sync Battle, Spike TV, 9:30 & 10PM
  • Baskets (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • Colony, USA, 10PM
  • The Blacklist, NBC, 10PM
  • Portlandia, IFC, 10PM
  • F*ck That's Delicious, Viceland, 10PM
  • Pure Genius, CBS, 10PM
  • Nightwatch, A&E, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Friday

  • Frontier (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Take the 10, Netflix, 3AM
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender (S2), Netflix, 3AM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump, CBS, 8PM
  • Rosewood, Fox, 8PM
  • Dr. Ken, ABC, 8:30PM
  • 20/20: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump, ABC, 9PM
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 9PM
  • Emerald City, NBC, 9PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 9PM
  • Sleepy Hollow, Fox, 9PM
  • The Wheel, Discovery, 10PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

Saturday

  • US Figure Skating Championships, NBC, 8PM
  • Beaches, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Cops, Spike TV, 8PM
  • Ransom, CBS, 8PM
  • Spurs/Cavaliers, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Aziz Ansari / Big Sean, NBC, 11:30PM

Sunday

  • NFL NFC Championship Game, Fox, 3PM
  • NFL AFC Championship Game, CBS, 6:40PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • The Librarians (season finale), TNT, 8PM
  • Mercy Street (season premiere), PBS, 8PM
  • Havana Moon, Starz, 9PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 9PM
  • The Young Pope, HBO, 9PM
  • Victoria, PBS, 9PM
  • Hunted (series premiere), CBS, 10PM
  • Conviction, ABC, 10PM
  • The Affair, Showtime, 10PM

What’s on TV: ‘Hunted,’ ‘Teachers,’ ‘Voltron’

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This week the NFL rolls out its conference championship games, but if you're not a sports fan there's still plenty to look forward to. On Sunday night, CBS kicks off its The Running Man-ish (book, not movie) reality TV show Hunted, while Netflix is ready to release the second season of Voltron: Legendary Defender. Teachers is also returning on TV Land, Baskets is back on FX and The Flame in the Flood has launched on PS4. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • The Girl on the Train (4K)
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses
  • Death Race 2050
  • Ali (Commemorative edition)
  • Battleship (4K)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (4K)
  • Fences
  • The Whole Truth
  • RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, Xbox One)
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (PS4, PC)
  • Outbreak (PC)
  • The Flame in the Flood (PS4)

Tuesday

  • Neal Brennan: 3 Mics, Netflix, 3AM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 8PM
  • The Wall, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30PM
  • The Mick, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Teen Wolf, MTV, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime 9PM
  • This is Us, NBC, 9PM
  • Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 9PM
  • Bull, CBS, 9PM
  • No Tomorrow (season finale), CW, 9PM
  • Bones, Fox, 9PM
  • The Real O'neals, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Teachers (season premiere), TV Land, 10PM
  • Shooter (season finale), USA, 10PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC, 10PM
  • Taboo, FX, 10PM
  • Killing Fields Discovery, 10PM
  • Sweet/Vicious, MTV, 10PM
  • Noisey, Viceland, 10PM
  • Throwing Shade (series premiere), TV Land, 10:30PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Wednesday

  • Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 8PM
  • Blindspot, NBC, 8PM
  • Lethal Weapon, Fox, 8PM
  • Unsung: Fat Joe, TV One, 8PM
  • Lucha Underground, El Rey, 8PM
  • Speechless, ABC, 8:30PM
  • People's Choice Awards 2017, CBS, 9PM
  • Are You the One?, MTV, 9PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Frequency, CW, 9PM
  • Nova, PBS, 9PM
  • Star, Fox, 9PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 9PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FXX, 10PM
  • Match Game, ABC, 10PM
  • Blood & Fury: America's Civil War (season finale), American History Channel, 10PM
  • Incorporated, Syfy, 10PM
  • Code Black, CBS, 10PM
  • Bong Appetit, Viceland, 10PM
  • Man Seeking Woman, FXX, 10:30PM
  • Jeff & Some Aliens, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Thursday

  • The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime, 7PM
  • Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama, BET, 7PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • The Good Place (season finale), NBC, 8PM
  • The Great Indoors, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Chicago Med, NBC, 9PM
  • Alone, History, 9PM
  • Mom, CBS, 9PM
  • My Kitchen Rules, Fox, 9PM
  • Life in Pieces, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Lip Sync Battle, Spike TV, 9:30 & 10PM
  • Baskets (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • Colony, USA, 10PM
  • The Blacklist, NBC, 10PM
  • Portlandia, IFC, 10PM
  • F*ck That's Delicious, Viceland, 10PM
  • Pure Genius, CBS, 10PM
  • Nightwatch, A&E, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Friday

  • Frontier (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Take the 10, Netflix, 3AM
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender (S2), Netflix, 3AM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump, CBS, 8PM
  • Rosewood, Fox, 8PM
  • Dr. Ken, ABC, 8:30PM
  • 20/20: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump, ABC, 9PM
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 9PM
  • Emerald City, NBC, 9PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 9PM
  • Sleepy Hollow, Fox, 9PM
  • The Wheel, Discovery, 10PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

Saturday

  • US Figure Skating Championships, NBC, 8PM
  • Beaches, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Cops, Spike TV, 8PM
  • Ransom, CBS, 8PM
  • Spurs/Cavaliers, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Aziz Ansari / Big Sean, NBC, 11:30PM

Sunday

  • NFL NFC Championship Game, Fox, 3PM
  • NFL AFC Championship Game, CBS, 6:40PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • The Librarians (season finale), TNT, 8PM
  • Mercy Street (season premiere), PBS, 8PM
  • Havana Moon, Starz, 9PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 9PM
  • The Young Pope, HBO, 9PM
  • Victoria, PBS, 9PM
  • Hunted (series premiere), CBS, 10PM
  • Conviction, ABC, 10PM
  • The Affair, Showtime, 10PM

Verizon prevents Galaxy Note 7 holdouts from making calls

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When Verizon rolled out an update that disabled charging on remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, that was all she wrote for the fire-prone smartphone, right? Apparently not. The carrier informs Fortune that there are still "thousands" of people still using the Note 7 on its network, and that it's taking some extreme measures to make those users reconsider their ways. Most notably, it's going to reroute their calls -- anything that isn't an emergency call will go straight to Verizon customer service. Big Red also says it may bill Note 7 owners for the price of the phone, which could cut especially deep when those who've already returned their phones actually received money back.

Those affected will certainly know that something's up. Owners are reporting that they've received text messages telling them that their phone will stop working in late January (the dates vary), and that they'll be charged if they don't return the phone within as little as 5 days. It's not certain that Verizon can charge customers under US recall rules, but the provider appears bent on trying.

It's not immediately clear how these owners managed to evade the charging update. We've reached out to Verizon to see if it can elaborate on what's happening, and you can look below for its current statement acknowledging the holdouts. However, not all Note 7 users are keeping their devices out of stubbornness. Verizon is asking users to return the phones in their original boxes, but that's not always an option -- the carrier may be leaving some customers no choice but to pay for the phone even if they do take it in. While there are certainly people who outright refuse to turn in their handsets (we've seen a few hoping to spoof phone IDs), you can't paint all of them with the same broad brush.

"In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note 7 to the point of purchase. The recalled Note 7s pose a safety risk to our customers and those around them."

Source: Fortune

‘The Flame in the Flood’ arrives today on PlayStation 4

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When it was released last year, The Flame in the Flood garnered a lot of attention for its big name developers and unique take on the wilderness survival genre. Today, PlayStation 4 players who have been missing out the experience will finally get to take a trip up the game's fictionalized Mississippi river and through a dystopic version of the American South.

Announced last month, the PS4 version was ported by Curve Digital and arrives as The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition, which includes Director Commentary from game studio Molasses Flood's "team of AAA refugees," a new dynamic theme, new system avatars and a few gameplay tweaks just for Sony's console. The studio's experienced talent have some of the biggest titles in gaming under their collective belts -- including BioShock Infinite, Halo and Rock Band -- but The Flame in the Flood stands apart with its indie game ethos, crafting system and fast-moving exploration of a completely realized post-apocalyptic world. It doesn't hurt that Chuck Ragan's lively alt-country soundtrack was one of 2016's best either.

The Flame in the Flood runs a reasonable $14.99 on PS4, but players will get a couple bucks off for the launch. And, of course, it's still available for PC and Xbox One as well.

Source: PlayStation Store

Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars’ moves to Netflix this year

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Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is jumping from Sony's Crackle streaming service to one that people actually watch: Netflix. Late this year, the show will debut with 24 new episodes according to Variety. What's more, 59 back episodes of the Emmy nominated show will arrive on the streaming service as well, and there are plans for another new run of episodes for next year.

If you're more a fan of Seinfeld's stand-up work there's even more good news. Following the multi-million dollar deals Netflix signed with Chris Rock and (presumably) Dave Chappelle, Seinfeld will film two new specials that will be exclusive to the service. Not too shabby for a guy who made us all laugh about "nothing." Of course, if you want to watch the eponymous show that made Seinfeld a household name, you still need a Hulu subscription.

Source: Variety

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