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  • An unofficial app will soon let you stream PS4 games to your PC
    An unofficial app will soon let you stream PS4 games to your PC 3 hours ago

    Earlier this year Microsoft introduced functionality that allows players to stream Xbox One games to their PC. Now, it seems that an independent developer is set to provide a similar tool for the PlayStation 4. The developer, who goes by the name of Twisted, became known to PlayStation fans after he modified the official app that offered remote play between the PlayStation 4 and certain Sony smartphones to work with any device running Android. His current project builds on that effort, substituting the smartphone for a PC. While this tool is thoroughly unofficial, it will likely carry a price tag of $10 when it sees release. Twisted maintains that these funds will help pay for his living expenses as he continues development, as stability improvements and other tweaks will likely be required. A dev has to eat, after all. Related: Sony confirms PlayStation 2 emulation coming to PS4 However, it remains to be seen whether Sony will allow for Twisted to distribute his work. The idea of a third party application offering this sort of functionality is already shaky ground to be treading upon, and charging for the privilege would seem to be a major red flag from a corporate outlook. Charging for the app could further complicate matters, particularly if it includes code from a previous version of Sony’s own software. Sony hasn’t announced any plans to offer its own PC streaming tool, likely because such usage has typically been used as a selling point for its handheld devices. Both its smartphones and the PlayStation Vita make full use of their PlayStation 4 remote play potential in marketing materials. Earlier in the week, Twisted had shared plans to release the remote play tool today, but it seems that there is still some last-minute work to be done before the project is ready to release. This morning a post from his Twitter account read, “I doubt I’ll be done today but trying my best.” Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Here are all the places that support Apple Pay, including 600+ banks and credit …
    Here are all the places that support Apple Pay, including 600+ banks and credit … 4 hours ago

    Mobile payments aren’t exactly new. In fact, all previous attempts to kill the wallet have failed miserably. However, now that Apple Pay is available to all iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, mobile payments are heating up. Banks, stores, and companies are jumping on the bandwagon and eagerly pledging their support for Apple Pay. It seems as if new partners are joining every day, so we’ve put together this handy list of all the major partners, which we’ll update as more are added. Here are all the brands and countries that support Apple Pay. Updated on 11-25-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may soon launch in China, as Apple reportedly strikes preliminary deal with UnionPay. Click on a link to go to a section: List of countries List of stores List of banks Use on Apple Watch List of apps Apple Pay is coming to China soon Initially, Apple Pay only worked in the United States, but Apple is interested in brining the service to users in many countries. Next up, appears to be China, according to reports. In late November, Bloomberg reported that China’s UnionPay and Apple have reached a preliminary agreement to bring the mobile payment service to the country by 2016. Other rumors point to an early February 2016 launch. If such an agreement has been struck, it’s a big win for Apple Pay. China’s UnionPay already has 5 million terminals in the country for payments, so working together would help spur Apple Pay adoption. Credit card issuers and banks are still being consulted, mainly because of concerns over transaction fees. Related: Apple pushing to get Apple Pay into China, early February launch reported Apple reportedly charges a 0.15 percent fee for every transaction made with its system. Although U.S. merchants are used to paying as much as 2 percent in total fees, Chinese merchants typically pay a mere 0.38 percent. The issue of fees is a reoccurring theme for Apple Pay, but assuming the parties involved work out a deal, UnionPay and Apple will bring Apple Pay to China together soon. It seems that UnionPay decided to ally itself with Apple in hopes of beating out the competition from Tencent and Alibaba. Much earlier on, a job posting spotted by iClarified showed that Apple  is also seeking an Apple Pay Site Reliability Engineer for China. This person would be responsible for Apple’s team of employees in China who are “focused on the front line customer experience and the back end integration of Apple systems with our Network and Banking partners.” The fact that Apple is ramping up for an Apple Pay launch in China is no surprise, but the job listing seems to indicate that the launch may happen in the near future. It’s already in the Australia, the UK, Canada, and U.S. The first country to get Apple Pay other than the States was the U.K. You can read our full guide to Apple Pay in the U.K. here. Now, the payment system also works in Canada and Australia, albeit in a limited capacity. Only Canadians and Australians with American Express cards can use the service at present, but AmEx cards that have been co-branded with banks won’t work. The Sydney Morning Herald says there are 6.8 million AmEx cards out of 42 million credit cards in the country, which is pretty decent. It’s also unclear how many stores in Canada and Australia will support Apple Pay, though Tim Hortons, Indigo, McDonald’s, Petro Canada, and Staples were mentioned for Canada. In Australia, the stores include David Jones, Myer, McDonald’s, K-Mart, Telstra, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Starbucks, Officeworks, Hoyts, Zara, Bunnings, and Shell. Other banks and stores will likely join the service soon in both countries. In mid-October, TD Canada Trust accidentally leaked that Apple Pay would arrive as early as November. The bank quickly apologized for the mistake on is website, but this leak could indicate that TD Canada Trust will soon be a partner. Related: Square now accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay in 100 local businesses and counting Earlier on, sources stated that Apple is in talks with Canada’s six biggest banks, which account for 90 percent of all bank accounts in the country, to bring the mobile payment service to their customers, reports the Wall Street Journal.  The Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and National Bank of Canada, were all mentioned in the report. Apparently, the banks may launch Apple Pay at different times, unnamed sources said, because some have bigger concerns over Apple’s requirements than others. Apparently, Apple may charge Canadian banks more to use Apple Pay than it charges American banks. Another sticking point may be worries over security and fraud. Some banks want to require the use of a PIN number in addition to the Apple Pay process, which is authorized with a fingerprint scan. Naturally, Apple may object to that request, if it’s made, because it will slow down the mobile payment process. In Australia, transaction fees seem to be a sore point, too, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. In the U.S., Apple reportedly gets about 15 cents on every $100 spent. In Australia, most banks charge a smaller transaction fee of just 50 cents per $100 spent, and in the U.S., that number is $1 for every $100 spent. The Herald report states that Apple is demanding the same cut of the transaction fee in Australia that it gets in America, even though the fees are different. Similar objections have been raised by other countries, including China. Australian banks are also concerned that Apple Pay may distract customers away from their new products. However, the biggest reason why Australian banks are leery of the deal seems to be that they have to pay money into a fund called the New Payments Platform, which aims to bring a new payment option to Australian customers and businesses. The banks worry that Apple pay may be included in the new system without having to pay its fair share to join. These issues could be resolved, though. Additionally, Visa Europe stated that it is working with Apple to bring the feature to Europe as soon as possible. On February 24, Visa Europe announced the launch of something called “tokenisation,” a super secure way of conducting mobile payments without exposing card and account details. Beyond that, it’s easily disabled in the event of a phone being stolen. Tokenization was a key driver in Apple Pay’s launch in the U.S., and is in use by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Its official introduction in Europe indicate’s Visa is making sure it’s prepared for Apple Pay’s eventual launch, which may by hastened by this important step. According to the press release, Visa tokenization will be online in mid-April. Related: Apple limits NFC on iPhone 6 models to Apple Pay In mid-December, a pair of job postings popped up on Apple’s website for a London-based intern who would “drive the roll-out” of Apple’s new mobile payment system across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. The post was spotted by iClarified before Apple removed it. The intern would be responsible for forging partnerships with “payment networks and merchants across Europe,” the job description reads. Based on this report, it seems likely that Apple Pay will arrive in Europe relatively soon. Apple Pay works at 700,000 locations, will reach Starbucks in 2016 At the Recode mobile conference in October 2015, Apple VP Jennifer Bailey said Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s restaurants would all accept Apple Pay in 2016, with the former starting a trail run before the end of this year. Don’t get too excited just yet, there’s no firm action date for any of them. These new Apple Pay stores will join the 700,000 stores across the U.S. that already accept the mobile payment system, a figure announced at Apple’s own Spring Forward event in early 2015. Apple started out with just 220,000 locations back in September 2014, and the number has grown month after month, despite initial resistance from competing mobile payment platforms. Rite Aid, a founding member of the exclusionary, rival CurrentC consortium, has reversed course and announced it’ll support Apple Pay and other contactless transaction methods soon. All of the company’s 4,600 stories will begin accepting contactless payments starting August 15, according to a press release. Rite Aid isn’t the first supporter of the CurrentC platform to change its mind about Apple Pay, which indicates that the tide is turning in NFC’s favor. Several big box retailers support Apple Pay, including Best Buy. Target is also reported to have plans for Apple Pay in the pipeline. Target CEO Brian Cornell told Recode the retailer will add chip and PIN technology to its checkouts before the holiday season of 2015, but Apple Pay will have to wait. Still, the CEO sounded optimistic that Apple Pay will soon be available at Target. On Apple’s website, the company lists its own store, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Duane Reade, McDonald’s, Sephora, Petco, Panera Bread, Staples, Nike, Walgreens, Subway, Whole Foods, Marriott, and more as participating stores. The list continues to grow, with dozens of clothing stores, restaurants, and other retailers signing up. Also, chances are, if you see the NFC mobile payments symbol on a cash register, Apple Pay will work at that store, too. Related: Apple Watch uses skin contact to secure mobile payments Apple pay already works in 40,000 Coca Cola vending machines, but tap to pay will roll out to 100,000 Coke machines before 2016 arrives. Also, thanks to an earlier deal with USA Technologies, 200,000 vending machines and self-service terminals will now support Apple Pay. You’ll be able to tap-to-pay at vending machines, laundromats, parking terminals, and other automated check out systems with your iPhone instead of pulling out quarters and crinkled dollar bills. In September, iPhone users will be able to pay admission to national parks with Apple Pay, Tim Cook announced at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. @SingAsana To clarify, Chevron is working alongside Apple to integrate Apple Pay at the pump, but a timeline is not set. — Chevron (@Chevron) December 29, 2014 You can already pay for your gas with Apple Pay at many gas stations, but you have to go inside to do so. Since most customers prefer to pay at the pump, Chevron announced via Twitter that it’s working with Apple to bring Apple Pay to the pump. Although there’s no official timeline set for the debut of tap-to-pay terminals at the pump, Chevron stated earlier that the new service may arrive at select gas stations as early as 2015. Just weeks before the launch, we saw businesses gearing up for the payment system’s big debut. The Panera Bread right below our New York office has new payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Even our local Foodtown grocery store in Queens, NY has signs posted at every register, announcing support for Apple Pay. Apple Pay will also branch out to more large venues and tourist attractions, such as amusement parks and stadiums. The mobile payment service already works in select stadiums’ concession stands around the country. In late December 2014, WDMagic revealed that a few Disney World locations will accept Apple Pay on Christmas Eve, with more locations to follow in 2015. The vast majority of stores, quick service restaurants, bars, and ticket sales booths for rides and other attractions will accept mobile payments from the start. Full-service, sit-down restaurants will receive the technology later on. More and more banks support Apple Pay Apple already has deals inked with the four major credit and debit card providers: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Previously, only personal AmEx cards were supported, but in early August, American Express added support for corporate cards.  Apple also has the support of more than 600 banks and credit unions as of October 20, 2015. “Businesses today are going digital, and American Express is at the forefront of digital innovation, helping companies to streamline their payments systems and simplify their processes,” said Greg Keeley, the Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Payments at American Express. “We continue to invest and expand digital offerings for our corporate customers in ways that maximize security and enhance the user experience.” In late April, credit card provider Discover finally signed a deal with Apple that will bring Apple Pay to those with Discover credit cards in the fall of 2015. Now, every major credit card company in the U.S. has Apple Pay support. In addition, many of America’s leading banks, including Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo have signed up. Users can even send money transfers from Apple Pay at Western Union locations. By the start of August 2015, Apple Pay had gained support from more than 400 institutions in the U.S. alone, including many small, regional banks. You can check out Apple’s full list here. In early July, the company added 23 more banks, including major credit unions that serve 450,000 people in Texas. In February at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Pay will soon support government employees’ credit cards, federal benefit cards for veterans, and social security benefit cards. According to Bloomberg, the government’s deal with Apple Pay includes the Direct Express payment network and government cards from GSA SmartPay. Related: Tim Cook says money will be forgotten by history, thanks to Apple Pay At the summit, Cook also hinted that Apple Pay will replace every card in your wallet one day — even drivers’ licenses. “We can imagine a day the not-so-distant future when your wallet becomes a remnant of the past,” he said. “Your passport, your driver’s license, and other important documents can be digitally stored in a way that’s safe, secure, and easy to access.” By mid-December, Apple confirmed to the New York Times it supports cards “that represent about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States.” The company most recently added SunTrust, Barclaycard, USAA, TD Bank North America, and Commerce Bank to its list of partners. As such, anyone who’s a customer at these banks has the ability to link up their credit or debit cards with Apple Pay and make payments on the go at any store that accepts Apple Pay. Related: Apple Pay: What is it and how do I use it? We explain PNC, US Bank, and Navy Federal Credit Union also support Apple Pay. Seeing as the system supports the most popular credit and debit card makers, it seems likely that many other small banks are following suit. During its October iPad launch event, Apple announced that 500 more banks agreed to support Apple Pay when it launched in October. By October 20, 2015, Apple had added 100 more banks and credit unions to the list, bringing the total above 600. For a full list of banks that work with Apple Pay, follow the link. Non-traditional banking and payment companies are also pledging support for the system. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Square, told CBC that Square will support Apple Pay and Bitcoin payments on its newest registers. Square’s registers are widely used by artists, small indie shops, and other stores, especially in large cities. Alternative registers from First Data’s Clover and others like Poynt, already support Apple Pay. A French payment company called Ingenico recently signed a deal with a Spanish luxury brand named Loewe to let customers use Apple Pay. Twitter is also reportedly testing a buy button on its site that will support Apple Pay. You can use Apple Pay on Apple Watch, too Although we already more or less knew that Apple Pay worked on the Apple Watch, now we’ve seen a demo of it at Apple’s Spring Forward event. Seeing as the Apple Watch has NFC technology built-in, it too can tap to pay. With the Apple Watch, you don’t have to physically tap it against the terminal, you just need to get close enough for it to register. A tap of the side button will bring up your credit card, and then you’re good to go. Applications Online shoppers will also be pleased to note that Apple Pay works with several apps, and more will be added shortly. The Apple Store, Target, AirBnB, Uber, Lyft, Groupon, Instacart, OpenTable, Panera Bread, Sephora, Spring, Starbucks,, and other apps all work with the new system. We’ll continue to update this article as more partners are announced. Next page: A list of article udpates Previous updates: Updated on 11-19-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay launched in Australia. Updated on 11-17-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay launched in Canada and is coming to Australia next. Updated on 11-16-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added rumors that Apple Pay may launch in Canada on November 17. Updated on 10-20-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay works with more than 600 banks and credit unions as October 20, 2015. Also added new rumor that Apple Pay will arrive in Canada this November. Jump to the list of countries and list of banks for more. Updated on 10-09-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news that Apple Pay will come to Starbucks, KFC, and others in 2016. Updated on 08-18-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple’s plans for an Australian launch have hit a snag. Updated on 08-11-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added news that Rite Aid will begin supporting Apple Pay on August 15.  Updated on 08-11-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that American Express corporate cards will now work with Apple Pay. Updated on 07-07-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 23 more banks now support Apple Pay, and some U.K. users with the Santander bank have set up their cards on Apple Pay already, even though the official rollout hasn’t happened yet. Updated on 06-02-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 12 more banks have been adding, brining the total up to more than 300 institutions. Updated on 05-28-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that may Target add Apple Pay support soon, but chip and PIN technology comes first. Updated on 04-28-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Discover credit cards will soon have Apple Pay support. Updated on 04-17-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may launch in November in Canada.  Updated on 03-09-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay is now accepted in 700,000 locations, will work with 100,000 coke vending machines before 2016, and can be used on the Apple Watch. Updated on 02-24-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news that Visa has introduced new payment technology which could pave the way for Apple Pay’s launch in Europe. Updated on 02-13-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay is headed to national parks and will support government employees’ debit cards, the federal payment cards for veterans, and social security benefit cards. Updated on 01-27-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 200,000 self-serve kiosks and vending machines will support Apple Pay. Added news that Western Union will support money transfers from Apple Pay. Updated on 12-30-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Chevron may install new payment terminals with support for Apple Pay at gas station pumps. Updated on 12-29-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may hit the UK in 2015, as Apple enters talks with banks. Updated on 12-22-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may soon arrive at select Disney World locations. Updated on 12-18-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may soon arrive in Europe, based on recent job postings. Updated on 12-16-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 90 percent of credit cards now work with Apple Pay. Updated on 10-16-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Apple Pay will launch with 500 banks a partners and many more retailers who will accept it when it launches on October 20. More »

  • Russian deputies seek accountability for Armenia genocide denial 5 hours ago

    Russian lawmaker Sergei Mironov said on Wednesday his party had submitted a bill to parliament on holding to account anyone who denies that the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces was a "genocide". "We have just submitted a bill on responsibility for failure to acknowledge the fact of a genocide of Armenians by Turkey in 1915," Mironov, the leader of the opposition Just Russia party, said on his Twitter account, a day after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian jet. More »

  • Big brands don't mind live Periscope stumbles to reach millennials
    Big brands don't mind live Periscope stumbles to reach millennials 11 hours ago

    By Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Benefit Cosmetics, a San Francisco-based maker of skin care and makeup, used Twitter's Periscope live-streaming video service to make a product demonstration, a heckler became part of the live show, typing to the presenter, "I can see down your top" even though there was no wardrobe malfunction. During BMW of North America's debut of its M2 coupe on Periscope last month, the sound dipped in and out as the driver talked about how the car handled. More »

  • Jessica Jones is four times more popular on Twitter than The Man in the High …
    Jessica Jones is four times more popular on Twitter than The Man in the High … 17 hours ago

    On November 20, two titans in on-demand video streaming, Netflix and Amazon, each premiered highly promoted new series on the same day. Netflix’s  Jessica Jones, a show based on the superhero comic book series  Alias, faced off against Amazon’s drama about a world where the Allies lost World War II,  The Man In The High Castle. And, as far as Twitter was concerned,  Jessica Jones crushed its opponent. Related: Empire’s historic ratings rise ends for season two premiere According to Nielsen Twitter TV data provided to Digital Trends, 64,000 tweets were sent about Netflix’s  Jessica Jones on its debut, viewed by over 1.6 million people. In contrast, only 4,000 tweets were sent about Amazon’s drama  The Man In The High Castle on the same day, viewed by around 400,000 people in the U.S.  Netflix and Amazon have both been adamant about holding back viewership stats on original programming. Last December, Nielsen started tracking viewership of streaming services, but very little information regarding the data has been released since. As such, a good gauge of what people are binging on streaming services is in the tweets and, not surprisingly  Jessica Jones dominated its rival. The show appears to be stacking up well to known commodities, as well. The 1.6 million people who saw at least one tweet about Jessica Jones amounts to nearly eight times the 203,000 people who saw at least one tweet about House of Cards’ third season between its February 27th release date and March 1st, according to data provided to Nielsen data. That said, House of Cards did inspire more tweets than  Jessica Jones, boasting 373,000 tweets during its opening weekend — nearly six times as many as  Jones. While the numbers for Netflix’s newest series are only for its opening day, its hard to imagine the show would have garnered over 310,000 tweets over Saturday and Sunday to surpass the Kevin Spacey vehicle. The Twitter prowess of Jessica Jones has  separated the Marvel show from  some of Netflix’s other highly publicized original programming, as well. Marco Polo and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt only had a combined 32,000 people in the U.S. see at least one of the series’ 53,000 combined tweets. Netflix’s  Jessica Jones even beat out the November 16 episode of NBC’s hit show  The Voice when it comes to tweets viewed, the latter of which attracted 1,546,000 people in the U.S., beaten out narrowly by  Jessica Jones. Broadcasters like Fox are abandoning same day ratings, and VH1 believes social media activity is as important as traditional TV ratings. With people able to watch more shows on more devices and talk about it with millions of people in more ways every year, traditional viewership numbers could soon be an obsolete metric for TV shows. More »

  • Amazon rethinks plastering NYC subway with Nazi symbols, pulls ads for new  …
    Amazon rethinks plastering NYC subway with Nazi symbols, pulls ads for new  … 19 hours ago

    Riders on the New York City shuttle will no longer be commuting amid Germany’s Iron Eagle and Japan’s Rising Sun. Amazon Studios has decided to remove its controversial ads for its new drama,  The Man in the High Castle, reports Variety. The insignia suggested “axis of evil” control, which is fitting given that the series focuses on an alternate future in which the U.S. lost World War II; however, many were less than thrilled with the ads on mass transit, particularly the wrap ads on seats. In light of the outcry, Amazon Studios has evidently decided to back off from the marketing strategy. “Amazon has just decided to pull the ads,” Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for New York City Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told Variety. Related: Amazon Instant Video lands in Jet Blue planes for free this week MTA had previously approved the ads, as they didn’t violate any of the Authority’s current guidelines, Ortiz explained. Though controversial, they are advertising a product —  The Man in the High Castle — rather than the ideals or opinions of the former axis powers. Nonetheless, the subway ads became a widespread topic of conversation, with photos and criticisms being shared by the public on social media. i thought the story about amazon running the nazi symbol ads on the nyc subway was some kind of satire, but nope — joe (@anamericangod) November 24, 2015 Advocacy groups and politicians weren’t pleased, either. Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) criticized the MTA via the New York Daily News for allowing “such offensive insignias [sic],” while Evan Bernstein of the Anti-Defamation League felt the campaign was exploitative. “On the train, seeing the American flag paired with a Nazi symbol is viscerally offensive, because there is no context as to what it means,” he said. Amazon’s decision to remove the ads will end a campaign that had been intended to continue into December. While the subways ads were not well received, the show — which is based on a 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick — has been. Ten episodes of  The Man in the High Castle have been released so far to critical acclaim. Also watch: Amazon Studios Releases Transparent Season 2 Teaser Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Jimmy Kimmel gets fans hopes up for a Captain America: Civil War trailer reveal …
    Jimmy Kimmel gets fans hopes up for a Captain America: Civil War trailer reveal … 21 hours ago

    Jimmy Kimmel has set the hearts of Marvel fans everywhere aflutter. The late night TV show host hinted today on Twitter that the guest appearance tonight of Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) will be accompanied by a “big surprise,” leading many to believe that the two actors will reveal the trailer for the upcoming  Captain America: Civil War. There has already been speculation that the first  Civil War trailer would premiere among previews airing ahead of theatrical screenings of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it seems that  Jimmy Kimmel Live! may give viewers the first look. Of course, there’s always the possibility that he, RDJ, and Evans will have something else in store for viewers, but it’s clear what fans are hoping for, based on the reactions inspired by Kimmel’s tweet. “IF THIS IS NOT THE TRAILER I SWEAR [sic],” wrote one fan. Related: Know your Marvel? Make sure with the new web series Marvel 101 With the amount of speculation going on about the  Civil War trailer — both before and after Kimmel’s tease — the fact that viewers are getting geared up for the upcoming installment in the Marvel cinematic universe is obvious. With its massive cast and ample franchise crossover,  Civil War‘s appeal is magnified. The film stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, and so many more. Kimmel played up the excitement by making his announcement on social media. .@Iron_Man & @CaptainAmerica themselves, @RobertDowneyJr & @ChrisEvans are on TONIGHT with a BIG #CivilWar surprise… @Marvel — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 24, 2015 Civil War is coming this spring, so we’ve certainly reached a point where the imminent release of its first trailer is would not just be acceptable, it’s almost expected. Here’s hoping it happens tonight. Captain America: Civil War is set to open in theaters on May 6, 2016. Also watch: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro party up in Dirty Grandpa trailer Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • FBI has lead in probe of 1.2 bln stolen Web credentials - documents
    FBI has lead in probe of 1.2 bln stolen Web credentials - documents 21 hours ago

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hacker who once advertised having access to user account information for websites like Facebook and Twitter has been linked through a Russian email address to the theft of a record 1.2 billion Internet credentials, the FBI said in court documents. The papers, made public last week by a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provide a window into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe of what would amount to the largest collection of stolen user names and passwords. The court papers were filed in support of a search warrant the FBI sought in December 2014 and that was executed a month later related to email records. More »

  • FBI has lead in probe of 1.2 billion stolen Web credentials: documents
    FBI has lead in probe of 1.2 billion stolen Web credentials: documents 22 hours ago

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hacker who once advertised having access to user account information for websites like Facebook and Twitter has been linked through a Russian email address to the theft of a record 1.2 billion Internet credentials, the FBI said in court documents. The papers, made public last week by a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provide a window into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe of what would amount to the largest collection of stolen user names and passwords. The court papers were filed in support of a search warrant the FBI sought in December 2014 and that was executed a month later related to email records. More »

  • DT Daily: Jeff Bezos lands a rocket
    DT Daily: Jeff Bezos lands a rocket Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The battle of space seeking billionaires took an unexpected turn today when Jeff Bezos announced, on twitter, that his Blue Origin spaceflight company successfully landed a spent rocket back on earth. In case you hadn’t heard, that’s what Elon Musk’s been trying, and failing at, for a while now. The rocket launched from a facility in West Texas, flew a suborbital mission up to an altitude of 330 thousand feet, then made a flawless return to earth touching down a mere 4 feet from where it took off. Pretty amazing stuff. Always the gentleman, Musk jumped on twitter to congratulate Bezos on his accomplishment… but what’s almost overlooked in this story is that this was Jeff Bezos’ first tweet! That’s easily the all time champ for best first tweet. What’d you do today, eh nothing just landed a rocket back on earth… maybe I should tweet about it. Yeah, no one’s topping that! You’ve all seen cheap plastic Nerf dart guns, we’ve got dozens of these things floating around the DT offices and they’re pretty harmless. This on the other hand is the PM522 Washbear, a 3D-printed pepperbox revolver. It’s the world’s first repeating firearm printed on a consumer 3D printer, and it can fire off 8 rounds before needing a reload. Since some previous 3D printed firearms have been banned, designer James Patrick added in some steel rods so the firearm will comply with gun regulations. As of right now the blueprints for the gun are still available online, but Nerf… well they may have something to say about this as well. More »

  • Jeff Bezos aerospace startup Blue Origin makes first successful rocket landing …
    Jeff Bezos aerospace startup Blue Origin makes first successful rocket landing … Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos made his first tweet earlier today, celebrating Blue Origin’s successful rocket landing. It is the first time a rocket has landed back on Earth without blowing up, which could pave the way to reusable rockets in the near future. Blue Origin is Bezos’ aerospace startup, a privately funded firm that is developing technologies to lower cost and increase reliability. The rarest of beasts – a used rocket. Controlled landing not easy, but done right, can look easy. Check out video: — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 24, 2015 Related: Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive Christmas compilation Indie for the Holidays Reusable rockets should lower the cost of space travel to the point where it is as expensive as a long-distance flight, by removing the need to build rocket equipment for every mission. This is necessary for space travel to become mainstream and sustaining multiplanetary life, according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Even though Blue Origin’s landing is a huge success, the New Shepard only flew to a test altitude of 329,000 feet, which is the lower than low Earth orbit, where most of the satellites are located. That makes it less difficult than landing a rocket from orbit, which is what SpaceX is trying to achieve. Elon Musk explained the difference on Twitter shortly after congratulating Jeff Bezos and the Blue Origin team for the achievement. Getting to space needs ~Mach 3, but GTO orbit requires ~Mach 30. The energy needed is the square, i.e. 9 units for space and 900 for orbit. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2015 Blue Origin was originally only focused on suborbital flight, but in the past two years has become more involved in contracts for the United Launch Alliance. The firm plans to build a new rocket engine for ULA, alongside working on the primary upper stage for the Vulcan rocket. The tweet was Jeff Bezos’ first, even though he has owned the @JeffBezos handle since July 2008. It is not clear if it came from Bezos or from his social media team, if he even has one. Bezos has a few interests outside of Amazon, the biggest being Blue Origin and The Washington Post. He is also an active investor in 35 different companies including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber. More »

  • Egypt: Isis claims responsibility for Sinai hotel bombing Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The Egyptian branch of Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in the North Sinai capital al-Arish on 24 November, where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying. The statement by the Sinai Province group was circulated by its supporters on Twitter and the encrypted messaging system Telegram. "A brother... seeking martyrdom hit with his car bomb the security force protecting the Swiss [Inn] hotel where 50 judges were staying only to be followed by a lion... who broke into the judges' base with his automatic weapon... then blew up his explosive belt among them," the statement said. More »

  • What Turkey shooting down a Russian jet means for Nato
    What Turkey shooting down a Russian jet means for Nato Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The Cold War may have been over for a quarter of a century, but there were worried faces and Twitter-talk of World War III on the morning news emerged that Turkey, a member of the Nato defence alliance, had shot down a Russian Su-24 jet at its border with Syria. It is the first shooting down of a Russian jet by a Nato member since 1953. Under Article Five of the Nato treaty, to which its 28 members are signed, including the US and UK, there is a collective responsibility to defend states which come under armed attack. More »

  • ISIS has a 24/7 ‘Jihadi Help Desk’ to aid would-be terrorists
    ISIS has a 24/7 ‘Jihadi Help Desk’ to aid would-be terrorists Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Updated on 11-24-2015 by Lulu Chang: “Teqani al-Dawla al-Islamiya,” or the “Islamic State’s Technician” offers technical support for members of the extremist terrorist network ISIS, from basic protection for supporters who only follow the group’s news on Twitter to top-of-the-line security “for mujahidin, lone wolves, and media personnel.” But does he work for a “help desk”? A Gizmodo report on Tuesday sought to downplay the jihadi tech-support effort, widely described in media reports last week as a 24/7 ISIS help desk. And it’s true, according to the experts: “There is no phone number to call to get technical support,” explained Aaron F. Brantly, an Assistant Professor and Cyber Fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. But that’s just semantics, Brantly told Digital Trends. “Whether you describe it as a help desk or a connected series of communications and resources, the effect is the same.” How ISIS stays interconnected and whether it operates an official “help desk” matters far less than the very real threat the organization presents. “ISIS answers questions in a variety of venues, co-opts the work of human and democracy rights efforts, and produces their own materials all with the goal of enhancing digital operational security,” Brantly said. The network structure he describes is sprawling and readily accessible worldwide: “It is multiple platforms, forums, telegram, social media, links, dump links, and much more. We have cataloged hundreds of posts and hundreds of pages of documents co-opted or created by ISIS,” he said. Original Post: In what is surely the single most insidious case of excellent customer service, a new report from NBC News has revealed the existence of a 24/7 Jihadi Help Desk, meant to spread the extremist propaganda of ISIS via the Internet worldwide. The terror organization, which has already become alarmingly adept in terms of its social media targeting and advertising tactics, is so intent on spreading its message of hate that it has even established this all-hours online service, which is operated by six senior members of the organization. As NBC reports, the “express purpose” of the Jihadi Help Desk is aiding “would-be jihadists use encryption and other secure communications in order to evade detection by law enforcement and intelligence authorities.” While the democratization of the web has largely served as a net positive for the world’s citizens, ISIS’ leveraging of the Internet has given rise to new fears about true connectivity. The help desk seems to have been operational for around a year, though officials believe that efforts have recently been redoubled toward making the platform more accessible and useful to other terrorists. “They’ve developed a series of different platforms in which they can train one another on digital security to avoid intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the explicit purpose of recruitment, propaganda and operational planning,” Aaron F. Brantly, a counterterrorism analyst at the Combating Terrorism Center, an independent research organization at the United States Military Academy at West Point, told NBC. “They answer questions from the technically mundane to the technically savvy to elevate the entire jihadi community to engage in global terror.” Related: The UK is taking the fight against ISIS online Many law enforcement agents have expressed concern over ISIS’ increasingly sophisticated attacks — the recent violence in Paris seemed to require extensive coordination, and some believe that this level of complexity was only made possible by ISIS’ technical prowess. “This is much different than a normal lone wolf-inspired attack,” Patrick M. Skinner, a former CIA operations officer turned security consultant told The New York Times. “This was choreographed. The fact that they could do this, especially in Paris, where the intelligence service is really good, clearly there’s a hole somewhere.” Brantly echoed this sentiment, noting that the Jihadi Help Desk is just one tool that “enables [ISIS] to communicate and engage in operations beyond what used to happen, and in a much more expeditious manner. They are now operating at the speed of cyberspace rather than the speed of person-to-person communications.” Of course, allied forces are hitting back with technology of our own — the U.K. recently announced a significant budget increase for cybersecurity efforts, and online activists Anonymous have also pledged war against ISIS. More »

  • Dating app MillionaireMatch deletes users' accounts because they're …
    Dating app MillionaireMatch deletes users' accounts because they're … Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A dating app for attractive millionaires has deleted thousand of users' accounts because they were not rich enough or were deemed too ugly to use its select service. MillionaireMatch has been playing cupid for the filthy rich since 2011 and boasts more than 2.5 million users around the world. Members who prove they have enough zeros at the end of their bank statements will now be given "Certified Millionaire" logos to their profiles, similar to the "verified" blue ticks used by Twitter. More »

  • Bangladesh bans Facebook and chat apps for being used to carry out crimes
    Bangladesh bans Facebook and chat apps for being used to carry out crimes Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The execution of two high-profile politicians, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, has fueled the civil unrest growing in Bangladesh. In response, the government has banned Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, under the allegation that those services are being used to commit crimes. The execution is seen by some in the country as an abuse of power, after the two politicians were sentenced to death for war crimes committed three decades ago during the Bangladesh war for independence. Chowdhury is the most senior official in Bangladesh to be charged with crimes against humanity. Related: Messaging app Viber’s new (and cute) social games are out now for iOS and Android This is not the first time the government has banned chat apps in Bangladesh during times of civil unrest, Viber and Tango faced a similar ban earlier in the year as the government tried to discourage protests. In 2010, Bangladesh banned Facebook for an online competition to draw the prophet Mohammed. Bangladesh also announced it would “snoop” on bloggers using Facebook to insult Islam in 2013. “The government has planned to stop operation of these apps for the time being in order to arrest the perpetrators,” said Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. Facebook and Viber have not commented on the government’s new ban. Internet service providers (ISPs) were ordered by the government to ban the apps on November 11, but the ban has only come into place this weekend. According to sources inside Bangladesh, some ISPs are keeping all traffic away from the apps, while others seem to be incapable of holding back the traffic. Quite a lot of mobile users are simply bypassing the ban, using a VPN or proxy to avoid it. It is similar to Turkey’s reaction to civil unrest, banning Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube until protests died down. In a world where one person can organize a protest on his phone, shutting down chat apps is seen as an optimal solution, at least for some governments. The U.K. government even looked into blocking social apps after the London riots, after it was revealed that the protests were organized on BlackBerry Messenger. More »

  • #1in5Muslims: Twitter Titters At Sun Front Page With Funny Muslim ‘Facts’
    #1in5Muslims: Twitter Titters At Sun Front Page With Funny Muslim ‘Facts’ Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Twitter users have mocked the front page story of the Sun newspaper by making up funny fake “facts” about Muslims. More »

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing in Egypt's Sinai Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in North Sinai capital al-Arish on Tuesday where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying. The statement by the Sinai Province group was circulated by its supporters on Twitter and the encrypted messaging system Telegram. "A brother ... seeking martyrdom hit with his car bomb the security force protecting the Swiss (Inn) hotel were 50 judges were staying only to be followed by a lion ... who broke into the judges' base with his automatic weapon ... ... More »

  • Anonymous #OpParis: Hacktivists resort to 'Rickrolling' Isis in fight …
    Anonymous #OpParis: Hacktivists resort to 'Rickrolling' Isis in fight … Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Anonymous has begun a campaign to Rickroll Islamic State (Isis) supporters as part of Op Paris (#OpParis). The hacktivists called on web users to post the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up" alongside popular hashtags used by IS supporters on Twitter. The campaign follows an online poll posted by Anonymous's @OpParisOfficial Twitter account last week, which asked what spam action users would like to take against IS hashtags. More »

  • Australia PM says no global support for troops on the ground in Syria
    Australia PM says no global support for troops on the ground in Syria Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday there was no global support for a US-led ground force to destroy the Islamic State group, which he called fundamentally weak with "more Twitter accounts than fighters". More »

  • Twitter bans blood drives in offices worldwide until gays can donate
    Twitter bans blood drives in offices worldwide until gays can donate Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Social network giant Twitter has banned onsite blood drives in its offices worldwide where regulations do not permit blood donations from gay or bisexual men, a move that LGBT-rights advocates say is a first for a public technology company. The San Francisco-based company made the decision after one of its U.S. employees, a gay man, was turned away from donating blood at the company's headquarters, a spokeswoman said on Monday. Blood donations from gay men have been barred since the discovery that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, could be transmitted through transfusions. More »

  • Belgian police grateful after #BrusselsLockdown raids
    Belgian police grateful after #BrusselsLockdown raids Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    In the middle of a huge police anti-terrorism operation in Brussels, many were surprised to see the Belgian media fall silent and Twitter filling up with cat pictures. More »

  • T-Mobile celebrates Black Friday early with 3 months of unlimited LTE for its …
    T-Mobile celebrates Black Friday early with 3 months of unlimited LTE for its … Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    T-Mobile certainly is feeling cheery this year. The company announced its Black Friday offers early, along with “Un-Carrier Unwrapped,” which gives T-Mobile users on the postpaid Simple Choice plans unlimited 4G LTE after their data runs out beginning on November 24. The offer also brings Simple Choice plan customers three free months of unlimited data, beginning on December 1. Customers will automatically be enrolled in the promotion, and they can retain their data through March 1, 2016 as long as their Simple Choice account with Binge On is active. Related: Binge watch all you want: T-Mobile won’t charge you a dime to stream Hulu or Netflix Un-Carrier Unwrapped is also a month-long event that brings deals each week (starting next week) to customers who are not only on T-Mobile, but on Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon as well. The idea is to incentivize switching to T-Mobile, but the company hasn’t announced exactly what it will be offering yet. All the holiday deals (so far) are listed on the company’s site. “We’ve had a fantastic year, and we’re going to spread that T-Mobile cheer by starting with the most important people first … our existing customers. Now you get Unlimited LTE data on our blazing fast network for three full months as a gift from the Un-carrier to you,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile in the blog post. “But that’s not all … we know that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint customers need some holiday cheer, too — so we’ve got presents coming for them.” For Black Friday, the company is offering the following deals: The 7-inch Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 4G LTE tablet is free (minus the sales tax) with any qualifying data plan at participating T-Mobile stores or online. The Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB is free (minus the sales tax) with JUMP! On Demand with an eligible trade-in. You’ll get $100 off a Samsung tablet if you buy any Samsung smartphone. You can also snag the UE Boom Bluetooth speaker for $100 off. It usually costs $200. Related: Twitter battles: T-Mobile CEO lambasts Sprint’s ‘half-off’ deal T-Mobile’s main competitor Sprint also unveiled its Black Friday deals, alongside its continuous half-off bill promotion. Get a free LG 24-inch TV when you purchase the LG G4. The Samsung Galaxy S6’s leasing price will be half-off, bringing the monthly payment down to $9. Customers with the S6 or certain other Samsung devices on Sprint can grab one year of Amazon Prime for free. The company is offering discounts on a variety of products such as the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR. The Sprint Black Friday offers begin November 26. Also watch: Best Family Plan: Sprint vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • How University of Nebraska is proactively tackling campus racism Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    While college campuses around the country react to calls for increased diversity from their student body, the head of the University of Nebraska system is taking a proactive approach. President Hank Bounds attended a Black Lives Matter rally on Thursday at the university’s Lincoln campus, the Lincoln Journal Star reported, and said he wants to meet with leaders of the local BLM movement and the leaders of #NotAtUNL – a Twitter campaign aiming to spread awareness of campus racism by sharing student stories – to discuss what improvements need to be made. "Everyone brings a different set of circumstances, and this is an educational institution that should lend itself to learning from one another," Mr. Bounds said, according to the Journal Star. More »

  • Digital Trends unveils 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
    Digital Trends unveils 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Editors select 100 tech-based gift ideas for every taste & budget PORTLAND, OR – November 23, 2015 – Leading consumer technology publisher, Digital Trends, today unveiled its annual gift buying guide highlighting 100 of the top tech-based gift ideas for the 2015 holiday season.  Presented each November by the Digital Trends editorial staff, the list at was culled from hundreds of new and recently enhanced technology-based products and is designed to help users stay current and informed in today’s ever-changing tech landscape. The graphically rich, highly produced Guide layout is organized by consumer archetypes and features an array of suggestions to fit every budget.  Models appearing alongside the editorial represent a diversity of consumers using fun tech in a variety of settings including a private jet jammed with affluent “Mini Moguls”, a busy family gathered in the kitchen representing the “Homebody” and “Boomers” enjoying their favorite tech while lounging poolside.  The site also features great gift ideas for everyone on your list including “The Gadgeteer” and, of course, “The Connoisseur.” “Consumers today are savvier than ever and want to ensure that the holiday gifts they’re buying are not just state-of the-art but are also cost-effective and meet their needs,” explains Ian Bell, Publisher and CEO at Digital Trends.  “The Digital Trends editorial staff does the heavy lifting of product research and translates tech, in layman’s terms, so our users can quickly and easily learn about product capabilities and benefits before they purchase.” For the “Mini Mogul” in your life, the list includes products such as the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch ($60), featuring a variety of watch settings, games, photo and video options as well as other features and is designed for kids, 4 years and older.  The “Weekend Warrior” might un-wrap a Hammerhead Bike Navigation ($85) . . . finally the convenience of a GPS that mounts rights to your bike handlebars!  For the “Homebody”, the Ninja Coffee Bar ($160) offers precision technology to transform any old bean into every type of coffee imaginable.  For the “Gadgeteer” in your life, the new LG V10 smartphone offers enhanced filming capabilities, crash-proof stainless steel body and a second screen ($23/monthly on contract).  Please visit to view the entire list. Digital Trends is a leading consumer technology publisher that aims to demystify technology, helping people navigate an increasingly digital world. Digital Trends’ easy-to-understand product reviews, entertaining news and videos serve more than 24 million unique visitors each month and four million mobile users. Digital Trends reaches 90 million tech influencers through the Digital Trends Media Network, and its syndicate partners include Yahoo!, FOX News and more than 200 broadcast news stations. Digital Trends is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has offices in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago. For more information, visit and follow @DigitalTrends on Twitter and Facebook Follow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook For more information, contact Paul Ward at # # # # More »

  • Relax, Drake isn’t dead, but his death hoax continues to spread
    Relax, Drake isn’t dead, but his death hoax continues to spread Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    There are a couple things you can count on occurring at least once every couple weeks on social media. One, some kind of hoax will go viral on Facebook whether it’s a scam for free airline tickets or Bill Gates passing out money if you “share this post.” The other is news of a celebrity’s passing, when he or she is actually very much alive. When you combine hoaxes and Facebook, the false news spreads quickly, leaving millions of people either perplexed or mourning their idol. The most recent victim of the Internet prank is Drake, Canadian singer, rapper, producer, and star of your favorite Hotline Bling meme. It’s also becoming difficult, however, to figure out what’s true and what’s not, especially when reputable sites we depend on for news coverage accidentally participate in the hoax without some fact checking. In Drake’s case, it’s uncertain where the story originated, but it was posted as a Buzzfeed Community post, which ended up being aggregated, and then showing up on the front page of Yahoo News. While Buzzfeed has pulled the story and notes that they don’t have control over the content shared in community posts, those who depend on Yahoo for news may have believed it simply because it’s Yahoo. This also shows the problem with news reporting when you let a computer do it. The fake news about Drake’s death ended up being picked up by Yahoo, and appeared on its front page even after Drake’s reps confirmed it wasn’t true. Related: Facebook tweaks News Feed to cut down on hoax posts Social media also plays a significant role in perpetuating untrue stories like, “Rapper Drake Dies in Fatal Car Accident.” According to Media Mass, a Facebook page, “R.I.P. Drake,” which included a description of how the singer died, had acquired over 1 million “likes” on Saturday. And, fans took to Twitter as well, to express their condolences. ~ On my gosh! Terrible news…….  :(  Many condolences and prayers to his family and friends. <3 Posted by Maria Salmon on Monday, November 23, 2015 @ELLEmagazine He is dead?????? #RIPDrake #Pray4Drake — Jessica Bulsnatch (@Jessie_PinkLuv) November 23, 2015 Wtf #ripdrake you’ll never be forgotten, you always live in our hearts  — Alain (@Swaggy_sama) November 23, 2015 Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Drake has been falsely pronounced dead, and this type of hoax regularly occurs with many other celebs such as Morgan Freeman and Betty White. Drake’s reps confirmed on Sunday that he is definitely not dead and has, unfortunately, merely been victimized by a hoax. “He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said. Apparently, this also means sites we think we can trust. More »

  • Belgians support #BrusselsLockdown with cute cat pics in effort to aide pol …
    Belgians support #BrusselsLockdown with cute cat pics in effort to aide pol … Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Social media has its benefits, with hashtags allowing us both to support and express solidarity during a tragedy, and to inform the world of movements we wouldn’t have had a clue about without such connectivity. Unfortunately, social media networks can also provide a clubhouse for terrorists and criminals, and can sometimes harm as much as help. Recently, however, the Belgian people found a way to lessen the chances of social media causing harm or interfering with the police’s anti-terror raids — with cats, of course. According to NBC News, nearly two dozen police raids, involving 1,000 officers, took place in Brussels, Belgium, over the weekend. Following the attack in Paris that caused 130 deaths and hundreds of injuries, it was suspected that one of the gunmen responsible, Salah Abdeslam, might be hiding in Brussels. Related: Artist’s simple ‘Peace for Paris’ drawing is the Internet’s symbol for solidarity In order to prevent residents accidentally disclosing plans or locations for the police raids, the department requested that the public refrain from posting any information regarding the raids on social media. Police are asking the public not to report their movements on social media, please support & rt #BrusselsLockdown — Steven Vandeput (@svandeput) November 22, 2015 In response, the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag began trending worldwide and was flooded not with important secret information but instead by cats, which has to be one of the cutest, fluffiest hashtags ever to result from a police raid. He is looking at you and he seems to want to join you. YES/NO #BrusselsLockdown — まっぷーちん (@map_u_chin) November 23, 2015 In the mean time in Belgium .. #BrusselsLockdown — ElisabettaCanalis (@JustElisabetta) November 23, 2015 Congrats Belgium. You have won the Internet tonight. #BrusselsLockdown — Oogie’s Shock (@OogiesShock) November 23, 2015 Authorities carried out approximately 20 searches, which resulted in 16 arrests, but that did not find any firearms or explosives, according to CNN. Salah Abdeslam was also not found, and the city remains on high terror alert. As of today, subway and bus systems are still closed, and many large events have been canceled for the time being. More »

  • Snow Lives? New poster shows bloodied picture of the fallen hero
    Snow Lives? New poster shows bloodied picture of the fallen hero Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    HBO has released a new poster for season six of Game of Thrones this morning, perhaps not-so-cryptically featuring the bloodied face of actor Kit Harington as Jon Snow. A much-beloved character on the popular series, Snow was stabbed repeatedly to end season five, with many fans believing him to be dead. The series has historically had no issue killing off pivotal members of the Stark family, with Snow’s father, Ned Stark, getting the axe in season one, and another large chunk of the cursed family being slaughtered at the infamous “Red Wedding” in season 3. Related: Merlin Saga adaptation lands Lord of the Rings writer If the new poster for the show is to be believed, it appears Snow may not have been killed in the attack after all. APRIL. #GoTSeason6 #GameOfThrones — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 23, 2015 The new promotional image shows the character upright and looking down, and follows recent on-set photographs of Harrington dressed and shooting new frames on the series’ Belfast set. This means that either Snow has some flashback shots in next season of Game of Thrones (which many have disputed as Snow isn’t wearing his normal black garb of the Night’s Watch) ,or he continues to be a pivotal character in the series moving forward. If he lives on, just how Harington’s character survived so many stab wounds is anyone’s guess, but various forms of magic have continually been a part of the show’s plot. In theory, some form of sorcery might allow writers to bring Snow back from the dead. Of all the times to un-kill a main character, now is a good one. Previous seasons of Game of Thrones have been largely based off of the novels by George R.R. Martin, but the upcoming season ventures into uncharted territory; With Martin having yet to publish book six of the series, the show’s writing team (under Martin’s watch) now has the ability to outline the future of the series’ main characters, rather than relying Martin’s fleshed out plots. Whether or not he lived or died in the season finale of season five, executives at HBO are clearly enjoying the frequent speculation as to the status of Snow, and will probably continue to tease fans in order to build hype until the first episodes for the new season begin airing in April 2016. More »

  • Gal Gadot posted the first image from the Wonder Woman solo movie
    Gal Gadot posted the first image from the Wonder Woman solo movie Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Filming has begun on the  Wonder Woman solo movie, and star Gal Gadot recently posted the very first photo from the upcoming film featuring DC Comics’ famous superheroine. The photo features a cloaked Gadot in the role of Diana Prince, the powerful heroine better known as Wonder Woman. Gadot posted the photo on Twitter over the weekend with the caption, “Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway.” Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway. — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 21, 2015 Related: Nicole Kidman might have a role in the Wonder Woman movie Directed by  Monster and  The Killing director Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gadot as the eponymous heroine, but much of the film’s plot remains a tightly guarded secret at this point. Early reports suggested that the film could be a prequel-style origin story set in Wonder Woman’s early years as a superhero. Along with Gadot as Wonder Woman, the film’s supporting cast includes  Star Trek actor Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor, as well as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and  House of Cards actress Robin Wright, Danny Huston ( Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis ( The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner ( Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui ( American Hustle), Elena Anaya ( The Skin I Live In), and Lucy Davis ( Shaun of the Dead). Earlier this month, an unconfirmed report suggested that Nicole Kidman was also in talks for a featured role in the film — possibly that of the lead villain (rumored to be the sorceress Circe) or Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta. Gadot will make her big-screen debut as Wonder Woman in next year’s  Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice before headlining her own solo film the following year. Filming on  Wonder Woman is scheduled to occur over the next few months in the U.K., France, and Italy. Wonder Woman will hit theaters June 23, 2017. It will be followed a few months later by  Justice League Part One, the first installment of a two-part team-up movie. More »

  • Everything you need to know about Samsung Pay
    Everything you need to know about Samsung Pay Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Mobile payments are really heating up in 2015, after Apple made a huge push into the space with Apple Pay, and Google introduced Android Pay. Now, Samsung has joined the fray with its own mobile payment system called Samsung Pay. Here’s what you need to know. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in news that Samsung Pay now supports Chase cards and cards from a number of credit unions.Jump to the list of supported banks for more. Click on a link to jump to a topic: List of countries List of devices Banks, stores, gift cards Get it now List of countries Samsung launched Samsung Pay in South Korea on August 20, and in the U.S. on September 28, while the UK, Spain, and China will follow later this year. According to SamMobile, the mobile payments service will launch in China, Spain, and the United Kingdom in the first quarter next year. Related: Read our review of the Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge here Samsung previously confirmed with the Telegraph  that Samsung Pay would launch in the U.K. ahead of other European countries in August. The company did say it would need to reach agreements with local banks before launching in the country, which shouldn’t be that hard considering Apple Pay paved the way for contactless mobile payments support in the U.K. earlier this year. Samsung extended a partnership with MasterCard overseas, which will allow Samsung Pay users in European territories to activate debit, credit, and reloadable prepaid cards on MasterCard’s payments platform. At first, only Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular supported Samsung Pay in the U.S., but Verizon Wireless subsequently announced on Twitter it had evaluated the service, and would also provide the feature to its subscribers. Verizon promised an over-the-air software update to enable Samsung Pay on compatible phones, and reports started to spread in mid-October that the software had begun to arrive on some phones, while a post on Verizon’s support pages detailed the update, suggesting a wider launch is imminent. Samsung then released a statement saying that from October 21 from midday ET, Verizon Galaxy phone owners would gain access to the Samsung Pay app on the Google Play Store, which suggests the majority will have received the update by that point, or will do in the very near future. Here are all the Samsung Pay supported devices Samsung Pay is currently limited to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Note 5, but in the near future we will see further support for Samsung devices and perhaps others. Non-flagship phones will get it soon Samsung chief executive officer of Samsung’s mobile division, JK Shin, confirmed that last month, and executive vice president Injong Rhee — in charge of Samsung Pay — followed up in an interview with ZDNet, saying: “Despite the strong push from headquarters, and high expectations for it to become a big business, our sales team initially had its doubts. But when Samsung Pay rolled out here, handset sales rose concurrently, and the sales team saw the benefits first-hand. Now our sales teams in other regions all want to do the same.” Related: Samsung Pay reaches one million active users in two months in South Korea Rhee didn’t confirm any of the devices set to receive Samsung Pay support, but did confirm that the update is coming in a few months to “non-flagship” devices. In mid-November, a report in the Korea Herald quotes a Samsung analyst, who states Samsung Pay may come to low and mid-range phones in the first half of 2016. Additionally, an industry source says Samsung will add fingerprint sensors to some of its ‘budget smartphone models,’ an essential part of Samsung Pay integration. Samsung may not limit Samsung Pay to its Android phones, and the Korea Herald report mentions the possibility the feature may be added to Samsung’s Tizen smartphones, although the aforementioned analyst says this “would have little impact on the market,” given Tizen’s limited market reach. Returning to Samsung’s VP Injong Rhee’s comments, he also confirmed the next Gear smartwatch will feature full Samsung Pay support. Currently, the Gear S2 supports Samsung Pay in a limited capacity. It works at NFC-enabled terminals, but not at regular terminals. As such, the application of Samsung Pay with the Gear S2 is less widespread than it is with compatible Samsung phones, which have MST technology that enables mobile payments at non-NFC terminals. The next Samsung smartwatch would, in theory, have MST and work at ordinary registers, too — just like the phones do now. Related: Samsung Pay wasn’t breached in state-sponsored LoopPay hack, executives say Samsung Pay might also be supported by other manufacturers in the future, with Rhee claiming there were internal talks on working with partners to push the payments service onto Android. That might disrupt the peace with Google — the creator of Android Pay — but would be a good way for Samsung to attain more users in the mobile payments market. Rhee followed up saying “right now global expansion is happening so quickly for Samsung Pay that we are focusing all our energy on deployment,” which means it is unlikely we will see any partnerships in the near future. It won’t work on rooted devices Now that the service is live, there is evidence that rooting the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge will disable Samsung Pay. This isn’t surprising since a rooted device is less secure. If a user tries to use Samsung Pay on a rooted phone, they will will be prompted with a message saying, “Samsung Pay has been locked due to unauthorized modification.” Related: How to root your Android phone or tablet in 2015 (and unroot it) Rooting a device is the process of obtaining complete administrative control of the operating system, which can make it more susceptible to hacking, and less secure. There are some advantages to rooting, but the security concerns more than outweigh them for the average person. If you’re wondering if your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge is rooted, it most likely isn’t. Samsung (and most other) phones aren’t rooted out of the box, and you would have needed to go through many complicated steps in order to achieve root, of which you would probably remember. It may work on Smart TVs Samsung’s positioning Samsung Pay as a platform, not purely contactless forms of payment. To that end, the company has announced Samsung Pay on TV, a feature coming to select Samsung smart TVs that’ll expedite the process of paying for content. Samsung The service, which Samsung said was developed in partnership with PayPal, ties your credit cards, debit cards, PayPal account and other billing options to a personal identification number. After you complete an “initial registration setup,” Samsung says buying a TV show, movie, or app on your TV is as easy as entering your PIN and hitting the “Pay Now” button that subsequently appears. That first-time setup could be a headache. (You’ll have to add each funding source individually to Samsung Pay on TV.) If you’ve got a Samsung mobile account with saved billing details, though, they’ll transfer automatically. Owners of the electronics giant’s 2014 and 2015 smart TVs will begin to see games that integrate Pay on TV. The list of supported titles will be quite small initially — about seven — but Samsung says it’ll add content “within new and world-renowned games” in the near future. Which banks and stores support Samsung Pay? The MST technology ensures that Samsung Pay supports private label credit cards (PLCC), thanks to partnerships with Synchrony Financial, Blackhawk Network, First Data Corporation. The company also joined forces with the two biggest credit card providers, the aforementioned MasterCard and Visa, in making Samsung Pay a reality. In the United States, Samsung Pay is supported by American Express, Bank of America, Citi, and U.S. Bank. JPMorgan Chase credit cards are now supported on Samsung Pay. Related: Tap to buy: A complete guide to Android Pay In late October, Samsung announced that cards issued by 14 new banks will be supported “in the coming months,” and as of mid November, the following are supported: Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, SunTrust,Virginia Credit Union, and Navy Federal Credit Union Visa. The company also announced that Discover Cards will be supported early next year. The company estimates that some 30 million merchant locations worldwide will accept Samsung pay at launch. In other words, Samsung believes that it has come up with the only mobile payment system that is universally accepted. In contrast, both Apple Pay and Google Wallet only work at select locations where NFC is accepted. It won’t work everywhere — credit card readers that require a physical trigger, like ATMs and gas pumps, aren’t compatible. But Samsung says the Samsung Pay will work at 80 percent of point-of-sale systems when it debuts. Samsung Pay will be secured with Samsung’s own Knox security software, which is widely regarded as one of the best security systems for mobile devices, as well as ARM TrustZone. Just like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay doesn’t store personal account numbers on the user’s device, and uses tokenization to protect your credit card information whenever you make a purchase. If you should lose your phone, you can lock and disable the device remotely to turn off access to Samsung Pay, thanks to Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature. Thanks to a partnership with Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, Samsung Pay will be getting gift card support by the end of the year from dozens of retailers in categories like grocery, fashion, entertainment and dining. The roster should include retailers such as Macy’s, Home Depot, and Staples. How to get it on your phone now Samsung Pay is available on the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and Note 5 devices, and requires an over-the-air update to work. To check if it’s available on your device, go to Settings > System > About Phone > Software Update. Once you’ve added credit, debit, and loyalty cards, you open the Samsung Pay app with a swipe, choose the card you want to use, and authenticate the purchase with your fingerprint. Just like most forms of mobile payments, Samsung Pay will use Near Field Communications (NFC) to make payments at point-of-sale systems that accept tap-to-pay. However, unlike Apple Pay and Google Wallet, Samsung Pay will leverage the same technology standard credit cards use, called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), which will let the system work at most cash registers, regardless of whether or not they accept NFC payments. So long as the register accepts mag-stripe credit cards, which is something that nearly every single cash register can do, Samsung Pay should work. Samsung is offering a free wireless charger or wallet flip cover to customers who recently purchased a Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge Plus for activating a credit card on Samsung Pay. The promotion is valid until October 11 and has to be redeemed by November 15, 2015.  —– Previous updates: Updated on 11-18-2015 by David Curry and Malarie Gokey: Added in news that Samsung Pay might launch in China, Spain, and the U.K. Also updated formatting and added a table on contents. Updated on 11-18-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added further rumors Samsung will add Samsung Pay support to low and mid-range devices, and its Tizen phones Updated on 11-09-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Corrected post with info about the Gear S2 smartwatch’s support for Samsung Pay. The Gear S2 smartwatch does support Samsung Pay in a limited capacity — It offers NFC-based payments, but not MST -based payments. Ergo, it will work at terminals that support NFC payments, but not at normal registers in the same way that a Galaxy S6 smartphone with Samsung Pay would. Updated on 11-05-2015 by David Curry: Added in news that Samsung plans to support payments on low and mid-range devices.  Updated on 10-27-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung Pay added 14 new banks and gift card support is coming soon. Updated on 10-21-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news Samsung Pay will fully launch for Verizon phones on October 21.  Updated on 10-19-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news Verizon may have started to send out its Samsung Pay update.  Updated on 10-07-2015 by David Curry: Added Verizon Wireless support announcement. Updated on 09-28-2015 by David Curry: Added news about the official launch in the United States and bank/carrier partners. Updated on 08-27-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in Samsung Pay Beta program news, and information on how you can join in. Updated on 08-13-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added launch dates for the U.S. and South Korea.  Updated on 08-05-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added details of Samsung Pay for TV.  Updated on 07-30-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added news of a Samsung partnership with MasterCard in Europe. Updated on 07-24-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that rooting may disable Samsung Pay. Updated on 07-16-2015 by Williams Pelegrin: Added details of Samsung Pay trial program in South Korea. Update on 06-03-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added details of Samsung Pay’s delay until September. More »

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