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Obama is holding a news conference to discuss North Korea’s Sony hack – watch live right here

By on December 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Obama is holding a news conference to discuss North Korea’s Sony hack – watch live right here

North Korea hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deep investigation into the cyber attack has determined as much, and the U.S. government confirmed it publicly on Friday morning. You can read the FBI’s full statement right here. North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures is believed to be a direct result of the studio’s upcoming movie “The Interview,” which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who conspire to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The theatrical release of “The Interview” has now been cancelled as Sony continues to comply with several of the North Korean hackers’ demands in an attempt to prevent them from leaking additional documents that were stolen in the hack.

Now, President Barack Obama is holding a news conference to address the Sony hack and the FBI’s findings. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

It’s the end of another long week, and we’re also now less than a week away from Christmas. Stress has undoubtedly washed over you as you rush to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping, but perhaps an awesome deal on paid iPhone and iPad apps will help you calm down for a moment. There’s no better deal than getting something that normally costs money for free, and we showed you eight paid iOS apps that were all made free yesterday (a few are still free if you hurry). Today, we’ve got seven more cool apps and you won’t pay a dime for any of them if you’re quick. More →

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15 Worst Internet Hoaxes of 2014

The 15 worst web hoaxes of 2014

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

The 15 worst web hoaxes of 2014

Betty White is not dead. The Earth will not suffer six days of “total darkness.” There is no incredible machine that can turn water into wine. Justin Bieber did not save a man from a bear attack in Russia. As ridiculous as all of these stories sound in hindsight, they are among dozens of Internet hoaxes that hit the web in 2014 and were believable enough to fool millions of web-goers. And in some cases, such as the story of Bieber and the bear, plenty of media outlets were fooled as well.

So, what were the worst web hoaxes of the year in 2014? More →

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How Hackers Hacked Sony

How hackers hacked Sony

By on December 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

How hackers hacked Sony

As data continues to pour out from the massive data heist suffered by Sony recently, much of the recent media coverage has included speculation regarding how the attackers might have gained access to Sony’s internal network and stolen all of that data. Confidential documents, emails and internal memos were all taken in the attack, and even studio materials like unreleased scripts and full-length movies were stolen.

It’s easy to imagine a room full of shady hackers surrounded by high-tech gear working tirelessly to penetrate Sony’s cyber defenses, having used a wide range of complex digital tools that are practically unrecognizable to most of us. But an investigation has revealed that the reality is far less dramatic.

In fact, it turns out the hackers used a shockingly simple method to gain access to Sony’s private network. More →

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3DAround Download

New app lets you take awesome interactive 3D photos with your iPhone – and it’s free

By on December 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

New app lets you take awesome interactive 3D photos with your iPhone – and it’s free

3D photography is a very cool area of tech that is getting increasingly popular, but there’s a pretty sizable barrier right now. In order to capture 3D imagery, you need to buy dedicated 3D scanning hardware that is often quite expensive, and most people don’t want to be bothered with it. That will continue to be the case for some time when it comes to complex 3D imaging, but a new app from Swiss software company Dacuda adds very cool 3D imaging capabilities to your iPhone.

And the best part is that a beta version of the company’s new app is available today, and it’s completely free to download. More →

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Google Maps Easter Eggs

Google Maps Easter egg lets you take virtual reality tours of amazing landmarks

By on December 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Google Maps Easter egg lets you take virtual reality tours of amazing landmarks

Do you want to walk around and check out the world’s tallest building, but you have no desire to fly all the way to Dubai? Well now you can tour the Burj Khalifa and other landmarks like it for just $15, which is the cost of Google Cardboard from the Unofficial Cardboard store.

For those who don’t remember, Google recently offered a blueprint so that people could make simple virtual reality headsets for their Android phones using little more than cardboard and a pair of lenses. You can also buy a pre-made headset, of course, and now you have another great reason to consider it. More →

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How To Fix Cracked iPad Screen

How to fix a cracked iPad Air 2 screen yourself in 10 minutes

By on December 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

How to fix a cracked iPad Air 2 screen yourself in 10 minutes

There are few things that are more heartbreaking to a gadget fan than a cracked smartphone screen. Gorilla Glass is incredibly strong, but it may never be strong enough to survive some of the nasty spills that smartphones often take. If there is one thing that’s even sadder than a cracked smartphone screen though, it’s probably a cracked tablet screen. For some reason, the larger scale makes it that much more heartbreaking.

If you have Apple’s iPad Air 2 and it recently became the victim of an unfortunate accident, you’ll need so cough up some serious money to get it fixed or replace it. If you’re handy, however, and you can manage to source parts at a decent price, you can save some money by fixing your iPad yourself in about 10 minutes. More →

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Tim Cook Memo

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

By on December 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

Apple certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year. The company’s stock is up 39% year to date, its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent the biggest smartphone launch in history, and Apple is still the most valuable technology company in history. It takes the hard work of tens of thousands of people to achieve such staggering success, of course, and CEO Tim Cook took a moment earlier this week to thank them all ahead of the holidays. More →

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Apple just released iOS 8.2 beta 3

By on December 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

Apple just released iOS 8.2 beta 3

If you’re a developer — or one of the tens of thousands of non-developers with an iOS developer account — we have some good news for you: Apple just released a new version of its iOS software. iOS 8.2 beta 3 is now available as an over-the-air (OTA) download for users with compatible devices. More →

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Interesting Facts

26 mind-blowing facts you never knew about Google

By on December 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

26 mind-blowing facts you never knew about Google

Hundreds of millions of people rely on Google for everything from web searches and email to finding directions and scheduling our lives. Call Google “evil” all you want, but the Internet is one of the most important tools of the modern era, and it’s thanks in large part to Google.

But as often as you use the company’s many great services, how well do you really know Google? More →

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Leaked Sony Movie Scripts

More than 50 scripts from Sony movies have been leaked by hackers

By on December 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

More than 50 scripts from Sony movies have been leaked by hackers

As most of us assumed would be the case, things are going to get much worse for Sony before they finally start getting better. North Korea is now believed to be responsible for the major hack suffered recently by Sony, and it is thought to be a direct result of Sony Pictures’ now-cancelled movie “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

New data continues to pour out following the hack, and it is now being reported that more than 50 Sony movie scripts have been leaked. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $41!)

By on December 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $41!)

Yesterday’s post included a huge list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps that were all on sale for free for a limited time — and if you hurry, you can still download several of them for free. Today is a new day, however, and we have a fresh list of eight more apps that are regularly worth $41 all together, but each and every one of them is now a free download for a limited time. Want them all? You’d better hurry because these sales could be over at any minute. More →

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The Interview Cancelled

Obama, Hollywood stars and more react to the cancellation of The Interview

By on December 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Obama, Hollywood stars and more react to the cancellation of The Interview

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, the theatrical release of Sony’s upcoming movie “The Interview” has been cancelled. The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and as you have also undoubtedly heard by now, it paints North Korea in an unflattering light. It also includes a scene where North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is killed.

That scene has already leaked though, and you can watch it right here.

The United States now believes that North Korea was behind the recent major hack of Sony’s internal networks and the many leaks that followed. Those leaks and the threats from hackers that accompanied them ultimately led to the movie’s cancellation, and now many high-profile people including president Obama and several Hollywood personalities have issued public responses. More →

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