Remember when the Atari 2600 which is called the Atari game system? If you can then this is going to be a very exciting time for you! The Internet archive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting historical data and making it available for researchers and scholars, is now going to take us in the way back machine and give everyone access to arcade games from the Golden 70s and 80s.
Now along with all of the other collections available at the Internet archive they have opened the console living room. This is a collection of video games that were released in the late 70s up through the mid-80s on the various consoles available at the time. The main consoles that are covered in the archive are:
- Atari 2600
- Atari 7800
- Coleco vision
- Bally Astrocade
- Magnavox Odyssey 2
The leader of the pack was the Atari 2600 which was released in September of 1977. Atari would again release a console in 1986 called the Atari 7800 which would try to compete with the Nintendo entertainment system and the Sega Master system. As we know now Nintendo crushed them all and would go on the make some of the most popular mobile games around.
In 1978 Magnavox released the Odyssey to, also known as the Philips Videopac G 7000 in Europe. The Odyssey one has the distinction of being the first home video game system to make it to market. You may remember it as the game system with five different types of Pong and no cartridges.
Midway released the Bally Astrocade when they repositioned itself from an arcade gaming company to a gambling division of Bally. The Astrocade was available until 1983 and at the time was thought to have the best graphics available in the home market.
The Internet archive is ported the games that it is making available to be played within a browser. Although audio is not available for the games yet, archive.com says that it is on its way.
So as you sit and dream of hanging out in the arcade, lining up quarters on the Donkey Kong machine hoping to blow through them before your mother comes to pick you up, stop by the console living room and play free Mobile games. Although there are many games available now their number is growing daily. If you can’t find your favorite game like berserk or bird time yet rest assured it will be there soon.
Have fun young man we back to pick you up in hour.Read More
Customers are crazy about DISH Network’s DISH Anywhere at and they want more. Answering consumer demand dish has developed an upgrade to the popular app that enables transfer functionality to both android and IOS-based mobile devices. Using this new app customers will be able to transfer shows for off-line viewing to iPads, iPhones, android phones and tablets. These enhancements are due to be available in January 2014.
The DISH Anywhere mobile app allows you to manage your DVR as well as view live TV content using DISH’s own sling technology and Wi-Fi or 4G connection. DISH is currently the only provider with this level of content access anywhere.
Using a device with Internet access the app allows you to:
- Schedule and manage your DVR recordings
- Control your receiver
- Watch On Demand content
- Watch all your DVR recordings
- Watch all your live TV channels
- Transfer your recordings to watch offline
- Search the program guide
Currently DISH is offering two apps for remote viewing, DISH Anywhere and Hopper transfers. Hopper transfers is used to move recorded programs to mobile devices for off-line viewing. This app is only available on iPads but an android equivalent offering is in development. The second dish app is DISH Anywhere, which is used with an Internet connection for remote viewing or recording of events using the DISH DVR. Live television viewing is also available with this technology.
By the end of January this will be available in the DISH Anywhere app and will work with android mobile devices as well as IOS.
“Internet service apps are going to become ubiquitous in the very near future, if they are not already”, said Richard Thomason, Internet Marketing analyst for Web Exordium. “Few markets are as competitive as this one and any edge is going to be exploited. The Web Exordium provides Internet Marketing in Allen TX and local SEO services for the surrounding suburbs of North Dallas, such as Frisco, McKinney and Plano. Even these small areas are overrun with large national and local ISP’s scrambling for every customer.
Vivek Khemka, senior vice president of product management at DISH said, “Responding to subscribers who want an even easier way to fully utilize the capabilities of the Hopper with Sling, today, we’re announcing an overhaul of the DISH Anywhere app. Users will be able to remotely watch live and recorded shows and transfer recorded programs to their iOS and Android devices, all within the new DISH Anywhere app.” It looks like Dish network Internet may be growing as well.
DISH Network has consistently proven that it will remain competitive by listening and responding to the needs of its customers. Richard Williams at Mobile Informers said, “One major complaint of all cable TV users as well as early satellite TV users has always been that the menu was slow, poorly organized, and unresponsive. To date the only provider that has offered an acceptable solution to this is DISH in its Explorer App”. This powerful application allows users to access any show, on demand event, DVR, or other service at the touch of a finger. This app allows fast maneuverability through guides admin use and allows users to execute commands from their device. This single app makes dish network viewing much more enjoyable than any cable TV service guide has ever been.Read More
Apple once again makes the claim that it never collaborated with the national security agency to create a tool that allows the government access to any users iPhone.
Recent documents reveal the NSA has developed software that gives it the ability to retrieve all information located on an iPhone including location, contacts, text messages, photos, voicemails, and even monitor live calls.
The software is called oddly enough DropoutJeep and shows up on NSA slides as early as 2008, only a year after the iPhone was first launched.
Of course Apple claims that it has, “never worked with the national security agency to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customer’s privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up-to-date with the latest advancements.
Apple continues, “Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.”
It appears that Apple is not only not taking responsibility for the backdoor hack but is also suggesting that if it is indeed true that it will attempt to stop the national security agency. How effective this would be is questionable but if you believe Apple it is good to hear.
The early slide to drop out the reveal that installation would require physical access to the device. This means the NSA would need to actually have your phone to put this software on. While this is some comfort the same slide notes that remote installation capability will be pursued in the future. Given that this slide is six years old unless they are underfunded and probably have that capability now.
Remote installation aside the slides also mention specifically the IOS five which was launched eventually in 2011 and IOS six which launched in 2012. It is important to note that Apple sold 250 million iPhones in the first five years of release. This would suggest that without remote installation capability it is unlikely the backdoor hack is in place as stated here at Internet Service providers in My area.
This backdoor software is the type of tool used by the NSA’s ANT (access network technology) division to access information or gain control of multiple electronic devices. According to certain inside information the NSA claims a 100% success rate on installation of the program.
Both Apple and Google have in the past denied working with the government on any projects unless they were legally compelled to. The NSA documents released by legendary whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA has developed the capability to hack Google and Yahoo without the knowledge. There is no direct evidence suggesting that the US government successfully hacked the iPhone directly.
So given the NSA’s history and the vast popularity of the iPhone you must ask yourself if it is likely the government still wishes to target this device.Read More
You may remember the plot to Stargate universe included a story element in which the US government embedded in a mathematical puzzle in an online game and waited for someone the salt in order to find a computer scientist intelligent enough to solve a particular mystery. Oddly enough this may actually be going on right now. Not the Stargate to another world part, but the search for the greatest hacker.
The elusive cicada 3301 online puzzle first appeared in 2012 it was discovered by a San Francisco area high school student. The student, who wishes to remain unnamed, found it posted on a paranormal activity thread on four Chan.org. The puzzle was presented as an image with white text against a black background that said:
“Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that make it all the way through. Good luck. 3301.”
And thus the cicada 3301 scavenger hunt began which includes number theory, phone calls, physical clues, websites, images, and cryptography relegated for the most part to the “darknet”.
As with most things on the Internet wild theories abound as to who is behind this puzzle. Speculations include the national security agency, secret societies such as the illuminati, the Central intelligence agency, or yes even alien intelligence. Although none of the theories include prankster Internet trolls I’m gonna go ahead and throw that one out you right now. This theory has since been shared by internet Providers by Zip code.
When the image was first opened by participants in a text editing program, a message containing a web address appear. This web address led to a Reddit.com forum that began to reveal coded messages and symbols.
As additional hidden messages were uncovered it was believed that the clues suggested that the code was already posted on the Reddit.com forum. This was true and once decoded a phone number within the United States was revealed.
The number had a message for callers that contained another clue. A riddle was given that led to a website that contained an image of the cicada. This image also contained what appeared to be map coordinates. The phone number has been since disconnected of course.
According to some reports several of the locations had posters with an image of the cicada and a QR code that when scanned revealed a message. These locations included Paris, Seoul, Warsaw, in Miami.
Nine participants across the world work together to solve this trail of breadcrumbs left by the games creators. One of these participants which was located in Australia give visual confirmation that at least one of these posters existed as described.
The series of clues became increasingly difficult to decipher but in the end a final message on the Reddit forum read:
“We have not found the individuals we sought. Thus our month-long journey ends. For now. Thank you for your dedication and effort. If you are unable to complete the test, or did not receive an e-mail, do not despair. There will be more opportunities like this one.”
So what mysterious group of this puzzle together to begin with? Will we see this puzzle appear on the Internet again in days to come? Find out here same bat-time same bat-channel.Read More