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Snowden At SXSW, MtGox Bankruptcy, Titanfall Time, 8-Bit True Detective [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-03-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Edward Snowden appears at SXSW, MtGox secures bankruptcy protection, Twitter fixes “rare” bug, Titanfall drops, Microsoft finally releases the Power Cover for Surface 2, UC Browser HD v3.0 arrives, and an 8-bit version of True Detective pops up on YouTube.

Snowden Securely Screened At SXSW

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared at SXSW (South by Southwest) via a Google Hangout encrypted to hide his location. In an hour-long interview conducted by Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Snowden spoke about the kind of practices that need to be adopted in order to prevent mass surveillance by governments NSA Tracking, Pony Passwords, Reversible USB, Santa Trackers [Tech News Digest] NSA is tracking us all, Pony Botnet snags 2 million passwords, next-gen USB to be reversible, Beats Music launch date, Valve joins Linux Foundation, PopUp Archive launched, and two Santa trackers go into battle. Read More .

Snowden argued for encryption to be a basic and necessary tenet of online communication, which would “allow us to reclaim the open and trusted Internet.” He praised PGP and Tor Really Private Browsing: An Unofficial User’s Guide to Tor Tor provides truly anonymous and untraceable browsing and messaging, as well as access to the so called “Deep Web”. Tor can’t plausibly be broken by any organization on the planet. Read More , but expressed a desire for more common tools to adopt similar levels of security.

The full conversation, which took place in front of a packed crowd who were mostly appreciative and supportive of Snowden, is embedded above. Unfortunately, there’s an echo on Snowden’s voice that makes it a difficult listen. Still, at least he was able to appear, despite Rep. Mike Pompeo’s best efforts to prevent him from doing so.

MtGox Wins U.S. Bankruptcy Protection

MtGox, the Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange that is in serious financial trouble Bitcoin Crisis At MtGox, Glass Lobbies, New YotaPhone, Xbox One Twitch [Tech News Digest] Bitcoin exchange MtGox offline, Google lobbies Glass driving legislation, dual-screen YotaPhone 2 debuts, buy BBM for $19 billion, Twitch streaming for Xbox One, Gmail adds an 'Unsubscribe' button, and Paramount stops the Top Gun tweets. Read More , has secured temporary protection from bankruptcy in the U.S. This means the company’s assets are protected, and all legal action has to be halted, at least for the time being.

According to BBC News, MtGox is facing two lawsuits in the U.S.: a class-action in Chicago, and a breach-of-contract in Seattle. Allegations of “massive fraud” have been leveled at the people in charge of MtGox, but the investigation into what really happened is continuing.

Twitter Fixes Protected Accounts Bug

Twitter has fixed a bug that meant the protected tweets of over 93,000 people could be read “via SMS or push notifications.” Twitter has reached out to every user affected by the bug offering its “whole-hearted apologies,” and “taken steps to protect against this kind of bug in the future.” But something similar will happen again; it always does.

Titanfall Has Dropped

Today is the day that PC and Xbox One gamers in North America have been waiting for, with Titanfall being launched on their platforms. The FPS-with-mechs has gained impressive levels of hype in recent months, and is expected to be the biggest game of 2014 released so far.

Gamers from elsewhere in the world who are eager to play Titanfall will have to wait a few more days, while Xbox 360 owners will have to wait until March 25. PlayStation 4 The PS4 Revealed: 10 PlayStation 4 Videos All Gamers Should Watch After months of speculation Sony recently entered the eighth generation of video games hardware, joining Nintendo, which kicked it all off by releasing the Wii U at the end of 2012. The not-very-imaginatively-titled PlayStation 4... Read More owners have no option but to enviously eye the game up from afar.

Power Cover For Surface 2 Finally Ready

The Power Cover for the Surface Pro 2 is finally available to buy, with Microsoft promising to ship the item on March 19. The Power Cover, which was announced alongside the Surface 2 but wasn’t ready in time to ship with Microsoft’s tablets Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Read More , is designed to extend battery by “up to 70%.” And for that, Microsoft wants $199.99.

UC Browser HD v3.0 Arrives

UC Browser HD v3.0 is now available to download. The Web browser, optimized for use on Android tablets Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad? The latest web traffic statistics show that 78% of all web surfers using a tablet after the holiday season were on an iPad. Though its dominance is slowly dwindling, Apple’s device remains on the throne.... Read More , has been given a significant makeover, with a built-in smart video player, new gesture controls, and automatic magnification of text amongst the improvements made.

True Detective Gets Retro Makeover

And finally, the first season of True Detective ended over the weekend, which has left many avid TV junkies experiencing withdrawal symptoms. And while there’s no real alternative to watching Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson act their little hearts out, this 8-bit (or possibly 16-bit) version may help slightly ease the pain. You’re welcome.

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  1. Kevin M
    March 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Not sure where you get your news but TitanFall is not due out for three more days. It clearly states that on their website for all to see. As for Playstation 4 people setting back and somehow looking at Xbox trash with envy? I would argue that one all the way to the bank!!!

    • Dave P
      March 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      No. As stated in the article it's out today in North America. It's being released in Europe and Australia on Thursday, and then the UK and New Zealand on Friday. I'm guessing you're in the UK and visited the UK website.

    • Kevin M
      March 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Dave, do you know where to buy it at? Everywhere I have looked says three days...

    • Dave P
      March 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Has it sold out everywhere? I'm not surprised with the hype surrounding this game. My suggestion is to order it and wait out those three days. If you leave it the delay may increase!