Unmasking Tor Users, Revealing Uber Ratings, ATMs Are Doomed, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Google Play Music is free for new Chromecast owners, taunting police on Facebook proves to be a mistake, Google Glass banned during Comic-Con 2014 panels, and parkour athletes bring Assassin’s Creed to Paris.
Russia Wants To Unmask Tor Users
The Russian Government is offering 3.9 million roubles ($111,000) to anyone who can successfully unmask users of The Onion Router (Tor). The offer of a lucrative contract comes from the Russian Interior Ministry, suggesting the aim is to aid criminal investigations into people using Tor to hide illegal activities.
This offer comes just a week after researchers from Carnegie Mellon University were prevented from revealing a weakness in Tor which could have been used to de-anonymize hundreds of thousands of users. If you aren’t yet aware of what Tor is then you should read our primer on The Onion Router and our beginner’s guide to navigating the deep Web .
How To Find Your Uber Passenger Rating
You can also ask your uber driver what your rating is.
— drew olanoff (@drew) July 28, 2014
Whenever someone takes an Uber taxi ride , the driver and passenger both rate each other for the benefit of others. However, passenger ratings are hidden from view, or at least they were until Aaron Landy uncovered a method for viewing your own rating. Uber users interested to see what score they have attained should follow the instructions posted to Medium [Broken Link Removed].
Doom Can Be Played On An ATM
When Microsoft ended support for Windows XP it was revealed that most ATMs run the aged operating system. This led some hardcore hackers to try and get Doom up and running on an ATM just like the one you use to draw money from your bank account. As the video shows, it worked too, although the process was a lot more involved than you may think. Still, Doom is one of those video games that changed the world , so it was surely worth the effort.
Google Play Music Free On Chromecast
The catchily titled Google Play Music All Access is being offered free for three months to Chromecast users in the U.S. Google Play Music All Access is Google’s streaming music service and normally costs $9.99 per month. With the Chromecast priced at $35 , this offer effectively cuts the overall cost to just $5. Which is an extraordinary bargain by anyone’s standards.
Suspect Arrested Over Facebook Taunt
“Wait what?? Isn’t that him right above my comment??” Police catch suspect after he posts under his own mugshot. http://t.co/jOLSLSSIOE
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) July 25, 2014
We recently wondered why anyone still uses Facebook, but there’s clearly a reason for police forces to use the social networking site… it helps them catch criminals. CNET reports one suspect couldn’t resist commenting on his picture as posted by the Anne Arundel County police department. The result of his taunting police with, “Y’all will never catch me,” being his arrest after tips concerning his whereabouts. It turns out Facebook is good for something after all.
Google Glass Banned Through Comic-Con
“Google Glass Banned at Comic-Con Panels”. You know you’re in trouble when even geek world is down on this stuff.
— Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) July 25, 2014
Comic-Con International 2014 took place over the weekend, with panels packed full of geeks, celebrities, geeky celebrities, and celebrity geeks. However, the “recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited,” which means Google Glass wearers had to remove their wearable tech prior to entering a room where a panel was taking place. Cinema chains in the U.S. and in the U.K. banning Google Glass is one thing, but surely Comic-Con should be geeky enough to accept this new technology.
Assassin’s Creed Parkour Through Paris
And finally, in an effort to promote Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Ubisoft has sponsored a video showing parkour athletes traversing Paris in leaps and bounds. The new game is set during the French Revolution, hence the setting and the outfits. The absolute awesome is purely down to the skills these guys possess.
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