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Unmasking Tor Users, Revealing Uber Ratings, ATMs Are Doomed, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 28-07-2014

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 Amazon Fire Phone Reviews, Microsoft Focuses On Windows 9, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, a security vulnerability in Tor is kept secret, William Shatner boldly goes where no celebrity has gone before by reviewing Facebook Mentions, and Japan dreams of a 2020 Olympic Games for robots. Read More 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 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 and our beginner’s guide to navigating the deep Web How to Find Active .Onion Dark Web Sites (And Why You Might Want To) The Dark Web, in part, consists of .onion sites, hosted on the Tor network. How do you find them and where to go? Follow me... Read More .

How To Find Your Uber Passenger Rating

Whenever someone takes an Uber taxi ride What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More , 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 Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More 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 10 Video Games That Changed The World These are the games that changed everything, that signalled the next step in the evolution of video games, and that needed to exist for the video games industry as we know it today to exist... Read More , 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 Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More , this offer effectively cuts the overall cost to just $5. Which is an extraordinary bargain by anyone’s standards.


Suspect Arrested Over Facebook Taunt

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

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. The World Cup On Facebook & Twitter, Nintendo Games At E3 2014 [Tech News Digest] 2014 World Cup gets social, Nintendo reveals all at E3, Honeywell launches Lyric, banning Google Glass, the Turing Test remains undefeated, alarming news from Google, and a clever smartphone driving PSA. Read More and in the U.K. Google Kills Orkut & Quickoffice, Yahoo Saves Community, And More... [Tech News Digest] UK cinemas preemptively ban Google Glass, Reading Rainbow breaks Kickstarter popularity contest, Emojli chat app made for emoji masters, 'Yo, Hodor' adds Hodor to Yo, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare gets an honest trailer. Read More 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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