Randy Curtin

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6 Surreal Video Game Environments: A Plea for Surrealism

One of my biggest frustrations with the video game industry is this unnecessary reliance on realism. I mean, we could make the most out-there, …

Video Game Purchases: Why is something so simple becoming so frustrating?

I’ve been an avid gamer for almost three decades, but I’ve never actually been a huge fan of buying them. I love the experience of taking the …

New Service Builds Gaming PCs Based On The Games You Want To Play

BLD is a new service from computer hardware maker NZXT that simplifies the process of buying a new gaming PC. Customers select the games they want to …

The Witcher

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …

Google's new job search pulls in listings from all the top sites

The company says it’s using machine learning to help organize listings from different sources<p>Earlier this year at Google I/O, the search giant announced a new initiative named Google for Jobs. The goal is simple: leverage Google’s skills at organizing information to make finding jobs easier. Today, …

Dogs

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office

Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition …

Two things about the Tesla Model 3 that Elon Musk wants you to know

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black," Henry Ford once said.<p>Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is taking the same approach to early versions of the Model 3, due for initial production and delivery in July.<p>The first wave of customers will have only two …

Tesla
Cybersecurity

Break Into the Lucrative World of Ethical Hacking with Over 45 Hours of Immersive Content

<b>Ethical Hacker Bootcamp for 2017</b><p>Break Into a Career As An Ethical Hacker<p>Ethical hackers are in huge demand in the wake of highly publicized hacks and …

41 Best Google Chrome Extensions

<b>More Chrome Apps</b><p>In addition to Chrome extensions, we also have 20 top apps for Chrome. And if you've got a Chromecast for streaming video, photos and …

Apps

This computer language is teaching kids to code

When Zuckerberg entered the room, many of the young students had a hard time pulling themselves away from their projects, even to gawk at one of the world's richest men. Facebook's founder instead came to them.<p>"What are you making?" he'd ask. And they would proudly say, "A game!" or whatever it …

Learning

Top 5 things you need to know about Kotlin, Android's new programming language

What is Kotlin and why should I care about it?<p>Google announced support for Kotlin in Android at Google I/O 2017, but many of us aren't sure what's …

Ransomware Is Being Hidden Inside Attachments of Attachments

Ransomware attacks are getting more and more clever as the public gets wise to them. The latest involves hiding a malicious macro inside a Word …

NSA Malware DoublePulsar: How To Test If Your Computer Has Been Infected

In the wake of the reveal of a number of hacking tools believed to have been developed and used by the U.S. National Security Agency, a security …

The godfather of ransomware returns: Locky is back and sneakier than ever

After a mysterious disappearance, Locky has reemerged -- and is borrowing attack techniques from Dridex.<p>The ransomware that drove last year's boom in …

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good

When it comes to alleviating some of the world's most pressing problems, perhaps we should look to the skies.<p>The word "drone" might inspire images of …

The Final Frontier In Virtual Reality? Hacking Your Muscles

Tiny bursts of electrical stimulation could help users feel walls and spaces in VR.<p>There are all sorts of devices designed to make virtual worlds feel more real by mimicking physical sensations: full-body suits, gloves, robotic hands, and exoskeletons. These products mimic sensations, but they …

NSA's arsenal of Windows hacking tools has leaked

The NSA used the Windows hacking tools to target several banks.<p>A new trove of alleged surveillance tools and exploits from the National Security …

How To Find Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Across Your Environment

When I was a CTO running a data center, I used to ask my ops team to do the shotgun test. They had to imagine our worst enemy came into the data center with a shotgun with one slug. What could they destroy to do the most damage? (I didn’t realize until recently that this was a modified version of …

Cybersecurity

Inmates hid self-built PCs in the ceiling and connected them to prison network

Inmates in built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling, hid them in the ceiling, and connected them to the prison …

Information Security

Google's AutoDraw AI tool can turn your clumsy doodles into stunning pieces of art

Cut AutoDraw some slack if it turns your fish into a boomerang. It's still learning!<p>Do you draw like a 5 year old child? Well, it's nothing to be …

Powerful automation hacks for Android using Tasker, IFTTT, QPython

One of the coolest things about Android is undoubtedly just how much it lets you do without needing to root your device or otherwise modify it. Out of the box an Android phone is yours to customize, tweak and hack to your heart’s desires. If you want to use it as-is then you can, but if you’re more …

Apps

New male contraceptive claims men can turn their sperm off and on at the flick of a switch

With the pill, IUD, diaphragms, cervical caps and the implant, the contraceptive baton has largely been carried by women.<p>Now, a new type of male …

The 17 best tech email newsletters you need to subscribe to

Once viewed as an anachronistic throwback to the pre-social web, email newsletters are in the middle of a glorious Renaissance.<p>At their best, they cut through the noise and provide incisive round-ups and analysis — wading through the muck of news so you don't have to.<p>Perhaps predictably, the tech …

Andreessen Horowitz

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

Study Reveals Players Don’t Become More Aggressive Playing Violent Video Games

It’s been a long-standing debate for as long as I can remember, but a new study has revealed that there is no proof that violent video games make the …

Psychology

How to Implement a Security Awareness Program at Your Organization

Security isn’t just a technical problem. It’s also a people problem, and keeping the people side of the security equation strong requires that all …

Employee Engagement

Asus ROG G752VS-XS74K OC Edition review

Bright lights, big performance, a bit disappointing<p><b>The Good</b> The Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition offers excellent gaming performance and plenty of power for other tasks like high-resolution photo- and video-editing. The screen's 120Hz refresh rate keeps games looking smooth as does Nvidia's G-Sync</b> …

Here Are All The Video Games Coming Out In April 2017

March is officially over, and what an amazing month it was for video games. April is shaping up to be yet another power-house. Some incredible titles, including the long-awaited indie platformer <i>Yooka-Laylee</i> and the absolutely splendid <i>Persona 5</i> finally launch.<p>Here are all the video games coming out …

Gaming

Making Java Code Easier to Read (Without Changing it)

Modern JVM languages such as Kotlin, Groovy, Scala and some others offer many language features that let you write code in a more concise and …