Here's another one of those passage-of-time moments that may make elder geeks groan: Thirty-three years after Missile Command blew up the arcade scene, gamers can now play a pint-size version within YouTube.
To play the game, all you need to do is direct your Web browser to any video on YouTube, make sure you aren't in a text field (for instance, search), and type in 1980. Within a second, your video slides down and a basic version of Missile Command appears on top of the video. To get you in the mood, "Defend this video from attack\For great justice!" amusingly appears before you start the game. … Read more
The folks behind YouTube are taking on Vine and Instagram with their own app for editing together and sharing videos.
Known as MixBit, the free app debuted Thursday for iOS users via Apple's App store, while an Android version is due out by the end of September. MixBit amps up the social aspect of shooting short video clips by letting you stitch together videos from other users to create lengthier productions.
As highlighted in the app's description, you can record, edit, and publish videos as short as one second or as long as an hour, all from your … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A luxury toilet controlled by a smartphone app is vulnerable to attack.
- Tooth sensor stops you from lying to your dentist.
BitTorrent's Sync decentralized file-synchronization tool has entered beta status, and offers a number of enhancements, including support for mobile devices as well as a new versioning feature called SyncArchive.
Following months of closed testing, on April 23, 2013, BitTorrent released a public alpha version of its Sync software, a cross-platform competing service to online storage and synchronization solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple's iCloud. Unlike its competitors, Sync approaches synchronization using the decentralized BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) network, which avoids the need for hosted storage space as a transfer medium, and instead keeps paired folders directly synced … Read more
Bitdefender Antivirus continues to remain a top-performing security suite that improves over time by adjusting to your computer usage and performance.
Bitdefender's latest version sheds the yearly version identity and brings back the same expected arsenal of security tricks and tweaks that made version 2013 so competitive among the AV crowd. Features like MyBitdefender return to address the rising demand for multidevice protection as many other rivals like Norton and AVG have followed suit.
Bitdefender's cost has gone up for each of its products across the board: Antivirus Plus now retails for $49.95, Internet Security for $69.95, and Total Security for $79.95. Internet Security shows the greatest price hike, at $20 more, putting it at the cost of last year's Total Security suite.
Installation didn't take long but updates can take some time. After installation, Bitdefender will enable an autopilot mode and auto-gaming mode by default for a hands-off maintenance approach. It'll then follow up with a preliminary system scan to check for any existing infections.
Bitdefender dubs its new adaptive technology "Photon" and claims that the security program learns and adapts to your system's performance. It does this by monitoring the various applications and programs you already have installed and "learns" what kind of configurations are standard vs. those that are tampered with by malware. The result is reducing the load on the scanner and shortening times. Our first initial system scans averaged around 20 minutes but subsequent following scans took about two and a half minutes:Full Scan times (Initial, post-Photon in minutes) Antivirus plus: 21:38, 2:50 Internet Security: 20:54, 2:47 Total Security: 22:45, 2:48
AV-Test has yet to release their results for this year's Bitdefender; Version 2013 scored 6/6 in protection and useability with 5/6 for performance. Cinebench scores for processor load scored as follows:Cinebench Antivirus plus: 17292 Internet Security: 17287 Total Security: 17329
In AV Comparatives, Bitdefender scored second highest in real-world protection test at 99.8 percent, ousted only by Trend Micro. Bitdefender also had a score of 2.4 in their system impact test on AV Comparatives; though bested by Symantec, Kaspersky, and Avast!, it still remained in the top 10.Boot time, Shutdown time (in seconds) Antivirus plus: 44.73, 10.27 Internet Security: 44.75, 9.08 Total Security: 45.07, 11.45
Though it might be at least a month or two before all of 2014's test results get published, current performance along with our own findings suggest a trajectory toward maintaining efficacy in overall protection.
Bit-Tuner Retro Guitar Tuner's old-school coolness comes from chiptunes. This portable, open-source freeware generates electronic tones from the dawn of the video game era that help you achieve accurate Standard Tuning on your six-string guitar. You control Bit-Tuner with your keyboard's directional arrows, but you can also configure different key combos if your keyboard lacks directional arrows, or if you just want to. Bit-Tuner is also compatible (and configurable) with most USB gamepads and controllers, too. Bit-Tuner 1.0 only offers Standard Tuning, but developer Tom Pereira calls it a "first edition," so future releases may … Read more
It's pretty well established that torrent files can be used for downloading pirated music, movies, games, and more. But, the company BitTorrent wants it to be known that it has nothing to do with such piracy.
The company's vice president of marketing Matt Mason penned a blog post on Tuesday saying that while BitTorrent built the open-source, peer-to-peer technology used for content sharing, it does not endorse piracy in any shape or form.
"We don't host infringing content. We don't point to it. It's literally impossible to 'illegally download something on BitTorrent,'" Mason … Read more