The time it took for my brother to get our new Super Nintendo out of the box and connected to our television couldn’t have been more than five minutes. I’m pretty sure we used the same coaxial cable connector that the NES before it used, though it’s possible he was bold enough to forge a new connection dedicated to the SNES. The time between when he arrived home with the console box and a copy of Super Mario World, and when we saw Mario’s astonishing level of detail, was extremely short. Open game console box, plug in game console, insert game, play game — pretty simple. I’ll never forget the yellow on Mario’s cape!
Today’s kids don’t have it so easy. The anticipation while waiting for holidays or birthdays or while saving enough allowance has turned into anticipation during firmware updates or software patches or mandatory installs, and all manner of nonsense. Even for those of us who grew up with PCs, the state of modern game consoles is a sad one when it comes to what’s inside the packaging representing what the outside says
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Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google’s built-in tools, advanced operators, and third-party extensions. You can also use it for some pretty cool stuff if you know the right tricks. Here are 10 of our favorite lesser known tricks and features.
At its Ideas Summit in New York, Google revealed Uproxy: a service that aims to change the way people around the globe use the internet. A browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, uProxy can bypass restrictive firewalls that hinder users from accessing vital (and trivial) information online by creating peer-to-peer connections. If someone from a country with limited internet access installs uProxy, they can get a friend from the US to authorize them to surf the open web using their connection.
Malware writers are a tricky bunch, and if you’re not suspicious of every little thing on the Internet, you could fall prey to one of their many tactics, like spoofing software updates. It’s not really a new method, though apparently serving up fake updates for Google Chrome and a fake media player update that appears to come from Adobe are popular right now.
To make it look even more authentic, both updates are digitally signed by valid VeriSign code signing certificates, ZDNet reports. This isn’t the first time malware writers have tapped VeriSign to appear legitimate, though it’s not always the preferred method because it’s expensive.
YouTube includes a number of simple production tools to help filmmakers improve their projects, but today it’s launching one that could be huge for the low- or no-budget shooter: a library of completely free music that can be used in any video — even ones that don’t end up on YouTube. The YouTube Audio Library is launching with 150 tracks in genres spanning from funky dance and electronic to sappy country tunes, all of which can be streamed and downloaded as 320kbps MP3 files. You might expect them all to be corny jams or forgettable muzak — and some certainly are — but there are absolutely some gems within the collection that do a great job representing their genre without feeling like a knockoff product.
Researchers have uncovered a weakness with Apple’s App Store after submitting a malicious app which made it through the review process
As part of a paper, researchers at Georgia Tech submitted a malicious app, named ‘Jekyll’, to Apple’s App Store to determine whether the company would spot the virus during the company’s review process.
They didn’t, reports the MIT Technology Review.
The app, which appears only to display news from Georgia Tech, in fact contained code fragments that would later assemble into a ‘malicious digital creature.’
The internet is full of a lot of things, but they’re usually terrifying or at least something you can use to get a laugh out of your buddies. Every now and then, prominent web properties like Google Search and YouTube deploy amusing easter eggs, such as when you type “do a barrel roll” into Google’s search field. Now, a new easter egg has been implemented on YouTube: a playable game of Missile Command.
Activating the easter egg is easy enough. Head over to YouTube, select a video, play the video, then type 1980 into nothing in particular (not the search field). If performed correctly, the video will stop playing, and a game of missile command will invoke above it.
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the browser space has been on fire of late. Mozilla’s development team has clearly been working overtime, as Firefox 23 has just gone official today in non-beta form. For starters, you may notice that the Firefox ball logo looks a little different, and that’s by design. The team has gently overhauled the look,…