The legal battle between the Justice Department and smartphone company Apple over the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters ended last Monday, when the Justice Department declared that they no longer needed Apple's help in unlocking the phone in question. According to a BBC News report, the Justice Department was able to do what it needed to do through the help of an unnamed third party.
The Justice Department, particularly the FBI wanted Apple to find a way to break into the iPhone owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino shooting. A court order was issued ordering Apple to do just this, but the company did not comply with the order because it will set a "dangerous precedent" that would have implications on privacy issues.
With this new development, the Department has requested for the court order to be withdrawn. According to a statement of the top federal prosecutor in California, Eileen Decker, the investigators had "a solemn commitment to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting." She added that, "It remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety, either with co-operation from relevant parties, or through the court system when co-operation fails." more >>
Windows 10 users now have another reason to be happy. The long-awaited Windows version of the BitTorrent client Transmission is now available for Windows users. According to a Tech Times report, the BitTorrent client which has been the favorite one for Mac and Linux users for the past 10 years, is finally rolling out a Windows 10 version.
The report cited several reasons why Transmission has been the preferred BitTorrent client of Mac and Linux users. Compared to those available such as BitTorrent or UTorrent, Transmission does not support ads. A no-ads arrangement with BitTorrent and UTorrent will cost about $4.95 a year. Its full-feature version is also available to download for free. When one downloads it, it only takes up 25 MB of space on a Windows PC. Encryption support is also available and lastly, it has a Web-based User Interface.
According to the software developer Mike Gelfand, who spoke to TorrentFreak about this latest development, this is because of a conversation he had with another developer who noted that Windows support was the "biggest missing feature" of the software. He also noted that there were many people who were looking to use Transmission on Windows as they were already using it on other platforms. more >>
The much-awaited reboot of the "Doom" franchise is coming to the PS4, the Xbox One and PC on May 13. But even before the game's release, it will have a closed multiplayer beta from March 31 to April 3, according to a report in Polygon. Game developer Bethesda has also shared details about what content is in store for players when the game launches.
Through a short trailer, Bethesda showcased the six multiplayer modes for the game and give gamers an initial look at gameplay in these new multiplayer modes. Out of the six, three are considered by the Polygon report as more "traditional" or conventional. These include "Domination," wherein teams have to capture three static capture points located on a map and try to maintain control over them as long as they can. The longer the capture, the more points can be had. Another one is "Team Deathmatch" which is basically getting the most number of kills within a time limit. "Clan Arena" is another, where players play "without pickups, respawns, or demon transformations" and the remaining team who lives through the deathmatch is the winner.
The other three are not the usual multiplayer modes. "Freeze Tag" is where players are frozen solid rather than killed, and teammates can unfreeze their allies in order to continue playing. The team who gets all of its players frozen will lose the match. "Soul Harvest" is a variant of Team Deathmatch, but players here need to "collect the soul" of killed players from the opposing team in order to score points. Lastly, there is "Warpath" which is basically a team trying to capture a control point which is not stationary but is moving. The team with the highest score after a time limit or is able to reach a preset score will win the match. more >>
With the Oculus Rift months from its release, the VR game that was earlier announced to come free with the VR headset, "Lucky's Tale" has shared its first gameplay trailer. The gameplay trailer was released by developer Playful, showing the game's protagonist, a fox named Lucky, as he explores different game settings.
"Lucky's Tale" is a virtual reality platform game which was designed specifically for the Oculus Rift. Like most platform games, it is played in the third-person and therefore, in VR, it is seen from a third-person perspective. As the gameplay video shows, the player follows Lucky as he navigates his way around different worlds. Among the actions that Lucky needs to perform are jumping, running and climbing.
According to a Tech Times report, the video demonstrates how the player can control Lucky's movements – one can look around and study the environment first before making their move. Players can virtually look up, down or wherever they want, so long as nothing is blocking their sight. Lucky can then move according to where the player wants to take him. more >>
Japan's Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation is reportedly buying the technology services businesses of American company, Dell for a disclosed amount of $3.05 billion. The acquisition was announced via a statement the NTT Data Corp released to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday, although there was no specific date provided as to the consummation of the deal and the acquisition of the units from Dell.
According to the Boston Globe, NTT Data's purpose of acquisition is to obtain a stronger hold in North American business interests, particularly in the aspect of cloud services and business process outsourcing. The good news for Dell's current employees is that they will mostly likely be retained, all 28,000 of them, both from the North American offices and in India.
To date, this will be the Japanese company's biggest acquisition and there is a lot of sense in the business move. NTT Data is thriving in Japan, but it hasn't been that profitable outside its premises, though the company's website claims they have several of their services being used in North America. more >>
Another set of images of the upcoming flagship, the Huawei P9, has surfaced online, leaving consumers wondering if there will be something unknown left to unveil when Huawei launches the device a few days from now on April 6. According to a report in Android Authority, the new images which came out courtesy of Weibo, confirm that the device will be sporting a dual-camera set-up on its rear.
According to the report, the new images show that the device will have a sleek all-metal design, and a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Earlier rumors point to a powerful Kirin 950 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM, and internal storage of 32 GB. The device's dual camera will have 12-megapixel sensors which is equipped with laser focus and Optical Image Stabilization or OIS.
Another report in Digital Trends cited the presence of an ambient light sensor on the device's front, right next of the 5-megapixel selfie camera. At the bottom is where the speaker, the headphone jack and the USB Type-C port are located. more >>