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NSA, GCHQ Have Been Intercepting In-Flight Mobile Calls For Years

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone calls and data transfers made from aircraft, France's Le Monde newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing documents from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. According to the report, also carried by the investigative website The Intercept, Air France was targeted early on in the projects undertaken by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, GCHQ, after the airline conducted a test of phone communication based on the second-generation GSM standard in 2007. That test was done before the ability to use phones aboard aircraft became widespread. "What do the President of Pakistan, a cigar smuggler, an arms dealer, a counterterrorism target, and a combatting proliferation target have in common? They all used their everyday GSM phone during a flight," the reports cited one NSA document from 2010 as saying. In a separate internal document from a year earlier, the NSA reported that 100,000 people had already used their mobile phones in flight as of February 2009, a doubling in the space of two months. According to Le Monde, the NSA attributed the increase to "more planes equipped with in-flight GSM capability, less fear that a plane will crash due to making/receiving a call, not as expensive as people thought." Le Monde and The Intercept also said that, in an internal presentation in 2012, GCHQ had disclosed a program called "Southwinds," which was used to gather all the cellular activity, voice communication, data, metadata and content of calls made on board commercial aircraft.

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Nintendo Offers Up To $20,000 To Hack the 3DS

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Mickeycaskill writes: Nintendo will pay up to $20,000 for system and software vulnerabilities in the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld gaming consoles. The company is looking to prevent activities such as piracy, cheating and the circulation of inappropriate content to children. The stated goal is to "provide a secure environment for our customers so that they can enjoy our games and services. In order to achieve this goal, Nintendo is interested in receiving vulnerability information that researchers may discover regarding Nintendo's platforms." reports: "Rewards will range from $100 to $20,000, with one given per 'qualifying piece of vulnerability information.' Hackers looking to claim a reward will have to provide Nintendo with either a proof-of-concept or a piece of functional exploit code in order to qualify."

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Qualcomm Debuts 10nm Server Chip To Attack Intel Server Stronghold

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Qualcomm and its Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies subsidiary announced today that the company has already begun sampling its first 10nm server processor. The Centriq 2400 is the second generation of Qualcomm server SOCs, but it is the first in its new family of 10nm FinFET processors. The Centriq 2400 features up to 48 custom Qualcomm ARMv8-compliant Falkor cores and comes a little over a year after Qualcomm began developing its first-generation Centriq processors. Qualcomm's introduction of a 10nm server chip while Intel is still refining its 14nm process appears to be a clear shot across Intel's bow--due not only to the smaller process, but also its sudden lead in core count. Intel's latest 14nm E7 Broadwell processors top out at 24 cores. Qualcomm isn't releasing more information, such as clock speeds or performance specifications, which would help to quantify the benefit of its increased core count. The server market commands the highest margins, which is certainly attractive for the mobile-centric Qualcomm, which found its success in the relatively low-margin smartphone segment. However, Intel has a commanding lead in the data center with more than a 99% share of the world's server sockets, and penetrating the segment requires considerable time, investment, and ecosystem development. Qualcomm unveiled at least a small portion of its development efforts by demonstrating Apache Spark and Hadoop on Linux and Java running on the Centriq 2400 processor. The company also notes that Falkor is SBSA compliant, which means that it is compatible with any software that runs on an ARMv8-compliant server platform.

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Gaumont To Remake “Train to Busan”

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 56 min ago

French studio Gaumont is set to remake the hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” into English for the international market. Gaumont and Next Entertainment World announced the joint deal on Wednesday.

The film premiered at Cannes and immediately attracted sales interest with the likes of Fox, Sony, Studiocanal and Europacorp all pursuing remake rights. Kim Woo-taek, CEO of NEW, said in a statement:

“We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world.”

Animator Yeon Sang-ho directed the film set inside a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan when a zombie outbreak kicks off. The film has grossed $80.5 million in Korea alone since its July release.

The remake will be set in the U.S. with the production to shoot in Los Angeles.

Source: Variety

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Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony Join Forces To Create Global VR Association

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Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have teamed up to form the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) in an effort to reduce fragmentation and failure in the industry. GVRA aims to "unlock and maximize VR's potential," but there are little details as to what this may mean for consumers. TechCrunch reports: What many in the VR community have been thirsting for is some unification of standards in terms of software and hardware. Games bought in the Oculus store don't play on the Vive or PS VR. Sensors for the Vive don't work on Oculus. Sony doesn't play nice with anyone else's standards etc. etc. Valve, which makes the Steam store and SteamVR platform for the HTC Vive and others, is notably not a member of this collective so any hopes of a unified standard (like its OpenVR platform) emerging from this collective is likely not in the cards. From the GVRA press release: "The goal of the Global Virtual Reality Association is to promote responsible development and adoption of VR globally. The association's members will develop and share best practices, conduct research, and bring the international VR community together as the technology progresses. The group will also serve a resource for consumers, policymakers, and industry interested in VR."

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New “X-Men” To Shoot In May In Montreal

Dark Horizons - 9 hours 12 min ago

A report has gone online indicating that a new “X-Men” film will kick off production in May at MELS Studios in Montreal.

Le Journal De Montreal (via CBM) reports that 20th Century Fox has already opened up production offices at the facility and sets for the upcoming feature are expected to begin construction in January.

This will become the third film in the series to shoot in the studio, following “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”. MELS Studios president Michel Trudel corroborated the story:

“They will start shooting in May and they will occupy Studios 2 and 3 of MELS for several months. We had two and a half months of negotiations with the people at Fox. I went to Los Angeles last October to try to convince them. We are very pleased that they have agreed to return to Montreal. They enjoyed their two previous shooting experience with us and they were very satisfied with our facilities and talent of the Quebec film industry.”

What’s not clear is which X-Men project will shoot there – “Gambit,” Josh Boone’s “New Mutants” or another full-fledged “X-Men” entry. Boone’s project seems the most likely.

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Berlanti To Direct “Little Shop of Horrors” Remake

Dark Horizons - 9 hours 21 min ago

Warner Bros. Pictures is moving forward with a remake of the musical classic “Little Shop Of Horrors” with “The Flash” producer Greg Berlanti set to direct from a script by Matthew Robinson.

Inspired by the Frank Oz-directed 1986 adaptation of the off-Broadway stage musical, itself was based on the Roger Corman-directed 1960 low-budget sci-fi campy film, the story follows an awkward young man who raises an alien plant, discovers it is carnivorous, and kills to keep it fed.

Marc Platt is producing. Berlanti has previously helmed “Life As We Know It” and “The Broken Hearts Club” and remains attached to helm the “booster Gold” movie whenever it goes forward.

Source: Deadline

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VOTD: Snyder’s DC vs. Star Wars Mashup

Dark Horizons - 9 hours 22 min ago

Throughout the production of his DC universe films, director Zack Snyder has been quite clear about his love for all things “Star Wars” and has had some fun with images mashing up elements from that galaxy far, far away with his own films that began with “Man of Steel”.

Now, the director has gone even further and created his own trailer, a project called “Dark Side Knight V Superjedi: Dawn of The Alliance”. The trailer is being used to help promote the Vero social network at the moment which you have to join and follow Snyder to see it.

Unsurprisingly some copies are already up on Youtube accounts though, check it out below while it’s still up:

"Dark Side Knight v Superjedi." @ZackSnyder just released @starwars fan film he made! -Check it out on his @verotruesocial account. #BvS

— Henry Cavill News (@HenryCavillNews) December 7, 2016

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Assassin's Creed III for Free

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
The UBI30 page on the Ubisoft Club now offers the promised free copy of Assassin's Creed III for anyone with a Ubisoft Account. This caps off the release of seven games for free to celebrate their...

Guild Wars 2 PvP Revamp and Wintersday Next Week

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
ArenaNet announces a revamp is coming on December 13th to PvP play in Guild Wars 2, and that day will also see the return of the Wintersday event to their MMORPG sequel. This post has details on...

Space Hulk Deathwing Delayed Until Next Week

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
A Steam Community post has an updated release date for Space Hulk Deathwing, which includes much handwringing over what amounts to a five-day delay. Just last month Focus Home Interactive announced a...

Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory Next Week

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
Paradox Interactive announces a December 15th release date for Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory, the first expansion for Hearts of Iron IV, their World War II strategy game. To help fans pass...

No Man's Sky Patched

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
This announcement has details on a new patch now available for No Man's Sky, updating the space exploration game to version 1.12. This addresses some bugs and other issues identified since the...

Gatherings & Competitions

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
League of Legends 2017 ranked season kicks off. League of Legends' latest World Championships prize pool hits $6.7M.

Morning Consolidation

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Sony has sold 50 million PlayStation 4s. Final Fantasy 15's story is being patched. Her Majesty?s SPIFFING Is Now Available For Xbox One. Energy Cycle Is Now Available For Xbox One. Goat Simulator:...

Morning Mobilization

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
Apple engineer tried to buy BeOS from Palm for the iPhone. Thanks Ant. AT&T Launches 5G Trials, Promises Speeds Faster Than Cable. Fitbit acquisition will kill Pebble Time 2 and Core.

Morning Metaverse

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
Trump Fires Adviser?s Son From Transition for Spreading Fake News. Netflix on why its movie range is so mediocre. Thanks Slashdot

Morning Tech Bits

Blue's News - 9 hours 46 min ago
Thanks Ant. Donald Trump Summons Tech Leaders to a Round-Table Meeting. NVIDIA Delivers AI Supercomputer to Berkeley. Thanks HARDOCP. Apple to Start Publishing AI Research to Hasten Deep Learning....
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