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The launch date of the new Star Trek TV show has been announced, and we'll have the info for you coming up.

The launch date of the new Star Trek TV show has been announced, and we'll have the info for you coming up.

The new Star Trek television series, called Star Trek: Discovery, has had its launch date bumped back a couple months. It will now launch in May of next year.

It was announced Wednesday afternoon by CBS All Access. The new premiere date is driven by the creative team's belief that this will give the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest-quality, premium edition of the first new Star Trek television series in more than a decade.

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said in a joint statement, “Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”

Star Trek: Discovery is coming to CBS All Access in May, 2017, following the premiere on the CBS Television Network, and will be distributed concurrently on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media in Canada.

Source: www.startrek.com


T-Mobile is urgently warning iPhone users NOT to upgrade to iOS 10.

T-Mobile is urgently warning iPhone users NOT to upgrade to iOS 10.

Don't install Apple's new iOS 10 on your iPhone 6, 6+ or SE, warns T-Mobile US, or you'll mess up your connectivity.

On Thursday the American cell network blasted out texts to its subscribers urging them to hold off on upgrading.

And it tweeted publicly to raise the alarm, telling people to stay away from the software.

This is because some iPhones running iOS 10 can't maintain stable links to the cellular network, causing calls to drop and mobile internet connections to flake out. If you've put the new code on your handset, and you're affected by the signal problems, you can turn the thing off and turn it back on again as a temporary fix. Alternatively, switching in and out of airplane mode may also work.

T-Mobile US is firmly blaming Apple for the issue, even though it's been suggested that T-Mobile's carrier software update is causing the problem.

A customer rep said, "It’s an iOS 10 issue and Apple is working on a fix. We hope to have that very soon".

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


A safe mode exploit in Microsoft Windows lets a hacker gain access to your network, and Microsoft will likely not be fixing it.

A safe mode exploit in Microsoft Windows lets a hacker gain access to your network, and Microsoft will likely not be fixing it.

Security researcher Doron Naim has cooked an attack that abuses Windows 10's Safe Mode to help hackers steal logins.

The Cyberark man says remote attackers need to have access to a PC before they can spring this trap, which involves rebooting a machine into Safe Mode to take advantage of the lesser security controls offered in that environment.

Once in Safe Mode, logins can be stolen and otherwise with defeated pass-the-hash lateral techniques can be used to compromise other networked machines.

A fake login screen can be shown using a COM object technique to emulate a normal boot and cloak Safe Mode. Users who then type in their credentials assuming a normal reboot will hand their logins to attackers.

Naim says, "Once attackers break through the perimeter and gain local administrator privileges on an infected Windows-based machine, they can remotely activate Safe Mode to bypass and manipulate endpoint security measures".

"In Safe Mode, the attackers are able to freely run tools to harvest credentials and laterally move to connected systems – all while remaining undetected.

"This exploit can also work in Windows 10, despite the presence of the Microsoft’s Virtual Secure Module."

Apparently Microsoft will not fix the attack vector since it depends on hackers already having access to a Windows machine.

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


For the first time ever, a video game YouTuber has been charged for promoting in-game gambling.

For the first time ever, a video game YouTuber has been charged for promoting in-game gambling.

Two men have appeared in court charged with offences under the Gambling Act in what is believed to be the first prosecution involving betting on video games.

Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby, who are both from Essex, are charged with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling.

Mr Douglas makes gaming videos on YouTube under the pseudonym Nepenthez.

He is also charged with inviting children to gamble.

The two men appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. The case has been adjourned until October 14.

The Gambling Commission, which brought the prosecution, has been looking into the rise of video game gambling.

It is warning parents that children can be drawn into betting on so-called skins - virtual goods such as weapons or clothes that are a feature of many popular games.

It has been estimated that the global market in betting on video games is worth as much as £4bn.

Source: www.bbc.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


Someone has built the tiniest MAME cabinet in the galaxy

Someone has built the tiniest MAME cabinet in the galaxy

Behold! It’s the tiniest MAME cabinet in the galaxy

In the world of MAME cabinetry – essentially a subculture of arcade lovers who build amazing cabinets for their emulators – the goal is usually to either recreate the arcade games of yore or build something really wild. Adafruit built something really wild.

Originally a weekend project, this MAME cabinet is a few inches tall and uses a screen about as big as a thumbnail. The kit is far from complete and the screen is too small to be really usable for most games. However with a little downsampling and some judicious game choices you can play some Pac-Man or Dig Dug on this minuscule machine.

The cabinet uses the .96-inch RGB OLED display and a Raspberry Pi Zero. The creator, Phillip Burgess used a tool called Nanoscreen to downsample and display the game frames on the tiny, tiny screen.

Source: techcrunch.com

Sent to us by: Jeff Weston


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