#188 Celebrating 80 Years Of Batman

I’m Batman.
> No, I’m Batman.
Joker, stop using my keyboard and messing around.
> … your getting old Bats 🦇
sigh… /batpalm

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#133 E3 2019 Final Day Wrapup

Wrapping up E3 2019 with some final thoughts, along with some ideas on what to expect next year. Oh, and here’s the link for the Miller Lite “Cantroller”.

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#121 What’s Coming To The PS5?

Here’s everything we have on the PS5, just missing the juicy details like cost and release date.

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#112 John Wick Game Coming To Epic Games Store

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#84 Apex Legends Now Faces Major Hacking Problems

Did you know that Apex Legends has nothing to combat aimbots and cheating? Yea, that’s pretty bad. But what is EA going to do about it? Listen in for more!

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#81 Why Is Apex Legends So Great?

Today we’re talking about the latest battle royale game, Apex Legends, along with the HP Omen Obelisk, a new Skype feature and a Chrome extension serving up popup ads!

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#33 Apple Keynote 2018

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NBA 2K19 Is A Nightmarish Vision Of Our Microtransaction-Stuffed Future

Let’s start with the good news: NBA 2K19 is not as egregious with its nickel-and-diming as NBA 2K18 was. But that being the good news is also what makes this the worst news. Last year’s entry in what’s still the best basketball series (on the court at least) on the planet was heavily criticised by fans for the way it charged full retail price for admission then at almost every turn tried to bleed players for even more cash, not just for cosmetic stuff but for career progression as well.

Microsoft tests ‘warning’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10” says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

‘Pokémon Go’ saw a 35 percent growth this summer

Pokémon Go remains one of the most recognizable mobile games around, but it definitely experienced periods of user decline over the past couple of years after it took the world by storm. While not everyone who used to play the game picked it up again, it sounds like this past summer has been good to it — according to Niantic, it saw a 35 percent increase in active usage since May. That’s in line with a SuperData report from June, which said that the game had its highest active user count in May since its debut in 2016.

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Critics Doubtful Of Google’s Chrome Ad Crackdown

Search giant Google will now remove web ads that annoy users when browsing the internet. Google will install new filter in its Chrome browser. The filter will eradicate the lucrative ads.

Google starts cracking down lucrative ads

 

And here’s the catch: Google’s Chrome browser would also include blocking the company’s own ads on offending sites. But the irony is that the search engine giant is convincing people to turn-off Google’s ad-blocking software.

 

Ad publishers criticized Google’s ad-blocking software. They said Google deprived them of revenue derived from the ads displayed on web pages.

 

Responding to this, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Google vice president, in a blog post, said that the move would make the web healthy if they would filter out disruptive ad experiences.

 

But Roy-Chowdhury’s statement is not enough to convince the publishers. Still, Google’s methods are being attacked. Emarketer said that the company, including Facebook, has dominated the online-advertising market.

 

In fact, Chrome is one of the popular browsers as it represents roughly 60 percent market share. Now, the company is focusing on 12 ad formats.  But this was slammed by the Coalition for Better Ads.

 

The group Coalition for Better Ads, which includes Google, Facebook, News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, criticized the blackballed formats. The blackballed ad formats are pop-ups and large ads that hover above the page.

According to Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy for the newspaper alliance, said the standards should be voluntary, saying that Google is transforming the standards into a de facto law.

Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt Steps Down; What will happen to Google?

Google’s parent company, Alphabet has announced this week that Eric Schmidt, the search giant’s former CEO will be stepping down from his position as the Alphabet’s executive chairman. The former Google CEO will still part of the Alphabet’s executive board.

Schmidt will also serve the Alphabet in his capacity now as a technical advisor. Alphabet’s announcement has earned mixed reactions from across the globe. It can be recalled that he once served at Google back in 2001.

Eric Schmidt as Alphabet’s new technical advisor?

During his stint in Google, Schmidt took various senior roles in the tech company. Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin brought him to Google as the company’s chief executive.

“Since 2001, Eric has provided us with business and engineering expertise and a clear vision about the future of technology,” Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, said in a press statement.

“Continuing his 17 years of service to the company, he’ll now be helping us as a technical advisor on science and technology issues. I’m incredibly excited about the progress our companies are making, and about the strong leaders who are driving that innovation,” Page added.

But for Schmidt, his plan to step down is right in the context of Alphabet’s “evolution for this transition.”

“Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving,” Schmidt commented, citing the same press statement.

“In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy and I plan to expand that work,” he added.

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September 1998. To date, Google employs more than 70, 000 global employees. The company developed technological platforms like Maps, Ads, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Android, among others.

Windows 10 Bundled Password Manager Has Gaping Security Hole

Microsoft has reportedly bundled a third-party password manager. The app is called Keeper which features an image of Windows 10 intended for Microsoft developers, a report said on Monday.

Microsoft users expect that Keeper offers more security functions. However, they spotted what they called a gaping security hole in an app. Microsoft users said that Keeper’s password manager is actually on the list of pre-installed apps.

This means that Keeper is installed by default after doing a clean installation of Windows 10 operating system. However, a security research firm claims that the version of Keeper bundled with Windows 10 has the gaping security hole.

What is Keeper?

In a Twitter post, Tavis Ormandy, one of the vulnerability researcher at Google, claims to have discovered a security flaw in Microsoft’s third-party password manager.

“I created a new Windows 10 VM [virtual machine] with a pristine image [of Windows 10] from MSDN, and noticed a third-party password manager is now installed by default. It didn’t take long to find a critical vulnerability,” Ormandy wrote via microblogging site Twitter.

He further shared that Microsoft’s third-party password manager Keeper might be injected with privileged UI into pages.

Ormandy suspects that Keeper is doing the same with the version of Microsoft Windows 10 being shipped globally.

“I think I’m generous considering this a new issue that qualifies for a ninety-day disclosure, as I literally just changed the selectors and the same attack works. Nevertheless, this is a complete compromise of Keeper security, allowing any website to steal any password,” Ormandy explained.

Responding to the issue, , Keeper co-founder and CTO Craig Lurey did not take the security flaw in Keeper seriously. Lurey claims that the recent version of Keeper has introduced both features and improvements which include a more secured form filling and several automation features.

“This potential vulnerability requires a Keeper user to be lured to a malicious website while logged into the browser extension, and then fakes user input by using a ‘clickjacking’ technique to execute privileged code within the browser extension,” Lurey said.

To resolve this issue, we removed the ‘Add to Existing’ flow and have taken additional steps to prevent this potential vulnerability in the future, Lurey added.

Microsoft users can download the Keeper extension 11.4 which fixes the gaping security hole. The app will be rolled out to Edge, Chrome, and Firefox, respectively.