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There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits fou...
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This week in games: Call of Duty returns to World War II, Syberia II is free and more

The blockbuster rush of March might be over, but apparently April is the new indie and semi-indiepile-up. This week we got Rick and Morty's VR game, Full Throttle Remastered, Voodoo Vince Remastered, Late Shift, and Everything. Next week: Dawn of War III, Outlast 2, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wilson's Heart, and probably some I'm forgetting. Crazy. But the news keeps piling on too. Call of Duty is returning to World War II next week, EA's...
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Apple's Mac Pro gets crushed on features by new HP Zbook laptops

Apple's Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance. Take HP's latest Zbook laptop workstations , which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops -- which is why they are called mobile workstations -- have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas. The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Inte...
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67% off Tribe Premium Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband - Deal Alert

67% off Tribe Premium Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband - Deal Alert | PCWorld Shopping links may be manually or programmatically inserted into this content, and our site may receive payment for activity generated through them. They should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:fals...
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Anyone can control these live, streaming bots through a chat room

Anyone can control these live, streaming bots through a chat room | PCWorld Users can control the robots' direction and LED lights . Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Bay area start-up, Let's Robot, is letting anyone control it's robotic fleet using commands entered in a Twitch chat room. Anyone can command these live streaming bots via chat room (1:59) ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").laz...
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Microsoft: Previous Windows patches fixed newly leaked NSA exploits

Credit: Stephen Lawson   Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they’ve kept their software up-to-date. Friday’s leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Server...
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Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Friday’s release of suspected NSA spying tools is bad news for companies running Windows Server. The cyberweapons, which are now publicly available, can easily hack older versions of the OS.   The Shadow Brokers, a mysterious hacking group, leaked the files online, setting off worries that cybercriminals will incorporate them in their own hacks.   “This leak basically puts nation-state tools into the hands of anyone who wants them,” said Ma...
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Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition is the definitive way to play this cult-classic RPG

Planescape: Torment is one of the best Infinity Engine games and, by consensus, one of the best RPGs ever made. It’s a game/philosophical treatise/bizarre meditation on life and death that deserves to be played at least once by everyone. And up until this week that took some doing. I should know—I just replayed Planescape in January, using a copy I bought in some D&D anthology a few years ago. Oh, plus about a half-dozen mods. This is t...
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Joe Biden’s passionate plea at SXSW: ‘We need your help’

Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot is a personal mission, one he’s forging ahead with after leaving office. A year after President Barack Obama took the South by Southwest stage , Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Austin to appeal to the festival’s technology entrepreneurs, developers, and engineers: “You’re the future,” Biden said. “You can make a gigantic impact. We need your ingenuity. We need you to help us reach people t...
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Every custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card revealed so far

You can’t discern tiny facts like that from  Zotac’s heavily obscured teaser image . It’s not totally devoid of info, though. Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sticks to the company’s beloved yellow hue, with what appears to be an RGB logo on the side. The image shows two heatsinks connected by a copper pipe, while airflow’s handled by a triple fan configuration. UPDATE: Zotac's revealed not one, not two, but four GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards on its...
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Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look

Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look | PCWorld The virtual assistant’s app gets a redesign to match its Android counterpart Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Blair Hanley Frank Microsoft gave its Cortana app for iOS a facelift Friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips. The app now featu...
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Ghost Recon: Wildlands review: 400 square kilometers of emptiness, but it sure is pretty

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a technological marvel. I said it Monday in PCWorld's initial PC performance impressions piece, and it’s worth reiterating now. This is a game where you can spend 10 to 15 minutes crossing the map by helicopter without hitting a single load screen. In a car? I don’t even want to estimate how long it’d take to cross this fictional Bolivia. A maddening amount of time, no doubt. It's stunning—and yet therein lies the ...
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Watch us unbox the Microsoft Surface Studio

The ultimate Windows All-in-One comes in a very big box. Open it with us.   Credit: Adam Patrick Murray   Microsoft’s Surface Studio is the ultimate Windows All-in-One, the showcase for Windows 10’s biggest innovations—especially some of those coming in the Creators Update.  We just received our Surface Studio loaner and couldn’t wait to open the box. The very big box. Watch as we unwrap everything and talk about the specs. T...
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WikiLeaks looks at helping tech vendors disarm CIA hacking tools

WikiLeaks has attracted plenty of haters over its controversial disclosures. But the site may be in a unique position to help tech vendors better secure their products. That’s because WikiLeaks has published secret hacking tools allegedly taken from the CIA, which appear to target smartphones, smart TVs and PCs. Companies including Apple and Cisco have been looking through the stolen documents to address any vulnerabilities the CIA may have...
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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

Late last year, Google announced a breakthrough in translating. Dubbed Neural Machine Translation, it let Google’s AI-powered engine tackle full sentences instead of just words, giving translations a more natural feel. Now Google is expanding it to a several more languages. Back when it launched, Google’s new translator was available for English and just eight other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese...
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IBM's new Q program to include a 50-qubit quantum computer

Characters named Q in film and TV have been portrayed as being exceptional. Q in the James Bond movies served up futuristic gadgets, and Q in Star Trek was omnipotent. A new quantum computing program called Q at IBM will be remarkable in its own right. In a few years, IBM plans to create a quantum computer with more than 50 qubits, which should push conventional computers one step closer to the trash heap. IBM Q will deliver paid quantum co...
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20% off When you Pre-Order Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - (XBOX ONE, PS4) - Deal Alert

20% off When you Pre-Order Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - (XBOX ONE, PS4) - Deal Alert | PCWorld Shopping links may be manually or programmatically inserted into this content, and our site may receive payment for activity generated through them. They should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Amazon ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad")....
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The Microsoft Store is selling a 1TB Xbox One with 'The Division' for $229

The Microsoft Store is selling a 1TB Xbox One with 'The Division' for $229 | PCWorld It's got a lot of storage and a great game, and the Xbox One can even share some content with your Windows 10 gaming PC. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Microsoft ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:f...
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US FCC stays data security regulations for broadband providers

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has halted new rules that would require high-speed internet providers to take 'reasonable' steps to protect customer data. In a 2-1 vote that went along party lines, the FCC voted Wednesday to stay temporarily one part of privacy rules passed in October that would give consumers the right to decide how their data is used and shared by broadband providers. The rules include the requirement that inte...
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'Meet' Google's new videoconferencing service for the enterprise

Google appears to have accidentally revealed its new group videoconferencing service for businesses on Tuesday, a week before a big user conference. The service, called Meet, appears to be its offering for businesses that want to do group meetings over the Internet. According to a saved iOS App Store listing captured by AppAnnie, it will support high-definition video meetings with up to 30 participants. That’s an upgrade over the company’s ...
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SAP sets March 30 as launch date for its Cloud Platform SDK for iOS

Almost a year after SAP teamed with Apple to develop business applications for smartphones and tablets, the German enterprise software developer is ready to unveil the first fruits of their partnership. On March 30, it plans to release the first version of SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, a tool to enable businesses to integrate Apple's handheld devices with their back-end information systems. And at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this w...
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The new BlackBerry has a physical keyboard and will arrive in April

The new BlackBerry KEYone smartphone, unveiled Saturday, is the first smartphone to carry the brand that doesn’t come from BlackBerry. It will go on sale globally in April, said Nicolas Zibell, CEO of TCL Communication, the phone’s manufacturer and licensee of the brand , at a launch event in Barcelona on the eve of Mobile World Congress. Like the BlackBerries of old, the KEYone has a physical keyboard with raised keys. A neat twist is that...
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This week in games: Play Prey as a toilet paper roll, install Doom on a Porsche, and more

We already wrote about it earlier this week but here’s a reminder: The Ghost Recon Wildlands demo marketing stunt open beta runs this weekend, so if you’re bored on Saturday and want to give the game a spin before plunking down $60, now’s your chance. What else happened this week? Overwatch teased a new hero, Battlefield 1 teased a new...something, Prey showed off its toilet paper physics, Humble decided to sell a billion hours of Civilizat...
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Belkin 12-outlet PivotPlug review: Clever design helps avoid blocked outlets

This best-in-breed affordable surge protector continues to let power flow even after protection is exhausted. If you have equipment that could lose data or be damaged if powered down abruptly, including a desktop computer with a hard disk drive (HDD) rather than an SSD, Belkin’s 12-outlet PivotPlug (model number BP112230-08) is the right choice. Its $33 price tag makes it one of the more expensive surge suppressors we’ve evaluated lately, b...
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UPS launches an autonomous drone from a delivery truck

Credit: UPS On Monday, a UPS drone buzzed over fields in Lithia, Florida, to deliver a test package to a rural home. It was launched from the roof of a modified UPS truck and automatically returned to the vehicle after making its drop-off. The idea is that the driver can continue along his or her route while the drone makes a delivery that would otherwise be out of the way.  “Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are mile...
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