Rift, Powerful Computers Ready for Pre-Order – Virtual Reality Headset Will Be Shipped in April

Reality will change in April.

AlienwareThat’s when Oculus Rift – the highly anticipated virtual reality headset – will become available to consumers in select countries. The set has received ample media coverage and will, finally, be ready for consumers.

Yet, those interested in purchasing Rift may want to check the specs on their current computer as only certain types will be powerful enough to accommodate the virtual reality set. That’s why, in announcing the set’s anticipated street date, Oculus is advising people to beef up their PC before plugging in.

In a brief post on its site, Oculus explained users will “need a PC that meets or exceeds our recommended system specifications. Use the Oculus compatibility tool to check whether your current PC is ready for Rift. Simply download the tool, and it’ll automatically test your computer against our recommended system specifications.”

In the same post, Oculus highlighted computers which are already known to support the system including Alienware Area 51, Dell XPS 8900 SE and Asus G11CD. Prices on the computers vary, but those who take advantage of a pre-order special which starts next week can save some dollars by bundling up with a computer and the Rift.

Oculus took some heat earlier this year when it was announced the Rift headset will retail for approximately $600. Initially, consumers had been led to believe a headset’s asking price would be closer to the $350 mark, but Oculus co-founder Brenda Iribe clarified the earlier prediction was a miscalculation.


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Gmail Shining Spotlight on Unencrypted E-Mails

Google is putting the focus on security with its latest update to Gmail.

Unencrypted MessageThe tech giant is rolling out new authentication features to Gmail on the Web to better enable users to identify e-mails that are unencrypted.

Although Gmail began using HTTPS for all messages back in 2014, there are still a few mail providers that continue to send messages over unencrypted connections.

And that is what the update addresses.

“Of course, it takes at least two people to send and receive an email, so it’s really important that other services take similar measures to protect your messages — not just Gmail,” Google product manager John Rae-Grant wrote in a blog post. “Unfortunately, not all e-mail services do.”

Now, if you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose e-mail service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message.

Unauthenticated Avatar Image_FINALMessages that cannot be authenticated, will be labeled with a question mark in place of the sender’s profile photo, corporate logo, or avatar.

“Not all affected e-mail will necessarily be dangerous. But we encourage you to be extra careful about replying to, or clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about,” Rae-Grant added. “And with these updates, you’ll have the tools to make these kinds of decisions.”


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PayPal Helping Netflix in Battle Against Unblockers

PayPal is taking up the ‘unblocker’ fight for Netflix.

The digital payment service has refused to process payments from at least one proxy server.

Netflix_PR_UI_WEB_Kids_InDevice_CAPayPal sent Canadian VPN service UnoTelly a notice saying it would no longer process payments to the company because such services violate Netflix’s copyright.

According to TorrentFreak, the following message was sent to UnoTelly and possibly other such unblocking services:

“Under the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction. This includes transactions for any device or technological measure that descrambles a scrambled work, decrypts an encrypted work or otherwise avoids, bypasses, removes, deactivates or impairs a technological measure without the authority of the copyright owner.”

While PayPal’s move is an annoyance for the company, there are ways around it, such as using a credit card to pay for the service.

“We are disappointed at PayPal’s unilateral action and the way it acted without prior warning,” UnoTelly spokesman Nicholas Lin told TorrentFreak. “We provide both DNS resolution and secure VPN services. Our services are network relays that connect people around the world.”

Netflix’s announcement comes four weeks after CEO Reed Hastings proclaimed Netflix was now live in 130 countries including India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam, bringing the company’s offerings to more than 190 countries.


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Drivers May Get Dashcam in Exchange for Data – Man Who Created Android Examining Possibilities

Drivers may soon have a dashcam strapped to their car which cost them not one cent.

Andy Rubin

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That’s not to say the device won’t come with a price, but there won’t be any money exchanged if Andy Rubin has his way. That’s because the man who created Android is contemplating creating a dashcam to give to drivers on the pretext they hand over all the data the device collects.

Rubin’s use of that data isn’t known, but the concept will likely result in some type of mapping or digital geography.

Rubin makes brief mention of the concept in an interview with Wired. While discussing the various avenues he is pursuing with his new company, Playground Global, Rubin discusses how a device could operate.

As noted by Engadget, dashcams are a regular sight in Russia because of the poor auto insurance. Many drivers have the devices in their vehicles so they can, if need be, prove their innocence.

Regardless, Rubin doesn’t share any information on when such a dashcam may be available, but it’s a guarantee if he does introduce such a device it will serve more than one purpose.


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Twitter Forms Special Council to Tackle Abuse Issues

Twitter is taking the next step to deal with abuse on its social network.

The company today announced it will form a Trust and Safety Council to help in the development of products, policies, and programs that help make Twitter users feel safe.

The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will be made up of more than 40 groups including the Center for Democracy and Technology, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Cyber Security Alliance to name a few.

“To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies,” Twitter said in a blog post.

“With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.”

News of the council, which is made up of safety advocates, academics, and researchers, grassroots advocacy organizations and community groups, comes just two months after Twitter’s update to its violent threats policy.

Members of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council are:

 


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