‘Celebgate’ attack leaks nude photos of more than 100 celebrities

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What appeared to be genuine nude photos of more than 100 celebrities were published online over Labor Day weekend, 2014, in a mass attack dubbed “Celebgate.” The celebrities pictured included Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who confirmed the photos were real, and pop star Ariana Grande, who said they were fake, among dozens of other A-list actors and musicians. The photos were first posted on the forum 4chan and then circulated on the Reddit subsection r/TheFappening. They allegedly came from the victims’ iCloud accounts. Apple says the hack was caused “by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions,” and not a breach of its systems. The incident sparked a discussion about security, the social acceptance…

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Charity turns down Reddit’s pity money for looking at stolen celebrity photos

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Reddit users raised more than $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation earlier today, but the organization doesn’t want a dime. The reasoning? The money was raised on r/TheFappening, the now-infamous section of Reddit where more than 100 celebrity nude photos, the result of an iCloud hack electronic break-in or maybe many iCloud electronic break-ins were widely distributed.

Here’s the joke: masturbation may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. If you downloaded or circulated the photos, you can atone by donating to this relevant charity.

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Robin Williams’ daughter returns to Twitter after suffering threats and abuse

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Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of the late actor Robin Williams, publicly said she was deleting Twitter from her devices last month after becoming victim to a deluge of abusive comments in the days following her father’s suicide on August 11th. The sustained harassment, coming from several users in particular, was so bad that one of Twitter’s executives safety later said the company was evaluating changes to curb future incidents. Even though Twitter has yet to implement any of those changes, Zelda Williams has now returned to the social network. She posted her first tweet in almost a month yesterday, linking to a post on her Tumblr blog quoting writer/actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked alongside her father in Mrs. Doubtfire.

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Home Depot investigating potentially massive credit card hack

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Home Depot could be the latest major company to have customer credit card data siphoned off and sold online. Security researcher Brian Krebs writes that multiple banks have said the chain might be the source of a batch of credit and debit cards currently being sold in an online black market. “I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate,” said Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake in a statement to Krebs, saying that it was too early to tell whether there had in fact been a breach.

Krebs believes a Home Depot hack could have been carried out by the same people responsible for the attack on Target, which netted hackers information on 40 million…

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Google Enterprise is being renamed Google for Work

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Enterprise is a boring word. Like, immediately-avert-your-eyes kind of boring. And it seems that Google has gotten the picture. Today it announced that Google Enterprise is bring renamed Google for Work, a much friendlier name that actually does a better job of describing what the product is — a series of tools for, you know, work, rather than whatever a nebulous enterprise is.

Google offers a lot of products as part of its business program, from its familiar apps to cloud services, and none of that is changing as part of this rebranding. Instead, Google simply says that the new name better aligns with its goals: “We never set out to create a traditional ‘enterprise’ business,” Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman writes, “we…

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The year’s best sci-fi game might be a 2D space shooter

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2014 is shaping up to be a very good year for sci-fi video games. There was the mech shooter Titanfall earlier this year, and soon we’ll see the launch of Bungie’s next space epic Destiny, as well as the retrofuturistic horror game Alien: Isolation. Even strategy series Civilization is getting in on the action with the upcoming Beyond Earth, a game that lets you build a new society on a distant planet. But as wonderful and epic as these games are shaping up to be, the most intense sci-fi game of the year might be something a whole lot simpler: a 2D space shooter for the PS4 and Vita.

Velocity 2X looks like an old-school game. You control a tiny spaceship speeding around a harsh-looking mechanical world, where alien ships and creatures…

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Can 3D printed anatomy help save lives? Detours episode 2 debuts tomorrow

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

Errors can be fatal in an operating room. Doctors rely on insight into a patient’s anatomy for precision. For decades, diagnoses and surgical plans have been made based on x-rays and scans. At Boston Children’s Hospital, patient safety is being ensured by a Simulator Program that employs a 3D printer to replicate the exact anatomy of a patient. Surgeons now have the ability to rehearse on the printed models before the procedures. Practice rounds are expected to improve efficiency and reduce…

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Explore ‘Destiny’s sci-fi worlds with Google Street View

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You’ll have to wait until next week to actually play Destiny, but you can start exploring the sci-fi universe right now. A new site called Destiny Planet View — built using the same tech as Google’s ubiquitous Street View feature — lets you check out the three off-Earth locations in the game, including the Moon, Mars, and the lush jungles of Jupiter. It’s probably the only way to explore without worrying about incoming headshots. Check it out here.

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Samsung releasing a curved soundbar to match its curved TV

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If the living room is designed around the TV, what happens when the TV changes from a flat box to a curved one? Clearly, everything else is going to have to curve to accommodate it, and fortunately Samsung is ready to help out. Samsung is releasing a curved soundbar this week that’s designed to sit beneath and perfectly match any of its large, curved TVs. Called the HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, it includes 8.1 channels is going on sale for $799.99. It’s actually kind of stylish, but you’ll probably have trouble finding other curved accessories to match. As far as soundbars go, Samsung says that this is the first one built with a curve.

Alongside the soundbar, Samsung is also introducing a small wireless speaker called the Shape M3,…

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Listen 2 Prince: two brand new songs now available for streaming

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A little over a year ago, Prince gave up his war on the internet and joined Twitter by way of his band 3rd Eye Girl. A few months later, he brought the Dave Chappelle basketball-and-pancakes sketch full circle. In March 2014, he joined Instagram. It was epic. That month he also released a duet with Zooey Deschanel, which premiered on New Girl after the Super Bowl.

Today, Prince has released two new aural sex experiences, which we call “songs” for lack of a better term. The first, “U Know,” is from his upcoming solo album Art Official Age. Listen to it above. The second, “Whitecaps,” is a more 3rd Eye Girl-centric track for their upcoming album Plectrumelectrum. Both albums are due out September 30th.

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Radiohead has released new music through their trippy app

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Radiohead have some new music out this week, but it isn’t on sale or available for download in any of the usual places. Instead, the band has updated their trippy PolyFauna app with a bunch of new sounds and visuals for the first time since its release back in February. The app was initially a companion to Radiohead’s 2011 album The King of Limbs, warping one of its tracks into an eerie soundtrack while listeners floated through strange landscapes on screen. That’s still the case here, except now the app stands a bit more on its own because it’s based around a standalone set of tunes. That may not be the case forever, though. Radiohead are planning to head into the studio this month, and this app could be a first taste of what those new…

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‘The Wire’ is finally being remastered in HD, and it’s probably coming to HBO this week

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HBO’s The Wire, aka that show you’ve been saying for years you’ll watch because all your friends won’t shut up about it, is coming back. According to a promo video found by Polygon editor Arthur Gies (as noted by HBO Watch), a marathon of this series will be broadcasted on HBO Signature weeknights at 8PM starting September 4th, “remastered in for the first time in high definition.”

Although it initially aired in 4:3 standard definition, The Wire was reportedly shot with Panavision cameras in Super 35. A widescreen version of The Wire showed up briefly streaming on Amazon Prime — true widescreen, not cropped on the top and bottom — before returning to its former 4:3 aspect ratio.

Widescreen vs. 4:3; images via GoPackGo…

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Facebook’s Report Abuse button has become a tool of global oppression

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“All the army forces inside and outside the barracks, assemble,” the Facebook post reads. “Read our commands carefully before the raid.” A few lines later. “Don’t comment. Don’t curse. Just report them.”

It’s military talk, but they’re not soldiers. It’s a Facebook raid, conducted on July 12th against an independent Vietnamese news site called the Khmer Krom News. Below the post, dozens of comments weigh in with support: “Damn them, let’s finish them off,” and “I set up dozens of accounts for this =))”

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Google plans multiple Android Wear updates as Apple’s wearable looms

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Google’s first update to Android Wear is coming this week, and several more will follow it before the end of the year as Google moves to quickly iterate on its new wearable software platform. In an interview with CNET, two leading Android engineers lay out what we should expect to see in some future updates. This first one sounds as though it may not be much — just some navigation and voice control improvements — but a few useful features are coming down the road. That includes Google officially beginning to support custom watch faces from third-party developers: some developers have already figured out how to build them, but Google is working on a toolkit for developers that will allow watch faces to easily be made. Google previously t…

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Sony’s about to strap an Alpha lens to your smartphone

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Sony’s Smart Lenses were a delightful surprise at last year’s IFA trade show in Berlin. The idea of transforming a smartphone into a capable camera by strapping a high-quality lens and sensor to it was immediately appealing, however Sony’s execution with the actual hardware and software was less thrilling. Now the company is trying again, it seems, though with a slight rethinking of the concept.

Sony Alpha Rumors has the first images of a purported QX1 smartphone accessory. It’s said to be splitting up the image sensor from the lens, making it possible to attach any one of Sony’s growing range of E-mount lenses that are used on its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras. Previously known under the NEX brand, those APS-C shooters are among…

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Reddit’s new official app is the best way to read AMAs

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Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) section is one of the most popular areas of the site, but the Q&As themselves can be a little difficult to read — not every question gets answered, other users jump in with their own thoughts, and threads can quickly balloon out of control. Now Reddit has addressed the issue by releasing a free mobile app that streamlines the reading process and makes for a much better experience overall.

The AMA app lets you filter out questions that weren’t replied to by the (often celebrity) thread starter, meaning you can read the whole thing more or less as a straight interview. The app also helps you ask questions of your own, and has features to highlight trending AMAs or those in a given category. “We want to make…

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LG and Samsung keep gluing crystals on their products and we don’t know why

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Curved TVs have already been criticized for being gimmicky and superfluous to user needs, but it seems manufacturer LG has been inspired to go one better in the pursuit of absurdity — it’s covered a curved OLED TV in Swarovski crystals. The model, which LG chooses to call “luxurious” and “quite simply gorgeous” rather than “an upsetting monument to tackiness,” is on show at Berlin’s IFA technology show this week.

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Sony announces adorable ‘Dragon Quest’ limited edition PS4

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At a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PlayStation 3 and 4, the first game in the impossibly-big-in-Japan series to hit PlayStation platforms in close to a decade. It’s a Dynasty Warriors-style action game produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, and could give Sony a sales boost next year; the PS4 hasn’t been performing well in Japan so far, with a distinct lack of titles that appeal to the local market. All of this is fairly interesting if you’re a Dragon Quest fan or are into Japanese games.

If you’re neither of those things, though, just look at this awesome Dragon Quest Metal Slime edition PS4 that will accompany the game. It’s decked out in silver and emblazoned with…

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