A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released

iPhone Hacking ExpertsLate last week, security researchers uncovered what may very well be the most advanced mobile hacking tool we’ve seen to date. Dubbed Pegasus, and created by a relatively unknown Israeli company called the NSO Group, the software in question utilized three previously undisclosed iOS zero-day exploits that, in unison, managed to completely take over and surreptitiously spy on a targeted iPhone.

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CD Projekt RED Reports Profit for First Half of 2016, The Witcher 3 Sales Remain High

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CD Projekt RED has published its financial results for the first half of 2016, reporting sales revenue of 319 million PLN ($82 million) and net profit of 135 million PLN ($34.7 million). The company has exceeded analyst forecast by 32 percent, resulting in an increase in share price and company value. 

In a press release, the developer said its financial performance was “dominated” by continuing high sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its second expansion, Blood and Wine. CEO Adam Kiciński said in a statement:

We’re wrapping up a very busy six-month period. Our second expansion for The Witcher 3 – Blood and Wine – was widely acclaimed and, together with the base game, generated most of our sales during this period. But we’re not done: on 30 August we’re releasing The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition for all those who haven’t yet had the chance to play the most celebrated videogame of 2015. In later months we will focus on the recently announced multiplayer card game – GWENT, with a closed beta launching on 25 October.

The full report is available via the source link below.

[Source: CD Projekt RED via NeoGAF]

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The terrible reason #McChicken is trending on Twitter

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If you noticed “McChicken” was trending on Twitter this morning, hopefully you didn’t investigate further. 

Please, for the love of God, do not Google it. Because you might end up watching a video of a man copulating with a McChicken sandwich. 

Once you see this video, you cannot unsee it. I’d rather watch the haunted video from The Ring — you know, the one that straight up kills you seven days after you watch it — than see that McChicken video again. 

People on Twitter, it seems, agree with me.

Where can you find this video? In your nightmares. Do not search for it. You have been warned.  Read more…

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New York DMV’s facial recognition enhancements have led to more than 100 arrests since January

After New York State made enhancements to how its DMV combats identity theft and fraud in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the changes have since led to more than 100 arrests and 900 open cases.

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Wi-Fi troubles? Here’s the most common problems, and simple solutions

Don’t panic when your Wi-Fi goes down. Instead, fix it. These simple solutions should help you get back to work, or whatever distraction is at hand, in a matter of minutes.

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The connected cow business is about to jump over the moo-n

When the Internet of Things goes to the farm, the result is the connected cow. Cows with wearable tracking and health tech will stay productive longer. Managed mating promises to keep cows pregnant despite a short insemination time window.

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Police: Suspect shot at couple while they were driving on I-240

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are investigating a shooting that happened when the victims were driving.

One of the victims told police she and her boyfriend were driving westbound on I-240 between Mt. Moriah and Getwell Road when a car pulled up next to them and fired shots.

The shots hit the vehicle and the boyfriend, police said.

He was transported to Regional Medical Center in critical condition but has since improved to noncritical condition, police said.

The victims told police they didn’t know who would shoot at them or why.

Police are looking for the suspect.

This stagnant technology is what’s holding Siri back

Siri PerformanceOver the past few years, Siri’s functionality and reliability has improved by leaps and bounds. Not only is Siri’s feature-set more expansive than ever, but it operates much more quickly and does a much better job at understanding and processing language. To this point, Medium last week published a fascinating and detailed profile on how Apple’s advancements in the field of AI and machine learning have helped take Siri’s performance to the next level.

In fact, Siri Senior Director Alex Acero boasted that advancements in Siri’s underlying technology has cut down the error rate “by a factor of two in all the languages” and “more than a factor of two in many cases.”

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Creators of Netflix’s Stranger Things Inspired by The Last of Us, Silent Hill and More

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Netflix’s Stranger Things has become quite a hit, and its creators make no secret of the fact that the show was somewhat influenced by popular video games like The Last of Us and Silent Hill. Speaking to IGN (spoiler warning), Matt and Ross Duffer said that they play “a lot of video games” so they “seeped into the show.”

Silent Hill is the one most people have picked up on because that’s the least subtle one with the look of the Upside Down and with all the fog and the forest dripping,” said Ross. Speaking about The Last of Us, Matt added, “I love that game and the storytelling in that game and a lot of the imagery.” 

In addition to the above, the duo were also inspired by Dark Souls

We’re huge, huge fans of the Dark Souls games, and there’s something about when you’re playing Dark Souls – immediately when you’re in that world, it was to do with the imagery, it has to do with the sound design, and you’re just immediately very uncomfortable and on edge.

Have our readers watched Stranger Things and picked up on the video game influences?

[Source: IGN]

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Simone Biles wants to meet Kim Kardashian at the VMAs

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Simone Biles has set her sights on a new goal: Meet Kim Kardashian.

At a press conference held Saturday, the decorated Olympic gymnast revealed her MTV Video Music Awards game plan to a group of reporters, noting that she’ll be in attendance and that she intends to meet Kim and bestow upon North West a few precious gifts. 

“I have planned tomorrow at the VMAs, I’m gonna meet Kim Kardashian and then I’m gonna send her daughter some [leotards], so I’m set on doing that,” she said, according to KHOU

My signature leo line, not just any leos,” she added. “Simone leo line from GK.” Read more…

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