1Password Demo VaultAgileBits, the company behindone of the most popular password managers, 1Password, announced that it increased its maximum bug bounty from $25,000 to $100,000. This big reward is part of a “Capture the Flag” type competition, where researchers have to obtain a plaintext file of “bad poetry” from 1Password’s password vault.
BugCrowd is a crowdsourced bug bounty platform that allows companies to easily set-up programs to reward security researchers for their findings. This makes it easier for researchers to get paid for their work, and it also encourages them to further explore the security of various software tools. Companies such as Western Union, Pinterest, Heroku, Tesla, and Fiat Chrysler all use the BugCrowd platform.
1Password’s Capture The Flag
Some organizations create “Capture the Flag” challenges on BugCrowd to incentivize researchers to focus on specific areas. Normally, researchers are rewarded smaller amounts of money for random bugs they may find in vendors’ products. However, when the companies create a Capture the Flag challenge, they are better prepared and the challenge is more specific, which makes it more difficult for the researchers to break in. This is why the companies also tend to offer bigger rewards to the winners.
AgileBits had previously set up a $25,000 bug bounty for a Capture the Flag challenge in which researchers had to obtain a “bad poetry” flag from the encrypted password vault. Now the company has raised the reward to $100,000, which is four times as much as before, and is also the highest existing reward on the BugCrowd platform.
“Security is at the heart of what we do,” said Jeff Shiner of AgileBits.
“We owe it to our customers to do everything in our power to keep them and their information secure. This means using the ingenuity of real people to help us continually improve the security of 1Password. It was important for us to demonstrate how seriously we take this contribution and have increased the prize to prove it,” he noted.
Recently, a researcher found multiple vulnerabilities in a number of password managers, including 1Password. However, according to an update on March 1, all vendors have already fixed the bugs, which should include 1Password as well.
AgileBits also said that with recent events such as Cloudbleed, it’s becoming more and more important for companies to put more emphasis on security. Having a good bug bounty program can be one of the ways to do that, because they can help companies stay one step ahead of the attackers.
Thermaltake has become increasingly adventurous with its case design over the last few years, but the new Core P7 TG marks a truly extraordinary chassis – not only does it have a main section, but it also comes with two extended chassis’ to give it some immense water cooling support. If you’re asking yourself whether there is any practicality to this particular design, let me answer that question with one word: no. It’s just a crazy way of showing off your hardware.
The main section of the chassis holds up to an E-ATX motherboard as well as a bunch of hard drives and SSDs along with the power supply. There is also a radiator mount for up to a 480mm unit, however, if you’re already using the wings for radiators, do you really need a third one? The wings will each also house up to a 480mm radiator along with a cylindrical reservoir/pump combo unit, which together will offer more cooling power than you could probably ever need. Thermaltake ensured that you can disassemble the entire case down to its individual pieces, and many of the hard drive mounts and various other parts can be placed where you want thanks to a flexible modular design. You can also opt to mount the wings not only in parallel with the case, but also 45°, 90°, and 270° off-angle. Although the main section has a neat 5mm thick slab of tempered glass to keep prying hands away, the wings do not.
Going in-line with the impracticality of this chassis, it weighs a rather hefty 25.5kg when empty, and it measures 1.35 meters wide with the wings fully extended. Fortunately, the Core P7 TG is part of Thermaltake’s lineup of wall-mountable cases – fitting this chassis on your desk just wouldn’t be feasible. On the wall above your monitor though; that could look great!
The Nintendo 3DS is a great handheld console with a range of hugely popular games available, but taking and sharing screenshots from the handheld console is a notoriously difficult process. Here, we explain the limitations of screenshotting on a Nintendo 3DS, along with how to take screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS.
While it might be difficult, it’s not impossible to take and share screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS is a great handheld console with a range of hugely popular games available, from Pokemon to Monster Hunter and even Animal Crossing. But while there is a range of great games available for the Nintendo 3DS, taking and sharing screenshots from the handheld console is a notoriously difficult process. Here, we explain the limitations of screenshotting on a Nintendo 3DS, along with how to take screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS. Read next: New Nintendo 3DS XL review
Nintendo doesn’t offer built-in capture software with the 3DS
So, why is it so hard to take screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS? While many other consoles, including the PS4, Xbox One and even Nintendo’s new modular console, the Nintendo Switch feature the ability to easily take and share screenshots on social media, the option is still missing from the Nintendo 3DS.
While no-one is sure why Nintendo decided not to offer screenshot support on the 3DS (or even offer it as part of a software update), the Nintendo community has come up with a handful of workarounds that have varying levels of success.
Most recommend uploading screenshots via Miiverse, which is what we go into detail about below, although it isn’t a method that’ll work with any Nintendo game. If that’s not up your street, some hardcore gamers opt to mod their 3DS to include a capture card. This, of course, voids the 3DS warranty and will set interested users back over £200 from certain online retailers (none of which we can vouch for).
So, for now, we’ll be concentrating on capturing and sharing Nintendo 3DS screenshots using Nintendo’s Miiverse. Don’t worry: there’s a way to get them onto your PC (and social media too, if you desire).
Before we go any further, it’s worth noting that to take screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS, your 3DS needs to not only be up to date with the latest software, but also connected to an active WiFi connection.
To check whether your 3DS is up-to-date, head to System Settings on the Home menu then select Other Settings and head to page 4 (or 5 if you’re using the new 3DS XL). Select System Update, then tap OK, and your 3DS will connect to the internet and download any available updates.
Once you’re up to date and connected to WiFi, simply follow these instructions to take screenshots on a Nintendo 3DS:
1) Head to the Miiverse website and browse the Nintendo 3DS communities section. All games available in this section can be screenshotted on a Nintendo 3DS, while those without communities are out of luck for now.
2) Play your 3DS game until you want to take a screenshot. When you want to save a screenshot, hit the Home button below the touchscreen display on your 3DS.
3) On the Home menu, open Miiverse (the green icon in the top-right of the touch-enabled display).
4) Create a new post in the community of the game that you’re playing (like the Pokemon Sun and Moon community, if you were playing Pokemon Sun) and tap the Attach Screenshot button before posting it to Miiverse.
5) Using a PC or Mac, head to the Miiverse website and sign in with your Nintendo Network ID credentials (this should be the same as the account used on your 3DS).
6) Once successfully logged in, select User Menu from within the navigation bar to the left of the site.
7) Select Profile, and browse for the post with the screenshot that you shared and click on it. From here, right-click the image and save the picture to your Mac or PC (the image saving process varies slightly between not only browsers, but operating systems too).
There you go! You should now have a Nintendo 3DS screenshot ready to be shared on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else online. We know it’s not the ideal way to take and share screenshots from your Nintendo 3DS, but without any official method from Nintendo, it’s about as good as it gets – for now, anyway.
Although not exactly novel, split-design keyboards are relatively rare, which is why it’s notable that there’s a new contender raising Kickstarter funds to produce one focused on gaming. Kinesis Gaming is looking to drum up $50,000 to finish funding production on a keyboard it’s calling the Freestyle Edge (which kind of sounds like a 1990s skater kid clothing line, but who are we to judge).
Reformatting The Layout
The company’s big idea is that most gamers don’t really use the entire keyboard; primarily, they’re making use of the WASD cluster, several of the keys around them (depending on the type of game), the spacebar, and dedicated left-side macro keys. For many, the numpad is just in the way and takes up valuable desk space–some keyboard makers, including Asus and Tesoro, developed removable numpad modules to address this very issue–and so as part of its design plan, Kinesis Gaming nixed it. Therefore, the Freestyle Edge is technically a TKL keyboard, but Kinesis Gaming saw fit to add ten additional keys on the left side. Eight of those are programmable, but the two on the bottom have dedicated functions (toggle layers on/off, toggle LEDs on/off).
This makes sense, although the company’s implementation results in a rather odd key layout. For instance, note that the Esc key is double wide and positioned above the macro keys instead of above the main key area, and the F keys are shifted to the left of where they would normally be. Further, on the right side, Kinesis Gaming added a vertical row of a few of the keys you’d normally find on the numpad, such as Scroll Lock, Print Screen, Home, End, Pg Up, and Pg Dn.
The arrow keys are there as well, but instead of being set off by themselves, they’re sort of crammed in there with a bunch of other keys. For example, the up arrow key is right underneath the Enter key. This cuts off the right Shift key, making it narrower than normal.
It’s hard to disagree with the decision to include some of those keys, although because they’re in a non-traditional spot, some users will likely have trouble finding them intuitively.
Kinesis Gaming’s split design implementation keeps the two halves of the keyboard connected by a 20-inch cable that connects to the top/back of the two parts. This lets you squish the two halves together, position them at whatever angle(s) are most convenient for you, keep them wide enough that you can place a joystick between them, or move the right-side one out of the way and use just the left-side one for gaming.
They also each have a removable palm rest.
The Lift Kit
The Freestyle Edge also has a Lift Kit. Like ergonomic keyboards, part of the allure of the split design is that you can position the pieces in a way most comfortable for you, and propping them up in the middle gives you a nice ergonomic slant. Kinesis Gaming did not overlook this feature.
The Lift Kit consists of two risers that let you “tent” either or both of the keyboard halves at 5, 10, or 15 degrees. You’ll need to employ the palm wrests if you use the Freestyle Edge in this configuration.
The Lift Kit is not a standard feature of the Freestyle Edge, though; you’ll have to pay extra to get them. However, that’s not an unwise decision on Kinesis Gaming’s part; some users won’t be interested in the Lift Kits, so keeping them as an optional accessory reduces the cost of the keyboard itself.
Key Caps, Switches, And Lighting
Kinesis Gaming is in the tank for Cherry. Its Kickstarter reads in part, “Some keyboard manufacturers are moving away from Cherry to ‘clone’ switchesto save money, but they aren’t always passing those savings on to you, the customer. In gaming, every key stroke counts, which is why we insist on using only authentic Cherry switches.”
The Freestyle Edge features Cherry MX switches, mostly; the four keys in the “Programming Cluster” actually have Cherry ML switches. For now, you have the option of choosing Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue switches. The Kickstarter noted, “Down the road we hope to be able to offer the Edge in the full-array of Cherry switches, but for our first manufacturing run we had to make some tough choices.” Thus, for now, there will be no Cherry MX Blacks, Greens, Clears, Silent, Speed, etc.
One capitulation Kinesis Gaming made was on lighting. The Freestyle Edge has blue LEDs only, although there are nine brightness levels and a breathing effect you can switch on.
The key caps are ABS plastic, and the company boasted that its key cap legends will show up in the dark with the LEDs off better than other key caps thanks to its three-step “paint-and-laser” process:
“Here’s how it works: 1) each keycap gets a base-layer of translucent white paint, then 2) a top-coat of black paint is applied, then 3) the keycaps are laser engraved to remove just the black layer of paint to create the bright white key legend (not gray plastic).”
Kinesis Gaming also noted that although the Freestyle Edge’s layout is unorthodox, (almost) all of the keys are standard sizes. A notable exception is the split spacebar, which has two separate 3.5x lengths. Although the right-side Ctrl and Shift keys are not standard sizes for normal Ctrl and Shift keys, they are 1.75x width. To replace them, you’ll have to find 1.75x with custom legends.
Configuration: On Keyboard Or “On Keyboard”
You can configure the Freestyle Edge via either onboard controls or a GUI. It’s worth noting that the GUI, which is called the SmartSet App, is not software that runs on your PC; instead, it’s a 1MB application that runs on the keyboard itself. Thus, you get thoroughly portable configuration software. The keyboard is plug-and-play, too, so ostensibly you should be able to bring the Freestyle Edge to any PC, plug it on, and pull up the GUI. No installation required.
You can see it in action here:
For on-keyboard programmability, Kinesis Gaming focused on four additional hardware buttons that are located at the top of the right half of the Freestyle Edge: Layout, Macro, Remap, and the “SmartSet” key.
Because the Freestyle Edge has 4MB of onboard memory, you can create and save up to 10 key layouts and “hundreds of additional layouts”, and you can remap any of the 95 keys. You can also record and bind macros on the fly, and the SmartSet key gives you control over the lighting brightness, and lets you toggle NKRO mode and Game mode, get the Status Report, and update the firmware.
Note that within layouts, there are actually two programmable layers. For example, the “top” layer in a given layout may be a WYSIWYG situation, but the second layer could map media controls onto the F keys. The bottom left key in the extra bank of keys toggles these layers on and off.
Specs And Pricing
The Freestyle Edge is not cheap. The basic model–sans Lift Kits but with the palm rests–will run you $219. If you add the Lift Kit, you’ll add $30 to the total, bringing the cost to $249. There are deals if you back the Kickstarter, though.
The “First Edition” round of the Freestyle Edge–a small initial run of 210 of the devices–will be in buyers’ hands in the July-August timeframe. The mass production run will start in September and be distributed to buyers thereafter.
However, the Kickstarter campaign has less than half of that $50,000 raised so far at press time, and if it’s not fully funded, Kinesis Gaming won’t move forward with the project. There are 29 days left in the campaign.
Kinesis Gaming Freestyle Edge
Ergonomic, split, TKL
Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue
32-bit Atmel microcontroller
Blue LEDs only
ABS plastic,three-step “paint-and-laser” process for legends
SmartSet App (runs on keyboard, not PC, compatible only with Windows)
-Plug-and-play -Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome -Plate-mounted switch design -2-year warranty -Lift Kit (detachable, sold separately) and Palm Pads -Onboard macro, layout, remapping, and lighting controls -Halves connected by 20-inch cable
Bethesda announced that The Elder Scrolls: Legends digital card game is now officially available on PC. The company also revealed its first PvE expansion, “The Fall of The Dark Brotherhood,” and offered information about future updates expected to debut between now and this Summer.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a strategy card game set in the Elder Scrolls franchise’s home continent of Tamriel. It’s free to download, but you can also purchase more packs of cards if you don’t feel like waiting for the game to give them out at semi-regular intervals. In that sense it’s much like Hearthstone, the digital card game based on Blizzard’s Warcraft series, which debuted in 2014 and has received several expansions in the time since.
Bethesda’s hoping to make up for lost time with an aggressive release schedule. Even though the game just came out on PC, the company plans to release The Fall of The Dark Brotherhood on April 5. The expansion will task players with infiltrating and bringing down the league of assassins. Bethesda said that players will be able “to make key choices that both impact which missions you’ll play and decide the story’s ending” in the add-on’s missions.
The Fall of The Dark Brotherhood is broken up into three maps that can be purchased individually, as a $20 bundle, or with in-game currency. (Bethesda didn’t say how much each map will cost on its own.) The expansion features more than 25 missions, 40 new cards, and three “Legendary” cards. You’ll also receive a special Doom Wolf mount in The Elder Scrolls Online–an MMORPG based in the same universe–if you purchase this expansion.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends won’t stop there. Bethesda described several new modes and expansions in its press release:
Twitch Integration and Spectator Mode – May will bring a major update that introduces Twitch integration and Spectator Mode, allowing players to more easily showcase their skills and watch live matches online to learn new strategies from the masters of the game.
New Gauntlet Mode – Also in May, a Gauntlet mode will be introduced in which players will compete in mini-tournaments with their own decks. In addition to the current Ranked ladder, Gauntlets can be of different sizes and lengths and will give players new opportunities to join in-game competitions they can play at their own pace.
Major Expansion This Summer – The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood is just the first of a number of new Stories and Sets coming to Legends in 2017, with the first new, large set scheduled for release this summer. More information on this set will be revealed at E3 2017 in June.
Nor will The Elder Scrolls: Legends be exclusive to PC. The game will jump from PC to iPad on March 23, debut on Android tablets in April, head to macOS this Spring, and finally reach Android smartphones and the iPhone this Summer. (This also mimics Hearthstone, which is already available on all of those platforms.) Bethesda said that it plans to reveal more information about these additional platforms and other expansions at E3 2017 in June.
ThunderNews may not be the most well-known Usenet service on the market, but it’s vying for your attention as a premium newsgroup offering that works with thousands of third-party servers across the world to provide a plethora of options.
What it does
The service offers a tempting combination of solid connection speeds, lengthy article retention and high completion rates. What sets ThunderNews apart from other services out there is that it provides Usenet capabilities that are uncensored, unfiltered and without logs.
It has servers based across the US and Europe which are accessible to users worldwide. ThunderNews works in a similar way to other Usenet services, requiring you to connect to servers using ports for either standard or SSL connections. As is always the case, the type of connection you choose depends on how secure you want your usage to be.
When it comes to retention, ThunderNews certainly doesn’t disappoint. The platform offers users more than 3,000 days of binary retention and 1,265 days of text retention. You’ll find that these retention rates are pretty much the same as other providers.
There’s a major focus on flexibility here. Using ThunderNews, you can access a wide range of popular binary and text newsgroups. In total, the service covers over 107,000 newsgroups across the globe. They should all be active, and the company is constantly updating its content library. Overall, this is generally a reliable network, sporting a 99% completion rate.
Speed is one of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing the ideal Usenet service. In the case of ThunderNews, it certainly doesn’t lag. You’re able to access American and European server farms through up to 50 concurrent connections. Wherever you happen to be based, the process of connecting is the same – there are a range of standard, SSL and alternate ports available.
You get plenty of options in terms of which newsreader application you use, too. Every member can use a free copy of NewsRover, which is updated regularly. While there aren’t major issues with NewsRover, you have the option to use a third-party client. You shouldn’t have any problems with popular applications such as NewsLeecher and Newsbin.
Security-wise, ThunderNews isn’t all that different from other providers. As already mentioned, you can use SSL encryption, and it doesn’t log member usage. Thanks to a partnership made with OctaneVPN, you can make use of a VPN tool to ensure that your data is always secure, and that your online activities aren’t tracked by third-party organisations. If you run into any problems, you can access the company’s online support and FAQ page.
You’re spoilt for choice in terms of subscription options. The best value plan costs $7.99 (£6.55, AU$10.60) for the first month, before going up to $16.99 (£13.95, AU$22.50). For that, you get unlimited bandwidth, 3,127 days of binary retention, access to all the company’s servers and a VPN service that works in over 35 countries. You can find all the details on further plans here.
Overall, ThunderNews is a decent Usenet service, and it’s definitely one to consider. Although the prices of its plans vary greatly, they aren’t too expensive generally speaking. As well as being relatively affordable, there’s also decent retention, support and security options on offer here.