Forget about nuclear warheads, genetically mutated strains of viruses, and other weapons of mass destruction capable of wiping out entire civilizations; it seems that the next big war will be fought completely behind the scenes through the Internet. Okay, maybe it’s not a good idea to completely forget about those things, as they are still quite frightening, but recent events and evidence do point to cyberattacks as the next big thing in world ravaged by war. Unfortunately, taking the violence to the virtual world is just as likely to result in countless innocent lives loss as any other method of war.
Fighting War on the Digital Frontier: Methods of Attack
With more and more devices connecting to the internet- the number is expected to reach into the trillions this year- and just about every type of infrastructure tied to computers somehow, there are many potential ways to attack a country through cyberspace. A few of the biggest threats include:
Of course, there are many other potential avenues of attack that could be used in a cyberwar, and all of them are equally as scary as a weapon of mass destruction. Building a strong cyber defense is becoming more important than ever before.
Google has big plans for 2013, including completely overtaking Apple as “king of mobile technology;” rolling out broadband internet access to select locations, and phasing out a few lesser-used products. Take a look at what to expect from the search engine giant over the coming months.
Google Takes On Apple
Google is already doing pretty well in the mobile device department, especially since Android devices are pretty much the victor in the OS war. While Apple may currently have a more diverse range of apps, Google Play is catching up pretty fast. The problem is, Apple actually makes devices through their own company, whereas Google only partners with other device manufacturers to create devices. When you buy an Apple device, you know you’re getting an Apple device. When you buy a Google device, you may be getting a Samsung , an LG, or whoever else they decide to partner with. While those are excellent companies, it’s about transparency. Tech users- especially advanced users- like to know what they’re getting. They could pull off the take-down with a shift in focus, but that’s a risky move as well.
Fiber-Optic Internet and Television Service at an Affordable Price
Perhaps one of the most exciting changes in Google’s 2013 plan is the rolling out of broadband internet and television provided over fiber optic cables. Kansas City gets a taste of the new service early next year. Google will be offering amazingly fast speeds and a pretty decent cable television package for around $120. Sadly, the rest of the country is going to have to wait, as only about 180 neighborhoods are on the agenda to be wired in the first part of the year.
Retiring old products
Get ready to say goodbye to your customized iGoogle page come November, 2013. The product will be completely phased out at that time. Google apparently feels that you have plenty of other options for customizing your home page, as long as you use the Chrome browser. Several products designed to help you sync your calendar and devices are also being phased out. GoogleVideo and GoogleChatback are on their way out the door too. While these products will no longer be available, similar features in Google+ will allow you to do the same thing. Google is basically trying to streamline their features to make them easier to use.
Google is an ever-evolving company that seems to like to try new things. While that’s great for users who enjoy change and excitement, it does make some users a little nervous about trying out new services. After all, what if you get used to it and Google pulls the plug? Still, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next in 2013.
Back in 2000, countless moms, dads, and teenagers stood in line for hours to be among the first to take home a brand new Playstation 2. Almost immediately, the gaming system sold out across the world, opening up plenty of opportunities for scammers to swindle desperate parents in fake eBay deals. Months later, once supply caught up with demand, millions of homes sported a brand new, state-of-the-art gaming system. The PS2 not only featured amazing graphics unlike any seen before, it also doubled as a DVD player. Back then, DVD players were also relatively new, so this was a big deal for those looking to save a little money by combining two systems into one. Kind of like how now the PS3 also doubles as a Blu-Ray player.
Many eReader manufacturers were a little nervous when tablets and smartphones rolled out functions that basically performed the same function, and with good reason. After all, it’s reasonable to assume that consumers would prefer to spend one price for a gadget that performs multiple functions rather than several high prices for multiple gadgets. Oddly enough, though, the manufacturers had nothing to worry about, as logic doesn’t always dictate what happens in the gadget market.
In the “weird tech news” category, Obama will now be forced to respond to the rather insane petition to create a Death Star of our own by 2016, now that said petition has received the required 25,000 signatures needed for an office reply. What started out as a joke (at least it seemed like a joke!) will now require the United States President to take make an official reply to the petitioners. Will Obama consider the request? That remains to be seen!
Angry Birds, a little free game app created by Rovio, is taking the world by storm. What started as a casual game of slinging very grumpy birds at felonious, kidnapping pigs branched out into a massive franchise practically overnight. From spin-offs to board games to plush animals, t-shirts, toys, and more, you could theoretically deck out your entire house in Angry Birds merchandise. When something hits the big-time on that grand of a scale, it inevitably also hits the big screen in a film version. Angry Birds is no exception, and the rumors of a movie have been proven true, but don’t expect to see it until around 2016.