Author Archive: Ben Sumner

Gizmo Ninja's audio/video guy. I am a visual effects artist, hailing from Bellbrook, Ohio, and currently living on Los Angeles working as a Digital Compositor at Look Effects. Around the site I am primarily responsible for video editing and other graphics things. I hope to have time to start a Tutorial video series shortly.

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MegaUpload shut down by DOJ/FBI, Anonymous takes action

MegaUpload shut down by DOJ/FBI, Anonymous takes action

| January 19, 2012 | Reply

Earlier today, the Department of Justice and the FBI brought down the file sharing site MegaUpload, calling the site  “am ong the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.” four of the operators of the site have been arrested in New Zealand, three more remain to be found. Within minutes of the site […]

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Sen. Al Franken gives Carrier IQ until Dec 14th to answer privacy questions

Sen. Al Franken gives Carrier IQ until Dec 14th to answer privacy questions

| December 2, 2011 | Reply

Carrier IQ CEO Larry Lenhart has quite a few questions to answer, for good reason. Today, Senator Al Franken sent him a letter in concern for the millions of american who could be at risk due to his company’s actions. The letter reads: “The revelation that the locations and other sensitive data of millions of […]

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Steam hacked, possible Credit Card info leaked

Steam hacked, possible Credit Card info leaked

| November 10, 2011 | Reply

        Gabe Newell, the head of Valve, has announced that their service has been hacked via their forums. The attack happened on Sunday, and as a result the steam forums are down, and Steam has begun to advise everyone to watch for any fraudulent activity on their credit card accounts. The attack […]

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Minecraft 1.8 Leaked – instructions…

Minecraft 1.8 Leaked – instructions…

| September 10, 2011 | Reply

  So it appears  Minecraft 1.8 has been “leaked” by Jens as a “test release” for the experts.  The release is a presumably beta version of the update. Notch is fine with the leak but says you should feel a little bad, but to let them know if you find any bugs (paraphasing) via his twitter. […]

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Change in Apple’s policies prevents eBook purchases in Google’s eBook app on iOS

Change in Apple’s policies prevents eBook purchases in Google’s eBook app on iOS

| September 9, 2011 | Reply

  It appears Apple has changed their policy on in-app purchases. As a result preventing Google’s eBook app to allow their users to buy books from directly inside the app.  This email was sent out to all current Google Books users: Dear Google eBooks customer, We are writing to let you know about important changes […]

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Like Google+ but still depending on Facebook and Twitter? (and use google chrome?) Try SGPlus addon!

Like Google+ but still depending on Facebook and Twitter? (and use google chrome?) Try SGPlus addon!

| September 5, 2011 | Reply

Here’s a shot video to introduce you to a neat addon for Google Chrome called SGPlus. Which integrates Facebook, and Twitter (and LinkedIn in premium) to your G+ page. Very handy!  

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Skype to add eavesdropping abilities? XBox Live also targeted in new patent from Microsoft.

Skype to add eavesdropping abilities? XBox Live also targeted in new patent from Microsoft.

| June 27, 2011 | Reply

Sad about the lack of video calling on Skype for Android phones? Well.. here is one more reason to worry about the future of Skype. It seems Microsoft has pushed a patent through that describes various methods of recording VOIP conversations. Apparently, this is a more detailed patent than usually registered by Microsoft. Not only […]

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App Review – Subsonic, Music serving for those who like to be in charge of their music.

App Review – Subsonic, Music serving for those who like to be in charge of their music.

| May 31, 2011 | Reply

Subsonic is an awesome music streaming server you can run on your Windows, Mac, or Linux box, to stream music to your android or iOS device (and web player) much like Google Music or Amazon cloud. A coming video will explain the setup procedure.   Until then, here’s a quick review:

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Minecraft? on Android?! Do Want.

Minecraft? on Android?! Do Want.

| May 25, 2011 | Reply

So today all Minecraft fans and Android fans can rejoice! Mojang has officially show images of the Android version of minecraft, dubbed “Minecraft pocket” It looks to be coming along VERY nicely, and running smooth. The video is sped up, but it still looks like the controls won’t be bad! Very nice job Mojang, you […]

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