Ubisoft UPlay may accidentally contain web plugin exploit, Ezio would not approve (update: fixed)

If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed 2 (or other Ubisoft games), you may have installed more stealthy infiltration than you bargained for. Some snooping by Tavis Ormandy around Ubisoft’s UPlay looks to have have discovered that the service’s browser plugin, meant to launch locally-stored games from the web, doesn’t have a filter for what websites can ...

Google Wallet hack hits Verizon Galaxy S III

Verizon may not want you to have Google Wallet on your phone, but that won’t stop intrepid rooters and hackers from shoehorning the app into Big Red’s handsets. Mike Beauchamp and Dustin Evans took some time away from their recent Kansas City trip (to check out Google Fiber, of course) to get the Mountain View ...

Apple reports 3 million Mountain Lion downloads in four days, ‘most successful OS X release’

We heard some rumblings ahead of the weekend from third-party sources, and like clockwork, Apple has kicked the week off with its weekend box office returns. According to Cupertino’s numbers, the latest version of OS X hit 3 million downloads in four days, making for “the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history.” Price ...

Kuratas, the 13-foot mech: unleashes your inner Ripley, costs $1.35 million (video)

Suidobashi Heavy Industries has put the finishing touches to its latest project, the 4.4-ton Kuratas. Mobile suit obsessives around the world can thank artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics expert Wataru Yoshizaki for the robot frame, which has space to house a pilot inside. The mech’s touchscreen UI even includes a Kinect-based movement interface and the ...

CIA dragonfly drone almost beat modern UAVs by 40 years, was swatted (video)

US intelligence agencies were just as obsessed with drone spying 40 years ago as they are nowadays — only then, it was pipe-smoking entomologists and watchmakers who were in charge of building prototypes. Back in the ’70s, the CIA needed some kind of miniature flyer to deliver an audio bug, and after considering (and rejecting) ...

Nissan pins Leaf’s WattStation charging woes on a software bug, works on a fix

GE and Nissan had previously ruled out GE’s WattStation as the cause of a few Leaf charging failures, and that story of EV tragedy looks to be winding to a close with a more definitive explanation. As the two tell us, a bug in the Leaf’s on-board charging software can damage the relevant hardware under ...

Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G hides out in the open, heads to MetroPCS

What’s old is apparently new again for MetroPCS subscribers. Thanks to some leaked training materials over on Howard Forums, we have a pretty clear idea of the next Galaxy S device to bow on that budget carrier’s lineup — the Lightray 4G. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, we’ve seen this exact phone before at ...

Sony rep confirms some 2011 Xperia handsets won’t be tasting Google’s Jelly Bean

Some of you might be familiar with Sony’s earlier struggles to successfully (and in a timely manner) deliver Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich to a slew of Xperia handsets. And, as we all know, Android 4.0′s no longer the freshest treat around, thus the Walkman maker will now have to answer all the Jelly Bean questions ...

Insert Coin: Botiful telepresence robot for Android (video)

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line. Remote-controlled cameras are nothing new — heck, some even ride atop robotic vacuums — but this Android ...

Google confirms it still has a ‘small portion’ of Street View WiFi data, apologizes

It has seemed like Google was close to putting its Street View snooping controversy behind it a few times now, but one thing or another keeps bringing it back to the forefront. Today, it’s an admission from Google that it hasn’t deleted all of the so-called payload data in question after all. That revelation comes ...