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Bungie's upcoming Destiny spotted on the Xbox One running at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 mins ago

While most games aren't running at 1920x1080, or 1080p on the Xbox One, the upcoming shooter from Bungie, the studio behind Halo, will be running at 1080p on the Xbox One.

 

 

As you can see in the above video, this is what we should expect from Destiny on the Xbox One. The beta that is available right now isn't running at Full HD, but rather 900p. The final version of Destiny on the Xbox One has been confirmed at 1080p. Destiny isn't far away, as it'll arrive on September 9, just a couple of more weeks away.

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Netflix tops 50 million subscribers, as original programming helps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

Online video service Netflix surpassed 50 million members during the second quarter, with the number including free trial memberships. Netflix's adoption of original programming has greatly helped the company - despite an arm and a leg cost - as it draws in new viewers.

 

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Around 75 percent of Netflix subscribers reside in the United States, but company officials hope to promote wider international adoption. Netflix is already available in 40 different countries, and will expand in Europe this September, reaching Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria.

 

"There is growing demand, for control and for the consumer to be able to click and watch what they want, and so that is why we are stepping up on the international expansion," said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, during a recent conference call. "We really see that this is an enormous moment in history as on-demand Internet services are coming to the fore around the world."

Battlefield: Hardline gets delayed until sometime next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 9 mins ago

Electronic Arts has announced that it has delayed the release of the Visceral Games-developed Battlefield: Hardline until next year, citing that the development teams want more time to polish the game before it gets released to gamers across the world.

 

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DICE's Vice President and Group GM, Karl Magnus Troedsson, explains: "Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline - we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you".

 

He continued: "This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months". Troedsson said that the teams at DICE and Visceral Games wanted to spend more time on developing better innovation on the multiplayer side of things, as well as bake in "ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience".

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Leaked Windows 9 screenshot shows us the new, new Start Menu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 39 mins ago

Microsoft hasn't hit the same popularity it did with Windows 7 with its latest two operating systems: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but will it strike the iron again with Windows 9? We are now being treated to an early look thanks to some leaked screenshots of the next version of Windows' Start Menu.

 

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The new build of Windows is still codenamed "Threshold" which is another major desktop revamp, with one of those bits being the much-talked about Start Menu. We can see that the new screenshots show off an impressive looking Start Menu that features some "Metro-style" apps that are pinned to the Start Menu itself, as well as the usual applications to the left.

 

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The Verge is reporting that these images are genuine, and are from the current development versions of "Windows 9". The second screenshot shows that Microsoft is hoping to have Metro-style apps run in the desktop as either fullscreen or windowed. This is a large part of Microsoft's plans for the upcoming version of its OS, something that will make mouse and keyboard users have a better experience on the desktop.

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Apple posts hefty profits thanks to iPhone sales, growth in China

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 36 mins ago

That infamous hawker of hype and high-price handsets, Apple Corporation, has just posted its quarterly profits - of 7.75 billion dollars, up a very respectable 12 percent compared to the same time last year.

 

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It claimed the runaway success of its latest iPhone models is to thank for the strong growth, as well as a swelling of its business in China, where revenue was boosted 28 percent to reach 5.9 billion dollars. The company brought in over 10.3 billion in operational cash flow, it said. "Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters," Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in a statement. "We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can't wait to introduce."

 

For now it looks like the hype train is showing no signs of stopping, as the entire blogosphere speculates on what's next for the iconic iPhone. What's a little less on everyone's lips, though, is the iPad - sales of which happened to plummet for a second quarter in a row, down by a pretty substantial nine percent to 13.3 million.

Microsoft revenues do well, but Q4 profit hit by Nokia handset buyout

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 37 mins ago

Microsoft has announced its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, and although it's in profit, the company claims it took a hit from Nokia's handset business.

 

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Quarterly profit was $4.61 billion, down from $4.96 billion for the same quarter last year. That leaves it at 55 cents per share, quite a touch short of Wall Street's expectations of 60 cents per share on average. And while the acquisition of Nokia's handset business may have impacted on Microsoft's quarterly profits, revenues reached $23.38 billion, beating estimates of $23 billion, with the company largely having Nokia sales to thank for this. Enterprise also performed well.

 

"We are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution," Satya Nadella, new-ish Microsoft CEO said. "I'm proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off - our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate." Executive veep Amy Hood said in a statement that as the company enters fiscal 2015, it's "focused on aligning" its resources towards strategic investments - perhaps referring to Microsoft's recent decision to make one of the largest job cuts in the history of the tech industry - of a staggering 18,000 people.

Nigerian cybercriminals evolving their attack methods to hijack users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 10 mins ago

Cybercriminals in Nigeria are continually evolving their attack strategies, and have created next-generation malware able to compromise businesses and organizations that they previously ignored. The old school "419" phishing tactics once infamously deployed by Nigerian spammers still occurs, but the criminals want to steal data from a larger number of victims using better designed strategies.

 

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Utilizing Remote Administration Tools (RATs) from online hacker forums, Nigerian cybercriminals aim for full control of compromised systems. Silver Spaniel is able to circumvent legacy firewalls and typical anti-virus and anti-malware software because it has been modified to ensure it can evade them efficiently.

 

"These Silver Spaniel malware activities originate in Nigeria and employ tactics, techniques and procedures similar to one another," said Ryan Olson, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 Intelligence Director, in a statement. "The actors don't show a high level of technical acumen, but represent a growing threat to businesses that have not previously been their primary targets."

Recent survey shows Facebook suffering from low customer satisfaction

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

Facebook and other social media services, while extremely popular, suffer from low customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

 

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Overall, social media companies ranked the fourth-lowest among consumer satisfaction, only ahead of Internet service providers, subscription television companies and airline companies. Pinterest had the highest consumer satisfaction index, ranking at 76, ahead of Wikipedia (74), YouTube (73), Google+ (71), Twitter (69), LinkedIn (67) and Facebook (67). The social media category garnered an overall score of 71.

 

"Even with improvements across the board, e-business - and social media in particular - doesn't do well in terms of user satisfaction," said Claes Fornell, ACSI chairman, in a press statement. "It's rare to see strong growth in an industry with such low customer satisfaction. However, several of the major players seem to have realized that their long-term prospects may be in jeopardy unless they do better."

Chinese government begins crackdown on mobile pornography apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 28 mins ago

The Chinese government plans to launch a crackdown on mobile pornography and obscene content, as part of its "clean the Internet" campaign. Critics of the ban say it's nothing more than the Communist Party trying to limit anti-government discontent.

 

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China is well known for restricting what its population of 632 million Internet users can access - and with 83 percent relying on smartphones for Web access - it's not surprising to hear the crackdown will focus on mobile apps. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the campaign will first start with mobile app companies encouraged to remove inappropriate content on their own.

 

The actual effectiveness of these types of campaigns remains unknown, as tech savvy users will share ways to easily circumvent the ban. Furthermore, the use of WeChat and other mobile messaging apps make it even easier to share "lewd" content, as the number of social networking and messaging apps in China increases.

Cyberwar building between warring factions in Iraq as tensions build

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 8 hours, 24 mins ago

The continued political unrest in Iraq has led to armed conflict, but has led to a rise in something a bit more surprising: a cyberwar that has used social media and coordinated malware and other cyberattacks against rival political factions.

 

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The use of the "Njrat" malware, to compromise PCs and create a rudimentary botnet, has drawn interest among cybersecurity experts - and other similar tactics are being deployed. The criminals are interested in stealing data and using hijacked microphones and cameras to see what is happening in select regions.

 

"The key parties are local groups within Iraq using malware for targeted intelligence on each other," said Andrew Komarov, Intel Crawler chief of security, in a statement. "It is very hard to confirm who is the author, as some of the malware is used from public sources, but it is very visible that it is used within Iraq, and not outside against foreign countries, which may explain the beginning of internal local cyberwar."

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