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Sony admits US console fight growing as Xbox One price cuts working

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 mins ago

It will be fun to see analyst sales figures for console sales after Christmas, as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House admits the Xbox One is giving the PlayStation 4 a run for its money. Even though sales are described as "in line" with Sony's previous expectations, the cheaper price tag for the Xbox One has led to a significant sales bump for Microsoft.

 

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The Xbox One starts at $350 in the United States, while the PS4 is available starting at $400. The $50 price cut was announced in November and will continue to January 3, 2015.

 

It appears to be a good time to be a console gamer, as both companies also have several appealing console/game bundles available. Expect continued price cuts and increased competition from both companies in 2015, while they try to woo gamers to their respective platforms.

T-Mobile was busted and will pay $90 million for cramming behavior

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 36 mins ago

T-Mobile will have to fork over $90 million in refunds, fines and penalties for its longstanding "cramming" behavior, hitting its subscribers with unauthorized charges - and refusing to issue refunds when some subscribers found the charges.

 

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"This is a major settlement that will put tens of millions of dollars back into the pockets of consumers," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "This case is about a core principle, that no business should bill a consumer for charges they did not authorize, period."

 

Cramming behavior seems to be quite popular among wireless carriers, and the most common type of cramming is premium Short Messaging Service (PSMS), normally focused on gossip and jokes of the day. AT&T and T-Mobile have already settled cramming cases, while Sprint is just beginning to face its own problems.

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake' in its decision to pull 'The Interview'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 5 mins ago

The decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to pull "The Interview" due to a cyberattack and subsequent terror attacks has drawn criticism from actors and President Obama.

 

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"Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage," Obama said during a press conference. "There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes I think they made a mistake. We cannot have a society in which some dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States. I wish they'd spoken to me first. I would have told them: 'Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated.'"

 

However, Sony is defending itself from Pres. Obama's statement and criticism from actors, many American citizens, and others criticizing the company.

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ISIS allies reportedly stepping up cyberattacks against media, rivals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 9 mins ago

Cybercriminals with alleged ties to ISIS recently tried to spread malware onto a Syrian citizen media group after posing as Syrian-Canadian citizens, according to a report from Citizen Lab. The social engineering attack took place in late November, and shows the group is continually putting more effort into its cybercriminal abilities. The attempted malware attack was targeted to the Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS) group, and the email was worded in a manner to trick organization members.

 

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"This bears little resemblance to anything we've seen from the usual suspects," said John Scott-Railton, the report's co-author, noted in a statement given to CBC. "That, combined with who they are targeting... gives us pause and makes us think that maybe we're looking at ISIS malware."

 

ISIS has used the Internet, specifically social media, as a tool to recruit and spread propaganda. However, the group has run into problems, as the Anonymous hacker collective and other groups have disrupted their online operations.

Capcom announces Street Fighter 5 is being built with Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

Capcom has announced that the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive Street Fighter 5 is being built around Epic Games' very gorgeous Unreal Engine 4 technology.

 

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Bochan Kim, a Producer with Capcom said in a press release from Epic Games "Our goal with the next generation of Street Fighter is to take our beloved fighting game franchise and bring it to our fans in the best way possible. In order to fully deliver on that promise, we know we have to incorporate the latest and greatest technology available, which is why we partnered with Epic Games to power Street Fighter V using Unreal Engine 4." Territory Manager of Epic Games Japan, Taka Kawasaki said "This opportunity to help the development team using Unreal Engine 4 for the new title is a great honor for Epic, and I couldn't be more proud."

 

Fighting games seem to be adopting Unreal Engine 4 more, with Bandai Namco announcing back in July that Tekken 7 would be powered by Unreal Engine 4. Expect the Unreal Engine 4-powered Street Fighter 5 to hit the PS4 and PC sometime next year, which will support cross-platform play between the PS4 and PC.

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will debut a streaming rearview video mirror

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 hours, 1 min ago

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will include a custom rearview mirror that provides high-resolution streaming video, so drivers can have an enhanced rearward vision. The camera will be located on the CT6's rear bumper and will be able to stream directly to the mirror, increasing the driver field of vision up to four times over just a regular rearview mirror, researchers say.

 

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General Motors partnered with Gentex Corp for the mirror and Sharp for the HD camera and video processing technology. New vehicles have a large focus on infotainment and navigation features, but safety features are a major push forward for connected vehicles.

 

"The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down," said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer, in a press statement.

Peter Jackson has "never read a comic", won't direct a Marvel film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 hours, 8 mins ago

On the promotional rounds for the final entry in 'The Hobbit' series, Director Peter Jackson is now turning his mind to what's next after spending the last few years once again immersed in the world's of J.R.R. Tolkien - and he's pretty sure it won't be a Marvel comic book movie.

 

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Speaking to Moviefone, Jackson offered that he has "never read a comic book in my life" and thus has "no interest in that". Offering a rebuke to the cinematic universe concept that he arguably carved out in his six Middle-Earth movies, Jackson further states:

 

"I don't really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It's become very franchise driven and superhero driven... So, yes, I'm not going to head off and do a Marvel film. So if I don't do a Marvel film, I don't have any other choice - I've got to go make a small New Zealand movie!"

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Sony hackers offer truce - so long as 'The Interview' isn't released

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 hours, 32 mins ago

Following the cancellation of the impending release of Sony Pictures comedy 'The Interview', which spurned the company crippling hack, those responsible for doing the work on behalf of North Korea have issued a new directive - expunge the movie from existence and everything will be ok.

 

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According to CNN, a new message from the hacking group sent to the heads of Sony states: "..we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately. The message further offers to "ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble".

 

Meanwhile, President Obama has rebuked Sony for their decision to pull the film, complaining that "I wish they'd spoken to me first". Considering the precedent for international relations, Obama said: "We can't have a society where some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States... imagine what they will do when they see a documentary they don't like, or a news report."

Christmas lights are so bright, NASA can see them from space

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 hours, 55 mins ago

There is such a drastic increase in lighting during the holidays that NASA has picked up on it, according to a press release published by the U.S. space agency. Specifically, the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite found that metropolitan areas increased 20 to 50 percent brighter during the Christmas holiday season and New Year's.

 

 

"It's a near ubiquitous signal. Despite being ethnically and religiously diverse, we found that the U.S. experiences a holiday increase that is present across most urban communities," noted Miguel Roman, NASA Goddard research physical scientist. "These lighting patterns are tracking a national shared tradition."

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Survey: Company malware breaches not exactly uncommon these days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 59 mins ago

A reported 51 percent of companies suffered some type of malware breach during the past 18 months, with phishing emails and social engineering attacks able to circumvent security filters, according to a survey published by the OPSWAT IT solutions provider.

 

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It's a frightening time for companies trying to keep their networks secure, especially as social engineering techniques - which rely on tricking employees to click fraudulent links or install the malware directly - prove difficult to defend against.

 

"With the sheer number of new viruses introduced every day, it is not surprising that 51% of the respondents experienced a malware breach, particularly since 39% only utilized one anti-malware solution," said Tony Berning, OPSWAT Metascan product manager. "By using only one or two anti-virus engines, companies are exposing themselves to malware threats, since no anti-virus engine can be accurate 100% of the time."

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