It looks like the US government could respond to North Korea hacking Sony Pictures, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest telling reporters that the attack was an example of "destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor."
Earnest continued, saying that US national security leaders "would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response. They were also aware that people carrying out such attacks are "often seeking to provoke a response." He added that "They may believe that a response from us in one fashion or another would be advantageous to them" by helping their image on the world stage. The White House spokesman added that the US viewed North Korea hacking Sony as "a serious national security matter."
Sony has since cancelled the release of 'The Interview' from US theaters, after North Korea threatened an attack under the guise of the 'Guardians of Peace' or GOP.
There have been a few videos floating around the Internet comparing Techland's upcoming zombie survival shooter, with claims that Dying Light has been graphically downgraded. We've seen it before with Ubisoft's titles, such as Watch Dogs and The Division, but now the claims of Dying Light have PC gamers in a fit, and rightly so.
Techland's Paul Milewski spoke with GamingBolt, where he said "If you compare the 2103 footage to any of the material released lately, you can clearly see major improvements. Downgraded? Not a chance. Just look at the latest interactive footage released by us a couple of days ago." Milewski added "Also, consider that most of the recent media and YouTuber gameplay that's out there is all on PCs that we have no idea what's in them. And yet they all look better compared to the 2013 promo material which was recorded on a high-end PC at the time."
Dying Light hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month.
An undercover BBC investigation revealed ongoing poor working conditions of employees inside of factories manufacturing Apple products. At a Pegatron factory manufacturing iPhone 6 smartphones, there were routinely broken guidelines, with workers' hours, dormitories, work meetings, juvenile workers and ID cars being breached in day-to-day operations.
Not surprisingly, Apple "strongly disagreed" with conclusions from the investigations - despite video showing employees falling asleep during 12-hour shifts. One employee worked 18 consecutive days, despite previously asking for a day off. A different worker had to work a 16-hour shift and said that he or she wouldn't want to move, and just wanted to lie down and rest: "I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."
Here is what Apple noted in a statement: "Worker safety and well-being are our top priorities. We set very high standards, conduct rigorous training for managers and workers, and have external auditors regularly visiting our facilities to find areas for improvement."
Alert Logic has recently informed the public of a "grinch" Linux vulnerability, but according to Red Hat - it's a perfectly normal thing.
The official reply noted that "this report incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue," through a Red Hat Bulletin released on Wednesday just one day after the report being made public. This was in response to Alert Logic claiming that this Grinch issue may be as large as the previously seen Heartbleed bug, noting that they believe it is a serious design flaw in how Linux handles user permissions.
Microsoft has a huge early Christmas present for Xbox One preview members, where they'll receive early access to Halo 5. The multiplayer beta for Halo 5 kicks off on December 29, with 343 Industries and Microsoft ending the year on a big bang.
The early access is invite-only, with all current Xbox One preview members most likely receiving a message from Xbox Live tomorrow, which will include two codes to download the Halo 5 beta. The early access beta for Halo 5 will start at 4PM ET tomorrow, and will end at 3AM ET on December 22. This gives Xbox One preview members the great ability of playing the Halo 5 beta over the weekend. Get in now!
The Microsoft Xbox One rolled out Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix, Telemundo Now and Bravo Now apps for gamers, in time for Christmas. Pandora previously wanted to run a custom Pandora music service app built by HTML5 for television screens - while largely ignoring game consoles.
Rolling out a native Pandora app is a good effort for Microsoft, which has been promptly outsold most of the year by the Sony PlayStation 4 game console.
Microsoft has been quick to roll out apps for Xbox One owners, including HBO GO, MLB.TV, Twitch, and Plex - the company is embracing apps to help keep users running entertainment and media services through the console.
Internet users are fighting for their privacy while browsing the Internet, but trying to see what the future holds has proven difficult. As noted by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Web users found they are under constant surveillance by governments and hacker groups. It turns out 55 percent of experts believe there would not be a "secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025," according to a survey hosted by the Pew Internet Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.
Regardless of what Internet users and privacy experts say about the current state of the Internet right now, it will remain a major talking point for years to come.
"By 2025, there will be an international consensus among Internet organizations on how best to balance personal privacy and security with popular content and services," according to an unnamed specialist working on technical and policy coordination, published by Pew. "The patchwork approach of national privacy protections will be harmonized globally in 2025, and the primary of security concerns will be more balanced by such an international consensus."
The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak has just become an Australian citizen and plans to move to the Australian state of Tasmania - known throughout the world, aptly enough, as the 'apple isle'.
Citing a fondness for Australian culture, Wozniak begun the application process for Australian residency back in 2012 and whilst he will continue to be based in the United States for a time, he plans on winding back his professional life and according to the Australian Financial Review, will "probably" call Tasmania home. "Hopefully in the next few days we can get there, as I really like the idea of cooler weather".
Still an employee of Apple, Wozniak is both admired by tech journalists for honest assessments on the company he co-founded in 1976, but feared by the apparatchik for the same reason.
"Their publicity people watch me very closely wherever I go in the world and speak. I answer every question I'm asked and I answer honestly, so sometimes they hear things they don't want to hear".
Sony is preparing to release the PlayStation 4 in China, jumping into a fresh market that Microsoft has enjoyed to itself with its Xbox One game console. To prepare to be competitive when the additional competition arrives, Microsoft will offer an $80 price cut to ensure gamers remain interested in its console.
The Xbox One without Kinect launched in China for $600 and $694 with a Kinect unit. However, after the price drop, the unit will cost $517 without the Kinect and $614 with a Kinect. It will be curious to see if the price drop will be enough, as the PS4 will cost $468 immediately when it launches.
"As with many global products, specific pricing, promotions and offers vary by market," a Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot regarding the price drop. "In China, Xbox is running a special promotion that began on Nov. 11, 2014."
Arrow Gaming was a great South-East Asian DOTA 2 eSports team, but after various cheating scandals a couple of months ago, the team is returning with a new name: "We Are Sorry".
The five-man "We Are Sorry" team might not get back into the serious DOTA 2 tournaments, at least not for a while, because some of them have been banned from competitions for life. No matter the name change, this is serious stuff, folks. But, there has been one tournament that has allowed them entry, and that is the Vietnam Champion League Season 2.
Organizers of the event have said they they let them in because "I believe in them. People make mistakes daily. If no one will forgive them, they might have to stop playing," which is a truly great way of looking at things.