Valve is slowly draining gamers' wallets with its annual Steam Holiday Sale, where we have Dishonored at just $11.24, down 75% from its original price of $44.99.
Max Payne 3 has been disctouned by 75%, dropping its original $24.99 price to $6.24 while Tomb Raider has a huge 80% off dropping the price to just $3.99 from $19.99. There are plenty of other games on sale, go check them out.
I'm an absolutely fan of NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, but not many people have had the pleasure of using AMD's FreeSync technology at home, a technology that is meant to be virtually identical to that of NVIDIA's. Well, the first FreeSync-powered monitor is now available on Overclockers.co.uk.
The monitor we're talking about is the Iiyama ProLite B2888UHSU-B1, which is a 28-inch 4K monitor with AMD's FreeSync technology baked into it. This monitor is using an identical panel to the Acer XB280HK, which is powered by NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology and also runs a 3840x2160 resolution. The big difference? Price. The AMD FreeSync option is around $600, while the Acer XB280HK is currently $1029 on Amazon.
Acer's XB280HK on Overclockers.co.uk sells for the equivalent of $770 USD, compared to the $600 USD of the FreeSync option, so you can see the appeal of AMD's technology here.
Before the weekend kicked off, we reported that The Interview had only made $1 million at the cinema, while this tally has reached $3 million. Nothing in terms of what a movie would normally make at the box office, but online sales are making much more for Sony, which could change the future of cinema releases, well I hope so anyway.
Sony has reportedly made $15 million selling The Interview online through various services, which is closer to Sony's expectations of racking $20 million during its opening. This was when Sony was to launch it on around 3,000 screens on Christmas Day, but those plans were changed when hackers threatened 9/11-style attacks and other acts of violence. This forced Sony to more or less cancel its launch plans of The Interview, scrapping the launch in those thousands of theaters to just a handful across the US who were willing to show the movie.
Sony Pcitures President of Worldwide Distribution, Rory Bruer explained "We worked hard to get the film out there by Christmas Day. It was such a whirlwind to get it done that it kind of amazes me that we were able to make it happen." However, I think this might be the push that could see cinema releases change, where we've had a large movie from Sony be successful in online distribution, making much more money online than it has through those select cinemas. The Interview has now become Sony Pictures' highest-grossing online release of all time, beating out video-on-demand successes as the Chris Evans movie "Snowpiercer" which earned $7 million on-demand, and movies like "Bachelorette" which made $8.2 million.
Has your Twitter application logged you out all of the sudden? That would be because Twitter's servers think the clock has reached 2015 already, when the new year is still days away.
A coder has noticed the Twitter for Android's login traffic, where it displays "Mon, 29 Dec 2015" with the last modified date being "Mon, 29 Dec 2014" which is obviously where the error is coming from. It shouldn't be long before this problem is fixed, hopefully.
We've already started hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4 and even the new iPhone, but nothing yet about the successor to the G3 from LG. Well, here we are, with the first news on the G4 smartphone.
We're expecting LG G4 to compete directly against Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, as well as Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, as it should feature a G-Pen on-board, similar to the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note range of handsets from Samsung. Not only that, but the G4 should come with some serious specifications too, with a 5.3-inch 2560x1440 QHD panel, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of on-board NAND flash storage.
20 million pounds of unwanted Christmas lights end up in the hands of the Christmas tree light capital of the world, Shijao, China, each year.
Their industry built on old lights follows the age-old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure," seeing this large quantity of unwanted lighting melted down and separated into brass copper and plastic materials for carious implementations ranging from clothing to electronic goods.
This information was first published by Adam Minter in his book titles "Junkyard Planet," seeing him travel to this utopia of trash and research the process of churning 2200-pound bales of lights into re-usable raw materials. Thanks to China's cheap labor and goods exports, it's claimed that the ships transporting goods to the U.S. and other Western Nations often come back empty-handed, with no cargo on-board. This is where they can utilize their light-load for good, often carrying back waste paper to be churned into toilet paper or in this case - discarded Christmas lights for a new lease on life.
Military targets in Europe and Israel have been hit by cyberespionage attacks that could have been aided by commercial security-testing software released by Core Security, according to a report from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Israeli officials are unsure who launched the attack, but Iran is on the short list of suspects - as the Iranian government routinely tries to conduct surveillance and steal information from Israel.
"The most likely answer is they didn't have the capability to do it on their own," said Tilmann Werner, CrowdStrike analyst, in a statement, also adding "there is no risk of leaving tool-marks."
Cybercriminals trying to compromise government and military departments, corporations, and other major targets are greatly improving their attack capabilities. Iran has invested a large amount of resources in developing internal cyberespionage efforts, with Israel a popular target for new attacks.
A growing number of consumers tested mobile shopping during 2014, and that trend is expected to continue in 2015. However, a reported 35 percent of shoppers encountered road blocks while using mobile e-commerce sites and apps, while some sited led to 75 percent of shoppers suffering some type of viewing and product ordering problem.
"It's higher than what retailers want it to be," said Tom Lounibos, co-founder and CEO of e-commerce site testing firm SOASTA, in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch. "Brands are trying to get their arms around the performance element of it. They are still at the early stages."
Mobile purchases were up 20.4 percent according to IBM numbers, as more smartphone and tablet owners are willing to give mobile shopping a try. Christmas online sales also went up 8.2 percent, with Apple iOS numbers almost four times higher than Google Android, the IBM report states.
South Korea reported cyberattacks against its nuclear power operator are still underway, with non-critical operations being targeted - but the Korean nuclear power plants are safe and secure. The company faced a cyberattack and data breach last week, but hackers were able to only steal non-critical data, while reactors and other critical infrastructure were untouched.
"We cannot let cyberattacks stop nuclear power operation," said Cho Seok, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. President and CEO, during a press conference. "We will continue operating nuclear plants safely against any attempted foul play, including cyberattacks. Cyberattacks on KHNP's (headquarters) operations and administration are still continuing now."
The Korean government currently has an investigation underway, and is asking for cooperation from China, as it's possible North Korea was responsible for the incident.
Norse has developed a network of 8 million sensors worldwide designed specifically to absorb various types of internet attacks. These sensors analyze the malicious traffic and trace it back to its source. This vast network of global trackers is called the DarkMatter Platform, and it delivers real-time threat tracking and intelligence within five seconds.
Norse provides this service to companies to protect their web services, but they also provide an amazing real-time view for everyone of malicious traffic at their comprehensive monitoring site. The view of ongoing attacks is amazing due to the sheer scale of the attacks, and their continuing nature highlights the intense threats companies face every day. The site identifies each type of attack, and DDoS attacks are easily visible as attacks from multiple locations worldwide converge on a single target.