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Xbox One sales have doubled since Microsoft dropped the price to $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 5:32 am

It looks like Microsoft knew what it was doing when it slashed $100 from the price of its Xbox One console, because just last month alone the company has seen an increase of over 100% in Xbox One sales.

 

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The news is coming out from an internal Xbox blog, with the sales increase being attributed to the new $399 price of the Xbox One console, without the Kinect sensor. Microsoft hasn't revealed the exact number of consoles sold, so we don't know any concrete numbers on the amount of Xbox One consoles Microsoft shifted last month.

LG unveils the mid-range G3 Beat, or the G3 s depending on the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:28 am

LG hasn't even properly rolled out its impressive G3 smartphone around the world yet, but the South Korean giant isn't sleeping on its watch, either. The company has just announced the new G3 Beat, as it'll be known in Korea, but in Europe and the CIS, it'll be known as the G3 s.

 

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The new G3 Beat or G3 s features a 5-inch 720p display, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. We also have a 2540mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for its style, it falls in line with the impressively sexy G3 smartphone. The new, smaller G3 Beat, or G3 s will be made available in South Korea on July 18, and then onto Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the coming weeks.

The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4 includes 30FPS lockdown option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:32 am

The Last of Us: Remastered is nearly upon us for the PlayStation 4, with more details on the spruced up next-gen version of the game. Sony has confirmed that there is an option to lock the framerate to 30FPS, as the PS4 version of the game will run at 1080p, and a variable framerate of up to 60FPS.

 

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Sony's Sid Shuman has said that choosing between framerates will "boil down to personal preference". The biggest deciding factor will be having an absolute rock solid 30FPS versus the variable, sometimes 60FPS. It'll be great at 60FPS, but when it drops, you're going to feel it. More details have also surfaced on the PS4 remake of the game, where save games won't carry over from the PS3 version of The Last of Us to the PS4, and more.

 

DLC carries over, which should have some fans happy. There are three major DLC packs for The Last of Us: Abandoned Territories, Reclaimed Territories, and Left Behind. The new PS4 version of The Last of Us will also work with the new DualShock 4 controller, where the touchpad is capable of being used to open up Joel's backpack, audio recordings are played through the speaker on the DualShock 4 controller, and it changes color when you start losing health.

Kim Kardashian's mobile game could make her $85 million this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 2:19 am

Before writing this news, I didn't even know that Kim Kardashian had a mobile game out - but she does - Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The mobile game is out on both iOS and Android, but it looks like Kim might make a huge chunk of cash from her mobile game alone this year.

 

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The reality TV star is set to make an estimated $200 million this year, and after $10 million of expenses is paid for, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could make her a cool $85.5 million. The mobile game has her likeness, using her "in-game audio commentary, hand-selected wardrobe, and persona authenticity" to rise to fame.

 

Players will catch up with fellow celebrities, attend exclusive clubs, as well as becoming an A-list actor, fashion designer or cover model. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available for both iOS and Android, if you want to try it out.

Japan Display and MediaTek unveil new 120Hz-capable mobile display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:21 am

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) and MediaTek are working together to provide the market with 120Hz-capable mobile displays that will see ultra-smooth gaming on mobile devices, but the smartphones that will house these new super-fast displays will be chewing down some serious battery life, too.

 

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With most flagship smartphones, we have 50Hz or 60Hz displays, which is absolutely fine for most video playback, gaming and everything else you throw at it. But for the next-generation of mobile games, and in my opinion virtual reality headsets, 120Hz is vital. MediaTek's MT6596 and MT6795 system-on-chips are both capable of 120FPS.

 

Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit said: "120Hz mobile displays are not only a pleasure to view and use, but they also ensure mobile users can see every aspect of detailed screen action with the maximum possible fluidity. We are pleased to have partnered with Japan Display to revolutionize the mobile experience for consumers to experience premium technology". I think we've just seen the future of VR displays unveiled, and I would be confident in saying that this is the type of display that Oculus VR is waiting for its Rift CV1 (Consumer Version 1) headset.

Stolen laptop opens up 20,000 students in South Carolina to data theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:27 pm

Around 20,000 current and former students at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina are at risk of data theft following a stolen laptop taken from a staff office. Data taken includes names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of both students and faculty going back at almost seven years.

 

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The technical college will now use encryption software on all laptops and PCs, while those affected by the data breach are being contacted. The laptop was stolen on July 7 and an investigation is currently underway to try to identify those responsible.

 

"College officials were disappointed to learn that someone entered a staff member's office on campus and removed a computer," said Kim Huff, OC Tech VP of Business Affairs, in a statement. "We are evaluating our security controls to prevent further incidents."

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Chinese man in Canada arrested for hacking Lockheed Martin, Boeing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:44 pm

A Chinese citizen living in Canada has been arrested and is accused of hacking into Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other U.S. companies with government defense contracts. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Subin and Stephen Su, is accused of unlawfully accessing computers in the United States, according to the FBI, in an attempt to steal data on military projects.

 

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Su allegedly worked with two other hackers to steal data between 2009 and 2013, with some stolen information offered for sale to Chinese companies. Specifically, they had an interest in F-22, F35, and C-17 U.S. military aircraft - along with weapons programs currently being developed.

 

"We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft or sensitive information, and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime," said Marc Raimondi, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, in a statement.

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Imprisoned Manuel Noriega sues Activision for using his name, likeness

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and likeness in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The game was released in 2012 and features a character named Manuel Noriega assisting the CIA, and then the character betrays the U.S. later in the game.

 

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Noriega, the former leader of Panama, is serving a 20-year sentence in Panama, after already serving prison sentences in the United States and France. He is seeking damages and lost profits, claiming his character helped boost game sales. There have been a few high-profile lawsuits regarding video game character likeness, but this one will prove to be especially tricky to prove:

 

"In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," said Jas Purewal, interactive entertainment lawyer, in a statement to BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."

Google introduces 'Project Zero,' tasked with hunting down bugs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 6:46 pm

Google publicly announced its Project Zero, a new effort aimed at tracking software bugs, with a public vulnerability database also in the works. The company also recruited George Hotz, responsible for hacking the Sony PlayStation 3 and Apple iPhone, among other claims to fame, as an intern to help with the bug hunt.

 

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The Project Zero team will focus solely on tracking down bugs - not just for Google software - to help try to keep the Internet more secure. In addition, Google wants to better understand the techniques, targets and motivations of cybercriminals, as state-sponsored hacking becomes extremely prevalent.

 

"Once the bug report becomes public (typically once a patch is available), you'll be able to monitor vendor time-to-fix performance, see any discussion about exploitability, and view historical exploits and crash traces," said Chris Evans, responsible for leading Project Zero.

Netflix is no longer processing DVDs on Saturdays

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 5:00 pm

It's easy to forget that Netflix has DVDs at all. I've never had DVDs, but I watch the heck out of Netflix streaming in my house. If you are one of the hoards of user still getting physical DVDs from Netflix, you may not have noticed that the company stopped working on Saturdays.

 

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Netflix no longer ships DVDs on Saturdays and is now working a five-day week. The company has been transitioning away from the old six day per week schedule for the last year and ended Saturday processing in early June.

 

Netflix says that part of the reason it stopped processing on Saturdays is that more people are streaming reducing the pressure to get discs out quickly. If you are a Netflix subscriber, have you noticed any shipment differences since June?

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