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Research reveals 57% of dark web is illicit material

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

The darknet, or dark web, is a conglomeration of hidden services and websites that are accessible only through the Tor network. And as it would turn out, recently published research shows that over 57% of those hidden websites also happen to have some kind of illegal content on them.

 

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The researchers, Daniel Moore and Thomas Rid from King's College London, created a custom script that parsed through some 5,025 live .onion based websites and found that 1,547 hosted some kind of material that's criminal in nature. The leading activity seems to surround drugs, with financial related criminal enterprises taking in a close second.

 

It's not necessarily a surprising finding, given that the idea of privacy and security tend to attract the unsavory types by their very nature. But the researchers do note that it doesn't have to be that way. And that perhaps removing hidden services from Tor could help, somehow.

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As FineBros continues to be hammered, Mega64 announces own trademark

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

The Fine Brothers Entertainment company has seen a lot of internet hate recently, attempting to fully copyright 'reaction videos' and telling members of the YouTube community that partnering with (and paying them) for this type of content is beneficial for all.

 

 

In response to this announcement was a 'reaction to the Fine Bros React' by satirical comedians Mega64, releasing a video depicting its plans to react videos made outside.

 

Giving a shoutout to 'money', this comedy trio explains that the new trademark is made purely to be beneficial to the wider social networking community, sacrificing themselves for the greater good.

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EA wins 'best game demo of the year' award from MEGA64 for Star Wars

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Winning the best demo of the year award from MEGA64's famous and over the top yearly game awards was one of Electronic Arts' biggest 2015 releases, Star Wars Battlefront.

 

 

"Yo, they gave you 90% of the game in the beta!" Proclaimed the enthusiastic hosts, explaining that this title was their favorite demo (or beta) throughout the entirety of 2015. Also making the list was a shout out to the best mini game, poking fun at The Order 1866 and its short storyline.

 

Other comedic inputs included the worst 'story mode' being Minecraft (there is no story) and plenty of other over the top gaming references. Without spoiling any other award-winning titles for you, check out the full video above if you're interested in dry gaming humor. There are some possibly-NSFW things happening throughout the show, so you might want to wait until you're home to witness the action.

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Hitman's new 'World of Assassination' trailer released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days ago

Square Enix is preparing for the launch of Hitman, which is now in episodic form, with a new 'World of Assassination' trailer - check it out, below.

 

 

The trailer says "we live in a world of assassination, and once you know... there's no going back". It does a great job of pulling you into the Hitman world without playing the game, and I felt better after watching the 1-minute 50-second video than I did watching the absymal Hitman movie late last year.

 

The PS4 version of Hitman will also be receiving exclusive content, as we reported on yesterday.

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Blizzard teases the return of the Overwatch beta for February 9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

Blizzard will be re-opening the closed beta of Overwatch on February 9, after it was taken offline in December, and pushed into February 2016 release from its original January 2016 re-release into the beta world.

 

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Once the Overwatch beta is back and kicking again, it'll feature two new maps, a new game mode, a new progression system, and new updates to both the private games, and character balancing. Blizzard has said that these are the areas it would work on the most when it took the beta down in December.

 

You can sign up for the Overwatch beta, but those who were involved in the original beta will get in without a problem. Overwatch officially launches later in the spring, for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Audio streaming service Deezer to come pre-loaded on Honor phones

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

Audio streaming service Deezer will come pre-loaded on Huawei's Honor smartphones in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia starting today.

 

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Deezer boasts 40 million songs as well as 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks, and includes features like personal mixes. The company also hosts great live sessions like this one.

 

If you haven't been keeping up, Huawei recently became the #1 smartphone provider in China and #2 provider in Europe. Speculation says they're poised to overtake Samsung before long; the Deezer deal should only help that aim.

Rainbow Six: Siege's update 'Operation Black Ice' is out now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

Rainbow Six: Siege has received its first major update, with Operation Black Ice now available for the PC. The update provides gamers with the new Yacht map, two new JTF2 operators, new weapon skins, a spectator camera, and a bunch of fixes.

 

 

The new patch includes operator shouts being muted for the enemy team, which allows for stealthy approaches. Ranked and custom games see defenders being able to vote for the objection location they want to defend. Rainbow Six: Siege's latest update also reduces bull train intensity, increased the flashbang's range of effect, reduces noise levels of multiple Defender gadgets, adds map and mode name display during loading and planning phase screens, alters matchmaking timer display, and introduces individual spawn location selection for each Attacker.

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YouTube Red's first original series 'Scare Pewdiepie' debuts Feb 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

We're finally seeing the fruits of Alphabet's labor with YouTube Red, with the company promising original content for subscribers who cough up $10 per month.

 

 

Well, the first YouTube Red original series features none other than infamous YouTuber 'Pewdiepie', with 'Scare Pewdiepie' being the first show off the rank. Pewdiepie's "reality-adventure" will continue his work from YouTube, but there will also be three movies released onto YouTube Red from Astronauts Wanted and Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth.

 

There'll also be a release from Lazer Tech, a documentary called A Trip To Unicorn Island, which covers Singh's 30-city world tour. When YouTube Red's original shows were announced in November 2015, we were promised 10 projects - so we should expect 7 more programs and movies to be released, including a project from CollegeHumor.

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Crytek announces 'Earth Shaker' coop challenge for Warface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Crytek's free-to-play first-person shooter Warface is getting a fresh dab of paint, with the developer announcing a new cooperative "Earth Shaker" challenge on its way. Crytek released a trailer, which we've got below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

As for Earth Shaker, Crytek explains: "Operation Earth Shaker invites players to join forces and ascend through an enemy base constructed inside a cavernous volcano. As they progress, Warface operatives will face new trials at every turn, including a hailstorm of incoming fire from the advanced gun turrets that guard the facility".

 

The developer continues: "Each of the five turret types poses a unique strategic threat that can only be neutralized with tactical teamwork. Alongside the turrets, enemy personnel wielding heavy duty weapons add another explosive element to contend with - ensuring players have to be at the top of their game to clear one secured area and move on to the next. Those who survive to see the base's uppermost level will soon discover that they've stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire as they encounter a deadly new boss. This final layer of high-tech security proves Blackwood will stop at nothing to protect - and eventually detonate - the giant Seismic Activity Generator housed within the volcano".

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Fitbit introduces Alta, a stylish new customisable activity tracker

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Market leading fitness tracking outfit Fitbit announced a forthcoming new model overnight, dubbed 'Alta', which the company hopes will reinvigorate the low-end of the market.

 

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With a slimmer profile thanks to the use of a new OLED display, and a stylish design which caters for the more fashion-conscious who like to bling their accessories, the Alta will come to market with an array of replacement bands, including a 'stainless steel silver bangle' (and a gold option coming down the line) and looks to be unashamedly marketed at the ladies. Unlike the top-end Fitbit Charge HR and Surge activity trackers, the Alta doesn't feature an in-built heart rate monitor, but does include the usual features such as activity and exercise tracking, alongside sleep monitoring and a new 'reminders to move' nudges to get you up and away from the computer desk, and SMS and call notifications previously only found in the Surge.

 

The Fitbit Alta is due to hit the market next month for $130 USD and $199 AUD, alongside the new Fitbit Blaze.

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