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Businesses struggle to fight against ransomware cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Ransomware infections tend to be a frightening scenario for businesses often caught off-guard when an employee mistakenly compromises a workplace machine.

 

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Cybersecurity experts are increasingly worried about ransomware, one of the fastest rising hacker-related crimes, which demands a ransom payment in exchange for files held hostage. The traditional method of infection is a malicious file attached to an email, but criminals are finding ways to point victims to hijacked websites.

 

Unless home users or companies have data backed up, and are careful of emails opened and websites visited, ransomware can prove especially catastrophic. Even though US government and private sector cybersecurity experts warn against paying ransoms, many companies choose to pay the ransom and move on.

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Apple Watch reviews are in, with mostly iPositive things to say

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A few technology journalists have gotten some wrist-on time with the Apple Watch, throwing out their reviews on Apple's first wearable: Watch. It looks like most say it's the best smartwatch out there, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows for Watch.

 

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The New York Times has said "unlike previous breakthrough Apple products, the Watch's software requires a learning curve that may deter some people. There's a good chance it will not work perfectly for most consumers right out of the box, because it is best after you fiddle with various software settings to personalize use. Indeed, to a degree unusual for a new Apple device, the Watch is not suited for tech novices".

 

The Verge was more than happy with Apple Watch, with a snippet of their review teasing: "There's no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today. It is one of the most ambitious products I've ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it's not clear that anyone's yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for".

 

There are other reviews too, which you can find below:

 

Re/Code

Bloomberg

The Wall Street Journal

CNET

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will support DX12, and AMD's TressFX 3.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Eidos-Montreal has shown off the official CGI trailer of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, something you can watch below, but the studio has also teased that the sequel to Human Revolution will have some nice tricks up its sleeve in the graphics department.

 

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses the latest version of the impressive Dawn Engine, which was specificially built for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. AMD has been working closely with the studio under its Gaming Evolved program, which means we'll see full support for Windows 10 and DirectX 12, as well as TressFX 3.0.

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Rebuttal of gutless LoL community claim

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Yesterday we covered an extremely popular Reddit thread on /r/LeagueofLegends which labeled the LoL community as gutless and willing to spend money on whatever Riot provided no matter how good or bad their services may be.

 

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In the form of a public rebuttal, Reddit user BadassGhost takes the opposite standpoint, claiming that Riot games is one of few companies whom actually listen to community feedback and boycotting their income will see negative implications rather than positive change.

 

With an up-voted score of 1027 at the time of writing this article, one disgruntled user replied "both threads are overly extreme. It's not all black and white and the majority of this sub is too immature to get this."

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Semmler and fnatic's Devilwalk join the ESL CS:GO casting crew

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A massive 11-person strong casting team will be covering ESL's upcoming $48,000 pro series finals including professional gamer analysts, colorful shoutcasters and experienced observers.

 

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Notably joining the list is analyst and fnatic CS:GO manager Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg and experienced shoutcaster Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat who are set to help enlighten and entertain CS:GO fans new and old.

 

Here is the full list of commentators and support staff Thanks to HLTVorg.

 

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'Need for Speed' movie sequel revving into action

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Last year's big screen adaptation of Electronic Arts 'Need for Speed' franchise might have hit a wall with disappointing returns of a little over $200 million worldwide on a $66 million budget, but strong interest from the Chinese domestic market has ensured that a sequel is speeding into production.

 

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Variety is reporting that a Chinese venture partnership that last year partly financed 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is behind the efforts to produce a sequel, with an agreement with EA now in place. The title is especially lucrative to the Chinese market considering that a third of the film's entire worldwide box office was raised in the Chinese market. The only current roadblock is Dreamworks pictures who hold the rights, but with apparently little desire to move ahead, could conceivably be transferred with the right amount of cash.

 

As of now, there's currently no word on a script or cast, but the partnership have assured that much of the film would be filmed in China, with Chinese cast members and could begin as early as this year if negotiations conclude successfully.

Google reportedly planning monthly subscription service for YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

According to an e-mail sent out to Google partners today, the Mountain View-based search giant will soon be offering a monthly subscription service to YouTube, which would offer an ad-free experience.

 

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The e-mail says: "Your fans want choices. Not only do they want to watch what they want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose, they want YouTube features built specifically with their needs in mind. Over the past several months, we've taken bold new steps to bring these experiences to life. Since inviting hundreds of thousands of fans into our YouTube Music Key Beta, we've seen tremendous engagement. And we've seen an equally enthusiastic response for our new YouTube Kids app, designed to give families a simpler and safer video-viewing experience- it's already crossed 2 million installations in less than one month.

 

We're excited to build on this momentum by taking another big step in favor of choice: offering fans an ads-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee. By creating a new paid offering, we'll generate a new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue".

 

We should expect YouTube to unveil its monthly subscription service before the end of the year, with a sure to be competitive price.

Frostbite Technical Director wants DX12 and Windows 10 for next-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Technical Director on Frostbite, EA and DICE's incredible engine that powers Battlefield and Dragon's Age: Inquisition to name a few games, has taken to Twitter to tease the next-gen Frostbite engine.

 

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Johan Andersson has said that he wants to see the minimum specification for Frostbite-powered games in 2016 to be Windows 10, DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0. He said that this would "a bit aggressive" but we would see "major benefits". He said in a reply to EVGA's Product Manager, Jacob Freeman, "get rid of the Windows legacy and reap the benefits of a modern graphics API & memory management (WDDM 2.0)".

 

With Microsoft offering some users an upgrade to Windows 10 for free, next-gen gaming is going to be in for a big surprise on PC. But, the big question is: will EA see the install base significant enough to make DX12 and thus, Windows 10, the minimum spec for games? I would say definitely not, but we could see things shift as we move into 2016 with DX12, Windows 10, the big push into VR, and so much more.

 

Andersson himself notes a big push into DX12 and Windows 10 as a minimum requirement is very "aggressive", but you know what? That's what we need right now: an aggressive push into something new. If the next iteration of Frostbite is a revolutionary leap in graphics, physics, and animation, it could very well be just the thing EA needs to solidify itself into the PC gaming space.

Visceral Games boss leaves the studio after nearly 15 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Visceral Games has only just launched Battlefield Hardline after quite the headline-grabbing development of the game, with the studio's Vice President and General Manager, Steve Papoutsis, leaving the company.

 

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Papoutsis had been with EA for nearly 15 years, working on a bunch of huge games like the Battlefield series and Dead Space. He then took over on Battlefield Hardline, but an EA spokesperson has confirmed that he is no longer with the company. EA added: "we are thankful for Steve's many contributions to EA and wish him the best".

 

Scott Probst, who has been a Producer with EA, and is the son of EA's Chairman, Larry Probst, is now the new boss of Visceral Games. An EA spokesperson told Polygon: "The Visceral team continues to be focused on new game content for Battlefield Hardline including expansion packs, as well as new development projects".

Russian government blamed for hacking White House in cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Russian government is being blamed for hacking into a computer system used by the White House, and the hackers were able to view classified information. It's possible the cyber intrusion, with alleged ties to the US State Department breach, was in retaliation for sanctions against Russia.

 

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However, White House officials didn't specifically single out Russia for launching the cyberattack - but there is an active investigation by the Secret Service, FBI and US intelligence agencies. "In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity," said Mark Stroh, National Security Council spokesman. "As has been our position, we are not going to comment on [this] article's attribution to specific actors."

 

Not surprisingly, the Kremlin has issued a statement saying Russia is a constant scapegoat for organized cyberattacks: "In regard to CNN's sources, I don't know who their sources are," said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a statement published by RT. "We know that blaming everything on Russia has already turned into some sort of sport."

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