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EA talks Battlefield Hardline, says BF4 launch was 'less than stellar'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago

Battlefield Hardline isn't too far away now, so EA is getting down and dirty with getting the game out there, with Mike Gloseski from EA taking to the official Battlefield website to talk the game up.

 

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Glosecki concentrated on the PC side of things, addressing the 'power of PCs', 'how stable will the game be on PC' and more. When talking about the power of PCs, Gloseski said that the PC "allows you to customize the experience to your liking" and that you can set specific graphical details in the game, compared to its console counterparts. He added: "You can adjust your field of view or run higher than 60 FPS if you choose. You can even play with a three monitor setup for an immersive experience. Lastly, you get to use a mouse and keyboard which gives you the best control setup for a first person shooter".

 

One of the better additions to this post was that he tackled a big question: "how stable will the game be on PC". Glosecki said: "I think we can all agree that Battlefield 4's stability at launch was less than stellar. In order to address stability for our game at launch, we've had the game up and running in the multiplayer environment for the last two years with both the development and quality assurance teams playing in daily matches". Another nice change is that the developer is "also making changes to Battlelog to include a new pop-up on how to activate the plugin in your browser since this was an issue for some of our players".

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This $70,000 customized Apple Watch is packed full of diamonds

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

With pre-orders currently open for the first batch that is set to ship out 4-6 weeks after the Apple Watch release, Brikk is looking to initially sell of 30 of these devices to hungry executives and celebrities.

 

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There are some much cheaper options available for around the $7,500 mark, however, for now we're focusing on the LUX Watch Omni which features 24K yellow gold and is priced between $69,995.00 - $74,995.00 as according to their website. Coming in a 38mm and 42mm face version, expect to receive goodies such as an aluminum zero Halliburton case with carbon fiber and suede leather interior, a certificate of authenticity with a diamond inside and your general inclusions of a charging cable, charging plug and user guide.

 

Yes, you read that properly - even the certificate of authenticity comes with a diamond located within.

 

If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself, head along to their website and pay the small $10,000 pre-order deposit to start the ordeal. I wonder if they bring it to you via private jet and a butler - or will UPS do?

The FCC passes Net Neutrality, the strongest set of rules yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week ago

Great news everyone! The FCC has just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules that have ever been placed onto paper in the United States.

 

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The new rules haven't been seen by anyone outside of the US government or the FCC, so we don't know what the details of these documents state apart from the fact that the FCC now considers, and looks at the Internet as a public utility in the same vein the government looks at power and water. It gives the FCC the keys to the Internet kingdom.

 

The FCC has signed on a new Net Neutrality set of rules, but we can't say it's great because we haven't read the details of the paper. No one has. Wouldn't you like to read the new set of rules that give the FCC the power of owning the Internet as a utility? I know I would.

Study: Gamers buy PlayStation 4 for graphics, Xbox One for brand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week ago

Console gamers chose the Sony PlayStation 4 for "better resolution," the Microsoft Xbox One for the "brand," and Nintendo Wii because of the console's "fun factor," according to a report from Nielsen. Processing speed was the only similar response between Xbox One and PS4 gamers, with

 

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In addition, nine out of 10 survey respondents said they owned previous generation consoles - 86 percent of Wii U owners have owned a Wii and 76 percent of Xbox One owners had an Xbox 360. The 2014 holiday shopping season helped gamers upgrade their hardware from the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, as they transitioned to newer game platforms.

 

Both PC and console gamers can be thankful for increasingly sophisticated hardware - and more visually appealing game titles - as the gaming industry continues to evolve.

Kaspersky: 28% of mobile users don't have knowledge of malware attacks

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

Twenty-eight percent of consumers know nothing or very little about mobile malware, while another 26 percent said they are aware of cyber threats but aren't worried, according to the "Consumer Security Risk" survey from Kaspersky Lab.

 

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In addition, 31 percent of Google Android smartphones and 41 percent of tablets aren't password-protected, while 58 percent of Android smartphones and 63 percent of tablets have some form of anti-virus software.

 

"It is not surprising that mobile users are facing online threats more often now: devices are capable of doing so much more, and many more people are using them, so of course they will attract fraudsters," said Victor Yablokov, head of mobile product line at Kaspersky Lab. "To avoid falling victim to scams, users are advised to protect their devices against cyber threats and be especially careful with any sensitive data store on them."

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Official: Cyber doomsday less likely as continued low-level attacks

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

Even with the rising sophistication of cyberespionage campaigns, US critical infrastructure is less likely to suffer from a single major incident - and faces a higher risk of continued low-to-medium attacks.

 

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"Rather than a 'cyber-Armageddon' scenario that debilitates the entire US infrastructure, we envision something different," said James Clapper, director of national intelligence, in a recent report. "We foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyberattacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security."

 

Clapper's statements were made as part of a report submitted to the Senate committee, with growing concern regarding cybersecurity.

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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition to be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Overkill Software has announced that Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will be released for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 this June. The game will run in 1080p, with the game studio also including enhanced textures, and faster frame rates for console players.

 

 

"We're relaunching Payday 2 for the new platforms," said Almir Listo, producer at Overkill Software, told Eurogamer. "You'll get a year's worth of post-launch updates for the PC version available from the get-go - that's both the paid-for and free content."

 

Payday 2 has racked up 9 million copies sold for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 after launching in August 2013.

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FireEye: Breach detection time is dropping, averages 205 days

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

FireEye's Mandiant found that the average data breach was discovered in 205 days, dropping from 229 days (2013) and 243 days (2012). Enterprises were only able to self-detect 31 percent of breaches, with third-parties and the government helping identify cybersecurity incidents.

 

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Companies are becoming more vigilant in detecting cybercrime-related activity, such as credit card companies noticing fraudulent behavior.

 

"Over the last several years, organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gotten increasingly involved in notifying US businesses that they have been identified as being compromised," said Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, in a statement to eWEEK. "The result of the FBI's efforts has led to increasing numbers of victim notifications."

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Pebble CEO says his company isn't intimidated by Apple Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week ago

Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble is looking forward to the future, and understands challenges loom ahead in the increasingly competitive market. However, as of Wednesday night, the Pebble Kickstarter had support from 46,645 backers, generating $10,033,525 - all with 29 days left to go.

 

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When asked about Apple's looming launch of the Apple Watch wearable, this is what was said:

 

"I think you do exactly what we're doing now, which is going to the community that has supported us from the beginning," said Eric Migicovsky, co-founder and CEO of Pebble, while speaking on CNBC's "Squad Alley."

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BlackBerry working with Google to better secure Android mobile OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Google is receiving help from BlackBerry to make it safer and more secure to switch from personal use and work use on Android-powered smartphones.

 

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"BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can confidently deploy on all major mobile platforms within their organization," said Billy Ho, EVP of enterprise products at BlackBerry.

 

BlackBerry wants to increase its BES12 software client base, while Google wants to use the company's "highly secure mobility solution." BES12 will be available during Q2 2015, though an invite-only preview will be released sometime next month. Smartphones can use BES12 if they are not already using Android for Work.

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