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Lizard Squad says it hacked Lenovo website, and emails were taken

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

In retaliation for loading PCs with Superfish adware, the Lizard Squad hacker group reportedly hacked the Lenovo website on Wednesday. Website visitors saw a slideshow of people singing "Breaking Free" into their webcams, instead of the normal Lenovo website.

 

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"We regret any inconvenience that our users may have if they are not able to access parts of our site at this time," Lenovo said in a statement. "We are actively reviewing our network security and will take appropriate steps to bolster our site and to protect the integrity of our users' information."

 

It has been a terrible month for Lenovo, with the company confirming - and apologizing - for its use of Superfish, and then being hacked by the Lizard Squad. The hacker group reportedly used the Webnic.cc domain name registrar, a Malaysian company, to hijack the website's Domain Name System (DNS).

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Lytro receives $50 million investment, will put it into VR and video

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

Lytro is a name that is usually associated with premium cameras, but the company has just secured itself $50 million in funding from GSV Capital, that it will use to push into the worlds of VR and video.

 

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The company will lay off around 25 to 50 of its 130 employees, but it will be acquiring new talent with knowledge in VR and video. With Lytro concentrating, at least before this investment, on tubelike, selective-focus cameras, it would make sense for the company to make a splash in the world of virtual reality, and video.

 

VR video from a company with an eye for detail like Lytro feels like a match made in Heaven, where we could see the real-world captured in stunning 360-degree goodness. Lytro is still working on its third-generation camera for 2016, which the company teases "should be pretty intriguing".

Dying Light: My Apocalypse Version costs $386,000... includes a house

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

Techland, the developer behind Dying Light, has announced a special edition of the game that costs an insane $386,000. Yes, nearly half a million dollars for a video game.

 

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The My Apocalypse Collectors Edition costs $386,000 but includes a real-world zombie-proof shelter, a round trip package to visit the Techland studio in Poland, night vision goggles, parkour lessons, Razer Tiamat headphones, and much more. Techland will be offering up just a single version of the My Apocalypse Collectors Edition, which is available exclusively through UK retailer GAME.

 

At least for that $386,000 you're getting a real-world "zombie apocalypse-proofed house" that Tiger Log Cabins will build for you. The zombie-proof house will come with some bells and whistles, including live-in amenities, as well as a TV, Xbox One and a sound system.

YouTube isn't making money, even with those countless views on videos

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

Google isn't seeing any profits out of YouTube, according to The Wall Street Journal. The video streaming giant that Google has pushing out billions of views of cat videos, DC Toy Collector unwrapping various toys and chocolates, and more pulled $4 billion of revenues in 2014. This is up from $3 billion in 2013.

 

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YouTube's revenues were up $1 billion last year most likely because of Google introducing premium ads in the form of "Google Preferred". Business Insider reports that YouTube's main problem is that "people generally only watch its videos when they're embedded in other sites", but I don't know if that claim is really what happens out in the real-world.

 

Google now wants people to begin visiting YouTube's homepage in the same fashion that they turn the TV on, expecting to view high-quality content across various channels, again, in the same way they would on TV. This is a big part of the reason it has been signing over big checks to original content creators, in the hopes it will pull over more viewers.

EA Access members get access to Battlefield Hardline five days early

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

Battlefield Hardline has a launch date of March 17, but it will release five days earlier for EA Access members, with those gamers able to play the cops-and-robbers first-person shooter from EA and Visceral Games on my birthday, March 12. EA Access is an exclusive to the Xbox One, which means no early play for PC or PlayStation gamers.

 

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The five-day trial will allow EA Access members to play the full version of Battlefield Hardline, but for only 10 hours in total. EA Access normally offers six hours of trial before the game goes live, so this is a nice four hour addition. The entire game will be accessible: all maps and modes in Battlefield Hardline's multiplayer component will be playable. As for the single player side of the game, only the first chapter of the story and the prologue will be made available.

 

Any and all progress will be carried over to the full game when it launches on March 17, which is a nice touch. EA Access customers can purchase Battlefield Hardline from the Xbox Games Store with a 10% discount, dropping its $59.99 price down to $53.99.

Rocksteady teases Batman: Arkham Knight 'Gotham is Mine' trailer

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

Rocksteady Games has unveiled the official Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, dubbed "Gotham is Mine". The trailer shows off what we can expect from the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Batman: Arkham trilogy.

 

 

The developer says: "As Scarecrow unites the Rogues Gallery, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, they bring all-out war as they try to take down The Dark Knight, and claim Gotham City as their own". The trailer doesn't show off much actual gameplay, but it does provide a great tease of all the characters and environments we'll get to see, and explore.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 2, 2015.

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PS4 exclusive 'Hunger' looks like nothing you've ever seen before

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

For fans of LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStation, you might be interested in taking a look at 'Hunger' from Tarsier. Tarsier was actually behind the PS Vita version of LittleBigPlanet, but their new game is shaping up to be something very special, exclusive to the PS4.

 

 

In Hunger you play a girl that is trapped in a beautiful labyrinth that is filled with monsters and all sorts of gorgeous environments with very realistic lighting, shadows and physics judging by the teaser video above. Tarsier is focusing on tactile controls, very unique camera perspectives, and characters with "soft, dark centers".

 

We should expect to see more of Hunger at GDC 2015, if not I'm sure we'll get more of a taste for the PS4 exclusive at E3 2015 in June.

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Oculus announces Mobile VR Jam 2015 with $1 million in prizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 1 week ago

Oculus has just announced the new Mobile VR Jam 2015 event, where the Facebook-owned VR giant wants to see the best new games, apps, and experiences for the Gear VR Innovator Edition.

 

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Strangely, you might have noticed this isn't for its own VR headset, the Rift. This is a mobile event, so the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is at the center of this event. Oculus is putting up a huge $1 million prize pool that will be split in two: one for VR games, and the other for VR experiences and apps. Oculus says: "The Mobile VR Jam is an opportunity to build groundbreaking new experiences in collaboration with other passionate VR pioneers, and win cash prizes for innovative uses of VR-specific interactions and pushing the medium forward".

 

The Mobile VR Jam 2015 takes place between April 13 and May 11 with the winners announced on June 4. Interesting timing, as it is just ahead of E3 2015, where I expect we can see some very big things for the world of VR, that is, after GDC 2015 comes and goes which is going to be big for VR as it is.

HGST prepares 10TB HDDs, the first helium-filled HDDs using SMR tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

HGST is preparing to launch its new 10TB helium-filled HDDs based on shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology, which will see 1.43TB per platter inside of the massive HDD.

 

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The 10TB HDD will arrive in the 3.5-inch form factor on the SATA 6Gbps bus, 128MB of cache, a five-year warranty, two million hour meantime between failure (MTBF) rating, and Instant Secure Erase features. Vice President of Product Marketing for HGST, Brendan Collins, said: "With ever-increasing pressures on corporate and cloud data centers to improve storage efficiencies and reduce costs, HGST is at the forefront delivering a revolutionary new solution that significantly improves data center TCO on virtually every level - capacity, power, cooling and storage density - all in the same 3.5-inch form factor".

 

Collins continued: "Not only is our new Ultrastar helium hard drive helping customers solve data center challenges today, our mainstream helium platform will serve as the future building block for new products and technologies moving forward. This is a huge feat, and we are gratified by the support of our customers in the development of this platform".

 

The division of Western Digital is planning to launch the 10TB HDD next month, with rumors circling that they are also working on a new six-platter version that would feature 1.66TB per platter.

Pebble raises over $5m in less than 24 hours for its new smartwatch

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

We knew a new Pebble smartwatch was coming, but what we didn't know is that it would appear on Kickstarter and create black hole for consumers money to be sucked into.

 

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Pebble had a $500,000 funding goal for its new smartwatch, reaching this goal in 17 minutes. Yes, seventeen minutes. Would be customers of the new smartwatch pledged over $5 million in less than 24 hours, making the new Pebble Time smartwatch one of the most funded projects on Kickstarter, ever.

 

The new Pebble Time smartwatch features a new "timeline interface" and a new color e-paper display with a built-in microphone that you can use to response to notifications. There's up to 7 days of battery life, and its water resistant, too. The new Pebble Time is backwards compatible with the 6500+ existing Pebble apps and watch faces, with three colors to choose from exclusively on Kickstarter.

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