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Russia reportedly using cyberattacks to disrupt Ukraine

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 12:18 pm

Russia and Ukraine are locked in a tense political situation which has spilled over into the digital world, with both countries reportedly launching cyberattacks against one another. Security experts believe even if physical military skirmishes don't take place, there will be continued cyberattacks on both sides.

 

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The Russian military is accused of knocking out mobile phone networks in the Ukraine, with social media and news sites defaced and temporarily replaced with propaganda.

 

"I confirm that an... attack is underway on mobile phones of members of the Ukrainian parliament for the second day in a row," said Valentyn Nalivaichenko, Ukrainian security chief, at a press conference.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls detailed in new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 11:29 am

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launches on March 25, so to get gamers ready for its release Blizzard has detailed the changes that will arrive in a new pre-expansion patch.

 

 

This includes a special 50% XP boost that will help gamers prepare for Reaper of Souls. Reaper of Souls will include Act V of the game, "which continues the Diablo III story where it left off, taking players through the legendary city of Westmarch and to the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress, to bring Malthael, fallen Archangel of Wisdom, to justice".

 

There's a new Crusader class to play, who is a "righteous warrior clad in massive armor and bearing an impenetrable shield", a new Adventure Mode where "all waypoints are unlocked, so players can go anywhere, slay anything" and finally, a completely redesigned Loot System, where "quality over quantity, including game-changing Legendaries".

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Razer shows its in-house designed mechanical keys designed for gaming

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 11:23 am

Razer recently revealed two of its in-house designed and engineered mechanical keys: Green and Orange Razer mechanical switches. The company behind many well known gaming oriented hardware claims that these switches are made specifically for gaming.

 

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Razer claims that since traditional mechanical switches are made designed primarily for typing, these are designed and made from scratch for gaming. The green variant offers tactile feedback with an audible click and with an actuation force of 50 g. The orange counterpart also offers tactile feedback but without the click and with the actuation force of 45 g. Razer also claims that its mechanical keys are rated up to 60 million operations, while Cherry keys are rated up to 50 million operations.

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9/11 attack to be shown in a new light, with footage from space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 10:57 am

The 9/11 attacks on the United States, and primarily New York City and the World Trade Center buildings was a world-changing event. But to see it taking place from space would've been a completely new angle, something that a British news channel will be revealing to the world in the coming weeks.

 

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Channel 4, a public service TV station based in the UK, has announced it will show footage from September 11, 2001 that was captured from the International Space Station (ISS) by the only American on-board the ISS at the time, Frank Culbertson. Culbertson was notified that something had happened in New York, and was quick to work out that he would be passing over the city soon.

 

He told Space.com last year: "I zipped around the station until I found a window that would give me a view of New York City and grabbed the nearest camera. The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at New York around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower".

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Sony Computer Entertainment America boss stepping down on April 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 10:25 am

Jack Tretton, the current President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) is stepping down from his position on April 1, 2014. Replacing him will be the current Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) VP and COO, Shawn Layden.

 

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Tretton has been with the company for quite a long time - 19 years - and has said that it has been the most rewarding experience of his career. Tretton added that he'll miss the talented team he has been working with all this time, and the passion of Sony's fans. It's not all sad news, as he is excited about what comes next in his career.

 

Since SCEA's opening in 1995, Tretton has been with the company, serving as a founding member of the executive team. He was involved with every launch of the PlayStation platform in the US, a big task on its own. Sony said in a statement that it didn't renew its contract with Tretton as a mutual decision between the two. No exact reason was given for his departure from the position.

 

It should place at least a small cloud of doubt over Sony, as it is seeing great early success with its PlayStation 4.

Shaquille O'Neal takes to IndieGoGo for his sequel to Shaq Fu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 9:37 am

Oh my... Shaquille O'Neal is making a sequel to Shaq Fu, and has taken to IndieGoGo for the $450,000 he needs to make it happen. You might want to fund it, after you've checked out the trailer below:

 

 

Considering Shaq has mountains of money, why does he need to ask for crowdfunded money to get his game off the ground? Here's the explanation:

 

He is the best center ever to play the game. Of course he's got money, and yes he will be investing a lot of his own time and money in this project. We will be investing considerably more of our own money in the game than we are asking for.

 

The purpose of bringing the game to the public is to see how much interest there is in becoming Shaq's partner and in seeing the game happen. In exchange for your help, Shaq, is offering unprecedented access to his life with incredible perks. Here are some highlights:

 

  • Bag a signed original size 22 Shaq Attack sneaker!
  • Play basketball with Shaq, on his own court, at his house!
  • Have Shaq, become your personal secretary by recording your voicemail!
  • Have lunch or dinner with the big man for you and your friends!
  • Be part of the taping of a TNT show at an NBA game!

 

This isn't about a celebrity giving away a trinkets for cash, this is a true partnership. We think it is unprecedented. Shaq is ready and willing to work for your support and you can bet that he'll be grateful for every cent and every plug he gets. He loves his fans and to be able to collaborate with them on something like this has him (and us!) really excited.

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Ubisoft explains why it delayed Watch Dogs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 8:29 am

When Ubisoft delayed Watch Dogs, most expected it to have very nefarious reasoning behind it, but it's not that drastic. Watch Dogs' Senior Producer, Dominic Guay, wrote on Ubisoft's official blog, giving his version of the events.

 

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Guay said it came down to issues with planning and testing, adding that Watch Dogs was complete, and playable from "front-to-back". He said that getting everything together and working like it needed to for launch "takes time", and "it's really hard to predict how much time that's going to take".

 

So now we know that Watch Dogs was complete, but needed that final spit polish before it was released to the foaming mouths of gamers across the world. Personally, I think there were some last minute performance issues that needed to be fixed up - with some of the videos I've seen (online, and in-person) not looking that great when the action on-screen was hectic. At the end of the day, I just want me some Watch Dogs.

Tomb Raider reboot has sold over six million copies so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 7:30 am

The Tomb Raider reboot was released early last year, and recently re-released as the "Definitive Edition" on next-gen consoles. Tomb Raider has rocked back and forth from success, to a worry, but now it is definitely leaning toward being a big success.

 

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Square Enix's Head of Studios, Darrell Gallagher, has said: "By the end of this month we will surpass 6 million units for our Tomb Raider reboot, and, having achieved profitability back in 2013 Tomb Raider has exceeded profit expectations and continues to make significant contributions to our overall financial performance".

 

It looks like Lara Croft is back and in business, so I'm sure we'll hear about a sequel to Tomb Raider soon enough.

New software goes on the hunt for infected apps in Google Play store

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 7:16 am

Researchers from Saarland University in Germany created a unique piece of software designed to help keep Google Android users more secure. Specifically, the "Chabada" detection software helps scan apps to see if they are possibly infected.

 

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App functionality is quickly scanned, and the software is able to identify if an app does something overly suspicious. Google reportedly is interested to have the entire Google App store searched to see which malicious apps may have slipped in.

 

"Apps whose functionality is described in the app store should behave accordingly," said Andreas Zeller, Saarland University professor of software engineering, in a statement. "If that is not the case, they are suspect."

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VLC for Windows 8 to release on March 10th

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 7, 2014 6:48 am

Users will now be able to get their hands-on the first public release of VLC media player for Windows 8 via the Windows store on March 10th, coming this Monday. The announcement was made by VideoLAN via its Twitter account.

 

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Earlier in 2012, VLC started a Kickstarter campaign which ended as a success in raising the necessary funds. Along the way, VideoLAN showed off their work-in-progress media app player. Some time ago, it was reported that VLC was passed to have its passed and will be placed on the app store. Now that the team was able to take care of last minute bug fixes, it was two days away for its release.

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