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Taxi drivers in France threaten to block Paris roads because of Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

The roads leading into France's capital city may be in jeopardy this Monday, as Parisian taxi drivers are vowing to block major highways to protest the rise of Uber's ride-sharing service application - adding to yet another countries Taxi demographic unhappy with the company's offering.

 

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The court has refused a ban on the urban ride share service application Uber, seeing French cabbies threaten massive retaliation against the service that they claim is promoting unfair competition of their services.

 

UberPOP has a claimed 160,000 French users, with people being able to use their personal cars to transport passengers around at low rates. Taxi drivers are fed up with the recent rise in popularity of these services, bidding to the French commercial court to make a new law ot ensure Uber drivers have a harder time soliciting businesses. However, last Friday this law could not be enforced "until the government had published full details of the restrictions", as according to Business Insider.

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ShopAndroid are offering $5 Samsung Galaxy S5 cases for today only

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

If you're looking for a little extra protection, Shop Android are offering Samsung Galaxy S5 Amzer Pudding TPU cases for $5 - this deal is only available for today, closing in around 9 hours (at the time of this articles publication).

 

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As claimed through their description, this case is "made from multiple thermoacrylics" and will give you features including being "highly elastic and resistant to oils." If you're looking for hard-core protection, we suggest you look somewhere else as this is a 'skin' case. However if you're careful enough with your phone and want to stop the usual bumps, scrapes and bruises from day-to-day use - this solution might be for you.

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Destiny players are being banned by Bungie for using modded consoles

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

Bungie issued a release this week, stating that "something else that deserves mention is that the BanHammer has been a-swingin'. A review of the bans applied over the last week shows that all of the affected accounts had logged into Destiny on a modified console at some point", asking their customers to "play nice! And use the boxes that your favorite retailer 'gave' you."

 

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Given this quote they didn't outright tell consumers to only use non-modified consoles, but it's certainly heavily implied. They made sure to mention this console issue after commenting on their BanHammer, saying that "ninja Justice is always swift and final".

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'Spectre' script leaks online in latest Sony-Gate data dump

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

The Sony-Gate email data dump has been hugely damaging for Sony Pictures, since being exploited last month. Hackers, going by the name of 'Guardians of Peace' are promising even further leaks to come, but Sony Pictures have just taken another hit, with confirmation that an early version of the script to the next James Bond picture has been leaked online.

 

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The emails give an interesting insight into the production, which shows that the script was in a state of flux even up to last month, with revisions requested to the final act. CinemaBlend have given a comprehensive summary of the leak, although beware of the spoilers.

 

Bond production company EON has released an official statement, which confirms the validity of the leak. Last week, further emails revealed that the film's budget was ballooning, with producers scrambling to bring it back down.

Aiimbo hype builds - Rosalina aiimbo now exclusive to Target

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

"Tap amiibo figures to the Wii U GamePad controller to interact with compatible games-no portal required!" reads the official website constructed by Nintendo.

 

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Retailers are all looking for a slice of the pie, with Target gaining Nintendo's Rosalina aiimbo (with her Luma buddy) as a sole exclusive before her Febuary 2015 release. This information follows various other exclusives announced for retailers.

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iOS users care more about security, privacy than Android users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Google Android might have a significantly higher market share than Android iOS, but it appears iOS users take security and privacy a bit more seriously, according to iDrive. iOS users are more likely to keep data backed up, with 33 percent more photos and 20 percent more videos backed up when compared to Android users. Furthermore, iOS users also are 25 percent more likely to keep data secure with encryption.

 

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"iOS and Android both have users that land between 'Does not care at all' and 'Cares deeply' on the security and privacy awareness spectrum, but it's no coincidence that iOS users seem to rank higher," noted Patrick Nielsen, Kaspersky Lab Senior Security Researcher, in a statement published by PCWorld.

 

Both companies are taking mobile security seriously, but must now relay its importance down to users - especially with smartphone theft and cloud security remaining significant concerns.

The smartphone and tablet markets are quiet ahead of CES 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

CES 2015 is less than one month away, and many tech companies are gearing up for yet another hectic show from Las Vegas. However, the smartphone and tablet markets are surprisingly quiet as consumers and manufacturers prepare for a barrage of product announcements and public launches.

 

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AT&T will host a keynote and developer conference during CES 2015, but most other wireless carriers and manufacturers have remained relatively tightlipped.

 

It would appear some manufacturers preparing mobile products will wait until Mobile World Congress (MWC), a show dedicated specifically towards mobile products. This allows them to have more time to prepare products, while also ensuring their products won't be overwhelmed by every other consumer product highlighted in the Nevada desert.

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PlayStation Plus gave away more than $1,300 per subscriber in 2014

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

PlayStation Plus subscribers pay $50 per year, but Sony gave away more than $1,300 in games per subscriber in 2014, according to a report compiled by Push Square. The PS Plus service has 7.9 million subscribers, Sony said during its last earnings call two months ago.

 

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A Plus subscription provides PlayStation 4 multiplayer access, cloud-based storage, game discounts, Tune In radio access, and free games for the PS4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita.

 

Sony already is increasing its cloud computing capabilities, preparing to help usher gamers towards cloud-based gaming - and subscription services will be an important piece to the puzzle. The Japanese electronics company greatly relies on its PlayStation business, as the company continues to face financial pressure.

Sony warned before hack that its networks were vulnerable to attack

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

Before Sony Pictures Entertainment was compromised in a significant cyberattack that crippled its computer systems and led to large amounts of data stolen, the company was warned of lapses in cybersecurity. SPE's firewall and at least 100 other devices were being monitored by the studio's in-house team instead of Sony's corporate security team, according to an audit done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

 

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"Security incidents impacting these network or infrastructure devices may not be detected or resolved [in a] timely [manner]," according to a PrincewaterhouseCoopers confidential report available in September. Re/code received a copy of the report and indicated SPE knew of significant security problems, but had a slow reaction time before trying to resolve problems.

 

Hollywood studios and other major corporations have the opportunity to learn from SPE's significant data breach, at Sony's expense.

Report: Windows 10 will include Xbox app, Cortana integration

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

The Microsoft Windows 10 leaked consumer build (9901) indicates users will be able to enjoy an Xbox app, giving them access to friends list, Store, activity feeds, achievements, and additional features. Microsoft previously promised increased gaming integration into the Windows 10 OS, and this early build shows what the company has in mind.

 

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Meanwhile, Cortana in Windows 10 closely resembles the same orientation as Windows Phone, revealing Microsoft is serious about its efforts to make Windows similar across all platforms. Cortana was shown in early Windows 10 builds, but has been refined and looks significantly better in 9901, according to reports.

 

Microsoft will continue to promote its Windows 10 OS, as consumers and business users never truly jumped onboard the Windows 8/8.1 bandwagon.

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