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Adobe hit with cyber attack, up to 2.9 million accounts at risk

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 4:36 am

Adobe has been hit with a cyber attack, with the hackers taking information from up to 2.9 million Adobe customers. The hackers were able to access Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords, but customer names, encrypted debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates and order information was stolen.

 

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As you can imagine, this is quite bad. Adobe says that the intruders most likely didn't access any decrypted information, which means your credit card details should be safe. The 2.9 million affected customers will see their passwords reset, with Adobe offering one year of free credit card monitoring to make sure that malicious purchases aren't made.

 

A separate, but possibly related attack also saw the source code to a number of Adobe's products taken, including Acrobat and ColdFusion. Adobe says there is no "specific increased risk to customers" due to its source code being stolen.

HTC's Q3 2013 sees $101 million operating loss

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 3:34 am

We know HTC aren't doing well, but it looks like the problem it is going through is continuing. The Taiwanese manufacturer has posted up its preliminary unaudited financial results for Q3 2013, posting an operating loss of $101 million.

 

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This is the first operating loss in HTC's history, but take a look at the break down in its Q3 2013 financials:

 

  • Total revenues of $1.6 billion (NT$47.05 billion)
  • Operating loss before tax of $119.4 million (NT$3.50 billion)
  • Operating loss after tax of $101.3 million (NT$2.97 billion)
  • Earnings per share after tax of -$0.12 (-NT$3.58)

South Park's latest episode revolves around Minecraft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:34 am

South Park has been here before, revolving an episode around a video game, back in 2006, South Park aired "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which ended up being an award-winning episode that spoofed World of Warcraft.

 

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This time around, South Park featured Minecraft, Mojang's indie super popular game. The episode has been called "Informative Murder Porn" and sees the children of South Park fear their parents' addiction to dramatized-crime shows, which lead to real-world violence. The kids install a parental content blocker, placing in a question that only kids would know: how do you take a horse in Minecraft?

 

In order to get their TV back, the parents then start playing Minecraft to find the answer to the kids' question. You can view the episode here.

New Call of Duty Ghosts trailer released - Ghost Squads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 1:26 am

EA released a new Call of Duty Ghosts trailer today that showcases an entirely new gameplay mode called Ghost Squads. Squads is an all new set of modes that will be featured in the game, and will let players team up to battle with AI team mates or other CoD players. This is similar to how Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 work, except a single player can play with an entire squad of AI soldiers.

 

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Google to launch Google Music on iOS later this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2013 12:22 am

Google is looking to take on Apple and its new iTunes Music service later this month when it launches its Google Play Music service on iOS. With mixed reviews coming in about iTunes Music, this new offering on iOS from Google could do quite well.

 

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Google is said to be testing the service on iOS internally at the moment, and should have all the bugs worked out and ready to launch by the end of October. Personally, after having tried out Google Play Music, and being a Spotify subscriber for over a year now, I feel that neither service live up to the quality and quantity of music Spotify is serving up.

Humble Bundle launches a new Weekly sale featuring Nordic Games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 11:19 pm

Humble Bundle has just launched another weekly sale, and as always, it offers donors a tremendous value while being able to support both the developer and charity. This week, nine titles from developer Nordic Games are being featured for a minimum donation of $6.

 

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If $6 is too much, the Weekly Sale is offering Steam keys for Red Faction: Armageddon, Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and The Guild 2 to those who pay just $1. A payment of $6 or more will land you the additional titles of ArcaniA, Darksiders II, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation and SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny. With the ability to adjust how much the charity, developer, and Humble Bundle receive, this is an amazing deal! I picked up my bundle as soon as it released and you should too!

Runnable say it wants to be the YouTube of shared code

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 10:20 pm

A new startup is looking to be the defacto place coders and developers visit to search for existing code examples. The brainchild of Yash Kumar, a former software engineer at Amazon, has launched a new company called Runnable. The startup is dedicated to making all of the open source code, and existing code examples easily findable.

 

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The company has launched a website that aggregates APIs, scripts, and other reusable bits of code, which is said to greatly speed up the research and discovery process. Runnable says its users can search for specific code or APIs, upload and share their own code, and even search code by the language it was written in. Basically if you are a fan of 3D printing, Runnable is very much like Thingiverse.

Aerocool unveils new Dead Silent Gaming Cube, featured in six colors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:20 pm

This week, Aerocool launched a new small form factor PC case that is aimed at the quickly growing HTPC and Gaming Cube segment of the market. The new Dead Silent Gaming Cube is the perfect sized for anyone looking for a full featured gaming PC with a small footprint, or something small and elegant to be showcased in their living room.

 

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With enough to fit a 320mm long GPU, and a CPU cooler up to 190mm in height, the DS Gaming Cube is ready to be packed full of the latest and greatest in computer hardware. There is even enough space to fit in up to three 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives. The case is featured in six bold colors including black, white, silver, yellow, gold and red. The new DS Gaming cube will retail for about $80 at the end of this month.

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New reports suggest more major issues for iPhone 5S are popping up

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:15 pm

Since it's launch, Apple's iPhone 5S has been on the receiving end of both glowing reviews as well as harsh criticism, and today a new report from our friends over at Gizmodo has pointed out yet another failure in Apple's flagship. Journalist Mario Aguilar noticed that his iPhone 5S was not correctly reporting angles, and level correctly so he ran a series of test to determine how far off things were.

 

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The report unveils that the motion tracking sensors built into the phone are not operating properly, and his test show that some of the sensors could be off as much 3-degrees. Some other reports suggest that they could be off as much as 12-degrees. All of the sensors appear to be off including the inclinometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Before anyone begins shouting that the 3rd part apps were off, testing was apparently conducted using Apple's included apps.

Buffalo launches the HD-LCU3 series, a new line of external HDDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:11 pm

Buffalo has just announced the launch of a new line of external hard drives featuring capacities up to 4TB. The new HD-LCU3 series of external hard drives are featured in white (up to 3TB) and black (up to 4TB) and weight about 2lbs each. Each HDD features an active cooling system, and anti-vibration technology, to help keep things cool and quiet.

 

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The HD LCU3 series also features TurboPC EX2 software that can be enabled to automatically compress data to enable more data to be stored on the drive. The series will be offered in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities and will retail for $134, $169, $225, and $397 respectively.

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