I don't believe I'm writing about this again, but it appears Sony has been hacked, again. Just after they were getting full restoration of their PSN network up, LulzSec has hit Sony again with an SQL injection tactic which gave them access to Sony Pictures account database. This hack let LulzSec obtain 1 million user accounts (inclusive of passwords, email and home addresses as well as DOB), all admin account details and passwords, 75,000 music codes and 3.5 million music coupons.
On top of this, opt-in data was accessible which gives even more information about Sony's customers and their preferences. One of the shocking things to come from this hack is that Sony stored all 1 million user passwords in a simple plain text file, with no encryption at all. LulzSec have said "It's just a matter of taking it, this is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it."
The latest happenings from around the web - June 2nd, 2011
- Computex Highlights - Day 2 @ Ninjalane
- Computex 2011 - Shuttle PC @ Techwarelabs
- Windows 8 @ Microsoft Partner Preview @ VR-Zone
- Computex 2011 Happenings and Roundup @ PC Perspective
- Intel Socket 2011 mainboards shown on Asus stand @ Kitguru
- Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX and the MSI 990FXA-GD80 @ PC Perspective
- MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition @ XSReviews
AMD have been kind enough to hook us up with a pair of Dirt 3 keys for Steam. We've used a Sweepstakes tab this time to see how it goes for running competitions via our Facebook page. All you have to do is like TweakTown and then put in your name, email and DOB into the newly setup Sweepstakes page.
We've got two keys to give away which require Steam. You can head on straight over to the Sweepstakes page and get your competition on. Plus don't forget about our good friends AMD and their Facebook page.
Coming 2011, DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. With more than double the track content of 2009's hit, DiRT 3 will see players start at the top as a professional driver, with a top-flight career in competitive off-road racing complimented by the opportunity to express themselves in Gymkhana-style showpiece driving events.
The Google Chrome Notebook Pilot Program is going full-steam ahead with the brand-new Samsung Chromebook going on sale on June 15. However, Gilt have gotten their hands on a few machines earlier and are making them available to their biggest enthusiasts, you.
When you purchase your spanking new Chromebook, you'll also receive a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Richshaw, allowing you to carry your new Chromebook around in style. Gilt are a premier invitation-only shopping site, and have the Chromebooks up for sale for a limited time, so get going now!
Asetek has announced the availability of their limited edition 240mm super cooler, dubbed "WaterChill 2011C", pre-orders for the WaterChill 2011C will begin on July 1st, 2011. The cooler is a 120x240mm, 4-fan ChillControl-enabled powerhouse. Their words, pretty awesome choice so I stuck with it. The 2011C uses the best of Asetek's liquid CPU cooling tech, featuring a brand new 1.5-inch thick 120x240mm radiator and no less than four fans in a push-pull configuration; this allows the 2011C to put the competition on ice, geddit? On top of this, the low-profile pump is fitted with third-generation Asetek coldplate technology and supports interactive fan control technology for all four fans. A USB connection on the pump enables precise user control of the fans and lighting effects through Asetek's ChillControl software application.
There's also a new universal mounting solution available for Sandy Bridge E-based chips. This new mounting solution will work across Asetek's line of liquid coolers and makes for an easier installation, win-win. The mount supports all mainstream Intel processors, LGA 1155, 1156 and 1366 sockets. The new universal mounting solution adds the upcoming Socket 2011 to its army of compatibility.
The E3 teaser trailer for the upcoming Aliens-themed Aliens: Colonial Marines has come out and while it doesn't show anything off, it's a tease of things to come. The game is being developed by Gearbox (the peeps behind the revival of DNF, Borderlands) and published by SEGA, it'll hit the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and has an estimated release date of Q1, 2012.
The game is explained as: "Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley's Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe."
Another game that I'm way too excited for, I truly hope they don't stuff it up and can recreate the tension of the movies and the popular Aliens Vs Predator games from way back when.
Fan of the Serious Sam games? Yes? Good. You're going to love the below trailer, Serious Sam is making a return in Serious Sam 3: BFE and it looks to have the same crazy, high-octane, constant-horde-of-omfg-enemies running at you wanting to kill you. A sweet polish of next-gen graphics when compared to the ageing first titles, and bigger, badder enemies and it creates a new entry in the Serious Sam franchise. Check out the below trailer to see what I mean:
Pretty slick, huh? I'm enjoying the huge enemies and swarms of foes, new weapons and iron sights make the cut. This is not the typical console ported COD clone with regenerating health and a cover system so that you never die and never complain to your Mom to return the game. This is serious, Serious Sam.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky has given the first live demo of Windows 8 at the D9 conference in Southern California, and it makes one hell of a statement. The first impression is the complete overhaul of the UI. Everything is touchscreen crazy but with the familiar feel of a Windows Phone 7-based handset. The Windows 8 homescreen is a bunch of tiles that lead to each app. Each tile displays information (such as weather, email, etc) and can be touched (or clicked) to go into it.
One tile leads to the traditional Windows desktop, another is marked "Store"; we're seeing Microsoft make some bold moves here. One of the best things I took from the video was the ability to be in an application or watching a video and you swipe from the left of the screen and it brings up background tasks. Dragging and dropping them keeps them in view, and another swipe from the left brings up the next background app.
The latest happenings from around the web - June 1st, 2011
- Computex 2011 Day 1 Booth Babes Gallery @ Techwarelabs
- Computex Mini Post - Day 1 @ Ninjalane
- COMPUTEX 2011 Video Coverage - ASUS Press Conference Coverage Featuring The Padfone and More @ Futurelooks
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX @ Overclock3D
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX @ Pureoverclock
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: The new SandForce SF-2000 Series of controllers allow SSD manufactures to go crazy with customized options this year. So far we've seen Toggle, Async and Sync flash but the next chapter is starting to unfold before our eyes at Computex.
To data we've only seen new SF-2200 drives in 60, 120, 240 and 480GB configurations but that is about to change. Part of the customization options for the new controller is the ability to turn RAISE off via programming at the factory. It looks like Silicon Power will be the first to off a RAISE free SSD based on the new SF-2200.
The new RAISE free drives will allow users to take advantage of more capacity. In the future you will have access to SandForce drives with 64, 128, 256 and 512GB user capacity. At this time we're not sure how the RAISE free drives will perform or what their long term endurance will be. Hopefully manufactures are only going RAISE free on 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle flash and not 25nm IMFT that only has 5,000 write rating. When RAISE is enabled a space NAND flash chip is reserved for background functions and spare capacity for when blocks fail.
It's going to be a slippery slope but we'll get out the rain tires and go for an intense test drive as soon as a drive hit the Secret Bunker Labs.