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Privacy experts unsure what to make of future privacy for Web users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 9 hours, 38 mins ago

Internet users are fighting for their privacy while browsing the Internet, but trying to see what the future holds has proven difficult. As noted by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Web users found they are under constant surveillance by governments and hacker groups. It turns out 55 percent of experts believe there would not be a "secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025," according to a survey hosted by the Pew Internet Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

 

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Regardless of what Internet users and privacy experts say about the current state of the Internet right now, it will remain a major talking point for years to come.

 

"By 2025, there will be an international consensus among Internet organizations on how best to balance personal privacy and security with popular content and services," according to an unnamed specialist working on technical and policy coordination, published by Pew. "The patchwork approach of national privacy protections will be harmonized globally in 2025, and the primary of security concerns will be more balanced by such an international consensus."

Apple's Steve Wozniak to become a Tassie Devil

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 10 hours, 6 mins ago

The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak has just become an Australian citizen and plans to move to the Australian state of Tasmania - known throughout the world, aptly enough, as the 'apple isle'.

 

Citing a fondness for Australian culture, Wozniak begun the application process for Australian residency back in 2012 and whilst he will continue to be based in the United States for a time, he plans on winding back his professional life and according to the Australian Financial Review, will "probably" call Tasmania home. "Hopefully in the next few days we can get there, as I really like the idea of cooler weather".

 

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Still an employee of Apple, Wozniak is both admired by tech journalists for honest assessments on the company he co-founded in 1976, but feared by the apparatchik for the same reason.

 

"Their publicity people watch me very closely wherever I go in the world and speak. I answer every question I'm asked and I answer honestly, so sometimes they hear things they don't want to hear".

Microsoft slashing Xbox One price as Sony PlayStation 4 hits China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 10 hours, 11 mins ago

Sony is preparing to release the PlayStation 4 in China, jumping into a fresh market that Microsoft has enjoyed to itself with its Xbox One game console. To prepare to be competitive when the additional competition arrives, Microsoft will offer an $80 price cut to ensure gamers remain interested in its console.

 

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The Xbox One without Kinect launched in China for $600 and $694 with a Kinect unit. However, after the price drop, the unit will cost $517 without the Kinect and $614 with a Kinect. It will be curious to see if the price drop will be enough, as the PS4 will cost $468 immediately when it launches.

 

"As with many global products, specific pricing, promotions and offers vary by market," a Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot regarding the price drop. "In China, Xbox is running a special promotion that began on Nov. 11, 2014."

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Arrow Gaming, an eSports team that cheated, now called 'We Are Sorry'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 48 mins ago

Arrow Gaming was a great South-East Asian DOTA 2 eSports team, but after various cheating scandals a couple of months ago, the team is returning with a new name: "We Are Sorry".

 

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The five-man "We Are Sorry" team might not get back into the serious DOTA 2 tournaments, at least not for a while, because some of them have been banned from competitions for life. No matter the name change, this is serious stuff, folks. But, there has been one tournament that has allowed them entry, and that is the Vietnam Champion League Season 2.

 

Organizers of the event have said they they let them in because "I believe in them. People make mistakes daily. If no one will forgive them, they might have to stop playing," which is a truly great way of looking at things.

Paramount bans 'Team America: World Police' matinee showings

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 11 hours, 7 mins ago

Following the cancellation of next week's planned release of 'The Interview', multiple theatres in the United States vowed to show matinee screens of 'Team America: World Police' including the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, the Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and the Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta as a replacement, but according to 'The Daily Beast', the studio asked them to stop their plans.

 

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The 2004 marionette comedy 'Team America: World Police', co-directed by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone courted controversy by it's depictions of Kim Jong Il and some of Hollywood's biggest stars, although it was a financial disappointment which grossed less than $20 million more than it's production budget. The film was released on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom and Australia last year, but not in the United States.

North Korea manufacturing crystal meth on an industrial scale

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 11 hours, 31 mins ago

Poor economy got you down? Well, you can always just cook up some crystal meth. Reality is stranger than fiction, and that trend continues with the news that North Korea is manufacturing crystal meth in industrial facilities. This isn't your garden variety crystal meth either, according to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. US officials have verified that the meth, which landed in the US cities of New York and Boston, tests at 96-98% purity. That's a benchmark even the characters on Breaking Bad would consider impressive.

 

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North Korea is no stranger to resorting to illegal activities to cover budgetary shortfalls. Kim Jong-un inherited this illicit lineage from his forefathers, who began dabbling in international crime in the 1970's. During the 1990's a famine engulfed the reclusive country, and over a million people died. During the famine North Korea turned their attention to growing opium, instead of the staples that might have saved innumerable lives. The rationale was that opium could generate far more money for the beleaguered regime, which at the time had just began a round of tough sanctions.

 

The transition to crystal meth began as the popularity of the drug increased in the international market in the 2000's . North Korean crystal meth has been found in China, Japan, and the US. The drugs are distributed through organized crime syndicates, but apparently North Korean officials have no issue with delivering the goods themselves. Several of their ambassadors have been expelled from host countries due to smuggling activities.

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Grand Theft Auto V for the PC is in the "final stages" of development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 34 mins ago

Rockstar answered a bunch of questions on its blog about Grand Theft Auto V, questions which ranged from the previous generation consoles, right up to the upcoming PC version of GTA V.

 

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When asked "where the heck is GTA5 PC" the developed replied with "We're presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon ... in the coming week." Another good question was asked, where if you could transfer your GTA Online progress over to the PC, which you can. Rockstar said "Yes and from any platform" which is great to hear.

 

Grand Theft Auto V for PC reaches us on January 27, 2015.

PMC-Sierra joins OpenPOWER foundation

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 12 hours, 54 mins ago

PMC-Sierra has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, which is dedicated to developing advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology, along with open source software. The open source movement is radically altering the design of hyperscale and cloud data centers by providing more efficiency at lower cost.

 

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The OpenPOWER group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. PMC will leverage their deep knowledge of SAS and NVMe controllers to help develop new I/O interfaces by sponsoring a new I/O workgroup, along with IBM, Emulex, QLogic and Mellanox.

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Prepare your wallets: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale begins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 18 mins ago

Valve has just kickstarted its annual Steam Holiday Sale, which will run all the way through to January 2, 2015. There are countless games on sale, all of which will change every 12 hours.

 

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Right now, the current sales include:

 

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth for $29.99, down 40% from its original $49.99 price.
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 for $3.74, down 85% from its original $24.99 price.
  • Sniper Elite III for $24.99, down 50% from its original $49.99 price.
  • Dark Souls II for $14.79, down 63% from its original $39.99 price.
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition for $20.39, down 66% from its original $59.99 price.

 

There are many more games on sale, so go and check them all out!

Minecraft: Story Mode announced, story-based game from Telltale Games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 56 mins ago

Mojang has announced Minecraft: Story Mode, a new story-based single-player mode for the super-popular game, which will be made by the developer of The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games. Minecraft: Story Mode will launch next year on "Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android-based devices."

 

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On the official Mojang blog, they write "Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software. We're not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game."

 

The folks over at Telltale provide even more details, teasing "Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice." The developer continues "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices."

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