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EA digs up 72 hours of free Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 4:27 am

The last time EA teased its Origin Game Time service was when it offered up Battlefield 4 free for a week, but now we have Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare up for grabs, with 72 hours of fully-unlocked gaming, for a very limited time.

 

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To get in on this, you'll have to visit the Game Time website, where you'll be greeted with a list of recent EA games. Right up the top you'll see Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and if you have an Origin account and are signed into it, you can download it right now for free. As soon as you begin playing it, a countdown will begin for your 72 hours of free gaming. After this 72 hours is up, the game will stop working until you purchase it.

 

Not only do you get to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare as is, but all of the released DLC maps and characters that have been released into the game are available in the 72-hour free Game Time offer. If you want to purchase it at the end, it is available for $30 through Origin.

John Carmack's young son has released his first video game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 3:33 am

Ryan Carmack, the 9-year-old son of John Carmack, has released his first video game: Angry Face. The 9-year-old game developer explains his inspiration for Angry Face, where he said: "I enjoy video games a lot so I made one".

 

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John Carmack, the co-founder of id Software and current Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Oculus VR, has helped his son out working within the Unity engine in C#. Ryan even had his 4-year-old brother help out in the sound design and testing phases of Angry Face. Another Carmack joined in, with Ryan's mom Katherine Anna Kang, who was the former Director of Business Development at id Software, contributing to the game.

 

Ryan Carmack added: "This is the very first game that I've created and I want to make more in the future. I hope I get a good response and that everyone likes it".

Nintendo considering naming Zelda character to honor Robin Williams

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 3:27 am

Actor and comedian Robin Williams was a long time fan of the Nintendo franchise 'The Legend of Zelda', even going so far as to name his daughter after the princess after he became obsessed with the Nintendo Entertainment System game which launched in 1986.

 

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Zelda and Robin Williams even starred together in a promotion for the 3DS remake of 'Ocarina of Time'.

 

 

Following his tragic death last week at age 63, Nintendo has seen themselves on the end of a fan campaign to name a character in a forthcoming title in his honour. The campaign, run by Australian Nick Schaedel has to date received over 111,000 signatures and rising.

 

Nintendo of Japan has now issued a statement in response to the campaign, stating:

 

"Nothing has been decided, but we won't rule out the request".

 

The latest 'Zelda' title; 'Hyrule Warriors' launched this week for the WiiU console in Japan and comes to Australian shores on September 20th.

Synthetic human physiology helping blast wave defense research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:45 am

The medical threat from shock waves related to improvised explosive device (IED) blasts and other explosions pose a significant threat to military personnel. Advancements in synthetic human physiology research is helping provide a glimpse of realistic blast testing, with artificial cranial bones focused on skulls of the 20- and 30-year old soldiers deployed.

 

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The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) wants to create a uniform response that can be used to develop better helmets and technology to reduce the impact of blast waves and blunt impact related to explosions.

 

"The mechanical properties of the human skull challenge with age and depend on the health of the individual," said Dr. Thomas Plaisted, ARL Materials and Manufacturing Science Division materials engineer. "Donor skulls that may be available for testing would typically come from older people, and the properties of those skulls can be highly variable and may not have the same response as the average skull of the Army Soldier population."

Mother creates Ignore No More app to disable apps if kids ignore calls

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1:22 am

The Ignore No More Google Android app was created by Sharon Standifird, a frustrated mother aiming to prevent kids from ignoring phone calls from parents. If a child ignores a phone call, parents have the ability to remotely lock the Android-powered smartphone so it can only do two things: call parents back or call emergency responders.

 

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Parents have the ability to choose a password that can later unlock the phone, with an effort to get children to stop ignoring phone calls. There has been an increase in security-related Apple iOS and Android apps, giving parents greater control over what their children do on their smartphones.

 

"We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can't even use it," Standifird said in an interview with CBS News. "And I started - literally just started researching how to develop an app."

Wearable tech shipments to increase over 100 percent in 2014

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 12:21 am

Wearable technology shipments have been forecast to grow by almost 130 percent throughout 2014, a new report from analysts at CCS Insight has stated.

 

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The company believes new products will cause a boom in shipments of wearables, reaching 22 million by next year compared to 9.7 million in 2013 - and with all sales counted for the next five years, the total figure could be as high as 370 million.

 

Right now it's early days for wearable, but some health gadgets like FitBit have really taken off. It's fitness wearables that CCS expects will drive early adoption rates, and the group images Christmas will be a big win for the sector. However, CCS' Marina Koytcheva said for wearables, the market is still in a "chaotic stage of development" and that there's "still a huge amount of uncertainty" in general.

Community Health Systems confirms up to 4.5M at risk from data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:39 pm

The Community Health Systems (CHS) suffered a data breach in April and June that has affected up to 4.5 million of the company's patients. Although payment information wasn't taken, patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers were compromised during the breach.

 

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The attack likely was an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) originating from China, in an effort to steal bulk data which can be used later. APTs are targeted attacks designed to circumvent modern firewalls, antivirus and antimalware solutions used by companies.

 

"The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient, credit card, medical, or clinical information," Community Health noted in a statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Self-driving truck convoys could arrive in the UK by next year

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:08 pm

Self-driving trucks could be arriving in Britain by 2015, it has been suggested, although some critics suggest the way the trials have been proposed might not be the safest thing for the UK's roads.

 

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A report in the Sunday Times claimed politicians in the UK had taken trips to Sweden to see how the autonomous systems work, and that tests are to follow in 2015. The Department for Transport was quick to say that it has not made an official decision on whether or not to trial the technology, and it asserted that road safety is of "paramount importance".

 

The idea is a system that can largely commandeer a vehicle by itself - but one that will retain a driver in the cab for safety reasons, in case anything goes wrong. A fleet would be directed by the driver at the head of the convoy, and each truck behind would communicate by wi-fi, as well as being monitored with infrared cameras and motion detection sensors.

Liberia Ebola fear provides perfect spam bait for cybercriminals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:40 pm

The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa has become popular news in the western world and on social media, with three current malware and phishing campaigns currently underway, according to Symantec.

 

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The first campaign utilizes the Trojan.Zbot malware, infecting users when they mistakenly click on a fake report related to the ongoing Ebola problem in Liberia and other countries.

 

The second campaign utilizes an email that mimics something sent out from Etisalat, a telecommunications provider that serves the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. However, it's not a real email and instead has an attached zip file, titled "EBOLA - ETISALAT PRESENTATION.pdf.zip," which is the Trojan.Blueso software. It will also inject W32.Spyrat that logs keystrokes, records audio and video from the Webcam, captures screenshots, create processes, opens Web pages, and other tasks.

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North Korea Internet users like to download UK TV, video games, porn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:46 pm

The small number of North Korean citizens with Internet access have enjoyed Torrenting everything from episodes of Modern Family and Top Gear to Far Cry 3 and pornography. It's an interesting look inside of North Korea, which has heavy restrictions and very few Internet users - many of them likely extremely wealthy or with military or government ties.

 

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There were 178 downloads from Pyongyang-based PCs focused on Britain's Biggest Hoarders, HBO documentary Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden, and The Martin Lewis Money Show. North Korean Internet users also enjoyed downloading American and Japanese pornography, according to reports. Along with Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Angry Birds were popular video game downloads among Internet users.

 

It seems highly unlikely that anyone would spoof an IP address from North Korea, especially with a lack of Virtual Network Providers in the region, according to TorrentFreak editor Ernesto Van Der Sar. Meanwhile, others speculate the torrents are being downloaded by tourists and journalists visiting North Korea.

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