It's been a heavy three days for Grand Theft Auto 5 and Rockstar Games in Australia. Firstly a petition was made by former sex workers claiming that this blockbuster game release "encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women", once this project had received around 40,000 supporters, Target Australia decided to remove the title from their shelves, seeing Kmart Australia follow suit less than 24 hours later.
This has sparked major outrage among many 'gamer' social circles, with people citing multiple games that are based around the beheading, maiming and/or murder of males - further claiming that this GTA V fight isn't so much about social justice, as it is about 'radical feminism'.
In order to fight back, one man named Stephen Ogden has opened up his own GoPetition, urging the large Australian retailers to remove other offensive content from their shelves, including some legitimate and also some very 'troll' requests.
We knew that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update was going to be rolling out to the Galaxy S5 soon, but it looks like those based in Poland, are enjoying the deliciously-named mobile OS update to their handset.
SamMobile has been reporting that the new OTA update being version G900FXXU1BNL2 has been getting blasted to SM-G900F models of the Galaxy S5 in Poland. We should see Lollipop reaching other Galaxy S5 handsets throughout Europe in the coming weeks, and hopefully throughout the world in the coming months.
Sony has pushed out another update for its PlayStation 4 console, with the 2.03 patch offering up some "system software stability during use of some features has been improved".
It was only three weeks ago that Sony updated the PS4 to version 2.02, with the previous patch offering pretty much the same thing the new patch is offering, system stability. In late October, Sony offered its major 2.00 update, but that update ushered in a smorgasbord of problems. The company quickly released the early November patch which put it on the path it is now.
It launched under a week ago and unsurprisingly became the talk of the world, as 'Star Wars' fans across the globe synced their watches to be amongst the first to see brand new images from next year's feature.
Now, a study by YouTube marketing blog Zefr has reported that the trailer has reached over 60 million views (including shares and re-uploads) and generated over 90 million pieces of related content (including reaction and discussion videos). Now, the trailer is headed to be the most watched trailer of all time. Not bad for roughly 40 seconds of actual footage - move over Kardashian, 'Star Wars' really broke the internet.
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Lyft's co-founder John Zimmer has appeared in an interview with Bloomberg TV today, covering issues based around privacy questions on user data, their main competitor 'Uber' and plans for expansion throughout the new year.
As we see ride-share applications begin to hit the mainstream market, there have been reports on the downturn in the traditional Taxi business alongside some reasoning for people making the change to this new-age format.Ride-share services currently have the general reputation for being more timely and neat, this is coupled with reported issues in the past of Taxi drivers being unsafe and potentially harmful toward their customers - sparking of public outrage here in Australia and throughout other parts of the Western world.
Zimmer defended Lyft's privacy options today, stating that "We (Lyft) do not share, currently share information like this with any third party. So that's definitely something that we can talk about." He went on to mention that Lyft's user-base has skyrocketed, seeing their year-over-year rides rise by 6 times, alongside their year-to-days rides reaching a 5 times increase - which is mirrored by their revenue increase.
Target Australia had only just announced they are pulling all copies of Rockstar games' GTA V off their shelves, now another Aussie retailer has joined the pledge. K-Mart has vowed to also remove all support for this controversial title, disclosing this information to Kotaku today over the phone.
As online activists gathered a 41,000 signature petition together, Australian retail giants have started to quiver. K-marts official statement on this matter was: "Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately, Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game."
Reports have brought to light that both Target and K-Mart are owned by the same corporate group, Wesfarmers, so for those in the know - this shouldn't be a huge shock as we're sure the executives are covering their behinds against some kind of apparent public uproar. Who's going to fall next? In other news, this is great for online retailers as customers will now likely take their business to the internet in search for this massively popular title.
If you thought that Saints Row couldn't get weirder, the trailer below has Satan singing his emotions away as his daughter fights with him about marrying a boy without her father's approval. This is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, everyone:
Yes, it's coming, and yes it looks like some damn fun. The trailer above is a nice touch from the developer, going all musical on the world, having Satan sing is just hilarious. The new Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will be released on January 23, 2016 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
Barnes & Noble hit the Black Friday sales hard last week, listing their 7" Galaxy Tab stock for sale at only $129 - offering a large range of extra's to be included with the sale.
As according to their latest press release, they're about to start running a competition where users will bid their best cookie recipes in the hope to win the grand prize of $2,500 and their specialty baked good to be made and sold in-store over the 2014 holiday period. The top three entrants will win a trip to New York City, baking their cookies with a renowned chef and see them judged by an official panel. Alongside this, all top 75 recipes will be featured in 'The Barnes & Noble Cookie Bake-Off Book', set for release in 2015.
The Target breach was a nasty wakeup call for retailers, cybersecurity experts and consumers, as criminals were able to compromise millions of American shoppers. Since the incident, there has been a reported eight percent increase in IT security spending, but that still hasn't been able to slow down a tidal wave of follow up breaches.
"The reality is that companies that have taken these steps are treating the symptoms but not the underlying problems," said Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, CEO of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM). "By focusing only on narrowly focused and superficial IT security 'solutions,' companies are putting the cart before the horse and they're going nowhere."
In fact, security issues will continue to plague retailers in 2015, with companies too focused on trying to fix IT security gaps while not looking at the big picture. Dr. Rembiesa recommends companies to be fully aware of their PC systems and networks, as they cannot defend against a breach if they didn't know which systems are working on their networks.
Just yesterday we wrote about a Change.org petition to remove Rockstar's controversial next-gen release, GTA V, off popular retail chain 'Target' shelves. The petition claimed that the game was sexist, containing misogynist values and promoted violence towards and rape of women.
Target has just pushed a media release, claiming that due to public outcry the game has now been pulled from all shelves.