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QuakeCon 2014 will see the first reveal of the next-gen Doom game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 5:34 am

QuakeCon 2014 is nearly here, but now we can start forming a plan of action thanks to Bethesda Softworks unveiling the schedule of events for the convention. The biggest part should be the reveal of Doom 4, id Software's next-gen Doom title.

 

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The Doom 4 reveal will happen during the annual QuakeCon welcome ceremony, which kicks off at 6PM CT on Thursday, July 17, at the Ventrilo Main Stage. Bethesda has also said that this presentation will be exclusive to QuakeCon 2014 attendees, so we unfortunately won't see that footage. Other events that will take place during QuakeCon's first day include tournaments for The Elder Scrolls Online.

 

On Saturday, July 19, there is a "Designing the Perfect Game" panel that will see Obsidian Entertainment's CEO, Feargus Urquhart take the stage, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and others. This will be livestreamed over Twitch, running from 5-6PM. The full schedule can be found over on the Bethblog.

GIGABYTE motherboard used for new DDR3 RAM world record at 4.62GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 5:05 am

GIGABYTE is already breaking various records with its LN2-only motherboard, the Z97X-SOC Force LN2. Today, the company has announced that the new SOC Force LN2 motherboard has broken the DDR3 memory world record, not once, but twice.

 

 

Once at launch, hitting 4.5GHz, and then just three days later, the motherboard was used for another world record. The second time was at the Kingston HyperX OC Takeover World Finals, where a team of overclockers breached the massive 4.56GHz speed. If you thought this was the end, you were wrong. After a bunch of reports hitting the Internet of suspicious memory overclocks, GIGABYTE took it upon itself to pull out the big guns with its Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard.

 

 

Using this motherboard, the GIGABYTE overclocking team smashed the DDR3 memory world record once again, reaching a gigantic 4.62GHz. This was achieved using Kingston's HyperX Predator DDR3 RAM. It looks like these days, posting a score with clear pictures of your work on HWBOT.org isn't enough for these super overclocks. To make sure nothing was left out, and that the public could see the overclocker's work, they uploaded everything onto YouTube.

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Most of Crytek's UK staff have stopped going to work

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 4:37 am

It wasn't even a week ago that we reported that Crytek wasn't paying some of its staff on time, but now according to people familiar with the matter, Crytek's UK office has seen the majority of its employees stop coming into work.

 

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Kotaku's Jason Schreier has "spoken with four people connected to Crytek's UK studio" and according to those people "Crytek's UK staff have still not been paid the full amounts they are owed, and this week, according to two sources, the staff at Crytek's UK office handed in formal grievance letters and went home".

 

One person familiar with the studio has said that an estimated 100 people have left the company, but we don't know if these people have left permanently or not. The new rumors are that Deep Silver, the studio behind Dead Island, the Metro series, Saints Row IV and Homefront: The Revolution (which the Crytek UK studio is currently working on) will buy Crytek. One source said: "They have invested a lot in Homefront and will want to protect their investment". We should see some movement on this story in the coming weeks.

'Horrible Bosses 2' trailer, with movie set for release on November 26

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 3:19 am

The 'Horrible Bosses 2' trailer has been released, and will feature the likes of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day serving as the main characters - but Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx also will be in the sequel.

 

 

'Horrible Bosses 2' is scheduled for release on November 26.

 

The original 'Horrible Bosses' was released in June 2011 - and despite a relatively low $35 million budget - generated $209 million at the box office.

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Microsoft Office 365 sees a price hike, which Google execs mocked

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 2:16 am

Microsoft is raising prices of Office 365, with the Enterprise Agreement (EA) E1, E3 and E4 and government SKUs affected by the price increase. The price hike begins in August and will increase pricing around 15 percent, focused on customers that don't have a Software Assurance (SA) plans.

 

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"The vast majority of our customers will not see an increase in the cost of Office 365. All existing Office 365 EA customers are guaranteed prices will not change for the duration of their agreement," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "New Office 365 EA customers who don't have a previous investment in our products will see an increase to align our pricing to our other channels."

 

When Office 365 was first launched, and business users were still unsure if they wanted to move into the cloud, there were many confusing SKUs. Microsoft trimmed back on the number of SKUs, and its value-added resellers (VARs) are more comfortable recommending the appropriate plan for their clients.

New bank malware kicks in to steal banking login data only

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 12:20 am

Banks and financial institutions must work through a new generation of malware designed to lurk on Web browsers and only collects data when users access a banking website. Similar to other methods, it all starts with clever social engineering used to compromise victims, which leads to the malware being secretly installed.

 

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The new tactic has led to at least 400 cases, with banking users often unaware of many threats that face them. At the very least, security experts recommend customers never click links in emails that look like something from their bank - but even if users go directly to the bank website, that's when the malware causes mayhem.

 

"It's going to have graphics and terminology that would make you believe, hey, that sounds pretty legitimate," said JD Sherry, Trend Micro VP of technology and solutions, in a statement. "Once you click on that, you don't have intelligence to basically say that's a bad link. The device is going to download that particular malware."

Millions of users enjoy watching pirated streams of World Cup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 10:47 pm

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success for broadcasters and online social media websites, as ESPN and Univision are seeing big viewership numbers. Despite a number of TV viewers and legal online services providing game coverage, millions of users also are tuning in using online piracy streams to watch their favorite soccer matches.

 

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Viaccess-Orca, which is a content protection company, has sent around 2,000 takedown notices, targeting sites that are able to generate scores of new viewers during live sporting events. In addition, the group also sends takedown notices to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites - where users share links to online streams.

 

"The success rate varies per content platform but overall we managed to get 35 percent of the streaming links disable before the game ends," said David Leporini, Viaccess-Orca EVP of marketing, products and security, told TorrentFreak. "I think this is a great success rate, especially compared to direct download sites."

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Hacker mercenaries targeting governments and drug dealers with attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 9:20 pm

The 'MiniDuke' hacker group are targeting governments and drug dealers, likely serving as cyber mercenaries working for a paid backer, using malware to compromise users. It's not uncommon to hear government departments, the private sector and public infrastructure being targeted, but focusing on drug dealers seems to be a newer twist.

 

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A total of 23 countries were affected by MiniDuke, with an aim of plucking data and credential information - and the malware is evolving to now include commercial code, as it appears a subdivision could receive funds from law enforcement or rival criminal groups trying to steal drug-related information.

 

"They are more like underground cybercriminals than a typical nation state," said a Kaspersky Lab researcher. "This is what makes them stand out. They were collecting everything like emails, names, nicknames and handles."

IED, suicide bomber attack civilian casualty rate rises 70%

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 8:25 pm

The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), car bombs and suicide attacks have led to massive civilian casualties, with a 70 percent increase over the past three years, according to the Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) research group. The majority of car bomb explosions were located in Iraq, though global statistics of this style of attack led to an average of 25 civilian casualties each time. More than 53,000 civilians have been killed in the 66 countries studied.

 

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The use of IEDs against military target spurred an evolution of blast-protected armor on vehicles, but civilians are largely left defenseless. As terrorists continue to enjoy using "soft targets" to further raise casualty rates - and the number of IED and suicide bomb attacks increase - it's a troubling sign, especially in the Middle East and select regions of Africa.

 

"This huge increase in the number of innocent victims harmed and killed by IEDs is a terrible concern - not only to those who lives are transformed in an instant by these pernicious weapons, but to governments who have to bear the costs of the medical and security implications of these attacks," said Iain Overton, AOAV director of policy and investigations.

Hacker accused of targeting Zendesk arrested and faces charges

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:46 pm

Massachusetts resident Cameron Lacroix, 25, has been charged with attacking tech support company Zendesk, allegedly accessing the company's website in February 2013. Once he gained access, Lacroix reportedly disabled security features so he could view company customer information, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said.

 

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Lacroix defaced Twitter feeds for two unidentified companies, after being able to export one million Twitter tech support tickets from Zendesk. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years along with a fine up to $250,000, plus restitution - with Zendesk and Twitter both suffering losses totaling more than $200,000. He also faces a separate federal charge for an unrelated crime.

 

The federal government has stepped up arrests against suspected hackers, but struggle to prevent the cyberattacks before they happen. However, prosecutors hope to send a message to hackers that they will be targeted and face prison time if convicted of cyber-related crimes.

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