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CD Projekt Red has experienced a serious leak of The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 3:33 am

If you don't want to know about any leaks to The Witcher 3, you've been warned. From here on out, do not read this post. Eurogamer is reporting that someone has hacked the Google Drive account of a CD Projkect Red employee, which was then shared around on the Internet on sites like 4chan and Reddit.


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The hacker gained access to screenshots from the game, concept art, but most of all - design documents which go into detail about The Witcher 3's setting, story, and even its endings. CD Projekt Red talked with Eurogamer, with its Manager, Michal Platkow-Gilewski admitting that the leak took place, and "strong advised" people to not access the files if they don't want the game to be spoiled.


Platkow-Gilewski said that the leak doesn't affect the development of The Witcher 3, so we shouldn't expect any delays in its release - hopefully.

Steam Summer Sales see Call of Duty, Metro Complete Edition on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 2:48 am

There are some big bargains to be had on the Steam Summer Sales today, with Call of Duty: Ghosts smashed down 50% - dropping from its original price of $59.99 to just $29.99.


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Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition is just $6.79, dropping 66% from its original $19.99 price. Metro: Last Light - Complete Edition also sees the same price and discount, dropping 66% from its $19.99 price to just $6.79. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is 75% off, down from $39.95 to just $9.98. There are some other games on sale too, including Torchlight II, Age of Wonders III and more.


The current Flash Sales which last for another 6 hours include Call of Juaraz: Gunslinger, Killing Floor, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Serious Sam - The Complete Pack.

Google updates Glass hardware, doubles the RAM to 2GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 2:03 am

Google only just announced it was launching its Glass Explorer program in the UK, but now we have news that the Mountain View-based search giant has refreshed the hardware in its Glass headset.


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Glass now features 2GB of RAM, double the RAM from its previous iteration. The company has been pushing out constant software enhancements that have been slowly increasing battery life, but the refreshed Glass headset also sports a slightly larger battery. Google says that with the blend of software enhancements and the increased battery, we should expect an additional 15% charge on Glass.


The extra RAM on the other hand, according to Glass' Product Manager, Steve Lee, "will allow for more Glassware [apps] to run in parallel and for each Glassware to start more quickly. You'll notice the device generally feels a bit faster and more reliable". The new software baked into Glass will pave the way for a voice-activated viewfinder that will help users frame photos better - something that has been needed since Glass was released.

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AT&T tells politicians DirecTV acquisition might not reduce prices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 12:42 am

AT&T and DirecTV executives appeared to discuss the blockbuster acquisition, but lawmakers seem frustrated that AT&T couldn't say if the deal will lead to reduced prices for customers. House and Senate antitrust panels are currently discussing the AT&T-DirecTV merger - and whether or not it should be allowed.


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Although AT&T and DirecTV are involved in programs to help promote the communities they serve, not everyone is happy about what could happen. Public Knowledge senior staff lawyer John Bergmayer said the deal "fails the antitrust test" and "fails the public interest test," with consumers losing out.


"No sir, I can't," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, when asked if the acquisition will lead AT&T to commit to lower prices for customers. "one would have to believe in the market and the market pressures, and that market pressures will compete margins away and cost savings will find their way into prices."

Around 80 percent of Flappy Bird clones installed with malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 11:10 pm

Mobile gamers interested in playing Flappy Bird should be extremely careful, because most versions of the game circulating shipped with some type of malware. A whopping four out of every five Flappy Bird clone apps come with malware, and that shouldn't be a surprise, with the game pulled while still in such high demand.


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The developer behind Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, removed his hugely popular game from app stores in February, concerned that it was causing addition. However, the game was so popular that it didn't take long before clones began hitting the Internet, and download rates of the knock-off versions picked up.


Some malware is responsible for texting premium services, while others intercept messages and phone calls, and others focus on targeting payment information.

Twitter denies blocking accounts disliked by the Russian government

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 9:23 pm

Popular social networking site Twitter isn't actively blocking extremist accounts located in Russia, with reports saying that accounts are being blocked. However, Russian officials are receiving guidance on reporting illegal content so it can be blocked, but Twitter isn't removing accounts.


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Russia wants to block access to Ukrainian national groups and insurgency groups that communicate and share information via Twitter. The Iraqi government has blocked Twitter and other social media accounts, but the effort has been rather unsuccessful - which is why the Russian government hopes to work directly with Twitter.


"That claim is inaccurate, as we did not agree to remove the accounts," said Nu Wexler, Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

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Production of bigger Apple iPhone set to begin soon, with fall launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 8:34 pm

A new report says Chinese manufacturers have received orders from Apple to begin preparing new iPhones, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, with production set to begin in July. The devices are rumored to be released in the United States in September.


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Foxconn is reportedly prepared to hire an additional 100,000 workers to meet global demand for the iPhone, according to the Bloomberg report.


In addition to bigger screens, the new iPhone will be thinner - indicating the company is following the changing needs for smartphone owners.


The surge in popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones, and the Google Android operating system, has forced Apple to innovate once again. Analysts and investors hoped to see Apple release cheaper devices and increase screen size; Apple's iPhone 5c is more affordable, and the increased screen size will meet the second demand.

Cyberattacks demanding ransom in exchange for files growing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 7:18 pm

Police departments in the United States are being targeted by cyberattacks compromising users and demanding ransom in exchange for control of PCs and files. It's a significant problem when emergency responders are unable to access databases and records due to someone carelessly clicking something in their email.


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Recently, the Collinsville Police Department in Alabama was hit, triggered by someone in the police department opening a suspicious email attachment, that immediately hurt police activities. They were unable to access mug shot files, time sheets, and vehicle maintenance records - and the department's computer backups failed, and they might have to start over from scratch.


A police department in Massachusetts was compromised and chose to pay the $750 ransom, which is something federal investigators don't encourage. The files might be decrypted and returned, but likely don't end up returning the same way they were before being compromised.

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Almost half of UK cop calls involve social media complaints

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6:28 pm

British police are having to spend more and more time investigating abuse online, a chief constable has claimed.


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Speaking with the BBC, the College of Policing's Alex Marshall said that as people have moved their shopping and communications online, so too have threats, insults and abuse. "I see that it won't be long before pretty much investigation that the police conduct will have an online element to it," Marshall said. He added that a typical day will see a dozen inbound phone calls, and at least half of them will involve "antisocial behavior or abuse or threats of assault" that "may well relate to social media,Facebook, Twitter or other forms."


Another officer, Det Con Roger Pegram of the Greater Manchester Police, said that it's not so much the nature of the offences that are changing - just the medium of deliver. "You don't need to actually front someone up face-to-face to threaten them," Pegram said. "This can all be done from the comfort of your own home, a coffee shop with wi-fi, and these people can commit crime anywhere to anybody."

Tiny island of Jersey hopes to become world Bitcoin leader

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6:02 pm

A campaign group is seeking to turn the island of Jersey, just off the coast of Normandy, into the most welcoming location for Bitcoin in the world.


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Although it's already possible to use the cryptocurrency in a smattering of places around the web and in the physical realm, it's not quite widespread yet. Now, a new industry body, is hoping to turn Jersey into a "Bitcoin Isle". Jersey is famous as a hotspot for offshore banking, and in a blog post, the group said it is now working with the Channel Islands Information Security Forum to explore how the cryptocurrency can augment this.


In a statement, the CIISF's chairman Matt Palmer said: "Cryptocurrencies are much misunderstood but have the potential to revolutionize the financial system," before adding that currencies such as Bitcoin "could well underpin the future of offshore finance centers."

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