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Seattle startup Unikrn banks on rising popularity of eSports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 1:20 am

Unikrn, a Seattle-based startup with a focus on creating a unique eSports ecosystem, will allow gamers to bet on organized, sanctioned eSports competitions - and will feature live viewing, discussions and competitive odds directly on its website.

 

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Sood, the co-founder and CEO of Unikrn is best known as founder of VoodooPC and the former GM of Microsoft Ventures, and he teased additional details about Unikrn for weeks to go. The Unikrn Arena is designed to provide a safe betting atmosphere, while Unikrn and Tabcorp helped work out legal issues, betting and gaming matters, and liquidity to improve stability.

 

Unikrn's platform has been in development since last November, and the company has raised $3 million with over $5 million committed, according to Sood.

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Microsoft taking new approach to E3 this year, Xbox boss says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 11:50 pm

Microsoft is taking a fresh approach to promoting and marketing the Xbox One, video game titles, and PC gaming during E3 in June.

 

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Head of Xbox boss Phil Spencer has promised "some interesting changes this year for briefing and the week." It's unknown when Microsoft will host its press conference, but could be on the same day as Electronic Arts, Sony, and Ubisoft at the beginning of E3 week.

 

The company will discuss both Xbox One games and PC titles, with Spencer offering the following answer to Twitter users: "We'll have some of both."

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Hacker discusses his role in helping 'king of revenge porn'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 10:30 pm

Hunter Moore, the "king of revenge porn," hired Charlie Evens when he was 23-years-old to hack into women's social media and email accounts. Evens sold images and videos for Moore's website, IsAnybodyUp.com, making between $500 and $1,000+ a week for his services.

 

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It wasn't anything personal against the women that made their way to IsAnyoneUp, as Evens was fresh out of rehab and needed money to fund partying: "It was enough. I mean, not that anything is enough, but it's just scary how quickly I would drop my morals for so little. How much those women were worth, it was like $500 a week, $1,000 a week. It was just pay. I mean it was really just my habit. Like I needed to drink... I know nobody wants to hear that, but it was a really shitty time for me," Evens told CNN.

 

Evens also discussed how hacking victims was "a little maneuvering and manipulating... lying and using people" to breach their email or social media. His crimes led him to be indicted by the FBI for conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft. The former hacker says he still battles with how he can apologize to the countless people whose private information was posted online without their permission.

NPD: Cellular-connected tablets increased 90%, slowdown looming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 9:35 pm

There were 18.3 million actively connected tablets using cellular networks by the end of 2014 in the United States, a whopping 90 percent year-over-year increase, according to The NPD Group. Tablet manufacturers and wireless carriers offered competitive pricing - and aggressive marketing campaigns - mixed with discounts, subsidies, and giveaways. The effort worked, as the industry added 8.7 million users with a cellular-connected tablet.

 

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However, it looks like the battle has only just started, with tablet activation expected to slow down to 30 percent this year and down to 10 percent next year.

 

"One of the major reasons we expect to see the cellular tablet connection growth slow down over the next couple of years is the cannibalization by larger smartphone screens," said Brad Akyuz, director of Connected Intelligence at NPD.

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LG Electronics has unveiled the new G4, its shiny flagship smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 8:40 pm

LG Electronics is unveiling its G4 flagship smartphone during launch events in New York City, London, Paris, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul. The phone boasts numerous upgrades over the G3, but LG hopes consumers will most enjoy the new rear-facing camera that uses a powerful sensor and captures brilliant photos.

 

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The G4 has a 5.5-inch quad HD LCD (2560 x 1440 resolution, 538 ppi), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC flash memory, 16-megapixel main camera, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The flagship phone has Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and runs the Google Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with the LG UX 4.0 on top.

 

Customers can also choose from a leather-swathed back on the G4, or a patterned traditional phone backing. The phone is immediately available in Korea and will have a gradual global rollout.

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YouTube now paying top stars to create original video content

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 7:45 pm

Google-owned YouTube wants original video content, and will work with the site's four leading content creators to get the job done. This is an important step for Google to try to woo more premium video advertising to the site, an ongoing battle it has endured since purchasing YouTube in late 2006.

 

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YouTube will work with the Fine Brothers, Prank vs. Prank, Joey Graceffa, and Smosh - with millions of subscribers and billions of video views - the No. 1 online video site wants to create a unique offering for visitors.

 

In its blog post, the company also announced a new partnership to create feature films with AwesomenessTV, with "several feature length films" planned over the next two years.

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Avalanche Studios releases Just Cause 3 gameplay on PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 6:37 pm

Avalanche Studios has released gameplay footage of Just Cause 3 being played on the Sony PlayStation 4! The open world game trailer features protagonist Rico Rodriguez throwing a pilot out of a fighter jet, buildings exploding, high-speed car chases, and general mayhem. The game studio wanted to make sure gamers have plenty of missions to complete and a widespread environment that can be explored during the game.

 

 

"[We're] designing a game that constantly encourages exploration and challenges players... not to break the game, but explore the game." said Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director of Avalanche Studios, in a statement to The Verge. "I like to see our players as anarchists. You can't really tell them what to do. If you tell them to go right, they will absolutely go left. Or up and down, in this case. So, design a game that really encourages experimenting and exploring and not trying to set up rules for the player."

 

Just Cause 3 will launch in time for Christmas on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Russian hackers reportedly 'accessed' Obama's unclassified email

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 6:24 pm

During a siege against the White House's unclassified computer system, Russian hackers read through some of President Obama's emails, according to US officials.

 

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Even though Obama's BlackBerry and iPad weren't breached in the incident reportedly linked back to Russia, the hackers were able to read emails sent and received by the president. Exact information related to what the emails contained is unknown, and no classified data was accessed or collected.

 

Sensitive information actually was stored on the unclassified system that cybercriminals gained access to, and details regarding the breach are more alarming than previously reported. It's not uncommon for unclassified networks to contain political email exchanges between government officials and foreign diplomats, legislation discussion, policy debate, and schedules.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 5:50 pm

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Sources: Time Warner Cable willing to discuss acquisition by Charter

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 3:55 pm

Federal regulators weren't happy about a Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but it looks like Charter Communications wants a second crack at TWC. Charter failed during its first attempt to take over TWC, which opened the door for Comcast to step in and try to acquire the company.

 

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Since the first merger attempt, however, Charter's stock value has increased - and would be more lucrative to TWC - but TWC "also is open to deals with companies other than Charter."

 

It's unknown if Charter will try to surpass its original $37.3 billion offer for TWC, which was topped by Comcast offering $45 billion. It's possible the company, assuming no outsiders are interested, could try to lowball TWC into a merger.

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