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Anonymous takes credit for hacking US Census Bureau

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 10:30 am

After Anonymous took credit for a data breach targeting the US Census Bureau, the agency is now investigating the incident. The Federal Audit Clearinghouse is responsible for collecting and storing audit information from local and state governments, Indian tribes and non-profit groups.

 

 

The Federal Audit Clearinghouse stores non-confidential information, including names, site user names, and organization addresses and phone numbers.

 

Don't worry, as all internal confidential information remains secure: "That information remains safe, secure and on an internal network segmented apart from the external site and the affected database," said John Thompson, director of the Census Bureau, in a blog post.

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Windows 10 spotted on USB flash drive for super-easy installation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 8:31 am

We've previously reported on Windows 10 arriving on a USB flash drive, but now images have surfaced courtesy of Paul Thurrott, who has received a "cute little Windows 10 USB installer", which he notes includes "32- and 64-bit versions".

 

 

Thurrott says that Microsoft provided him with the Windows 10 USB installers, but some people in China have received some slightly different USB flash drives that include Windows 10. At the bottom it reads: "Windows 10 Upgrade Package. July 29 is enabled". These different USB flash drives are obviously for those upgrading to Windows 10, and not installing it from scratch.

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Android will get Fallout Shelter on August 13... will you play?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 8:15 am

Fallout Shelter will launch for Google Android mobile users on August 13, and will be available for free via the Google Play store. In its first two weeks of release for Apple iOS, the game became a top-downloaded game - and helped generate $5.1 million in revenue.

 

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"Whether you're playing on Android or on iOS, Fallout Shelter will feature new game updates, including Mr. Handy as an all premium reward," according to a Bethesda blog post. "Have him collect resources inside your Vault, send him into the wasteland to collect loot, and defend your Vault from creatures and disasters, including all new Deathclaw invasions and Molerat infestations."

 

Expect Bethesda to support the game "for a long time," according to Bethesda - as the game studio is overwhelmed with support by iOS gamers.

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Over half of all YouTube views are thanks to the mobile apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 6:29 am

Just how popular is YouTube for Android and iOS? Very popular, with over half of all YouTube views originating from mobile devices. Google has recently been revamping its mobile apps to provide a better experience, not just for viewers, but for content creators, too.

 

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The latest update to YouTube includes a new 'Home' landing page, where you can take a look around and discover videos with recommendations and personal playlists based on your history. 'Subscriptions' is the new home for updates from the channels that you're subscribed to, as well as a new option being made available which lets you receive notifications once your favorite YouTuber uploads a new video.

 

'Account' is the last part of the new YouTube, where all of the videos you've uploaded are found, as well as your watch history and your playlists. All of these small changes to YouTube culminate in a much better application for video playback, especially with the latest update which allows for full-screen portrait videos.

Latest images of Need for Speed almost look too good to be true

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 4:33 am

Electronic Arts is currently working on a new Need for Speed game, with the company releasing four new images. Two of them are from in-game, while the other two are real life photos. We have all four photos below, try and work out which ones are in-game.

 

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Incredible, aren't they? Now if you haven't seen the E3 2015 gameplay footage, you really need to check it out. It looks absolutely incredible, and could be the best looking driving game ever released. Take a look at the E3 2015 gameplay demo below.

 

 

Need for Speed will be released on November 3, 2016 for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.

I watched an eSports documentary at the cinema and it was great

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 2:46 am

The opening night of All Work All Play in Melbourne, Australia saw a few dozen of us nerds bustle with excitement at our 'full-time hobby' finally getting some mainstream screen time. Although the small turnout was a little disappointing, some familiar faces had woven themselves out of the wood work, these being the types of people you would have seen hunched over a CRT monitor in 2005, wearing baggy cargo shorts and sporting too much gel in their hair.

 

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Although it kicked off with a rough start (technical difficulties), the end result was captivating for us enthusiasts. Following a few champions throughout the entire film, this ESL-led documentary honed in on the former director of pro gaming, Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz and Cloud 9, an underdog League of Legends team.

 

Following journeys both personal and on-stage, the production quality matched that Valve's 'Free to Play' and poised itself as a film that can educate and capture the imaginations of eSports enthusiasts experienced and new.

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HTC will sell the Vive VR headset directly through the HTC website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 2:32 am

While HTC might not be doing so well when it comes to smartphone sales, it has one of the most exciting products in it arsenal, with the Vive VR headset arriving later this year.

 

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With no firm release date other than 'the end of 2015', HTC is now saying that it will sell Vive directly through its website, as well as various retailers. HTC.com and HTCVR.com will have the first Vive units available, but it will slowly reach other destinations. HTC's Head of Global Marketing, Jeff Gattis, talked with Polygon recently about Vive, where he said: "Everybody is excited about this: They see the potential for the market, the potential to sell the things around it. They see it as a great traffic driver to their stores".

 

Gattis said that "retail will be part of [their] strategy" but it won't happen until Q1 2016, but that doesn't mean the Vive is delayed from its 'end of 2015' release window. Gattis added: "I don't know if we're necessarily going to hit retail for holiday, but we're still very committed to that".

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Mortal Kombat X tops US retail sales charts for the first half of 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 12:39 am

In what should come as a total surprise, Mortal Kombat X has topped NPD Group's sales rankings for video games at the retail level in the US for the first half of 2015. Considering the #2 title is Grand Theft Auto V, this is a huge scoop for Warner Bros., especially after the huge issues surrounding Batman: Arkham Knight.

 

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Most of the games on the chart will be games you either own, or have heard of, but it's quite surprising to see Mortal Kombat X top the list. Here's the top 10 sales rankings for video games at retail for the first half of 2015, according to NPD Group:

 

  • 1. Mortal Kombat X (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
  • 2. Grand Theft Auto V (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
  • 3. Battlefield Hardline (Publisher: Electronic Arts)
  • 4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Publisher: Activision)
  • 5. Minecraft (Publisher: Microsoft)
  • 6. Batman: Arkham Knight (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
  • 7. Dying Light (Publisher: Warner Bros.)
  • 8. NBA 2K15 (Publisher: Take-Two Interactive Software)
  • 9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Publisher: CD Projekt Red)
  • 10. Super Smash Bros. (Publisher: Nintendo)

Halo 5's campaign features eight playable Spartans

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 25, 2015 2:58 pm

343 Industries has revealed new info on the importance of teamwork in Halo 5: Guardians' campaign mode, underlining key mechanics and tweaks they've made along the way.

 

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For the most part 343i has kept the standard Halo formula in tact for Halo 5, but this time around the game has a decidedly more strategic co-operative feel. Gone are the days of lone-wolfing it in Master Chief's boots: throughout the missions you'll be accompanied by three other Spartans all with their own attributes, Loadouts, and specialized HUD's.

 

"Your team is your weapon," reads the developers' new Halo Waypoint update.

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Security issues plague contactless payments, Which? group finds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 25, 2015 1:40 pm

As there is a big push for consumers and retailers to adopt contactless payments, there are plenty of cybersecurity headaches that must be addressed.

 

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The Which? Consumer group noted that data from contactless debit and credit cards can be intercepted - and while not all data is taken - it's enough to make fraudulent purchases.

 

"Using an easily obtainable reader and free software to decode data, we were able to read the card number and expiry date from all 10 cards," said a spokesperson from Which?, in a statement published by Sky News. "We were also able to read limited details of the last 10 transactions, although no cards revealed the CVV security code."

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