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Microsoft admits its OS market share is 14%, Android is dominating

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:40 am

Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, has said that his company faces a tough future, where he has said that Microsoft operating systems (in whichever form) only power a small amount of devices across the world.

 

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During a presentation at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Turner said: "The reality is the world's shifted, the world's evolved. We now measure ourselves in the total device space. And in the total device space we have a 14% share of devices, total worldwide devices". The new figures come from Gartner, which estimated that Windows share of the shipped devices market in 2013 was just 14%, and would decrease this year to 13.7%.

 

It's not all doom and gloom for Microsoft, which is under fresh control and direction, with Turner saying: "We have a much bigger opportunity than we've ever had in the past to grow our mutual businesses, but we have to rethink how we look at our businesses". The numbers are quite a shock considering Microsoft's operating systems power smartphones, tablets, desktop and notebook PCs, and a bunch of other devices such as 2-in-1 devices and much more.

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Lookout: U.S. smartphone users being targeted by mobile ransomware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:11 am

A new form of malware dubbed 'ScarePakage' is targeting U.S. smartphone owners and can render devices inoperable, according to security firm Lookout. The mobile ransomware tricks users by claiming it's from the FBI, saying phone owners are being investigated for alleged crimes. Once a device is compromised, the ransomware demands "several hundred dollars" or the device will remain under control of ScarePakage.

 

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The ScarePakage ransomware doesn't need root administrator access, and has been designed to be overly intrusive. It runs a Java TimerTask every 10 milliseconds to prevent any other applications or processes to shut down, and stops hijacked devices from going into sleep mode.

 

"Mobile ransomware in and of itself is a fairly new tactic from malware authors and this is one of the first we've seen targeting the U.S. specifically," said Jeremy Linden, Lookout Senior Security Product Manager, in a statement to TweakTown. "That said, we are less concerned about ScarePakage distributes itself and more concerned about how difficult to remove it is. Once the application has device administrator permissions, it is very hard to regain control of the device."

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Oculus VR delays first shipment of Rift DK2 units until next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 6:51 am

Oculus VR were meant to begin shipping off the first batches of its new Development Kit 2 headset, but no one has received notification of their shipping details on the second Rift unit just yet - myself included.

 

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I had e-mailed Oculus VR around 20 hours ago now, asking for an official comment, but was told there was no official comment. Hours later, a post by cybereality appeared on the Oculus VR forums, saying: "We've decided to hold the initial shipment of DK2s until the middle of next week so that we have an additional week to polish and QA the new Oculus SDK. We've been working on this update for over a year, with a focus on making the Rift easier to use and develop for. There are multiple major improvements including overhauled device and display handling, and we want to make sure the new SDK ready for integration by thousands of developers when DK2s start arriving at doorsteps".

 

I think this is fair enough, but it would've been nice to have Oculus VR say something at the beginning of the week. Surely they would've known the new SDK wouldn't be ready, but it's only a few days. Cybereality added: "Sorry to make everyone wait another week. We wouldn't delay if it wasn't important. The good news is that this only affects the very first group that would have received their units, and this doesn't change the total number of units that will ship in July. Again, we'll keep everyone posted. Thanks for bearing with us!

Xbox One sales have doubled since Microsoft dropped the price to $399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 5:32 am

It looks like Microsoft knew what it was doing when it slashed $100 from the price of its Xbox One console, because just last month alone the company has seen an increase of over 100% in Xbox One sales.

 

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The news is coming out from an internal Xbox blog, with the sales increase being attributed to the new $399 price of the Xbox One console, without the Kinect sensor. Microsoft hasn't revealed the exact number of consoles sold, so we don't know any concrete numbers on the amount of Xbox One consoles Microsoft shifted last month.

LG unveils the mid-range G3 Beat, or the G3 s depending on the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:28 am

LG hasn't even properly rolled out its impressive G3 smartphone around the world yet, but the South Korean giant isn't sleeping on its watch, either. The company has just announced the new G3 Beat, as it'll be known in Korea, but in Europe and the CIS, it'll be known as the G3 s.

 

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The new G3 Beat or G3 s features a 5-inch 720p display, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. We also have a 2540mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for its style, it falls in line with the impressively sexy G3 smartphone. The new, smaller G3 Beat, or G3 s will be made available in South Korea on July 18, and then onto Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the coming weeks.

The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4 includes 30FPS lockdown option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:32 am

The Last of Us: Remastered is nearly upon us for the PlayStation 4, with more details on the spruced up next-gen version of the game. Sony has confirmed that there is an option to lock the framerate to 30FPS, as the PS4 version of the game will run at 1080p, and a variable framerate of up to 60FPS.

 

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Sony's Sid Shuman has said that choosing between framerates will "boil down to personal preference". The biggest deciding factor will be having an absolute rock solid 30FPS versus the variable, sometimes 60FPS. It'll be great at 60FPS, but when it drops, you're going to feel it. More details have also surfaced on the PS4 remake of the game, where save games won't carry over from the PS3 version of The Last of Us to the PS4, and more.

 

DLC carries over, which should have some fans happy. There are three major DLC packs for The Last of Us: Abandoned Territories, Reclaimed Territories, and Left Behind. The new PS4 version of The Last of Us will also work with the new DualShock 4 controller, where the touchpad is capable of being used to open up Joel's backpack, audio recordings are played through the speaker on the DualShock 4 controller, and it changes color when you start losing health.

Kim Kardashian's mobile game could make her $85 million this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 2:19 am

Before writing this news, I didn't even know that Kim Kardashian had a mobile game out - but she does - Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The mobile game is out on both iOS and Android, but it looks like Kim might make a huge chunk of cash from her mobile game alone this year.

 

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The reality TV star is set to make an estimated $200 million this year, and after $10 million of expenses is paid for, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could make her a cool $85.5 million. The mobile game has her likeness, using her "in-game audio commentary, hand-selected wardrobe, and persona authenticity" to rise to fame.

 

Players will catch up with fellow celebrities, attend exclusive clubs, as well as becoming an A-list actor, fashion designer or cover model. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available for both iOS and Android, if you want to try it out.

Japan Display and MediaTek unveil new 120Hz-capable mobile display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:21 am

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) and MediaTek are working together to provide the market with 120Hz-capable mobile displays that will see ultra-smooth gaming on mobile devices, but the smartphones that will house these new super-fast displays will be chewing down some serious battery life, too.

 

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With most flagship smartphones, we have 50Hz or 60Hz displays, which is absolutely fine for most video playback, gaming and everything else you throw at it. But for the next-generation of mobile games, and in my opinion virtual reality headsets, 120Hz is vital. MediaTek's MT6596 and MT6795 system-on-chips are both capable of 120FPS.

 

Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit said: "120Hz mobile displays are not only a pleasure to view and use, but they also ensure mobile users can see every aspect of detailed screen action with the maximum possible fluidity. We are pleased to have partnered with Japan Display to revolutionize the mobile experience for consumers to experience premium technology". I think we've just seen the future of VR displays unveiled, and I would be confident in saying that this is the type of display that Oculus VR is waiting for its Rift CV1 (Consumer Version 1) headset.

Stolen laptop opens up 20,000 students in South Carolina to data theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:27 pm

Around 20,000 current and former students at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina are at risk of data theft following a stolen laptop taken from a staff office. Data taken includes names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of both students and faculty going back at almost seven years.

 

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The technical college will now use encryption software on all laptops and PCs, while those affected by the data breach are being contacted. The laptop was stolen on July 7 and an investigation is currently underway to try to identify those responsible.

 

"College officials were disappointed to learn that someone entered a staff member's office on campus and removed a computer," said Kim Huff, OC Tech VP of Business Affairs, in a statement. "We are evaluating our security controls to prevent further incidents."

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Chinese man in Canada arrested for hacking Lockheed Martin, Boeing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:44 pm

A Chinese citizen living in Canada has been arrested and is accused of hacking into Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other U.S. companies with government defense contracts. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Subin and Stephen Su, is accused of unlawfully accessing computers in the United States, according to the FBI, in an attempt to steal data on military projects.

 

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Su allegedly worked with two other hackers to steal data between 2009 and 2013, with some stolen information offered for sale to Chinese companies. Specifically, they had an interest in F-22, F35, and C-17 U.S. military aircraft - along with weapons programs currently being developed.

 

"We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft or sensitive information, and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime," said Marc Raimondi, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, in a statement.

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