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T-Mobile has been hacked, with up to 15 million customers affected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 11:07 pm

T-Mobile has just announced that it has been hacked, with up to 15 million people affected. The hack hit Experian, which T-Mobile uses to process its credit applications.




The names, addresses, birth dates and social security numbers of 15 million customers were hacked, with the encrypted data including social security numbers and drivers license numbers. Experian says that the encryption protecting those precious bits and bytes of data was also compromised.


The hack took place between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015 - which means that anyone who had a credit check for a new line of service or a new smartphone could be affected. T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said that he's "incredibly angry" about the attack, and that the company would be going through a "thorough review" of their relationship with Experian. Legere reiterated that its payment systems and network were not attacked, with the blame placed on Experian.


T-Mobile and Experian will now be offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services for the next two years, which is a decent consolation prize.

Watch Your Front Door From Anywhere in the World

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 10:32 pm



Never ask "who is it?" again. SkyBell lets you see and speak to anyone who rings your doorbell through your smartphone. And right now, we're making it available for 15% off - just $169 - at TweakTown Deals.


SkyBell attaches to a wired, mechanical doorbell chime and connects to your home Wi-Fi to alert your smartphone when anyone rings the bell. You'll get a high-quality video image of your front door right on your phone-even in the middle of the night, thanks to its night-vision technology. It also features on-demand camera capabilities, so you can use SkyBell to see who's passing by your door anytime, even if they don't ring your bell.


Get peace of mind and have 24/7 access to what's happening outside your front door, whether you're home or not. Get SkyBell for $169 at TweakTown Deals.

Don't pre-order Fallout 4's season pass--wait for mods instead

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 8:07 pm

Pre-orders have just opened up for Fallout 4's $30 season pass, but why should you bother with it when mod support is coming in 2016?



When Fallout 4 releases in November, just about everyone in the known universe is going to put their lives on hold for a post-apolcayptic joyride in an irradiated Boston. Gamers will pour hundreds and hundreds of hours of their time into the game, exploring every nook and cranny whilst building up their respective survivors. Given that Fallout 4 will take over 400 hours to complete, isn't it really too soon to even think about DLC?


We all know how the games industry works. Pre-orders are the bread and butter for devs, and often season passes and DLC are planned out way before the game is actually finished. Now Bethsoft is participating in this, but they're also going to roll out full mod support across all platforms, bringing mods to consoles for the first time. This is huge. Before now console gamers have been locked out of user-created content and were at the mercy of whatever developers decided to throw at them.

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Amazon halts sales of Chromecast and Apple TV

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 6:54 pm

In a bid to push Prime subscribers towards its own Fire TV set-top box, Amazon is planning on ceasing all sales of Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV.




The digital retailer says that it will no longer list or sell devices that don't support Prime Video streaming, including all current and last-generation Apple and Google streaming products. The new policy will go into effect starting October 29, whereupon the entire online retailer will be Chromecast and Apple TV-free.


"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in an official statement to Mashable. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and Fire TV are excellent choices."

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Surface Pro 3 firmware update improves performance, stability

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 5:04 pm

Surface Pro 3 gets another September firmware update this week. v3.9.650.0 is a good one, improving booting while docked, bettering wireless network connectivity, fixing some bugs, and more.




You should already have the update, but in case not, click the "Check for updates" button to be sure. See below for the changelog.

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Skype Translator slow rollout begins today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 4:44 pm

Microsoft has been working hard since June to make it so inter-language conversations are possible on the Skype desktop program, courtesy of Skype Translator. As of today, it's finally possible, as the company begins its slow rollout to users, which will be complete within a few weeks. If you have the update, you'll notice Translator icons in conversation windows, as below.




Skype Translator covers both voice and text chat: six languages for the former, and 50 for the latter. Among the more popular: Chinese, English, French, Hindi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and just for good measure, Klingon (which was assisted by the Skype community).


Apparently the results earlier this year were impressive, so they should be even better now.

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Microsoft accidentally publishes Windows 7 test update

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 4:32 pm

If you're still on Windows 7, you may have been put off by a strange update in the past 24 hours going by a name something like "gYxseNjwafVPfgsoHnzLblmmAxZUiOnGcchqEAEwjyxwjUIfpXfJQcdLapTmFaqHGCFsdvpLarmPJLOZYMEILGNIPwNOgEazuBVJ". The update is flagged as "important".




No need to worry about your system being compromised by Shodan, though: Microsoft says it was a mistakenly released test update and should be removed by now.

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Amazon's new Flex service is an Uber-like package delivery system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 4:19 pm

Amazon continues to evolve, with the launch of its latest service that pays part-time drivers to deliver packages for Amazon. Amazon Flex is an Uber-like delivery service that pays drivers between $18 and $25 per hour to deliver packages using Amazon Prime Now, within the promised one-hour delivery window.




Interested drivers need to be at least 21 years old, have their own vehicle, an Android-powered smartphone, and have to pass a background check. We don't know how many drivers Amazon is after, the delivery distance and package size they'd be handling and other factors that would determine how much a driver is paid per hour.


Part-time drivers can work two-, four-, or eight-hour shifts to supplement their income - or with the eight-hour shifts, it could very well be a full-time job. It's not as flexible as being an Uber driver, but the benefits are there. Amazon Flex drivers can work as much as they want, as Amazon needs delivery drivers seven days a week.

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate has '100% optional' microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 4:12 pm

Ubisoft has confirmed that microtransactions are here to stay in the modern Assassin's Creed universe: we've seen them in Black Flag, Unity, and now they're coming to 18th century London in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.



The paygate content will be "100% optional" so you can still all of the game's content without paying extra. Syndicate's microtransaction model will be focused on the money vs. time convenience scheme that involves shelling out cash to get the strongest items and possible level up faster. It'll likely be in the same currency tier scheme we see in freemium mobile games and F2P games like Warframe. Ubisoft maintains that Syndicate's microtransactions will be closer to Black Flag than Unity--which is a smart thing to say, considering how Unity is associated with catastrophe.


"Assassin's Creed Syndicate will include paid options to save time and accelerate progress," said Ubisoft dev Francois Pelland. "The pay model allows players who do not have time to fully explore our huge game world to still be able to eventually acquire the game's most powerful gear as well as other items. Rest assured, all of AC Syndicate's content is available without paying anything additional and the game has been balanced such that microtransactions are 100% optional."

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Catalyst 15.9.1 beta driver fixes memory leak issue

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 1, 2015 3:26 pm

AMD has released its Catalyst 15.9.1 beta driver, a slight update over the recently released 15.9 beta driver.




The latter improved performance in the Fable: Legends benchmark and The Star Wars: Battlefront beta, but also gave rise to a severe memory leak bug that triggered when resizing windows. That bug is fixed in 15.9.1, so download and install to your heart's content.


Driver notes are below.

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