After being out for a while now, Ubisoft is only just now rolling out a patch to Watch Dogs - something that PC gamers should receive in the next few days, while PS4 gamers get it today, and Xbox gamers receiving it sometime next week.
But now I have a question: will TheWorse/E3 2012 mod still work after this patch? Ubisoft has already alienated and pissed off the PC gaming community with its deliberate gimping of Watch Dogs on PC, but this would just be yet another strike against the publisher. Hopefully the mod still works, so gamers get an even more stable game with bug fixes, with better graphics than they had before.
BitPay is the new sponsor of the St. Petersburg Bowl, the annual NCAA football postseason bowl game, in a three-year deal. Tickets for the game start at $40 and interested football fans will be able to purchase game tickets in bitcoin.
Retailers and companies are accepting bitcoin payments, willing to test the cryptocurrency waters. Bitcoin wallets and storage security still cause concern for security specialists, but technology is evolving.
"This will be a fantastic opportunity to raise bitcoin awareness to millions of new users," BitPay said in a blog post. "Our goal is to make it the largest and most exciting bitcoin event ever produced. The date of the first Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will be Friday, December 26 at 8:00 PM at Tropicana Field."
Sir Iain Lobban, the chief of British spy agency GCHQ, has publicly attacked the Guardian over its role in publishing information leaked by ex-NSA agent Edward Snowden.
He asserted that GCHQ and its sister agencies in British intelligence are protecting the UK "despite the best efforts of some of the media." According to the Telegraph, Lobban said at the IA14 cyber security conference: "GCHQ has some world-class intellectual property but you'll understand that even in these revelatory times we really do need major parts of that to remain secret. But we are working to share where we can, including contributing it to the open source community to encourage further development."
He went on to claim GCHQ's reputation - despite the role the media has played in exposing its part in the worldwide, online surveillance dragnet - is "helping UK industry." "Allies around the world want to talk to us about cyber security and they want to do business with companies that we can vouch for," he said.
Unless humans evacuate the planet and colonise Mars the species faces complete extinction, Tesla's Elon Musk suggested his company could be the one to do it.
Speaking in an interview with CNBC, Musk said that not only should Mars be a long term goal, he believes the first people could land on the red planet in 10-12 years. "I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," Musk said, adding that this space colony should also be a "self-sustaining city" to "make life multi-planetary."
"We should be on a path to creating a self-sustaining civilization on Mars," Musk said. "It will ensure the continued existence of humanity and life as we know it if there is a calamity on Earth, and it will be the greatest adventure in history."
Ireland's high court has passed a request on to the European Court of Justice to examine Facebook's compliance with data protection rules after its alleged role in providing data to the USA's National Security Agency.
Ireland's High Court has conceded it is not able to force an investigation from the country's data commissioner, which acts as watchdog to companies all across Europe. High Court Justice Gerard Hogan did say this application for review is likely to fail, as the European commission already ruled the USA has provided an "adequate level of data protection." However, the application does bring about questions on whether the EU data protection directive is in line with the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights.
"The critical issue which arises is whether the proper interpretation of the 1995 directive and the 2000 Commission decision should be re-evaluated in the light of the subsequent entry into force of article 8 of the EU charter," Hogan said, in a statement which appeared to suggest laws were in dire need of an update for the technology age.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Timothy Justin French, 20, an alleged member of the NullCrew hacking group on federal hacking charges. Known online as "Orbit," French contributed to attacks against two unnamed universities and three private companies. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, a common charge when the federal governments snags hackers.
French was arrested without incident and the FBI is looking for other NullCrew members to prosecute. The FBI used a confidential witness, communicating with NullCrew members on Twitter, Skype and Cryptocat as they built their case against the hackers. During the investigation, the witness learned of past hacking operations, current plans, and future targets, while learning about the group's attack strategies.
The NullCrew first popped up on the radar after successfully hacking the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and World Health Organization (WHO), publicly publishing usernames, passwords, and email addresses.
Smartphone maker BlackBerry has confirmed it will include support for the Amazon Appstore, which will roll out with the BlackBerry 10.3 OS available this fall. There are more than 240,000 Google Android apps available, while users gain access to Netflix, Groupon, Pinterest, Minecraft, Candy Crush Saga, and more.
BlackBerry will now be able to focus more on secure enterprise mobile applications for use in the workplace, while users can pick up apps from Amazon.
"Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises," said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, in a press statement. "We've listened to our customers and have taken this important step to deliver on their needs, while executing our strategy."
Auction house eBay has banned the sale of smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Star, as the company's N9500 cheap Google Android-powered device ships with the Usupay.D Trojan malware pre-installed. The device tracks phone user activity and cybercriminals can remotely control and manipulate the phone, if necessary.
The only app shown running on the device is the Google Play Store icon, and the malware is completely hidden. After reports showed the phone was compromised, eBay decided to pull all sales of the Star N9500, which has become popular due to its low cost and close design to the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
"The options with this spy program are nearly unlimited," said Christian Geschkat, G DATA Product Manager of Mobile Solutions, in a press statement. "Online criminals have full access to the smartphone. G DATA customers reported a detection by our security solutions and thus alerted us to this criminal tactic."
Popular e-tailer Amazon today officially launched the Fire Phone, marking the company's first foray into a very competitive smartphone market.
The Fire Phone has a 4.7-inch screen, 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera. Safely enclosed with a rubberized frame and featuring anodized aluminum buttons, Amazon chose Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches and potential cracks.
"The phone is gorgeous," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, during the press event. "I can't wait for you to get your hands-on it. Premium materials, rubberized frame. Gorilla Glass on both sides."
While other major storage vendors have quickly entered the all-flash market via acquisitions, NetApp is finally making its mark with the release of the homegrown, brand new FAS8080EX. NetApp claims this new unified storage array is capable of scaling to 4 million IOPS and is configurable as an all-flash array with a capacity of 4.6PB. Alternatively, configured as a hybrid array, it can scale to over 70PB with more than 600 I/O connections.
In addition to announcing the FAS8080EX, NetApp has also launched a new entry-level system that is also capable of both NAS and SAN, the FAS2500. This new system has expanded flash support that increases performance and capacity by over 40%. There are three flavors of the new 2500 series with a max configuration up to 576TB and support for FC, iSCSI, NFS, SMB and FCoE.