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Battlefield 4 banned in China over "national security" reasons

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2013 1:33 am

EA is already battling class action lawsuits over Battlefield 4, but now the first-person shooter has been banned in China, with the Chinese government citing "national security" concerns.

 

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EA has declined to comment on the ban when The Wall Street Journal tried to make contact. The problem with Battlefield 4 is that the single player campaign involves China in the year 2020, with the Chinese admiral planning to overthrow the government. Then we have Battlefield 4: China Rising, which is a DLC for the first-person shooter, featuring maps, vehicles and a new gametype, all set on the Chinese mainland.

Security researchers warn of cross-platform DDoS botnet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 28, 2013 1:10 am

A new DDoS Botnet has the ability to infect both Microsoft Windows along with Linux-based systems, according to the Poland Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Unlike many cyber-based attacks, this botnet is only interested in launching DDoS attacks to knock certain servers and websites offline.

 

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The Linux-based botnet reportedly handles dropping servers, while the Windows-based botnet easily hijacked consumer PCs. "Most servers that are injected with these various scripts are then used for a variety of tasks, including DDoS, vulnerability scanning, and exploiting," according to security expert Andre Dimino, in a blog post. "The mining of virtual currency is now often seen running in the background during the attacker's 'downtime.'"

 

Seeing DDoS attacks to turn zombie PCs into an effective botnet isn't Earth-shattering news, but this cross-platform attack is relatively unique. As bitcoin mining and launching attacks to impact certain companies is easily done when using unsuspecting machines.

Star Citizen breaches $35 million in crowdfunding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 6:48 am

Star Citizen has passed over $35 million in crowdfunding, with the new stretch goal sitting at the easily-reachable $36 million. Considering we saw $33 million raised at the end of November, we're seeing millions pour into Roberts Space Industries' coffers.

 

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Chris Roberts, the brain behind Star Citizen, said: "Wow! When I started this journey I would have never guessed that we would have come so far in such a short time. $35M in funds raised to build Star Citizen before the end 2013 it truly a monumental achievement! You're not just re-writing the rules of how games are made and funded but you're showing the power that a committed community has to achieve a vision that so many people said was no longer relevant. You've broken every record there is in crowd funding - and not just for games - for any type of project!"

 

I'm beginning to feel like this game won't be anywhere near complete in time, considering the scope of the game - especially with the Dogfighting Module expected this month, but delayed for months. The game does scale well at 7680x1440, something we tested with some Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire.

More talk of the Samsung 12.2-inch tablet, could launch any day now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 5:36 am

There were rumors of this all the way back in September, but it looks like a 12.2-inch tablet from Samsung is becoming a reality. A photo of the 12.2-inch slate was posted on a Korean forum, with some specs.

 

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Now we have a report coming out of South Korea, stating that the new "Galaxy Note Pro" or "Galaxy Note 12" slate would launch early next year. ZDNet Korea is now reporting from an unnamed industry source that the slate will feature a massive 12.2-inch 2560x1600-pixel display, 2.4GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a gigantic 9500mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

We should see this tablet at CES 2014 in just a couple of weeks time, where we will hopefully have some hands-on time with it.

The CyanogenMod-based Oppo N1 is now on sale for $599

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 4:33 am

The very first CyanogenMod-based smartphone is now available, with the Oppo N1 now on sale for $599. The Oppo N1 smartphone is capable of running either Android, or the heavily-modified CyanogenMod.

 

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There's a limited edition CyanogenMod version which comes in a baby blue color, sporting the company's logo. The N1 is the only device on the market that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed, but better yet - Google has cleared Oppo to have Google Play and Google apps on the N1 smartphone. This is the first step for Cyanogen Inc., who recently raised $23 million from investors.

Apple fined $667,000 in Taiwan for messing with carrier prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 3:42 am

It's not turning out to be a Merry Christmas for Apple, which was just fined by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. The iPhone maker was hit with a $667,000 fine because it was "interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors' pricing."

 

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Apple could face an additional fine of $1.67 million, if it doesn't stop its ways, messing around with carriers and other retailers in regards to iPhone prices. Taiwan's FTC also said in a statement: "Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market."

Target continuing to feel backlash after security breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 2:39 am

Target, the No. 2 discount retailer in the United States, isn't having a Merry Christmas following a data breach affecting 40 million customers one week ago.

 

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It appears malware installed on the store's point-of-sale (POS) cash registers contributed to the credit theft, with federal investigators involved in the ongoing investigation. The breach has led to around two dozen customer-filed lawsuits, with other lawsuits expected in the future. The lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts ranging from Minnesota and California to New York.

 

After first reports of a Target breach earlier in the month, some stolen credit and debit card numbers were hitting the black market within days. The company will almost certainly face increased scrutiny after the holidays, as the retailer is hearing reports of clever e-mail scams targeting customers. To battle against scammers, Target is creating a custom section on its website to communicate directly to customers interested in learning more.

LG G3 smartphone rumored to feature 2560x1440, or 'Quad HD' panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 1:34 am

We've heard that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 would feature a 2K pixel display, but LG doesn't want to be left out of the high resolution fun, with new rumors of its upcoming flagship G3 smartphone also sporting a 2560x1440-pixel display.

 

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The news is coming from ZDNet Korea, which reports that the G3 will feature a Quad HD display, or 2K panel. ZDNet Korea also reports that the LG G3 smartphone would feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-core processor, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. We shouldn't expect the G3 until the second half of 2014.

Steam Holiday Sales today include Skyrim, Deus Ex: HR with 75% off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 12:32 am

Valve is currently offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free, which promptly took down the Steam Store servers, but the Steam Holiday Sales continue no matter what, right? Of course!

 

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Today sees a bunch of new games on sale, including Skyrim with 75% off, down from $34.99 to just $8.74, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut also seeing 75% off, down from $19.99 to just $4.99. If those games don't tickle your fancy, you could grab Payday 2 for $13.49, down from $29.99 or 55% off.

The Steam Store is down, holiday gamers are a bit too feverish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 11:33 pm

Edit: It seems to be working seconds after this piece went live - just my luck - but then when I refreshed it was gone. It came back, so it might be OK for now, with intermittent problems.

 

I woke up this morning, and like the past few mornings, I hit up the Steam Store to see what games are on special during Valve's Steam Holiday Sales. Well today, I couldn't do that, because the Steam Store is completely down.

 

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This could be because Valve is offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free right now - and its servers completely buckled under the immense pressure... but one would think Valve's servers would be equipped to handle that type of traffic. It should be back up soon, but for now, you'll have to keep tapping F5 waiting for it to return.

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