Origin Users Complain of Account Breaches

Users of Origin, EA’s digital game distribution portal, have reported unauthorized access to their accounts, with activity including game purchases, game playing, and in-game currency farming.

A number of users have complained about the abnormal activity on reddit, some after receiving e-mails notifying them that attempts at purchasing games have failed, when no such purchase had been attempted. Others noticed new game achievements being added from games they had not recently played.

According to EA, it “found no indication at this point of a breach of our Origin account database. Privacy and security of user account information are of the utmost importance to us.”

Back in November, hacker group DerpTrolling posted a selection of Origin usernames and passwords, bragging that it had many more, for a selection of different sites. The hackers claimed to possess over 7 million usernames and passwords; 1.7 million Origin accounts, 3 million Facebook accounts, 620,000 Twitter accounts, and even 1.2 million accounts related to the CIA domain.

Source: Electronista

Ozone Gaming Launches Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Headset

After the introduction of the Argon OceloteWorld mouse, Ozone gaming now launches the brand new Ozone Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Surround headset. Ozone has worked with Ocelote the past year to develop these new peripherals to bring the best comfort and performance.

The new Blast OceloteWorld works for both PC and PS4 gamers and give quick access to important functions with easy and fast volume adjustments to both the headset and chat. The virtual 7.1 surround headset features an automatic microphone muting when the boom is moved up and a LED will also indicate whether the microphone is on or off.

The headband has been reinforced additionally for that extra stability. The adjustable ear pads are made from high-end protein and memory foam. The headset can also be folded together for easy transportation and storage.

Specifications

  • 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset
  • Headphone Impedance: 50 Ω
  • Speaker Driver dimensions: ø44mm
  • Speaker Sensitivity: 119 +/- 3DB
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20~20kHz
  • Speaker Max Input: 100mW
  • Microphone Directivity: Omni-directional
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42 +/- 3 dB
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ω
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 ~ 10,000 Hz
  • Microphone Dimension: 6 x 2,7mm
  • Cable Length: 3 m
  • Connector: USB
  • Weight (w/o cable): 306gr
  • PS4 & PC Compatible
  • LED Lighting FX on earcups

The Ozone Gaming Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound headset comes with an MSRP of €74.90.

Thanks to Ozone Gaming for providing us with this information

Images and Video courtesy of Ozone Gaming

MPAA Considering Pulling out of UK Pirate Notice Program

Earlier this year the MPAA entered an agreement with the UK government to begin sending out warning notices to Internet pirates. However, it seems that they don’t really believe in them and probably much rather want dangle huge fictive settlement fees in front of us and hunt the pirates with lawsuits.

The warning notices is one of the cornerstones of modern anti-piracy tactics. The copyright holders monitor internet traffic on torrent and similar systems, log the IP address on the offenders and ask their ISP to send out warning messages for the customers to stop their illegal activities. France was one of the first to adopt this method, but to no surprise the American ISPs are the biggest ones to use this system now. This system has been brought to the UK over the summer, but it seems the MPAA wasn’t really on board with it.

In fact, Torrentfreak is reporting that the MPAA had such cold feet in advance that they flew over a former senator to have a talk with the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Senior Policy Advisor in March. While they reached an agreement, the MPAA still doesn’t seem convinced that the warning-only system works. But for now it looks like Hollywood will give VCAP time to work, but could pull out at a later point if the public simply isn’t getting the message.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TheRegister

Eurocom Adds Fastest 5400RPM 7mm HDD Option to Their Amazing Systems

Eurocom builds some serious mobile computing machines that really don’t lack anything in comparison with their stationary companions, you might remember the recently launched Neptune 4K Workstation that offers up to 6.5TB storage, 32GB memory, i7 Extreme CPU as well as Nvidia Quadro GPUs. Now they’ve added the fastest and most robust 5400RPM 2.5-inch 7mm hard disk drive as another option to all their fully upgradeable laptops and Mobile Workstations.

The new HDD available  is the HGST Travelstar Z5K1000 drive that is 26 percent slimmer compared to traditional 9.5mm drives and weights only 95 grams. It offers the industry’s highest operating shock at 400G/2ms and non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against bumps and rough handling in mobile environments.

The HDD is the seventh generation of self-encrypting drives (SED) to feature HGST’s Bulk Data Encryption for that extra protection of your sensitive data. It’s built with a two-disk design that is said to deliver nearly silent operation at 2.1 idle/2.2 seek bels.

Drive Specifications

  • 1TB of capacity
  • Advanced Format, 512-byte emulation
  • 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • Dual-stage Actuator (DSA)
  • Self-encrypting for data security
  • 5400 rpm Rotational Speed
  • 95 Gram Weight
  • 1000G/1 ms Non-Operating Shock and 400G/2ms Operating Shock
  • 600 000 Load/Unload Cycles
  • 32 MB Data Buffer

Thanks to Eurocom for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Eurocom

TRENDnet Announced WiFi HD Baby Cam

There is no doubt that the most valuable thing we have in this world is our children, they are our future as we know. And to keep an extra and easy eye on them, TRENDnet has created the WiFi HD Baby Cam that allows you not only wireless and internet based monitoring, but also to send sound or voice back trough the built-in speaker.

The WiFi HD Baby Cam can be universally placed on either a wall or tabletop. It can record up to 2.5 days continues video onto an added 32GB memory card while it also allows you to save your recorded video onto a connected NAS device for nearly unlimited recording time. The 720p camera comes with night vision to provide you with the video feed of your loved ones no matter how much light there might be.

It further has built-in motion detector to trigger recording, 5 pre-recorded classical music tracks to sooth your toddler, and a built-in thermometer to monitor the room temperature.

“The 720p HD TV-IP745SIC is easy to install and packed full of features,” stated Zak Wood, TRENDnet director of global marketing. “Users will also be excited about the ability to save video to a MircoSD card or NAS device without having to pay a monthly recording fee.”

The TRENDnet TV-IP745SIC WiFi Baby Cam comes backed by a 3-year warranty and should be available now for an MSRP of $139.99.

Thanks to TRENDnet for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of TRENDnet

Chrome OS Now Supports Running Linux in a Window

If you wanted to show off that Chrome OS-powered device of yours, now you can; you can run Linux in window. How special!

Google evangelist François Beaufort posted on Google+ that with the help of the Crouton Chrome extension, Chrome OS users can run Linux in a window. Before you do any of this, you’ll need to get your Chromebook in Developer Mode, and then grab the Extension from the Chrome Store.

Source: GigaOM.

Samsung Launches Snapdragon 810 Powered Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has just launched a new Galaxy Note 4 variant, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor, with most of the other internal components remaining unchanged.

The previous Note 4 is powered by the Snapdragon 805 processor, but the new Snapdragon 810 is a 64-bit processor that leverage’s ARM’s Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 CPU cores in a big.LITTLE configuration. The CPU cores are joined by an Adreno 430 GPU. The Snapdragon 810 is also the first processor that Qualcomm has made on its still new 20nm process.

The new Snapdragon 810 provides support for Category 9 LTE through an updated integrated modem, with the latest version of LTE Advanced supporting 3x20MHz carrier aggregation, something that allow for a huge 450Mbps downstream bandwidth. This is a big jump on the 2x20MHz Category 6 LTE that the Snapdragon 805-powered Galaxy Note 4 featured, supporting up to 300Mbps.

The updated Galaxy Note 4 can be found in South Korea, but those Cat.9 LTE-A deployments are very limited right now, so don’t expect to see the new Galaxy Note 4 overseas just yet.

Source: TechSpot.

Xiaomi Becomes the World’s Most Valuable Technology Startup

Who is the world’s most valuable tech startup? That would be the Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi.

The company has just jumped over LG and Lenovo to becom the third-largest smartphone maker in the world, but it has just recently raised $1.1 billion from its latest funding round. This had the company valued at a huge $45 billion, impressive considering Xiaomi is only four years old. Some of the new investors included All-Stars Investment, DST, GIC, Hopu Fund, and Yunfeng Capital.

Xiaomi is often referred to as the “Apple of China” but becoming the world’s most valuable technology startup is only going to help that. This means that Xiaomi has leapfrogged Uber, which just raised $1.2 billion on a total valuation of $41 billion, and many other tech startups. Xiaomi co-founder and president, Bin Lin, said in a post on Facebook that the company will unveil its new flagship handset next month. He also added “We will strive to continue bringing innovation to everyone, with a goal of producing high-quality, high-performance devices with great user experience.”

Source: TechSpot.

Gmail Begins Appearing Back in China

We only reported yesterday that Gmail had disappeared in China, but it looks like Chinese Gmail users are getting access to their accounts once again, after a huge four-day outage.

Google’s own Transparency Report shows that there is a slight jump in traffic, but it is nowhere near what it was on, and before Christmas Day. The Chinese government has been blaming Google, while Google has been blaming the Chinese government – in a tit-for-tat fight over why Google’s infamous e-mail service went down in the country.

Source: TechSpot.

Samsung Adds Milk VR to the App Line Up for the Gear VR Headset

Samsung hasn’t got much on the Gear VR headset right now, which is why the company has just added its Milk VR service to the Oculus-powered VR head-mounted display.

Milk VR will be delivering a regular amount of 360-degree immersive content to Samsung’s wearable headset, content that will span many different genres – including music, sports, action and lifestyle. Samsung will continue to update the offerings in Milk VR, instead of having consumers download individual experiences separately.

All of the content within the Milk VR app can be downloaded, or it can be adaptively streamed, whichever you choose. Samsung’s goal with Milk VR is to have the perfect spot for your new and exciting content, providing yet another reason to purchase the Oculus VR-powered device for your Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Samsung has launched the Milk VR application as a “technical preview,” which is fine since the Gear VR is still considered a “innovator edition”. If anyone has a Gear VR, let us know what you think of the new Milk VR application!

Source: Android Central.

This Is What Halo 9 Will Look Like, Probably

The Halo 5: Guardians beta has been enjoyed by many people on the Xbox One, but as Microsoft gets closer to the release of the game, pre-order bonuses and more are being detailed. One thing we’re seeing, is the poster above, which does look pretty darn nice, if I must say so myself while I flick the cape on my #pcmasterrace costume.

Microsoft has now released a bunch of massive screenshots of Halo 5: Guardians, teased at 2560×1440, a resolution I’m sure even the next Xbox won’t be capable of at more than 30FPS. DualSHOCKERS reports that this is how “Halo 5: Remastered could look on Xbox Two” but I think it would be more like, this is Halo 8 on the Xbox Three or Xbox Four, judging from the 720p mess we have at the moment. No better than where the Xbox was 5-6 years ago.

We’ve got a bunch of screenshots for you to check out, all of which are below.

Source: DualSHOCKERS.

Gigabyte Aire M93 Ice Wireless Mouse Review

Introduction


Gigabyte is one of the biggest names in the computer industry. They’ve won countless awards for their motherboards, graphics cards and more; they’ve even won quite a few of those awards from us here at eTeknix. Peripherals may not be the biggest market for Gigabyte, but we’ve seen before that they have what it takes to make some seriously cool headsets, mice and keyboards.

Today we’ll be taking a look at their Aire M93 ICE, a fairly common wireless mouse that promises versatile performance. Wireless technology isn’t always ideal for gaming, but this isn’t really a gaming mouse; the Aire M93 has been tailored towards use with notebooks, in the office and other work environments.

The Aire M93 promises to work on a wide range of surfaces, which is great news for those who travel. One day you could be working at your swanky office desk, the next you may need to use the arm of a hotel room chair as your mouse mat. A versatile sensor is a vital tool for these scenarios and it also means you shouldn’t have to pack a mouse mat in your already heavy work bag.

Everything you need is included in the box; the mouse, the USB dongle, a rechargeable battery and the USB to microUSB charging cable.

The USB dongle is tiny. The small size is great for those using it with a laptop, as it’s not going to stick out and get in the way of mouse operations.

The mouse is nicely designed, with a curved design that should be comfortable for palm rest grips.

There’s the usual two switches on the left side, as well as an ergonomic bump that will provide a good resting position for your thumb. The left side of the mouse is lightly textured to provide extra grip.

There’s a slight ergonomic bump on the right side, which again helps you get a better grip on the mouse; the right side panel also features a grip texture.

Both mouse buttons have a deep curve to them that promotes a comfortable finger resting position. The mouse wheel is quite large and has a soft rubber grip with a bit of metal trim around it. You’ll also notice the two arrows around the wheel, the mouse wheel can be jogged left and right to give you extra navigation controls.

Behind the scroll wheel are two control buttons, one for the DPI toggle and the other for Free-scroll, which allows you to easily move webpages and folders around.

The underside has the cover for the battery compartment, a master power button and the sensor.

Behind the battery cover you will obviously find the battle slot, but also a nice little recess for the USB dongle. This means you won’t have to fish around in your bag for that tiny little USB connector; very handy!

The mouse can be used while charging and the cable connects to the front of the mouse easy enough. The cable is lightweight and

The FBI Confirms it is Investigating Lizard Squad After Hacking PSN, Xbox Live

Well, Lizard Squad is in some deep… well… you know what I was going to say. The FBI has confirmed that it is now investigating the hacking group, after they took both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services down over the holidays. An FBI spokesperson told GamesBeat “The FBI is investigating the matter. Given the pending nature of the case, we cannot comment further.”

Most would consider the FBI investigating them quite, well, serious, right? Not Lizard Squad, who took to Twitter with this tweet:

Source: VentureBeat.

MGS: Ground Zeroes Mod For The PC Lets You Play As Hideo Kojima

Some of you might have already played Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes when it launched on the PC recently, but some gamers have modded the game, allowing you to play as the Game Director himself, Hideo Kojima.

You can swap the models in the game, so you can effectively play as anyone in the game, which is an extremely cool thing to do. #pcmasterrace.

Source: Kotaku.

New World of Tanks Mode Offers 8-Bit Graphics

Next month, real-time armoured combat PC game World of Tanks is introducing a new game mode offering player the ability to play the game with 8-bit graphics. The mode, called Winter Showdown, also has three new vehicles, a new map, and five vs. five platoon battles.

Winter Showdown is available in US, Canada, Europe, and Asia on 26th January, while lucky South Korean players will have it on 15th Janurary.

Source: Polygon

Russia to Create a ‘Noah’s Ark’ Database Containing DNA From Every Animal in the World

Russia has awarded a huge national grant to Moscow State University to facilitate the creation of a ‘Noah’s Ark’ containing DNA from every living creature on the Earth, the first database of its kind.

The database should be completed by 2018 and the storage vault is said to cover an area of 430sq/km.

Viktor Sadivinchy, rector of Moscow State University, said in a press release, “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves.”

“It will enable us to cryogenically freeze and store various cellular materials, which can then reproduce. It will also contain information systems. Not everything needs to be kept in a petri dish.”

“If it’s realized, this will be a leap in Russian history as the first nation to create an actual Noah’s Ark of sorts.”

The DNA samples will be compiled from a number of existing sources, including the Botanical Garden, the Anthropological Museum, and the Zoological Museum, at a cost of 1 billion rubles (US$194 million).

Source: Inhabitat

Leaked NSA Documents Suggest Skype Traffic Surveillance

Leaked documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA), provided by Edward Snowden and published on Sunday by German newspaper Der Spiegel, show that the NSA has full access to traffic over Skype. That includes voice calls, video calls, instant messaging, and file sharing from specific persons of interest, and was granted by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant as part of the PRISM program.

A document from 2012, unambiguously titled “User’s Guide for PRISM Skype Collection”, details how to use the NSA’s NUCLEON system to task the capture of voice communications, and how PINWHALE is used to collect data from text chat and shared files.

Voice traffic capture began in February 2011 – the same year Microsoft bought Skype – for both “Skype in” and “Skype out” calls pertaining to specific users. In July of the same year the NSA gained access to peer-to-peer Skype communications, with Microsoft, under warrant, providing the keys it needed to decrypt the data.

Source: Ars Technica

MPAA Settlement Figures Are Nothing but Hot Air

The Sony hack has provided us with a lot of insight in what is going on behind the lines and at places the public usually doesn’t even know about. The amount of leaked data was huge and there are still people going through it to discover all the hidden secrets.

The next revelation coming from here is that the lawsuit settlement figures the MPAA likes to brag about, are nothing but hot air and direct and deliberate lies. This isn’t really a revelation as such, we all pretty much assumed so already. But now it’s also been confirmed.

It shows from a leaked email between the MPAA and Sony, that the actual settlement between the filehoster Hotfile and the MPAA was just 4 million and not 80 million like the MPAA announced. That public figure was agreed upon as part of the settlement. Hotfile shut down its servers shortly after the settlement, but we now know that this also was a part of the settlement and agreed upon in advance.

“The studios and Hotfile have reached agreement on settlement, a week before trial was to start. Hotfile has agreed to pay us $4 million, and has entered into a stipulation to have an $80 million judgment entered and the website shut down,” the email from Sony’s SVP Legal reads.

It’s always been hard to believe anything that comes from the MPAA or media lobby in general, and this sure isn’t making it any easier. Just as the $110 million settlements with IsoHunt or TorrentSpy never did happen, at least not in that size.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TorrentFreak

Lizard Squad Start Selling DDoS Attack Services

It seems that the Christmas DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network by hacker group Lizard Squad could have been an elaborate marketing campaign. On Tuesday morning, Lizard Squad announced on Twitter that it will begin selling custom DDoS attack services, under the name Lizard Stresser.

Want a website attacked? Pay anywhere between $6 and $500, depending on the size of the site, via Bitcoin and Lizard Squad will oblige. $130 a month will get you 30,000 seconds (about 20 days) of sustained attack, while $500 earns an unlimited attack.

Lizard Squad member dragon told The Daily Dot that the Xbox and PSN attacks were “a huge marketing scheme. Playing games on a Twitter is fun, but it comes down to the money. The objective here, for me at least—can’t speak for others—is money.”

Three hours after launch, 25 people had already paid for the DDoS service. According to dragon, Lizard Squad hopes to keep the service running for a “minimum of one year.”

Source: The Daily Dot

LG Preparing 21:9 Ultra Wide Monitors With AMD FreeSync Technology

It looks like LG could be onto a big winner heading into the New Year, with the company rumoured to be working on a duo of new ultra-wide monitors with 21:9 aspect ratios. Better yet, they will both support AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, FreeSync.

We should expect a 29-inch and 34-inch model, with both panels being based on the quality IPS technology while the 29-inch monitor has a resolution of 2560×1080, but the 34-inch should be the key to gamers with a resolution of 3440×1440. Both panels should feature 10-bit per channel colour, but it will be the FreeSync technology that has people talking.

Source: WCCFTech.

Finn ‘Demakes’ Quake on an Oscilloscope

Finnish programmer and artist Pekka Väänänen has used an old Hitachi oscilloscope – a device that turns electrical signals into visual waves – to create a ‘demake’ of id Software’s classic first-person shooter Quake.

To achieve the haunting reimagining, Väänänen ran the original PC game through a modified Darkplaces engine, using that to generate a 96kHz audio visualisation of the levels from its scene geometry. That data was fed into the oscilloscope, creating a rudimentary monochrome version of the game.

Source: Techspot

Xiaomi Working On Apple MacBook Air Clone, Priced At Under $500

It looks like Apple could have competition against its MacBook Air, with Xiaomi working on a new device that could fool pretty much anyone into thinking it was indeed an Apple MacBook Air – just look at that photo above.

This is Xiaomi’s upcoming 15-inch notebook that features an orange key in the top right hand corner, a changed touch pad and other than that, it looks pretty identical to an Apple MacBook Air. Inside, we have Intel’s Core i7-4500U processor from its Haswell range of chips, 16GB of RAM and it will feature a variation of Linux that was developed by Xiaomi specifically for this device.

Xiaomi will brand it as an Mi device, and price it at a very, very affordable $500 or so. We don’t know when this is coming, but when it does you can be sure we’ll be all over it.

Source: TechSpot.

Gigabyte Release Force K7 Wireless Keyboard

GIGABYTE has released the FORCE K7 Wireless keyboard, a cable-free version of the well-received FORCE K7 keyboard that was released last year. The new wireless keyboard is designed with comfort in mind, but it also packs a couple useful features for people that want to play some games with it.

The FORCE K7 wireless is using a slim profiled scissor-key structure to minimize the gap between keycaps and ensure short actuation distance and stable key presses while minimising typing effort. The keyboard has a ‘fn’ system for media and hot-key functions as well as windows-key lock for gamers. It has two scroll wheels at the top centre for zoom and audio levels while the WASD area features anti-ghosting for the gamers.

There is no need for drivers, setup or pairing as the Force K7 Wireless is fully plug and play. Availability should be now, but it may take some time until stock arrives at your favourite shops. One place that already has them in stock is NewEgg where you can pick it up for $59.99.

Thanks to GIGABYTE for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of GIGABYTE

TteSPORTS Introduced Updated Black V2 Laser Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS is releasing an upgrade to the highly popular BLACK Gaming Mouse, the new BLACK V2 Laser Gaming Mouse. The upgrade includes a new sensor, new buttons, a better surface finish and extra grip, as well as an improved software experience.

The new BLACK V2 is using a 5700 DPI Avago ADNS-9500 Laser sensor with 4 programmable DPI levels per profile and an adjustable increment of 100 DPI, while an additional thumbs button has been added to give the mouse a total of 7 programmable buttons. The current DPI setting will be displayed by built-in light relays and the mouse wheel will flash when profiles are changed.

The new surface coating is said to bring an even “softer” touch than gamers are used to while the new hexagonal pattern at the thumbs area will provide better grip in extra hectic situation. TteSPORTS also took the time to revamp the software and give it a better user interface and added some features.

The new TteSPORTS BLACK V2 laser gaming mouse will be launched globally in middle of January at an MSRP of $49.99.

Thanks to TteSPORTS for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TTteSPORTS

LG’s Executive Might Not Be Allowed to Fly to CES

You might remember the incident around the time of IFA 2014 where several LG employees were accused of purposely damaging competitions washing machines in Berlin’s retail stores, one of them Jo Seong-jun, the head of LG’s Home Appliance and Air Solution Company. What sounded like something out of the schoolyard at first and also seemed settled after the people involved agreed to pay for the damage, might now come back to bite LG in the rear.

Samsung, whose machines were damaged, didn’t think that this was funny and reported it to the South Korean authorities who now apparently banned the executing from traveling to CES in a couple of days. LG is still denying all claims that it was done on purpose and is trying to get the flight ban lifted for the Consumer Electronics Show. On the other hand, Samsung maintains that the flight block indicates the severity of the incident.

Thanks to CNET for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Engadget

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Starts Today On Xbox One

Microsoft has announced that it has launched the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta today, which was meant to launch a few days ago. Thanks to it launching late, the company will now let it run through to January 18, 2015.

The company has teased some of the bonus goods that come with the pre-order of any of the Halo 5 editions starting today, with the $60 standard version including an exclusive poster. The $100 version of Halo 5 arrives as a Limited Edition, including the poster and “exclusive items” in a steel book case as well as some bonus digital content for the game.

Source: Joystiq.

You Can Rob A Store in GTA V With Nothing But A… SNOWBALL

Grand Theft Auto V has some insane new content, with the latest update providing snowballs to play with. This has pushed gamers to using snowballs to rob a store in the game, which looks hilarious on Kotaku’s Highlight Reel for the year that is now finishing. Check out the video below.

Source: Kotaku.