Update adds Mid-Level Checkpoints & New Courses to Super Mario Maker

Nintendo’s Successful new hit Super Mario Maker will receive its first major update since its release in September of this year, adding checkpoints, more complicated power-ups and other features.

On the fouth of November, the new patch goes live for Nintendo’s popular new game, this means you will be able to add checkpoint flags to your level to all them painstaking impossible to complete levels you have built yourself. In addition, you will also be able to attach power-ups to make them contingent upon Mario’s current state. So just like the classic games if you collect a mushroom or a fire flower and put them together in a box, Mario will get the mushroom if he’s small and the fire flower if he’s big. Mario Makers will also be receiving special courses in its new events hub. Nintendo stated:

The software update also introduces Event Courses in the game’s Course World online hub. Event Courses will feature levels from partner creators outside Nintendo. One of the first Event Courses will be “Ship Love,” the winning level from the “hackathon” event that was held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park earlier this year. Facebook is the first outside partner in the United States to design a level for Super Mario Maker; employees had the opportunity to design and present their creations to a panel of judges before the winning level was selected.

They’ll also be adding a section called “Official Makers” that will allow them to send out levels made by Nintendo designers among other VIPs. One of the first Event Courses will be called  “Ship Love,” what was the winning level from the an event called Hackathon that was held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park earlier this year.

Facebook is the first outside partner in the United States to design a level for Super Mario Maker; employees had the opportunity to design and present their creations to a panel of judges before the winning level was selected.

Anyone else enjoying Super Mario Maker? Let us know in the comments.

Revolutionary New Smartphone Sensor to Detect Pollution Levels

People could soon be using their smartphones to detect air pollution, thanks to a potentially life-saving breakthrough sensor by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Apparently experts at the university have developed the first low-cost and reliable method of detecting nitrogen dioxide the type of air pollutant that has been linked to more than seven million deaths worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Research has uncovered that the gas could increase the risk of respiratory disorders in children with the elderly being most at risk. The Projects leader Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, from RMIT’s Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors, said the negative impact of nitrogen dioxide could be prevented by access to personalised, highly selective, sensitive and reliable monitoring systems that could detect harmful levels of the gas early. Kalantar-zadeh stated the following

“The revolutionary method we’ve developed is a great start to creating a handheld, low-cost and personalised NO2 sensor that can even be incorporated into smartphones, not only would it improve the quality of millions of people’s lives, but it would also help avoid illness caused by nitrogen dioxide poisoning and potentially even death.”

The main contributors of nitrogen dioxide are the burning of fossil fuels, particularly in coal-fired power stations and diesel engines such as those highlighted in the recent emissions scandal, which can impact on the health of people in urban areas. The professor goes on to state:

“A lack of public access to effective monitoring tools is a major roadblock to mitigating the harmful effects of this gas but current sensing systems are either very expensive or have serious difficulty distinguishing it from other gases, the method we have developed is not only more cost-effective, it also works better than the sensors currently used to detect this dangerous gas.”

The sensor operates by physically absorbing nitrogen dioxide gas molecules onto flakes of tin disulphide, not only would this be a great solution for smartphones but apparently it can outperform any other nitrogen dioxide sensing solutions on the market! To create these sensors the researchers transformed tin disulphide into flakes just a few atoms thick. The large surface area of these flakes has a high affinity to nitrogen dioxide molecules that allows its highly selective absorption.

Nintendo Delays Launch of Smartphone Games – Stock Price Plummets


Have you been waiting for the much-loved Nintendo games to hit your mobile phone? Sorry to inform you but today Nintendo have announced that they have pushed back the much-anticipated launch of game service for smartphones to March 2016. Japan’s Wall Streets Journal Reporter Mayumi Negishi blogged on this disappointing news for both gamers and investors and it sure does show when you look at Nintendo’s shares, which fell down by more than 10 percent!

Nintendo’s entering the mobile game market was a new strategy announced by its previous chief executive who died of cancer earlier this year. Nintendo had previously stated it would introduce its first smartphone games by the end of 2015. So this means it was prime time to buy up shares as investors had hoped that would include it’s best-selling Mario video game franchise in the first line-up. Nintendo’s current Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima said the delay would help Nintendo concentrate on selling its existing consoles and game software during the year-end holiday season.

“The year-end is traditionally our peak season for sales,” told a packed news conference, when asked about the delay. “This way, we’d be able to introduce our new applications after the holiday season is over.”

Tatsumi Kimishima did not comment on whether Mario would come to smartphones, instead he focused on promoting the new social networking style game called “Miitomo” which will now be available in March. The news knocked Nintendo’s shares down by as much as 10 percent in morning trade this morning as DeNA Co, Nintendo’s mobile gaming partner fell as much as a staggering 19 percent.

This drop is a mighty shame for Nintendo as shares this year surged by more than 80 percent, aided by the success of the Wii U alongside the hype that the company would be entering the smartphone game market. What are your thoughts on the subject? Let us know in the comments.

Facebook App Update Delivers iPhone Battery Life Fixes

Recently we brought you news that the Facebook app was one of the main culprits for poor battery life on iPhones. Even when the app was not being used the app remained active in the background whilst continuing to zap your battery.

We shared our concerns on eTeknix regarding Facebook causing bad iPhone battery life and this isn’t the first time that the Facebook iPhone app showed up as a potential battery hog. Back in 2013 users discovered that the Facebook app stayed active in the background, draining the battery faster and it seems a similar bug had crept its way back in. Facebook’s engineering manager Ari Grant, has acknowledged it with a post apologising for the issue:

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. We are committed to continuing to improve the battery usage of our app and you should see improvements in the version released today.”

The new update for the iPhone includes two main fixes aimed at delivering better iPhone battery life to users by optimizing the CPU usage and solving a frustrating bug that kept silent audio playing in the background after you closed the Facebook iPhone app.

There is a new Facebook app update for the iPhone every two weeks, so users may see additional and more refined improvements in early November.

New Android Emojis Coming Soon

Apple recently debuted iOS 9.1 with over 150 new Emojis for iPhone owners, but it looks like Android users will soon be able to enjoy a similar treatment.

This week we reported on the iOS update, along with this update came some significant well-welcomed fixes for millions of iPhone users. Customers who downloaded the update soon learnt that they can now access over 150 additional Emoji characters. Everyone loves a good Emoji right?

It’s unfortunate that Android users are unable to see most of them when cross communicating between the two platforms. After Apple’s update, the Android team has been hounded with requests to add similar functionality. As a result, Android’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, confirmed the highly anticipated feature and said:

“So I have a feeling y’all want new emojis? a) Thanks for the feedback, b) We’re on it, and c) Sorry!”

It seems Android is planning to make the platform that little bit more interesting to use through visual Emojis. Don’t hold your breath for too long though as Hiroshi never said when, what ones or how many there will be. Something that caught my eye at that end of the tweet, is Hiroshi apology, maybe this shows that the Android team knows they have been slack in this area and indicates we might not be waiting for too long for the update.

Keep an eye out as more details will likely to be announced soon.

Samsung Submits Petition for Apple vs Samsung Patent Case

Samsung has filed a Petition for the EN Banc Rehearing regarding the recent case that went in Apple’s favour and it has been made available to the public online.

Judge Koh’s decision in September was to order Samsung to pay Apple $450 million even though one of the patents underlying the related ruling had been made invalid; Samsung wasted no time submitting the rehearing request. Samsung argues that the judgement was made without sufficient briefing to the court and stated much was left unresolved such as a patent that has been invalidated.

“Without the benefit of normal briefing or oral argument, a panel of this Court, Summarily affirmed that judgment. It did so even though much remains unresolved in this case. The $399 million of that judgment awarded for design-patent infringement is the subject of a forthcoming petition for a writ of certiorari. The $114 million of that judgment awarded for infringement of Apple’s 915 patent is subject to collateral estoppel now that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated that patent in a final decision”

It appears that Samsung is pushing for this rehearing to be done by the Supreme Court. I do find it strange if the Federal Circuit Court overlooked this significant insight relating to this case and although I’m far from a legal expert Samsung seems to hold some valid points with the case being closed pretty rashly. This request for appeal will get reviewed and then the United States Court of Appeals will decide what action will proceed from this request.

As the stock market is currently so unpredictable this judgement could not have been made at a worse time. Although it’s no secret that both Apple and Samsung have their fair share of history with being in and out the patent courts in a multitude of cases in recent years, it’s almost becoming fashionable.

Is it possible in a plot twist that Judge Koh is actually a hardcore Apple fanboy? I know it’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

New OS X El Capitan Update Should Fix Microsoft Office Crashes

Apple fans get yourself ready, as Apple today has released OS X 10.11.1, the first update for its El Capitan operating system. Also included is the long awaited fixes to Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac that resolves problems that Mac users have been reporting for months now.

Microsoft has taken a battering on its Office 2016 for Mac support forum since its release in September and quite rightly so. Not only did Mac users have to wait longer for a release of Office 2016 but they also had to pay a premium. For example Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 for Mac retails for around £119.99 as on windows based machines you’re looking at a retail price of around £103.90. Regardless of the premium and the prolonged release date reports continued to escalate  with users having trouble running Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint on the new OS X.

Although most users blamed Microsoft for the unpolished program, neither Microsoft nor Apple acknowledged fault. Today, a pair of Microsoft product managers simply urged users to update El Capitan to 10.11.1, without admitting blame or pointing fingers.

The update is available on the  Mac App Store, also does the following:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support
  • Resolves an issue that caused JPEG images to appear as a gray or green box in Preview

Additionally, the update contains the long-awaited security improvements in the Safari browser. Any of our users experienced any of these problems? Let us know in the comments below.

Even Yahoo Turns to Google as Revenue Falls

AMD, IBM and now Yahoo. It seems we currently live in an age where large organisations rather thrive or sink, and sink fast at that, hitting the ground as they fall. According to Sky News Yahoo has announced a deal with rival Google in a surprising turn to work together on advertising and internet search after its latest financial results disappointed.

Chief executive Marissa Meyer has pledged to cut costs further and focus on a new strategy for growth. Marissa went on to state the following
“We see a unique moment and opportunity for Yahoo as we move into 2016 to narrow our strategy and focus on fewer products with higher quality to achieve better growth and better results.”

The third quarter figures, which showed another three months of declining revenues, prompted a 2% fall in its share price in after-hours trading. Yahoo revealed an 8% decline in sales on the same period a year ago whilst in the last week Yahoo just like IBM and AMD  has been hit hard with a significant drop in shares.

In an unexpected and risky move, Yahoo plans to grow revenues by sending some traffic to the Google’s search engine while prudently still using Microsoft Bing. I’ve got to admit other than going on Yahoo to look at the odd news article, I haven’t used it much at all these last ten years, whilst google continues to grow stronger.

Personally I’m even in the process of filtering out my yahoo email account in favor for Gmail. Do you even Yahoo Bro? Let us know in the comments.

PlayStation 4 Outsold Xbox One Again in September

Since the release of the latest generation of consoles, Microsoft has worked extremely hard to close the sales and performance gap between the Xbox One and Sony’s Playstation 4. Yet Sony continues to clean up as the winning streak continued last month based on sales in America.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 outsold both the Xbox One and Wii U in September’s total number of sales in America, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. It’s even more good news for the PS4 as it has outsold the Xbox One in America every month of 2015 except for April.

Christmas is just around the corner and these sales are only expected to raise as Sony has cut the price of the base model Playstation 4 to $350, this brings the price identical to the Xbox One. Sony’s statement on the matter is as follows:

“As we kick off the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to thank fans for making PlayStation 4 the best-selling console and #1 in software sales in September. PlayStation 4 was the number one console for NBA 2K16, Madden NFL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and FIFA 16. Including the highly successful limited edition console bundle, PS4 also led retail sales for Destiny: The Taken King.”

Looking back in May it was very much the same story when vgchartz reported the total global sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 passed the 23 million mark selling 23.22 million units in its lifetime, as the Xbox One had sold just 12.84 million units.

What is your preferred console and why? Let us know in the comments below.

IBM Sinking at a Staggering Rate as Customers Transition to the Cloud

IBM are losing shares rapidly as customers transition to cloud computing, it seems the only escape may be a process called “Mergers and Acquisitions”  FBR Capital Markets Daniel Ives said the following:

“It really comes down to M&A. If they went big on big data, cyber security, cloud that’s the only — in our opinion — solution to put fuel in the tank for growth. It’s not going to happen organically,” FBR’s senior analyst told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

IBM shares fell more than 5 percent since after-hours trading on Monday and continues to decline! IBM has now had to lower its full-year profit forecast and it seems IBM is going to need to re-think its business plan in a dramatic restructure to be in with a chance of salvaging some value back. IBM is having to shift from making hardware to cloud computing with their main aim is to be established in internet-based software and services sales to compete with companies such as Salesforce.com and Amazon.com’s web software units.

According to Daniel Ives, IBM should consider picking up big data firms like Splunk and Tableau, cybersecurity outfits like Fortinet and CyberArk, and enterprise software companies like Workday and NetSuite. Daniel Ives followed with:

“Big cap tech is in a horse and buggy in the right lane and all these companies are passing them in the Maseratis and Ferraris in the left lane,”

He then made the example regarding Dell’s announced takeover last week of EMC, saying EMC CEO Joseph M. Tucci would not have had to sell had he made acquisitions sooner. Daniel continued on and said the legacy tech companies have become accustomed to blaming their results on currency headwinds, but in the end, earnings come down to core execution and mature products offerings.

IBM’s shares have been declining quite rapidly since April 2013 but nothing in comparison to this scale, despite what IBM is doing to counteract this it clearly has had little effect. Whatever has gone wrong at IBM has gone drastically wrong and IBM needs to be sharp on their toes with a solution before it’s too late.

This is pretty drastic news for the 104-year-old tech giant, one of the first computers I ever used was made by IBM. what are your thoughts on the subject? let us know in the comments below.

Cortana to Support Headsets on Xbox One?

Microsoft first revealed Cortana for Xbox One earlier this year at E3. In a promotional video demonstrating a new dashboard, Microsoft went on to state: “Kinect required for Cortana speech recognition,” Whilst Microsoft at the time refused to comment further on potential headset support, it now appears  that Cortana on Xbox One headsets will be supported.

In an interview with Polygon, chief marketing officer Mike Nichols has revealed you’ll be able to use Cortana with a headset and microphone or by typing out a search Microsoft currently plan to roll out Cortana to Xbox One preview members by the end of the year, with a final release being to all Xbox One owners next year. Chief marketing officer Mike Nichols went on to state the following:

“What that means to gamers is that with the rollout of the major new user-interface redesign they’ll see mostly a de-emphasis on Kinect controls.” “Gesture controls on the menus, for instance, have been completely removed.”

“That when Cortana comes to the Xbox One the voice or text search AI is scheduled for a preview sometime this year, it will include Kinect support.” “You’ll also be able to use it with a headset and microphone or by typing in your search”

When Microsoft first released the Kinect with the Xbox One it was predominantly optimised for gestures and simple phases, so I’d imagine getting Cortana to function correctly is no small accomplishment. This does mean Microsoft has to let something give to refocus their resources, that being gestures. Microsoft seems to be doing a complete U-turn to what they were focusing on when the Xbox One was first demonstrated to the world.

What do you think about Microsoft removing some gesture support from the Xbox One interface in favour for Cortana?

Mac Steam Hardware Pre-Orders Get Free Library of Games!

Have you got a Mac? Did you pre-order the new steam link or controller? Then you will be well aware of the incompatibility issues. It appears that there is no need to worry as apparently Valve is sending out apology emails with a huge bonus attached.

Steam Link, which connects a television to a PC or Mac at the moment cannot stream from Macs and at present the Steam Controller doesn’t support gamepad emulation on Mac systems. In an email that has been posted on Imgur Valve stated  “Valve is doing everything we can to resolve the issues,” but didn’t say when it expected support to come online.

Although inconvenient, there is a brighter side of that email, Valve went on to not only apologize but to also reward those users The Valve Complete Pack, which retails for £75.99. That pack includes all Valve-made games, including ones that don’t yet exist.

But wait there is more, in the email posted on Imgur it also stated users may also request refunds for their Steam Controller and/or Steam Link while still keeping the Valve Complete pack. The return period has been extended from 30 to 60 days from the date the user receives the hardware.

If  the email is legitimate, All Hail Lord GabenThis is where I usually ask a question to round things off, but let us first take a moment of silence in praise of Lord Gaben… No but really, has anyone else who purchased one of these products received this email yet? Let us know in the comments below.

AMD Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results

We recently brought you some amazing news regarding Fujitsu buying 85% of AMD’s shares. This not only means that AMD has money again, but the company’s shares are now less fragmented; is it too little too late as AMD reports 2015 Third Quarter financial Results?

The future still looks bleak as AMD has reported a quarterly loss of $197 million. It’s no secret on how many significant changes AMD has made to the organisation in efforts to reduce costs and increase profits. Despite these changes, that’s an increase loss from last quarter’s $181 million. Whilst AMD is continuing to lose market share to Intel and Nvidia, when you look closer and start to reflect on AMD’s shares over the last five years, it really starts to tell the story of AMD’s ongoing struggles:

Maybe we shouldn’t write AMD off yet because alongside Fujitsu’s major investment the Embedded, and Semi-Custom part of the organisation has increased 13% over last quarter. Operating income for this segment came in at $84 million, up from $27 million in Q2

AMD is doing more corporate restructuring in an attempt to reduce expenses further. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the results is whilst they are attempting to provide the best value for money their gross margin is only 23%, something has to give eventually.

What’s your thoughts on this subject? Will Fujitsu’s major investment provide AMD with the much-needed injection to fix things, or is it money down the creek? Let us know in the comments below.

Pepsi Spokesperson Confirms Pepsi P1 Smartphone

Do you like Pepsi? Ever wanted a Pepsi phone? Your lifelong dream could soon come true. Ok maybe it’s not going to reach the top ten things on your bucket list, but it sounds pretty cool right? A Pepsi spokesperson confirmed the phone is real and continued to state the following:

    “Available in China only, this effort is similar to recent globally licensed Pepsi products which include apparel and accessories.”

The Pepsi P1 is only going to be available in China at launch, but these sort of products have a habit of being available worldwide on websites such as eBay. As for the specification, the device will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, an Octa-Core 1.7GHz processor alongside an ARM Mali-540 MP4 graphics processor. The P1 will also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a nicely sized 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.1 as standard; although I will be surprised if they don’t change this to Android 6.0 at some point.

The main camera packs a smooth 13 megapixels whilst the selfie cam is 5-megapixel. Let’s not forget the best part, as it will also feature the iconic red white and blue Pepsi logo on the back. OK maybe the best part is not the logo but the price, the Pepsi phone will be available for around £135 that’s a lot of phone for very little money.

The release date is reported to be as early as the October 20th.

Would you buy the Pepsi P1? If not why not? Let us know in the comments below, we always want to hear the reader’s view on these subjects.

Thank you Trusted Reviews  for providing us with this information.

Twitter Names Google Veteran Omid Kordestani as Chairman

Omid Kordestani, who was once deemed Google’s “Business Founder” by Co-Founder Larry Page is now set for a new journey as Twitter’s new Executive Chairman, in hopes that he will be able to work his magic and reverse twitters slow growth.

Kordestani, thought to have a net worth of 500 million dollars, the former Chief Business Officer at Google will have a significant hands-on operational role at Twitter. Kordestani joined Google in May 1999, leading the business development model as senior vice president until April 16th 2009. On July 18th 2014, Kordestani came back to Google to fill the vacancy of Chief Business Officer at Google. It is possible that if it wasn’t for Kordestaini savvy business approach, Google may not be in the position it is today.

Omid Kordestani recently tweeted the following:

“Excited to work with @Jack, the Twitter Board, @adambain, @anthonynato and the rest of the team to grow @twitter’s impact and business.”

I personally find it rather amusing that before today (14th of October 2015)  Kordestani had tweeted only eight times since his first post in 2012. However, it is interesting to see shortly after Kordestani’s new position was announced Twitter’s shares were up 1 percent to $29.36.

Do you think Kordestani is going to have a signficant impact on Twitter and are you looking forward to a fresh change? Also do you even use Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you  Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Details Takedown Requests in Expanded Transparency Report


Microsoft launch their new transparency website yesterday, bringing together all their existing transparency reports, including the Law Enforcement Requests Report and U.S. National Security Orders Report. The website also includes a new transparency report that details the requests that Microsoft received from a variety of parties seeking the removal of online content. The company’s reports break down requests into three categories, takedown requests based on alleged violations of local laws and Microsoft’s terms of service, copyright takedowns and takedowns performed as the result of “right to be forgotten” requests in Europe.

With it being no secret about the European court being all over Google like a bad rash regarding “the right to be forgotten,” it comes as no surprise that Bing has become the main focus of these reports. That’s not to mention users Windows 10 privacy concerns alongside Cortana also using Bing as its default search engine. It appears as a result of this combination and users being more aware of their rights to be forgotten, that data removal requests are on the rise. Copyright takedown requests were by far the most common worldwide with Microsoft receiving more than 1 million total requests to remove links from Bing that people claimed infringed on their copyrights.

That leads us quite nicely to the next section of this article, are you ready to put your tin foil hat on? The government data requests section might be the one section that most people will be interested in. As the report shows requests for user data from government agencies are on the rise when compared to last year’s requests. Although the number is still relatively low, from the second half of 2014 it is up from 31,002 to 35,228. Furthermore, Microsoft appears to have become stricter on how it deals with those requests rejecting 4,383 of them for not meeting its legal requirements. That’s nearly twice as many rejected as it did in the last half of 2014. Microsoft goes on to state that just 3 percent of requests from law enforcement agencies resulted in the disclosure of customer content.

Microsoft is currently involved in a lawsuit regarding the U.S. government requesting that they hand over data from a data centre in Ireland. This doesn’t mean Government agencies are not obtaining our data in other ways right?. A quick side note, I found it entertaining that China filed 165 takedown requests for content it did not want consumers to see. To put that into perspective, that is almost eight times as many as all other countries requests combined.

It seems clear that Microsoft appears to be taking their responsibility of user data seriously. Are you worried about the Government getting hold of all your searches? Let us know in the comments below

Thank you Microsoft for providing us with this information

At Least 30 Managers Behind VW Emissions Scam

The Volkswagen emission saga continues, as German news company Spiegel reports that at least 30 VW managers are suspected to be involved with the VW emissions scandal, as a result of the ongoing internal investigation. Up until now, VW has proclaimed that only a small group of executives had overseen the installation of the software used to manipulate the emissions results of millions of engines worldwide. If true, that certainly isn’t the “small group” of managers it was once thought to be. However, a Volkswagen spokesman rejected the claim, saying “the number is without foundation”.

It is thought that the emission device responsible for this scam dates back to 2008 and can be found in over 11 million cars worldwide. Meanwhile, as the investigation progresses and uncovers more facts, VW lost yet another manager! The newly elected Skoda Chef Winfried Vahland left the Skoda division owned by VW over differences of opinions. Whatever way you cut it, this is not looking good for VW as the investigation progresses.

Despite VW losing a significant amount of its shares over the last month, alongside the risk of being fined billions for their fraudulent activities, do you think VW will be able to pull through? Let us know down in the  comments below.

Thank you Spiegel for providing us with this information.

NCA Warning After Hackers Steal £20 Million from UK Bank Accounts

The UKs National Crime Agency have urged the people of Britain to ensure they take adequate measures of online security after a significant strain of malicious software allowed criminal hackers to steal an estimated £20 million from UK bank accounts.

The highly skilled malware developers are thought to be based in Eastern Europe. The details that are collected are then exploited to steal money from individuals and businesses globally. The NSA has reported one significant arrest in relation to the multi-million pound scam. However, only after thousands of computers had already been infected by the Dridex malware known as Bugat and Cridex, with the majority of computers being Windows based machines.

Computers can become infected with the virus when users open documents in emails they believe to be legitimate. I myself have recently received emails proclaiming to be from PayPal stating: “Your PayPal account has been limited! Take a few moments to confirm your information. After you do, you can shop online and send money using your account.” After checking PayPal directly (not through the given link) I establish that there was no such limitation on my account.

To avoid becoming an unwilling victim of the costly Dridex malware the National Crime Agency is encouraging all internet users to ensure they have up to date operating systems and anti-virus software installed on their machines, to protect themselves from further cybercrime attacks. The NSA also urged users to visit the CyberStreetWise and GetSafeOnline websites where they state there is a number of anti-virus tools are available to download to help clean up infected machines; these sites also are a great way to gain further advice on how to protect yourself in the future.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit said:  “This is a particularly virulent form of malware and we have been working with our international law enforcement partners, as well as key partners from industry, to mitigate the damage it causes. Our investigation is ongoing and we expect further arrests to be made.”

What measures do you take to ensure your online security? Let us know down in the comments below.

Thank you National Crime Agency for providing us with this information.

Metal Gear Solid V Mods Fixes Graphic Downgrade

Does anyone remember the scandals shortly after the Playstation 4 and Xbox One was released, where developers such as Ubisoft appeared to be downgrading the quality of the game graphics on the PC releases of their games? Only for them to later release statements that contained sentences like “to enable a unified experience across all platforms.” Well, I certainly remember the aftermath where gamers were doing what gamers do best, voicing their opinions about it all over social media. Ubisoft, who seemed to often be one of the main culprits for digging themselves a nice tidy hole to lay down in, was getting bashed left right and center for exactly that controversy.

Just as we thought this phase was phased out, it seems that something appears to be fishy in the waters once more! At E3 2013 Metal Gear Solid Developer’s Konami showcased their new long-awaited game “Phantom Pain” and what a game it looked to! However, Sweet-FX modder Shagwan has demonstrated the graphical difference between the final release of Phantom Pain and the one that we were promised back at E3 2013 in a side by side comparison.

Check out the video below to view the comparison for yourself:

This certainly doesn’t appear to be such a major scandal as Watch Dog’s for example, but if the video above is a true representation then I for one would certainly suggest the theory of a graphical downgrade has some foundation.

So what’s there to be done about this? Well, apart from flooding to social media of course, Modder Shagwan has taken matters in their own hands and released a ReShade Present inspired by the trailer shown at E3 as shown below.

You can download this mod along with instructions on how to install it here.

Remember eTenix holds no responsibility for you modding your game so always back up those game files first. So what do you guys think, do you prefer the E3 graphics or the final release? Tell us in the comments below.

Images courtesy of Nexus Mods.