Drones Banned From Flying While Obama Visits London

People love drones, from their ability to race around the skies to capturing the most picture perfect moments you just don’t feel safe taking yourself. Sadly if you were looking at grabbing a quick picture of President Obama during his visit to London in a couple of week’s you will have to shelve your drone thanks to plans to ban drones from flying around London during the president’s visit.

The bulletin was released by the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and will restrict all types of aircraft on Thursday, April 21st (The Queens birthday) and Sunday, April 24th. The restrictions will be in place on all aircraft, including drones like the one that crashed at the muses content, banning any craft from flying below 762 metres (2,500 feet).

The restrictions are in place over three separate areas, with each area having specific times and dates, with the most restrictive being in Area 2 who find a lack of air traffic all the way from 8PM on the 21st till 9.30AM on the 24th.

With this becoming a common measure for high-profile events, you should be weary of flying your drones when big events are happening as you can often end up with large fines and a ban on using any type of drone.

Amazon Bans Bad USB Type-C Cables

Everyone knows about USB cables. Used for everything from transferring important information from one device to another to charging your devices, they are seen everywhere and the USB Type-C Cables are no exception. Some people were put off when a google engineer fried his Chromebook using a bad cable from Amazon, a move which has now made Amazon ban bad USB Type-C Cables from its site.

USB Type-C (also known as USB-C) is loved for many reasons, from their lack of orientation, no more finding if you’ve put the cable in the wrong way round on the third or fourth time, to the fact that both ends are identical, meaning that there is no right and wrong end, there is only the right ends!

USB-C are also twice as fast as USB 3.0, a standard that barely took off before people noticed USB-C’s popularity. With speeds of up to 10Gbps and the ability to output up to 20V(100W), the USB-C is quickly gaining favor to replace the variety of USB connections that came before it. Sadly with the recent interest in the connector, some people have taken to selling some not so great copies. Listed under their prohibited electronic listings, Amazon now ban any USB-C cable that can be described as:

Any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.”

With the ability to report and have bad cables removed from the site, hopefully, fewer people will have to lose their precious devices to cut price and bad quality products.

New Bill Prevents Federal Agencies Purchasing Apple Products

Apple is currently in congress talking to and explaining the impact that removing or bypassing protection on their iPhones would have if they followed a court order to do so for the FBI. In what may seem like a childish move a congressman has now introduced a bill that would forbid federal agencies from purchasing Apple products.

In the statement, Representative David Jolly stated the following:

“Taxpayers should not be subsidizing a company that refuses to cooperate in a terror investigation that left 14 Americans dead on American soil,” he said. “Who did the terrorist talk to? Who did he message with? Did he go to a safe house? Is there information on the phone that might prevent a future attack on US soil? Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, every citizen and every company was willing to do whatever it took to side with law enforcement and defeat terror. It’s time Apple shows that same conviction to further protect our nation today.”

Currently, though the bill may not get passed with America split down the middle on the issue and, even more, people coming out in support of both sides, although Apple seems to have the majority rule with large companies and even ex-agency heads coming forward in their support.

With a man whose wife was lost in the attacks stating his support for Apple, the discussions seem to change with every passing minute as people go from supporting the company to stating that the phone could have infected (and be used to fix) virus’s that it may or may not have on it.

Mozilla Bans Popular YouTube Unblocker Add-On

One of Firefox’s popular add-ons has been kicked from the repository after repeated bad behavior, and it is unlikely to come back. The YouTube add-on uses a list of proxy servers to circumvent geoblocking of YouTube videos, which in itself is a very useful feature, but one that you’ll have to find another add-on for from now on.

The latest of multiple issues with the popular browser add-on that already accumulated over 250 thousand downloads started last weekend with a user reporting an issue on the Mozilla bug tracker. After installing the add-on, his anti-virus software alarmed him right away that it had blocked a download coming from a third-party website which had been flagged as malware by Avast Anti Virus.

On further examination, the user found out that the add-on was altering the browser settings and disabled the add-on signing feature preventing unauthorized installs, AKA add-ons that haven’t been signed or certificated by Mozilla. After disabling this security feature, the YouTube Unblocker add-on then went on to download another add-on called Adblock Converter from a third-party domain via an unsecured connection, an add-on that is categorized as malware and isn’t to be found in the official add-on library. To make matters even worse, users without proper anti-virus or anti malware solutions wouldn’t even know that this extra add-on was installed as it wouldn’t show up in the about:addons page either and it would reinstall itself again if a user managed to uninstall it in safe mode.

This is far from the first time that this add-on has been under investigation for bad behavior, last time in June 2015 where they were caught circumventing the official guidelines for add-ons with update code that bypassed the official Mozilla review process. Before that, they were caught tampering with search results and sending data back to the company without the users consent or knowledge, even when the user opted out of the feature.

Luckily for users who need a geo-unblocking feature for their Firefox browser, there are plenty of other alternatives to choose from.

Whatsapp Was Temporarily Banned in Brazil

One day after a court order in Sao Paulo banned the popular social messaging app for the entire nation of Brazil, WhatsApp is back in action across the country. In a decision that is likely bringing relief to the 93 million strong user base of WhatsApp in Brazil, Judge Xavier do Souza ruled that it was “not reasonable that millions of users be affected by the inertia of the company”.

In a nation where phone bills and contracts are often prohibitively expensive, many Brazilians make use of messaging apps such as WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family, both locally and abroad. It came as a shock then, when as of midnight on Thursday, local time, a 48-hour ban came into effect on the service across the country’s network providers. The ban came courtesy of a judge in Sao Paulo, who, as a result of WhatsApp’s refusal to hand over data pertaining to a gang member on trial over criminal actions, opted to issue a nation-wide ban on the service for 48 hours as a sanction.

This did not go down well with the online community, both in and outside of Brazil, with many taking to social media to show their outrage at the court’s actions. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg released a statement decrying the blocking of the service and pointing people towards Facebook’s own messaging service.

Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.

We are working hard to get this block reversed. Until then, Facebook Messenger is still active and you can use it to communicate instead.

This is a sad day for Brazil. Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open internet. Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online.

I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.

We hope the Brazilian courts quickly reverse course. If you’re Brazilian, please make your voice heard and help your government reflect the will of its people.

-Mark Zuckerberg

Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s rival services, most notably Telegram were enjoying a large influx of users courtesy of the ban. Telegram alone reportedly gained as many as 1.5 million users from the blocking of its rival, causing their registration servers to choke under the sudden load.

While the ban was eventually overturned by another judge, it is worrying that a country that is commonly seen as an ally of net neutrality has the ability to ban a service nationwide on the ruling of a single judge, with no known consultation. Hopefully, both the country of Brazil and the rest of the world will take note that attempting to ban their citizens from such services unreasonably will not go down without a fight.

EU lawmakers Propose Banning Under 16s From The Internet Without Parental Consent

Well this is, err, something, reports are circulating that under 16s could technically be banned from online services that include Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat unless they get permission from a parent. This quirk of fate if you will is all down to proposed new EU data protection rules which look set to be agreed.

So, how did we get to this? Well, new regulations would make it illegal for companies to handle data from anyone 15 years or younger without parental consent. These proposals open up a can of worms for various social media companies who have based their business models on targeting a younger audience with their products with hopes of an increased adoption of services.

The “ban” would leave millions of kids and teenagers having to ask their parents for permission to use internet services including email accounts, social media platforms and the downloading of apps. Somewhat understandably US tech groups are aiming to amend such a proposal through intense lobbying.

The proposal of new data protection regulations is much more stringent and companies must comply or face fines up to 4% of their global turnover, which could result in a massive bill for the biggest of online giants.

On the flip side, a petition has been launched by “The Diana Award Youth Boardwho state that “We don’t believe young people should be required to seek their parents’ consent every time they use a new app or website.”

It is certainly bizarre and impossible to police against, it will be compelling to see the outcome of these proposed regulations.

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Town Bans Solar Panels For “Sucking Up All The Energy Of The Sun”

Solar panels are a great step in renewable energy. They are constantly being upgraded, from absorbing new areas of the light spectrum to being made see-through. Companies and governments are understanding their importance and role they could play in renewable energy, France has even made it a legal requirement to use them if your building a new office. MIT recently said that solar panels could power the planet’s energy requirements alone, and with the steps they are making that means fewer panels for the same amount of energy, doing away with things like nuclear or coal stations. The reason we don’t see more solar panels? Fear and recently Woodland, North Carolina, proved this by voting to not only stop development on a solar farm but also to ban all future solar farms.

Woodland Town Council recently voted to stop a rezoning application that would have allowed the development of a solar farm. Retired science Teacher Jane Mann told Roanoke-Chowan News Herald that she had witnessed plants around the solar panels going brown and dying because they didn’t get enough solar energy. She went on to question the number of cancer deaths in the area saying no one could tell that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

Bobby Mann, a local, stated that he had watched communities dry up when the I-95 was built and that solar panels would do the same to Woodland. He continued to say that solar farms would “suck up all the energy from the sun”.

The development of a newly renamed “solar vacuums” are on hold as we wonder what education and scientific principle were used to ban solar farms, while not perfect they are environmentally friendly and to go so far as voting on a moratorium on future solar farms with these “facts”, we hope they rethink the issue through soon.

Do you have solar panels? How have you found them? Do you like the idea of a solar farm outside your local area to help power the community or are you afraid of the effects the new technology may have?

Windows 10 Banned by Torrent Trackers

Paranoia over Windows 10’s privacy policy is reaching its apex with the news that users of the operating system have been banned by a number of torrent trackers. The excessive prohibition has been implemented over concerns that Microsoft’s newest Windows iteration could share data related to torrents and associated servers with the company.

Windows 10 has been attacked from all quarters for its invasive approach to user privacy, from sharing WiFi access with other people to its storage and sharing of user data gathered through software, apps, and the Cortana personal assistant. Erroneous reports even emerged that Microsoft’s Software License Terms allowed the company to delete pirated files from Windows 10 computers.

One of the torrent trackers to ban Windows 10 over privacy concerns, iTS, told TorrentFreak that Microsoft’s lack of transparency over what data the operating system collects and how it is used has driven the block.

“Unfortunately Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor,” a spokesperson for iTS said.

“Amongst other things Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures,” they added.

Trackers BB and FSC are also considering a ban on Windows 10. “We have also found [Windows 10] will be gathering information on users’ P2P use to be shared with anti piracy group,” BB staff told its users. “What’s particularly nasty is that apparently it sends the results of local(!!) searches to a well known anti piracy company directly so as soon as you have one known p2p or scene release on your local disk … BAM!”

In the same vein, FSC informed users, “As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC. That would mean you cannot use the site with the OS installed.”

If you use torrents, it might be expedient to ditch Windows 10.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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The Big Reddit Quarantine Begins

Since new CEO Steve Huffman took the reins at reddit, its community has been bracing itself for a promised purge of the site’s “dark side”, where users engage in discussion and activity related to, let’s say, ‘taboo’ subjects. And so, it has begun, but in a far more humane manner than was anticipated. Rather than ban the edgier subreddits, they have instead been ‘quarantined’; effectively, groups such as /r/gore, /r/CuteFemaleCorpses, and /r/SpaceDicks are now locked away as subscription entities.

So, what does that mean? We’ll let reddit itself explain:

Reddit’s content policy update was implemented two weeks ago with the censoring of a handful of violence-inciting racist groups. The policy has been increasing in magnitude over the last two weeks, and is set to continue indefinitely.

The quarantined subreddits will continue to exist, but reddit will essentially pretend that they don’t, so that new users don’t accidentally stumble upon them.

Quelle surprise, some users are not happy:

While others are happy to compromise:

While most of reddit’s “dark side” has been sent to the naughty step, there are a handful of truly offensive subreddits that have been ejected from the premises entirely. The hateful subreddits /r/GasTheKikes and /r/KillingWomen – amongst a number of other aggressively racist, misogynistic, and homophobic groups – are now subject to outright bans.

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Rockstar Responds to FiveM Modder Bans

It has barely been two days since Rockstar banned the people behind the already popular third-party multi-player mod made by the FiveM mod team and we could only speculate on the reason up until now. The mod that FiveM made didn’t touch Rockstar’s multiplayer part, as that is forbidden and we’ve previously got to know. Modding the single player is totally fine and we’ve seen some amazing mods already. NTAuthority, TheDeadlyDutchi, and Quasjp however got hit by the ban hammer and how Rockstar has spoken out and explained the bans to PC Gamer.

“The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy,” Rockstar said in a statement. “Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended.”

That explanation doesn’t seem to be justified in any way as the mod actually connects to Rockstars Social Club in order to verify that the user has a legal copy of the game. And yes, it does provide the ability to play on third party servers, but that in itself isn’t forbidden anywhere in the Terms of Service. It honestly just looks like Rockstar was a little bit pissed at people being able to do a better job than they did themselves. Maybe they should hire them instead of harassing them – everyone would benefit from that.

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Russia Threatens to Ban Reddit

First it was gay emojis and memes. Now mother Russia is threatening to ban the whole of reddit, unless the site’s administrators start banning marijuana-growing tutorials.

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision for Telecom, Information Technologies, and Mass Communications, posted to social networking site VKontakte that it had been in touch with reddit’s administrators, asking them to take down posts related to growing cannabis, in line with a request from the Federal Drug Control Service of Russia. Since reddit has not responded to the request, Roskomnadzor is “preparing” to add the site to its ever-growing list of prohibited sites in Russia.

“If anyone has contacts with the reddit administration, ask them to check their email for letters from Roskomnadzor, otherwise, due to technological features, many operators may block the whole site,” the VKontakte post reads.

Roskomnadzor’s list of banned sites is quite the eclectic collection, ranging from Internet Wayback Machine, the official Jehovah’s Witness site, and a Facebook group supporting Russian state critic Alexey Navalny. The blacklist is designed to “protect” the Russian people from sites and pages that contain child pornography, extremist content, content subject to a gag order, or materials that advocate drugs or suicide. At some point or another during its lifespan, reddit has ticked every box.

Thank you Vocativ for providing us with this information.

China Bans Supercomputer and UAV Exports Based on National Security Concerns

The Chinese superpower seems to be a bit concerned about its latest tech getting into the wrong hands and has banned the export of unlicensed supercomputers and some UAV models.

The ban seems to forbid any company attempting to export machines capable of outputting eight TFlops of data or more than 2 Gbps of network bandwidth. Taking a look at the Top 500 list of supercomputers, we see China’s Tianhe-2 at the top of it, while the US occupies the 2nd and 3rd place.

The UAV ban comes from news about an Indian drone being shot down in Pakistan, suspected of using Chinese tech. Pakistan has close ties with the US and we all know how the US is keen on getting their hands on Chinese technology, so the word regarding the drone seems to have freaked out some high-ranking officers enough to ban UAV exports from China too.

However, the UAV ban seems to affect only aircraft capable of flying for more than an hour or reaching altitudes of 50,000 feet, so there aren’t many UAVs boasting those kind of specs outside of military use.

There has been no official reason for the ban in question, but speculations point to the ban as a result of the US blocking Intel’s export of high-end x86 chips to China. The race for who has the best tech has been noticed between the US and China for ages now, but signs like this just keep on cropping up. So where is all of this heading? It could be anyone’s guess, but we like to hear your own!

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information

Russia Looking Into Blocking Facebook Over Gay Emoji

Russia has been trying to push a lot of western companies out of the country for some time now. After it closed access to Google and Intel back in 2014, the country is now looking to block the world’s most popular social media platform, namely Facebook.

Russian Facebook users have been told to stop using the platform numerous times up until now, throwing a lot of accusations. However, with the addition of gay emojis, the government now believes it has actual proof to build a case that will block the social media for good.

Russian senator, Mikhail Marchenko, called an investigation to check if the emojis in question are violating the Russian anti-gay laws. This is quite interesting, since Twitter and even Apple’s own emoji keyboard come with gay emojis.

The above leads us to believe that Russia might have something personal against the social media platform, but the saddest part is that the government has high chances of succeeding. The country’s Federal Service For Supervision of Communication, Information Technology and Mass Media closed over 10,000 up to date, so blocking Facebook will just be another addition to the latter websites. But how comfortable are you with this decision? Should a few emojis be enough to get a website banned?

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David Cameron Plans to Ban WhatsApp

Since Edward Snowden spilled the beans on how government agencies spy on us, a lot of companies took precautions in preserving users’ privacy when using their apps. But it seems that will be made illegal and such apps look to be banned in the future, at least in the UK, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The PM plans to pass a new legislation by the name of “Snoopers’ Charter”, which will have popular cross-platform messaging and social media apps banned. The first one on the list seems to be WhatsApp, but the legislation looks to prevent people from sending any form of encrypted messages and has iMessage, as well as SnapChat in its sight too.

“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” said Prime Minister Cameron .”My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”

It is said that if the legislation passes, all three aforementioned services will be banned in the UK. Furthermore, all Google searches, Facebook conversations, WhatsApp group messages and even SnapChat videos will be available to the UK police and Government officials when they want to ‘browse’ through them. But is this really for the best? Do we need to compromise our privacy for security? Or are we giving away our security along with our privacy? Let us know what you think.

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Europe Gets New Laws to Protect Net Neutrality

It’s the weekend and you decide you’re going to pop over the channel to go do a bit of shopping and enjoy a bit of Europe. While you’re abroad you realise you need to make a few quick phone calls, and maybe send a snap chat of what your buying, maybe even video chat an order from your friend for real french cheese or Belgium chocolate. Suddenly the biggest bill is your phone bill, with data roaming charging you for every single use of your phone, and even costing the people who have never left the country. This will soon change.

As of June 15th 2017, roaming charges will be scrapped in Europe. This means that everyone in Europe will pay the same price no matter which European country they are in. This does come with a catch though, in order to prevent abuse of foreign and local networks there will be a “fair use limit”. This means that after a certain amount of use you will find yourself being charged a basic fee, ultimately stopping people from grabbing cheap SIM cards abroad and using them as their main SIM.

On April 30th 2016 new net neutrality laws will come into effect, these will effectively ban not only “fast lanes” (where people pay extra for a service provider to prioritize their connection) and prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling online content. While this seems to be a case for celebration, EU networks will be allowed to put aside a specialist part of their network for “higher quality” service. While under the condition that this doesn’t affect other people’s access to the rest of the internet, it does leave them open to a broad definition of “specialized services”.

Have you been charged for using your phone abroad? What was your biggest bill?

Thank you Engadget for the information.

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Apple Pulls iOS Apps and Games with US Confederate Flag

Backlash from the Charleston shooting is spilling into the digital realm as more Conferdate flag imagery is removed. This time, Apple is pulling iOS apps the feature the Confederate flag, most notably games that feature the flag. Other retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Sears and eBay have also pulled items containing the Confederate flag, but those actions have been largely restricted to clothing, memorabilia and the flag itself.

Most puzzling is Apple’s haphazard application of their removal. Some apps that feature the Confederate flag like historical apps from the History Channel have been untouched due to their historical context. Games however, that also feature the flag in its historical context, have been mostly removed. Once again it looks as if the standard is being applied differently to games, with a harsher standard being applied to them.

In some ways, it represents how the Swastika is sometimes missing from mainstream games. However, in those cases, the German side can be represented by other German war-time flags. In this case, it might be possible for developers to resubmit their games with the lesser known first Confederate flag and hope that goes through. It’s a shame though that Apple has taken an axe to games in particular without considering the historical context. Hopefully the next time a removal is done, Apple takes the time to properly judge apps to see if the use of the offensive imagery is justified.

Thank you TouchArcade for the information

Permanently League of Legends Ban for Profanity in Just 15 Minutes

This was bound to happen sooner or later since most players I’ve seen on either League of Legends or Dota 2 gain faster profanity skills than any other game-wise skills. Thankfully, Riot Games shares the same vision and wants to keep League of Legends a fun and welcoming place.

The developer wants to make an automatic world-wide banning system for players who use verbal harassment in the game. The system is said to have rolled out for the European Union, but should the tests prove to be successful, it will roll out in the rest of the regions soon enough.

The system works by sending notification cars to players who have used verbal harassment in matches, providing an evidence of the latter and an appropriate punishment that will take effect. The player can be punished in two ways, with either a two-week ban or a permanent ban, after exiting the match. It takes only 15 minutes after the match ends for the system to register the verbal harassment and deliver the ban.

Riot states that the player behaviour team is looking over all verbal harassments being reported and if the test goes as planned, the system will be available worldwide shortly. But this is not all that it brings. The new system will also keep players who reported others up to date with the process status and rewards players for positive gameplay. Personally, if the system gets rid of all annoying players out there, it might even tempt me to join the MOBA community. How about you? What are your thoughts?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Blizzard Kills Over 100,000 WoW Accounts With Six Month Bans

World Of Warcraft can claim to be the start of the MMO craze. Allowing thousands of players to take part in events that shaped Azeroth. With legendary weapons and characters alike to help and hinder players as Mages and Warriors fighting anything from Dragons to Undead Kings. So you can understand when they find that over a hundred thousand are botting, they want to remove them.

Botting is the process of automating an action, anything from killing low-level creatures to gather the resources they drop to taking place in large player based battles to be used as cannon fodder. Normally Blizzard has a particular way to combat these, study their behaviour then block accounts which are using the same behaviour pattern. This process can take months to complete though, all the while players are finding the in-game markets flooded by both items and players with a lot of money and experience earned the easy way.

With six-month bans stopping accounts who are found to be botting players are happy that their game is now cheater-free, but they are also worried. A lot of players use Macro’s, pre-programmed sets of keys used at the press of a single button. In response Bashiok, a community manager, posted a reply to a worried gamer stating that unless your actions are automated you should be ok.

When I started playing online games years ago I quickly found that I had plenty of competition when it came to taking down creatures or harvesting rare materials, all because of plain characters with random names doing the same task over and over again. Have you ever had a game you liked ruined by bots? What do you think about players who use bots to get resources and experience?

Thanks to PCGamesn for providing us with information.

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No Bans for GTA V Single Player Mods

As Rockstar was banning the players who were using mods (modification like FOV mod ) on both Single-player and Multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto : V. This resulted in  making the gaming community quite unhappy. Players found using mods were banned for a period of 2 weeks. However, it seems that Rockstar partially fixed the situation. In a new Q&A on the Rockstar Newswire, a GTA 5 developer confirmed that players will not be banned for using single-player mods. There will not be any ban till the modification stays in action in just single-player mode.

However, Rockstar says they can’t assure that mods will not be broken by updates. They did make sure that as long as it doesn’t cross into GTA Online, the multiplayer mode of GTA V, players are safe to mod their game. Here is the full statement.

“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”

This is an excellent move by Rockstar. I’m going in Los Santos to enjoy mods. Play Safe, do not use mods that messes with GTA Online. Let us know your views in comments section.

Rockstar Banning Users of FOV Mod in GTA V!

Grant Theft Auto V has been with us for a couple of weeks now and while many of us are quite happy tearing around the gameworld, both online and offline, some users have been working hard to mod the game within an inch of its life. However, there is one mod that is causing quite a stir and Rockstar seem more upset than anyone, even going as far as to ban users who have been using it!

The issue surround the games FOV mod, while this is OK for the single-player campaign, it’s not something Rockstar wants people using in the cames online component, as it could give you an unfair advantage over your enemies.

Enhancing your peripheral vision is great, but if it comes at the cost of a two-week ban, possibly even more if you repeat the offence, it may not be worth it and it’s certainly something to take into consideration before you apply the mod, or any other mod, while playing the game online.

Rockstar is sending the following email to suspect players:

Have you been enjoying GTA V on PC? Here are some mods that you can enjoy in the games single player component; Play as Los Santos Police and Animal Appocalypse

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

As a way to help the rest of the public that do not carry around selfie sticks enjoy the events both Coachella and Lollapalooza have banned the devices. This comes on the heels of other music venues banning the devices as well as major museums and the Premier League football stadiums.

This move should hopefully make it a lot less annoying when watching your favorite acts at the festivals. Lollapalooza rules state that no “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfies sticks, and monopods” are allowed. From Coachella’s website it states that “selfie sticks / narsisstics” are not allowed in. For those that loathe the selfie sticks, they can only hope that this is the start of a broader adoption of selfie stick bans.

Source: Engadget

Facebook Bans ‘Feeling Fat’?

Facebook users know that you can post a vast number of activities on your timeline, from what you are doing, like watching a certain movie, to how you are feeling at a moment in time. But have you ever wanted to post that you are feeling a bit ‘fat-ish’ after a big meal?

Well, whether you were aware of the ‘feeling fat’ emoji or not, Facebook has recently banned it after a number of complaints. It is said that the rosy-cheeked, double-chinned emoticon got banned after activists started a petition against it for its negative impact it might have for those struggling with eating disorders and general issues regarding body weight.

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Professional Counter-Strike Players Hit With Life-Long Tournament Bans

After eSports organiser ESEA expelled a number of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player involved in a betting ring, Valve has followed suit, banning those players involved from all future Valve-sponsored events, or ‘Valve Majors’.

The Counter-Strike betting ring scored its members over $10,000-worth of in-game items from just one match, which was thrown by the gamblers for the sake of winning their bets. The subsequent bans issued by ESEA were listed as lasting one year, but the organiser insisted that “ESEA reserves the right to extend the bans indefinitely.”

ESEA further clarified its policy, saying:

“To be clear, after these events originally took place in August, 2014, ESEA put into place a policy that explicitly prohibited players, team managers, or team sponsors from betting on their own matches. We strongly encourage all organizations, regardless of their affiliation with Valve, to mirror and enforce these bans so that a clear message is sent — there is no place for match fixing in professional gaming.”

The list of players banned by both ESEA and Valve includes:

Valve’s firm stance on the matter is uncharacteristic, marking this incident that motivated it noteworthy. Valve’s official statement reads, “all together, the information we have collected and received makes us uncomfortable continuing any involvement with these individuals. Therefore we will be directing our CS:GO event partners to not allow any of the following individuals’ participation in any capacity in Valve-sponsored events.”

“Professional players, their managers, and teams’ organization staff, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.”

The ban may have robbed the Counter-Strike community of some of its top players, but through ESEA and Valve’s hard-line reaction it has maintained its competitive integrity.

Source: TweakTown

PS4 and Vita To Go on Sale in China

From 11th January, the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita will finally go on sale in China.

The news is significant as they are some of the first Western consoles to go on sale in China, following the lifting of a ban on them in January this year. For years Chinese console gamers had to put up with dodgy imports and poor locally made consoles. The only other thing they had was Nintendo’s iQue console – a bizarre controller that plugged into a TV and played N64 games from 15 years ago.

The PS4 will sell at at $468 (2,899 RMB) and the PS Vita at $210 (1,299 RMB). As another first for China, the consoles will be heavily supported by developers, with 70 developers and publishers already on board.

Source: Reuters Via: The Next Web