Apple’s European Headquarters Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Apple’s European headquarters in Cork, Ireland has been under a great deal of media scrutiny which revolves around the corporation tax rate. An investigation by the European Commission suggested Apple had incorrectly reported its financial earnings and could be hit with a fine costing up to $8 billion. Today, their headquarters was quickly evacuated after due to a potential security threat which posed a risk to employees. While, information regarding the incident is fairly unknown, Defence Forces told The Independent that explosive ordnance disposal teams were deployed just in case anything terrible occurred.

Once the building had been evacuated, employees had to wait outside for over two hours until they received the all clear. Apple eventually confirmed the evacuation and said it was a precautionary measure due to ‘threatening e-mails’ the company received. Thankfully, there was no harm done and the employees have safely returned to work. However, questions still remain about the hoaxer and their motives. Perhaps they just wanted to cause a scene or protest against Apple’s tax avoidance schemes. Whatever the case, it’s a very foolish move and once traced, could end up with a custodial sentence.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the person in question is apprehended fairly quickly and brought in for questioning. At least for the employees, they only had to deal with a small inconvenience instead of something quite sinister. The world is on high alert in the midst of terrorist attacks and stupid pranks like this don’t help people to feel safe. This certainly isn’t going to be the last hoax of its kind, but the police and security services have to take each threat very seriously. It will be interesting to see if Apple changes their approach with taxation as more pressure is applied from the media and consumers.

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Valve Employee Proposes To Girlfriend Using VR.

We all now live in a technical universe whereby even the simplest things are now connected in some shape or form, talking of tech, virtual reality promises to be a substantial development for the consumer experience and not a scene from the original Tron. We have heard of many applications for Virtual Reality headsets, but a marriage proposal? Surely not, it turns out yes, yes it can be.

A lady by the name of Kelly Tortorice was having a pretty excellent day testing unreleased virtual reality technology at Valve’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington US. I can possibly speak for everyone when I say, I need a new job doing that, anyway, while exploring various worlds within VR, a ring all of a sudden became visible. She reached out and grabbed it before taking off the headset to reveal her boyfriend on one knee in front of her with a real ring.

Below are the images, tech men would say, yes this is romantic, ladies on the other hand might not warm in certain circumstances to this expression of commitment. This clever stunt was the brainchild of boyfriend Chandler Murch who luckily also worked at Valve and was able to acquire the headset. This was made possible by control functions of the VR system, by holding the controller out in front of his girlfriend “Murch was able to line up the virtual ring and the engagement ring”

Kelly Tortorice said “yes” and I hope both will be very happy together, on a side note, I wonder what a Valve wedding would consist of? Possibly the case being a VR transformer or the Church hovering in mid-air, you could open a whole business dedicated to VR weddings, although it would be embarrassing if one half liked that sort of thing while the other half would call it “unromantic.”

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Crytek UK Employees on Strike, Refusing to go to Work

It has been said that Crytek UK’s employees were paid £700 for a month’s work, but despite that, the company still was able to release Warface, the free-to-play FPS Crytek promised to release some time ago. The latest rumors coming from the UK headquarter points to the staff refusing to go to work entirely.

Sources over at Kotaku indicate that work at Crytek UK, which was currently working on the new Homefront: The Revolution title, has been halted due to the unfair pay. Employees apparently claim that they are still owed back pay on previous work and to show they concerns regarding the current situation, they are said to have handed letters of grievance before going home.

It is said that most problems at Crytek are the result of the shortcomings brought by Ryse: Son of Rome’s Xbox One launch. The title has been reported to do well, but users apparently were unsatisfied and complained that the gameplay was too stuffed with quick-time events. Despite its graphics and gameplay, it is said to have failed in capturing users’ attention, resulting in Crytek going through the current financial problems.

Other rumors out of the headquarters speak of Deep Silver, Homefront’s publisher and Dead Rising franchise owner, attempting to buy out at leas the British developers who have left and/or are currently unsatisfied with the current measures Crytek is using to deal with the crisis. However, nothing is clear at the moment. Crytek is the only one who can share more solid information about what is going on, that is if and when they will release an official statement.

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10 Protesters Arrested at Google Headquarters

It appears that Google had some ‘disturbance in the force’ at its headquarters in Mountain View in California last Tuesday, where authorities arrested 10 people demonstrating their belief in internet freedom.

However, reports point to the protesters moving on to the Google I/O Developer Conference in Moscone Center, San Francisco on Wednesday morning. The protesters apparently are part of the #OccupyGoogle movement, having a website and Twitter account. They are said to have appeared on Tuesday outside Google’s headquarters armed with tents and signs in order to protest.

The signs had messages regarding net neutrality and how Google is apparently suppressing it. They say that the group wants to “create and maintain…an Internet that acts as a free speech zone.”

The protest was calm and peaceful during the day, having everyone at Google carrying out their usual routine and seemed not to care too much about what was going on in front of their working place. However, the same cannot be said during the night, having Google calling authorities in order to break up the protest.

Authorities were not called due to violet behaviour, having arrived and assisted quite relaxed judging by the pictures. The call must have been made due to the fact that Google might have had enough ‘excitement’ for one day.

It is said that at some point, a police officer asked the protesters to leave, warning them that they will be arrested for trespassing. But as nobody listened, the officers apparently took 10 of the protesters into custody. Up to this point, Google have not officially responded to comments about the protest and arrest.

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NZXT Talk Us Through The New H440 Chassis

We speak with Rob Teller; one of NZXT’s product managers as he takes us through the brand new H440, their latest chassis to hit the market. If you’re after something that is that bit different, but also extremely practical and loaded with style and features, then sit back and enjoy as we awe you with something that is like no other.

The H440 includes some unique features and we wanted to highlight these for consumers wanting to buy a chassis like this as we believe this video should give you a further insight as to why the H440 beats the competition. After talking to NZXT and Rob, we found that NZXT take product management very seriously and have listed contently to their consumers needs and what they want from a chassis of this nature.

Remember to check out our full review of the H440 chassis here.

For now, we invite you to check out the video below, and enjoy: