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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Do you think Apple is employing far too many loopholes to avoid paying tax?

Time to Scare Your Wallets! The Steam Halloween Sale is Here!

There are few times when our wallets fear to be opened, when they do, however, it tends to be a Steam sale. This Halloween is no different with sales on a variety of games (most of which with some fear factor in them).

Feel like it has been a slow day? Why not give Valve’s very own Left 4 Dead series for £2.99 each or both for £4.59. The zombie game features four survivors fighting off hordes of zombies, and some with a few special traits. Smoke, slime or slam as zombies in VS. or hope that your teamwork can hold out against the hordes in survival with the entire workshop library turning your nightmares into laughs and fear feasts.

Feel a little old today? Don’t worry Steam have you covered with 33% off Ark: Survival Evolved. Standard on an island, alone (or with friends, and some not so friendly people) you soon come face to face with dinos and disaster as you fight to survive on the island, staying warm and warding off everything from a dodo to a T-Rex. As if that wasn’t enough for £15.40, this week they have a special Halloween event where a certain dinosaur has a few more bones on show than usual.

Feel like a fright? Why not try the five nights at Freddy Series, pitting you against… children’s entertainment? Working the night shift will never be the same when you see what happens after dark with these fun-loving characters. And at 50% off, meaning it’s only £10 for the whole series, there are some things you just can’t hide from.

With thousands of games in the Steam Halloween Sale, it’s well worth checking out some of the deals, although be warned, your wallet is in for a scare!

Halloween Comes – Time For The Games To Come Out And Play

It’s that time of the year again for the ghosts and ghouls to come out and play. With Halloween soon approaching you may find yourself in need of some spooky activities. So why not, instead of watching a horror film, sit down and play a game. Become part of the story and enjoy yourself while feeling those familiar spooky chills. Listed below are but a few of the games you could play to keep that Halloween fear going all year round.


The Amnesia Series and SOMA

Two games, The Dark Descent and a Machine For Pigs, see you traversing a world where everything may not be as it seems. With nothing but your wits and bravery to help you survive explore and evade as creatures stalk you in the shadows and where the darkness may actually harm you.

At £26.99 for both games, or £14.99 each, there are many hours of gameplay to be had but be warned, there will be hairs standing atop your neck when your playing on these. If you feel like these games, why not SOMA from the same creators, featuring the same fear and horror set deep under the sea.


FEAR 3

A little more action that the Amnesia series, see the aftermath of a series of games and this time you can bring friends. Enjoy the story with a friend tagging along or enjoy a cooperative survival in a misty battlefield featuring everything from hell hounds and mechs to ghostly soldiers.

Aptly named Contractions, in waves you will face increasing difficulty enemies while gaining more weapons and facing an arena which will slowly cover with greater depths of fog as the waves increase. Not feeling up for surviving in a corner? Why not try getting from point A to point B while avoiding a literal wall of death? With many options for players, there is nothing quite like hearing a spooky little girl laugh only to hear your friend scream seconds later as they are teleported across the map into the middle of a horde.

If you are interested, check the game out here.


Slender: The Arrival

Originally a free game, designed to prove a concept that you could have a game without guns and combat, Slender gained fame when players faced the challenge of running through a forest to collect several pieces of paper, easy right? Slenderman likes to do things in style, appearing behind that tree so you can just make out the white head and black suit, the static of your camera playing as he approaches you from behind, your heart beating faster and faster. Like Amensia, it will see you finding new ways to survive when fighting isn’t an option, why not gather your family and friends and see who can last the longest before stepping away from the game. Currently, I have yet to fully complete the game so why not try beat my efforts and check it out here.


Ghost Master

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the fear and scares. Ghost Master looks to reunite you with that childish fun and imagination that all those scary stories used to bring us joy with. The concept is a simple one, you are a ghost master. With an arsenal of ghosts and horrors at your disposal complete objectives and scare people what isn’t there to like?

Summon an elemental and flood the room, use a poltergeist and scare hospital staff, your imagination is your best friend and their worst nightmare. At £4 on GOG you don’t have an excuse to not even look at the page do you?


Dungeon Keeper 2 And Evil Genius

Why be scared when you can be evil? Dungeon Keeper sees you order your minions to expand your caves and wealth while fighting off mighty knights but also gives you the option to possess your minion, running them into the fight with an evil smile on your face. So why evil genius? It’s for all you bond fans who imagined what it would be like to rule the world from a secret lair, with everything from henchmen to super weapons there isn’t anything quite like finding that the agents of good tripping all those well-placed traps, or on occasion a rather dumb minion.

At £4 for Dungeon Keeper 2 (Currently £1.39 thanks to a sale) and £4 for Evil Genius, why not be the bad guy just once?


Five Nights at Freddies Series

So you started that new job as a night security job, remember that Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum with everything coming to life? Sounds pretty awesome right, so what happens when they aren’t quite so friendly? Those fun-loving robots that entertain the children during the day want to scare the adult during the night, so why not play their little game of peek a boo, just be warned if you don’t see them quick enough, things won’t be all fun and games.

£18.99 will grab you all four games, or the original will set you back £3.99 with the next three costing £5.59 each.


Damned

The last in the list sees you and four friends (or complete strangers) wander from Hospitals to Hotels, looking for ways to get out. Sounds okay, right? The items you need to escape are randomly located, so the chances you can find them easily are slim with some events randomly triggered to keep you on your toes. So why get a locked room simulator? Simple, one of the five may not be there to help. Scratch that, one player is selected as the Monster, and with a wide variety of them, all with unique abilities and techniques for hunting down and thinning the crowd of survivors, each game can become a ball of laughs as you quickly realise you may have just told your friend and the monster where you’re stuck and that your flashlight isn’t all that safe after all. £15 for one copy or £45 for four can see you living out all those horror films you’ve ever seen, just remember to run!


So what games do you enjoy that inspire that Halloween spook factor? Don’t forget that you often get Halloween sales as well, so maybe check out the games that go on sale for those hidden gems that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Flat Phone Battery? Time to Re-Book Your Flight!

What’s going to get you kicked off a flight faster than carrying a pair of nail clippers or a replica Katana? According to this TSA announcement, a flat phone battery is the answer. The full release reads:

“Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.”

Unfortunately, this statement isn’t exactly direct nor points out an obvious issue, but we’ve learnt from NBCNews that this is likely due to a terrorism scare:

“The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said on Sunday.” NBCNews

And it’s not just your phone that’s on the line either:

“A U.S. source familiar with the matter said laptop computers are among the devices security screeners may require passengers to turn on.” NBCNews

As far as targeted devices go and where the actions will be taken place are, we’ve learned:

“U.S. officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” NBCNews

Whether this is another crazy security measure, or a legitimate concern is up to you to decide – but we know those with a flat device due to too many Tumblr updates are sure to create a scene at the security checkpoint.

Image courtesy of Mobiles.co.uk