Paypal Leaks Steam’s Upcoming Winter Sale Date

The Steam digital distribution client gained notoriety for deep discounts on a wide selection of games from niche indie titles to AAA blockbusters. Although, in recent years, the sales haven’t been as enticing and many people flock to third-party key resellers to acquire the latest games at rock bottom prices. Nevertheless, during any Steam event, there’s always some bargains to be found. As you might expect, Valve is planning a Winter Sale for the holiday period. Furthermore, The Dark Side of Gaming received an advert from Paypal leaking the sale’s date:

It’s not uncommon for Steam sale dates to be revealed beforehand, but it’s certainly an error on Paypal’s part. Unless, they want to inform people prior to the sale to purchase Steam gift cards. Whatever the case, December 22nd isn’t too far off and I cannot wait to see which games I can pick up for low prices. Sadly, it looks like there won’t be able flash deals, or daily deals due to the recent Steam Refund Policy. This does take away some of the excitement factor and I loved the countdown when new deals arrived each day.

You Can Now Use Your Hyundai Car Features From Your Apple Watch

Hyundai is keeping up with the times and trying to make your car interaction experiences more impressive than ever. Earlier this year, it launched the Android counterpart, allowing users to interact with their Hyundai cars from Android devices. Now the company has shifted its focus on the latest gadget on the market, namely the Apple Watch.

Hyundai launched the Blue Link car platform on the App Store, offering all features previously showcased in the Android version. Therefore, you can start and stop the engine with just a tap, remotely lock the car’s doors and even find your car on the map. The latter are just a few examples of what the Blue Link app allows you to do, but the best part of it is the Siri integration, where you are able to interact with your car through voice commands.

Hyundai’s Blue Link app for iOS is said to be compatible with all of its cars that have the Blue Link feature. However, the approach is not that uncommon. BMW has a similar app called BMW Remote App that lets you pretty much do the same things Hyundai’s app does, while Volkswagen and Porsche apps are also available for you to make the most out of your driving experience.

The question here is, will you as a driver prefer to interact with your car from your watch or through voice commands, or do you prefer to just keep your keys in your pocket as usual?

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

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Square Enix’s Mysterious Title Gets a Full Reveal Tomorrow

Square Enix is about to reveal its latest title tomorrow. You probably have heard of it by now, it was roaming around the internet as “Star”, hinting that the company might be revealing its next Star Ocean title. However, fans will be disappointed to know that the “STAR” title has now been revealed to be “START”.

So what could the company be revealing tomorrow? Well, the possibilities are endless. But to narrow it down, we reported that Square Enix will reveal a JRPG by the end of this year.

Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix’s CEO, did not reveal much about what its intentions are with the upcoming JRPG title, but he sees a lot of potential in it. Also, Matsuda hinted that the company will be preparing “all kinds of things” for E3, so the possibility of a fresh new title or a sequel are the same at this point.

If it is going to be a JRPG, judging from the website’s wallpaper, it would indicate that it has a high chance of being set in a sci-fi and (or) futuristic era, maybe even something close to space exploration?

All in all, the company even has a lot of titles to choose from if it wants to create a sequel. We don’t even have to speak about Final Fantasy and its great success, or even Dragon Quest Heroes.

Tomb Raider and Just Cause might be out of the picture here since the new Tomb Raider has already been announced and there is not even a whiff about a new Just Cause sequel, rendering its western titles highly improbable of having a link to this title’s release.

We now just have to wait it out and see what the company has to bring. Given the approach taken by Square Enix to reveal this mysterious title, we might even be looking at the next big hit. Stay tuned for more details.

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Facebook Officially Aquires LiveRail – a Video Ad Tech Startup

LiveRail is a service that helps brands that want to purchase online video ads and place them with publishers. Founded in 2007 and servicing up to 7 billion ads per month, this 170 person start-up will be working with Facebook as of Monday.

Facebook announced they would purchase LiveRail on June the 6th without disclosing the full amount. As we’ve just learned thanks to Tech Crunch, this figure is now set at $400m-$500m – the exact number is still unknown.

What does this mean for general users? Facebook can now LiveRail’s  expertise their expertise to better target video advertisements that run in our news feeds and help acquire more advertisers.

Interestingly, Twitter had also very recently announced its own video advertisement product (promoted videos). This move by Facebook can be seen as a quick move to stay in front of the crowd. There is said to be a big move from traditional TV advertisements to a more digital  medium – these recent acquisitions by both companies will likely see large profits in the near future.

What’s your opinion on Facebooks current marketing in our news feeds? Do you find it too intrusive or do you accept is as part of using a ‘free service’?

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100 Cars Disabled Over The Internet By A Texas Man

According to an article from PHYS, a man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an Internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said Wednesday.

Austin police arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20 years old, on Wednesday, charging him with felony breach of computer security. Ramos-Lopez used a former colleague’s password to deactivate starters and set off car horns, police said. Several car owners said they had to call tow trucks and were left stranded at work or home.

“He caused these customers, now victims, to miss work,” Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Aguinaga said. “They didn’t get paid. They had to get tow trucks. They didn’t know what was going on with their vehicles.”

Ramos-Lopez was in the Travis County Jail on Wednesday with bond set at $3,000. The Associated Press could not find a working phone number for his family. The Texas Auto Center dealership in Austin installs GPS devices that can prevent cars from starting. The system is used to repossess cars when buyers are overdue on payments, said Jeremy Norton, a controller at the dealership where Ramos-Lopez worked. Car horns can be activated when repo agents go to collect vehicles and believe the owners are hiding them.

“We are taking extra measures to make sure this never happens again,” Norton said.

Starting in mid-February, dealership employees noticed unusual changes to their business records. Someone was going into the system and changing customers’ names, such as having dead rapper Tupac Shakur buying a 2009 vehicle, Norton said. Soon, customers began calling saying their cars wouldn’t start, or that their horns were going off incessantly, forcing them to disengage the battery. Norton said the dealership originally thought the cars had mechanical problems.

Then employees noticed someone had ordered $130,000 in parts and equipment from the company that makes the GPS devices. Police said they were able to trace the sabotage to Ramos-Lopez’s computer, leading to his arrest. Norton said Ramos-Lopez didn’t seem unusually upset about being fired.

“I think he thought what he was doing was a harmless prank,” Norton said. “He didn’t see the ramifications of it.”

Thank you PHYS for providing us with this information
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