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  • Battle.net hack: passwords and emails stolen, financial info safe

    Ahem. If you play World of Warcraft, Diablo, or Starcraft you might want to mosey over to Battle.net around now and change your password. Blizzard's multiplayer platform is the latest big online player to be hacked. According to MacRumours, the hackers managed to get hold of email data for gamers outside of China and scrambled passwords. In a letter to Battle. net users, Blizzard CEO and Michael Morhaime detailed what had happened in the hack, saying that the company did not believe that any financial information had been taken: Even when you are in the business of fun,...

  • Chad’s Dad: 8 things we can learn about likeability from Bert Le Clos

    If there were an Olympics of likeability, Bert Le Clos would stand a very good chance of getting gold. Deadspin deemed his BBC interview “the media moment of the games” at the time, and to date it has scored over 353 000 views. #chadsdad trended in the UK and Bert became part of the cultural lexicon: Considering asking Bert Le Clos to form a Government.— Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH) August 3, 2012 In fact, his only serious rival would probably be Oscar Pistorius, who manages to be inspiring, humble and nice (and very pleasant to look at too) which makes his a...

  • Forget the US: emerging markets are the future of online adspend

    There is a great deal of focus placed on the American market when we look at ad spend numbers and marketing budget distribution; but the US market is not the only one where significant amounts of cash are being spent. Online adspend is increasingly beng driven by emerging market countries, suggesting that they represent the future of one of the web's biggest money spinning sectors. A new survey from online research company eMarketer looks at the ad spend figures from 2010 to the projected figures of 2016 throughout the world. It suggest that by 2016, online ad spend could...

  • Do all those flashy tech launches work? Yup, just ask Google

    Remember Google I/O? No? Let me refresh your memory. At the tech giant's annual developers conference, it launched not one, but two new products -- its Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q music player. Then it announced the new version of the Android operating system (Jelly Bean). Then Google co-founder Sergey Brin walked on stage to and casually started a Google hangout with some skydivers, who then leapt from a plane wearing pairs of Google's augmented reality glasses and live-streamed the descent. Unsurprisingly, the event generated huge buzz around Google, Android and those futuristic augmented reality glasses....

  • Top 10 videogame weapons of all time

    Videogames have long been about shooting dudes in the face. It’s a game mechanic we take for granted. And we all appreciate a good, realistic gun that recoils appropriately -- a firearm straight from the pages of Guns and Ammo magazine. Yet sometimes we harbour an itch for something more; a gun both bombastic and outlandish, that forgoes realism for a little fun. The list below scratches that itch. Enjoy. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Samsapple: Samsung is nothing like Apple [Video]

    Apple and Samsung's patent warfare is becoming one of those Lindsay Lohan/Hillary Duff type things where everyday is something new and someone allegedly stole something from someone and someone is saying "oh no you didn't". It's all too much. That's what makes Conan O'Brien's take on the issue so awesome. Forget all the evidence that Apple and Samsung have been introducing in court and all the back and forth "we patented that" and "no we had the idea for the iPad a million years ago" nonsense. This is video speaks truth. The video which was released by O’Brien’s web...

  • Samsung: the Galaxy SI could’ve been better… if it was more like the iPhone

    A fair few skeletons have emerged from the latest trial between Samsung and Apple. One of the most rattling revelations to date shows that Samsung thought its Galaxy SI smartphone could've been better if it had been just a little bit more like the iPhone. As part yesterday's court proceedings, Apple produced a 2010 internal memo from Samsung comparing its then flagship smartphone with the Cupertino-based giant's signature device. When we say comparing, we really mean it too. The report, translated from Korean, runs to 132 pages compares every single element of the two phones. As AllThingsD notes...

  • Apple, Android totally mainstream now with 85% of smartphone market

    If you think your smartphone is a statement of your unique individuality, you'd best hope it isn't running Android or iOS. Some 85% of smartphones now either rock Google or Apple's mobile operating systems. According to tech analysis company IDC, this is a record new combined high for the two companies. Unsurprisingly their dominance comes at the cost of two pioneers in the smartphone world: Symbian and BlackBerry. Each now accounts for less five percent of the global market. "Android continues to fire on all cylinders," said Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and...

  • Could a sunflower be key to the Apple, Samsung patent trial?

    It's an incredibly simple, but evocative image. It's a yellow sunflower with green leaves and it's the icon for Apple's Photos App. The image might seem arbitrary, but it could be key to the Cupertino-based giant's patent trial with Samsung. During yesterday's court session, Mac Iconographer Susan Kare was called in as an expert witness. As well as most of the icons on the original Mac, Kare was responsible for the designs on the original Solitaire that shipped with Windows. Samsung's lawyer has, of course, argued that most of similar icons can be explained by the fact that the...

  • Facebook introduces mobile ads for developers

    Things might have just got a little easier for mobile app developers on Facebook. The social network announced that it will now let them advertise their apps on Facebook. Facebook claims that ads for apps on its mobile offerings have driven people to the Apple App store and the Google Play Store 146 million times in the last month. These clicks, it says came "channels such as news feed, timeline, bookmarks and App Center". Mobile ads, it says, are another way of driving that growth: When a person clicks on one of these ads, if they do not have the...

  • Procrastinate with today’s basketball-themed Olympic Google doodle

    Another fantastic time-wasting Olympic-themed doodle? Aww Google, you shouldn't have. After the search giant made up for all those static Olympic doodles by launching a hurdles game yesterday, we thought it would be back to the standard, non-interactive Olympic doodles this morning. But today, Google's logo is nestled in the stands at a basketball court, and you can take aim and shoot a stack of balls through the hoop. Tap the spacebar once to build up momentum, and twice to release (or just press, hold briefly and let go if you're a real pro). But don't hold on too...

  • The world’s first real-money Facebook game launches in the UK

    They're colourful puffballs, and their cutesy name is spelt with a 'z': they're called the Friendzies, and they're characters in the world's first real cash Facebook game that went live on the social network today. Bingo Friendzy is a new Facebook game from online gambling operator Gamesys, which gives users the opportunity to play with and win real money in 90 ball bingo games. No, not Facebook credits. Actual money. The game was developed by the London-based online gaming company which also runs the UK's biggest bingo and slots website (Jackpotjoy) and two related Facebook games which work...

  • China’s Sohu: losing the microblog battle, but planning a comeback

    If you know anything about the Chinese social media space it's probably that Tencent and Sina rule the microblogging space. If things had turned out a little differently though, there could well have been a third big player. In a recent earnings call, Sohu CEO Charles Zhang admitted that his company had lost out in the microblogging space over the past two years. The company, which also offers advertising, a search engine, and on-line multiplayer gaming, launched its microblogging or weibo platform in early 2010. It's unclear how far behind Sohu is given that it doesn't release its numbers....

  • Watch the Mars landing from Curiosity’s point of view [Video]

    Check this out. If you're a hardcore geek, you'll probably think it's the coolest thing you've seen this year. NASA today released a stop motion video of Curiosity's descent onto the Martian surface. It's by no means a state-of-the-art high-definition piece of cinematography. Once you know what it is though you can't help but be awed, especially when it kicks up a cloud of dust on landing. To make the video NASA stitched together 297 thumbnail images taken by the craft's onboard Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) According to The Verge, the images are only 192 x 144, although...

  • Amazon’s social game studio has Zynga in its crosshairs

    Things could be about to get a lot hairier for Zynga. The game studio is about to face competition from Amazon, after the web giant announced the launch of its new social gaming product. Amazon is on something of a gaming run at the moment, having recently launched its cross-device platform GameCircle and MMO developer service GameConnect. The first title to come from Amazon Game Studios is called Living Classics. According to Amazon, the game is a “moving object game”, involving a family of foxes: In the game, a family of foxes have wandered into vibrant, animated illustrations from their...