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Zynga continues 13 game shut down

Petville

Following on from its announcement earlier in the year that it planned to end the lives of 13 of its games, Zynga has begun that process, closing down 11 of them, including: Petville, Mafia Wars 2, Vampire Wars, ForestVille and Fishville among others. Don’t worry though, Zynga has recommendations for …

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Facebook New Year messaging tool had privacy flaw

Stories

Hot off the back of its Instagram gaff, Facebook has suffered another blow to its reputation, as its Midnight Message Delivery app, that was designed to allow people to leave messages for loved ones that would be sent automatically as the New Year rolled around, had a gaping hole in …

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Nintendo 3DS hack gives user full control

Xcutioun

The Nintendo 3DS has been under attack by hackers for the last couple of years but Nintendo has been steadfast in its defence of the handheld’s security. A couple of weeks ago though, we saw the beginnings to what could be a hack that opens the system up and now …

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Pirate app store Hackulous shut down

Hackulous

Hackulous, a name that should resonate with owners of jail broken iPhones for its links with cracked apps, has officially closed its doors, presumably for good, with little official word as to why. As of yesterday, Hackulous went down meaning community news and updates would never be heard from again …

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Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista

Data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience. Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows …

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Ouya unboxing video appears online

After several million in funding and months of waiting, fans of the tea cup sized, kick started console, Ouya, can now get their first look at what the development kit looks like. It’s not the final version that gamers will receive but the dev kit, so there are a few …

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DayZ didn’t win mod of the year

ModDB

I know, shocker right? Still, it’s a little more understandable when you see that it did at least take second place, beating out some very impressive creations. And in reality, coming second to the legendary Black Mesa, source recreation of the original Half Life, is hardly something to be ashamed …

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NY kick sex offenders out of online games

2,100 registered sex offenders in New York have been kicked out of online gaming, so the safety of children can be protected. Gaming accounts have been wiped from various platforms in a new move. The initiative is called ‘Operation: Game Over’, and this is the second stage. It is the …

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Mojang/Minecraft documentary coming this weekend

2 Player Productions, the same people working with Double Fine on its documentary, are set to release its original creation, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang this weekend, debuting it online on the 22nd December – if the world doesn’t end before then of course. The movie follows Mojang’s founder and …

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Heroes of Newerth accounts hacked

HoN

S2 Games has announced that its MOBA title, Heroes of Newerth, has been hacked and the passwords of user’s accounts have been breached. To counter it the developer has reset everyone’s passwords and is recommending that any players change any login information elsewhere that shares details with HoN. Showing a …

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Security flaw found in Samsung SOC

A member of the XDA developers forum named ‘alephzain’ has claimed that there is a flaw in several Samsung handset and tablets which could allow attackers to access the RAM. The Register ran the story a short while ago. Alephzain posted the information here claiming that “The security hole is …

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Vote for your game of the year!

My good friend Terry Makedon is running a PC game of the year poll on his excellent website which deals with music, movies and culture in Canada. Terry says “What is the best PC game of 2012? Simple – it is the one that gamers vote as their favorite. I …

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Hacker marketplace plundered… by hackers

Injected

ExploitHub, a site that offers code that takes advantage of software vulnerabilities for a small fee, has found itself hacked, with a large database of its marketable software made available for free in a site dump. Initially, the site’s admins claimed that merely a message board discussion database had been …

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Bioshock Infinite will have reversible cover art

Bioshock Infinite

After the controversy surrounding the recent unveiling of the lacklustre and pretty generic box art for Bioshock Infinite, Irrational Games has announced that when the game is released, it will come with a reversible cover so gamers have a choice. And it won’t be Irrational choosing it. Co-founder Ken Levine, …

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Facebook help FBI arrest 10 for botnet crimes

The FBI have arrested 10 people who are associated with a crime ring. They made the announcement and said that malware had infected 11 million computer systems and caused more than $850 million in losses. “The Department of Justice and the FBI, along with international law enforcement partners, announced the …

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Using IE? Hackers may be able to track your mouse

While this isn’t necessarily a vulnerability that could cause problems for the average user, those that make use of virtual keyboards – perhaps those with physical disabilities – are at risk thanks to a vulnerability in the Internet Explorer browser, making it possible for a nefarious few to track mouse …

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THQ Humble Bundle could be most profitable ever

Humble THQ Bundle

Despite the furore that appeared shortly after the Humble Bundle announced its partnership with financially wobbly publisher THQ, it looks like it’s going to be the most profitable bundle ever, with just under 12 hours to go to raise the last $300,000. The current record holder for most profitable Humble …

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Xbox World unveils top changes with Xbox 720

Xbox World

While it’s set to close its doors after just one more issue – which goes on sale tomorrow – Xbox World has once again come forward with a lot of big details about Microsoft’s next generation Durango/Xbox 720 console. So what are we looking at with a next-gen machine? Xbox …

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Pokédex app makes the iPad seem worth it

Pokédex

Almost. While it doesn’t go quite as far as to slap a pokéball in your hand and send you off on your journey to fame and fortune, the official pokédex application comes about as close to it as is possible. Available now outside of Japan for the first time, on …

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Password security, you should care!

For the last couple of weeks, I have been getting many calls from friends and family members about their computers giving problems. This is nothing unusual, but I have been noticing a plethora of security issues on the computers I have been fixing. One of the computers I have to …

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