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UK shipping surveillance tech. to Iran, Egypt, Syria

Scanner Darkly

The UK government is being called out by a privacy charity, which is threatening legal action unless the MPs explain why they are shipping surveillance equipment and technology to repressive regimes in Iran, Egypt and Syria. Privacy International is the name of the group spearheading this campaign and it is …

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Controversial Three Strikes law halves piracy in New Zealand

A controversial ‘SkyNet’ three strikes law against internet piracy in New Zealand came into force on the 1st September 2011 which has halved online piracy according to the Record Industry Association of New Zealand. From August to September 2011 when the new law took effect, the number of times the …

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AMD console guru defects to nVidia

Ten years ago, Bob Feldstein was busy taking the lead on a deal with Microsoft that would lead to the Xbox 360 console being launched with ATi technology inside. Now he’s made the move across to nVidia. KitGuru dances in front of a Kinect controller and ponders the nature of …

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New app lets you transfer data by ‘singing’

In the second bird related story of the day, a brand new app has been launched which lets smartphone users send data to each other via a ‘digital birdsong’.  At present it’s only available to iOS users but an Android version should be available sometime in the future. The app …

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Google buys Sparrow, different kind of tweeting noise

While some birds spend ages singing complex tunes, sparrow tend to tweet. The animal can take in a whole load of sensory inputs and reply back with a simple, direct message. Google is looking to take on this attribute with the purchase of Sparrow. KitGuru buys a pack of budgie …

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Windows 8 to launch on October 26th

Microsoft are launching Windows 8 on October 26th this year. Steve Sinofsky, the Windows OS chief unveiled the date at the Microsoft annual sales meeting. To add weight, Microsoft updated a blog post with the information. Having tried the operating system I do remain completely unimpressed, particularly with the Metro …

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KitGuru Gaming – Weekly Round Up

For those tech readers who don’t always get time to check out our game related content at Kitguru gaming – here is a round up of content published in the last week. “New Console by Award-Winning Industrial Designer – Hailed as the ‘Best Designer Outside of Apple'” Yves Béhar – …

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Blizzard to reintroduce game limits

Input Limit Reached

Blizzard has announced in a forum post that in order to curb bot farming, it will be reintroducing limits on gameplay in Diablo III, namely how many games a player can create within a certain period of time. While the idea is to prevent people from using automated bots to …

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Sky postures up to Netflix with Now TV

Now TV

Feeling the serious threat that Netflix poses to its movie business in the UK, BSKYB is set to launch a new service called Now TV tomorrow, 17th July, offering movies on the PC, Mac and some Android devices. Day one, the service will offer 600 films and access to 11 …

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WoW server blade auctions raise over £200,000

Blizzard Sale

The auctions for the original World of Warcraft server blades have now been completed, with Blizzard raking in an impressive $300,000 (£212,000) from the sale. Beginning in October last year, Blizzard has been trickling the blade’s onto auction site eBay, with all proceeds going to the St. Jude Children’s Research …

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Two new GTA V screenshots

GTA V

Two new screenshots for GTA V have appeared online as part of a Rockstar QnA session with fans. These aren’t fakes either, but full blown official images released by Rockstar itself – and they look very pretty indeed. The question that prompted the release was “why don’t you give us more …

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KitGuru Gaming – Weekly Round Up

For those tech readers who don’t always get time to check out our game related content at Kitguru gaming – here is a round up of content published in the last week. “Analyzing Video Games on the Basis of Film and Literary Criticism (Part 1 of 2)” This post tackles …

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PEGI sees official UK use begin on 30th July

PEGI Ratings

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system of classifying games is set to come into effect on the 30th of July, after years of delays. Currently the UK uses a mixture of the traditional British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rating – but only if it contains mature content – …

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KitGuru Gaming – Weekly Round Up

For those tech readers who don’t always get time to check out our game related content at Kitguru gaming – here is a round up of content published in the last week. “Revised Wish List for Girls: Video Games #1, Dolls #2” Statistics will sometimes surprise you.  After all, how …

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277,000 users may lose net access on Monday

Reports from the FBI say that over a quarter of a million users could lose internet access on Monday. The FBI are taking down a ‘safety net’ which is protecting these people from a malicious piece of code infecting their systems. The FBI say that 64,000 Windows machines are infected …

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Slender Man makes gaming debut

Slender

Internet meme and creepypasta regular Slender Man, has become the antagonist of a new game simply titled Slender. Currently in development by Parsec Productions, the game involves the player making their way through a forest at night, discovering several outbuildings and vehicles, often which have a post-it note attached too …

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Sony PS4 two years in development

News for the new Xbox and Playstation are heating up. It would appear that Sony have been working on the Playstation 4 for a few years now, if employees dates are accurate. Sony have remained tight lipped about the Playstation 3 replacement, however one of their staff members spotted a …

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Microsoft grab Xbox 8 domains, stirring rumours

Microsoft have been buying some domain names, stirring interest amongst publications who are determined the find out the name of the upcoming Xbox 360 replacement. For a while Xbox 720 and Durango have been thrown about as a potential name for the next generation console, however journalists are now pondering …

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