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  • News: Japan's gaming market sinks 16 percent in first half

    Japan's console and portable gaming market sank 16 percent in the first six months of the year as new software failed to make a splash and sales of hardware fell, according to data released on Thursday.

  • News: British Hackers Take Down Al-Qaeda Websites

    A group of British hackers today took down Al-Qaeda's communication network and websites, preventing the terrorist organization from posting online messages and videos.

  • News: Chinese city draws ire with controversial cloud zone

    A cloud development zone being constructed in the Chinese city of Chongqing has drawn scrutiny for an alleged plan to offer uncensored Internet access, but only for foreign businesses.

  • News: Remains of the Day: Social-ism

    It's a social kind of day: News Corp. bids adieu to Myspace, Google launches its answer to Facebook, and don't miss the first Holy Tweet. The remainders for Wednesday, June 29, 2011 are making friends all over the place.

  • News: Deathsmiles Coming to iPhone on July 7

    If you're unfamiliar with the peculiar shooter that is DeathSmiles, let me take a moment to enlighten you. Take five underage girls. Dress them in borderline-inappropriate Gothic Lolita outfits. Provide them all with a familiar, magical power and the ability to fly. Then invite them to blast their way through a range of increasingly bizarre levels featuring screen-filling patterns of bullets and bosses as diverse as the literally-named "Giant Cow Mary" and "Deathscythe" as well as my personal favorite, "Tyrannosatan."

  • News: Limbo Headed to PlayStation Store

    For many people, LIMBO was one of the standout titles released on Xbox Live Arcade last year. The monochromatic, silhouette-starring puzzle platformer has had over 750,000 people play it since its release on Xbox Live Arcade, and it was nominated for several BAFTA Video Games Awards.

  • News: Minecraft 'Adventure' Update Adds 'Experimental' Gameplay

    Notch mentioned back on Monday that the Minecraft 'Adventure Update' was going to offer a significant upgrade to the game experience, and that it has subsequently been pushed back to version 1.8. Version 1.7 of the game is due out very soon and simply adds pistons and a few bug fixes, with the large-scale 1.8 update coming after "however long it takes."

  • News: Dead Island Trailer Tops at Cannes Festival of Creativity

    Dead Island's original cinematic trailer from this February was praised for its excellent animation, emotional impact and use of music, but criticized for its misleading depiction of what the game would be about. Some also found the use of children in the video to be distasteful. One thing was constant, though -- everyone had an opinion on it, good or bad.

  • News: GameStop To Take Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Trade-Ins

    Yesterday, some anecdotal reports from GameStop employees surfaced, suggesting that the store would not be accepting trade-ins of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for Nintendo 3DS, on the grounds that users are unable to reset their save data. This strange decision by Capcom has been widely interpreted to be a direct attack on the preowned games market -- as with this system in place, preowned copies of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will be "soiled" by the previous owner's save file which cannot be removed.

  • News: Four New XBLA Titles Today

    Four new games hit Xbox Live Arcade today, and there's something to appeal to most tastes amongst them, whether you're into retro remakes, RPGs, wrestling or sports.

  • News: Inventor of SecurID token has new authentication system

    The inventor of the two-factor authentication SecurID token says the latest technology he's come up with is better because it can be used with a voiceprint biometric, plus it can be deployed for purposes of secure authentication in mobile phones, payments and cloud computing.

  • News: How Random House Overcame Enterprise Collaboration Obstacles

    With more than 10,000 new book titles and products launching every year, publishing company Random House needed a real-time solution to help manage and share information, and improve employee communication. Email, says VP of IT Chris Hyams Hart, just wasn't cutting it.

  • News: Office 365: It's Not Just for SMBs

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wasted no time in his keynote at the Office 365 launch in mentioning that Office 365 is an ideal solution for SMBs.

  • News: Red Giant releases Magic Bullet Suite 11

    Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 11 boosts colour correction tools and adds cosmetic effects and format conversion, though no Final Cut Pro X support yet

  • News: Better security needs 'more informed patching'

    Security firm Secunia finds that the most popular three-dozen programs account for 80 percent of vulnerabilities. Better patching could help security, but not everyone agrees.

  • News: TalkTalk apologises after troubled Tiscali tech transition

    TalkTalk has issued an apology for the troubled transition of Tiscali customers onto its own systems following its acquisition of the company in 2009.

  • News: Bath University moves business network into the cloud

    The University of Bath is targeting improvements in the efficiency of its business network system by moving it into the cloud with Salesforce.com.

  • News: Ladbrokes online chief departure confirmed

    Ladbrokes has confirmed that its head of online, Gary McIlraith, is leaving the company on 30 June, as part of a senior management team restructuring.

  • News: Researchers discover 4.5 million-strong super-botnet

    Millions of PCs around the world appear to have been quietly infected by the dangerous TDSS ‘super-malware’ rootkit as part of a campaign to build a giant new botnet, researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab have discovered.

  • News: Apple issues Java updates for Snow Leopard, Leopard

    Fire up Software Update, and you're likely to find a Java-flavored update waiting for you. Apple has updated Java for both Snow Leopard and Leopard, releasing Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 5 and Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10.



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