Security reports suggests mobile malware writers are almost exclusively focusing on Android.
To the victor belong the spoils, along with everything else that comes with being the most popular kid on the block. In the mobile world, Android is clearly winning in terms of market share, and while that translates into a bigger chunk of the pie, it also means there's a big brightly lit target painted on Android's back for malware writers to take aim at. Whether or not mobile malware is truly a problem to begin with, however, is debatable.
It only takes a few minutes, but makes a ton of sense if you’re invested in the ecosystem.
When it comes right down to it the modern Internet is really quite young. The term Web 2.0 was coined back in 1999 to help describe websites that had evolved beyond simple static webpages, but most of the web services we have come to know and love are actually less than 10 years old. As we start to pour more of ourselves into the cloud, it’s worth asking the question, what happens to our data when we die? I recently had a close personal friend of mine pass away suddenly at the age of 32, and every time I log into Facebook, I can’t help but notice his avatar floating off to the right in my chat list, smiling away like nothing ever happened. It left me wondering how Facebook will deal with the ever increasing numbers of users who are no longer with us, and Google to its credit is once again leading the way.
AMD's series of Never Settle bundles are proving popular among gamers in need of a GPU upgrade, and to keep the good times rolling, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now part of the Reloaded package. It's actually the only title in the Never Settle Reloaded bundle that's offered across the board among the Sunnyvale chip designer's lineup of Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards.
Games publisher Electronic Arts has started handing out pink slips in another round of job cuts. It's unclear how many people EA plans to let go, though it appears most of the layoffs are being focused on the publisher's Montreal-based mobile development studio, which had been rumored to be in the process of shutting down. EA said it doesn't plan to close the studio, though it did confirm the layoffs.
PC gamers deserve better than a straight-up console ports.
There exists lists on the web of the worst console to PC game ports (and vice versa, to be fair), which is frightening in and of itself. It's a disturbing trend that underscores how PC players are sometimes treated like second class gamers, and it's a real shame when you consider how much flexibility the PC platform offers in terms of controls, mods, graphics, and everything else. In light of this, it's refreshing to hear Thief developer Stephane Roy promise something better for PC gamers.
From the shadows, a voice whispered in Lord British's ear. It said, "If you build it, they will come."
Good news, Ultima fans! The spiritual successor to the franchise you invested so much of your time has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Not that there was any doubt whatsoever that Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues (SotA) would receive the necessary funding to move forward, the only question being how much money would Lord British and company have to work with. The answer? Nearly twice as much as they were seeking.
EA is on the verge of winning another award, but in this case we are using the term “winning” in the loosest possible sense. Each year The Consumerist asks the Internet at large to rate the worst companies in America, and EA appears poised to win for a second year in a row. Only in Charlie Sheen’s world could this even remotely be considered “winning” however, and as a result Chief Operating Office Peter Moore is stepping forward to offer his defense.
A free online scanner just got faster and lighter.
Security outfit F-Secure says it completely rebuilt its Online Scanner tool to run faster, lighter, and more capable than before. One of the biggest additions to the revamped scanner is that it now hunts for rootkits, those nasty bits of code that burrow deep down and sometimes boot before the operating sytem, making them extremely difficult to detect and remove. F-Secure also focused on downsizing the tool's footprint, which now checks in at 5MB.