Security firm Sophos is warning Facebook users about yet another app that supposedly lets you see who's been viewing your profile. Like many before it, this one is a scam.
"As we've described a couple of times before, plenty of Facebook users would *love* to know who has been checking them out online, but unfortunately scammers are aware of this, and use the lure of such functionality as a way to trick you into making bad decisions," Sophos said.
If you see someone posting a testimonial about one of these apps along with a link, run in the other direction. Not only do they fail to work, but by clicking the "Allow" button you're giving the app permission to pull your personal data and post to your wall, which is how they spread in the first place.
"Ever wondered how many people fall for a scam like this? Well, the figures can be shocking," Sophos says. "This current campaign is using a variety of different links -- but via bit.ly we can see that at least one of them has already tricked nearly 60,000 people into clicking."
We woke up to find an email from Futuremark this morning letting us know that they've decided to postpone the launch of 3DMark 11, perhaps by up to a week, or maybe just a few days.
"Our aim is that 3DMark 11 should provide accurate, reliable, and consistent results from the start," Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch wrote in an email. "With that goal in mind we are taking some extra time now to fix a couple of difficult bugs rather than patching the benchmark immediately after launch.
Baltuch went on to say that "it might take a day, it might take a week," but either way 3DMark 11 will be here soon. In the meantime, there are a handful of 3DMark 11 videos and pictures posted online, which you can view here.
Never let it be said the life of a videogame developer is easy. In an interview with Develop Online, Bioware founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk talked about what they've been up to lately and a handful of other topics, but one of the most interesting answers came when asked what disappoints them about the games industry today.
"There's too many games released today," Muzyka complained. "It's interesting, because it's very, very busy, it makes it very hard as a player to keep up. The releases clump up -- even though that is changing a little bit.
"For us, we have to play our games, play competitor's games, play other relevant games, and play the handful of games we just really want to play more of and finish. I try and play two or three hours a night, but that's hard it's not enough."
Rough life, eh? You can read the full interview here.
Millions of Android users have now had a chance to see what all the fuss is about surrounding Angry Birds, the popular mobile app previously only available via Apple's App Store and Ovi. Since launching in the Android Market, Angry Birds has racked up 7 million downloads on the open source platform, Rovio confirmed in a Twitter post.
If you're an Android user, you have reason to gloat. Angry Birds is a 99 cent app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and $2.99 on the iPad. But on Android, it's free. The reason?
That leaves the Windows Phone 7 platform, but don't get your hopes up for a 2010 release. When asked if it's going to happen, the Twitter-happy company responded, "never say never, but it's highly unlikely."
A disclaimer: We love Tim Schafer. We want to marry his brain, buy a house, and eventually win his trust so we don't have to keep him tied up in the basement anymore. That being said, we have to admit that we're not entirely sold on the Psychonauts and Brutal Legend creator's reason for refusing to return the PC's calls.
“As a developer we do not have final say in the sku plan for our games. That is the decision of the person investing the money, i.e. the publisher. We have much of the technology in place to produce PC versions of all these games, but there is still some more work required to make them shippable and that costs money,” reads a post on Double Fine's website.
“So far, our publishers have not elected to fund that work. Not because they hate PC Gamers, but because they don't see enough financial reward. Double Fine does care about PC Gamers, and we always push for a PC version, and will continue to do so in the future.”
When in doubt, blame the big, bad publisher man, right? And we can understand that. Well, mostly. Problem is, two and two don't quite make four here. For one, Double Fine's current publisher, THQ, has gone on record saying that we'll see “almost every one” of its core games on PC as long as it "makes sense." So, does it?
Well, let's have a look-see at Double Fine's current lineup, which consists of bite-sized downloadable titles like Costume Quest and Stacking on XBLA and PSN. Hey, isn't there another platform where experimental download titles can net their creators $350,000 a day? Also, we'd like to point out that Schafer himself – barely audible over our schoolgirl-like cheers as he admitted he'd like to make a Psychonauts sequel – said that Psychonauts earned the bulk of its recognition through PC-only distribution channels.
So Tim, are you sure you want to stand idly by while publishers give PC gamers the cold shoulder? This could very well be a literal million dollar question. Is that your final answer?
Is your Xbox creaky, prone to long-winded “back in my day” rants, and in the midst of a particularly expensive mid-life crisis? Well, you're not alone. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has also noticed that his consoles are just about ready for retirement. Problem is, they don't plan on passing the torch without a fight.
“As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both,” he told Edge (via CVG).
"PC is easily a generation ahead right now. With 360 and PS3, we believe the quality of the games beyond Crysis 2 and other CryEngine developments will be pretty much limited to what their creative expressions is, what the content is. You won't be able to squeeze more juice from these rocks."
He also went on to explain that things won't change until publishers stop treating the PC like a barren, profitless wasteland.
"I generally think it's still developers' mentality [that is to blame]," he said. "A lot nowadays don't consider PC a big issue any more; their [sales] expectations are nowhere near what they are for the console versions.”
So yeah, it's kind of a hollow victory for us. We have the nicest, fastest hotrods on the lot, but nowhere to race. Kind of puts a damper on building bigger, better PCs too, doesn't it? Looks like we need a new hobby to distract us for the time being. How about this: first person to get Crysis running on a Minecraft PC wins. And... go!
For those of you rocking the Internet Explorer 9 beta browser, Microsoft just released an update that should help with any quirky behavior you might be experiencing.
"Today we released a recommended update for all Internet Explorer 9 beta customers via Windows Update (KB2448827). This update includes stability fixes for the beta build," Microsoft stated in a blog post.
This isn't a new beta build, just a patch for existing ones. If you have automatic updating setup, then you're all set. Otherwise, you can check for updates and install the patch manually.
It's that time again. No, not that time! And definitely not that time. It is, however, about the only time that the phrase “that time” has a positive connotation. Yep, as per tradition, Valve's slashing prices right and left in order to celebrate that weird, barely advertised void between Halloween and Christmas. Correct us if we're wrong, but it also involves the eating of an iconic American bird, doesn't it? The bald eagle?
Anyway, Steam's taken to carving up the prices of multiple games until they're damn near unrecognizable, and will continue to do so until November 30. Currently, featured titles include Borderlands for $9.99, the Deus Ex collection for $4.95, Alpha Protocol for $7.50, Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse for $10.50, and more. As usual, though, each day will bring with it an avalanche of dastardly new temptations that'll slowly whittle away at your wallet until you wake up to find that your house and/or kidney has been repossessed.
Even if you've resolved to not spend a single cent this time around, however, there's still something in this year's sale for you. Yes, that does in fact mean what you think it means: free stuff. Valve's added a wishlist feature, you see, and each day 30 people will receive whichever games are in their top five.
So there you have it. Cheap stuff. Free stuff. You know what to do.
Maybe it's time we posted another guide on how to rip CDs so Beatles fans can save themselves a bit of scratch and fill their iPod touch devices without re-buying music. Or perhaps Beatles fans are invested in vinyl and cassette tapes. Get this -- initial sales figures show that music lovers purchased more than 450,000 Beatles albums and 2 million individual songs on iTunes through the first week of sales, according to Billboard.
U.S. album sales totaled 119,000 units, including 13,000 digital box sets, and 1.4 million individual digital tracks. To put that into perspective, weekly U.S. digital track sales have averaged 21.7 million units up to this point in 2010, which means the Beatles' first week of sales is about 6.4 percent of U.S. track sales for an average week.
You can also chalk this up to heavy marketing on the part of Apple. The Cupertino company ran TV spots during Sunday's American Music Awards, Sunday Night Football, and other prime time programming, with more TV and newspaper ads scheduled for Black Friday.
Opera 11 in beta form for Windows is now available for download, and with it a bunch of new features, including Tab Stacking. Just as it sounds, Opera's newest browser lets you stack tabs on top of each other and group them by site or theme.
"Tabs are the most popular feature in browsers today," said Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products, Opera. "Because so many of us wrestle with tens or even hundreds of open tabs, we needed a way to simplify tab management. Just like stacking papers for future reference, stacking your tabs is an intuitive way to organize and collect your open Web pages."
The other big feature addition is extensions support. Extensions were first introduced in the alpha release of Opera 11, and these days developers are adding between 10 and 20 new extensions every day, Opera says.
Other features include improved mouse gestures, plug-ins can now be set to load on-demand, enhanced HTML5 support, search prediction from Google, and faster performance.