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NHL 14 Demo Released with Details | NHL® | EA SPORTS

NHL 14 DEMO DETAILS

By EA SPORTS Hockey Aug 20, 2013

The NHL 14 demo is now available in North America on Xbox LIVE (a few more hours until it launches on PSN). Fans in Europe can download the demo on August 21*!

NHL 14 features NHL® Collision PhysicsEnforcer Engine and One Touch Dekes, plus many moregameplay improvements to help you experience the big hits, real fights, and unbelievable speed and skill of hockey.

Check out what’s in the NHL 14 Demo

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NHL 14 is hockey in its purest form: Speed, Skill and Aggression. Get into the game as either the Boston Bruins or the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and jump into the third period.

NHL 94 Anniversary Mode

NHL 94 is back! Get a taste of old school NHL 94­-style gameplay that uses classic button controls to deliver big hits, real fights, dirty dangles and sick snipes! You can even celebrate those moves with a new take on classic goal celebrations.

Learn more and watch the NHL 94 Anniversary Mode trailer.

Hockey Ultimate Team

Hockey Ultimate Team is the definitive fantasy experience. Build your Ultimate Team and take part in a mini-tournament against the following teams:

  • Halifax Mooseheads
  • Team Canada
  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Blackhawks

You will be rewarded with a HUT pack in the full game version of NHL 14** for completing your first game in HUT.  If you win the HUT tournament that same pack will be upgraded in value.

New to HUT this year is Online Seasons, the best-in-class promotion and relegation system that tracks your progress across multiple seasons. More HUT details are coming soon, but you can expect a new Auction Assistant, refinements to auction search, an improved contract system and expanded HUT collections, plus much more.

Watch the NHL 14 demo trailer:

How to download the demo

NHL 14 hits store shelves September 10 in North America and by September 13 worldwide, only on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Pre-Order NHL 14 and receive the EA SPORTS Ultimate Pass (twenty four HUT Gold packs), plus additional retailer incentives (where applicable).

 Stay in the conversation and follow NHL 14 on Facebook and Twitter.

*The NHL 14 demo will be available until October 29, 2013.

This article was taken from the following website: NHL 14 Demo Details | NHL® | EA SPORTS.

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GTAV pushes Xbox 360, PS3 to the limits, says Rockstar

GTAV pushes Xbox 360, PS3 to the limits, says Rockstar

By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies says “we’ve squeezed every single ounce of power” out of the consoles for upcoming open-world action game.

Grand Theft Auto V will push the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to their technical limits, according to Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies.

Speaking with GameSpot, Benzies said, “We wanted to push these consoles to their limit. I think we’ve squeezed every single ounce of power out of these boxes that we can.”

The developer has said previously that GTAV not only represents the largest game Rockstar North has ever created, but also the most finely detailed. Theplacement of every tree in the gameworld has been considered, according to the developer.

GTAV will require a mandatory 8GB install on Xbox 360 and PS3. On Xbox 360, the game will ship on two discs, though players will not need to swap them at any time during gameplay.

Benzies also addressed Rockstar North’s general ambitions for GTAV, which launches in just over one month on September 17.

“Our goal was to simulate what’s outside [in the real world], to make it feel good, and tidy up all the rough edges that we thought GTAIV had,” Benzies said. “It was to get it so the handling feels perfect, the gunplay feels perfect. And also the online side of it–that’s been a goal for years. We’ve started it a few times before, but we’ve never finished it. That’s what we wanted to do, basically.”

Check out GameSpot’s full interview with Benzies for more, as well as ahands-on preview of GTA Online.

This article was taken from the following: GTAV pushes Xbox 360, PS3 to the limits, says Rockstar – GameSpot.com.

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GTA 5 PC release date

GTA 5 PC release date

After the release of the new GTA 5 trailer, we became conspicuously aware, once again, of the absent PC release date for Rockstar’s next open world fiasco. So we reached our hands into the mists of Grand Theft Autos past, crunched some numbers, and came up with the best possible estimate of when the game will be announced and released for the PC.

If we look at all games in the Grand Theft Auto series since Vice City, we can see that it’s about 462 days, on average, between the announcement of the game and the announcement (not release) of the PC version. It’s a slightly more reasonable 212 days between the first console release and the PC release. You can see a game-by-game breakdown in this handy chart:

If we take the average time between console and PC announcement and add it to GTA 5′s original announcement date of October 13, 2011, that should have put the PC release date announcement around January 17, 2013. No such luck. Assuming they’re going to make us wait just as stupidly long as they did for GTA 4 (821 days from the first E3 tease, for the record), we’ll be hearing about a PC release date around January 11, 2014. Every main series entry since Vice City has failed to announce a PC ship date until after the first console version shipped.

In terms of when we might actually be able to play it, the gap between console and PC release has been consistent(ly frustrating) at around 212 days, without the kind of crazy deviation we see in the release date announcement window. 212 days after the currently listed ship date for GTA 5 on the consoles would be April 17, 2014. If the gap is as long as it was for San Andreas, we would have it by April 30 instead.

On the off chance that Rockstar makes us wait as long for a PC announcement as they did on GTA 4,and as long between PC announcement and PC release as they did on San Andreas, we’ve been shoved back to July 4, 2014. Not to say that they couldn’t try to annoy us further by breaking their own records, but that’s our official prediction for the most distant date to reasonably expect the game on PC.

There you have it: by our highly scientific reckoning, you’ll probably be loading up GTA 5 just in time for the 238th anniversary of America’s independence. As to when we may be free from the tyranny of waiting months for our Grand Theft Auto ports (we still haven’t forgotten about Red Dead Redemption, by the way), we don’t have enough data to speculate. At least we always get the best version. We’re willing to wait for the ability to mod in stuff like this.

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Hacking Smart Homes

Hacking Smart Homes

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Kashmir Hill, a reporter for Forbes, found out just how easy it is to hack a smart home. By “Googling a very simple phrase,” Hill was presented with a list of homes with automation systems from a well-known company. “[The] systems had been made crawl-able by search engines,” says Hill, and because the now discontinued systems didn’t require users to have a username or password the search engine results, once clicked, allowed her full control of the system. Hill contacted two of the homes she found online and, once she had asked for permission, demonstrated her ability to switch on and off lights in the homes. Hill also had the ability to control a range of other devices in the homes. This is just one example of the potential security issues surrounding home automation systems.

Home automation, the automation of things like lighting, heating, door and window locks, and security cameras  is a relatively new, but rapidly growing market currently worth US$1.5 billion in the US alone. But as with any new technology, there will inevitably be potential security risks.

Security researchers will give two separate presentations at the Black Hat 2013 security conference on security vulnerabilities in home automation systems. One of the presentations will discuss a vulnerability in a proprietary wireless protocol, Z-wave, that is used in a range of embedded devices such as home automation control panels, security sensors, and home alarm systems. The flaw allows for the encrypted communication of a Z-wave device to be intercepted and used to disable other Z-wave devices. A second talk, ‘Home Invasion 2.0,’ will present vulnerabilities discovered after several popular home automation systems were looked at. “We looked over somewhere in the range of 10 products and only found one or two that we couldn’t manage to break. Most didn’t have any security controls at all,” said Daniel Crowley of SpiderLabs. Many of the devices allow the user to download an app for their phone that allows them to control the automated system remotely. The researchers found that many systems used no authentication when communicating between the mobile device and the home system, creating opportunities for a malicious actor to take control.

Approximately three percent of homes in the US currently have home automation systems installed, but that number is set to grow, with some analysts projecting an increase that will see it reach double digits in the next few years.

In the rush to adopt new and exciting technology, keeping that technology secure may sometimes be placed low on the list of priorities. Hopefully, the vulnerabilities uncovered by this and other research will help highlight the importance of good security.

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Hacking Smart Homes | Symantec Connect Community
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5 tips to keep you cyber-safe this buying season | Computerworld Blogs

5 tips to keep you cyber-safe this buying season

By David A. Milman
November 30, 2010 10:35 AM EST

5 tips to keep you cyber-safe this buying season | Computerworld Blogs

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may mark the high points of the holiday shopping season, but they are by no means the end of it.  In a still struggling economy, with everyone searching for value, consumers will encounter technology deals that might seem too good to be true.

As reported by the Dow Jones newswires, online shopping may well top $1 billion dollars on a single day this year.  With more and more consumers willing to spend money online, sales will rise, but so will the risk of exposure to some sort of scam or cyber-crime right alongside those fabulous deals.

So, how can you avoid being taken advantage of?

There are many ways to keep yourself, your privacy, and your money safe this holiday season.  But, as the countdown to Christmas grows shorter, many of us abandon our common sense in the desperate pursuit of that one great gift or that one fantastic deal.

Therein lies the problem.  The number one way to guard against online scams is to employ some common sense.

For example, many of us will go to extreme lengths to save a few dollars.  This often includes venturing off the ‘beaten path’ and looking outside the major retailers on online auction or classified sites such as E-Bay or Craigslist, which the Better Business Bureau has cautioned against.  While many of the deals offered on such sites are perfectly legitimate, the likelihood of stumbling into a scam is far greater on these sorts of sites.

Tip #1 — If a deal seems too greatit probably is, especially if it’s from an individual user or a ‘minor’ retailer.  Be suspicious of any deal or sale that you can’t believe is real.  Maybe you’ve found the best buy of the season, but it’s more likely that you’ve stumbled into a scam set up to defraud you and steal your money or information.

It’s also important to remember that anyone you do business with online knows more about Internet commerce — and its dangers — than you do.

An excellent tip #2 is to do some research about any online vendor you’re considering making a purchase from.  Some vendors believe quality customer service goes hand in hand with turning a profit.  Others, however, such asVitaly Borker, seem to value their bottom line over the satisfaction of their customers.

As reported in the New York Times and on Cnet.com, Borker took advantage of loopholes in credit card policies to refuse refunds and threaten customers.  Only when he was in danger of being cut off by Visa and MasterCard did Borker begin meeting his customer’s needs.

Some simple research might have tipped customers off that Borker’s website was one to be avoided.

As heinous as Borker’s actions may seem, they do bring to light tip #3 for the online shopper: understand your credit cards.  Borker and other merchants like him, were able to take advantage of customers because of the rules set up by the credit cards those customers use.

With credit card purchases being the dominant form of online shopping, it’s vital that consumers know the policies of the cards they use and what recourse they have should those policies be abused.

Tip #4 — Consumers would also be wise to investigate other forms of payment, such as PayPal or Bill Me Later, a PayPal service.  While alternative methods may not offer the convenience of credit cards, they may provide more security against potential scams and those who know how to abuse the system.

Regardless of where and when you shop online, tip #5 applies: be cautious.  The Internet can be a dangerous place at the best of times.  During the often stressful and expensive holiday season the dangers increase exponentially.

Be wary every time you shop online and help to make sure this time remains a time of giving, and not of taking.

This article was cited from: http://blogs.computerworld.com/17440/safe_cyber_shopping_tips_for_the_holiday_season 

David A. Milman, Founder and CEO of Rescuecom

 

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