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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.

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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

 


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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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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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When is it the Right Time to Upgrade Your PC?

 

When is the Right Time to Upgrade Your PC? - Chris Pirillo

Do you upgrade your computer yearly? How about monthly? Do you upgrade only when your current system breaks down or stops running the newest applications? There is a big debate among computer users as to when the best, and most cost-effective time is to upgrade. In a recent discussion, Brandon and Jake were asked the question, “When is it time to upgrade your PC?”

Brandon believes in upgrading your system components, rather than buying a new computer every time new technology becomes available. By keeping track of when Intel and/or AMD come out with a new socket, he is able to determine whether or not a new motherboard needs to be purchased when buying a new processor.

Jake, on the other hand, buys an entirely new system yearly. By doing this, he enjoys an entire set of updated features including bigger hard drives, newer optical drive technology, and faster processing without the hassle of having to buy new individual pieces.

For most users, a simple upgrade here and there to a desktop PC on a regular basis can be enough to for them to get by for years. Costs are relatively low in comparison, and you have more ability to get exactly what you need, rather than what the OEM is willing to include.

A gamer might find a yearly total upgrade more cost-effective given the somewhat low prices for bundled hardware available today. Video cards, RAM, CPU, Motherboards, and sound cards all fall under a serious gamer’s radar in terms of desired performance increase.

While there are certain advantages to each camp in this seemingly eternal debate between geeks, one thing mostly everyone can agree on is that maintaining a basic knowledge of current technologies can come in handy when it does come time to pick up new hardware. Knowing the advantages to SSD over a traditional drive can help determine whether or not the investment is ultimately worthwhile.

If you decide to upgrade components rather than an entire system, keep in mind that everything needs to be compatible. Buying a SATA drive for a motherboard that only supports older connections can cause a real headache as users discover the incompatibility. More modern PC memory may not be recognized or run properly in an older motherboard. An out-of-date BIOS can fail to recognize newer components entirely, which may result in the appearance of broken hardware when a simple update can resolve the problem entirely.

What do you think? When is it time to upgrade your PC? Please leave a comment below with your opinion on the topic.

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Protect Yourself!

 


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Protect yourself from malware

We’d like to believe the Internet is a safe and honest place for everyone, but there’s no denying that online criminals and hackers are lurking out there, trying to stir up trouble. One way they cause trouble is by spreading malware. You can protect yourself by learning what malware is, how it spreads, and how to prevent it.

What’s malware?

“Malware” is any kind of software that’s designed to harm a computer. Malware can steal sensitive information from your computer, gradually slow down your computer, or even send fake emails from your email account without your knowledge. Here are some common types of malware you might’ve heard about:

  • Virus: A harmful computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer.
  • Worm: A malicious computer program that sends copies of itself to other computers via a network.
  • Spyware: Malware that collects information from people without their knowledge.
  • Adware: Software that automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements on a computer.
  • Trojan horse: A destructive program that pretends to be a useful application, but harms your computer or steals your information after it’s installed.

How malware spreads

Malware can get onto your computer in a number of different ways. Here are some common examples:

  • Downloading free software from the Internet that secretly contains malware
  • Downloading legitimate software that’s secretly bundled with malware
  • Visiting a website that’s infected with malware
  • Clicking a fake error message or pop-up window that starts a malware download
  • Opening an email attachment that contains malware

There are a lot of different ways that malware can spread, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless to stop it. Now that you know what malware is and what it can do, let’s go over some practical steps you can take to protect yourself.

How to prevent malware

    1. Keep your computer and software updated

Microsoft and Apple often release updates for their operating systems, and it’s a good idea to install these updates when they become available for your Windows and Mac computers. These updates often include fixes that can improve the security of your system. Some operating systems also offer automatic updates, so that you can automatically get updates soon after they’re available.

Windows users can install updates using a feature called “Windows Update,” while Mac users can install updates using a feature called “Software Update.” If you’re not familiar with these features, we encourage you to search the Microsoft and Apple websites for more information on how to install system updates on your computer.

In addition to your computer’s operating system, your computer’s software should also be kept up to date with the latest versions. Newer versions often contain more security fixes to prevent malware attacks.

    1. Use a non-administrator account whenever possible

Most operating systems allow you to create multiple user accounts on your computer, so that different users can have different settings. These user accounts can also be set up to have different security settings.

For example, an “admin” (or “administrator”) account usually has the ability to install new software, while “limited” or “standard” accounts usually don’t have the ability to do so. When doing day-to-day web browsing, you probably don’t need to install new software, so we suggest that you use a “limited” or “standard” user account whenever possible. Doing this can help prevent malware from getting installed on your computer and making system-wide changes.

    1. Think twice before clicking links or downloading anything

In the real world, most people would probably be a little suspicious about stepping into a shady-looking building with a sign that says “Free computers!” in flashing lights. On the web, you should adopt a similar level of caution when entering unfamiliar websites that claim to offer free things.

We know it might be tempting to download that free video editing program or role-playing game, but do you really trust the website that’s offering it? Sometimes it helps to leave that website and search for reviews or information about that website or program before downloading or installing anything. Downloads are one of the main ways people get malware, so remember to think twice about what you’re downloading and where you’re downloading it from.

    1. Think twice before opening email attachments or images

If a random person sends you a box of chocolates in the mail, would you open it and scarf it down without any hesitation? Probably not. Similarly, you should be wary if a random person sends you a suspicious email containing attachments or images. Sometimes, those emails might just be spam, but other times, those emails might secretly contain harmful malware. If you use Gmail, report those emails as spam so that we can better weed out emails like this in the future.

    1. Don’t trust pop-up windows that ask you to download software

When surfing the web, you might come across sites that show pop-up windows, making you believe your computer has been infected and asking you to download some software in order to protect yourself. Don’t fall for this trick. Just close the pop-up window and make sure you don’t click inside the pop-up window.

    1. Be careful with file-sharing

Some sites and applications allow you to easily share files with other users. Many of these sites and applications offer little protection against malware. If you exchange or download files using these file-sharing methods, be on the lookout for malware. Malware can often be disguised as a popular movie, album, game, or program.

    1. Use antivirus software

If you need to download something, you should use an antivirus program to scan that download for malware before opening it. Antivirus software also allows you to scan your entire computer for malware. It’s a good idea to run regular scans of your computer to catch malware early and prevent it from spreading. Google doesn’t make any antivirus software, but the following article contains a list of antivirus software that you might want to consider:

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The infamous fake “FBI Virus”

 

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Beware of the FBI Virus

The FBI Virus is a virus that locks down your computer shortly after you turn it on preventing you from accessing any files or programs. The cleverly designed virus will tell you that your system has been used for different types of illegal activity and will demand a payment via Moneypak to unlock your computer. The payment requests could be anywhere from $100 – $700 depending on the variant installed on your computer. There are several variants. However, once you have paid nothing will change & your computer will remain infected.

Some of the viruses even state that they have taken pictures of you through your webcam and have your image on file. You may even be shown a photo of yourself taken with your webcam. Luckily, none of this is true. Here is what the virus might look like:

 

Since late last year, PC Medics 911 has been experiencing an influx of computers infected with what has now known as the FBI Virus. This virus is not going away anytime soon.

Fortunately, we have all the tool necessary to remove it! We have continuously removed the FBI virus successfully here at our Granada Hills store. Our highly trained emergency computer technicians will make sure any data you need protected is backed up prior to removal.

Give us a call today if you believe you are infected with this virus. Our toll free number is 888-729-1163.

 

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