NEWS

August 9th, 2012, 4:10 PM

Blizzard Says Battle.net Was Hacked

Blizzard announced Thursday afternoon that its Battle.net service has been comprimised, and there was unauthorized access to some Battle.net account information. In a press release, Blizzard said the unauthorized access included email addresses associated with Battle.net accounts in all regions, outside of China. Additional information from accounts associated with the North American servers. The company [...]

August 9th, 2012, 1:51 PM

Did Microsoft Hint at Xbox 720 Release Timeline With a Job Posting?

A now removed job posting on Microsoft’s careers website has revealed that Microsoft intends to launch the successor to the Xbox 360 by 2014. The posting was for a Central Marketing Group director and read, “over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, [...]

August 9th, 2012, 12:00 PM

Lenovo Set to Take on Microsoft Surface with ThinkPad Tablet 2

August 8 marks the 20th-anniversary of the ThinkPad line, and to mark the occasion Lenovo introduced the device that it hopes will be able to take on Microsoft’s Surface: the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Armed with a stylus — much like the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 — the ThinkPad Tablet 2 comes equipped with an Intel [...]

August 9th, 2012, 10:45 AM

In Patent Skirmish, RIM Emerges Victorious

This week RIM received some much needed good news when a California judge ruled to dismiss a $147-million patent infringement suit against the company on Thursday. The case began in 2008, when Mformation Technologies took RIM to court over allegations that RIM had infringed upon a patent it owns for a that was apparently used [...]

August 8th, 2012, 5:33 PM

Apple v. Samsung: Apple Possibly Checkmates Samsung With New Revelations

While Apple may have spent most of Tuesday on the defence, the company entered into into the trial’s evidence a document that may prove to be a checkmate against Samsung — a document that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that Samsung may have “slavishly copied” the iPhone’s design. The document in question is a 132-page [...]

August 8th, 2012, 3:29 PM

Video Reveals Raid on MegaUpload Founder’s Mansion

While Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz is often known for grandiose tales and exaggeration, a video obtained by New Zealand’s Channel 3 News shows that his description of his arrest — a violent SWAT style takedown — was completely accurate. The video opens with an early morning raid on the Dotcom mansion, involving SWAT officers swooping [...]

August 8th, 2012, 1:55 PM

AMD Goes to Debt Market to Raise $300 Million in Senior Notes

AMD announced Tuesday that it was heading to the debt market to raise $300 million in senior notes. A senior note is debt issued by a business that is of the highest seniority on the issuer’s balance sheets. It is secured by collateral, and should the issuer go bankrupt this debt must be repaid. It [...]

August 8th, 2012, 11:54 AM

John Carmack Dismisses Valve’s Linux Aspirations, Cautious on Windows 8

John Carmack’s keynote at Quake-Con was marked with skepticism about both Valve’s Linux aspirations, and the future of Windows. Mr. Carmack, lead programmer and co-founder of id Software, identified the biggest problem with gaming on Linux is the user — they don’t want to pay for games. While Linux support creates goodwill amongst the open-source [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:56 AM

Steam Moving Beyond Games Come September

Valve announced today that it plans to expand Steam’s offerings to “creativity to productivity” software come September. This follows a leak on the Steam mobile app, which advertised software categories such as photo editing, design, and video editing. Valve says many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features — like automatic [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:42 AM

Windows 8 Packaging Revealed

Microsoft has been unable to ‘plug the leaks’ recently at its Windows division: recently the release to manufacturing version of Windows 8 emerged online, and now samples of the new OS’ box art have hit the blogosphere. The Verge was first to report on this leaked box art. Prominent to the box art’s design, is [...]