EA: Gaming giant hacked and source code stolen

Jun 11, 2021 - 8:29 PM - by Reverend
Hackers have stolen valuable information from major game publisher Electronic Arts (EA), the company said.

The attackers claimed to have downloaded source code for games such as FIFA 21 and for the proprietary Frostbite game engine used as the base for many other high-profile games.

News of the hack was first reported by news site Vice, which said some 780GB of data was stolen.

EA said no player data had been stolen in the breach.

The firm is one of the largest games companies in the world. It counts major series such as Battlefield, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, The Sims, and Titanfall among the titles it develops or publishes - as well as a vast array of annual sports games.

"We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," an EA spokesperson said in a statement.

"No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy," she added.

The company said it had already improved security and stated that it did not expect "an impact on our games or our business".

Law enforcement has also been contacted.

The "network intrusion" was not a ransomware attack and had happened recently, EA added.

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Google ends its attack on the URL bar, resumes showing full address in Chrome

Jun 11, 2021 - 8:10 PM - by Reverend
Google has tried multiple times for years to dumb down the internet by simplifying Chrome's "scary" address bar. It first tried to erode the URL entirely by showing just search terms in the omnibox, but its impractical design forced Google to retire it. The developers recently tried to simplify the omibox again — this time hiding all parts of the web address except the domain name. While it received a fair amount of criticism from users, Google defended its decision to move forward, citing its intention to help people better identify malicious sites. But now it seems that Google has reconsidered things, as it recently decided to close the curtains on its experiment.

In a recent update announced on the Chromium bug tracker, a developer writes that hiding the URL didn't really end up improving user security in the way that was hoped, so they're going to shut down the experiment.

The change is already live in Chrome 91, so you won't need to do anything special to access the address bar. Only "https://" is hidden by default now — to show this too, right-click Chrome's omnibox and select "Always show full URLs."

Android Police
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Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11

Jun 04, 2021 - 8:28 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has been teasing a “next generation” of Windows for months now, but new hints suggest the company isn’t just preparing an update to its existing Windows 10 software, but a new, numbered version of the operating system: Windows 11.

The software giant announced a new Windows event for June 24th yesterday, promising to show “what’s next for Windows.” The event invite included an image of what looks like a new Windows logo, with light shining through the window in only two vertical bars, creating an outline that looks very much like the number 11. Microsoft followed up with an animated version of this image, making it clear the company intentionally ignored the horizontal bars.

Microsoft’s Windows event also starts at 11AM ET, not the usual start time for typical Windows and Surface events. Following the event invite, Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi said he hasn’t “been this excited for a new version of Windows since Windows 95!” It’s the first time we’ve heard Microsoft specifically mention a “new version” of Windows is on the way.

The event invite also comes just a week after Nadella teased a “next generation of Windows” announcement. Nadella promised that Microsoft would soon share “one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade.” Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, also teased a “next generation” of Windows earlier this year.

If Microsoft is truly readying to move beyond Windows 10 and towards Windows 11, we’re expecting to see big visual changes to reflect that. Microsoft has been working on something codenamed Sun Valley, which the company has referred to as a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows.”

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Your WhatsApp account will soon work on all your Galaxy devices at the same time

Jun 04, 2021 - 8:23 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging client. Despite the recent (and ongoing) controversy over its new privacy policy that will enable it to share more user data with Facebook, it will likely continue to be the most widely used messaging app for the foreseeable future. And soon, it will get a feature WhatsApp users have long asked for: the ability to use the same number and account on more than one device at a time.

Right now, WhatsApp only lets you use your account on a single phone or tablet. If you set it up on a new device, you’re logged out on the previous device. However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this week that an upcoming update for WhatsApp will remove this limitation and allow up to four devices to be connected to a single account. Apps like Signal and Telegram, which have seen plenty of WhatsApp users sign up in recent months, already allow the use of the same phone number/account on multiple devices, and it looks like WhatsApp finally decided to get with the program.

So, if you own multiple Galaxy devices at home, you will soon be able to use up to four of them to check and send messages on your WhatsApp account, instead of just being able to use one of those devices. WhatsApp will also be introducing disappearing messages support, which will automatically delete messages as soon as it has been sent by the recipient (similar to Instagram’s Vanish Mode). These new features will be available in the beta version of the app “in the next month or two”, and the stable version is likely to get them a few weeks after that.

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Amazon Halo will now scan your body to improve flexibility

Jun 04, 2021 - 8:19 AM - by Reverend
Last year, Amazon launched its fitness and health platform, Halo. While the subscription-based service mostly leans on a heart-rate sensor-enabled band for its daily sleep and activity tracking, there's a component to the service that uses phone cameras for AI-based body analysis. Last year, that camera-scanning feature analyzed body fat. A new phone-camera-enabled feature, Movement Health, aims to analyze body flexibility. It arrives later this month.

The new feature scans body movement over a series of test exercises and then assigns a Movement score, along with recommended exercises and routines ranging from entry-level to more rigorous workouts. According to Njenga Kariuki, Amazon Halo's product manager, it aims to be as good as having a personal trainer and was designed with the input of Dr. Kelly Starrett, a trainer and personal coach who worked with Amazon's Halo team, and who delivers workout guidance in the new Halo app feature.

The analysis takes about 10 minutes, and uses five types of activity: single leg balances, forward lunges, overhead squats, overhead reaches and feet together squats. The body scanning AI analyzes movement and uploads encrypted data to Amazon's cloud, and delivers a 100-point-range Movement score that blends breakdowns of posture, mobility and stability across the trunk, hips, lower body and shoulders.
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According to Amazon, the body scan data is deleted when the results are ready. It's a similar privacy promise to the camera-based body scan feature that launched with Halo last year, which analyzed estimated body fat.

In a recent video chat, Kariuki says that Movement Health's capabilities took longer to get right, but lean on similar types of machine learning algorithms for camera-based body tracking. It's not known yet how accurate the service will be at recognizing all body types and movement, and how helpful follow-up movement... [Read More]
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USB-C upgrade will more than double its power capacity to 240W

May 26, 2021 - 1:03 PM - by Reverend
Thanks to its compatibility with a range of devices, USB-C is the prime candidate for a common charger that could help alleviate the build-up of electronic waste. So, news of a major power upgrade bundled into its new standard will only boost its case. As CNET reports, the version 2.1 update to the USB-C specification could deliver up to 240W of power, more than double its current 100W capacity. The change would allow you to juice up beefier electronics like gaming laptops and larger monitors.

The industry group that develops the technology, known as the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), calls the 240W option "Extended Power Range," or EPR. This is effectively a change to the "USB-PD" spec that you may have seen on fast chargers and battery packs. While the amperage of the system remains "configurable up to 5A," the voltage, which presently maxes out at 20V, will be configurable up to 48V under the new specification. As such, cables that support the additional power capacity will have additional requirements and carry specific icons so that people can easily identify them. The new cables will also need to support up to 5A and 50V to be compliant.

There's already a myriad reasons why USB-C is favored by electronics manufacturers. The connector is versatile: It works with a host of devices, from smartphones to laptops to external hard drives (and even the Nintendo Switch). It's also easy to use: You don't have to worry about which end is up when plugging it in, unlike a regular USB or micro-USB. The only caveat is that the number scheme for the cables, which points to the speed at which they transfer data, can be confusing for the lay user.

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