Gameloft is outraged by contest winner who pirated its cloned game

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While Gameloft is only officially releasing first-person shooter Modern Combat 5 today, thousands have already played it. A cracked copy was distributed through various torrent sites following a contest that awarded its winners early access to the game.

Polygon reports that Gameloft community manager Florian Weber was apparently livid. “To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them,” he wrote on the Modern Combat 4 Facebook page. Weber also stated that he would instantly ban anyone discovered with an illicit version. Since then, the developers have taken steps to disable the illegal copies of Modern Combat 5 and are remaining vigilant against hackers. Gameloft’s heated…

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Apple might be launching its mobile wallet with the iPhone 6

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Apple might be launching a mobile wallet alongside the iPhone 6, according to The Information. The company is reportedly in discussion with various banking institutions and credit card associations, including Visa who has allegedly agreed to work with the unannounced payments product.

The Information writes that the purported system will store a user’s financial credentials on their smartphone’s secure element, a tamper-resistant piece of hardware meant to house sensitive data. Details about how Apple intends to handle information transfer remain unclear. It is believed that the company has informed partners that it intends to utilize near-field communication chips. One of The Information‘s sources has also stated that Apple may opt to…

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Google Maps now helps you find breakfast spots in thunderstorms

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Google isn’t about to let Foursquare’s upcoming redesign steal the spotlight. The search engine giant is today introducing a more context-sensitive version of the Explore function for its Maps app. The revamped feature now offers suggestions based on time and weather conditions, allowing users to schedule outdoor picnics around hurricane alerts. It is also possible to personalize recommendations further by inputting a specific time frame and your own definition of what qualifies as “nearby.”

The My Location button in the Google Maps Android app is being enhanced as well, and will now automatically provide localized data like restaurant reviews and transit schedules. Places can also be saved for later, and a blog post written by Google…

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Microsoft made a terrible parody of ‘Sexy and I Know It’ to promote Surface Pro 3 and OneNote

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Despite being a major institution of the tech industry, Microsoft has always been willing to be fairly lighthearted and get a little goofy. That’s for better or for worse, depending on how you take it. Microsoft has a long history of making silly videos that often fall on the more embarrassing side of goofy, and little to its concern. Microsoft may well know this, but its videos don’t necessarily present the perfect image for the company or its products. Case in point: a new video from its OneNote team parodying LMFAO’s 2011 hit “Sexy and I Know It” to promote the Surface Pro 3. “When I walk into class, this is what I see,” the parody goes, “everybody wants my Surface Pro 3.” Microsoft is clearly just having some fun, but the video most…

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Comic-Con 2014: all the news from geek culture’s biggest event

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The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con should be bigger than ever. The next two years in movies and TV are going to be huge ones, and this year’s Comic-Con is where a good many of them will introduce themselves and start getting fans excited. Follow along here for all of top news from the event, from panels to trailers to surprise announcements. Comic-Con will be going on from July 24th through the 27th, and we’ll be there live each and every day.

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Twitter releases first diversity report on its primarily white and male staff

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Twitter is joining the growing ranks of major tech companies that are publishing data on diversity within their workforce. It released the gender and ethnicity breakdown of its employees today, and, unsurprisingly, they’re predominantly white and male. Overall, men make up 70 percent of roles at the company; 59 percent of Twitter’s employees are white, and the bulk of the others (29 percent) are Asian. “Like our peers,” Twitter notes, “we have a lot of work to do.”

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Facebook’s new stats: 1.32 billion users, 30 percent only use it on their phone

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Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today, and one fact is becoming more and more obvious. Facebook is a mobile company now. It makes 62 percent of its advertising revenue on mobile, a dramatic change for a company that had no mobile ads as recently as two years ago. And of the 1.32 billion people who use Facebook each month, 399 million, roughly a third, only log in with their phones. It’s important to note that Facebook’s monthly user base has grown 14 percent year over year, while it’s mobile user base has grown much more, at 31 percent.

1.32 billion people use Facebook each month, but a third only log in with their phones

Facebook reported $2.91 billion in revenue and earnings of 42 cents per share for its second…

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This is how the US government classifies people as terrorists

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More than a decade into the program, Americans are finally getting a look at how the government designates and tracks suspected terrorists. The Intercept has published The National Counterterrorism Center’s Watchlisting Guidance report from March of 2013, distributed throughout the intelligence community as a roadmap to how the government tracks suspected terrorists and their associates.

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Spider-Man villain spin-off movie ‘Sinister Six’ set for 2016

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Spider-Man isn’t heading back into movie theaters as the star anytime soon, but a number of his biggest foes will. Sony said today that its upcoming Sinister Six movie will head into theaters on November 11th, 2016, according to Variety. There’s no detail yet on exactly how the movie will turn six villains into the protagonists of a blockbuster, but it’ll have Drew Goddard — director of The Cabin in the Woods and writer of Cloverfield — on board here as both writer and director to work it all out. The new Sinister Six is believed to be composed of Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Vulture, Rhino, and potentially Kraven the Hunter and either Chameleon or Mysterio.

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The best calendar app for iPhone

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A great calendar app is like a great assistant. It lets you know 30 minutes before important appointments, updates you about events with work friends and college friends, and has directions ready as you walk out the door. I can’t afford an assistant, but luckily calendars apps are a lot more affordable: some of the best options for iPhone can be had for under $9.99. These apps do a lot more than Apple’s stock calendar app, which has only one great feature: that its icon changes to show the…

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Teens’ reported use of synthetic growth hormone more than doubles

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Teens’ reported use of synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription — generally with the intent of mimicking the effects of steroids — has more than doubled over the last two years, rising from 5 percent of high school students in 2012 to 11 percent in 2013, according to a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The partnership says that the results represent teens’ increasing interest in performance-enhancing substances like steroids, which synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) is often used as a substitute for.

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Here’s the first teaser art from the new ‘Fight Club 2’ comic book series

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Chuck Palahniuk’s long awaited sequel to Fight Club is coming in the form of a 10-issue comic book series, and today we’re getting our first idea of what that will look like. Set ten years after the events of Palahniuk’s novel, the comic book will apparently feature the wedding of Fight Club’s narrator — who now goes by the name Sebastian — and Marla. Tyler Durden is also featured in the artwork; just take a look at the stained glass window behind the expecting couple.

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Get unlimited access to over 13,000 Marvel comics for 99 cents

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Marvel is opening up its massive vault of digital comics for only 99 cents this week to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con. A subscription to Marvel Unlimited — which offers immediate access to over 13,000 comics — normally runs $9.99 per month or $69 if you pay for an entire year up front. But Wired reports that for this week only, paying just under a buck will get you a month’s worth of unfettered access to Marvel’s universe. There are some limitations; you can store a maximum of 12 comics on a device for reading offline, and there’s usually a wait of several months before new issues reach the service. (Marvel isn’t trying to put your local comic book shop out of business, after all.) And yes, Marvel Unlimited is only available in the…

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The 31 biggest things to look for at Comic-Con 2014

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In just a matter of hours, 150,000 rabid comics fans of all stripes will descend on San Diego for Comic-Con 2014. It’s the mecca of all things nerdy for the summer, where some of the biggest names in geek culture and entertainment come to show off what’s to come for the next few years. This year’s event is a bit different, though: with movies like the new Star Wars and Avengers coming out, 2015 and 2016 already promise to be the biggest years in film history, and Comic-Con could very well be…

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Jon Stewart announces $10 billion parody Kickstarter to buy CNN

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Jon Stewart has a long, playful, and antagonistic history with CNN, but his relationship with the 24-hour news channel could change dramatically if Stewart’s latest plan pans out: raising $10 billion to buy the network. Stewart isn’t actually trying to buy CNN — “Keep in mind,” he says, “we need tenbillion dollars” — but he did announce a fake Kickstarter campaign to do so on his show last night, even launching a website in support of it. Stewart’s campaign would offer some pretty great rewards too, including the chance to make a talking head appearance in a 21 box, a 6 box, or a 2 box. Fans of Fareed Zakaria and party drugs will also be interested.

Stewart’s parody campaign comes in response to Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox’s…

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Airware raises $25 million to build the operating system for drones

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Lots of different industries are interested in the potential for drones to improve their businesses, from agriculture to mining to merchants like Amazon. There is a wide range of powerful units that can be bought off the shelf. The challenge for most companies is creating the software, sensor packages, and safeguards they need to make drones a practical reality for their day-to-day work. Airware, a drone startup based in San Francisco, hopes to solve those problems by providing an aerial operating system. Today it announced it had raised $25 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins to grow its staff and launch its product to the wider public.

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You can finally play the incredibly addictive ‘Hearthstone’ card game by yourself

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If there’s been one thing missing from Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the incredibly addictive digital card game from Blizzard, it’s a true single-player component: up until now you’ve only been able to play online or against computer-controlled bots in a training mode. But that’s finally changed, with the release of Curse of Naxxramas, the game’s very first expansion. It adds a brand-new mode that lets you play against a series of tough bosses, and it makes the game a whole lot better.

Naxxramas is essentially a multistage dungeon, with five wings that each house three powerful monsters that you battle individually. The first wing, dubbed the Arachnid Quarter, is available now, and it features some uniquely challenging opponents….

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Mac OS X Yosemite preview

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This fall, the 11th consumer version of Mac OS X will be released, for free. OS X 10.10 is better known as Yosemite, and the main thing you need to know about it is that it’s a big visual redesign. All of the features and functionality we’ve come to expect from Macs are still here, but they have a new look that’s closer to the redesign we saw last month on iPhones and iPads with iOS 8.

Every year since the release of the iPhone, we’ve wondered how Apple would negotiate the fact that it has…

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Microsoft’s Lumia 530 aims to take on Android at the low end

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Microsoft has a new smartphone competitor for the low end: the Lumia 530. Designed as a successor to the popular Lumia 520, Microsoft’s Lumia 530 includes similar specifications and a low price point of just 85 euros ($114) before taxes and subsidies. While the Lumia 525, a revision of the 520, included 1GB of RAM, Microsoft has opted for 512MB of RAM in the Lumia 530 and just 4GB of storage and a quad-core processor.  The Lumia 530 also includes on-screen buttons, joining the Lumia 630 as the second Windows Phone to include this new functionality.

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The UK is about to unleash a ‘fart machine’ on France

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A British inventor is preparing to let rip the loudest fart that France has ever heard. In order to accomplish this mission, Colin Furze put together a valveless pulse jet, a propulsion device sometimes used by hobbyists to power model aircraft and other remote-controlled vehicles. Next, he’s building a gigantic pair of human buttocks to house his machine. Furze intends to have his absurd contraption prepared by July 24th, which is when he plans to unleash auditory hell from the cliffs of Dover, England.

Amazingly, Furze’s upcoming stunt is far from his most outrageous. The plumber turned YouTube celebrity has created a multitude of other inventions including a jet-powered bicycle, the world’s fastest mobility scooter, and a pair of…

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