Rovio is in an unlikely position to ponder the ills or gains of piracy. The Finnish company's smash hit "Angry Birds" has seen over 500 million total downloads since its 2009 release, birthed a line of merchandise and was even referenced in an official White House video. None of that has stopped Rovio CEO Mikael Hed from admitting that illegal file-sharing can lead to legitimate business.
Andrew House took over as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment just last year, but already has a hardware launch under his belt. Today, the company's latest handheld game system PS Vita hits European and U.S. shores, offering select games at a lower price when bought online. Despite certain titles not enjoying the digital discount, House believes PS Vita software pricing is "consumer friendly."
A developer has found a method to hide advertisements in Windows 8 Metro applications
Blu-ray and its 3D-enabled sibling certainly have a ways to go before they completely supplant the much more common and affordable DVD, but many analysts are predicting that the formats' successful rise will continue in 2011 and the years to come.
Computex Taipei, the annual trade show held in Taiwan's capital city, brings together IT industry heavyweights from around the world. Bucking conventions, the country's own smartphone manufacturer High Tech Computer (HTC) was even tapped to take part in the event's keynote address. According to insiders, that's not the only surprise in store.
Typically, the only prize hackers anticipate receiving is a nice little TRO and watching impotently as their computer equipment is hauled off by feds. The annual Pwn2Own contest offers a generous reprieve: hack well enough, and you might walk away with prize money. And in the case of Google's Chrome browser, the prize money totals $20,000.
Microsoft Windows 8 is rumored for release sometime in 2012, and company CEO Steve Ballmer admits the newest Windows OS could be Microsoft's riskiest proposition. The company wants to have a new OS release every three years, and...
Microsoft announced pricing information for its latest Office 2010 software, with prices ranging from $99 to $499.
In an announcement that means as much to consumers as it does content creators, Amazon is now allowing more writers to publish their work to the online Kindle bookstore via its Kindle Direct Publishing program and enjoy the same 70 percent royalty system offered in other countries. Considering the projected success of its upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, the move marks the company's latest attempt at globalizing its online marketplace.
Anonymous' infamous Low Orbit Ion Cannon served its masters well over the years, aiding the collective in several high-profile operations against disparate targets ranging from Sony to Mastercard. And when a hacking tool can silence KISS frontman Gene Simmons, you know it's something special. However, good things can't last forever. By the end of the year Anonymous plans to retire the LOIC and wield a new implement of cyber warfare.
In April 23-year-old former University of Tennessee student David Kernell was convicted of hacking into former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s e-mail account during the 2008 US presidential election, in which she was running for vice president. Now, Kernell has begun serving a 1-year sentence in a Kentucky federal prison camp, despite the judge’s recommendation during the November sentencing that he serve the term in a halfway house instead.
New information turned up during Sony's internal investigation into the malicious hacking which prompted the shutdown of PlayStation Network and Qriocity services - affecting nearly 77 million registered members worldwide - suggests that around 24 million Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) accounts could also have been compromised. In addition, over 10,000 credit cards stored in an "outdated database" might now be on the hard drives of hackers according to the company.
TiVo claims that changes to cable television are crippling its DVR service, and wants the U.S. government to do something about it.
Mozilla has confirmed it is no longer working on a version of its Firefox Web browser for the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform, and is putting all of the blame on Microsoft.
Did you know that the very first HyperCard virus to afflict early Macs contained a then-timely endorsement of Michael Dukakis for President? Or that Microsoft was responsible for the "Concept" macro virus which affected both Mac and PC owners who opened files in Word? Sophos Labs' Naked Security blog has a rundown of some of the dubious moments in Mac history - from the malware that plagued its earliest iterations to the new threats facing users today.

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