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A "deeply personal" picture of every consumer could be grabbed by futuristic smart gadgets, the chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has warned.
Speaking at CES, Edith Ramirez said a future full of smart gadgets that watch what we do posed a threat to privacy.
The collated data could create a false impression if given to employers, universities or companies, she said.
Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.
Australia's second largest net provider iiNet said it had turned the servers off "as a precautionary measure" as the city experienced temperatures topping 44.4C.
It left thousands of customers offline for about six-and-a-half hours.
Microsoft and Sony have been working to restore internet platforms for their Xbox and PlayStation games consoles.
Attacks disabled the online services on Christmas Day, making it difficult for users to log on.
The Xbox Live status page suggested on Saturday that Microsoft services had been restored. PlayStation said it was getting to grips with the issue and thanked users for their patience.
A hacking group called Lizard Squad claimed to have caused the problems.
Escape from Durgesh Prison With Ajay and Hurk in a Challenging New Time Trial
Today, Ubisoft announced that Escape from Durgesh Prison, a new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, will be released on January 13th, 2015 on Xbox LIVE (XBL) and Windows PC and on January 14th, 2015 on PlayStation Network (PSN). In this challenging time trial players will race against the clock and other players for a top spot on the leader boards.
A pair of jeans containing material that blocks wireless signals is being developed in conjunction with anti-virus firm Norton.
The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards.
According to security experts this type of theft is a growing problem.
A hacker group has claimed responsibility for attacking Sony's online PlayStation store, which is down on Monday.
Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that says "Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the internet's fault".
A group called "Lizard Squad" has taken credit for the outage, posting "PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad" as their Twitter status.
Next year's Assassin's Creed will be set in London.
According to leaks, the game is set during the Victorian era with players getting to travel on stagecoaches from the time.
An insider told gaming website Kotaku that the game will be out next year on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Steam - the popular PC video gaming platform - is adding the ability to stream gameplay so that others can watch online.
The move presents a challenge to Twitch, which is built around a similar service, and was acquired by Amazon for $970m (£618m) in September.
If you've tried to log in to Xbox Live in the last day or so, you might have had some trouble getting on to the network.
A hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed to be behind blocking the service and that this is just "a small dose" of what's to come over Christmas.
Microsoft says Xbox Live is now up and running again.
The head of the games studio behind Assassin's Creed Unity has emailed players apologising for bugs in the video game and offering them free content.
Yannis Mallat, chief executive of Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto, wrote that it had been a "humbling" experience.
He is the latest in a series of software bosses to pen such an apology after a glitch-ridden release.
Experts said Ubisoft needed to act to protect its reputation.
Sony is set to reimburse customers who bought its PlayStation Vita after complaints that a TV advert for the handheld console made false claims.
In addition to overstating the device's ability to link up to the PlayStation 3, staff at the firm's ad agency are also accused of using their personal Twitter accounts to mislead the public.
To qualify for the pay-out, users must live in the US and have bought a Vita before 1 June 2012.
Today, Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 4, sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012*, is now available worldwide on PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft and Windows PC.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios Far Cry 4 invites the player to experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.
Wide-ranging glitches in the blockbuster video game Assassin's Creed: Unity have seen its publisher Ubisoft attacked by players, the press and its own investors.
Shares in the firm dipped by as much as 12.8% after Tuesday's launch.
It has been suggested the game was not ready for release. Ubisoft has also been criticised for delaying reviews until after the title had gone on sale.
The French company said that it was working on fixes.
Social networking giant Facebook said its new messaging service now has more than 500 million users worldwide.
Users of the separate Messenger app have more than doubled from 200 million in April, the company said.
Facebook had faced a backlash after it announced it would be forcing users to download the app to send private messages to friends over the main Facebook service.
Users started being pushed to download the app - launched in 2011 - in July.
Game developer Blizzard, best known for World of Warcraft, has announced an entirely new game called Overwatch.
The game is a team-based shooter that pits squads of six players against each other for control of various maps.
The characters that players control all have different superpowers that let them fulfil different roles, such as medic or tank, in their team.
Test versions will be released in 2015 but Blizzard has not said how much it will cost.
Fans of forthcoming space-trading game Elite Dangerous are up-in-arms over plans to drop an offline version of the title.Hundreds of comments have been posted to Elite's forums saying its creator has "broken" promises made by the firm.Many say they only backed Elite on Kickstarter because of the plan to let people play even if they were offline.Elite developer Frontier said the way it had chosen to represent the galaxy made an offline version "impractical".
Drive, Traffic and Spring Breakers composer pens the soundtrack for upcoming open-world shooter Far Cry 4
Ubisoft® announced that it partnered with Film Composer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cliff Martinez to compose the original game soundtrack for its upcoming open-world, first-person shooter Far Cry® 4, the much anticipated sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012. Cliff has a background in music as a former member of the awardwinning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and has composed scores for films including “Traffic,” “Drive” and “Spring Breakers.”
In “Battles of Kyrat”, the Far Cry® 4 world is shown in a completely different way. The player’s battles take on the form of a re-telling of a long-past war that Pagan Min’s elite guard, the Rakshasa, fought against the Golden Path rebellion. Each faction has their own unique set of weapons and skills and players will have to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses while making their own progress within this multiplayer mode.
“What are you made of?” interactive campaign brings fans into a beautiful yet savage environment, living a completely different experience from one user to another.
Today, Ubisoft announced the launch of Far Cry® 4’s What are you made of? digital platform, an experiential website designed to test the player’s reactions in a world full of unpredictability. It offers a cinematic and immersive experience that will give each user a flavour of the wild and menacing world of Far Cry® 4.
Today, Ubisoft® detailed the Season Pass for Far Cry® 4, the highly anticipated first-person shooter for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.
The Season Pass extends players’ time in Kyrat and includes new missions that can be completed in either single-player or co-op. Content includes a Season Pass exclusive day-one mission, a prison break co-op mission, wild missions with Hurk and his harpoon gun, a new PvP mode that will have friends teaming up to fight opposing forces and a chance to encounter the rarest beast in the Himalayas – yetis.