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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts, FIFA 11 (arstechnica.com)

tomstockmail writes: Ars Technica has received a number of reports from Xbox Live customers complaining about hacked accounts, unauthorized purchases, and a slow response from Microsoft itself. The pattern is weirdly specific: gamers notice that unauthorized purchases have been made using their credit card information or existing points, and FIFA Soccer 11 or 12 has been played on their account.

Update: Microsoft has sent us the following statement:

“We do not have any evidence the Xbox LIVE service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats. However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts. As always, we highly recommend our members follow the Xbox LIVE Account Security guidance provided at www.xbox.com/security to protect your account."

A thread on Reddit has a few unreliable confirmations:
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/lc1jf/xbox_live_users_suffering_hacked_accounts_fifa_11/

Cloud

Submission + - Problems plague iCloud (reuters.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Apple Inc rolled out its new iCloud service and latest mobile software to a chorus of user complaints this week, after glitches led to email access problems and long delays in installation.

Some users reported losing their email access as Apple formally launched iCloud, an online communications, media storage and backup service, on Wednesday.

"It failed in a very nasty way in that mail sometimes vanished, sometimes appeared then vanished, and often there was a user and/or password-incorrect message plus some rather obscure additional error messages," said David Farber, a professor of engineering and public policy with Carnegie Mellon University.

Ubuntu

Submission + - Unity must go (wordpress.com)

00_NOP writes: "Like many Ubuntu users I hate the "Unity" desktop. Actually, "hate" is not strong enough. It is utterly loathsome, like something produced by a child in kindergarten. It pops up when you don't need it and when you do need something it's difficult to find. So I posted a short blog on how to get rid of it and the traffic keeps on rising as more and more upgraders to Ubuntu 11.10, where Unity is imposed (in 11.04 it was the default choice but a "classic" option was also available), look to get rid of it. So how can we force Mark Shuttleworth and the rest to take notice?"
Hardware

Submission + - Throwable 36-camera ball takes perfect panoramas (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Jonas Pfeil, a student from the Technical University of Berlin has created a rugged, grapefruit-sized ball that has 36 fixed-focus, 2-megapixel digital camera sensors built in. The user simply throws the ball into the air and photos are simultaneously taken with all 36 cameras to create a full, spherical (360-degree?) panorama of the surrounding scene. The ball itself is made with a 3D printer, and the innards (which includes 36 STM VS6724 CMOS camera sensors, an accelerometer, and two microcontrollers to control the cameras) are adequately padded, so presumably it doesn’t matter if you suck at throwing and catching. You can see from the video below that the ball is too big (but not too heavy) for single-handed use — but considering this is the work of a master’s degree student, it’s safe to assume that the same hardware could be miniaturized into something like a tennis ball — at which point, this ball would probably revolutionize holiday snapshots, wedding photos, and more."

Comment Re:Personal Data? (Score 1) 321

but not so much "is my credit card that the PSN stores secure?"

Which is precisely what Sony is investigating. First /. commenter's must say Sony doesn't know howto bring PSN back up, that Anonymous is not responsible and that Sony brought down lik sang/rootkit/OtherOS before they say anything about the more important issue of peoples credit card informaiton. Just look at how parent has a score of 3 and people blaming Sony for being idiots has a score of 5.

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