Aleem Ali (Tech Writer)
I became fascinated with computers from the age of 5 years old, starting with Windows 95. Since then, I have developed a passion for human interactions. After completion of my undergraduate degrees, my interest in technology grew and propelled me to push into new areas. Now, I seek to expand my knowledge of technology, people, and business; and I write articles about new and exciting technology and experiences. I also enjoy gaming and design.
Nvidia hackers take credit for Ubisoft cyberattack
Ubisoft has reportedly been hacked by the same group that was behind the recent attack on Nvidia - a group known as LAPSUS$. The game company has stated that no personal information was stolen; however, Ubisoft has also carried out a "company-wide password reset" as a measure of caution against the incident.
Google to acquire cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, for US$5.4 billion
Google has announced that it is planning to acquire Mandiant, a cybersecurity group in a bid to take advantage of the lucrative cloud mark. The deal will set back the company by approximately US$5.4 billion. The partnership will enhance Google Cloud's security offerings by utilising Mandiant's services such as rapid threat detection and response.
Twitch to ban users who post dangerous misinformation
Twitch has announced new measures to ensure the safety of its service by barring individuals who frequently post harmful misinformation on the site. The company argues that these posts can be very dangerous. However, the platform remains committed to adapt the policy according to its experts.
Epic Games acquires Bandcamp
Fortnite publisher, Epic Games has bought Bandcamp, a music marketplace website. Bandcamp will continue to be independent and will maintain its mission in providing a prosperous space for its music community and artists. The deal will also bolster the music company's development and provide perks such as market expansion and technologies.
Discord to ban health and Covid-19 misinformation
Discord has announced new guidelines to combat health and Covid-19 misinformation on its platform. The policy intends to avert harm to individuals due to health falsehoods such as anti-vaccination content and erroneous cures. The company reassures users that legitimate discussions that are based on facts as well as satire will still be allowed.
Capcom announces Street Fighter 6
Capcom has officially announced Street Fighter 6 via a countdown website. A teaser was revealed, showing the iconic Ryu who was being challenged by Luke. More details of Street Fighter 6 are expected to be released during summer 2022.
Bad actors hide malware in fake Windows 11 upgrade site
HP Threat Research Blog has reported on a dubious Windows 11 upgrade website that distributes RedLine Stealer malware. Hackers are creating inventive websites such as the fake Windows 11 upgrade site or the similar phoney Discord download site to trick victims into downloading malware. To circumvent this, users should ensure that they are downloading from legitimate sites.
Telstra partners with Intellihub to provide IoT SIMs in new AU$100 million deal
Telstra has revealed its AU$100 million deal to outfit Intellihub's smart meters with IoT SIMs. Telstra proposes that this plan will enable better energy management as well as provide insight and remote monitoring of the energy network. The company also posits that its IoT SIMs will provide Intellihub with price certainty over the next 10 years.
Sony buys Bungie for US$3.6 billion
Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed its acquisition of Bungie for US$3.6 billion. Bungie created the popular multi-platform Destiny franchise and the company maintains that the deal will allow it to keep its independence and gaming communities across platforms.
Inmarsat brings IoT connectivity to rural hydroelectric power stations in Wales
RWE has collaborated with Inmarsat to bring IoT connectivity to its hydroelectric power stations in rural Snowdonia, Wales. Inmarsat claims that its network provides 99.9 percent coverage, which aids RWE in reliability and safety. IoT data also tracks weather conditions and increases efficiency in electricity production.
Lamborghini launches its first NFT
Lamborghini has announced its first NFT in tandem with Swedish artist, Fabian Oefner. The NFT features a space-themed design with a Lamborghini car that is disintegrating into the atmosphere. The company intends to attract young people in the NFT community and capitalise on the current NFT trend.
Blizzard unveils a new survival game for PC and console
Blizzard has announced a new survival game set in a brand new universe for PC and console. The company is currently hiring experienced developers to fill a variety of roles for the unannounced game. Although the project appears to be in its early stages, concept art has been released.
Instagram to show potentially harmful content lower in a user's Feeds and Stories
Instagram has announced its new plans to help curtail hate speech and harmful content on its platform. Computer algorithms will estimate whether a post promotes harmful speech or incites violence if it is close to a post that previously violated the company's Community Guidelines. If a post is deemed potentially harmful, it will be showed lower in the person's Feed and Stories.
FBI warns that hackers are corrupting QR codes to conduct phishing attacks
The FBI has cautioned individuals who use QR codes to exercise vigilance when making payments or entering sensitive personal information. Cybercriminals are tampering with legitimate QR codes to create malicious codes that redirect victims to phishing websites where malware can infect their devices and steal their credentials and banking information.
Sony's market value falls by US$20 billion after Microsoft's acquisition announcement
Sony's stock has fallen by US$20 billion following the news of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This is the sharpest drop in Sony's shares since 2008, demonstrating the impact of Microsoft's deal on the gaming industry. It will be interesting to see how Sony responds to Microsoft and the Xbox Game Pass service.
Humble Choice drops Mac and Linux platforms
Humble Choice has suspended its support for Mac and Linux systems as the company develops a new launcher for its subscription. The launcher will only be available for Windows PCs on February 1. Subscribers on Mac and Linux have until the end of the month to download DRM-free games from the Trove collection that are still supported, as some of these indie games will no longer be available in Mac and Linux versions.
Netflix raises its prices again in the US and Canada
Netflix has introduced higher costs for its streaming service for customers in the US and Canada. Netflix explained that the price hikes are necessary to compete in a crowded streaming market and is spending billions of dollars in content programming. The company has still managed to see growth in the number of subscribers even though monthly rates were increased in the past.
Gap launches hoodie art NFTs
Gap has released NFTs, which were designed using hoodie art, as part of a digital experience to engage customers in line with modern culture. This customer experience consists of multiple tiers, with the Epic tier created via a partnership with Brandon Sines. The digital art was developed using Tezos blockchain, which Gap endorsed for its environmental friendliness.
Take-Two Interactive to acquire Zynga for US$12.7 billion
Take-Two interactive has announced that it will be purchasing Zynga for US$12.7 billion dollars in an effort to boost its stance in the mobile gaming sector as well as incorporate Zynga's popular games to establish itself as a leading mobile developer. The move will aid Take-Two Interactive in broadening its scope and reach new audiences across the globe.
Mozilla pauses donations using cryptocurrencies after community fallout
Mozilla, the Firefox browser creator, has paused its policy to enable donations using cryptocurrencies after meeting harsh criticisms from the community. The environmental impact of cryptomining was one of the main concerns voiced. The foundation promised transparency as it deliberated the policy's alignment with the climate goals of the organisation.
E3 2022 in-person event cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
The ESA has announced that this year's E3 will not be held in person in Los Angeles, US, because the country is still fighting COVID-19 and its variants. E3 2021 took place as a virtual-only event and E3 2022 is likely to follow suit. However, the ESA has not officially confirmed that E3 2022 will be held online.
Workers protest at Indian iPhone plant due to widespread food poisoning and overcrowding
An investigation by Reuters has suggested that workers at a Foxconn factory that assembles iPhones were subjected to a substandard and unhealthy environment. Protests pressured the facility to shut down after many workers contracted food poisoning. Consequently, Apple and Foxconn apologised for the poor living and working conditions and promised to make improvements.
T-Mobile hit with a data breach
T-Mobile has been hit with a data breach that appears to affect only a small number of customers. Users may be victims of SIM swapping and their CPNI may have been exposed. This attack comes after a massive breach in August.
Some Dell systems are not booting due to BIOS upgrades
Some Dell owners have stated that their devices are having major boot problems after installing the latest BIOS updates. Particular models of Alienware, Inspiron and Latitude systems are affected. Many devices are displaying bluescreens and other errors.
RadioShack resurrects as a cryptocurrency company
RadioShack has been repurposed as a cryptocurrency platform by its owners. The company is joining forces with Atlas USV to create a system to swap cryptocurrencies into DeFi by leveraging Atlas USV's resources. RadioShack's new mission is to bring DeFi to the mainstream.
UK police donates 225 million compromised passwords to the Have I Been Pwned website
UK police have recovered hundreds of millions of passwords that were stolen by criminals and provided them to the security website, Have I Been Pwned. The website lets people know if their personal data has been compromised due to hacks. If anyone finds their passwords on the site, they should change them to avoid further damage.
Microsoft patches spoofing vulnerability that was exploited to spread malware
Microsoft patched a zero-day vulnerability that affected the AppX installer in Windows. The vulnerability allowed hackers to create packages to infect systems with malware. The patch was included in the December Patch Tuesday update.
Windows Terminal will be the default Command Line on Windows
Microsoft has declared that the Windows Terminal app will be the default command line on Windows 11 PCs during 2022. Other third-party terminals will also have full functionality and users will be able to set them as default more easily. The intended change will begin with Windows Insiders, who, along with other users, can test the Windows Terminal app and provide feedback to Microsoft.
Xbox Game Pass for PC is now PC Game Pass
Microsoft declared the new name for the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription service to be PC Game Pass. The company rebranded the service to avoid confusion and to appeal to PC gamers. The Game Pass service has come a long way since its initial launch on PC in 2019 with a slew of high-profile releases.
Google is developing a Google Play Games app for Windows that will be available in 2022
Google announced that the company is developing a native app whereby players can play Google Play games natively on their Windows PCs. The app is being built without the input of Microsoft or other platforms and will allow gamers to resume their gameplay across Android and Windows devices. The software is expected to launch in 2022.
Amazon receives €1.1 billion fine in Italy for exploiting its market dominance
Amazon was penalized by Italy's antitrust authority (AGCM) for misusing its market dominance. The AGCM fined the company €1.1 billion and stated that Amazon coaxed Italian shops to use its shipping service by promising perks such as Prime label and participation in sale events such as Black Friday. Amazon stated that the company will appeal the ruling.
Microsoft tests new feature to let PC gamers know how games will perform on their system
Microsoft is now testing a new component of the Xbox app, whereby performance labels are added to certain games that indicate how well a PC game will perform on the user's system. The feature has the potential to help players make more informed decisions before purchasing and downloading games. Xbox Insiders can preview the feature for themselves via the Xbox Insider app.
Scammers send phishing emails based on the Omicron variant of COVID-19
Scammers are distributing phishing emails and using fake websites in an attempt to commit identity fraud. In these messages, hackers impersonate UK agencies and falsely claim to offer new Omicron PCR tests for free. These scammers also utilise phone calls and texts in order to capitalise on the anxiety surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
TEAMGROUP unveils two new industrial-grade storage devices
TEAMGROUP announced two new industrial storage solutions, the N75A-M80 and N75G-M80, which are designed to operate in changing and volatile environments. The company claimed that these SSDs were developed to meet the increasing demands of the 5G and smart edge computing markets. These devices also feature amazing cooling performance and are suitable for small industrial spaces.
Microsoft announces an increase in clarity with Xbox Cloud Gaming on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has announced a new feature exclusive to Microsoft Edge users, Clarity Boost, which enhances the visual quality of Xbox Cloud Gaming streams. Clarity Boost is the newest optimisation feature revealed by the company and is available on the most recent version of the Microsoft Edge Canary build.
TEAMGROUP releases two new memory kits, the T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 and the T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5
TEAMGROUP released blazing-fast DDR5 memory kits in two models, the T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 and the T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5. The DELTA RGB reaches an unbelievable frequency performance of 6400 MHz while the VULCAN DDR5 has a maximum frequency of 5200 MHz. Both memory kits can be purchased by customers in 2x16 GB capacities.
MSI launches new gaming desktops with Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs
MSI has revealed its new gaming systems with Intel's most recent 12th Gen Alder Lake processors. The desktops also feature DDR5 memory and high-end NVIDIA GPUs. The three new models announced are the MEG Aegis Ti5, MEG Trident X and MAG Codex X5.
A Canadian adolescent was arrested in connection with an alleged CAD$46 million cryptocurrency robbery.
A collaborative investigation by the Hamilton Police and US Intelligence organisations uncovered the theft of CAD$46 million in cryptocurrencies. A victim in the US was targeted by the bad actor in a SIM swap attack. An adolescent who was allegedly involved in the incident was arrested in November 2021.
Nexa3D reveals the XiP, the Ultrafast Polymer Desktop 3D Printer
Nexa3D revealed the XiP, which is the company's first attempt to manufacture a desktop 3D printer. The printer was developed using Nexa3D's proprietary and latest leading-edge technologies to create a future-proof and inventive 3D printer. The company asserts that the XiP is blazing fast, easy to maintain and will become available during Q2 2022.
LG integrates GeForce NOW into its Smart TVs
LG has announced that select LG Smart TVs will integrate NVIDIA's GeForce NOW. Gamers can download the streaming service from LG's WebOS in the coming days. The app will launch in beta, but LG asserts that its TVs will maximize the full potential of NVIDIA's technologies.
Microsoft updates the long-running Windows Media Player
Microsoft has announced that the Groove Media app will be replaced by a new Media Player developed for Windows 11. The new software will allow playback of both music and video files in a well-organised library. Windows Insiders can test the new program from the Dev Channel.
Cloudflare fends off a multi-vector DDoS attack
Recently, Cloudflare experienced one of its largest DDoS attacks in history. The DDoS assault peaked at 2 Tbps and was multi-vector in nature. Cloudflare reassured its consumers that its system is ready to discover and mitigate attacks of this scale.
Halo Infinite multiplayer passes 200,000 concurrent players on Steam and Season 1 extends to May 2022
Microsoft unveiled the release of Halo Infinite multiplayer on November 15. The free-to-play multiplayer crossed 200,000 concurrent players on Steam, which is a Steam launch record for Microsoft. However, Season 1 has been extended by three extra months to allow for healthy game development.
US government halts Intel’s plan to bolster chip production in China
The White House has ardently denied Intel's plan to boost semiconductor manufacturing in China as it may be detrimental to national security. Intel wishes to help resolve the chip supply problems that are affecting the US. However, the Biden administration aims to revitalise local manufacturing.
Costco reveals data breach due to card skimming
Costco has alerted customers who recently shopped at one of its locations to a data breach that may have stolen their card payment details. The company sent letters to its members who were probable victims and urged them to observe their recent card transactions closely. The police are currently investigating the incident.
Verizon and Nissan utilise edge computing and C-V2X to make roads safer
Nissan and Verizon have developed a project to improve driver safety. Sensors detect potential emerging hazards from visual obstructions. The sensory data is processed by Verizon's 5G Edge and rapid alerts can be communicated to the driver.
Steam Deck postponed until early 2022
Due to issues with the supply chain network, Valve has announced that the Steam Deck will be postponed until February 2022. The Steam Deck is Valve's newest device to entice gamers who desire PC gaming in a handheld form factor. However, lucky gamers who reserved the device will have to wait longer as the company grapples with logistic challenges due to the pandemic.
OWC reveals the world’s fastest and highest capacity PCIe SSD, the Accelsior 8M2
OWC has announced the Accelsior 8M2, a new PCIe SSD. The device supports both PCIe Gen3 and Gen4 and has a speed of up to 26,000 MB/s. This amazing performance comes at a cost of US$1,299 for the 2 TB base model and skyrockets to US$12,999 for 64 TB.
Gatik and Walmart announce the first successful fully autonomous deliveries in the world
Gatik and Walmart have revealed that they are the first companies ever to accomplish fully autonomous deliveries using self-driving trucks without safety drivers. Gatik claimed that its vehicles are safe and reliable and has operated in North America since 2019. During this time, the autonomous trucking company has retained a perfect safety record.
Optomec announces a new 3D Printing Interconnect solution that boosts 5G signals by up to 100%
Optomec has unveiled a new 3D printed Interconnect solution that substantially amplifies 5G signals. The company asserted that this solution increases the performance of mm-wave integrated circuits (ICs). This IC solution is facilitated by Optomec's newly designed Aerosol Jet HD2 printer, which has an ultra-high printing resolution.
Farmers utilize IoT sensors to observe the health of their farm animals
Farmers have employed IoT sensors, designed by smaXtec, to monitor the well-being of their farm animals. The data produced by these sensors can save farmers money by detecting illnesses as well as decreasing their workload. These devices utilize AT&T's global network and are used in many countries across the world.
Netflix releases mobile games for Android devices
Netflix has revealed that five mobile games will be released on its gaming platform. These games are expected to be launched on Android devices on November 3. Players across the world with a Netflix subscription will have access to mobile games at no additional cost.
Sega reveals a 'strategic partnership' with Microsoft to implement Azure cloud services
Sega has announced that it will be joining forces with Microsoft to employ Azure cloud services to create new and innovative video games. Azure will help Sega to advance its game development as part of its 'Super Game' project. The partnership can benefit Sega by improving its online infrastructure and supporting the development of cloud games.
Zoox, an Amazon company, commences testing of its self-driving vehicles in Seattle, US
Zoox announced that it will initiate testing of its self-driving vehicles in Seattle in 2022. The company plans to deal with Seattle's rainy weather by employing specialized hardware in its vehicles. The Amazon company hopes to gain beneficial information from these tests to further develop its AI technology. Zoox is striving to make these vehicles commercially fit for sale when they are deemed safe.
ASUS reveals the ROG THOR Titanium 1600W and ROG THOR II PSUs
During the 'Break All Limits' Livestream, ASUS showcased four new power supplies. The ROG THOR Titanium 1600W is the new flagship and is 80 PLUS Titanium certified while the ROG THOR II power supplies consist of three variants and are 80 PLUS Platinum certified. The new ASUS PSUs are future-proof and support PCIe 5.0.
TeamGroup launches a new flagship gaming SSD
TeamGroup has announced its fastest gaming SSD, the T-FORCE CARDEA A440 PRO. The CARDEA uses the latest NVMe 1.4 specification and PCIe Gen4x4 interface. The gaming SSD is available in different storage sizes and features two different heat sinks to fit the needs of gamers. The T-FORCE SSD performs at fast read/write speeds of up to 7400/7000 MB/s and releases in November.
Microsoft alerts 140 tech retailers and service providers to targeted attacks by Russian hackers
Microsoft has accused the Russian hacking group, NOBELIUM, of targeting tech companies and that the Russian government is attempting to monitor the IT supply chain. Microsoft also proposed that NOBELIUM was behind the SolarWinds hack in 2020 and advised tech companies to secure their environments against future attacks.
TSMC reveals debt offering for its chip manufacturing plant in the US valued at US$4.5 billion
TSMC began construction of a 5nm chip fabrication plant in April, 2021. Due to a global shortage, the company plans to pay a debt offering of US$4.5 billion. A water plant next to the chip manufacturing plant burst into flames on October 23, 2021.
Intel advises that cheap computer sales may run out during the holidays due to supply shortages
Intel has warned shoppers who desire cheap PC deals to expect sales to run out during the upcoming holiday season. The tech company blames the chip shortage for fewer available low-end systems. PC manufacturers are assembling high-end systems as they generate more profits. However, Intel remains hopeful that the shortages will begin to alleviate during 2022.
Hackers attempt to hijack the accounts of YouTube creators via phishing attacks
Google has alerted YouTube creators to ongoing phishing attacks by hackers who imitate advertising agencies to hijack their accounts. Phishing emails contain malware that sends users' passwords to the hackers' systems. Google recommended that YouTube creators use two-factor authentication to protect their accounts.
Razer launches Zephyr, an RGB mask
Razer has announced that Zephyr is available for purchase. Zephyr is an RGB mask that showcases Razer's signature Chroma RGB lighting to provide users with millions of lighting options. The device is a lab-tested N95 respirator that offers more protection than standard masks. The price of Zephyr begins at US$99.99.
Major hack at Thingiverse results in data leak of 228,000 users
The data of 228,000 Thingiverse users has been circulating within hacking groups for about one year. 3D Printing Industry declared that the data breach originally occurred in October 2020 and alleged that Thingiverse has been deficient in its response to the incident. Thingiverse has recently released a statement to acknowledge the hack and claimed that the leaked user data was non-sensitive.
Phrozen announces the new Sonic Mini 8K 3D printer
The Sonic Mini 8K is Phrozen's highest-resolution 3D printer ever. The company has marketed the new 3D printer to both casual users and professionals who desire high-quality and precisely-detailed 3D prints. The device is available for pre-order from October 20.
UK local authority implements IoT sensors to help disabled drivers park in South London
The IoT Solutions Group has created IoT sensors that produce data on disabled parking spots. Sutton Council in the UK aims to use this data to enhance the parking experience of disabled drivers. Furthermore, the IoT Solutions Group has claimed that the data from the IoT sensors will help Sutton Council to develop policies involving transportation and area development.
US Energy and Commerce Committee reveals legislation that holds social platforms accountable for 'malicious algorithms'
The US Energy and Commerce Committee has announced an amendment to Section 230 that previously shielded social platforms from liability. Thus, these companies will now be held accountable for algorithms that recommend harmful content. However, critics have claimed that the House Bill could conflict with the First Amendment rights.
Intel declares that the upcoming Arc Series graphics cards will not be limited in terms of cryptomining performance
The Arc graphics cards are slated to be released in the beginning of 2022. Intel has stated that its new series of GPUs will not be restrictive in terms of cryptomining performance. Intel aims to entice gamers and contest AMD and NVIDIA in the competitive market.
Microsoft fends off a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack classed as the second-largest in history
Microsoft has declared in a blog post on October 11 that an Azure customer was hit with a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack during August. The attack was recorded as the highest DDoS event ever on the Azure platform beating last year’s 1 Tbps attack. This attack was also the second highest documented event, coming second to Google’s attack with 2.5 Tbps in 2017.
AMD launches GPUFORT, an open-source attempt against NVIDIA's CUDA
AMD has released GPUFORT with the purpose of tackling rival NVIDIA and its CUDA platform. CUDA currently has a firm grip on the parallel computing industry. However, AMD hopes that its continued strategy of providing open-source alternatives will sway developers to its own platform.
Google alerts 14,000 users to targeted phishing emails by Russian threat group
Google disclosed security updates on October 8 in response to a month of phishing targeted attempts purportedly by Russian-linked group, APT28. The company estimates 14,000 Gmail accounts were warned and protected.
IMF advises that the exponential expansion of cryptocurrencies threatens financial stability
IMF warns against 'cryptoisation' which refers to the preference of dealing with crypto assets rather than local currencies. While cryptocurrencies may be innovative and introduce benefits to consumers, they can destabilize and generate risks to the financial system of countries.
Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 release on October 5 with updated features and pricing
Microsoft is preparing Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 for release on October 5 on Windows and macOS devices for business, personal and student customers. Office 2021 will inherit many of the existing components from Microsoft 365 subscription (formerly Office 365) and both will be updated with new features in time for Windows 11.