US officials ID North Korea as source of Sony Pictures hack

imageAccording to CNN, NBC, and the New York Times, US officials will announce tomorrow that they’ve identified North Korea as the source behind a massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures. As a result of threats tied to the attack, Sony Pictures today ca…

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Facebook’s iPad app now fits in better with your tablet habits

imageIf you use your iPad primarily for reading news and playing games, you’re certainly not alone. Facebook definitely realizes that, which is why the social network has updated its iPad app with a new right-hand column (which only appears in landscape m…

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The Sims 4 content patch adds careers, cheats and Christmas

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Sims 4′s content patches sometimes seem like they’re conceived by a random noun generator. Pools! Ghosts! Business! Christmas! Gnomes! It’s business and Christmas for this latest update, which adds four new career paths, accrued time off, maternity and/or paternity leave, and a free, unlockable Holiday Celebration Pack.

The new career paths are spread across business and athletic career types. Sporty Sims can pick between Hall of Famer and Mr. or Ms. Solar System, while those with financial aspirations can become an Angel Investor or Business Tycoon.

Over on the festive side, EA has provided the following instructions for unlocking the Holiday Celebration Pack:

  • The Holiday Celebration Pack can be unlocked by logging into Origin and launching The Sims 4.
  • Banners within the main menu of The Sims 4 and in The Gallery will show the option to redeem the “Holiday Celebration Pack”.
  • Click on the respective banner to surface an in-game pop up that will place the Holiday Celebration Pack in your shopping cart.
  • No payment information will be required to check out.
  • You will then be directed to an order confirmation page. Click the “Close” button.
  • After closing, you will receive a notification that your content is preparing for download. Click the “OK” button.
  • Once the download is complete, a notification will inform you that the Holiday Celebration Pack has been successfully installed.
  • You will need to restart The Sims 4 in order to see content from the Holiday Celebration Pack in your game.

Do all that you’ll get a bunch of festive objects and some Christmas jumpers.

Finally, new cheats have been added. One, seemingly, lets you set any object as your Sim’s head. Because that might be a thing you want to do for some reason.

You can see a full list of added features and accompanying fixes over at the The Sims 4′s updates page.

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Sony can make any eyewear more like Google Glass

imageSony has just announced a new attachable display module that can turn a “pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear” into smartglasses. And, yes, it’s completely detachable so you can remove it whenever you want to. Th…

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Apple halts online sales in Russia due to shaky currency

imageIf you hadn’t heard, the value of Russia’s ruble is tanking — and that’s starting to make online store operators nervous. Apple tells Bloomberg that it has frozen internet sales in the country while its workers “review pricing.” The company hasn’t s…

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Apple found not guilty in iPod antitrust lawsuit

imageToday, Apple has been found not guilty in an iPod antitrust case that was brought against it almost a decade ago. The decision comes after a week-long trial that accused the Cupertino company of forcefully locking in consumers into iTunes software an…

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NEO Scavenger leaves early access

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Humans: always expecting the worst. Sure, right now you might be absorbing information from a glowing rectangle; the totality of knowledge at your fingertips. And yes, right now, if you want a steak, you don’t have to track, murder, skin and cook an animal to get at it. Milkshakes exist. Pizza exists. Things are pretty good.

But, what happens should we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic future, where survival is harsh and unlikely, and your movements are inexplicably restricted to a few hex grids per-turn? It’s an unlikely scenario, but it could happen. We should probably prepare in case it does.

Step forward NEO Scavenger; a turn-based survival roguelike that released into early access late last year. It’s now been released for real, and promises to teach you many lessons about the difficulties of staying alive and in one piece.

Should you want to give it a try, there’s a browser-based demo you can play right now. Should that pique your interest, it’s available on multiple stores: Steam and GOG being just two.

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Second playable character from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt revealed

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Earlier this month, CD Projekt Red teased a second playable character in its upcoming RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. My fingers were crossed for Yarpen Zigrin, but it will actually be Ciri, an “ashen-haired girl from an ancient prophecy,” and a prominent character in the Witcher novels and television series.

Ciri is a talented swordfighter, possesses great speed and agility, can “blink,” and will unlock several unique abilities over the course of the game. There’s also a “mythical power” lying dormant within her that CD Projekt will shed more light on in the future.

“A descendant in a long-lost Elven-blood lineage, Ciri plays an important role in the Witcher lore—a powerful, living weapon capable of both healing and destroying the world she inhabits,” it said. Her presence will allow the studio to dig into some different narrative angles, but it emphasized that the game remains entirely about the Witcher, Geralt.

A glimpse of Ciri and her Blink ability can be seen in the Elder Blood trailer above, while a more detailed, and likely very spoiler-filled, lowdown may be had at the Witcher Wikia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now set for launch on May 19, 2015.

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Starbound trailer teases Winter Update features

After a strong release at the start of the year, things went rather quiet for Starbound. Rather than periodic large updates, the team settled into an opt-in ’Nightly Build’ format for those who really wanted to see what the “Early” in Early Access could mean. That work is now culminating in a massive Winter Update to the more stable beta build of the game.

For those not keeping up with the Nightly Builds, it should be a dramatic shake up of the game. The above trailer outlines some of the major changes, from new blocks, items and enemies, to a new, fuller combat system.

The update is due to be pushed out to the game’s Unstable branch next week, with the Stable build release scheduled for January.

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