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Hearthstone is one of iPad’s highest-grossing apps in its soft-launch territories – VentureBeat

It’s just a digital card game, but Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is quickly turning into Blizzard’s money-printing machine. The collectible-card battler finally debuted to the public on PC and Mac earlier this year. And then on April 2, Blizzard released the free-to-play Hearthstone for iPad in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The mobile version has quickly shot up the most-downloaded charts in those territories, and it’s also enabled analysts and industry observers to see if fans are spending money. Turns out that they definitely are. Hearthstone is the ninth highest-grossing app on iPad in Canada right now. On that same chart in New Zealand and Australia it is 11th and 12th, respectively. This is after less than 10 days of Read More

HP admits to federal bribery & money laundering charges – VentureBeat

HP has copped to felony bribery and money laundering charges. The charges themselves, listed below, are as thrilling as anything you’d binge-watch on Netflix on a Thursday night. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech stalwarts are $108 million poorer after settling with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Security and Exchange Commission for violating terms of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a tacit admission to the felony charges. The DOJ accused HP Russia of bribery, and instead of fighting the federal charges, the company paid serious money to settle. HP subsidiaries in Poland and Mexico were also accused by DOJ of the same thing, and the fine encompasses those cases, as well, in criminal and regulatory penalties, according to the Read More

HP report: 80 percent of app vulnerabilities are really your fault – PCWorld (blog)

Let’s be clear: There is no such thing as an invulnerable application. Some have more critical vulnerabilities than others as we discovered this week with the Heartbleed bug, but any application can be exploited given a dedicated attacker. According to the HP 2013 Cyber Risk Report, though, the application itself is not to blame for most vulnerabilities—you are. HP compiled data from 2,200 applications scanned by HP Fortify on Demand and reports that 80 percent of the vulnerabilities discovered were not the fault of the application code itself. “Many vulnerabilities were related to server misconfiguration, improper file settings, sample content, outdated software versions, and other items related to insecure deployment,” the report states. Let me repeat that for emphasis: 80 Read More

Minnie Driver Quits Twitter Over Bullying – ABC News

At 44, Minnie Driver is still one of the most stunning women in Hollywood. But online and through social media, people will pick on you for almost anything. After the “About a Boy” actress was photographed on vacation with her son Henry, 5, in Miami earlier this week — and even though she sported a bikini body better than women half her age while lounging on the beach or by the pool — people tweeted “mean” comments, the actress posted. “God some people are horrible: you try being photographed when you don’t know it’s happening, when you’re on holiday with your kids,” she tweeted on Wednesday. She continued, “I’m out of this Twittersphere for a while. It’s too mean sometimes, Read More

Can Samsung’s Galaxy S5 take on the next iPhone? – CNBC.com

The design of the device, however, has left much to be desired, say market watchers. The phone, which is a tad bigger, thicker, and heavier than its predecessor, is essentially made from plastic and has a dimpled faux leather exterior, which some say doesn’t look or feel “premium.” “I was expecting more in terms of the industrial design, but I think Samsung has done a better job in presenting a differentiating experience with the S5 than it did with the S4,” Wayne Lam, senior analyst, wireless communications at IHS told CNBC. “With features like the heart-rate monitor, Samsung is aiming to make the device almost like an active lifestyle companion. It speaks to Samsung’s broader ambitions of being a lifestyle Read More

Stanford hacking culture develops as students attend the Big Hack, LA Hacks – The Stanford Daily

Share tweet KYLIE JUE/The Stanford Daily Three hundred students gathered in the basement of Stanford’s Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center on Saturday for the Big Hack, the annual hackathon that pits Stanford against UC-Berkeley. The Big Hack was organized by three Stanford groups – BASES’s Hackspace, the Stanford Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and Hack Stanford – in addition to Berkeley’s hacking club. This was the event’s third year, and, according to ACM president Karthik Viswanathan ’15, the number of participants has increased by about 100 students each year. Last year, Stanford students made up 15 percent of the approximately 200 participants. Although only 80 of the hackers this year were Read More

Double Fine’s Hack ‘n’ Slash entry into Steam Early Access imminent – Polygon

Hack ‘n’ Slash, Double Fine Productions hacking-themed action puzzle game conceived during the company’s annual Amnesia Fortnight game jam, is just weeks away from entering Steam Early Access for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. First revealed last December, the game is slated for a full launch this summer where it will be available to purchase for $14.99. Double Fine has released a parody video featuring creator Brandon Dillon, gameplay footage and “an important message about the dangers of hacking.” Players are placed in the role of an elf named Alice who “uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action/adventure game.” Alice can hack in-game objects — such as blocks, barrels, moving platforms and enemies Read More

AgileBits Launches ‘Heartbleed Sale,’ Discounts 1Password For iOS And OS X – AppAdvice

The folks at AgileBits have knocked 50 percent off the price of 1Password for both iOS and OS X in response to the recently uncovered “heartbleed” security flaw. You can pick up 1Password for $8.99 on the App Store, and Mac users can download the OS X application for $24.99. It goes without saying that 1Password is a must-have app for both iOS and OS X, and we’ve talked about how much we love AgileBits’ software countless times before. Given that all of us should have changed our passwords for Heartbleed-compromised websites, there’s been no better time for iOS and Mac users to invest in 1Password. As a reminder, 1Password lets users create super-strong, unique passwords for individual Internet services Read More

iPhone 6 Could See Sleep/Wake Button Move, 401 ppi in 5.5" Model, Sapphire … – Mac Rumors

In an extensive research note, the well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has shared additional details about his expectations for the next iPhone model, expected to be called the iPhone 6. Perhaps the biggest change that Kuo mentions is a move of the sleep/wake button from the top of the iPhone to the side, to better facilitate one-handed operation on larger iPhones. In line with previous rumors, Kuo believes the new 4.7-inch model will come with a 1334×750 Retina display at 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5″ will see a 1920×1080 screen at 401 ppi. Both devices will have the same aspect ratio to the iPhone 5, meaning apps will not need to be redesigned for the second time Read More