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Tinder-style 'Reigns' in Game of Thrones game for Nintendo Switch – CNET

Strategize and swipe right to rule Westeros in Reigns: Game of Thrones​.
Source: CNET

Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era.

The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017. It managed to stop the rot with a flat Q4, but resting on its laurels isn’t going to bring the good times back.

Snap has taken a three-pronged approach: extending its stories feature (and ads) into third-party apps and building out its camera play with an AR platform, but it is the launch of social games that is the most intriguing. The other moves are logical and they fall in line with existing Snap strategies, but games is an entirely new category for the company.

It isn’t hard to see where Snap found inspiration for social games — Asian messaging companies have long twinned games and chat — but the U.S. company is applying its own twist to the genre.


Source: TechCrunch

Cybercrime groups continue to flourish on Facebook

You might be surprised what you can buy on Facebook, if you know where to look. Researchers with Cisco’s Talos security research team have uncovered a wave of Facebook groups dedicated to making money from a variety of illicit and otherwise sketchy online behaviors, including phishing schemes, trading hacked credentials and spamming. The 74 groups researchers detected boasted a cumulative 385,000 members.

Remarkably, the groups weren’t even really trying to conceal their activities. For example, Talos found posts openly selling credit card numbers with three-digit CVV codes, some with accompanying photos of the card’s owner. According to the research group:

The majority of these groups use fairly obvious group names, including “Spam Professional,” “Spammer & Hacker Professional,” “Buy Cvv On THIS SHOP PAYMENT BY BTC 💰💵,” and “Facebook hack (Phishing).” Despite the fairly obvious names, some of these groups have managed to remain on Facebook for up to eight years, and in the process acquire tens of thousands of group members.

Beyond the sale of stolen credentials, Talos documented users selling shell accounts for governments and organizations, promoting their expertise in moving large sums of money and offering to create fake passports and other identifying documents.

The new research isn’t the first time that Facebook users have been busted for dealing in cybercrime. In 2018, Brian Krebs reported 120 groups with a cumulative 300,000-plus members engaged in similar activities, including phishing schemes, spamming, botnets and on-demand DDoS attacks.

As Talos researchers explain in their blog post, “Months later, though the specific groups identified by Krebs had been permanently disabled, Talos discovered a new set of groups, some having names remarkably similar, if not identical, to the groups reported on by Krebs.”

Cybercrime groups are yet another example of the game of enforcement whack-a-mole that Facebook continues to play on its massive platform. At the social network’s scale — and without the company dedicating sufficient resources to more comprehensive detection methods — it’s difficult for Facebook to track the kinds of illicit or potentially harmful behaviors that flourish in unmonitored corners of its sprawling platform.

“While some groups were removed immediately, other groups only had specific posts removed,” Talos researcher Jaeson Schultz wrote. “Eventually, through contact with Facebook’s security team, the majority of malicious groups was quickly taken down, however new groups continue to pop up, and some are still active as of the date of publishing.”


Source: TechCrunch

*Avengers: Endgame* Will Rule the Box Office—but Not For Long

It’s on track to open at $200-250 million domestically, clobbering box office buster *The Force Awakens*. But another *Star Wars* movie is on the way.
Source: Wired

One-day-only Best Buy sale brings price of MacBook Air down to $950

Retailer Best Buy is currently running a one-day-only sale on the 2018 MacBook Air, bringing prices to as low as $950 on the base model, and $1,100 on the version with additional storage space.

The post One-day-only Best Buy sale brings price of MacBook Air down to $950 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Roku Channel adds support for HBO just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’

Just days ahead of the return of “Game of Thrones,” Roku has forged a deal with HBO that now gives the media device maker the ability to sell the premium channel as a subscription through its dedicated content hub, The Roku Channel. Originally a destination for free and ad-supported movies and TV, The Roku Channel in January rolled out a significant update that put it in more direct competition with Amazon Channels with the launch of premium subscriptions.

Now, alongside the free content, Roku users can choose to subscribe to premium channels like Showtime, Starz, EPIX and others — including, as of this week, HBO. Those channels’ content can then be streamed directly through The Roku Channel itself on TVs as well as within Roku’s updated mobile app.

When The Roku Channel’s subscription platform made its debut earlier this year, HBO was one of the biggest names to come up missing, along with Netflix and Hulu.

But Netflix and Hulu don’t tend to allow subscriptions through third-party platforms like The Roku Channel (or, more recently, via Apple TV+). HBO, however, does. The premium channel and home to “Game of Thrones” is available as an add-on across a range of streaming services and à la carte TV providers — including The Roku Channel’s biggest competitor, Amazon Prime Video Channels. 

Without HBO in The Roku Channel, users who wanted to stream one of TV’s biggest shows would have to leave Roku’s hub and navigate back to the Roku home screen where they could access HBO directly through its dedicated Roku app. That was bad news for Roku, as it’s trying to keep users’ viewing activity centralized and contained in one spot in order to promote the ad-supported fare that helps Roku make money.

Roku says users can now opt into a free seven-day HBO trial in The Roku Channel, which then converts to a $14.99 per month subscription if the trial isn’t cancelled.

Those who subscribe to HBO through The Roku Channel won’t be able to log in to HBO’s standalone apps, HBO NOW or HBO Go, but will instead watch its content through Roku’s hub, where its programs are featured alongside Roku’s more than 10,000 free movies and TV episodes.

Like other Roku Channel subscriptions, HBO will appear on users’ one monthly bill.

For consumers, keeping all your add-on TV subscriptions in one place makes it easier to track what you’re paying for, and simplifies the cancellation process when you’re ready to adjust your cord cutting mix.


Source: TechCrunch

5 killer TV deals at Best Buy today – CNET

Upgrade your setup just in time for the final weekend of March Madness 2019.
Source: CNET

How I Podcast: The Moth’s Dan Kennedy

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs.

We’ve asked some of our favorite podcast hosts and producers to highlight their workflows — the equipment and software they use to get the job done. The list so far includes:

Bullseye’s Jesse Thorn
Ben Lindbergh of Effectively Wild
My own podcast, RiYL

This week, we’ve enlisted a host who straddles the line between pro-level public radio recordings and home studios. These days, Dan Kennedy is probably best known as the host of the podcast version of The Moth Radio Hour. For more than 20 years, The Moth has featured some of the most engaging, funny and thought-provoking names in long-form storytelling. The series’ latest collection of stories, The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible, is out now.

Kennedy is also an author whose work has been published in McSweeney’s GQ and various other publications. He is also the author of several books, including “Loser Goes First: My Thirty-Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation,” “Rock On: An Office Power Ballad” and “American Spirit: A Novel.”

I don’t record The Moth Podcast here at home. We record that at the office studio downtown, or at Argot Studios, and we’ve had a ton of great producers over the years — Whitney Jones, Laura Haden, Timothy Lou Ly, Paul Ruest, Julia Purcell, to name a few. Home is where I record everything else in my world; audio versions of my McSweeney’s pieces for their Patreon site; freelance production and voice-over work for clients — usually cable networks; demos for new podcast ideas like this limited series idea me and some friends in L.A. pitched to Panoply and Audible and wherever else that might end up.

My rig here at home is a Rode NT 1000 mic, through an Onyx Blackjack, into Hindenburg Journalist. Super straightforward. I know a lot of people like SM58s and Yetis, but I’m in love with that Rode. I still have a Presonus TubePre, but I never use it anymore. There’s an old blue Anvil road case here that’s followed me through three or four apartments; the tomb of old gear from over the years — Oxygen midi controllers, old Line6 stuff, iRigs… When stuff finally breaks or becomes incompatible, that’s where it goes. I’m amazed by how much you can do at home now.

I came up through community radio in Seattle back in the day, 400 watts that would maybe reach to Kent on a good morning. You had to reserve the production studio at night if you wanted to record personal stuff. Or maybe you had one friend with a rack of preamps and reverb, a decent mic and a Tascam Portastudio, and you had to bring your ideas to their house and try to get something done. Now you can pretty much record anything at home and distribute it worldwide. It’s a very cool time to be making things.


Source: TechCrunch

See the far side of the moon through Israeli spacecraft's eyes – CNET

SpaceIL’s Beresheet mission made it into moon orbit and snapped some views of the “dark side of the moon.”
Source: CNET

Testing Verizon's new 5G speeds exposed three major issues with the next-gen network – CNET

Verizon claims incredible 5G speeds on its brand-new network. That’s not what happened for me.
Source: CNET

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