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July 29, 2021 by Tatiora
We all love a good hacker movie moment, right? The clock is ticking, the success of the mission or survival of the world hangs in the balance, and one lone computer-whiz whips their hands across the keyboard and watches a bunch of scrolling lines on a screen, then - BAM! Database hacked, world saved, let's all go have cake. Hacking in real life is significantly less exciting - usually because, as an average person, we're often on the receiving end of those hacks. If you've ever had a credit c...
July 28, 2021 by Tatiora
Discord has been testing the feature out on Twitter for the last few months or so, but was finally ready to launch its new "threads" feature yesterday. Threads has been a highly-requested update to the chat server, with its community of users looking for a way to make conversations in bustling servers easier to follow. Any server with "community" features enabled will be able to transform messages into threaded conversations on both mobile and desktop. Threads can be designated with their own...
July 22, 2021 by Tatiora
In a world of media streaming, does Acoustic Bridge have a place anymore? I decided to play around with the program a bit and see some of the advantages it offered over streaming music directly to a device via an app like Spotify or YouTube. I admit, in general I tend to stream things from my phone and hook it up to external speakers either via bluetooth or an AV cable, so I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in anything Acoustic Bridge could do for me. Although I grab most of my m...
July 21, 2021 by Tatiora
Have you ever been hit with a copyright strike on Twitch over the music you were playing on your stream? Even if you haven't been there personally, you've probably heard the discussions that have been floating around for over a year now. Recently, a developer has come up with a clever workaround for gamers who want to play copyrighted music while they stream. The SpotifySynchronizer extension, created by Twitch developer Peter Frydenlund Madsen (AKA Peueno0) does pretty much exactly as its...
July 15, 2021 by Tatiora
Change is inevitable. ...hah, writing that first line just made me think of Thanos. The jerk. ANYWAY, like I was saying: change is inevitable. As humans, we are constantly seeking, learning, and applying new concepts that result in incredible innovations. It’s amazing to see how much has happened, specifically in tech, over the last decade or so.  Before I came to Stardock and found myself immersed more on the producer’s side of tech, I worked very heavily with the cons...
July 14, 2021 by Tatiora
After a delay that lasted over a year due to the pandemic, Disney's Black Widow finally hit theaters this past weekend - and boy did it leave a mark! The film grossed over $218 million worldwide during its debut weekend. This includes the American box office, international box offices, and premiere purchases on the streaming service Disney+. This marks the biggest opening weekend for a film since the pandemic began, and the third-largest domestic opening for an origin story beh...
July 8, 2021 by Tatiora
I just looked at my Steam Library because I wanted to see how many games I have saved in it.  The answer? 260. Two hundred and sixty. That’s absurd. I suppose owning that many games isn’t absurd (or even unheard of - I am sure that number is small compared to some other game enthusiasts!). What’s really ridiculous (shameful, really!) is just how many of those games I haven’t actually played yet.  Of those 260 games, I have maybe played a quarter of them...
July 1, 2021 by Tatiora
I grew up playing strategy games long before I knew what the genre itself was. My grandfather had acquired a copy of Warcraft for his PC and I spent many afternoons in his study to refrains of “Zug zug,” and “Dabu.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was hooked - I would be a gamer for the long haul. Now, nearly 30 years later, I’m immersed in games in a way that I would have never thought possible for myself. As I grew up, I gravitated more toward puzz...
June 30, 2021 by Tatiora
A recent hacking attempt by "state-sponsored actors" against several of Microsoft's customers was mostly unsuccessful earlier this week.  Security experts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) have reported that threat actor Nobelium used an information-stealing malware on the computer of a customer support agent in an attempt to launch a series of "highly-targeted" attacks. Reuters claims that Microsoft did not announce the breach until after it approached the software giant a...
June 24, 2021 by Tatiora
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June 24, 2021 by Tatiora
Over the years, video games have sparked many debates regarding the welfare of kids who play them. From arguments that some games promote violence or discourage social growth all the way to how certain games might help ease anxiety, everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic. To complicate matters further, the answer is rather nuanced - there is no "right" or "wrong" in these arguments; often, the answer tends to come down to circumstances and a number of other variables. To be honest, I ...
June 23, 2021 by Tatiora
Amid complaints from brick-and-mortar retailers in India, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs proposed a ban on flash sales on e-commerce platforms and preventing affiliate entities from being listed as sellers on Monday evening. These policies are in response to a rise in concern about what retailers allege as unfair practices employed by Amazon and Flipkart in the second largest market in the world. In its proposal, India's Ministry of Consumer Affairs suggests that e-commerce firms should not...
June 17, 2021 by Tatiora
A couple of months ago, I talked a little about the fun virtual trivia night that I held with my coworkers via Discord. Now that vaccinations are rolling out and things are starting to open up again, we’re hoping to hold the next one in a Family Feud style, and in person - but that’s another discussion. Over the last year, I - like many millions of others - have had to find ways to stay connected with friends and family without being able to hang out in the same room. To be honest...
June 16, 2021 by Tatiora
Amazon Prime Day is coming up and Amazon has decided to offer free 7 day trials to its game streaming service, Luna, to Prime members in the mainland US. Until now, the only way to test Luna was to request early access or sign up from supported Fire TV devices. The Luna service is available on Windows PC, Mac, Fire TV, and via the web on your iPhone, iPad, and certain Android phones.  The regular price for Luna is $5.99 a month and grants you access to games like GRID, Metro Exodus,...
June 10, 2021 by Tatiora
I have been gaming online for a long time - since I was a teenager and Battle.net (I played a lot of Diablo II and Starcraft) was first a thing, in fact. Back then, the biggest thing I remember my parents being concerned about were mostly safety things: don’t give out your name or address, don’t share pictures, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t EVER agree to meet someone you’ve only met online. They’re not bad rules - they’re good rules, in fact! ...