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September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Version 3.0 arrives!Version 3.0 of Stardock's fantasy civilization style game, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes gets updated to add more quests, heroes, city upgrades and general performance and stability improvements.Conquer your enemies and explore the world of Elemental in Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes! We've updated this beloved classic with a new Tower of Knowledge faction structure, some highly requested AI improvements, and some perform...
September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Version 3.0 arrives!Version 3.0 of Stardock's fantasy civilization style game, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes gets updated to add more quests, heroes, city upgrades and general performance and stability improvements.Conquer your enemies and explore the world of Elemental in Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes! We've updated this beloved classic with a new Tower of Knowledge faction structure, some highly requested AI improvements, and some perform...
August 26, 2021 by Tatiora
I remember when I had my first interview at Stardock. One of the people in the room, a guy named Kris, looked at me and fired off a series of PC user questions, things like: what kind of computer do you have, what operating systems do you run, and what web browser do you use? I answered each, and when I got to the web browser part and answered Chrome, he fired back with a question that caught me off-guard. “Why?” ...honest answer? I have no idea why. It was just what I us...
August 25, 2021 by Tatiora
Another day, another data leak. This time, it comes courtesy of a popular development platform called Power Apps. This Microsoft web tool allows organizations to quickly create web apps and has an abundance of tools for public facing websites and back-end data management. In spite of the tool's usefulness, it comes with its dangers: incorrectly configuring the product can leave huge segments of private data visible to the public.  Cybersecurity firm UpGuard recently discovered that as...
August 18, 2021 by Tatiora
I learned today that there is a site called "Hackerone" that connects companies with users who like to hack and tinker with websites, apps, and other pieces of software. These individuals can then submit exploits and hacks to companies privately, and in exchange they are frequently compensated with a fair amount of money. This is precisely what happened earlier this week when a user called Drbrix found an exploit on Valve's Steam app. The Steam wallet exploit discovered by Drbrix would have a...
August 12, 2021 by Tatiora
If you play games as a hobby, chances are you have at least a little bit of a games backlog that you haven’t had a chance to get around to playing. Maybe it’s because you lead a busy life that keeps you away from the computer and your consoles most of the time - or maybe, if you’re like me, it’s because you keep going back to the same 5 or 6 games over and over again instead of trying something new. Why do we do that? Well, there are tons of reasons, and most of them h...
August 11, 2021 by Tatiora
A few years ago, I built my first ever PC. I've had PCs before, of course, but this was the first one I'd ever built for myself from scratch - though I definitely had supervision! It was a nerve wracking experience, but I genuinely enjoyed learning all the in's and out's of PC building. Would I do it again, though? Hell no! That was too stressful. I get why people love building PCs, but I'd just rather have one of my enthusiast friends build it for me because it's something they love. I...
August 5, 2021 by Tatiora
Greetings, GalCiv IV fans! Over the last month, we have been hard at work turning out a new update to Galactic Civilizations IV for all of you. v0.45 released last week and focuses primarily on the ideology system. Let's take a look at what we added in the update! Before we get into it, though, please take note that this new update WILL break your saved games - sorry about that! We do our best to maintain game saves because we know how much time goes into them, but the new ideology system cha...
August 4, 2021 by Tatiora
The Internet can be a tricky place to navigate. I talked a little bit about keeping your PC secure in a blog last week, but to be honest I barely scratched the surface when talking about all the different ways hackers and malware are clamoring to get to your personal information. ArsTechnica reported this week that some hackers impersonated the site Brave.com and pushed malware to unsuspecting users. Their technique was so sneaky that the faux site was capable of fooling even the most securit...
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...