I just received a phone call from a ‘highly respectable’ IT company; the caller ID showed a number of 002538020308 which seemed strange considering it was a ‘London based’ company.
Anyway it seems my luck was in as the nice foreign lady wanted to help me with an outbreak of rogue viruses! Apparently they’re crashing computers in my town and mine had become infected; who’d have known but I’m glad I had found out in the nick of time!
I explained to the nice foreign lady that I used to be an IT Systems Engineer and these viruses must be super high tech as my computer seemed OK; the line suddenly went dead leaving me sacred and nervous. My computer seems OK but she did say it was INFECTED and yours may be too!
Foreign number, pigeon English and rampant rogue viruses on the prowl; be warned folks we live in dangerous times!
If you have received this call and then found this post by searching Google et al, yes it’s a scam and well done for not falling for it!
After last night’s Xfire broadcast message:
August 2, 2010–Xfire has been purchased by another company. Most of the team that has brought you Xfire for the last 6 years is leaving, including me. We’ve enjoyed our time and I personally am sad that I was only able to do 127 releases. Good bye and game on!
The following announcement has been made on the Xfire homepage:
August 2, 2010–Titan Gaming acquires Xfire.
Titan will be taking on the Xfire name, with a focus towards ongoing innovation in the gaming space. The Xfire services will continue uninterrupted for its users. Xfire redefined how gamers communicate, Titan intends to build upon this tradition and utilize the Xfire platform to help gaming companies better engage their users. We look forward to continuing and expanding upon the Xfire service.
Having had a quick scoot around the net I found Titan Gaming’s website, here’s a brief synopsis taken from their site:
Titan offers gaming companies the most effective and complete gaming platform enabling skill based matchmaking, tournaments, and points or cash competitions. Titan utilizes gamers’ natural competitive inclinations to help its partners and their game developers generate the highest LTV’s in the video game industry.
Titan was incorporated in 2006 and has invested over 100,000 hours with a team of 24 engineers to develop the Titan Platform.
It will be interesting to see what Titan Gaming bring to the party but it’s a sad day for the leaving Xfire developers; best of luck to them in the future and thanks for all the hard work.
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, the game that fills in the gaps between the original zombie action game and the sequel, hits the Xbox 360 exclusively on Aug. 31, Capcom confirmed today.
The downloadable game will cost 400 Microsoft Points and introduces players to Dead Rising 2′s hero Chuck Greene. And that’s a price that’s not making Capcom any money, according to Keiji Inafune, Capcom’s Head of R&D Management Group and Executive Producer for Dead Rising 2.
Read the full article over @ Kotaku
Social network giant Facebook has registered its 500 millionth member, the firm has announced. The site, which launched in 2004, has gained around 100 million new users in the last six months.
Facebook said the number was “an important milestone” and added that it was “humbled and inspired” by the stories of its users, which it is asking people to share on the site.
The UK currently has around 26m Facebook users.
Read the full story over @ the BBC
I hate BT with a passion (long story) and I can’t say I’m surprised by this.
BT has confirmed that it will raise its landline calls by 10 per cent and charge 50p more in line rental from October. In a move that is likely to convince many that the landline is becoming less and less viable in the era of the mobile phone, BT will hit its customers with a price hike. BT will write to 12.5 million customers in order to inform them of the change
Read more over at TechRadar
Science amazes me on a daily basis and today I present you with this:
Last we heard from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, it wanted a neurally-controlled bionic arm by 2009. Needless to say, the school overshot that goal by a tiny bit, and have now been beaten (twice) to the punch. But DARPA sees $34.5 million worth of promise in their third and final prototype, which will enable the nine pound kit (with 22 degrees of freedom and sensory feedback) to begin clinical trials. Rechristened the Modular Prosthetic Limb, it will be grafted onto as many as five real, live persons, the first within the year. Using the targeted muscle reinnervation technique pioneered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, patients will control these arms directly with their thoughts, and for their sakes and the fate of humanity, hopefully not the other way around.
Some of the customer reviews to this are hilarious and well worth your time if you want a laugh; here’s a few:
I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty.
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I’m so tempted to pimp up my car like this bad boy; it’s amazing in oh so many ways! Saying that West Yorkshire Zombie Control Vehicle doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.