Bringing the very best of live music to the iPhone and iPod touch, Live Nation Entertainment unveiled its completely re-imagined iOS 7 app today. The proprietary technology, developed in-house, now provides the best mobile app concert experience in the marketplace: search and discovery of artists and shows, a seamless ticket purchase process, and effortless sharing capabilities with built-in social features.
"As music fans, we wanted to build a new app that would make finding and going to shows easier and more fun," said Eric Garland, general manager, Live Nation Labs. "We've achieved that goal. By investing in new technology and working with Apple to harness the power of iOS 7, we've created an entirely new experience that includes personalized recommendations and mobile ticketing. Live Nation is listening to live music fans, and our team is proud to introduce a powerful new tool for getting out to see the show."
The event discovery feature brings fans' Facebook "likes" of artists' pages, past purchases, streaming activity and iTunes music into the app's recommendation engine and delivers fans personalized, curated event suggestions. The built-in social features will help fans share the excitement of the live concert; before the event, fans can use the RSVP feature to let their friends know they are going; during and after the event, fans can post videos and photos to share the fun of the live concert experience. The app also gives fans opportunities for mobile pre-sale, app-only promotions in Live Nation venues and exclusive content from artists.
The free Live Nation App is available from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at AppStore.com/LiveNation
Crytek is joining forces with the leading mobile games company DeNA to develop its first free-to-play mobile game, The Collectables.
Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices through DeNA’s mobile games platform Mobage, The Collectables boasts stunning visuals based on Crytek’s CRYENGINE technology. The game blends action and tactics as players lead a squad of unconventional soldiers on do-or-die missions around the globe.
“DeNA offers unparalleled experience in the mobile gaming space, and we’re excited to be collaborating with their team to deliver The Collectables
to players,” stated Paha Schulz, Director of Business Development, Games-as-a-Service at Crytek. “The Collectables
will be the first free-to-play mobile game that leverages Crytek’s cutting-edge 3D game technologyCRYENGINE.”
Featuring over-the-top gunfights and classic larger-than-life action heroes, The Collectables
invites players to assemble a team from a variety of unique soldiers and upgrade their weapons and abilities before heading into combat. With diverse enemy types to battle, game-changing rewards to unlock and immersive 3D battlefields to dominate, The Collectables
will keep everyone coming back to the frontline when it’s released in 2014.
Players that preregister for The Collectables
will be notified when the game is available for free download, and they will receive an exclusive version of the in-game character RELOAD equipped with limited-edition gear. To preregister, please visit the game’s website: www.thecollectablesgame.com
Working out of a home office, the husband and wife development team has successfully mimicked the game physics of Angry Birds to create a projectile-launching game set in medieval times.
In the game, barbarians invade the royal lands of the South, and are determined to loot and pillage a wide range of castle constructions with their trusty (and apparently very powerful) slingshot. A variety of projectiles can be launched, including spiked balls, bombs, and rocks, with some very Angry Birds-like features, such as 3-in-1 rock splits when the screen is tapped.
Created on a shoestring budget of a few hundred dollars, Barbarian Revenge shows that you don't need a million dollar budget to create a high-quality app. You just need the right tools, a solid design, and some programming know-how.
A "lite" version of Barbarian Revenge, which is free, is also available. The free version contains all the features of the paid version, but is limited to 8 levels.
iPhone and iPad (free version):https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/revenge-lite/id763672902
Android (free version):https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tufat.barbarianrevengelite
is launching a competition for Android and iOS app developers, aimed at discovering and rewarding new talents. The $45,000 prize will drive more developers to create and market app source code, bringing out the best of their creativity and coding skills. The 2013 Chupamobile App Developer Competition
, sponsored by leading companies in the mobile industry, is starting on December 10th and will end on January 28th 2014.
Games, full apps and components are all welcome to the competition and will be reviewed by the Chupamobile team. Multiple submissions are accepted as well and will, of course, get more chances to win the prize. The $45,000 rewards will be assigned to the authors of the three best projects. Additionally, creators will also get 70% revenues on the sales generated by their products through Chupamobile.
"This is a big challenge for mobile developers, an opportunity to get great prizes and to showcase their projects on the largest online marketplace for mobile app source code. Every mobile developer should participate!
", says Stefano Argiolas, co-founder of Chupamobile.
A Special Social Prize
will be drawn between all the developers who follow Chupamobile
: They will get a chance to win $500 cash by sharing the competition page with the hashtag #Chupamobile2013 on their Facebook and Twitter profiles.
"With this competition, we want to attract the best iOS and Android developers around the World. We want everybody to join the competition, we are sure that there are many talents who deserve to be discovered and this is their chance to prove their skills and capabilities. Chupamobile is the right place to achieve this: in less than 2 years we have aggregated tens of thousands of developers, and some of them are already making thousands of dollars per week by selling their code on Chupamobile"
, says Paolo De Santis, co-founder of Chupamobile.
The initiative is supported by key players in the mobile development and applications industry, including Revmob
, Magic Solver
who are the main sponsors, together with the Chupamobile media partners. The backing of this companies, makes the 2013 Chupamobile App Developer Competition
an incredible opportunity for developers to get visibility and recognition.Join the competition now!
Submit your best app source code to Chupamobile marketplace before January 28th 2014, tag it with competition2013 and get your chance to win one of the prizes. You can read more about the 2013 Chupamobile App Developer Competition and become a Chupamobile member here
. Good work and good luck!
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
today announced it has successfully disrupted a rampant botnet in collaboration with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre
(EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) and leaders in the technology industry, including A10 Networks Inc
. The Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, is responsible for infecting more than 2 million computers, specifically targeting search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost online advertisers $2.7 million each month. Today's action is expected to significantly disrupt the botnet's operation, increasing the cost and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing victims' computers from committing fraudulent schemes.
This is Microsoft's first botnet action since the Nov. 14 unveiling of its new Cybercrime Center
— a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime — and marks the company's eighth botnet operation in the past three years. Similar to Microsoft's Citadel botnet case, the ZeroAccess case is part of an extensive cooperative effort with international law enforcement and industry partners to dismantle cybercriminal networks and ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence.
"This operation marks an important step in coordinated actions that are initiated by private companies and, at the same time, enable law enforcement agencies around Europe to identify and investigate the criminal organizations and networks behind these dangerous botnets that use malicious software to gain illicit profits," said Troels Oerting, head of the EC3. "EC3 added its expertise, information communications technology infrastructure and analytic capability, as well as provided the platform for high-level cooperation between cybercrime units in five European countries and Microsoft."
Due to its botnet architecture, ZeroAccess is one of the most robust and durable botnets in operation today and was built to be resilient to disruption efforts, relying on a peer-to-peer infrastructure that allows cybercriminals to remotely control the botnet from tens of thousands of different computers. ZeroAccess is used to commit a slew of crimes, including search hijacking, which "hijacks" people's search results and redirects people to sites they had not intended or requested to go to in order to steal the money generated by their ad clicks. ZeroAccess also commits click fraud, which occurs when advertisers pay for clicks that are not the result of legitimate, interested human users' clicks, but are the result of automated Web traffic and other criminal activity. Research by the University of California, San Diego shows that as of October 2013, 1.9 million computers were infected with ZeroAccess, and Microsoft determined there were more than 800,000 ZeroAccess-infected computers active on the Internet on any given day.
"The coordinated action taken by our partners was instrumental in the disruption of ZeroAccess; these efforts will stop victims' computers from being used for fraud and help us identify the computers that need to be cleaned of the infection," said David Finn, executive director and associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. "Microsoft is committed to working collaboratively — with our customers, partners, academic experts and law enforcement — to combat cybercrime. And we'll do everything we can to protect computer users from the sinister activities and criminal networks that victimize innocent people and businesses around the world."
Last week, Microsoft filed a civil suit against the cybercriminals operating the ZeroAccess botnet and received authorization from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to simultaneously block incoming and outgoing communications between computers located in the U.S. and the 18 identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses being used to commit the fraudulent schemes. In addition, Microsoft took over control of 49 domains associated with the ZeroAccess botnet. A10 Networks provided Microsoft with advanced technology to support the disruptive action.
As Microsoft executed the order filed in its civil case, Europol coordinated a multijurisdictional criminal action targeting the 18 IP addresses located in Europe. Specifically, Europol worked with Latvia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germanyto execute search warrants and seizures on computer servers associated with the fraudulent IP addresses located in Europe.
This is the second time in six months that Microsoft and law enforcement have worked together to successfully disrupt a prevalent botnet. It demonstrates the value coordinated operations have against cybercriminal enterprises.
"If the hacker community has not yet taken notice, today's disruption of the ZeroAccess botnet is another example of the power of public-private partnerships," FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely said. "It demonstrates our commitment to expand coordination with companies like Microsoft and our foreign law enforcement partners — in this case, Europol — to shut down malicious cyberattacks and hold cybercriminals accountable for exploiting our citizens' and businesses' computers."
Microsoft and its partners do not expect to fully eliminate the ZeroAccess botnet due to the complexity of the threat. However, Microsoft expects that this action will significantly disrupt the botnet's operation. Microsoft is working with ecosystem partners around the world to notify people if their computers are infected and will make this information available through its Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP). ZeroAccess is very sophisticated malware, blocking attempts to remove it, and Microsoft therefore recommends that people visit http://support.microsoft.com/botnets
for detailed instructions on how to remove this threat. Because Microsoft found that the ZeroAccess malware disables security features on infected computers, leaving the computer susceptible to secondary infections, it is critical that victims rid their computers of ZeroAccess by using malware removal or antivirus software as quickly as possible. Europol is also providing information on its website about botnets to educate the public on how to protect themselves.
More information about today's news and the coordinated action against ZeroAccess is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/dcu
. Legal documentation in the case can be found at http://www.botnetlegalnotice.com/ZeroAccess
, a new app for creating engaging interactive stories
, is now available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. Explory can be used to create all kinds of stories, from DIY Maker projects to product overviews, journalism, or sharing a recent vacation. Explory departs from the current trend toward sharing short-form, 'disposable' videos, instead making it easy to create deeper stories with structure and narrative.
"Many of us want to share experiences that are more in-depth than what can be conveyed with a single photo or a six-second video clip. At the same time, few people want to take the time and effort required to edit a video," said Peter Goldie, one of the founders of Explory. "Explory makes it fun for anyone to quickly create rich, interactive stories, right on their phone. But we've gone further, by giving viewers the ability to control the pace of the story and the level of detail they want to explore, so watching a story is never boring."
"I've been having a lot of fun with Explory, sharing stories with family and friends. It's easy to use and creates great results quickly. I know my clients are going to be excited to use this to craft their business stories in a compelling and cost effective way. It's really the next evolution of corporate video," said Chuck Easler, owner of Easler Communications.
See Explory in action: http://explory.com/home/Explory: Share your experience!
Who is Explory for?
- Story creation made easy. Creating a story with Explory is simple and fast. The "Story Ideas" feature automatically creates stories for you by analyzing the time and location data of photos and videos on your device. You just edit the draft, dictate some narration, and add text and music if you wish. You can also start with a blank canvas and pick content from your photo library, or use Explory's camera to record a story as it happens.
- Great viewer experience. Explory's blended media story has a "play" button, but it's not a traditional video: it's interactive — viewers can control the pace and depth of the story. Explory allows the viewer to easily swipe ahead to skip sections, or explore details that would not normally be part of watching the main story. Your stories won't bore anyone because they choose the length!
- Easy to share. You can share your explories privately with friends and family via email, messaging, and social media or publish them publicly in the Explory gallery. People don't need the Explory App to view your stories; they can use a mobile or desktop Web browser. Explories can also be embedded in a Web page or blog, just like a traditional video.
- Continuous Publishing. Explories are stored in the cloud and optimized for playback on your device. Share your story immediately and continue to refine it over time. Explory's cloud synchronization feature lets you to work on the story from multiple iPhones and iPads.
How to get started with Explory
- "Makers" who want to share step-by-step how-to instructions such as building, repairing, and recipes.
- Journalists who want to quickly assemble a rich story with photos, videos, and audio.
- People who want to share their life—birthdays, weddings, vacations, special moments—with family and friends.
- Small businesses that don't have the time, skill or money to create a corporate video.
- Students who want to create structured project reports.
- Educators who want to deliver differentiated learning with more detailed content optionally available.
- Anyone who wants to describe the world around them and share it with others.
Explory is a free download in the Apple App Store. It requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6 or better. Once you've installed it, tap on "Story Ideas" and see your stories! If you want more than the 50MB free storage Explory provides, sign up for a month-long or annual subscription. For more information about Explory visit: http://www.explory.com
, a global leader in security software, has released "2020: The Series," a nine-part video series depicting a future driven by innovation, while highlighting the challenges of technology dependence in the year 2020. As the tech-saturated holiday season approaches with events such as "Cyber Monday," the series reveals a society that has evolved into a "Cyber Culture." With technology permeating every aspect of daily life by the year 2020, its influence on individuals, businesses and governments will transform society like never imagined. The goal of the series is to anticipate evolving security concerns and inspire stakeholders to take action.
"With cloud-based technology, most of what was considered to be science fiction is now a reality, or soon will be," said Rik Ferguson, global vice president of security research, Trend Micro. "This trend will only gain momentum as technology continues to proliferate society and, as a result, data security will be paramount. It's important to be aware of this reality in order to prepare now. Trend Micro is committed to producing thoughtful research and technology to mitigate security threats before they become widespread. Through these efforts, it's our hope that the scenarios of '2020' never occur."
The online series explores the fictional country of South Sylvania. It has embraced online technology at unprecedented levels on a consumer and corporate level, but cyber criminals have exploited digital vulnerabilities to compromise personal and financial data, disrupt elections and target critical infrastructure. This unique glimpse into a possible future has already generated a viral response from tens of thousands of viewers worldwide.
"Predicting how technology will evolve and ultimately be adopted is consistent with Trend Micro's mission," said Ferguson. "Throughout our 25 year history, we have been at the forefront of identifying security challenges and developing a solution. We were the first to identify and secure threats to servers, networks and the cloud, among others, and this tradition continues. With wearable technology and the 'Internet of Things' becoming mainstream, Trend Micro is once again leading the way to address cyber security vulnerabilities with the '2020' series."
"2020: The Series" is the result of Trend Micro's collaboration with the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, in partnership with Europol, and is based on the organization's whitepaper titled, "Project 2020: Scenarios for the Future of Cybercrime
To learn more about what the future holds for technology and how it can influence society, viewers can watch the complete series at 2020.trendmicro.com
Starting in December, NASA will show the public the International Space Station in new ways that will highlight all the scientific research, cutting-edge technology testing and even the wonder of living and working in space.
NASA is enhancing its daily NASA Television "Space Station Live" program and beginning a new weekly web series called "Space to Ground."
"Space Station Live" will continue to air weekdays at 11 a.m. EST and now will be in a 30-minute format beginning Dec 2. It will feature live views from the International Space Station, updates on the crew's daily activities, enhanced content and interviews on space station science and features on how that science benefits life on Earth.
The "Space to Ground" web series will be available every Friday beginning Dec. 6. This series will be a short wrap-up of the week's activities aboard the space station that will showcase the diversity of activities taking place aboard the world's only orbiting laboratory. This video also will be posted to the agency's social media accounts and can be shared and downloaded by the public.
The International Space Station remains the springboard to our next great leap in exploration. The space station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that is helping us learn what it means to be a spacefaring people by demonstrating new technologies and making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth.
To view "Space to Ground" beginning Dec. 6, visit:http://go.nasa.gov/spacetoground
For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
For media b-roll and resources on the International Space Station, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews
For more information about the International Space Station, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/station
The makers of LifeStyles® Condoms, one of the nation's leading condom brands, today announced the launch of the #LetsChangeEverything social media campaign in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to raise awareness for World AIDS Day on December 1, 2013.
The #LetsChangeEverything campaign implores individuals to "change everything" by encouraging a global conversation about HIV and AIDS on December 1st through a social media promotion around the #LetsChangeEverything hashtag. Until midnight on December 1, #LetsChangeEverything will ask the brands' nearly 200,000 social media fans and followers and their circles to unite in the worldwide fight against HIV by having users donate their statuses to AIDS awareness. For each status shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #LetsChangeEverything, the company will donate a condom, up to 20,000 condoms, to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to help prevent the spread of HIV.
"Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV and almost one in five doesn't know they are infected," said Carol Carrozza, Vice President Sales & Marketing North America for Ansell Healthcare, the makers of LifeStyles Condoms. "We are proud to work alongside the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, and are grateful to work with an organization that shares our dedication to promoting HIV/AIDS education and prevention."
The condom maker will ask participants to craft their own messages using the #LetsChangeEverything hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or utilize a pre-written message to share. For example:
- #LetsChangeEverything I'm donating my status to promote #WorldAIDsDay and to change the way the world thinks about HIV and AIDs
- I just donated a condom to @AIDSHealthcare to support #WorldAIDsDay #LetsChangeEverything
- #LetsChangeEverything together. Start by getting tested. To find a HIV testing center near you visit freehivtest.net
The #LetsChangeEverything campaign for World AIDS Day comes on the heels of the #KnowYourStatus campaign which was conceptualized for National HIV Testing Day in June, resulting in over 12,000 dedicated status updates across participating platforms.
"One of our goals is to change the way people view HIV testing and condom use," said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Senior Director of Public Health for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). "We hope people begin to view these as routine health practices on par with dental visits and brushing your teeth daily, and also as a way to take pride in and control of your own sexual health."
To find a free testing location in your area, visit www.FreeHIVTest.net
. For more information about the campaign, visit: www.LifeStyles.com/LetsChangeEverything
AVN Media Network, organizers of the annual AVN Awards, announces adult starlets Evi Fox and Emily Austin as its Trophy Girls for the 2014 AVN Awards
. The ceremony takes place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Fox and Austin were selected as the show’s trophy girls from hundreds of new performers, all vying for the honor via an AVN Twitter
contest. The ceremonial trophy girls serve as a highly visible and prestigious assignment for rising stars within the industry. Fox and Austin will be on stage for the duration of the awards show and featured prominently on the show’s cable broadcast.
“I’m really excited,” exclaimed Evi Fox
. “This is my first year attending AVN, so to be a part of this huge event is an amazing honor. I am looking forward to living this dream and seeing how the visibility of the AVN Awards affects my career. This is amazing!”
Evi Fox grew up in a small town in eastern Oregon, but made her way down to Los Angeles and into the porn industry at 22-years-old due to her abundance of confidence and voracious sexual appetite. Fox’s first scene was for Reality King’s “Big Naturals” series, which highlighted her all-natural DD breasts. She has since filmed for some of the most popular adult studios, including Jules Jordan Video, Evil Angel, and Digital Sin. The sexy starlet has her sight set on becoming a Penthouse Pet next.
said, “I’m very honored and excited to take part in this opportunity given to me by AVN. I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at AEE and the 2014 AVN Awards!”
Texas native Emily Austin, 23, broke into porn this year and has already become a fan and industry favorite due to her penchant for wild, hardcore sex, interracial scenes, and fetish play. The former Las Vegas dancer has starred in more than 20 videos, including titles for Jules Jordan Video, New Sensations, Adam & Eve, Smash Pictures, Bang Productions, and Digital Playground.
“We are very excited to have Evi Fox and Emily Austin as Trophy Girls for our 2014 AVN Awards,” said AVN CEO Theo Sapoutzis. “They are beautiful and bright women whose future in our industry is well beyond promising. What they have already achieved in less than a year is impressive and indicative of their drive and commitment. We are very proud of them and look forward to watching them grow as performers.”
The 31st annual AVN Awards Show will be hosted by Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star Samantha Saint. Dubbed "the Oscars of adult" by Entertainment Weekly, the must-attend, must-see event features the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, the AVN Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.
Fans interested in attending the 2014 AVN Award Show may purchase standard and Golden Tickets at https://avnawards.avn.com/tickets/
Adult Industry tables & tickets for the award show are also on sale; ticket options start at $250. Availability is limited, and industry members are encouraged to go to http://avnawards.avn.com/
to purchase tickets.