If anyone thought that we’d gotten over the impact of Meltdown and Spectre, two vulnerabilities that affected the entire microprocessor industry, boy do they have more surprises on the way. While Meltdown is patched in all recent operating systems, and Spectre mitigations are in place for a lot of systems, there are still more attacks and vulnerabilities that haven’t yet been discovered. As if the universe decided to continue its trolling, a group of security researchers at Princeton University has just detailed a new way to exploit Meltdown and Spectre in multi-core processor architectures. It’s not clear if these exploits have been patched already through the earlier work by Intel, AMD, and other processor manufacturers to close these gaps, though the research team behind these new exploits believes that current mitigations can take care of these exploits at the same time.
Central to Microsoft’s software strategy is the Microsoft Store, where they sell applications built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as well as the Universal Web App (UWA) platforms, protected by several layers of Microsoft’s DRM schemes built into Windows 10. Some of that protection just got stripped by CODEX, a cracking protection group that has been working on breaking content protection schemes such as Denuvo and Steam DRM, who successfully cracked and removed the copy protection for Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection, and more games will soon be targeted.
Barbie used to be a blonde bombshell with a bust:waist ratio that made physiologists weep. Now she she has an axe and a look of fortified determination in her eye. It’s Tomb Raider Barbie, created by toy maker Mattel, and she’s definitely a clear symbol of how the legendary doll has progressed over the decades.
According to our tjommies over on Critical Hit, Ubisoft confirmed during a livestream from its Rainbow Six Invitational event in Montreal on the weekend that two new datacentres for the game are being added, including one in South Africa. The servers will be plugged into Microsoft’s Azure network, apparently, which as we’ve previously reported, will be installed sometime in 2018 and probably bring some lekker low-ping connections for a lot of games on PC and consoles with it.
Cryptocurrencies are all the rage, huh? I’m skeptical, personally – I saw my dad’s facial expressions change daily over the Christmas holidays as his bitcoins bobbed up and down in a sea of uncertainty. But Atari is getting into the crypto game in a big way, it seems, preparing to launch not one but two spacemoney pseudo-cash currency things in the near future.
We’re a passionate crowd, us gamers. We obsess about out favourite games; we editorialise for hours about why our chosen console is the best; we construct elaborate outfits based on our most beloved game characters. Basically, we take it seriously. And that’s why companies like Ubisoft can sell $500 statuettes related to the games we play, and know that we will buy them. This latest one is called the Trials of the Gods figurine, it’s based on a trio of Egyptian gods you may remember from Assassin’s Creed Origins, and it’s quite lovely.
Greetings NAGoozoos, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week are new game announcements, new game content announcements, fresh takes on old games, projects put on ice and a few things in between. It’s your bite-sized highlights from the week in easily-digestible video form, after the jump.
The movie, I mean, not the budget sci-fi TV series or the other budget sci-fi TV series or the other budget sci-fi TV series. No, the original 1994 Roland Emmerich film about Egyptian aliens and lizard meat that tastes like chicken, starring James Spader and Kurt Russell. And as part of the marketing for the new, other-other budget sci-fi TV series Stargate Origins, MGM has uploaded the movie onto YouTube so you can ask yourself how the Neter-khertetit’s been almost 25 years because you remember watching it, like, yesterday.
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