Grand Theft Auto Online, an online multiplayer game that allows players to form gangs and complete new heists, is having some trouble getting the gamers online.
The title, which launched on game consoles Tuesday morning, is experiencing server issues that have locked out some gamers and made it difficult for those who have gotten in to play the game. Twitter is abuzz with complaints from gamers who say they can't get into the service.… Read more
For some, it must be hard to imagine a world without the Internet. But, 15 percent of US adults are living without the World Wide Web today.
A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project details who these non-Internet users are. Not surprisingly, the majority of people who don't go online are elderly adults.
Forty-four percent of people 65 and older are non-Internet users; and 62 percent of the so-called G.I. generation, or the "greatest generation," age 77 and older, don't use the Web.
For comparison, only 2 percent of people between … Read more
Grand Theft Auto V's highly anticipated multiplayer mode -- a persistent online world where players can form gangs, own their own property, and complete new heists -- doesn't open to the public until October 1. But developer Rockstar Games' own Web site, combined with firsthand accounts from those with early access to the game mode, has revealed that controversial microtransactions will play a part in Grand Theft Auto Online, reports Eurogamer.
The studio did not cite the usual reason for an MMORPG's closure -- the lack of a fan base -- instead saying Mythic's license with Games Workshop was due to expire.
"We here at Mythic have built an amazing relationship working with Games Workshop, creating and running Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning over the last eight years," the announcement reads. "Unfortunately, as with all licensing deals, they do eventually come to end, and on December 18, 2013, we will no longer be operating Warhammer Online."
As such, the company will no longer be selling three-month game time codes or three-month subscriptions. … Read more
Celebrities can be really dangerous, and not just because they slap zebra print and rhinestones on any product they can get ahold of.
They also lure unsuspecting Internet users to sites that have tested positive for threats that can harm a computer or mobile device. But which athletes, musicians, comedians, and Hollywood stars are most likely to lure innocent Internetizens into the less-than-glamorous online underbelly of spyware, adware, spam, and viruses? Security software company McAfee recently released its 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity list, which highlights the most common celeb search terms that expose Web users to no-good. … Read more
Norton Internet Security 2014 sits in the middle of Symantec's new line of premium anti-virus tools. It has the same comprehensive, real-time protection from viruses, malware, identity theft, and online scams as Norton AntiVirus, as well as 24/7 support, online software management, deep cleaning and repair, and a streamlined interface. Internet Security 2014 adds system performance tools, parental controls, an intelligent two-way firewall, and more. But it really earns its keep by protecting up to three PCs, making it a great choice for a family network or users with more than one computer.
Installing Norton Internet Security 2014 … Read more
Some 5 million veterans in the US are estimated to be suffering from depression, according to the National Science Foundation, and that doesn't take into account the full range of behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety, and drug abuse.
So a few years back the NSF teamed up with former Navy pilot Rich Gengler and former Army sergeant Justin Savage to launch a free online screening and counseling program called Vets Prevail in an attempt to help veterans transition to life back home. Now, the NSF said the approach is working, with the group reporting a 99.76 percent user satisfaction rate and 98.3 percent efficacy in lowering clinical measures among the 16,000-plus veterans who've gone through the program since its inception three years ago.… Read more
As smartphones become more widespread, so does Internet use on cell phones.
According to a new report from Pew Research Center, 63 percent of US adult mobile phone owners use their devices to go online, which is double the amount of cell Internet usage since 2009. And not only are more people surfing the Web and checking e-mail from their phones, but 21 percent of adult cell owners use their smartphone more than a computer to go online.
"A majority of the public now owns a smartphone, and mobile devices are playing an increasingly central role in the way … Read more
Online subscription music service Rdio plans to launch a free, ad-supported music service as part of a partnership with radio station operator Cumulus, according to The New York Times.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Monday, will give Rdio "broad access" to the terrestrial radio giant's programming to help it compete better with Spotify and Pandora and promote Rdio's service across Cumulus' 525 radio stations. In addition to providing content for Rdio users, Cumulus will sell advertising for Rdio's free, ad-supported version, which is expected to launch by the end of the year, … Read more