Heard about ‘Heartbleed’? Check your security…

LastPass Now Checks If Your Sites Are Affected by Heartbleed Yesterday we informed our community of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. In our blog post, we explained how this security issue impacted our service and what our users should know about the situation. We also built a tool to help our users start checking to see if …

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Facebook Chat Gone! (from mobile) [soon] – Messenger

Want To Facebook Chat On Mobile? Now You'll Need Facebook Messenger Facebook is furthering it’s multi-app strategy by requiring all users to install Facebook Messenger in order to chat on mobile. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to ReadWrite that users will start seeing notifications today describing the transition. Facebook mobile users will receive several notices before …

Microsoft Office Mobile now Free

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft Office Mobile is now Free on the Android Google Play store, there is no 365 subscription needed - get it now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub Description Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents …

South Park – The Sick of Truth

BY LOU KESTEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 21, 2014 Remember when South Park debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humour and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you’ll have some idea of what you should expect from South Park: The Stick of Truth, the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, $59.99), Even fans of the theatrical South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut may be taken aback by the level of raunch on display here. The curse words are un-bleeped. There’s a sex act that makes the notorious “Hot Coffee” scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas look like something off the Disney Channel. There’s a cringe-inducing scenario set in an abortion clinic. And more. Like its cable TV counterpart, The Stick of Truth gleefully tackles issues such as gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you’re not a South Park fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you’re a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you’re laughing at the game’s audacity. Your character is the new kid in town. Cartman, grand wizard of the Kingdom of Kupa Keep (yes, the KKK), invites you on a quest to recover the titular stick from a tribe of elves, led by Kyle and Stan. The war between the two gangs evolves into something more dangerous, though, once aliens invade and unleash a plague of Nazi zombies. The ensuing romp reels in almost every character from the cartoon’s 17-year run, from regulars that include Kenny and Butters, to guest stars such as Mr. Hankey and Jesus. The gameplay was designed by Obsidian Entertainment, the California studio known for role-playing games Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III. The Stick of Truth is RPG lite. You get to create the new kid from scratch, building from scores of facial features, clothing items and accessories. As the game progresses, you get more resilient armour and more dangerous weapons. And you learn increasingly effective magic spells that, true to form, typically involve flatulence. Whenever you encounter an enemy, the screen switches to battle mode, in which you and one partner take turns attacking and casting spells at the bad guys. Most actions, whether offensive or defence, require pressing a button at a certain time to achieve maximum power. The combat recalls Nintendo’s Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and demands more strategy than you might expect. Those Nintendo franchises have produced some of the funniest games on the market, so perhaps there’s something about the turn-based RPG that lends itself to comedy. In any case, over the 12 hours I played The Stick of Truth, I found myself laughing dozens of times — sometimes at its broad slapstick, other times at more subtle gags. For example, there are hundreds of collectible items hidden in South Park, and nearly every one has a joke attached. (The profane text accompanying Phil Collins’ Oscar indicates Parker and Stone are still bugged about losing the 1999 best original song trophy to him.) Some of the targets are outdated — what have Al Gore and Rob Schneider done to anyone lately? But that could be the result of the game’s long, somewhat turbulent development history. South Park has always been aware of video-game culture, and some of the funniest elements of The Stick of Truth play off familiar tropes from the likes of Call of Duty, Final Fantasy and Skyrim. A tremendous joke about Canada two-thirds of the way through is the cleverest twist I’ve seen in a AAA game in years. But even before then, this game is packed with so much comedy that you’ll forgive some uninspired gameplay. Just don’t play in front of your kids. Or your parents.

Mark Zuckerberg Embarrassment – Great Read

THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND MARK ZUCKERBERG'S SXSW KEYNOTE DEBACLE THE FACEBOOK FOUNDER'S 2008 PRESENTATION WAS FAMOUSLY DISASTROUS. FIND OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THIS EXCERPT FROM OUR DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF SXSW INTERACTIVE. BY DAVID PEISNER In 2008, SXSW pulled off something of a coup by booking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg--who had never attended the festival--as …

AdBlock & Adblock Plus: Chrome extensions

Chrome Extensions are small programs that modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. The two most popular extensions listed in the Webstore are “AdBlock” and “Adblock Plus” – but which one of the two is the better one? This post will explore the differences between the two ad blocking extensions. AdBlock was created by an independent developer …