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Well, here it finally is, the cracked version of Far Cry 2. The uncracked peer2peer version was floating around since Someday, but here we finally have the cracked,playable, version by Razor1911. Is Razor1911 back to release all the new upcoming games? Who knows…
infoCaught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal", a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralise their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force.Far Cry 2 immerses players in an entirely new kind of gaming experience, featuring a custom-made video game engine built from the ground up. Players discover a true open world gameplay set in Africa, brought to life by high-definition next-gen
DUNIA ENGINE - The Dunia Engine was built specifically for Far Cry 2 by the award-winning Ubisoft Montréal development team. It delivers the most realistic destructible environments, amazing special effects such as dynamic fire propagation and storm effects, real-time night-and-day cycle, dynamic music system, non-scripted enemy A.I. and so much more…* REAL-TIME IMMERSION - Real-time story telling, systemic auto-healing, minimal in-game interface are just few of the features that will make you feel the tension of being alone against barbarous warlords that threaten thousands of innocent lives.* WEAPONS OF CHOICE - Choose from a wide range of weapons to make your way to your primary target. Meet the fight head-on with your machine-gun, go berserk with your machete or make stealth kills as a Sniper. If you feel that the atmosphere is not warm enough, light up your flamethrower and let your enemies and everything around them feel the heat.
CPU: Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz, Pentium D 2.66 Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 3500 or betterRAM: 1 GBVideo card: NVidia 6800 or ATI X1650 or better; shader Model 3 required; 256 Mb of graphic memoryMedia reader: DVD-ROMHard drive space: ~12 Gig or HD spaceSupported Video Cards: NVidia 6800, NVidia 7000 series, 8000 series, 9000 series, 200 series. 8800M and 8700M supported for laptops. ATI X1650; 1950 series , HD2000 series , HD3000 series , HD4000 series.
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) and Pioneer Electronics are hoping to make some noise with its new XMp3 ($279.99; www.xmradio.com/xmp3) wearable satellite radio with MP3 playback functionality.
Billed as the smallest and lightest portable satellite radio, the 3.1-ounce XMp3 is the first with multi-channel recording capability, allowing users to schedule up to five channels of simultaneous recording. The 2GB of internal memory can hold up to 100 hours of commercial-free music, talk and sports programming.
Selecting what upcoming broadcasts to flag for recording is as easy as navigating through the new program guide –- a first for a portable satellite radio, says Pioneer –- whereby each channel shows its programming schedule up to two weeks in advance.
Similar to Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), the XMp3 automatically records the most recent 30 minutes of live programming, so at anytime listeners can replay what they just heard, as well as pause, fast-forward or rewind through this buffered audio.
If you also want to carry around your own MP3 or WMA collection, this satellite radio includes a microSD card slot for optional memory cards.By Marc SaltzmanPhoto: Pioneer
The Obama campaign has linked arms with ChaCha, a free mobile answers service, to urge people across the USA to vote early. Until election day, people who use ChaCha will receive a prompt that offers the option of getting more information on how and where to vote early. The campaign is limited to states where early voting is allowed: Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Montana and Wisconsin.
How it works: In North Carolina, for example, ChaCha users will see an ad, tagged to the end of responses, that reads: “To vote early, reply OBAMA.” If a user responds affirmatively, he or she will receive a message back that reads: “You can vote early for Barack Obama in North Carolina. Vote today! Find out how at 888-123-1234 or visit VoteForChange.com on your computer. Vote now!” The general election is Nov. 4.
This is the second time that the Obama campaign has turned to wireless to get the word out. In the summer, just before the Democratic National Convention, the campaign sent a blast text to 2.9 million wireless users –- all of whom had signed up for a text alert –- to announce the selection of Joe Biden as the vice presidential pick.
ChaCha, which has a loyal and growing following, is a free service that allows users to call 1-800-2ChaCha with any question, and get an answer back within minutes. (You can also text questions to “ChaCha,” or 242242.) Unlike Google or other online search engines, ChaCha relies on “expert guides” –- usually people –- to do online searches for you and then relay the information back.By Leslie CauleyUS Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama boards his campaign plane on his way to Hawaii to see is ailing grandmother at the airport in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 23, 2008. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Circuit City's problems aren't entirely linked to the recent economic malaise. The company has battled everything from increased competition online to Wal-Mart's beefed up electronics department.
But it's not a great sign for a robust holiday shopping season, which most retailers rely on to turn a profit for the year. Electronic sales were flat during back-to-school, the other big buying season, says researcher NPD.
Another worrisome sign: rival Best Buy's recent announcement that same-store sales fell 2% in September.
But there still is hope that the holidays may at least be decent. Electronics are the No. 5 most desired type of gift this year, after apparel, toys, movies and books, says NPD. By Michelle KesslerPhoto: The Circuit City store in East Palo Alto, Calif. (Paul Sakuma/AP)
Sony has delayed for one week the worldwide release of the much-anticipated video game LittleBigPlanet because the PlayStation 3 contains music that may offend Muslims.
Originally scheduled to be out today, the game will be shipped next week and available at some retailers Oct. 27. "Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible," says Sony's Patrick Seybold on the PlayStation blog.
The problem? A licensed background music track, Tapha Niang, performed by Grammy Award-winning Malian musician Toumani Diabate, quotes two verses from the Quran. Many Muslims consider mixing music and scripture to be offensive.
The translated lines say, "Every soul shall have the taste of death," and "All that is on Earth will perish."
The song will be removed and replaced, Seybold says. A downloadable patch will automatically delete and replace the song in any copies that happen to be sold.
By Mike SniderPhoto: Sackboy, a character from LittleBigPlanet. (Sony)
McAfee taking its fight against cybercrime to a new level.
Today, it unfurled the McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime, a wide-ranging plan that calls for action from law enforcement, academic institutions, government, the security industry and others to step up investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime.
McAfee is creating the McAfee Cybercrime Advisory Council, a group of experts to be chaired by former White House Cybersecurity Adviser Howard Schmidt. Professors Ian Brown, of Oxford University, and Lillian Edwards, of Sheffield University, have agreed to join the council, along with Parry Aftab, founder and manager of WiredSafety, the world's largest cybersafety help group.
McAfee also is announcing a new McAfee Cybercrime Fighter Grants program and Cybercrime Assistance Unit. It has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into its foray.
"Things are turning (in the fight against cybercrime)," McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt says. "We have a start, but we feel so many more things can be done. What do we have here at McAfee to help?"
By Jon SwartzPhoto: Howard Schmidt. (George Widman/AP)
FlyCast, the popular streaming music app for the iPhone and iPod touch, will debut on the BlackBerry smartphone starting Nov. 1.
In case you haven’t tried out the service (available for free at Apple’s App Store on iTunes), FlyCast streams more than 1,000 online radio stations from around the world, divided into various genres such as hip-hop, rock, alternative, dance, R&B, country, reggae, classical, and so forth. Many of the stations offer commercial- and DJ-free broadcasts.
What’s more, a handful of these terrestrial and web-based stations also let you skip back to the beginning of the track or forward to the next one. You can also view album art, song title and artist name for each track. Talk radio is available as well, including news, weather, podcasts, “old time radio” drama and comedy episodes.
Today, FlyCast announced its app will be available for the BlackBerry Curve, Bold and Storm, offering the same line-up of music and talk stations as found in the iPhone and iPod touch versions. The Lancaster, Pa.-based company says its mobile broadcast network is the first of its kind to be available for BlackBerry smartphones.
BlackBerry users can download the app for free by visiting the FlyCast mobile website beginning November 1.
By Marc Saltzman
I loved my Amazon Kindle e-reader, but learned the hard way that it has absolutely no security provisions to protect personal information if you lose it.
Anyone who picks up your device has full access to any personal documents you may have on it. Do you use the cool feature that allows you to email documents to your Kindle? I did. And guess what? The new Kindle owner has access to all those documents.
Kindle does allow you to go to Amazon and turn off your one-click buying, which will keep a thief from running up a tab on your account. But it does not allow you to password protect your information. And there's no encryption either.
So if you are sending sensitive information to your Kindle, you might want to think twice.
By Janet KornblumPhoto: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
The complete list for the game ($70, comes with two wireless motion-sensitive microphones):
Several additions are planned for the latest edition of the popular Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero World Tour (out Sunday for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PlayStation 2 and 3).
Available for download on Nov. 7 is "Another Way to Die," the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace, by Jack White and Alicia Keys ($1.99.)
Also on the way: three songs from the late Jimi Hendrix ("Little Wing," "If 6 was 9" and "Fire") and The Raconteurs ("Salute Your Solution," "Hold Up" and "Consoler of the Lonely" ($1.99 per song or $5.49 for three-packs).
"We consider it just another way to get our music heard," says the band's Brendan Benson.
Rival game Rock Band 2 is also getting some new tunes. Publisher Harmonix has released a new list of 20 songs for the game that focuses and up-and-coming acts. They include "Get It On" by The Chevelles, "Like a Fool" by Shaimus, and "No Regrets" by Authority Zero.
By Mike SniderPhoto: Brendan Benson and Jack White of the Raconteurs performs during day two of the American Eagle Outfitters New American Music Union Summer Music Festival on August 9, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Karl Walter/Getty Images
A couple of weeks back in this space, we discussed an imminent announcement by LucasArts and Edmonton-based BioWare about the development of a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game for the PC.
As expected, Star Wars: The Old Republic has been in development for some time and is set in the same timeframe as BioWare’s 2003 Xbox hit, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. In the new game, players will be able to play as Jedi, Sith or as other roles, with an emphasis on collaborative gaming with others.
"Traditionally, massively multiplayer online games have been about three basic game-play pillars: combat, exploration and character progression," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, general manger and CEO of BioWare, in a company release.
"In Star Wars: The Old Republic, we’re fusing BioWare's heritage of critically-acclaimed storytelling with the amazing pedigree of Lucasfilm and LucasArts, and adding a brand-new fourth pillar to the equation: story. At the same time, we will still deliver all the fun features and activities that fans have come to expect in a triple-A massively multiplayer online game," adds Muzyka.
A release date will be announced at a later time, but anxious Star Wars fans can visit the game's website for additional details and images.
By Marc SaltzmanPhoto by LucasArts
Discovery of a gaping security hole in all Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 computers prompted Microsoft on Thursday to issue a rare emergency security patch. The tech giant normally issues security fixes on the second Tuesday of the month. It did so on Oct. 14.
But this newly discovered vulnerability is a whopper. It harks back to the type of yawing Windows flaws that made computing so dicey in 2003 and 2004. Back then bragging-rights hackers launched globe-spanning, headline-grabbing Internet worms such as MSBlast and Sasser.
In fact, the new flaw is in the same mundane Windows component -- Remote Procedure Call -- that was at the root of the infamous MSBlast worm. MSBlast, you may recall, corrupted at least 25 million PCs and probably exacerbated an Eastern seaboard blackout. MSBlast also contained an embedded message to "Billy Gates," chiding the world's most famous tech tycoon to "stop making money and fix your software."
Like the 2003 RPC flaw, the latest version doesn't require any user participation for a hacker to infect vulnerable machines, says Ben Greenbaum, senior research manager at Symantec security response. To be more precise, the machines at risk include any unpatched Windows PC -- XP vintage or earlier -- connected to the Internet with Port 139 and Port 449 ports left open. That's likely tens of millions of PCs.
"No action is required on the part of victim," says Greenbaum. Home PC users can count on Windows Auto Update to get them the patch quickly; just make sure you have Auto Update enabled. But corporations are notorious for taking weeks or longer to patch -- especially PCs running critical business applications. Meanwhile, hackers are getting better and better at quietly getting footholds inside corporate firewalls, as the recent hack of 18 computer servers at World Bank attests.
Sunbelt Software already has reversed engineered one of the early attacks-in-the-wild. The intruders taking advantage of the latest RPC flaw are polished and professional, Sunbelt researcher Eric Sites told me. These bad boys install a new Dynamic Link Library, or DLL, so that the next time the victim restarts his or her PC, a malicious Trojan takes root and continually runs in the background. Every 10 minutes, it copies all registry information, all logons stored by the Web browser and a bunch of other information and sends it back to the attacker.
"Right now this looks like something very customized, targeting very specific people. They could be after business intelligence or military secrets. These is not your average attackers," says Sites.
The major worry: Someone will take the self-replicating mechanism honed by MSBlast's author and create a new RPC worm that automatically finds and corrupts unpatched PCs. "If other bad people find out how to use this, we're big trouble," says Sites. "A Blaster-type worm could be created very easily, and wreak havoc."
By Byron Acohido Photo: Bill Gates speaks during the Centennial Global Business Summit at Harvard Business School Monday Oct. 13, 2008 in Boston. (Lisa Poole/AP)