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Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

In Sudan, reports from the ground are grim. Demonstrations in Madani and the nation's capitol Khartoum against the Sudanese government for its alleged involvement in the ongoing economic crisis have turned bloody, according to reports by citizen journalists. Government forces backed by President Omar al Bashir have been firing into crowds, killing some. Brick-and-mortar news organizations have been shuttered. The Internet has been shut down in an effort to silence protesters. None of this would be known outside the country were it not for a local implementation, "Abena", of a crowdmapping platform called Ushahidi.

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iOS 7 log-in bug appears to affect several key apps

iOS 7 log-in bug appears to affect several key apps

Today several sources - and users across the USA - are reporting a bit of an annoyance in iOS 7 for their iPhones and iPads when working with apps that require log-in information. One of the most prevalent of these is Mailbox, the email app released earlier this year to iPhone and iPad for iOS 6. It would appear that Apple's renewed interest in software and hardware security may have snuck up on developers now finding their apps to be kicking out refreshes at an alarming rate.

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Crysis creators Crytek homepages hacked, users asked to change logins

Crysis creators Crytek homepages hacked, users asked to change logins

The development team behind the Crysis game family Crytek have suffered what appears to be a malicious attack - or at least "suspicious activity" - in the servers of several of their hero title websites. The developers from Crytek have taken down Crytek.com, Mycryengine.com, Crydev.net, and MyCrysis.com, making sure to mention that GFACE.com, Crysis.com, and Warface.com have been unaffected.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

Nokia's Lumia 1020 PureView might not need an introduction, but it may need an explanation. Announced with no small amount of fanfare (and hyperbole from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop) the new Windows Phone borrows Nokia's photography tricks from the notably-niche 808 PureView of 2012, refining it with Microsoft's OS and a more streamlined form-factor to make an attempt at the mass-market. That mass-market will get the Lumia 1020 on AT&T from July 26, but the 41-megapixel marvel has already been on the SlashGear test bench, so read on for our full review.

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Moto X leaks in up-close video tour

Moto X leaks in up-close video tour

This afternoon, a video showing off the basics in the Motorola Moto X software experience have been leaked complete with several next-generation innovations for Android vanilla software builds. If you're planning on picking the Motorola Moto X up inside Canada, it would appear that your only choice will be to jump onboard with Rogers. This video suggests that the smartphone will be a Rogers exclusive while we're confident that here inside the USA, multiple carriers will be onboard with the machine.

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Four new Grand Theft Auto V trailers focus on character angles

Four new Grand Theft Auto V trailers focus on character angles

This week the folks at Rockstar Games have pushed four new videos for the upcoming multi-platform game release for Grand Theft Auto V. One of the videos takes an all-in-one approach, making a combined effort to show each of the hero characters for the game: Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Each of these characters will be playable by the user in the game as it's released in the near future - this sort of playability shows Rockstar's understanding of the gamer in our modern gaming market today: they like choices!

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Heavy Rain proves experimental games aren’t always unprofitable

Heavy Rain proves experimental games aren’t always unprofitable

At his keynote at Digital Dragons, Quantic Dream COO, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, stated that innovation and experimental games doesn't always result in unprofitable games. He cited Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3 game, Heavy Rain, as a prime example of that. He states that it cost a total of $40 million to produce, market, and distribute the game. The game successfully generated $100 million for Sony, making it extremely profitable.

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