Archive for July 13th, 2012

Assassin’s Creed 3 PC delay confirmed, to drop before Christmas

The PC version of Assassin’s Creed 3 is delayed beyond the October 30 release date scheduled for consoles, Ubisoft creative lead Alex Hutchinson confirmed today at a San Diego Comic-Con panel. The PC iteration is set to launch before Christmas, “near the console launch,” Hutchinson said.

This confirms an earlier rumor concerning the obligatory Ubi-PC delay for Assassin’s Creed 3.



Assassin’s Creed: The Fall comic now available on iPad

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed tie-in comic, The Fall, which tells the tale of Russian assassin Nikolai Orelove across three separate issues, is now available for download on the iPad. $.99 will get you the first issue, with each subsequent issue costing $2.99 through in-app purchase.

A sequel to Assassin’s Creed: The Fall, called Assassin’s Creed: The Chain, is due this summer. The Chain not only picks up from where The Fall left off, but also “sheds a new light on Assassin’s Creed 3.”
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Assassin’s Creed Comic Book ‘The Fall’ Now Available Exclusively on iPad

London, UK ? July 12, 2012 ? Today Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed The Fall is now available for download exclusively on the iPad, starting at 69p.

Developed by Ubisoft Pune, Assassin’s Creed The Fall follows the story of master assassin Nikolai Orelov, and his adventurous journey that will give readers a whole new look into the Assassin’s Creed universe. A universe that fans of the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed franchise have loved since the beginning of the war between Templars and Assassins. A universe for comic book aficionados old and new, who will get a taste of the expansive universe of one of the most highly anticipated games of 2012.

In Assassin’s Creed The Fall, comic book fans will seamlessly slide from one page to the next as they learn about new characters and a new storyline. Fans will also have a choice of navigation, view, and whether or not they want to read it in colour or black and white.

To download the application from the App Store, please go to

About Assassin’s Creed The Fall
Written and illustrated by renowned comic-book authors, Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl, Assassin’s Creed The Fall follows 19th Century Russian Assassin Nikolai Orelov as he strives to claim an artifact of immense power from the hands of the Templars, leading to a climactic and violent showdown with the ruthless Tsar Alexander III aboard a speeding train.

Meanwhile in modern times, a troubled young drifter copes with unsettling visions of a possible past life ? visions that have irreversible consequences for the present.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher, and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011?12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.061 billion euros. To learn more, please visit

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Yahoo breach puts users of other sites at risk

BOSTON: Yahoo Inc reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems.

The security firm Rapid7 said a data file published on the Web contained logins and cleartext passwords for Yahoo as well as several other Internet services, including Google Inc’s

Gmail and AOL as well as Microsoft Corp’s Hotmail, MSN and Live sites.

“It’s way bigger than Yahoo,” said Rapid7 researcher Marcus Carey. “We can assume that tens of thousands of people on services outside of Yahoo could be compromised.”

Yahoo apologized for the breach in a written statement, responding to the latest piece of bad news for a company that has lost two chief executives in a year and is struggling to revive stalled revenue growth.

Chairman Alfred Amoroso acknowledged that Yahoo had experienced a “tumultuous” year at its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday morning. Interim CEO Ross Levinsohn told attendees he was optimistic about the company’s progress.

Yahoo spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek did not respond to a request asking her to identify the companies whose credentials were stolen. Officials with Google, AOL and Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.

Yahoo did not disclose how many passwords were valid or say how many of the stolen logins were for Yahoo’s sites.

Lengkeek said “an older file” had been stolen from Yahoo Contributor Network, an Internet publishing service that Yahoo purchased about two years ago. It helps writers, photographers and videographers to sell their work over the Web.

“We are fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of this data, changing the passwords of the affected Yahoo! users and notifying the companies whose users accounts may have been compromised,” she said.

The theft follows a breach reported last month by the business networking service LinkedIn, which resulted in the release of some 6.4 million member passwords.

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Yahoo’s interim CEO Ross Levinsohn faces off with shareholders

SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo’s interim CEO has faced skeptical questioning from frustrated shareholders as he tries to convince them that the embattled Internet company will rebound from years of financial malaise and internal turmoil.

Ross Levinsohn’s exchanges with investors Thursday came during Yahoo’s hour-long annual shareholders meeting in Santa Clara, Calif.

Levinsohn came under scrutiny just two months after he filled a void created when Yahoo Inc. ousted Scott Thompson as CEO. Yahoo dumped Thompson amid a flap over misleading information on his official biography. Thompson’s departure came just eight months after Yahoo fired Carol Bartz as CEO.

Levinsohn is now considered to be the leading candidate to be named permanent CEO.

The seven shareholders who questioned Levinsohn Thursday made it clear they are losing their patience with the company.

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Wikipedia not afraid to go dark to protect Internet

WASHINGTON: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said o n T hursday he hopes the online encyclopedia would never have to go dark again, but it would if necessary to protect the Internet from draconian policies that would harm everyday users.

The site played a key role in stopping proposed US anti-piracy legislation in its tracks with a 24-hour blackout in January.

On Tuesday the Russian-language version of the site shut down for a day in an effort to stifle legislation in Moscow that would allow government officials to blacklist and block websites without a court order. But Russian lawmakers still voted to approve the law on Wednesday.

“It at least puts governments on notice that the Internet community cares about these things, and they care enough to actually do something about it,” Wales said.

Wales, speaking at the annual Wikimania conference, said he credits the USblackout, in which bigger players like Google Inc and Facebook Inc displayed censorship bars and arguments against the bills on their websites, with strengthening Internet companies’ position to push back against regulatory proposals.

“When I go and visit government officials now, they’re a little bit afraid,” he said.

But ultimately it is up to the online community to decide how to move forward, Wales said, adding that he would like to see the community engage in an open, friendly conversation to define more broadly when the site should protest Internet policy in the future.

Wales said it would be very risky for Wikipedia to get too involved in political issues. But he said the site would take a stand on matters that directly impact its work online.

The online encyclopedia, which is written and edited by volunteers and has an estimated 365 million readers worldwide, took a hard stance against the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Protect IP Act, or PIPA, in January.

Wales and others argued that the bills, designed to shut down access to overseas websites trafficking in stolen content or counterfeit goods, could undermine innovation and free speech and compromise the Internet’s functioning.

The legislation was a major priority for Hollywood, the music industry, pharmaceutical companies and many industry groups, which maintained that the proposed law was critical to curbing online piracy they say costs them billions of dollars annually.

Wales said that piracy is a serious problem and he would not be opposed to some adjustments and tweaks to existing law to crack down on thieves more efficiently.

“But in doing so, we cannot accept absurd, technologically incompetent, draconian policies that will impact everyday Internet users in a negative way,” Wales said.

He cautioned against legislative solutions that try to lump too many different types of problems together, such as selling counterfeit prescription drugs that can cause death and teenagers sharing songs with their friends.

“We have to really be on the lookout for power grabs in the guise of solving what I think most people would agree is an actual problem,” he said.

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Global PC shipments flat in Q2: Gartner

NEW DELHI: Worldwide PC shipments totalled 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012 showing flat growth for the seventh consecutive quarter on the back of rising interest in competing smartphones and media tablets, research firm Gartner today said. According to preliminary results by Gartner, the PC shipments dipped 0.1 per cent to 87.46 million units in April-June 2012 quarter from 87.55 million units in the same period a year ago. “Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. In Q2 2012, the PC market suffered through its seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth,” Gartner Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement. Consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing, Gartner said. “This is more of a trend in the mature market as PCs are highly saturated in these markets,” Kitagawa said. HP continued to be leader in worldwide PC shipments, accounting for 14.9 per cent of the market, with 13.03 million units in shipment. Its share has however fallen from 16.9 per cent in second quarter of 2011. Some of HP’s disappointing results were due to internal issues from the organisational changes and HP’s PC business has not been back to pre re-structuring level yet. The company also faced aggressive pricing from Lenovo in the professional market, and threats from companies such as Asus and Samsung in the already crowded consumer markets, Gartner said. Lenovo, which saw significant growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa, saw its share increasing to 14.7 per cent with 12.82 million units in Q2 2012 from 12.7 per cent share (11.16 million units). Acer, with 9.64 million units shipments, had a market share of 11 per cent. Dell, on the other hand, lost market share. Dell’s market share stood at 10.7 per cent at the end of June (9.34 million units) as against a market share of 12.1 per cent (10.57 million units) in April-June 2011 quarter, Gartner said. Asus showed the strongest growth among the top five vendors worldwide, as its shipments increased 38.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012. Its market share stood at seven per cent at the end of June 2012. Asus’ strong growth came from EMEA and US markets and it did well at diversifying the product portfolio: starting with mini-notebook expansion, then quickly moving to the mid- to high-end notebook market, Gartner said. The Asia Pacific PC market grew two per cent with shipments reaching 31.8 million units.

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