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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets zombie mod ready for launch

When Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launches next week, it’s bringing brain-loving zombies with it. In collaboration with a mod team at Plaguefest.com, Valve has revealed that a Zombie Mod for CS:GO will be available alongside the game’s launch ? specifically for PC ? on August 21.

“It was important to us as we developed CS:GO to make sure it was as moddable and extensible as any CS game,” a blog post on the official Counter-Strike site noted earlier today. “So this is just one of the many mods that will be available in the coming months.”

Though the post was light on details, it did add that lovers of CS:GO and movies should tune into GameTrailers TV tonight on Spike TV at 1am ET/10pm PT. It’s probably Counter-Strike related, but we’re still holding out hope for Gabe Newell’s home movies.

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Google talk suffers global outage

Google Talk, a popular instant messaging service used by millions across the world, suffered a massive outage lasting over four hours on Thursday. The outage, which started around 4PM India time, affected users across the world. The service was restored around 8.25PM.

The outage was first reported by users on Twitter, a social networking website. “Google talk being down is massively annoying! You don’t realise how much you take it for granted,” Pete Gould, a Twitter user said.

Many Google Talk users reported that they could log into the service, saw their contacts with the respective status but failed to send messages to them. Some other users could not log in. The service is not only used by people to keep in touch with friends but has also become a popular way to interact with co-workers in offices.

According to Google, the service was restored around 8.25PM. “Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change,” said the company.

However, Google did not explain what caused the outage and how many users were affected by it.

Nearly 40 minutes after this message, the company declared that Google Talk service was fully restored. “The problem with Google Talk should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better,” it said.

Earlier, Google responded fast to the problem. It acknowledged that Google Talk service was having some issues at 4.10PM, saying, “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Talk.”

At 4.20PM, the company updated the status of Google Talk, terming the problem an outage.

“We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 5:20PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change,” the company said on the status page of Google Talk app.

After that the company provided hourly report on the outage.

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Google search for human traffickers, drug cartels

Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: Internet crime.

Drug cartels, money launderers and human traffickers run their sophisticated operations online. So Google Ideas, Google’s think tank, is working with the Council on Foreign Relations and others to look for ways to use technology to disrupt international crime.

At a summit in Westlake Village, California, this week, people working to halt illicit networks, from former child soldiers to an assistant defense secretary, will be sharing ideas about cracking down on global crime.

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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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