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Grand Theft Auto 5 Release Confirmed

Grand Theft Auto 5 is confirmed to launch worldwide this coming spring for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rockstar Games announced Tuesday.

Created by Rockstar North, the company’s Edinburgh, Scotland-based subsidiary, the latest GTA game takes place “in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.”

According to its official website, GTA 5 is “the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond — from the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean.”

As of next week on Nov. 5, GTA 5 will be available for pre-order. Rockstar will also release more information about the game next month.

Rockstar said, “We’re currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.”

Are you going to buy it? Let us know in comments.

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Are You Protecting Your Mobile Identity Fully?

Identity theft has been a threat to credit worthiness of ordinary and unsuspecting people for decades. Unfortunately, the devastation from that crime is growing as uses of mobile devices escalate.

Whether the victim is an infant, adolescent or a mature adult, don’t let your finances and credit be destroyed. Protect your identity in the mobile world as you do in the terrestrial world.

• Mobile Device Storage
While your service provider knows who you are, where you live and your mobile habits, use of your mobile device as a credit card storage device is not entirely a good idea. If you have a payment app that stores your credit cards and your billing address, more than merchants gain access to that information.

If you use a credit card through Near-Field Communication or NFC software, for instance, your mobile’s signal is transmitted to more than a scanner. Anyone nearby may be able to ‘share’ in its receipt. It should be encrypted, which can deter someone from easily viewing it, but receipt is still possible. It takes only a moment – a mere blink of an eye – to steal a mobile phone. You set it down on a table while you lean to scratch an ankle or dig in a bag. When you sit upright again, your mobile’s gone. Unfortunately, all the information you stored in your device is gone as well.

Thieves know how to counter GPS tracking and shield signals. Apps and provider intervention is possible in many cases, but it’s not always productive in finding your stolen device and find it before your stored data is copied.

• Mobile Surfing
When you log into any web page account – email, banking, service provider, electronic storefront, etc., do so very carefully: Watch viewing angles, screen brightness and crowded conditions. Remember that anyone who can physically see your mobile handset has line of sight and can snap a picture or take a video of your entry and/or your finger positions. Once captured, who’s to stop that person from analyzing the motions to determine your log-in information later?

• Data Miners
Each time you purchase something with a bank or credit card, whether it’s in the real world or the ether world, the merchant gets your information. Credit card companies sell, rent or lease out purchase histories and tendencies to data mining companies and organizations who pay the fees. Data miners compile information about you, about your purchased products and the preferred purchase method. They sort that information into various consumer lists and sell that information to their clients who, in turn, consider you fair game for spam, sales letters and “special offers.”

Data miners get your name, billing address, card information and more, and not all clients treat your information as “hands off” territory.

• Care and Safety First
Not surfing on the Internet, not making a quick purchase and not using mobile devices is often inconvenient and unsatisfactory. The devices make life easier after all. You don’t have to stop those actions or change those habits. Just be very aware of your surroundings as you surf and buy. Know who, where, how far and what’s possible as you pull out your electronic wallet or sign into your online bank account, for instance.

Have fun. Be productive. Just be careful as you do so.

About the Guest Author:

By Jaye Ryan, a freelance author who fully enjoys writing about mobile safety for

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a Commodore 64 game

If you haven’t finished GTA: Vice City yet, you don’t want to watch this C64 demake because it totally ruins the ending. Then again, if you haven’t finished Vice City yet, you’re the biggest procrastinator we’ve ever met and maybe it’s time you caught up to the rest of the world.

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LinkedIn works with FBI on password theft

LinkedIn Corp is working with the FBI as the social network for job seekers and professionals investigates the theft of 6.4 million member passwords, the company said on Thursday.

The company does not know of any accounts that were taken over as a result of the security violations, according to LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy.

A spokeswoman with the FBI declined to comment. LinkedIn is still in the early stages of the investigation. Durzy said it was not yet determined whether the email addresses that corresponded to the hacked passwords were also stolen.

On Wednesday, LinkedIn confirmed that millions of passwords were stolen. The company sent affected members emails explaining how to change their passwords.

Several security experts said that LinkedIn’s stolen passwords had not been adequately secured and that the company did not employ best practices utilized by the world’s largest websites.

When asked to comment on that criticism, Durzy said that LinkedIn had already boosted the security of its database. “We place the highest value on the security of our members’ data,” he said.

The attack on LinkedIn is the latest in a series of security breaches that could affect sensitive consumer data. The online dating service eHarmony warned on Wednesday that some of its user passwords had been breached after security experts discovered scrambled files with passwords for millions of online accounts.

LinkedIn caters to companies seeking employees and people scouting for jobs. It has more than 161 million members worldwide and makes money by selling marketing services and premium subscriptions.

Shares of LinkedIn closed up 1.1 per cent at $94.13 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.

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