Gaming Company ‘EA’ Suffers Data Breach of Game Code

· Andrew Orr · Link

EA electronic arts

Electronic Arts is the latest company to have information stolen in a data breach. It includes the source code for FIFA 21, the Frostbite engine, and proprietary frameworks and SDKs.

We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.

Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.

Apple Should Have Been Clear About macOS Monterey and M1 Macs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple M1 SoC

As we have now learned, users will require an M1 Mac to get all of the features coming in macOS Monterey. Oliver Haslam at iMore thinks that by allowing users and journalists to work this out, instead of properly announcing itself, Apple missed a big opportunity to talk up its own silicon. I rather agree.

What if Apple had made a point out of the M1 Macs getting the full feature set? What if Apple had someone stand on its virtual stage and say “because M1 is so powerful, and thanks to its Neural Engine, we were able to take macOS Monterey a step further on new Macs.” What if someone had rolled out the red carpet, shown the new features off on a bright orange M1 iMac, and pointed out just why the M1 is so great? The whole message would be different. Then, the M1 would be the hero of the piece, flexing its muscle to go above and beyond. Now, it’s the villain as it rips features from Intel’s cold, dead hands.

Tesla Owners Should Buy This 4-in-1 USB Hub

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Jeda USB charger

Jeda’s 4-in-1 USB hub is a useful product to consider if you own a Tesla. Designed for 2021 Tesla Model 3/Y refreshed center consoles, the top compartment can be used for items that you use more frequently, such as a pen or wallet. The bottom compartment is accessed via a sliding door and serves to ensure your most valuable objects are hidden and protected. If you have a smartwatch and/or wireless headphones, you can use the new Jeda USB Hub Console to charge them. The charging points are compatible with Android and Apple watches and headphones. If you don’t own those devices, you can still utilize the charging locations to store other common objects such as your Tesla Key Fob Card, pens, coins, and more.

Bitcoin is Now Legal Tender in El Salvador

· Andrew Orr · Link

Flag of El Salvador

El Salvador recently become the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, other other counties in Latin America may follow suit.

By contrast, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin allow anyone with a mobile phone to send or receive funds, regardless of location. A software app known as a “wallet” manages the cryptocurrency as needed. Such wallets are safeguarded on phones and protected by passwords or biometric mechanisms like fingerprints.

This is what people mean when they talk about cryptocurrency’s decentralization. We don’t notice much in developed countries because we have no shortage of banks to choose from. But banks may be scarce in developing countries, with 70% of people in El Salvador being unbanked. With crypto, you no longer need a bank.

Follow Euro 2020 With the Official iPhone App

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Euro 2020 iPhone app

A year later than planned, the Euro 2020 soccer tournament will finally get underway on Friday and fans can keep up with all the news from the tournament with the official iPhone app. It provides the schedule, goal alerts and results from the matches, as well as group standings, original audio content, and more. It is available free from the iOS App Store.

WWDC 2021 Day Four Recap - Time For a Meditation Break

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

WWDC 2021 continued with a packed day four. Serenity Caldwell reflects on it all, including sessions on extracting document data via the Vision Framework and meditation. The Apple Design Awards finalists and winners were announced too.

Pre-Orders For Playdate Handheld Game System Open in July

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Playdate is a small handheld game system filled with original games. Earlier this week the team behind it announced that pre-orders for the device will open in July. It has a black and white screen, WI-Fi, and Bluetooth. It also has a loudspeaker and a crank which serves as an analog controller. Once set up, users get two brand new games every week for 12 weeks. Playdate costs U.S. $179 plus taxes and shipping.

WWDC21 Apple Design Awards Winners and Finalists Include CARROT Weather, Bird Alone, 1Password, and Little Orpheus

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

WWDC21 Apple Design Award

Each year at WWDC, Apple’s Design Awards celebrate the apps which have surprised, delighted, wowed, and otherwise impressed Apple’s internal panel of judges. This year there were six finalists in each of six categories (with a bit of overlap). Of those six finalists, two winners per category were crowned, one for Apps, and one for Games. Links to all of the winners and finalists are presented for you here!

Big Loud Bluetooth Speaker: $129.59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TREBLAB HD-Max

We have a deal on the TREBLAB HD-Max, which is, in a nutshell, a big, loud, Bluetooth speaker with a four-speaker design. It features 50W speakers and 3 sound modes that can function indoors and outdoors. It also has an internal battery and passthrough charging, and boasts playtime of up to 20 hours at 30% volume. This device is $161.99 through our deal, but coupon code WELOVEDAD takes an additional 20% off for a checkout price of $129.59.