• If you’ve got an account with Ubisoft, the company behind the popular Assassin’s Creed series and more, you might want to take a moment to change your password on their website.

    In a post to the Ubisoft website yesterday, the publisher said that one of its websites had recently been accessed without authorization, and the user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of the account database were illegally accessed.

    Ubisoft is recommending that all users change their passwords to be on the safe side.

    While the company wouldn’t go into specifics as to how the site was accessed (for obvious security reasons), they did say that credentials for getting in had been stolen and “used to illegally access our online network.”

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    The biggest impact will be on Uplay, the online service that lets users track their progress in Ubisoft games across platforms, connect with other players and collect game-related awards, similar

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  • (Image from Whitbread)We’ve seen a growing interest in ‘smart’ homes, so it’s not surprising to see that hotels are following suit with digitally-connected hotel suites.

    A UK-based hotel chain has announced that they’ll be launching a new hotel concept starting next fall, called hub by Premier Inn. Guests to one of the five planned enhanced hotels would use the ‘hub’ app to check in, then they could use the app to do everything in their room from controlling the temperature to ordering meals.

    Beginning in autumn 2014, Britain’s largest hotel chain, Whitbread, will be opening its first hub by Premier Inn location at St. Martin’s Lane in London. It will feature compact rooms (a ‘cozy’ 11.4 square metres or 123 square-feet), with an ultra-modern, space-saving design.

    But the big feature is how you’ll be able to control your hotel experience from your smartphone. Before even entering the room, guests can check in, then set the temperature, lighting and television channel on in their room. Visitors can also

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  • (LiveScience.com)Last week, Facebook confirmed that it had leaked the private information of six million of its users. You may have thought to yourself, “ha! That’s not me! I don’t give any of my personal information to Facebook!”

    Unfortunately, thanks to your friends, it may turn out that your phone number and email address could have ended up in that leak, after all.

    Your personal information may be included in something called a ‘Facebook Shadow Profile,’ a term that came up a lot over the last week while people were reporting how a bug had exposed the personal information of millions of users. The security research company who identified the bug, Packet Storm Security, said that Facebook has been compiling information on many of its users, and even on people who don’t have Facebook accounts, ZDNET reports.

    That’s where shadow profiles come in: Facebook’s shadow profiles include information culled from Facebook users' phones when they use the ‘Find Friends’ feature. When a user first installs Facebook

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  • Many politicians are jumping on social media to connect with their public and bolster their public profile. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken things one step further, and turned himself into a cartoon character, so voters can help him, uh, be a better politician by turning him into Superman.

    In a new game for smartphones and tablets, Abe Pyon (translation: ‘Abe Hops’), potential voters can help the prime minister jump from platform to platform in order to collect points and unlock new outfits along the way. In Abe’s final form, he dons a Superman-esque blue leotard and red cape.

    The game is designed to be cutesy in order to appeal to a younger demographic of voters. According to Reuters, the word ‘pyon’ is most often associated with rabbits, giving the whole game a kind of adorable slant right from the get-go. In the game, you tap the squat Abe character to make him jump to the next platform, accompanied by “boy-yoy-yoing” noises with each bounce.

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  • (Screengrab from Cloudsweeper)You may not think that your email account is very valuable (and really, can you put a price on cat GIFs forwarded from grandma?), but to a hacker, it can be worth a pretty penny.

    A tool called Cloudsweeper will tell you exactly how much your email (Gmail, specifically) could be worth. It’s part of a project being conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Geek.com reports, on how people reuse passwords, and whether their repeated use is actually something that concerns users.

    The more relevant part to you is how Cloudsweeper can help you out: by authorizing the Cloudsweeper app to scan your Gmail account, it classifies your password protection into three categories of potential risk: emails with text passwords are the highest risk, followed by password reset links emailed to you, then any service (like Facebook or Twitter) that has access to your email account.

    Cloudsweeper also shows a dollar amount next to certain services, showing what the going rate would be

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  • Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for the iPad Mini.Sometimes on-screen keyboards just don't cut the typing mustard.

    For road warriors or even casual users who have an iPad Mini and want some semblance of a built-in keyboard, Belkin's Portable Keyboard Case for iPad Mini case might be the right choice.

    The case is quite light and doesn't add a lot of heft to the svelte Mini. I swapped my Apple cover for it and found that it was still easy to carry around and offered protection for the back of the tablet.

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    In order to get typing, the case uses Bluetooth to pair with your Mini. A simple process, but take care to turn Bluetooth off when not using the case as it can drain your battery more quickly.

    I found the keyboard, while not full-sized, generally easy to type on, and was able to breeze through emails and pretty much any document (or app) where a physical keyboard makes more sense than the on-screen variety.

    The case is rated to have 155 hours of battery life

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  • (Photo from Todd Fisher/IMSAI.net)The life of a hacker today is very different from 30 years ago (at least I imagine it is – I’m not a hacker). What once needed a sprawling setup in order to do the most basic functions can now be done on a portable laptop, or even a smartphone.

    But that doesn’t make the hacker equipment of 1980s movies any less awesome. And now, you can own a piece of it for yourself. The computer equipment used in the Matthew Broderick-Ally Sheedy film WarGames is up for sale.

    Todd Fischer, the man who supplied the hardware for the movie, apparently still owns most of the original setup he put together for WarGames, and is now willing to part with it three decades after the release of the movie.

    In WarGames, a young Matthew Broderick plays David Lightman, a computer whiz kid who accidentally finds himself playing a game called Global Thermonuclear War. It turns out to be the means for controlling real weaponry, pitting the United States against the Soviet Union. All of this is controlled from his bedroom

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  • In this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, casino representatives watch an online poker game during a conference in Las Vegas.Some people are willing to go to pretty crazy lengths for their love of video games (just check out our gallery of cosplay from Fan Expo Vancouver back in April – those are true gaming fans). It only becomes a problem when those lengths start to include personal harm – like selling your body parts.

    According to a recent story from Kotaku, an 18-year-old Chinese man in Gangsu province reportedly sold his kidney as part of a black market organ trade. The discovery was made when police arrested a gang for their dealings in black market organs.

    Chinese website Tencent published a story suggesting that the man, referred to as Zhang, was selling his kidney as a way to deal with some recent money troubles. The site reports that Zhang had accrued $3,255 in debt related to video games, although exactly how he managed that they don’t specify. Strictly speculating, it could have been credit card debt accrued purchasing items in an online multiplayer game like World of Warcraft. Alternatively,

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  • Are you the last person on Earth who isn’t sick of hearing about Rob Ford yet? It looks like there may be a few more people who still get a kick out of the mayor’s antics, and they’ve created a video game.

    While it doesn’t name the embattled Toronto Mayor specifically in the game's description, the mayor in question certainly does bear a certain passing resemblance to The Big Smoke’s RoFo.

    Check out the description for Stay Mayor and judge for yourself:

    Uh oh. Looks like the Mayor’s in a buttload of friggin’ trouble with that alleged video of him smoking crack! And who knows if it even exists, amiright? But juuust in case, why don’t you help him collect a heap of cash to buy it before The Gawker does. Only your twinkle toes can out-maneuver the Blood Thirsty Media to help him collect more than they did in that damn “Crackstarter” campaign. $201,255 to be exact. And hey, everyone needs a little boost now and then, so make sure you collect power up buckets of deep-fried courage for more

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  • (Left: Ellie from 'The Last of Us'; Right: Ellen Page)

    Praise for the recently released game The Last of Us has been pretty universally positive, scoring 95 on Metacritic and was reported as having the biggest game launch of the year, selling 1.3 million copies in its first week.

    One person who isn’t singing all of the game's praises, however, is actress Ellen Page. If you’ve played the game, you may notice more than a passing resemblance between her and Ellie, one of the main characters from The Last of Us. But according to Page, that likeness is being used without her consent.

    In a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) question-and-answer session, Page was asked about how she enjoyed acting in another upcoming Sony exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls, and if she would have taken the role of Ellie if she had been given the chance. It was prefaced with how many people had spotted the similarities between Ellie and Page, both in appearance and how she speaks.

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    Page didn’t really touch

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