Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
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Flappy Bird may have seemed like an overnight hit that flew atop the pop-culture zeitgeist before the app's creator developed stage fright and pulled it offline. In reality, the comically frustrating game debuted a year ago in total obscurity, and not even Dong Nguyen, the Hanoi native behind the phenomenon, has been able to explain its meteoric rise. Tomorrow is the anniversary of Flappy Bird's release on the App Store. It took about seven months for practically anyone to find it. In December, Flappy Bird cracked the top 1,500 free games in the U.S. for the first time, according to researcher App Annie. Over the next month or so, the game shot up the U.S. ranks before the rest of the world — led by Canada, Australia and Japan — caught on. The data give a view into how apps that are a hit in one region can rapidly spread to the rest of the world. In this case, the U.S. was the early adopter, and once the game reached a certain inescapable popularity, the globalization of … [Read more...] about One year of Flappy Bird: how a little game from Vietnam became a fleeting global sensation
The security room of Poste Italiane headquarters in 2009, where they handle computer security, and fight phishing--the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity via email. A year ago, James Robinson played a trick on about 600 salespeople at a company where you wouldn't expect the employees to be easily fooled. Staffers at Websense Inc. got a generic-looking e-mail that encouraged them to click on a link to learn which product they could sell to earn a bigger bonus. The link led to an unfamiliar website that asked for their user names and passwords. "What came back to us was crazy, it was in the 60 to 70 percentile -- people were clicking on the link," said Robinson, security architecture and strategy officer at the San Diego-based company. Of those who clicked, 80 percent proceeded to obediently type in their log-in credentials, which is the kind of information that could allow a hacker to break into a … [Read more...] about How to fight an Internet risk technology can’t fix
A video game with a protagonist who controls the world around him by hacking into systems is generating growing buzz, for its eerie parallels with the current storm about US surveillance. Games typically use weapons ranging from guns and swords to zappers to special powers to defeat enemies, overcome obstacles or simply score points, and hundreds are on display at the E3 gaming industry conference in Los Angeles. But in "Watch Dogs", the player-controlled anti-hero can access everything from the cellphone conversations and medical records of passers-by to computers which control traffic lights, to advance through the game. "We knew we had a relevant topic," Canadian Ubisoft developer Dominic Guay told AFP, recalling how he arrived ahead of the gaming mega-gathering this week, and checked into his hotel. "I turned on CNN, and the first sentence I heard was 'invasion of privacy', switched channel and on Fox they were like, 'surveillance', and I said to my creative director, 'Those are … [Read more...] about Video game hacks straight into US surveillance storm
Apple Inc is betting a 4G-equipped iPad will tempt more U.S. consumers to pay extra to watch high-quality video on the go, and in turn, give Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc a revenue boost. Until now, Apple's fan legion has been reluctant to shell out extra money even for iPads with 3G connections. The cheaper Wi-Fi-only model -- with more limited Web access -- is by far the top-selling one today. The newest iPad will be capable of operating on a high-speed 4G "LTE," or Long-Term Evolution network, according to a source familiar with the product. At speeds roughly 10 times faster than current 3G technology, that may go a long way toward banishing the sometimes shaky video quality of older devices. Such a juiced-up device would help boost the telecoms market if consumers catch on and can be enticed to pay more, some analysts said. The global tablet user base already reached 67 million in 2011, according to researcher Strategy Analytics. "It's going to dramatically improve … [Read more...] about Apple’s next iPad may be a 4G game changer