Chinese Politicians Ordered To Stop Playing With Their Phones

It's that time of year again. The time when the Chinese Communist Party holds its annual meeting of the nation's big wigs. However unlike previous years, the communist party has put out a warning to the attendees: pay attention or you may lose your job. » 3/10/14 7:00am 3/10/14 7:00am

Angry Birds Maker: We Do Not Collaborate With Spies

The maker of Angry Birds, one of the world's most popular video games of any type, today said it "does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies." The statement follows a report yesterday that said American and British spies have harvested data collected by the game. » 1/28/14 5:03pm 1/28/14 5:03pm

StarCraft Player Gets Pro Athlete Visa, Delays Military Service

In August, the U.S. government, for the first time ever, gave a professional gamer the kind of special visa it issues to professional athletes. It was largely thanks to lobbying by Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. Now the first visa has gone to a professional StarCraft player, and it gets him out of military… » 12/11/13 6:00pm 12/11/13 6:00pm

American and British Governments May Have Spied on WoW and Xbox Live

American and British spies infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life, using the games to monitor what they think are terrorist communications, recruit informers, and gather data on communications between players, according to classified documents uncovered by the non-profit investigative journalism organization… » 12/09/13 8:35am 12/09/13 8:35am

China's Underground Dwellers Find Their Homes Cemented Shut

China is a place of extremes. On the streets of Beijing, one can see cars that only ever appear in the New York Auto Show and extremely posh women holding the latest designer bags from Paris. But beneath that splendour is a hidden part of China: a class of residents living below the poverty line. » 12/09/13 6:10am 12/09/13 6:10am

China Lifts Their Console Ban... But with Strings Attached

You've probably heard that China has a video game console ban. Over the last year, there have been rumors that the 13 year-old ban would be lifted—and last Friday evening, a sneaky online posting by the Chinese government seems to have confirmed that the ban has indeed been lifted. » 9/30/13 6:00am 9/30/13 6:00am

China's Military Says Pacific Rim Is American Propaganda

Pacific Rim is doing very well in China, despite some tiny subtitle problems, proving again that the Chinese love giant robots. However, even with all the popularity, the Chinese military isn't very happy, claiming that the movie is nothing more than propaganda to spread "American values and ideas". » 8/26/13 6:00am 8/26/13 6:00am

First 'Internationally Recognized' Athlete Visa Awarded to Pro Gamer

A month ago, Riot Games said it had gotten the U.S. government to include eSports contestants under the visa policy that allows professional athletes from other countries to visit for purposes of competition. The first such visa has been awarded, to a Canadian League of Legends star. » 8/10/13 12:00pm 8/10/13 12:00pm

The NSA Mines an Insane Amount of Data From Every Tech Service You Use

Wow. Nothing is sacred. The Washington Post has discovered that the NSA and FBI have teamed up to tap into the servers of nine US tech companies—Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, you name it—and have extracted e-mails, photographs, audio, video, documents and connection logs. They basically have free reign to take… » 6/06/13 9:10pm 6/06/13 9:10pm

The Number Of Pirates Arrested In Japan Since October Might Surprise…

Well, it's been 3 months since Japan's own version of SOPA was passed. For those unfamiliar or cannot be bothered to research: in October, the copying of copy-protected and encoded materials, the sale of software and hardware that circumvents copy or access protection, and the intentional download of illegally… » 1/17/13 7:00am 1/17/13 7:00am