Fortnite news: Today’s shop skins, map leaks and Battle Royale RW bleed

This week is going to see some big changes made to the Fortnite Battle Royale map. Not only are we already seeing Epic Games make changes to locations, but they’re also about to launch a new season of battle pass loot too. This will happen on Thursday, July 12, and is likely going to coincide […]

Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers

Enlarge A recently discovered hole in Valve’s API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now closed this inadvertent data leak, Ars can still provide the data it revealed as a historical record of the aggregate popularity of […]

Leaks, riots, and monocles: How a $60 in-game item almost destroyed EVE Online

(credit: Opening image based on Eve Online assets courtesy CCP Games.) Long before loot boxes became the bane of the Internet’s existence, in-game purchases at large could cause a bit of commotion within certain gaming communities. Roughly seven years ago, for instance, a simple monocle almost brought down one of the most active gaming communities […]

Reminder: macOS still leaks secrets stored on encrypted drives

Enlarge (credit: Wardle and Regula) Unbeknownst to many people, a macOS feature that caches thumbnail images of files can leak highly sensitive data stored on password-protected drives and encrypted volumes, security experts said Monday. The automatically generated caches can be viewed only by someone who has physical access to a Mac or infects the Mac […]

Chrome and Firefox leaks let sites steal visitors’ Facebook names, profile pics

Enlarge (credit: Ruslan Habalov) For more than a year, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome may have leaked users’ Facebook usernames, profile pictures, and likes if the users’ browsers visited malicious websites that employed a cutting-edge hack, researchers said Thursday. The data could be extracted through what’s known as a side-channel vulnerability in the browsers’ implementation […]

Avengers Infinity War: Is Loki ALIVE? Was it another trick? Avengers 4 set leaks

Oh Loki. Looks are never what they seem as the trickster god continues to delight and deceive. The numerous shock deaths and losses throughout Infinity War have set fans racing for theories, rumours and reports as they try to work out who is gone for good and who will be somehow brought back in Avengers […]

Dow Jones accidentally leaks Activision Blizzard earnings

Dow Jones confirmed that it accidentally leaked headline numbers for Activision Blizzard’s earnings, which were due to be announced at 1 pm Pacific time on Thursday. Analysts were expecting revenues of $ 1.32 billion for the quarter, and revenue came in at $ 1.96 billion in the quarter. Net income was about 65 cents a […]

Captain Marvel release: When does Captain Marvel come out? Cast, plot and movie leaks

The cliffhanger ending of Infinity War opened up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a whole host of exciting options.  All hope is lost for Earth’s mightiest heroes, as Thanos hunts down all six infinity stones to wipe out half the universe.  As Thanos finally snaps his fingers, obliterating half the heroes and population in the […]

Former Microsoft designer leaks likely future of Windows and Xbox “avatars”

Microsoft’s plan to launch a new “avatar” system for Windows 10 and Xbox users received its most revealing leak yet this week, thanks to an eagle-eyed forum user combing through an ex-Microsoft contractor’s resume. After receiving a splashy reveal at E3 2017, Microsoft’s “Xbox Avatars”—a series of cartoony characters that players can customize and possibly […]

Apple leak memo leaks, threatening employee termination and arrests

For the second time in a year, Apple has issued a warning to “leaking” employees, only for the warning to leak to the public. Taking the form of a news story-like internal memo, the warning comes nearly six years after Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple would “double down on secrecy on products,” only to see major […]