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Apple security breach – are you at risk?

Two women compare iPhones in front of Manhattan's

(Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Guardian.com and the Wall Street Journal.com reported today that a German technology watchdog group called the Federal Office for Information Security alerted Apple that malicious software may allow hackers to spy on credit card information, phone calls and other personal information through various Apple devices. This virus is obtained by clicking on PDF files, which can carry the virus and affect almost all Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

This problem is compounded by the fact that there are no available antivirus programs for these devices, leaving users vulnerable to infiltration.

For a long while, Apple device were believed to be the safer alternative for surfing the web, as they were thought to be less susceptible to viruses and other invasions while downloading and browsing on the internet.

However, this recent slip-up in Apple’s security has the possibility to damage the company’s reputation as having better protective software than PCs. Worse still, Apple has not issued a patch for the security breach, leaving users to fend for themselves until a solution is found.

This recent hacking follows the now infamous Playstation hack in April, when that entire gaming network was brought down for weeks while Sony sought to fix the security problems.

Is your faith in Apple shaken by this breach in security? And how can companies stop hackers from infiltrating the private information of their users in an age where it seems like anything can be hacked? Let us know your thoughts below.

Gears of War 3 early preview

Gears of War 3 screenshot

(Credit: Microsoft)

I was invited to play the single-player campaign of Gears of War 3, the follow-up to 2009’s smash hit Gears of War 2. Unfortunately, I'm unable to write about the actual game mechanics and controls until closer to the release date, but I did get to spend some hands-on time with the single player campaign.

Gears 3 takes place two years after the conclusion of the second game, and we find...

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Review: L.A. Noire is stylistic 1940's crime thriller

L.A Noire gameplay.

(Credit: Rockstar)

With the recent release of L.A. Noire, gamers finally have the opportunity to investigate crime scenes, interrogate suspects, and chase down perps. As rookie detective Cole Phelps, players will scour the streets of 1940’s Los Angeles in search of murderers, arsonists, and robbers.

L.A. Noire is unique from other games in the realism of the character’s facial expressions. Players...

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E3 closes shop, leaves some disappointments

Nintendo's next video game console, the Wii U,

(Credit: AP)

Last week, the entire gaming world was fixated on the Electronics Entertainment Expo, the biggest gaming event of the year. While the Nintendo Wii U and Sony PS Vita stole the show’s headlines, gamesradar.com said there were a few gaming bombshells that got lost in all the excitement.

--- The Wii U won’t be backward compatible with GameCube games. While the system will be able...

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