‘The Room: Old Sins’ Is Finally Hitting Android on April 19th, With an Open Beta Coming Soon

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Sorry, iOS gaming enthusiasts – I’ve crossed over to join the villainous Carter Dotson on the dark side. After having an iPhone for literally my entire smartphone-owning life, I’ve decided to take the plunge into the unknown and treat myself to a Pixel 2. All things considered, I’m loving it, despite one major flaw: the games. Many high-profile titles are missing from the Google Play store, and while I still have my beloved iPad to make sure I don’t miss out on anything, I find myself wishing I could jump into the likes of Alto’s Odyssey [$ 4.99] on the go. However, today one major Android absence can be crossed off the list. The Room: Old Sins [$ 4.99] was Fireproof Games’ excellent 2018 take on their beloved puzzle series, which we adored in our glowing five star review on its release, and on April 19th Android gamers can finally try out the title too.

The Room [$ 0.99 (HD)] series has been consistently brilliant since its debut on mobile all the way back in 2012, and Old Sins was very much a return to the intimate puzzle-solving of the first two games that made it such a hit with fans. Exploring every nook and cranny of the various dioramas within the game is absolutely fascinating, and the way Fireproof create so much backstory and conjure up an ethereal atmosphere through saying so little is really mobile gaming at its peak. The Room: Old Sins may be the fourth game in the franchise, but it’s an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the concept – even though I’d recommend anyone to go through the previous titles, if just for the fact they’re great too. This Android release has been highly anticipated for months, and it’s good to have April 19th in the diary as a solid release date. Fireproof promise more details on pre-registration and an open beta soon, but until then, head to our forum thread for more discussion on The Room: Old Sins.

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iPhone X follow-up will start at $899 with ‘plus’ version hitting $999 says analyst

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Apple could choose to make this year’s 5.8-inch iPhone X successor $ 100 cheaper at $ 899, reserving the old pricetag for a new 6.5-inch device, according to one analyst.
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Gartner: IoT security spend hitting $1.5 billion – but strategy poor

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Worldwide spending on Internet of Things security will hit $ 1.5 billion in 2018, a 28 per cent increase from 2017, says Gartner.

However, the analyst company warns that IoT security is being left up to business units, with a lack of overall business strategy, poor “security by design”, and little control over the technology within connected devices.

Its report, Forecast: IoT Security, Worldwide, 2018, says that IoT-based attacks are already a reality. A recent Gartner survey found that nearly 20 per cent of organisations have experienced at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years.

“In IoT initiatives, organisations often don’t have control over the source and nature of the software and hardware being used by smart connected devices,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.

“We expect to see demand for tools and services aimed at improving discovery and asset management, software and hardware security assessment, and penetration testing. In addition, organisations will look to increase their understanding of the implications of externalising network connectivity.”

These factors will be the main drivers of growth in IoT security, with spending hitting a forecast $ 3.1 billion in 2021, says the company.

How the market breaks down

Gartner explains that endpoint security spending will be roughly one-third of the value of professional services security spending this year: $ 373 million against $ 946 million. Meanwhile, gateway security spending is forecast to hit $ 186 million.

However, in 2021 professional services security spending is likely to exceed $ 2 billion, with endpoint security hitting $ 631 million, and gateway security $ 415 million.

Despite healthy year-on-year growth in worldwide spending into the next decade, Gartner predicts that the biggest inhibitor to the growth of IoT security will be a lack of prioritisation and implementation of security best practices and tools. This will hamper spending on IoT security by 80 percent: an extraordinary figure.

No co-ordinated strategy

“Although IoT security is consistently referred to as a primary concern, most IoT security implementations have been planned, deployed, and operated at the business-unit level, in cooperation with some IT departments to ensure the IT portions affected by the devices are sufficiently addressed,” said Contu.

However, coordination via common architecture or a consistent security strategy is all but absent, and vendor product and service selection remains largely ad hoc, based upon the device provider’s alliances with partners or the core system that the devices are enhancing or replacing.”

While basic security patterns have been revealed in many vertical projects, they have not yet been “codified into policy or design templates to allow for consistent reuse”, continues Gartner.

“As a result, technical standards for specific IoT security components in the industry are only now just starting to be addressed by IT security standards bodies, consortium organisations, and vendor alliances”, adds the report.

This absence of “security by design” comes from a lack of specific and stringent regulations. Going forward, Gartner expects this trend to change, especially in heavily regulated industries, such as healthcare and the automotive sector.

By 2021, Gartner predicts that regulatory compliance will be the prime influencer for IoT security uptake – hence the significant uptick in spending.

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As Gartner says, spending is up, but the consistent theme in all 2018 IoT security reports has been exactly the same: users’ approach to the specific problem of securing IoT implementations is lax, device manufacturers are rushing to market to compete, and strategy is poor at board level. Meanwhile, regulations are playing catchup with the market, just as the law is years behind the advance of AI in other areas of the connected world.

Read more: Cambridge Analytica vs Facebook: Why AI laws are inadequate

The result of all this is a vacuum where security policy should be, even as people are throwing money at the problem. As the IoT grows, this poses a serious challenge to decision-makers, who are leaving the big decisions to line-of-business departments that may lack both a big-picture view and security expertise.

Hopefully, Gartner’s name and reputation will persuade more people to listen to the subtext beneath the healthy spending figures.

• Just some of our 2018 security coverage so far:-

Read more: Reports reveal critical need for IoT cybersecurity upgrade

Read more: IIoT security: How to secure the ‘Internet of Threats’, by IBM

Read more: Tenable unveils cybersecurity benchmarking tool

Read more: Vendors, users ignoring IoT security in rush to market – report

Read more: IoT ramps up cyber security risk, says in-depth report

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New update hitting Sony Xperia L2 and XA2 series

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Sony has started pushing out new updates to its Xperia XA2 series as well as L2 smartphones. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra update bumps the build number to 50.1.A.4.102, and brings along Android security fixes for the month of January. The update to the Xperia L2 on the other hand bumps the version from 49.0.A.2.62 to 49.0.A.3.72. There’s currently no information on what exactly is included in the update – reports just say it’s a minor one. Did you get any of these updates? Let us know in comments what changes you’ve observed? Via

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alcatel’s Android Go phone – the 1X – is hitting the US

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During the MWC, alcatel – TCL’s own smartphone brand announced a bunch of new devices, including the company’s first smartphone to run Android Go – a leaner version of Android designed to run on lower-end hardware. This Android Go-powered phone is called the alcatel 1X. For the record, Android Go was renamed to Android Oreo (Go Edition). Given the price and specifications of the aclatel handset, we were unsure if we were going to see the alcatel 1X arrive to the United States. alcatel confirmed to The Verge that it was going to bring two new alcatel smartphones tot the US: the aclatel 1X…

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YouTube dark mode starts hitting mobile, Android expected ‘soon’

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The much-anticipated system-wide dark mode we were looking forward to (after the arrival of some tantalizing evidence) in an upcoming Android release may not exactly be right around the corner, but there’s still ample reason to be excited if you’re the kind of user who craves that easy-on-the-eyes look for your mobile apps.

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New update hitting Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones

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HMD has started pushing out new updates to its Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. Weighing in at around 132 MB, these are security updates that bring along Android fixes for the month of March. The updates are rolling out in several markets, including India, the UK, Germany, Mexico, and Greece. Others in the list include Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hungary, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take time for the update to hit your device, so be patient. Via

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‘Blade and Soul: Revolution’, ‘Fellow: Eternal Clash’, ‘Durango: Wild Land’ and Loads More MMORPG’s Hitting Mobile in 2018

Trends come and go on the App Store, this has always been the case. Some trends have been more enjoyable than others, as they ebb and flow with whatever big title is topping the charts at the time. But it seems a new trend is cooking in 2018: MMORPGs, with the charge being led by South Korea’s biggest names in a big way.

Starting with Netmarble which launched Lineage II: Revolution [Free] in November 2017 in the West, but showing no signs of slowing down, Netmarble now has Blade and Soul: Revolution set to release sometime in 2018 in Korea, as well as Tera M, Icarus M, and Seven Knights II. GoBoogie Games has announced Fellow: Eternal Clash for a western release. Nexon has already launched Durango: Wild Land and Yulgang M in Korea on January 25th with a western release planned for both. Kakao Games has announced Blade II: The Return of Evil, a highly anticipated sequel to the very successful Blade. Perhaps a bit of a dark-horse, Mad World from Jandisoft promises to be the first HTML5 cross-platform MMORPG, which we wrote about last summer.

Gamevil has Royal Blood, set to be the first Korean “global one-build” MMORPG, already available in South Korea with other locale launches planned for March. NCSoft is planning to introduce Aion: Legions of War, a new mobile RPG based on its online RPG Aion, in North America and Europe. Com2us is even turning Summoner’s War [Free] into an MMORPG soon, though few details outside of a trailer are available. Last but certainly not least, Pearl Abyss has Black Desert M, a mobile port of the PC MMORPG Black Desert, with already over 2 million pre-registered players which investment analysts predict will bring in $ 565,000 in daily revenue.

That’s 11 juggernaut mobile MMOs just from South Korea alone. While many of these will see a release in North America, it seems likely some of these just won’t make the cut for the west, as the competition is looking to be fierce. Even if half of these titles launch, that’s still more high-profile MMORPG launches than iOS has seen in any year previous, and that’s just from South Korea.

It’s also probably no coincidence that South Korea just had their first Apple Store open on January 27th 2018, right in Samsung’s backyard, which will undoubtably ignite a turf war between the two tech giants. And with Apple gaining in market share, not only on the hardware side, but now also gaining quite a bit of the South Korean games catalog, we’re in for quite a show from South Korea over the course of this year.

Outside of Korea, the competition is far less fierce, but no less quiet. Jagex is at last bringing the browser based MMO Runescape 3 and Old School Runescape, affectionately known as 2007scape, to mobile in 2018. Maple Story M, available for a short Beta on Android last month is also planning a 2018 iOS launch. Villagers and Heroes, already available for Android is also coming to iOS on February 26th Not to be left out, Albion Online by Sandbox Interactive is already in Beta and looking better by the day.

What appeal all these MMOs will have in the west remains to be seen. The traditional MMORPG hasn’t seen the same World of Warcraft level success in recent years, though there are still plenty of popular PC MMORPGs going strong. If the Korean MMORPG craze catches on here in North America, we’re set to see a whole new era of mobile gaming. Not only do these games promise compelling new styles of gameplay but many of them are built in Unreal Engine 4 and look fantastic, and with devices getting more powerful at a rate that is increasing exponentially every year, it seems all the necessary ingredients are present for an all-out, graphics intensive, battery-draining, memory eating, multi-continent, online slugfest from some of the biggest names in mobile gaming.

As an MMO fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for updates on all these titles in the coming weeks and months right here on TouchArcade.

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New update hitting Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Galaxy A8+ (2018) smartphone. Weighing in at around 115MB and arriving as firmware version A730FXXU1ARAC, it’s a security update that’s currently hitting units in India. No, it’s not the February update – security level stays at January 1 (if you remember, the device has already got the January update). So it’s not clear what exactly the update brings along. The same happened with the Galaxy Note8 recently, so we assume this new update for the Galaxy A8+ (2018) also includes fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre…

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Oreo update hitting unlocked Huawei Mate 9 in US

The Huawei Mate 9 has started getting a new update in the US. Currently hitting GSM networks-compatible International unlocked units in the region (MHA-L29 and L09), it’s major update that brings along Android Oreo. The change-log for the update isn’t yet available, although we assume all major Oreo goodies should be included. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take time for the update to hit your device, if not already. Via

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