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If you’ve tried to get your computer fixed in the U.S. in the past 25 years or so, you’ve probably heard of the Geek Squad. Since 1994 the company has offered computer repair services, and its 2002 merger with Best Buy expanded its reach across 1,000 retail outlets in North America.
Turns out that “geek” might have been doing more than trying to reset your hard drive — they might have been snooping in it. An investigation by the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) found that the, for the past decade or so, the company has been working closely with the FBI.
So far the partnership has paid off for law enforcement officials, at least once. In January 2017, the prosecution of a California doctor who was found in possession of child pornography hinged upon evidence supplied by Geek Squad employees,Engadget reported.
According to the EFF, which investigated the lead through a Freedom of Information lawsuit, the partnership between Geek Squad and the FBI could violate customers’ Fourth Amendment rights, which protect “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
Geek Squad employees are thought to have carried out surreptitious searches of computers that were submitted for repairs. Upon flagging illegal content, FBI agents would be called in to review the images or video, and seize the device if necessary. Only at that point would law enforcement seek a warrant, EEF reported.
On the surface, this might not seem like a big deal for anyone that doesn’t have illegal content stored on their computer. However, it’s part of a larger pattern of troubling behavior from the Geek Squad. On several occasions, employees were caught stealing pornography from customers’ systems and sharing it among themselves; in other instances, the employees even looked for personal nude images and posted them online.
All in all, it seems that customer privacy isn’t a huge concern for Geek Squad – and given that at least one employee appears to have received a $ 500 payments from the FBI for a helpful tip according to EEF’s analysis of documentation, there seems to be some incentive to go snooping. The FBI has refused to confirm or deny whether similar relationships are in place with other computer repair companies, and did not share training documents that were requested. The EFF plans to fight the FBI in court in order to get more information before the end of spring.
It’s not glamorous work wrangling monsters in Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena, at least to start. The game features legendary creatures like Dracula and Medusa, but they aren’t on your roster when you begin playing, and you could find yourself decidedly underwhelmed by your early game choices.
Mighty Battles, the latest title from Hothead Games, is set to take the App Store by storm. The game puts a welcome twist on lane battlers, adding FPS elements to spice things up a bit.
You’ll collect cards to put your own military unit to gether, but you shouldn’t just be assigning units willy nilly. You’re only as strong as your team in this game, and you’ll want to arrange your party with some care. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
When it comes to mobile FPS, it’s often tricky to get the fundamentals right on a platform lacking a physical controller, large display and hefty RAM. With Combat Squad: Project Wednesday, A-33 Studio bravely took on the challenge of making a decent shooter that plays to the strengths of mobile gaming, rather than its weaknesses. The game was released earlier this year, and places you in charge of a five-person team of customisable soldiers, battling against other players online.
Whether the developer’s aspirations for Combat Squad have been achieved is for you to decide. The proof is in the shrapnel-laden, gunpowder pudding, after all. But we caught up with the people at A-33 Studio to find out what the process of making the game was like, and what they hope gamers will experience playing it.
Earlier this year, A-33 Studio made the leap from developing Counter Strike Online to launching its very own FPS for the mobile. Combat Squad: Project Wednesday pits your team of mercs against the world in multiplayer death matches, so if you’re on the hunt for a new shooter this might be worth a shot.
Gameplay involves assembling a team of five mercenaries, each with distinct specialties ranging from clandestine sniping to close-range combat. You can customise your band of brawlers further by equipping different perks, with forty to choose from in total. Controlling a member of your plucky paramilitary is done using the onscreen sticks – left to move and right to look. There’s a button in the centre for manual shooting, or an auto-fire option if you want to make life a little easier. Pretty standard for mobile shooters, so if you’re au fait with this fare then you’ll fare OK.
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When Star Wars Battlefront II hits stores in November, it will present the Star Wars universe in a way that’s seldom seen: from the viewpoint of the Empire’s soldiers, who are fighting against the characters we usually root for. Next week, the game will get a prequel in Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad, which will unveil the origins of the game’s characters, and set after the events of Rogue One and A New Hope.
Del Rey Books published a special San Diego Comic-Con edition of the novel this week, and Golden was on hand to sign copies and meet fans. I sat down with her to talk about how she tackled writing Inferno Squad, working with the video game designers, and why the lead character, Iden Versio, brings a new level of complexity to the S…
Almost immediately, investors reacted by selling out of Best Buy’s stock in a big way — the stock was down more around 7 percent as of 11:30 am ET on Monday. That drop works out to a loss of more than $ 1 billion in market cap for the brick-and-mortar electronics retailer.
The new Amazon offerings include free 45-minute in-home consultations focusing on how best to use the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Amazon is also offering paid installations of “smart home” gadgets like Ecobee thermostats that respond to Alexa voice commands.
Amazon’s rival services are already live in seven West Coast cities and Amazon job listings are signaling a wider rollout across the country to cities like Las Vegas, Dallas and Miami.
A Best Buy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update: Best Buy sent this statement:
Today’s news reflects what we know: Consumers love technology but frequently need help getting the most out of it. This belief is central to our strategy as we work to help customers pursue their passions and enrich their lives through technology. We are excited about the range of initiatives we have previously announced that do just that and feel uniquely positioned to serve consumers by offering products, services and support wherever the customer wants it, including in one of our 1,000 stores, on BestBuy.com and in homes millions of times a year. Additionally, our 20,000 Geek Squad agents serve tens of millions of customers annually, taking a brand agnostic approach to virtually any technology need people may have, just as we do online and in our stores.
Atari is getting ready to bring another game to mobile, and this was is called Goon Squad. Goon Squad is a fast-paced, card-based multiplayer brawler where you will fight in real-time with other players around the world as you try and conquer their headquarters, which allows you to steal their safes. And, of course, those safes contain rare cards you can add to your collection. As you can see from the screenshots below, the one-on-one mode of the game looks quite a bit familiar if you’ve ever played Clash Royale. However, the game also offers co-op and four player deathmatch modes, each with its own leaderboard and ranking system. There’s also a Last Man Standing mode where you have to defeat three other players. Fun modes that should make for gameplay variety.
You will also be able to upgrade your cards as you go along, which is pretty typical of games of this genre. And, as you can guess from the description so far, the game will be free-to-play. While the game does look like Clash Royale, the various modes it offers might make it stand out. Whether it will be successful or not remains to be seen. The game should soft launch this summer, so keep an eye out if Goon Squad sounds interesting.