PS4 Piracy Now Exists

Regular firmware updates and improved security have rendered console jailbreaking a cat-and-mouse game with continually moving targets, but one group has managed to hack the system to play pirated games. While the process is not straightforward, a flurry of PS4 games, including GTA V and Far Cry 4, has hit the web to confirm this “landmark” moment.

…a potential pirate will need to jump through a number of hoops to enjoy any of these titles or others that may appear in the near future. KOTF explains as much in the NFO (information) files it includes with its releases. The list of requirements is long. First up, a gamer needs to possess a PS4 with an extremely old firmware version — v1.76 — which was released way back in August 2014. The fact this firmware is required doesn’t come as a surprise since it was successfully jailbroken back in December 2015.

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Ask Engadget returns (and you should send us your questions)!

A long time ago in a far-away land called 2013, we used to run a feature called "Ask Engadget" where you — our readers, fans, followers and critics — could ask us for our advice, opinions and recommendations on everything from cheap laptops and sta…

Paint.NET Is Now Available in the Windows Store

Legendary old-school drawing app Paint.NET has arrived in the Windows Store, but with a catch: while the classic version is available for free, the Microsoft Store version will cost you $8.99 (currently on sale for $5.99). This decision was made to offset the lack of donations supporting its development.

Paint.NET is now ready to download to any Windows 10 PC with a free trial. There is also a discounted price of $5.99 for the app, which is a savings from the regular $8.99 price tag. That sale runs through all of October. The price is thought more of as a donation to support the app’s continued development, although users can use the app with the free trial method instead.

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Bethesda: Fan Criticisms Won’t Define What We Do

Bethesda will not let fan complaints and criticisms define what games it works on or releases: that’s according to PR and marketing dude Pete Hines, who said he’s well aware of a critical fanbase, but won’t let the dissenting voices influence the publisher’s plans with the likes of Skyrim, Fallout and Doom. “We’re aware of it, but we’re not going to let it define what we do,” Hines said in an interview with GamesRadar.

Fans may cry for The Elder Scrolls 6 when Bethesda announces Skyrim for Switch, or Fallout 4 VR when it announces Doom VFR, but Hines made it clear that his development teams “aren’t just a vending machine where you press for the soda and they just go back and forth – they want to be able to stretch their legs creatively, or try a new idea, or do something different and not just fall into the same pattern.”

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Steve Wozniak: Ending Net Neutrality Will End the Internet as We Know It

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak penned a USA Today op-ed with a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, urging the current FCC to stop its proposed rollback of net neutrality regulations: they argue that it will threaten freedom for internet users and may corrode democracy, noting that fast lanes or “paid prioritization” create anticompetitive incentives for ISPs to favor their own services over those of their competitors.

The path forward is clear. The FCC must abandon its ill-conceived plan to end net neutrality. Instead of creating fast lanes for the few, it should be moving all of us to the fast lane by encouraging competition in local broadband connectivity and pushing companies to deliver higher speeds at more affordable prices. It’s the right thing for us as consumers and as citizens.

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DC Is Officially Stepping Away from Its Expanded Cinematic Universe

Warner Bros. and DC will be de-emphasizing the interconnected DC Extended Universe for future films, following a template set by Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster hit Wonder Woman: it’s something that’s been hinted at before, with reports of the standalone Joker prequel and director Matt Reeve’s conflicting statements on whether The Batman would be part of the official connected universe of films, but now DC Entertainment has made the change official.

DC and Warner have adopted a new strategy: Let’s rethink that whole universe thing. They’re not giving up on the idea of continuity, but they want to deemphasize the idea that all of these flicks are occupying the same space. “Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe,” says Nelson, drawing nods from the top brass around her.

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