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The rAge team who has been delivering South Africa’s biggest LAN for 15 years has announced that it will be hosting the first Winter NAG LAN at Rush in July.

LAN events are a gamer’s idea of heaven, and now the rAge team – who have been delivering South Africa’s biggest LAN  for 15 years – are hosting the first Winter NAG LAN at Rush in July.  Running over the last weekend of July school holidays, the NAG LAN is the ideal way to spend some quality time with online mates before the reality of “all work and no play” sets in once again.

The NAG LAN is South Africa’s biggest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN, so the addition of a winter leg is good news for diehard fans and newbies alike.  Whether you’re a familiar face at the NAG LAN or would like to experience it for the first time, this event is the best way to experience multiplayer gaming, with hundreds of likeminded gaming enthusiasts packed into a single venue. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and have a ton of fragging fun.

Here’s what you need to know about the Winter NAG LAN:

·         You’ll spend 53 sleep-deprived, but awesome hours playing multiplayer games with 600 other gamers on the same network with an epic internet connection supplied by IS.

·         Tickets are on sale now at Computicket and cost R600 for the three days.

·         A NAG LAN ticket also gives you access to Rush, an esports-crammed festival of competitive gaming with great spectator value.

·         The event runs from 21 to 23 July at the Sandton Convention Centre.

·         For more info visit www.naglan.co.za

Whether or not you’ve been to a BYOC LAN before, here are a few pointers as to what to bring:

·         Your gaming rig (pc, console or laptop) – including up-to-date software to make your experience more enjoyable.

·         Chairs and tables are provided, but you may want to bring a comfy cushion for your seat.

·         It’s winter, so pack warm, comfortable clothes.

·         Cash for food and snacks.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense

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DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense

Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).

Expect to pay: A free download.

Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.

Santam Safety Ideas

Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to  R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding. 

The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab,  Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.

Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/

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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole

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Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure,  allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.

Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.

Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.

If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play. 

While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details.

Click here to read how the Fortnite hack would have worked.

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