The Digest: South Park skewers freemium games… and 5 other things people are talking about today

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South Park skewers ‘freemium’ games | Engadget

“If your business model is conning kids into spending their parents’ hard-earned app-store cash on in-app purchased ‘rewards’, it’s fair to say you deserve to be ripped. South Park did the honors with its Freemium Isn’t Free episode involving a Terrence and Philip-branded Candy Crush-style game created by Canada’s ‘Minister of Mobile Gaming’. After he exposits that it’s just harmless fun, it turns out that its a diabolical scheme involving Satan and addiction.”

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Ridley Scott’s Halo TV show is off to a very, very bad start | The Verge

“As a prelude to next year’s Halo 5: Guardians Microsoft is releasing a digital video series, Halo: Nightfall executive produced by Ridley Scott. The series will launch next week with Halo: The Master Chief Collection (ie, you have to have an Xbox to watch this — for now, at least). The Verge had a chance to see the first episode early, and whether or not you’re a Halo fan, the outlook’s frankly not so good.”

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 Home Depot says 53m email addresses taken in one of largest breach in history | The Telegraph

“Cybercriminals snatched 53 million email addresses of Home Depot customers in what has been touted as one of the largest data breaches on record. Hackers used a third-party vendor’s user name and password to break into the computer network of the home improvement chain, it said, having previously admitted that a trove of credit card data was also stolen in the huge hack earlier this year.”

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Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone | Macworld

“On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iOS that unifies the user experience across all devices—great and small—and opens the door to free editing and content creation, whether you have an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.”

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Blue ticks on WhatsApp: What they really mean | The BBC

“It is a situation many of us have been in. You send an important message on WhatsApp and then eagerly wait for a reply. One little tick appears to your message. Then two. Then nothing. Your heart sinks. The important message has been ignored – or has it?”

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Samsung working on completely new smartphone line | Sam Mobile

“According to our reliable sources, Samsung will soon come up with new smartphone range with single letter naming convention, similar to that of the Galaxy A series.”

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