Weekend tech reading: EA sneaks SecuROM in Dragon Age II

By on March 13, 2011, 2:58 PM
EA fails to disclose SecuROM in Dragon Age II Those of you who know me, know that I love Dragon Age: Origins and the Dragon Age universe. You also know that I loathe DRM, especially SecuRom. You can imagine how dismayed I was when I read a Reclaim Your Game report today revealing that despite not disclosing the fact anywhere on the game packing or even in the 28-page EULA, disc-based copies of Dragon Age II contain the destructive, intrusive DRM known as SecuRom. Vivid Gamer

Japan scrambles to avert meltdowns as nuclear crisis builds Japanese officials were struggling Sunday with a growing nuclear crisis and the threat of multiple meltdowns, as more than 170,000 people were evacuated from the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where police fear more than 10,000 people may have already died. A partial meltdown was already likely under way at one nuclear reactor... The Globe and Mail

Windows 8 taskbar update leaks out in another image It's not every day that a new Windows 8 image surfaces. While the image presented above does not reveal anything new, it is a second look at the upcoming improvements that Windows 8 will provide. Ever since Windows 8 hit milestone 3, more users on various forums have been reporting that they have finally been issued a version of the platform for testing purposes. Neowin

DICE: Our competitors are getting lazy. We're coming for them. Battlefield 3 developer DICE has thrown down the gauntlet in the raging battle for first-person shooter supremacy, warning its rivals: We're coming for you. Speaking in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine - which is arriving with subscribers now - DICE GM, Karl-Magnus Troedsson was more than confident in his stunning FPS, cautioning the competition: "they had better watch out". CVG

Pwn2Own day 2: iPhone, BlackBerry beaten After successful attacks on Safari and Internet Explorer 8 on Wednesday, the second day of Pwn2Own saw the iPhone 4 and then the BlackBerry Torch 9800 successfully exploited. The annual security competition allows researchers to win any systems that they successfully compromise, and also awards them cash rewards if those security flaws are still present in the latest version of the software. Ars Technica

TSA to retest airport body scanners for radiation The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation 247 machines at 38 airports after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. USA Today

iPad 2 Wi-Fi teardown The iPad has come back to iFixit! And this time, it has a 2 at the end of its name, hence the iPad 2! After a much awaited debut, the iPad 2 is expected to fill in the gaps left by the first generation iPad. iFixit

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