TIME Video Games

5 Things That Work in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, 5 Things That Don’t

We've been playing Microsoft's Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta for Xbox One for a day

Don’t worry, this isn’t a review! Microsoft and developer 343 Industries’ Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta launched Monday, and we’ve only had a glimpse of the levels and gameplay modes to come before it wraps on January 18. At this point, we’re still waiting on five additional maps (of seven total) and two additional game types (the beta’s just “Slayer,” i.e. deathmatch, so far). So we’d be remiss to make too much of what we’re seeing here.

But we can say a little. The two levels available now are tiny 4v4 team arena battles—first team to 50 kills wins—that run for 10 minutes each, with all the topsy-turvy, tactically grinding, kinetically anarchic exuberance that accompanies squeezing eight trigger-happy players into cramped multilevel spaces with curling tunnels, climbable platforms and dead-end corners.

If you’re new to Halo multiplayer, or simply out of practice (like me), your first several matches may quash your enthusiasm. You have to play 10 matches to be properly ranked and matched, and in those initial rounds, vets will prowl and prevail over the battlefield in killer twos and threes. But stick around and you’ll discover several fascinating wrinkles, from the pleasures of sprint-smashing and jump-clambering, to the way medals and callout announcements improve your ability to suss the game you’re playing.

Stuff that seems to work so far

Medals and announcements improve the invisible battle narrative

Halo 5 introduces medals that manifest when you pull off a noteworthy move or support a teammate. Some are balking, but consider this: kills, assists, reversals, and combinations help ground your sense of accomplishment over the course of each 10 minute session, and your sense of “what just happened?” improves considerably. Even “distraction,” a passive medal awarded for diverting an opponent’s attention as a teammate delivers the coup de grace, helps you better figure out what’s going on and why.

Ditto voice announcements, whether the game’s squawking about a spawn-in weapon’s availability, or speaking on your (or your teammates’) behalf, identifying some tactically helpful occurrence, like who just grabbed what.

Think of medals and voice announcements as vital battle information disguised as salutary rewards: they contextualize actions you’d otherwise miss entirely in confusing eruptions of activity.

Sprint-assaults and clambering (ledge-climbing) don’t break the game

Cynical comparisons to Titanfall and Call of Duty don’t really work here, because broken up, Halo 5‘s refined Spartan gameplay—focused on map and weapons control in close-quarters—feels nothing like either of those games. Halo 5 is faster-paced, granted, but the resemblances end at pacing generalities.

Sprinting feels a trifle faster than in Halo 4, but provides enough oomph to facilitate longish jumps between platforms that require deftly executed clambers, and sprint-assaults (a.k.a. the “Spartan Charge”) adds a satisfying timing element to melee situations that rewards skillful combo maneuvering: attack from the sides or front and you’ll damage shields, attack from behind and it’s a one-hit execution. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve whiffed melee encounters because I misjudged distance, though I’m getting better; there’s a welcome learning curve to perfecting this move.

(Why no mention of Ground Pound, a charge maneuver that lets you one-drop kill an enemy with splash damage? Because the maps don’t really encourage its use, nor, to date, have I witnessed anyone else using it, which may or may not–I need to play a whole lot more–speak for itself.)

It’s as smooth as any of the Master Chief Collection remasters

The beta runs at 720p and at or near 60 frames per second continuously. I’d be just as happy playing at 30 (indeed, I prefer the look and feel of 30), but I realize purists, especially hardcore shooter wonks, prefer and arguably benefit from 60’s heightened frame continuity when finessing split-second maneuvers or tracking shots.

It looks like a Halo game, and that’s just fine

Halo 5‘s preliminary outing doesn’t visually distinguish itself from the remastered Halos, but then I’m not sure it has to, because the older installments already look outstanding in The Master Chief Collection. (That, and I’m sure 343 Industries wants to save the visual surprises for the final version, due next fall.)

Of the two maps, “Truth” is less interesting, but only because it’s a remake of “Midship,” a purple-blue Halo 2 multilevel maze set aboard a Covenant warship that’s been rejiggered for each of the subsequent games. “Empire” is the newcomer here, a graphically quotidian building-scape that’s no more vertical than Truth (which also has multiple levels), but harbors elevated nooks and high-up hiding spaces.

The first two maps are small but geometrically nuanced

Vets can probably say (and doubtless grouse) far more about the level design, but I’m digging what I’ve seen in the two launch arenas, from their insidious chokepoints to the cleverly positioned sight lines to the proportionate placement of spawn-in weaponry. And the special weapons–an Elite power sword in “Truth,” sniper rifles that spawn periodically in “Empire”–force you to double down on effective map control, encouraging your team to come together quickly and function as a cohesive unit.

The stuff I’m less jazzed about

The jury’s still out on “smart scope”

Call a spade a spade: probably because better players (than me) keep using this feature during aerial jumps at some distance or with sniper rifles for one-shot executions (read: mine). Still, it seems a little balance-questionable to let Spartans pick up anything from standard issue weapons to the most powerful gunnery, then quick-zoom-fire without mobility penalties and thus, since the ballistic spread is concentrated at a distance, with far more devastating accuracy.

I prefer there to be some penalty for at least some not-long-range weapons fired from a distance to prevent the game from devolving into an “everyone’s headshotting from a distance” match. Again, to be fair, I didn’t witness the latter happening, and the maps were busy enough sightline-wise to discourage it, so let’s call this more of a potential concern.

Thrusting may be a maneuver too far

For a Halo game, anyway: it’s like blocking in Super Smash Bros., where you know the feature’s there, you know it’s clearly capable of helping, but you’re always forgetting to use it–or having trouble using it effectively while juggling everything else. I’ll cop to my own Halo-ish biases (including a strong preference for fewer abilities in frenetic arena-style maps) being the potential issue here.

The voice acting makes the game feel too much like a game show

I’m totally into all the new information–as noted above, it’s often crucial, hands-free feedback. But the voices sounds a little too Smash TV at this point, a little too goofball and overtly eSports beholden. Hopefully those voiceovers are just placeholders, and there’s still plenty of space between now and the full launch this fall for debate over specificity (which things warrant callouts), their frequency and the voiceover personality types.

The Halo Channel could use a tune-up

It looks slick and comes loaded with scads of Halo-related indulgences, but navigation is sluggish: the menubar marker lags badly, scrolling text chugs into place and you’ll lose your place altogether if you move the navigation cursor too fast. I’d rather half (or have none of) the visual ornamentation, if it made the interface respond better. At this point, it’s like using Safari under OS X Yosemite on my 2014 Retina MacBook Pro. (Note: the Halo Channel isn’t beta specific–it launched independently in mid-November–but it’s woven into and comments on the beta experience, thus my inclusion of it here.)

The ads in the Halo Channel cheapen the experience

Before I could watch “The Sprint,” a series of insightful video vignettes about the Halo 5 multiplayer beta map “Truth,” I had to watch an un-skipable ad for the U.S. Navy. I play (and happily pay for) games (or game features) to get away from this stuff, and it’s a shame to see Microsoft muddying its Halo-verse by periodically dragging you out of it.

TIME Social Media

How Tweeting While You’re Out Partying Can Help Urban Planners

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Social media may improve urban planning

Computer science researchers have figured out a way to use tweets for better urban planning.

When you send a tweet, often they are tagged with what’s called a geolocation, which identifies the location from which you’re tweeting. Researchers (and siblings) Enrique and Vanessa Frías-Martínez, who work at Telefonica Research and the University of Maryland, deduced a way to gather that data and identify where the city’s nightlife thrives the most.

A common problem among urban planning is forgetting to account for how land is used during the nighttime versus during the day. However, nightlife is important to take into account when it comes to factors like foot traffic and noise control.

Enrique and Vanessa realized that in big cities with millions of people, having location tags as well as time stamps provides an accurate picture of where people spend their time at certain points in the day. They were particularly interested in honing in on the evening data.

Getting this type of information in detail often involves the use of questionnaires, a process that can be both time-consuming and expensive for urban planners, but aggregating tweets is simple and quick.

The duo has already tested their method on Manhattan, Madrid, and London, and their study is published in the journal Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. The were able to differentiate residential, business, daytime leisure and nightlife areas from aggregated tweets alone. They found that night activity in Madrid was more concentrated on weekends compared to Manhattan where more activity was during weeknights. London has especially high activity in daytime areas.

TIME apps

24 Great Free Apps and Tools to Help You Build Strong Habits

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Good habits are the crucial building blocks of a better, healthier, happier way of life

I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. Some of them are really small things (like learning to make hashbrowns, a breakfast food that has confounded me for years) and some are really big, like learning to live a more minimalist life.

In the past, I have begun each new year with great intentions but found following through really difficult—like many of those who create goals for the new year.

I think that’s because change is hard. We all want to improve and become better people — healthier, more productive, a better partner or friend. But it can be tough to stick to new behaviors.

So this year, I decided to get a little help from technology and research around the ideas of habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well and how New Year’s resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to discover how we can create lasting change in our lives.

The key? Habits. Good habits, it seems, are the crucial building blocks of a better, healthier, happier way of life.

But where do good habits come from? How do you create them?

Building an awesome habit

We’ve written about habits before on the blog. One of the most beneficial posts for me was Joel’s simple method to create a new habit:

  1. Start so small you can’t fail
  2. Work on the small habit for as long as it takes to become a ritual (something you’re pulled towards, rather than which requires willpower)
  3. Make a very small addition to the habit, ideally anchored to an existing ritual

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So it seems getting a little help building that initial habit could help a lot. Fortunately, there are tons of great tools and apps out there that want to lend a hand.

Here’s a look at some of the best free tools and apps I could find for building stronger habits.

Apps and tools to build strong habits

Web apps

21 Habit

The concept is simple: You pledge $21 that says you’ll keep up your new habit for 21 days, the time it takes to ingrain it as a habit. Each day you succeed, you get $1 back. Each day you fail, you forfeit $1, which 21habit donates to one of several charities.

42Goals

A simple tool for tracking your daily goals and keeping a log of your daily activities. Templates are provided for tracking all sorts of activities and habits, and you can also create your own custom goals. Data you collect is displayed in the style of chart you specify.

Beeminder

Beeminder puts a little sting into habit formation by requiring you to pay up if you aren’t able to keep your goals. You commit to pay something — initially $5 — after the first time you get off track with your new habit.

Chains.cc

This motivational tool uses the “don’t break the chain” method to help build good habits and break bad ones. Each day you complete a task you want to keep up, a visual streak grows. Bonus: There’s also an iPhone app for on-the-go habit-building.

Daytum

Whether you would like to tally a day or a year, Daytum helps you collect and visualize the most important statistics in your life—whatever they might be—and create an up-to-the-moment personal dashboard. Also has a companion iOS app!

Go F#^ing Do It

This site definitely doesn’t mince words! Nor does it shy away from its goal—helping you create new habits through accountability. All you need to get started is a goal, a deadline, some money and someone to act as your witness. If you don’t meet your deadline, there goes your cash.

HabitForge

This site is designed around accountability—a proven motivator in creating new habits. There are daily check-ins and progress reports, and a community to encourage you. You can even join or build a team of others working on the same thing as you.

Habitgrams

Set simple reminders to be sent through your choice of email or text.

iRunuRun

Focusing on a greatness method that zeroes in on tracking and quantifying focus on recurring behavior, this tool is a powerful performance and accountability platform. Also comes with an iOS app!

Lifetick

This web app first focuses on core values and then breaks them down into smaller goals and habits, with tons of visual progress reports. Also cool is the “Dreams” feature, where you can create and add to your lifelong “bucket list.”

Momentum

So this one is not quite a habit builder, but still too cool not to mention! Momentum is a personal dashboard designed to eliminate distraction and provide inspiration, focus, and productivity. Choose your goal or focus for the day and Momentum will gently remind you of it each time you go to open a new tab.

stickK

stickK focuses on incentives, accountability and community to help you keep up your habits. Each user creates a unique Commitment Contract to achieve goals within a particular timeframe. If you are unsuccessful, stickK lets your friends know about it. You can also put money on the line for any contract.

TinyHabits

BJ Fogg has studied human behavior for 20 years. His TinyHabits is a free, ongoing 5-day session in which you learn about habits, select 3 new habits you want and respond to a daily email. In less than 30 minutes total, he promises skills that will benefit you for a lifetime.

Both iOS and Android apps

HabitRPG

Life’s a game with HabitRPG, which rewards you for completing tasks and goals with gold, points, progress and more features. If you don’t complete tasks, your can loses health or even die and lose the progress you’ve made. You can also add friends to your group for community and accountability.

Lift

I have really enjoyed using Lift. The app does a great job is facilitating habits by breaking them down into small pieces and getting you into a routine. Check in when you complete goals of your choosing (popular ones include floss, run, meditate and more). For almost every habit there’s a great Q&A going on and an expert-led group that can help you come up with achievable goals.

iOS apps

Balanced

A simple way to celebrate daily successes that also creates motivation you may not even know you had. It starts you out with 50 suggested activities, so you’ll easily be able to find a new goal to work toward. Choose the ones that are right for you, or add your own to create your individual happiness list. Balanced gives you positive feedback, lets you know if you are on a streak, and keeps you aware of when you last did each activity.

Good Habits

Another “don’t break the chain” habit builder based on Jerry Seinfeld’s famous advice— with an added visual emphasis.

HabitClock

Need a wake-up call and a habit builder? HabitClocks not only wakes you up but also helps you perform morning routines that will improve your daily mood and productivity.

Loggr

If you want more control over how to create and track your habits, Loggr could be the answer. This app allows you to track, quantify, view and export any data—you choose what’s important to you.

Logsit

An easy way to keep track of your time and activities in order to get more insight into your behavior patterns. Reminders adjust to your behavior, and progress bars show the time until your next reminder.

Way of Life

Get the data you need to build better habits with Way of Life, which seems to track your habits in every visual way possible. As you collect more and more information, the idea is that you will be able to easily spot positive and negative trends in your lifestyle.

Android apps

The Fabulous

A habit-building app that focuses first on creating an awesome morning routine and then add other rituals to install healthy habits and mindfulness in your life. Users get tips for healthy living and a coach to motivate you to go further.

HabitBull

HabitBull lets you set reminders for each habit and displays them on days when you need to be successful, so you can use it as a to-do list, a calendar planning tool or checklist or a repeating reminder. Try to get a long streak for the habit you are working on by covering your goals—the longer the better!

Pledge

Pledge will remind you to do tasks you often neglect and highlight streaks and high scores so that you stay motivated and can focus on your goals. It also promises to “slightly judge you” if you don’t keep your promises, in case you might find that motivational.

I’m excited to try more of these tools to help me build strong habits in the new year and beyond. Maybe one of them could work for you, too!

As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit.”

This article originally appeared on Buffer.

TIME apps

These Apps Will Help You Get Home Safely on New Year’s Eve

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New Year's Eve is often the most dangerous night to drive

New Year’s Eve was last year’s most dangerous day to drive, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This year, the group is partnering with ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to help revelers get home without a scratch.

How else can you safely get from A to B this New Year’s Eve if you’ve been out enjoying a night of partying? Here are a few great options:

Uber

Uber will donate $1 for every ride nationwide between 6 p.m. local time on New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m New Year’s Day if riders use the promo code MADDNYE.

Lots of people will want Uber rides on New Year’s Eve, which means Uber’s surge pricing will be in effect, making rides more expensive. But apps like SurgeProtector can help you find locations near you with lower surge pricing. Uber, meanwhile, says early birds and night owls will get the best rates.

Lyft

Like Uber, Lyft will donate $1 for every person who makes a “pledge” to travel safely this New Year’s — you can pledge now through 6 a.m. local time on New Year’s Day. Lyft also has its own version of Uber’s “surge pricing” for periods of high demand, which it calls Prime Time.

Flywheel

Flywheel is launching a #SurgeFreeNYE promotion for $10 New Year’s Eve rides for its users in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento — a direct jab at Uber and Lyft, which up prices when there are a lot of ride requests.

Sidecar

The rideshare app, available in 10 cities, works like Uber and Lyft, but its selling point is that you’ll know your prices upfront. That’s particularly handy when prices on Uber and Lyft are expected to skyrocket on New Year’s Eve. It also has a carpooling function called Shared Rides for people traveling to nearby destinations.

Curb

The Curb car service app is known for partnering with only cab companies and professional for-hire drivers. It’s operating in 60 cities alongside 90 cab companies with a fleet of 35,000 cars total.

BeMyDD

If you drove to a New Year’s party, but you’re not able to drive home, check out BeMyDD. BeMyDD allows you to book a designated driver and a separate driver that will take both you and your car home. It serves over 76 cities in 31 states, with pricing at $25.00 plus mileage.

TIME Transportation

Why Tech Can’t Help Us Find Missing Airplanes

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In 2015, we may be doomed to repeat the problems of 2014, unless we rethink the way we monitor air traffic over the world’s oceans

This article was originally published at the Daily Dot.

In an era where it’s possible to track a stolen Macbook Pro at the click of a button, it seems ludicrous to imagine an entire airplane disappearing. Yet, that’s exactly what happened this year, twice, when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously vanished in March, followed by a similar disappearing act on the part of AirAsia QZ8501 on Sunday. And, thanks to the outdated technology we use to track aircraft, it’s an event that could happen again. The next time you’re on a flight over the ocean, look down. There’s a high probability that nobody knows where you are.

If that concerns you, it should, but it doesn’t seem to bother any of the regulatory agencies responsible for the safety of the over three billion passengers who board airliners every year. Nor does it upset airlines. Despite the fact that some of the technology used for tracking and monitoring planes dates to the 1930s, regulators and airlines have been slow to adopt alternative technologies, even though they’re available. In 2015, we may be doomed to repeat the problems of 2014, unless we rethink the way we monitor air traffic over the world’s oceans.

You might think that airline tracking relies on a highly sophisticated series of satellites and GPS, but you’re actually wrong. Planes are tracked via radar, an old but still highly effective method of keeping track of large objects in the sky, but it has some flaws, even with the use of a combination of both primary and secondary radar systems. Air traffic control towers and military installations start by using primary radar, which detects objects in range by reading reflected radio signals, to track the movement of aircraft: Think of the classic cockpit green screen with approaching fighter jets in an action movie…

Read the rest of the story at the Daily Dot

TIME Mobile

This Is How Apple Totally Won Christmas

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Data trickling in after the holiday tells the tale

It looks like Santa put quite a few iPhones under people’s Christmas trees this year. According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, Apple’s iOS devices accounted for more than 50% of all new device activations globally among smartphones and tablets in the week from Dec. 19 to Dec. 25. Samsung saw the second-most device activations with a marketshare of about 18%. Nokia followed in third place with 6% of activations, and Sony and LG rounded out the top 5 with 1.6% and 1.4% of activations, respectively.

Flurry tracks data from more than 600,000 apps to determine when devices are turned on for the first time. Christmas Day also saw a significant spike in app installs as people unwrapped their new devices. On Dec. 25th, the number of app installs was 2.5 times higher than the average number of daily installs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21, according to Flurry. Games and messaging apps got the biggest boost in installs on Christmas.

Flurry’s data also shows the ever-growing importance of phablets in the mobile market. In the week leading up to Christmas, 13% of the new devices activated were phablets, up from just 4% last year. The jump is likely thanks in great part to the new iPhone 6 Plus. Meanwhile, tablets, which have lagged in sales in 2014, saw their share of device activations slip from 29% in 2013 to 22% this year.

TIME How-To

These Are the Best Times to Hail an Uber on New Year’s Eve

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Early birds and night owls can avoid surge pricing

Uber has released a handy guide to its New Year’s Eve surge pricing, showing when demand for rides tends to peak and when it bottoms out. The car hailing service anticipates a record-breaking surge in demand this New Year’s Eve, expecting up to 2 million rides within a 24-hour period.

Uber’s surge pricing, which can drastically increase the cost of getting a lift, kicks in automatically during times of high demand to incentivize more drivers to get on the road.

“On New Year’s Eve, everyone is looking for rides at exactly the same times,” Uber wrote in an official blog post. “We expect the highest demand—and fares—between 12:30 and 2:30 AM. For the most affordable rides, request right when the ball drops at midnight or wait until later for prices to return to normal.”

Uber also charted its expected demand over the course of nine hours, revealing sweet spots for early birds and night owls:

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The rest of the ridership can always consent to the fare hike and then rant about it on Twitter, in keeping with what’s become a veritable New Year’s tradition.

TIME Careers & Workplace

The One Thing I’m Doing To Be More Productive in 2015

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It's about how and when to use social media

At some point over the last few years, I picked up an awful habit. For every 20-30 minutes of work I do, I “reward” myself by opening Facebook or Twitter and dipping into my social streams.

Seems innocent enough—”I’ll just see where ‘the conversation’ is right now”—but I’ve realized it’s more distracting than helpful. My habit’s gotten so bad that opening up TweetDeck to take a quick peek is more an exercise of muscle memory than a conscious decision on my part.

Getting face-deep into a piece I’m writing about, say, New Year’s resolutions, only to distract myself midway through reading tweets about rabbits near the Gowanus canal, China blocking Gmail or the weather in Moscow (all examples from my Twitter feed as I write this) makes it harder to get anything done because when I revert back to my task at hand, I’ve got to mentally catch up to where I was five minutes ago.

I just had to catch up right now, actually. And it definitely slows me down. It probably doesn’t help my accuracy, creativity or other performance metrics, either.

I’m not sure where the habit came from exactly. It might be the evolution of a favorite move of mine from college: write for 25 minutes, rest for five. But back then, I took my quick breaks by laying down stimuli-free, letting my mind get back to focusing on the task at hand when the time came. Working in an office makes it much tougher to get that stimuli-free break.

So my New Year’s resolution this year—lame as it may be compared to people who quit smoking or vow to travel more—is to shake this habit. No more dipping out of work to look at Twitter or Facebook. If I need a break, I’ll stare out the window for a few minutes or, better yet, take a walk around the office. I have a feeling this will help me be loads more productive in 2015, if a little quieter on social media.

TIME Careers & Workplace

This Report Shows Why Email Will Never Die

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Poll finds gains from connectivity outweigh the losses

Email is the most useful workplace technology, according to a report released Tuesday.

Pew Research Center asked 1,066 Internet users how web access has changed the way they work. Nearly half of workers say that the Internet, distractions and all, has improved their productivity at the office. Only 7% of respondents blamed the Internet for a decline in productivity, while 46% credited it as an improvement, opening up new paths of communication and extending their workday over longer and more flexible hours.

More than one-third of respondents said that round-the-clock Internet access means they now work longer days than they used to.

Of all the workplace tools the Internet has provided, Email topped the list of the most useful. “It was the killer app 45 years ago for the early ARPANET and it continues to rule workplaces despite threats like spam and phishing and competitors like social networking and texting,” said Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science and technology research at Pew.

More recent developments such as social media ranked at the bottom of the “most useful” list, with only 4% of workers deeming it “very important” to their workday.

TIME Security

New Research Blames Insiders, Not North Korea, for Sony Hack

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Growing evidence suggests it was not North Korea.

A leading cyber security firm says it has evidence that contradicts the government’s allegation that North Korea was behind the debilitating cyber attacks against Sony Pictures.

Researchers from the firm Norse told Security Ledger, an independent security news website, that they believe that a group of six individuals orchestrated the hack, including at least one former employee who was laid off in company-wide restructuring in May.

The latest allegations add to growing skepticism over the FBI’s assertion — reiterated by President Barack Obama — that linked North Korea to the attack, which the country has denied. A recent linguistic analysis cited in the New York Times found that the hackers’ language in threats against Sony was written by a native Russian speaker and not a native Korean speaker.

“For every clue that seems to point to the involvement of the DPRK, there are others that point in other directions, as well,” the Security Ledger reports.

Read more at the Security Ledger.

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