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Man steals $1m on ‘Game of War’ and spends it

A Californian man, Kevin Lee Co, misused $4.8m and spent $1m of it on the app, Game of War. From about May 2008 to March 2015, he engaged in a scheme to defraud almost $5 million from his employer Holt.

Kevin abused the authority to conduct hundreds of unauthorised credit card transactions on the company’s account, to change and fraud many records regarding the credit account and to mislead the bank that held the credit account when it made inquiries about his suspicious transactions.

As part of a plea agreement Kevin Lee Co, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

In total, he must pay Holt (also the owner of Game of War) $4,542,236.08 in compensation, and he potentially faces 20 years in prison according to the plea agreement documents.

by Ben – Correspondent for the Science and Technology section

Fernley’s and Ben’s 60 Second Report

‘Could vegetables grow on Mars?’ Is the question many scientists are asking themselves. Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully grown tomatoes, peas, radishes and other vegetables, in another soil (supplied by NASA) thought to be very similar to Martian soil. No-one ate the vegetables because substances in it may be poisonous.

The next story is about Professor Stephen Hawking and his views about the EU Referendum. Genius, Professor Stephen Hawking, has warned Brexit would be ‘a disaster for UK science’. If you want more about this story read this article:


If you are ever upset about the news here is some advice:

  • Just don’t worry; there is a very small chance this is going to happen to you.
  • Tell your mum or dad, or any adult that you trust.

by Ben and Fernley – Coordinators for the General News section.

Evolution in Coding

Recently, a campaign called the Hour of Code has been set and many schools are taking part.

Many people have different opinions on it, however at St. Ambrose Barlow RC High school we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here is an interview with the headmaster: Mr Davis

We asked Mr Davis some questions:

Why did you choose to allow the Hour of Code in your school?

I chose it because it is a good thing for children to learn about.

What is your opinion on the Hour of Code?

I believe that it is a vital thing for pupils to learn about and that it is a great skill.

Do you believe that coding is a good skill and if so do you think that everyone  should know about it?

Yes because it is very important and even though some people may just see the hour of code as a bit of fun for an hour,  for others it could create a whole new branch for opportunities.

As Mr Davis stated, coding is important and everyone should know about whether they will need to know about it for their career or not.

Being a game maker, an IT teacher and even a musician, you’ll need some knowledge of code, and there are many ways to learn it, online, on a course, and even  in school at the hour of code.

In conclusion, as the headteacher said, the ability to code is a important thing for everyone to learn, no matter how or where; because as the planet’s tech evolves so must our knowledge of how it works.

By Harry, Jack and Ben- Coordinators of the school news team.

The 5 Best Smartphones of 2015

It’s nearing Christmas and you may be wondering what phone to get your loved ones for Christmas. Well, here we have chosen (in our opinion) the top 5 smartphones to buy your friends and family for Christmas.

5. Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 phone is a throwback from the past to a simpler time with its removable battery like the Samsung Galaxy S3, also being a temporary PC, allowing you to turn a nearby TV into a computer through a Microsoft Display Dock and a Bluetooth keyboard. It’s worth mentioning its excellent camera and lightweight design, but the lack of apps lets it down, making it number 5.

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Number 5, the Lumia 950

4. HTC One M9

HTC is the perfect device for those who value personalisation, thanks to the new user interface, the HTC One M9 is not the necessarily a large step forward from the award-winning M8, but it remains a brilliant solution to the problem over which is the most flexible Android phone on the market, deserving number 4.

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Number 4, HTC One M9

3. LG G4

LG’s latest phone, the G4, builds on the success of its competitors with an stunning 16MP rear-facing camera (for the days you’re on an adventure) and an 8MP front-facing lens (for all those selfies) and the option of a leather back, unike the Samsung Galaxy S6, it has a microSD slot and removable battery, earning the place of number 3 to buy for your family.

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Number 3, the LG G4


2. Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t Samsung’s latest phone but I am certain it’s a good one. With a water resistant coat, it’s no match for the puddles you run past every day in fear of dropping your phone in them. With a fingerprint scanner you have a more secure option to get in your phone and with the new Ultra Power Saving Mode you can use apps longer and faster, making it number 2 in this list.

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Number 2, the Galaxy S5.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

One of Samsung’s newest phones is the S6 Edge, it’s perfect for those times at night when you need to charge your phone at night with the wireless charging feature. Like the S5 at number 2 in this list, it also has the fingerprint scanner and the new Samsung Pay. With being one of the first phones to have a curved screen this definitely deserves number 1 with all its unique features.

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Number 1, the S6 Edge

by Ben – coordinator for the Science and Technology section.





“Over the past few years, the NCA has seen the people engaging in cybercrime becoming younger and younger,” Richard Jones, head of the Prevent team at the NCA’s Cyber Crime Unit.

Do you know what cyber-crime is? Studies indicate that the majority of young people are in the dark when it comes to breaking the law online. To investigate this, we interviewed two girls from Year 9. They both knew the general definition of ‘Cyber-Crime’ and some examples being ‘hacking, spam, plagiarism, cyber-bullying’. However, they were surprised to learn that the punishment for hacking could be anything up 10 years in prison. These interviews showed us that although teenagers know of cyber-crime, they are not well-educated as to what is actually is.

Cybercrimes can be divided into 3 major categories against: personal, meaning it affects one victim; government, hacking government systems; and property, breaking a computer or damaging files via hacking.

We believe that all young people should know the basics of cybercrime, especially in this day and age where the internet is becoming increasingly popular. Being educated on this subject could significantly help the National Crime Agency catch criminals.


Autumn and Anaya- Science and Technology Editors

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