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US struggling to counter Islamic State's clever social media strategy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 42 mins ago

The Islamic State continues vicious attacks in Iraq and Syria, taking over new territory while also suffering setbacks - and the fight continues on another front: the Internet.

 

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The US State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) tries to monitor how IS uses the Internet for its own purposes, though has struggled to counter its evolving online strategy. Secretary of State John Kerry has hired Richard Stengel, former Time managing editor, to help create a new strategy to publish the harsh reality of citizens living under IS control.

 

Here is what Stengel told the Houston Chronicle: "You say the Caliphate is heaven on earth? We're going to show you pictures where sewers don't work. You're winning on the battlefield? Here's a satellite picture of you guys retreating."

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Fridge filled with Jurassic Park games for the SNES on eBay for $1500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 15 mins ago

Someone has listed a fridge filled with Jurassic Park games for the Super Nintendo on eBay, with someone paying $1500 for them all. Some of the SNES games have stickers, some don't, while some have worn or torn labels. Note: it does not include the fridge.

 

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The person selling it has said on eBay: "Just in time for the new Jurassic World (Jurassic Park) movie that is coming out, you can have your very own refrigerator full of Snes Jurassic Park carts!! There are just about 300 Jurassic Park carts including a handful of CIB copies and a PAL version CIB. I will also include the schlue of other Jurassic Park games: gameboy CIB, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Saturn CIB copies. Also have a CIB Jurassic Park 2 and sealed JP 2 for snes that will be included. And a laser disk movie for kicks and giggles. Fridge and Bacardi not included".

'Mad Max' Blu-ray to include black & white version

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 16 mins ago

This summer's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' continues to do solid business across the world, winning high praise from reviewers and sitting pretty with an impressive 98% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but it seems that plans for the home video release of the film are well advanced.

 

Speaking to Slash Film, Director George Miller apparently "demanded a black and white version of Fury Road for the Blu-ray and that version of the film will feature an option to hear just the isolated score as the only soundtrack". The website even made a video to illustrate how the film plays out in black and white, which you can see below.

 

 

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is expected to hit Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in September.

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The ThermalTHOR modder is back again with another incredible entry

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 2 hours, 6 mins ago

Suchao Prowphong is no newbie to master mods, showcasing his amazing ThermalThor hammer mod in mid 2014 to the public.

 

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Hailing from Thailand, this full-time farmer is certainly nothing to scoff at and has titled his new entry 'Core X 2 furious' - it is becoming apparent that Prowphong certainly loves his action movies.

 

Complete with two different Intel i5 CPUs and a great white color scheme, the only other Thermaltake CaseMOD entry we have covered so far with such a setup is Stuart Tonk's (AUS) dual Intel Xeon entry.

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The Spring Update for Battlefield 4 drops on Tuesday with new goodies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 12 mins ago

DICE is preparing the big Spring Update patch for Battlefield 4, something that will reintroduce the "Gun Master" team deathmatch mode, as well as five new weapons. The Sprint Update will usher in one hour of downtime for BF4 multiplayer, with the schedule below:

 

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  • PC: 1 to 2 a.m. PT.
  • Xbox One: 2 to 3 a.m. PT.
  • Xbox 360: 3 to 4 a.m. PT.
  • PS4: 4 to 5 a.m. PT.
  • PS3: 5 to 6 a.m. PT.

 

DICE hasn't yet said what weapons will be included, or shown off any screenshots of the weapons. What we do know, is that we can expect a new assault rifle, carbine, PDW, sidearm and LMG. Every single weapon in the game is also being rebalanced for their effectiveness at varying ranges.

NASA discovers a new galaxy which is as bright as 300 trillion suns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 57 mins ago

NASA has just found a new galaxy that is shining as brightly as, wait for it... 300 trillion suns. That's a lot of zeroes: 300,000,000,000,000 suns. One sun is bright, but 300 trillion? Ugh, I need some new sunglasses.

 

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The discovery has been so large for NASA that they've had to create a new classification for it, and the 19 other galaxies they discovered. These new galaxies are extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs for short. NASA has said that the new ELIRGs are "the most luminous galaxy found to date". NASA scientists spotted the ELIRGs with their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope.

 

The ELIRGs that NASA found are located 12.5 billion light years away, which is why it's so damn bright. NASA JPL scientist Chao-Wei Tsai says that it "may be from the main growth spurt of the galaxy's black hole".

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Intel's next-gen Xeon platform will support 6-channel DDR4 RAM in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 hours, 47 mins ago

I really have to stop reading about Intel's upcoming Xeon platforms, as I'm just going to disappoint myself that I'll never own one. The chipmaker is teasing its next-gen Xeon Skylake platform: Purley. The new architecture is going to be quite the leap over the current generation, with support for 6-channel DDR4, up from the quad-channel DDR4 support we have today.

 

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Skylake Purley will be one of the biggest updates to the Xeon platform in quite a long time, with Skylake EX Purley supporting not just 6-channel DDR4, but up to eight processors that support 28 cores per chip, too. We also have the AVX 512 instruction set that will include the 100G OmniPath interconnect.

 

The OmniPath interconnect is something you've probably never heard of before, which is something that will be called Storm Lake. The PCH itself will be codenamed Lewisburg, with it sporting updated Ethernet controllers. The TDP that Skylake EX Purley processors will have will be between 45W and 165W, with CPUs slotting into something called Socket P. Another major update to the platform will see the number of PCIe slots increased to 48, with x4, x8 and x16 divisions allowed, which is a big upgrade to the platform.

Selfie with a gun? Lady accidentally shoots herself in the head

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 10 hours, 57 mins ago

A 21-year-old Russian woman just wanted to take a selfie with a 9mm handgun... but accidentally shot herself instead.

 

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There are conflicting reports about the weapon, with some reports claiming the security officer left it unattended in an office before leaving for holiday. However, the RT says the security guard reportedly allowed the woman to use his weapon to take a selfie, and then the woman began to pose for a picture. She grabbed the trigger, the weapon discharged, and a bullet ricocheted off a wall and into her head, according to a witness.

 

If true, the guard faces a negligent weapon possession leading to injury charge, and could face up to six months in a Russian jail if convicted.

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Qualcomm teams up with Mercedes to study wireless EV testing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 11 hours, 27 mins ago

It looks like Mercedes-Benz and Qualcomm will team up to help study wireless electric vehicle recharging functionality, in addition to helping wirelessly recharge smartphones. It could be possible to wirelessly charge devices such as smartphones and tablets, which are increasingly utilized via connected technologies now included in higher-end cars.

 

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"It's important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers," said Thomas Weber, board member of the research and development team at Daimler, in a statement published by Reuters. "With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm."

 

There is a race among automakers to work with tech companies, helping push the boundaries of vehicle software, telecommunications - and overall connected functionality. German automakers are especially eager to embrace technology in luxury cars, which should continue trickling down to more affordable vehicles.

The UK's Richi Bowzer brings his best mod to the global stage

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 18 hours, 7 mins ago

Hailing from the United Kingdom, master modder Richi 'rchiileea+richi' Bowzer has been selected as one of seven modders to go head to head with other big names that TweakTown has already covered in Thermaltake's caseMOD invitational competition - check out Stuart Tonks (AUS) and Fabio Moma (JP).

 

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Looking a little different from most mods you will see in this day and age, Bowzer quotes his expansive computer history as part of his modding know-how, stating "how old am I? well old enough to know you can run a AMD K2 without a heat sink for a few minutes, and to also know a small company called abit only released mobos with German translated manuals" all while navigating through a dial-up connection.

 

With the theme of this case being titled as 'Illusionist', Bowzer has gone about integrating the Thermaltake Core X9 case on offer with a fancy painted color scheme coupled with a cool 16GB of Avexir Blitz 1.1 RAM.

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