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ViaSat teams with Boeing for 1Tbps satellites, launches in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 41 mins ago

We all know the pain of being on a plane without Wi-Fi, but US communications company ViaSat could change all of that. The company has teamed up with Boeing to launch three new satellites that would have massive bandwidth.




The companies will be launching new satellites that will feature twice the total combined network capacity of all of the connected satellites flying through space. The two companies have already started this work, with two of the three ViaSat-3 satellites. These new satellites will have more than 1Tbps of capacity, each.


ViaSat will be in control of designing and manufacturing the payload while Boeing will be taking care of developing the "associated satellite bus platforms" for its 2019 launch. The first two satellites will take care of the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) while the third satellite will cover Asia.

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In 8 hours, Windows 10 sends data to Microsoft IP addresses 5500 times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 28 mins ago

Since the release of Windows 10, we've been slowly learning just how much of a spying tool it is for Microsoft, but these new numbers are going to blow you away.




Voat user CheesusCrust has completed some extensive testing on Windows 10, where he reports that during an 8-hour period, Windows 10 attempted to send back data from his PC to over 51 different IPS addresses owned by Microsoft, and at a staggering 5500 times.


After 30 hours, the data being sent back to Microsoft from Windows 10 expanded to a huge 113 non-private IP addresses. These IP addresses being non-private means that hackers can intercept that data, which makes anyone using Windows 10 very, very vulnerable. You might think this is just a once-off, and that the proof can't be replicated? Yeah, well, no.

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Magic Leap and Virtuix are the newest members of the ESA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 2 hours, 39 mins ago

AR and VR companies Magic Leap and Virtuix are the latest to join the Entertainment Software Association.




Magic Leap only recently secured itself a huge $800 million investment, which will see their augmented reality (AR) technology leap into the arms of consumers in the near future. Virtuix on the other hand, is a VR firm that took to Kickstarter with its Virtuix Omni platform, which enables physical movement and mobility in the VR world.


Jan Goetgeluk, founder and CEO of Virtuix, said: "We're proud to join ESA during this exciting time of transformation for video games and virtual reality. We look forward to joining ESA at the forefront of critical policy issues facing our dynamic industry".

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Opera receives $1.2 billion bid from Chinese consortium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 50 mins ago

Would you think Opera is worth $1.2 billion, especially against browser giants like Google and Firefox? Well, a group of Chinese technology companies have offered Opera the huge cheque, a 53% premium over what it was trading at prior to the news.




The Norwegian-based company's board of directors very quickly unanimously recommended that its shareholders take the offer, which was a very good decision. The buyout bid comes from mobile gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360, which TechSpot reports as China's top mobile antivirus provider. On top of that, Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management of China which also includes Yonglian Investment, are involved.


If the deal goes through, Kunlun and Qihoo have plans to sell their products to Opera users, and push Opera's mobile advertising platform to Chinese users. Opera says that its mobile ad network has a reach over over 1 billion users, which would make sense for Chinese companies to dive onto it.

Filming on 'Star Wars Episode VIII' kicks off

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 1 min ago

After the whirlwind success of 'The Force Awakens' comes to an end, with an astonishing $2b worldwide haul, attention now moves to the series continuation, and it's upcoming spin-off 'Rogue One'. In an announcement that's sure to get fans in a tizzy, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that cameras have begun rolling on the as-yet untitled 'Episode VIII'.




According to ComingSoon, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed during an investor conference call yesterday that "filming of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', the next chapter of the legendary saga has just commenced"" before also confirming that "production of 'Episode IX' ... has also begun."


If you've seen 'The Force Awakens' you'll have a pretty solid idea at who's set to return, a mixture of the original cast and the new cast. Under the helm of 'Looper' director Rian Johnston, 'Episode VIII' will hit screens worldwide in December 2018.

Analyst expects mobile app store revenue to hit $100 billion by 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

It looks like the mobile app market is doing extremely well, with a new report from App Annie expecting to see global spending reach $50.9 billion this year - with the Google Play Store to overtake the Apple App Store in 2017.




App Annie released its new Mobile App Forecast recently, predicting that worldwide mobile app store revenues would hit $101.1 billion in 2020. The analyst firm is expecting consumer spending on apps to be up 24% year-over-year at $50.9 billion this year, with these numbers including non-gaming apps, but not mobile commerce and advertising revenue.


The company expects the Apple App Store to be the single highest grossing app storefront into the near future, with $44.8 billion generated in 2020, it will be overtaken by the Google Play Store in gross revenue numbers next year, with $55.7 billion expected in 2020. Why is Android poised to take over? The report points to the huge growth of Android in emerging markets like India, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.

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Unity announces SteamVR support, now works on the HTC Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 7 hours, 58 mins ago

It looks like the HTC Vive will see plenty of Unity-powered games, with Unity introducing SteamVR support. This means that developers can edit their games inside of the VR world, much like the new VR support for Unreal Engine.




Valve isn't the only company receiving some VR love from Unity, with the developer also providing support for Google Cardboard. Unity has supported the Oculus Rift pretty much since day one, but it's great to see not only SteamVR support, but Google Cardboard, too.

P.T. influenced game now coming to Xbox One and PS4, possibly VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 36 mins ago

The whole world mourned the loss of P.T. but it looks like we might see it live again in another way through Visage, which is inspired by the likes of P.T. and the Silent Hills series.



Visage has taken to Kickstarter with a funding goal of $35,000 CAD - at the time of writing and with 30 days to go, it has reached $47,603 CAD with 1424 backers. Visage is explained as: "The game will be set inside a huge house in which terrible things have happened. You'll wander through the gloomy corridors, explore every dead room, and get lost in endless mazes, your head filling with memories of the dead families that once lived in this very home. This twisted environment, void of any life other than yours, will take you to places you couldn't even bear imagining".


The next stretch goal doesn't seem too hard at $50,000, which will see the game made with VR support - but then once it hits $75,000 "it gets real" with more 3D character models.

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Fox greenlights 'Deadpool' sequel before release of first

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 9 hours, 59 mins ago

Nothing says confidence in your product than starting development on a sequel before the first one has even hit screens, but such is the buzz (and audience tracking) on 'Deadpool', that Fox have apparently greenlit a sequel to the Marvel feature.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Deadpool' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already been commission to write the follow up, which 20th Century Fox have already given the go-ahead for. While director Tim Miller has not yet been re-hired, the core team of the writers, Miller and star Ryan Reynolds are all expected to return.


By today's standards, the $58m budget is considered for a movie of this genre and the fact it's tracking to recoup its entire budget on opening weekend probably plays a part in today's news. But will the film be any good? Come back in a week for TweakTown's review!

Oculus founder says Rift pre-orders far outweigh dev kit orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 10 hours, 23 mins ago

During the Unity Vision Summit, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had some choice words to say regarding the expectations of Rift pre-orders, and that it should be far more than a few hundred thousand units.




Luckey said: "A few hundred thousand dev kits is nothing compared to what we will be doing this year...". Luckey also added that Oculus had shipped around 200,000 developer kits to developers, including the DK1 and DK2 units. Judging by what Luckey is saying here, it looks like he's hinting that Oculus would be shipping millions of Rift units, and that doesn't seem right.


We reached out to our good friend Anshel Sag, Staff Technologist and Technical Writer of Moor Insights & Strategy, who said: "I believe that it would be extremely unlikely that Oculus would ship more than 100,000 to 200,000 Rift headsets this year. I believe that Palmer's statements are more of his wishes and hope than the reality of the current situation, similar to what we saw with pricing of the Rift".

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