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Journey to Middle Earth with our Smaug 3D Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of the middle entry in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug on home video formats, our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on 3D Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers. Filled with extra features including a documentary, featurettes, trailers and a music video, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a must have for Tolkien and adventure fans alike.

 

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To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:

 

How would you defend your hometown from a dragon attack?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on April 17th. The total prize pool is approximately $134.85.

 

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The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug is available on 3D, 2D +UltraViolet Blu-ray, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray and DVD + UltraViolet combo packs from Australian retailers on April 16th.

It looks like Watch Dogs will be launching on the Wii U, in the Fall

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of 2014, but it will be hitting the Microsoft and Sony consoles as well as the PC, but not much has been said about the Nintendo Wii U.

 

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Well, according to Ubisoft's official storefront, Watch Dogs will be hitting the Wii U in the Fall. Nintendo Enthusiast, which spotted it on the Ubisoft storefront, has said it has confirmed through an Ubisoft rep that Watch Dogs is indeed coming to Nintendo's console in the Fall. Ubisoft Montreal is working hands-on with every version of the game for all platforms, except the Wii U versiojn.

 

Ubisoft's studio over in Bucharest, Romania, is working on the Wii U version of the game.


Dutchman Niki Terpstra wins 2014 Paris-Roubaix with late solo attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Sport | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

A late solo attack from Niki Terpstra gave Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step another Paris-Roubaix victory, with the Dutch rider breaking free of the lead pack on the last sector of cobblestones six kilometers before the finish.

 

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Terpstra explains when he was given the order to attack: "As soon as I heard that, I didn't wait 20 seconds. I just went full gas, like I like to do. It was not clear how much of a margin I had. I knew I was in the front, and when I looked behind, I saw I had a good gap. I didn't look backagain, because you know they're coming. I wasn't sure I was going to win until reaching the velodrome."

 

The 2013 Paris-Roubaix winner, Fabian Cancellara, had to settle for third place in the finale of the cycling spring classics season.

US government warns that cybercriminals could use Heartbleed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

The US government is increasingly concerned that cybercriminals will use Heartbleed to steal personal information, with the Department of Homeland Security asking corporate victims to step forward and report breaches.

 

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The OpenSSL issue involved impacts two-thirds of all websites, with many companies frantically improving security to negate the threat.

 

"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems," said Larry Zelvin, Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director, in a blog post.

Continue reading 'US government warns that cybercriminals could use Heartbleed' (full post)

UK government also paying millions to Microsoft for XP support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 15 hours ago

The UK government signed a multi-million-dollar contract to continue receiving Microsoft Windows XP support, and will receive critical software security updates for one-year. As part of the deal, Microsoft will receive $9.2 million to provide support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 until next April.

 

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"We have made an agreement with the Crown Commercial Service to provide eligible UK public sector organizations with the ability to download security upgrades to Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 for one year until April 8, 2015,"Microsoft said in a statement to ComputerWeekly. "Agreements such as these do not remove the need to move off Windows XP as soon as possible."

 

Public sector organizations have a plan to begin migrating from XP, and all necessary changes should be made before the one-year support contract is up.

Continue reading 'UK government also paying millions to Microsoft for XP support' (full post)

Expedition, the first DLC for Titanfall drops in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Titanfall is still fresh in most gamers' minds, but the first DLC pack is getting prepped and ready to be deployed. Expedition is coming in May, with the fresh DLC's story taking place after the multiplayer campaign.

 

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Expedition will feature a map called "Swampland" which will be set in the ruins of "archaic alien technology" which will provide copious amounts of trees for wall running. A second map dubbed "Runoff" will include water play. The third map, "War Games" is based from Titanfall's training simulator. Respawn is also looking at removing the HUD for video capture, something that the fans have requested.

 

The developer is also looking at something it is calling "rifts or variants" which would do some tweaks to the current modes in Titanfall. A season pass to Titanfall will set you back $24.99, something the developer announced earlier in the month.

Nine years later, Tigers' Verlander get first major league hit

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 4 days ago

Prior to Saturday night, Tigers' starting pitcher, Justin Verlander went 0 for 26 in his ten-year career in the big leagues. Coming up to bat in the second inning, Verlander took a first pitch strike and regrouped to hit Padres' Ian Kennedy's 91-mph fastball over second base for his first career hit.

 

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Verlander wasn't stopping their though as he came up to bat in the fourth inning and singled to right,beating out the throw by Chris Denorfia. As a pitcher, Verlander held the Padres to two runs on eight hits over seven innings leading the Tigers to a 6-2 victory

 

When asked about his first career hit Verlander replied "After nine years in the big leagues, I don't think the Padres were thinking it was my first hit, but I got the ball back."

NSA used 'Heartbleed' to help snoop on Internet users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

A recent report published by Bloomberg says the NSA was familiar with Heartbleed and used the flaw to collect intelligence, choosing to stay silent not to compromise a valuable spying asset.

 

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Around two-thirds of websites on the Internet have been affected by Heartbleed, and websites are scrambling to improve security.

 

Meanwhile, the federal government is denying using Heartbleed: "Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong," said Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council Spokeswoman, in a statement. "The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report."

Continue reading 'NSA used 'Heartbleed' to help snoop on Internet users' (full post)

James Cameron talks VR movies, still hasn't tried out Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

James Cameron is pretty much a household name thanks to directing movies like The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, oh and Avatar. Cameron was asked some interesting questions during his Reddit AMA session.

 

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Cameron was asked on whether he would be making any movies using VR devices, such as the Oculus Rift, where he said: "I personally would be very interested to find a way to incorporate VR and a narrative-filmmaking experience. So a narrative directed experience that has individuated pathways where you have choices that you make in real-time, I think that would be a lot of fun. I think it would be very technically daunting and expensive, to do it as the same quality level as a typical feature, but it would be fun to experiment with".

 

He continued, saying: "It sounds like a lot of fun. I don't think it would take over the feature film market though. I'm very familiar with VR, but I haven't seen the specific Oculus Rift device". Cameron will be getting his hands-on Oculus VR's headset soon enough, where the director of Avatar said: "I'm interested in it. I'm meant to see it some time in the next month or so, but I've been familiar with VR since its inception. In fact, virtual reality is a way of describing the way we work on Avatar, we work in a virtual workspace all day long. We use a 'virtual camera' which is how I create all the shots that are CG in the film, a window into a virtual reality that completely surrounds me".

Civilization: Beyond Earth looks to the stars, supports AMD's Mantle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Civilization fans will need to be cooled down after hearing about Civilization: Beyond Earth's announcement. Where Beyond Earth changes things up, is by lifting off from Earth, and taking off to the stars.

 

 

Civilization: Beyond Earth is more sci-fi, where players can visit other world's, universes and alien planets where we will see humans using their environment, and all sorts of other things against each other. Not much in terms of detail on Beyond Earth has been discussed, but AMD's Mantle API will be supported.

 

This means we'll see lower-end PCs playing Civilization: Beyond Earth at better frame rates, and those with beastier machines enjoying much higher resolutions and on-screen goodies at once.

Continue reading 'Civilization: Beyond Earth looks to the stars, supports AMD's Mantle' (full post)

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