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'Star Wars' Tatooine set now a terror warzone

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

The crisis that has engulfed the Middle East thanks to the rise of ISIS (or 'Daesh' as Coalition forces prefer to refer to it) continues to march through the African continent and now threatens the small Tunisian town which served as the backdrop of the original 'Star Wars' film shoot in 1976.




Dedicated fans of the franchise have made pilgrimages to the areas where George Lucas filmed scenes of the alien planet Tatooine (a play on the real town's name of Tataouine) in 'A New Hope' but now the tourism trade has all but come to a standstill following a gun attack on tourists at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 19 people.


Tunisia is now sadly caught up in the march of ISIS, with three young men recently arrested in an attempt to cross into Libya to join the terror cell.

Fox announces 'X-Files' return with Mulder and Scully

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Earlier this year, we reported that Twentieth Century Fox was close to securing a deal to bring back the classic TV show 'The X-Files', and today the network has made it official - The 'X-Files' are being reopened!




Series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have come to an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox to return their talents to the show, with a 6 episode limited series to begin production in the middle of the year. A release date has not been set, but is likely to hit at the end of the year, or at the start of the 2016 sweeps period in late January.


The last time Mulder and Scully reprised their roles was in the 2008 theatrical sequel 'I Want to Believe' which disappointed many fans for eschewing the alien mythology plot thread of later seasons. There is currently no word yet on the projected storyline, however a comment from Chris Carter seems to imply that this series will be standalone episodes by saying "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories". Either way, the truth is out there - and I'm looking to see some more of it.

ISIS hackers post US personnel information online, raising concerns

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

The Islamic State Hacking Division recently created waves when it posted personal information of military personnel online - and called for attacks on the soldiers and Marines.




The ISIS group posted names, photos and addresses of US military personnel, with the list reportedly collected using public databases and social media. The hacker group didn't breach any sensitive networks, according to military sources - leading officers to be careful of social media activities.


"I am sending this message as a reminder regarding vigilance while using social media," said Army Major. General Michael Garrett. "A couple months ago, we reached out to remind you of the reality that we are operating in a 'new norm' in which cyber threats are real and constant; any Centcom teammate or family member could be targeted. To that end, we all should maintain a heightened sense of vigilance whether dealing with work or home computer usage, specifically as it relates to social media."

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FTC creates a new office to analyze Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to keep a close eye on the growing Internet of Things (IoT) boom, as more connected Things access the Internet.




The FTC will task the newly-created Office of Technology Research and Investigation with a high-level approach to analyzing IoT. It will focus on studying "privacy, data security, connected cars, smart homes, algorithmic transparency, emerging payment methods, big data, and the Internet of Things."


The IoT provides great potential for connectivity everywhere a person goes, but the FTC has concerns related to privacy and security.

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HP abandons Beats, chooses Bang & Olufsen for audio partnership

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Hewlett-Packard has dropped Apple-owned Beats as an audio partner, and will now work with Bang & Olufsen on future products. The partnership will bring the Danish company's audio expertise to PCs, laptops, tablets and other electronics, starting this spring.




HP is the No. 2 global PC manufacturer, and hopes its deal with Bang & Olufsen helps usher in a new era for audio-centric functionality on devices. Beats may be a recognizable name, however, Bang & Olufsen provides high-quality audio products.


"HP and Bang & Olufsen will custom tune each notebook, desktop, tablet and accessory for precise sound," a press release from HP notes. "In all HP devices that carry the Bang & Olufsen or B&O PLAY brand, a dedicated audio island isolates the sensitive audio circuits from other signals on the motherboard. The headphone jack limits the amount of metal parts to reduce ground noise to help further perfect the audio experience on HP devices."

Twitch was hacked and some user data may have been compromised

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

Twitch reportedly suffered a cyberattack and some user data may have been breached, and an investigation is currently underway.




The company sent an email to potentially affected users, though did say that debit and credit card payment information is safe. Twitch noted that usernames, passwords, email addresses, physical mailing addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth could have been accessed in the incident.


"We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information," the company confirmed on its blog. "For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account."

More advanced ransomware attacks could pop up in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days ago

Ransomware attacks, relying on custom malware able to encrypt files, continues to pose a significant threat to business users.




New ransomware types are popping up, including Crypto Wall and Torrent Locker, being distributed via email spam, watering hole attacks, and malvertising. Due to the financial benefit of compromising victims, hackers are always on the lookout for new methods to infect victims.


"One researcher likens it to turning on the kitchen light and having the cockroaches scatter," said Andrew Conway, research analyst at Cloudmark, in a statement published by Baseline. "Now, instead of one ransomware package, there are three or four of them out there. Occasionally, there will be a bug on ransomware that will enable people to get their data back. But, if you don't have another copy of that data, pay the ransom if you need [the data]."

Introducing TweakTown Deals!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

Today we are introducing TweakTown Deals. This new section of our website is packed with great deals on everything from gadgets and gear, software, web services, and even Drones!




Deals have limited lifespans and we will be posting new deals all the time, so you'll definitely want to either create an account or sign up for our store RSS feed to stay updated.


We would like to offer a special launch discount to our readers. Enter code TT10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. (Coupon Code expires 3/31 @11:59 PM PST) Happy shopping - enjoy the great prices!

Raise 'Hell On Wheels' in our Season 4 Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Hell on Wheels: Season Four' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have five copies of the three disc Blu-ray set to give away to readers thanks to our good friends at eOne Films Australia.


Following the brutal winter of 1868, the railroad is at a standstill and restless workers wreak havoc on Cheyenne. Cullen Bohannon is trapped in a fort with a pregnant wife and the Swede. Thomas Durant is broke and Elam Ferguson is presumed dead. The task of uniting America by rail remains undone and the costs and consequences are rising, for everyone.




To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Pixar giving away RenderMan CGI software for free

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Most studio's don't give their proprietary IP away for free, not least Disney - the owner of the Pixar CG studio that bought us 'Toy Story' and 'Finding Nemo' but the studio has moved to make the RenderMan 3D rendering software, which previously sold for $495 USD, free from today for non-commercial use, available to download in 64 bit versions for PC, Mac and Linux.




The RenderMan software was first developed in the 1980's, when Pixar was owned by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company and used to create the studio's animated films and also utilised to create visual effects for blockbusters such as 'Titanic', 'The Phantom Menace' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The software package was honoured by the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and awarded the Academy Award of Merit "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering" in 2001.

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