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Be the hero in our 'Big Hero 6' Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Big Hero 6' on Blu-ray HD, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have four copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Australia.

 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind 'Frozen' and 'Wreck-It Ralph', comes 'Big Hero 6', an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called 'Big Hero 6'.

 

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

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Project Cars supports 12K, VR and everything in between

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

After a few delays, Project Cars is nearly here and it is shaping up beautifully. During an interview with Daily Star, the studio talked about the crowdfunded game being one of the best car simulators ever created.

 

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Andy Tudor from Slightly Mad Studios said that the game is pretty much already a success, as it's "the first AAA title to ever be crowd-funded, a racing game that's being considered a contender in the same sentence as Forza and Gran Turismo, one of the first titles to be publicly shown running at 4K resolution, the premium racing experience on Oculus Rift, the most beautiful and technically-advanced racing game on the planet, and one that's captured the imaginations of gamers, media, real drivers, and motorsports fans around the world".

 

He continued, adding: "The concept of releasing a game and moving on are long gone. Project CARS both from a technology and design standpoint are built for the future, so expect to see A LOT of content coming out for the game on a regular basis long after launch. We'll have more info on this soon but looking at what Destiny is doing is a good starting point ;-)".

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'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' first look trailer goes nuclear

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

In January, we reported that Paramount had moved up the release date of the next-installment of the long-running 'Mission Impossible' franchise by a whole five months, which has also meant that the studio has had to move up their promotional schedule. Today, they've released the first look at the film in a stunt-filled one minute taster which confirms the inclusion of all the elements we've come to love, ahead of a longer teaser trailer to be released tomorrow.

 

 

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, the trailer also gives the first look at the film's signature stunt which had Cruise hanging precariously from the side of an Airbus A400M which flew over the UK at 5000 feet. The latest outing is directed by Christopher McQuarrie who directed Cruise in the 2012 action sleeper 'Jack Reacher'.

 

'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' hits cinemas worldwide on July 31.

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Mobile payments designed to generate interest for tech companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple, Facebook, Samsung, Google, and more tech companies want to cater to consumers interested in making mobile wireless payments - even if that means they won't end up generating large revenue directly from mobile pay.

 

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Traditional credit cards, banks and other processing companies take a small percentage, typically up to three percent per transaction, and rely on a large volume of daily transactions. Tech companies, however, want to get mobile users to become loyal to their respective services - though Apple Pay offers a fraction of each processed sale to banks.

 

"I've been surprised it's taken this long," said James Wester, research director at IDC, in a statement published by TIME. "Now consumers are seeing the mobile device as part of their financial lives. We've reached the point where paying with your phone is completely normal, or normal to enough people."

Sports can benefit from wearables, help drive interest

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Wearable manufacturers can pitch their products to a wide possible customer base, but attracting athletes could be of major focus in the future.

 

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Many endurance athletes already rely on heart rate monitors and GPS units, but companies hope devices that are able to track additional metrics, such as skin temperature and respiration, are appealing. The hardware is important, but companies must create appealing partnerships so that all collected data can be easily observed by active consumers.

 

Instead of trying to create a product to compete with trusted GPS units, wearable manufacturers may try to make clothing, shoes, sunglasses, and other athletic gear smarter.

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Healthcare breaches taking center stage in 2015, and could get worse

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Hackers want to steal the personal information of US residents, and are finding healthcare companies especially vulnerable to attack. Both Anthem and Premera have suffered data breaches so far in 2015, and experts are concerned the problem will only get worse.

 

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Since 2009, more than 1,100 separate data breaches led to personal data of more than 120 million people to be stolen, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 

"We are certainly seeing a rise in the number of individuals affected by hacking/IT incidents," said Rachel Seeger, spokesperson for the HHS's Office for Civil Rights. "These incidents have the potential to affect very large numbers of health care consumers, as evidenced by the recent Anthem and Premera breaches."

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Web-connected cars on the rise, and trend will continue growing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

More than 86 percent of vehicles will have Internet connectivity by 2017, according to the IHS research group. The trend will only continue in the future, as it's predicted that every vehicle sold in the U.S. will be connected by 2021.

 

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General Motors, Ford, Tesla, Nissan, BMW, and other automakers offer a variety of different connected features, ranging from infotainment systems to streaming radio. In addition, it's becoming easier to sync smartphones and other mobile devices, so hands-free calls, navigation, and other apps can be utilized.

 

"It's a sign of the times we live in where personal wireless connectivity is kind of a part of life," said Richard Wallace, director at the Transportation System Analysis of the Center for Automotive Research, in a statement to CBS News. "We just want to be able to get such data out of the cloud wherever we are and whenever we want it."

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HBO, Showtime trying to get special streaming deal from ISPs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

HBO, Showtime and Sony are speaking with major Internet service providers (ISPs) in an effort to get "specialized services" as they look to launch online streaming video services.

 

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Ideally, the streaming services don't want to use the Internet's "main thoroughfare" and would rather see their streaming video be allowed special treatment - so instead of facing normal Internet congestion, they could provide more reliable Internet pipelines.

 

The FCC prevents this type of preferential treatment, but a deal could be granted based on the "specialized services" effort.

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IBM: Mobile app developers aren't focusing enough on security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Even though mobile apps are becoming more popular in the workplace, ensuring the apps are secure isn't a major priority. Companies must ensure that apps are properly tested to make sure only authorized users have access to data, even if that makes bring your own device (BYOD) a bit more complicated.

 

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"Building security into mobile apps is not top-of-mind for companies, giving hackers the opportunity to easily reverse-engineer apps, jailbreak mobile devices and tap into confidential data," said Caleb Barlow, VP of mobile management and security at IBM, in a statement.

 

Security verification is important, and companies that neglect this process leave themselves open - especially when apps access company Wi-Fi networks, and are used to share corporate documents. Even worse, clever hackers are finding new ways to breach confidential networks, relying on unsecure mobile apps as an entry point.

Greatfire.org anti-censorship group in China suffers major DDoS attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Greatfire.org, a Chinese non-profit group designed to help users circumvent the "Great Firewall of China," endured a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The group is facing charges up to $30,000 per day for bandwidth from traffic related to the cyberattack, it says.

 

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The group's website reported traffic 2,500 times higher than usual - and while it's unknown who is behind the attack - it wouldn't be surprising if the Chinese government was found to be responsible. Greatfire.org has received public criticism from China, which is notorious for strict control of access for its growing number of Internet users.

 

To help keep its services online, Greatfire.org has hosted websites on major tech companies, such as Amazon, which would receive far too much public criticism if they started censoring data.

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