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Sony Pictures email hack database published by WikiLeaks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Last year's debilitating attack on Sony Pictures by hacking collective 'the Guardians of Peace' which flung the darkest secrets of the studio into the public domain has now been published by WikiLeaks, with 30,287 documents and 173,132 available as a searchable database.




In making the material available, Julian Assange has described the correspondence as "newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there". The press release states that "WikiLeaks' publication of The Sony Archives will ensure this database remains accessible to the public for years to come", and will no doubt continue to embarrass the company well into the future."


Sony Pictures have criticised the move in a statement to the LA Times, saying the company "vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks' assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security, and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees."

New 'Force Awakens' trailer was worth the wait

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The hottest news item on the web tonight is undoubtedly the new teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated Christmas release of the 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens'. But a small bit of Christmas has come early. If you haven't already seen it, take a look below. If you already have - watch it again. You know you want to.



The latest trailer, released during the 2015 'Star Wars' celebration in Anaheim has gotten fans well and truly excited, with the first glimpse of classic 'Star Wars' iconography, including Darth Vader's burned helmet, crashed Star Destroyers and an exciting TIE fighter battle. But the best shot of all is kept to to the end - the return of Han Solo and Chewbacca. It's enough to bring a tear to the eyes of fans.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX screens on December 18th, 2015.

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NPD: Smartwatch ownership will start to pressure fitness trackers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

In the United States, smartwatch ownership will reach nine percent of adults by 2016, putting increased pressure on fitness activity trackers, according to The NPD Group. Activity tracker ownership will peak at 32 million users by the end of 2016, after four years of significant growth.




"The smartwatch will clearly begin to take a bite out of the activity tracker market moving forward," said Eddie Hold, VP of Connected Intelligence at The NPD Group. "The fact that the health and fitness apps on smartwatches are a key marketing focus will help draw consumers away from the simpler trackers."


A whopping 40 percent of fitness tracker owners stop using their selected device within six months - and with the rise of the smartwatch - will force a drastic evolution of fitness trackers.

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Netflix adds 4.88M subscribers in Q1, surpassing its own expectations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Netflix is generating success from its original content and an international expansion, as the online video service added 4.88 million subscribers during Q1. The Silicon Valley company estimated it would add 4 million subscribers during the first three months - with 2.6 million subscribers from international markets.




Netflix now has 62.3 million subscribers, racking up more than 10 billion hours of online videos consumed during Q1 this year. More than 50 countries can now access Netflix, including high-profile launches in Australia and New Zealand, where Netflix plans to continue adding users.


"Our original content strategy is playing out as we hoped, driving lots of viewing in an economic way for Netflix while bolstering the positive perception of our brand and service around the world," Netflix said in a letter to shareholders.

Russian government giving cybercriminals advanced malware software

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Russian intelligence agents are now sharing sophisticated malware created for cybercriminals and organized crime to use in their efforts to conduct cyberespionage.




"Russian nationalism and organized crime are being assisted by Russian state security," said Ray Boisvert, former assistant director and the head of intelligence for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), in a statement to The Register. "The red lines have gone because of Ukraine. Organized crime is being told they can disrupt Western interests."


Russia has been accused on multiple occasions of providing support to organized crime and hacker groups, willing to conduct cyberattacks against foreign targets. However, trying to catch perpetrators and hold them responsible for data breaches, cyberespionage, and other similar crimes is extremely difficult for US authorities.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expects fun times for virtual reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Facebook decided to purchase Oculus VR and has shown a serious amount of dedication towards developing the virtual reality market. The company expects great things from VR, including its Oculus Rift headset, while promoting what users can expect from the surging market.




"It will be pretty wild," Zuckerberg recently said when asked by Facebook members. "Just like we capture photos and videos today and then share them on the Internet to let others experience them too, we'll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well."


VR was described as "potentially world-changing and incredibly cool" by Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash during the F8 Facebook Developer Conference last month.

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Get Online Anywhere With 50% Off The MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago



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Analysts believe Apple has logical reasons to join vehicle market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apple's decision to reportedly work on a vehicle makes sense, as the Silicon Valley company looks to jump into a market that has more than $1 trillion in yearly sales, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analysts.




In their "5 Reasons Why We Believe Apple May Indeed Be Looking to Build a Car," analysts Toni Sacconaghi and Max Warburton also noted that Apple isn't afraid to enter an established market - and can rely on its established business ties in China to help foster possible car manufacturing capabilities.


In addition, Apple has a large amount of financial resources it can invest, and even with a high luxury price tag, the auto industry is expected to see luxury models increase sales in upcoming years.

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Poll: Six percent of Americans plan to purchase Apple Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Around six percent of adults in the United States plan on purchasing the Apple Watch smartwatch, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found.




A specific breakdown found that nine percent of men and less than four percent of women find the Apple Watch interesting - indicating Apple could sell around 15 million units, assuming survey respondents actually follow through.


Tech industry analysts previously provided a great number of estimates, ranging from 10 million up to 32 million units sold in 2015 alone.

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Star Wars: Battlefront in-game render looks super impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

As we get closer to the full unveiling and release of Star Wars: Battlefront, EA has decided it is a good time to begin teasing its upcoming title through Instagram.




Community Manager Mathew Everett has said that the above shot is an in-game model that will be included in EA's official Star Wars Celebration event tomorrow. He said: "Yes, this is an in-game asset rendered out for this early reveal". The detail on the character is quite astonishing, so if the game world itself can look anywhere near this good, we could have a contender for the best-looking game of 2015 on our hands with Star Wars: Battlefront.

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