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Amazon plans to produce movies that reach Prime faster

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Amazon has earned early success from its unique TV productions, and plans to transition towards movies. After a movie is released in theaters, Amazon wants to make sure the title is available via Prime video service within two months.

 

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The company plans to create "close" to twelve movies per year, and production will begin later in 2015. The idea of a film being available online within eight weeks, as opposed to 39 to 52 weeks, gives viewers a chance to watch movies much sooner.

 

"Audiences already recognize that Amazon has raised the bar with productions in the episodic realm, tackling bold material in unique ways and collaborating with top talent, both established and emerging," said Ted Hope, Head of Production for Amazon Original Movies, in a statement. "Amazon Original Movies will be synonymous with films that amaze, excite, and move our fans, wherever customers watch. I am incredibly thrilled to be part of this."

ARM preparing for connected homes to begin their takeover

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

ARM believes connected technology being used in our homes and apartments provides great potential, and the technology should take off in 2015. It appears the company is prepared to continue working with its partners and drive towards innovation - and won't shy away from any market that potentially needs hardware to power products.

 

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"We're seeing the intelligence that is enabled by embedded processing really starting to come to the fore and I think it's going to be a really exciting year in 2015 as these ideas develop," said Simon Seagars, CEO of ARM Holdings, in a statement to CNBC. "I think we're seeing a very broad theme developing into more concentrated ideas around smart homes, smart cities, connected cars."

 

Analysts believe connected technology will continue to expand, largely driven by mobile, as product offerings and price points begin to diversify in 2015.

Edward Snowden leaks confirm China stole Aussie F-35 JSF plans

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Chinese cybercriminals stole data related to the B-2 stealth bomber, F-22 Raptor, a nuclear submarine, and Australia's new F-35 Lighting II aircraft, according to data taken by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Australian government plans to purchase 58 F-35 fighter jets for $12 billion, which will bring its JSF fleet up to 72 total.

 

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Using a mix of its own research and development, along with data stolen from western political rivals, China continues to develop its own Shenyang J-31 and Chengdu J-20 aircraft. The J-31 is the most advanced Chinese fighter jet, while the J-20 is the country's first effort to develop a stealth fighter.

 

The Chinese government has been accused on numerous occasions of running sophisticated cyberespionage attacks against the United States - and its key allies - to steal software code, hardware designs, and military technology.

US reportedly penetrated North Korean computer networks in 2010

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

It would appear the National Security Agency (NSA) is responsible for breaching North Korea's computer systems years ago, before North Korea's alleged role in attacking Sony Pictures. With help from select allies, the NSA targeted North Korea's links to the outside world, such as China and Malaysia.

 

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US security officials installed malware so they were able to monitor the online movements of North Korea's Bureau 121 hackers - a group growing in sophistication - as cyberespionage becomes more popular.

 

When the FBI was so quick to conclude North Korea was responsible for attacking SPE in late 2014, the cybersecurity industry was skeptical. FBI Director James Comey previously said the hackers got sloppy and forgot to mask their IP addresses. "We could see that the IP [Internet protocol] addresses that were being used to post and to send the emails were coming from IPs that were exclusively used by the North Koreans."

Microsoft Xbox One to receive Neverwinter closed beta next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days ago

Microsoft Xbox One gamers can now sign up for the Neverwinter closed beta, beginning on February 5 and running for just three days, according to Perfect World Entertainment. Gamers are required to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the title.

 

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Neverwinter is scheduled to launch sometime during early 2015, and is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). "Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms," said Alan Chen, CEO of Perfect World, in a statement.

 

Neverwinter originally launched on the PC in 2013, with the Tyranny of Dragons expansion released in August 2014.

Finally a modded system that most can do - the Tt Core V71 shown off

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

We've dug a little into the archives for this one. Too often do you see manufacturers and media outlets promoting, publishing and discussing crazily modified and custom-built computer systems, featuring hundreds of dollars worth of specialized water cooling loops, between two and four video cards and more SSD storage than most have HDD space on their personal rigs.

 

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So why not combat that by sharing something that even I can do - meaning it has to be pretty simple! Back in 2013, GGF LAN produced a promotional build for Thermaltake Australia - this was to show off their new Core V71 case and a simple 'extreme rig' build that anyone could complete to help them play any current-generation games, at respectable graphical settings, with a decent frame rate.

 

In order to do this, Stuart Tonks threw an Intel 3690x @ 4.5GHz together with an ASUS ROG Mars GTX 760 and two Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD's. Once again, this certainly wasn't the cheapest build on offer, however it was something realistic that people with a little spare money to throw around could obtain.

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The LG G3 G3 Smartphone will see Android 5.0 Lollipop very soon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

LG Australia has told customers today that G3 owners should expect their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to begin appearing as soon as the 23rd of January, with this model being one of many to finally get the latest OS release.

 

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Set as a staged roll-out, users will see their phone receiving update capabilities ranging from the 23rd of January right through until late February, so if you're not on the of the first to get it, don't be worried.

 

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been toted by many as a new major advancement in the Android Operating System, claiming that this is their first foray into 'real' design, with some claiming that this is directly fighting against Apple's swanky offerings, animations and little tricks.

PornHub lets everyone know exactly how they consume porn

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

Just in case you lay awake at night pondering the meaning of life, along with wondering exactly how our global population consume their pornography - look no further because TweakTown has you covered. Don't worry - everything in this article is safe for work.

 

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According to statistics released by PornHub, the United States still sits at #1 in the consumer scale, with the United Kingdom taking up less than half the traffic flow followed by Canada. This ranges across their websites crazy 78.9 billion video views throughout the 12 months of 2014, alongside a crazy 5800 visits every second.

 

With teens being on the main agenda, the apparently intriguing category of "step mom" has raised up a massive 14 places, now sitting at 4th overall. If data is more your thing, this review shows that over 50 gigabytes per second of bandwidth is needed by their servers, offering up 1.57 million terabytes of data throughout the last calendar year. This is coupled with a total of 18.35 billion total visits and just over 1 million comments - seeing the word "love" being most-used.

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Apple maybe considering a stylus for the possible iPad Pro

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Apple Insider has leaked information that Apple may be developing a self-branded stylus to be included with the iPad Pro - reports claim that it may be named the iPen or Apple Pen. It's a rumor stacked on a rumor - but it does have some logical merit.

 

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Stylus pens for tablet devices are actually quite common among older (40-year and over) crowds. Although I've never seen a person under 40 use one voluntarily before, my parents and grandparents are often using their third-party stylus devices to play Solitare and browse the web on their iPad 2's.

 

As with most official Apple products, there's no reason that this technology giant couldn't release a simple stylus, slap a $30 RRP on it and watch it walk itself out the door with massive sales - lets be honest, how much really goes into a stylus pens' design?

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Logic wins again - London venues are banning selfie sticks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Leading concert venues in London have started to ban selfie sticks due to issues regarding blocking views of stages and the possibility of injury toward other patrons.

 

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You're not allowed to take in an extendable baton into festivals, concerts or gigs, so it makes perfect sense that selfie sticks have been barred from entry. This news comes amid reports of some injuries taking place thanks to selfie sticks being used in packed crowds, alongside many complaints that any large sized phone, like an iPhone 6 Plus, will easily block the view of any spectators.

 

O2 arena has joined the banned-wagon (no pun intended), with a spokesman stating in an interview to NME.com that "the O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations. We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home", and a representative for Wembley Arena adds, "The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don't bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm." This is followed by a spokesman for Brixton Academy adding "selfie sticks are not permitted at Academy Music Group venues. This is in keeping with our existing policy that prohibits the filming and photography during a performance with iPads and other tablet devices and includes any such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers."

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