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Canada, Australia, Czech Republic have most tech savvy students

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Canada is in a "statistical tie" with Australia and the Czech Republic as nations with the most technologically literate students, according to the International Computer and Information Literacy Study. Researchers tested around 60,000 students in grade 8 from 20 nations, and the international average came out to 500.

 

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As part of the study, participants were tested on their ability to collect, create, manage and exchange information while using a PC - and teachers were also gauged to determine how confident students are while engaging with technology in the classroom.

 

"The study results provide valuable information on where students in this province stand with understanding and using information and communications skills compared to other countries," said Susan Sullivan, Newfoundland's education minister, in a statement. "The results will help the provincial government make informed decisions about using technology to enhance teaching and learning."

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FCC commissioner slammed on Reddit over net neutrality rulemaking

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Popular image board Reddit has made their "Ask Me Anything" platform an extremely popular way for celebrities, politicians and persons of interest to talk to members of the public through an 'ask and tell' type scenario. However, there are times when this simple instance of self-promotion can go extremely wrong, or very right. The last time we saw such a blowout in /r/IAmA was that of Woody Harrelson's PR agent pretending to be him, which was a massive contrast to hilarious offerings like lil Jon's "sleep or police".

 

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As described in a wrap-up Reddit post by Reddit user Fluffy017, "it goes about as well as you'd expect". The general population of Reddit can be seen as 'internet activists', with many instances being reported of them achieving things such as financing Kickstarter campaigns all the way to getting a NASCAR car sponsored by their popular 'Doge' meme.

 

Net Neutrality is a hot topic among this online board and defined as defined as "the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication." Basically meaning, certain companies could receive an unfavorable advantage simply due to their positioning. market share or who's income they decide to supplement.

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AT&T offering the rugged Sonim XP6 smartphone for industrial use

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Phone manufacturer Sonim now has its XP6 smartphone, a Google Android-powered device, available for AT&T, so subscribers have another choice when choosing ruggedized devices. The device has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and push-to-talk support.

 

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"When people talk about working smarter not harder, they think of the person working behind a desk, not the ones delivering a load of concrete or loading cargo on a flight," said Tom Burton, Sonim GM, in a statement. "Together with AT&T, we will change that paradigm so that employees in the field don't have to sacrifice the productivity enhancing services and feature benefits of smartphones due to their geographic location or work function."

 

The phone is available for $149.99 with a two-year contract, or $524.99 without a phone contract.

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Apple Mac's pirate flag remade for resale

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

30 years later, Susan Kare has listed reproductions of the famous Apple Mac Pirate Flag on her website for sale. Originally flying back in 1983, these hand painted copies will be sold at a price of up to $2,500 US.

 

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Kare was originally assigned the painting of this flag near the beginning of Apples existence, the design said to be inspired by a slogan of the late Steve Jobs to inspire his team. It was an amalgamation of three sayings tied into one and read: "Real artists ship. It's better to be a pirate than join the navy. Mac in a book by 1986."

 

Steve Capps, a Macintosh programmer suggested that Jobs convert this into a symbol - a flag. The birth of this object has been described as: "LA few days before we moved into the new building, Capps bought some black cloth and sewed it into a flag. He asked Susan Kare to paint a big skull and crossbones in white at the center. The final touch was the requisite eye-patch, rendered by a large, rainbow-colored Apple logo decal."

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Apple nearing big Australian real estate deal

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Apple is reportedly on the verge of snapping up some prime office space in Pembroke Real Estate's quoted $250 million AU new development, located at 20 Martin Place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

 

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Set to reserve 5,000 square meters (53,819 sq. ft.) of this US-based project, this move is possibly to signal Apple's approach to increasing their Australian presence and interest in the central CBD. Said to be mainly a place for legal firms and financial institutions, it's not unlike technology giants to 'make their mark' and throw cash around to prove that they're also a legitimate and profitable business - something that's often forgotten by 'traditional' big business owners and corporate staff.

 

Pembroke reportedly purchased the Martin Place development block in 2011, said to be their first foray into Australian property. Set for completion late next year, the almost-20,000 square meter tower is set to stand at 21-floors tall and will certainly fetch a premium price from any interested tenants. Originally development was started without any paying tenants confirmed. A gutsy move by Pembroke, but given this latest piece of news, it seems to have paid off.

Pebble update see's 80 languages added and Android app support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

Pebble's smarwatch has just received a version 2.8 firmware update that has seen 80 languages supported alongside notification support for Android applications.

 

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Looking at Pebble's website, you can see their comprehensive list of languages on offer and how some of them are displayed on your handheld interface. But the most exciting update here comes in the form of Android notification support. Available for use with both iOS and Android systems, Pebble was missing the crucial ability to tee up with your Android phone, pushing notifications from this device handily to your wrist watch. Fixed in the latest update, we wouldn't be surprised to see Pebble stocks rise a little in the coming weeks.

 

Pebble's Vice President of Software Engineering, Kean Wong, released a statement saying: "This new app has been the culmination of months of work by our fantastic Android team to re-build our Android app, focused on notification improvements, increasing stability and performance, and providing a solid platform for the long roadmap of great new features we have planned. Full notifications support, is a significant improvement-one we'll build on to provide more amazing notification features soon."

 

Their 2.1 Android app will be a phased roll-out on Google Play as according to Pebble staff - take a look to see if you've been granted the new capabilities.

You won't see 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence on social media

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence isn't a big fan of social media, and fans shouldn't expect to see her on Twitter anytime soon. If you remember correctly, Lawrence was one of the highest-profile celebrities hit in the Apple iCloud hacking incident, where naked photos of the actress were compromised and posted online.

 

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"I'm not very good on phones or technology," Lawrence recently said. "I cannot really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. I don't really understand what it is, it's this weird enigma that people talk about. And it's fine, I respect that, but no, I will never get a Twitter. And if you ever see a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that says it's me; it most certainly is not."

 

Speaking of movies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I racked up $123 million during its opening weekend in the US box office.

AMD Strato PRO, Litho XT GPUs spotted, could be AMD's new MXM series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

The last rumor we had to report on about AMD was the exciting new HBM-based, 4096-bit wide memory bus Radeon R9 390X, but now we're going to tell you a little about the lower-end cards that will most likely find their way to consumers in the first half of 2015.

 

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These new cards will reportedly be AMD's new MXM-based GPUs, arriving as the Litho XT and Strato PRO. These two new mystery cards have just reached Zauba.com, with the Litho and Strato most likely standing for the space-driven names of Lithosphere and Stratosphere. Starting with the Litho XT, which will be a Type A MXM GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, while the bigger Strato PRO will be a Type B MXM GPU with 4GB of RAM.

 

The XT side of things will be the powerful card, while the PRO will have a cut die. We could also see a Strato XT in the future, but we won't know anything until the new rumors start floating online.

Google's Project Loon can now stay in the air for up to 100 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

One of Google's more interesting initiatives, is Project Loon; giant, helium-filled balloons that fly through the stratosphere providing Internet access to those below. Since Google has been flying Project Loon in our skies, they've learned quite a bit about running them more efficiently, and how to keep the balloons in the air for extended periods of time.

 

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Over the last 12 or so months, Project Loon balloons have travelled over 3 million kilometers, which is the same as going around the world around 75 times. The problem is, they could only stay in the air for a certain period of time before Google needed to bring them back down to the ground to be re-deployed. Loon balloons are now capable of staying in the air for up to 10 times as long as they could last year, and stay there for around 100 days, or just over three months.

 

The current record Google has for Project Loon staying in the air, is 130 days, with the extended fly-time due to "hundreds of discoveries" that have helped the company prevent leaks, and assisted with automating the manufacturing process. Google has new auto-fill equipment that drops fill times to just under five minutes, as well as the ability to launch some 20 balloons a day as the company improves its "ability to launch consistently at scale".

Roll out for our 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have four copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, and a major prize of a Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg, thanks to our friends at Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history... while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its cross-hairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

 

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

 

Name the voice artist who has provided the voice of Optimus Prime for 30 years

 

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 dot com before the competition closes on November 28. The total prize pool is $229.95.

 

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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is available on Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on November 26th. ©2014 Par. Pics. ©2014 Hasbro.

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