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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

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Europol, FBI successfully shuts down Beebone malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The Europol Cybercrime Centre and the FBI teamed up to bring down the Beebone botnet, a custom operation that installed malware on unknowing victims. At least 12,000 machines were infected - with an estimate up to 100,000 zombie PCs - hijacked by cybercriminals. The malware was used to collect stolen passwords and download third-party applications onto victim PCs, officials noted.

 

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"The fact that it [the malware] is complicated suggests that it could be used for more targeted attacks," said Paul Docherty, director of Portcullis Security, recently told the BBC. "If those responsible were able to harness similar difficult-to-detect code they could potentially move the point of attack from home users to corporate users or other entities which typically hold large amounts of sensitive, valuable data."

 

The polymorphous malware utilized its unique ability to change its "shape" so it was better able to evade cybersecurity defenses - and continue hijacking new users.

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Analysts: PC market shrunk up to 6.7% in Q1, businesses stop upgrading

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

According to analysts Gartner and IDC, the computer market has shrunk over Q1 2015 by between 5.2% and 6.7%. The analysts say this is due to many companies halting their OS upgrades from Windows XP.

 

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Many businesses that wanted to modernize their PCs have already done so, so they've stopped this upgrade path and the market is feeling it. The IDC is claiming that Q1 2015 witnessed the lowest volume of PC shipments since the beginning of 2009, which is a big call considering that the world was still feeling the global financial crisis (GFC) at the time.

 

But, it's not all doom and gloom as companies like Lenovo and ASUS are seeing a big resurgence, thanks to the two companies pushing into larger Windows tablets - according to Gartner's report, anyway. Acer, Dell and many other system builders are still looking into troubles - but there is hope: Windows 10 is nearly here, which should see gamers, businesses and everyone in between upgrading.

Star Citizen's first-person shooter combat explained in great detail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Roberts Space Industries has taken to its website to provide a very in-depth article on how the first-person side of Star Citizen will work, teasing that there will be three different stances, as well as having your breathing impact gameplay.

 

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First, the three different stances will include: lowered stance, ready stance, and ads stance. RSI explains that having three different stances means "that the game will have a more realistic system of weapon handling, which will immediately impact gameplay. Star Citizen's three stances are Lowered, Ready and Aim Down Sights (ADS). The Lowered stance trades the ability to fire for maneuverability. The Ready stance slows a soldier's movement while making reactionary fire and aiming a lot faster and more accurate. The ADS stance is the most accurate, but has the slowest movement and most restricted visibility of the three stances".

 

Not only that, but breathing will have a big part to play in the Star Citizen first-person shooter mode, which is "simulated in order to make first person combat a much deeper and more tactical experience than many familiar FPS titles". A big part of this is stamina, which is "a resource you will need to manage" according to RSI. The developer continues: "Performing actions such as sprinting, vaulting, mounting, climbing and breath control (detailed below) will lower your stamina. Low stamina will have several temporary knock-on effects, such as drastically reduced sprint distance, diminished ability to aim properly, and even a reduced amount of time that breath can be held".

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be a 'real challenge' to hardcore players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was revealed last week, but now the full marketing campaign is beginning to ramp up, with Game Director Jean-François Dugas, teasing Deus Ex fans through his Twitter account.

 

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Dugas was asked if Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would be ghostable, to which he replied that it would, and for the first time in a Deus Ex title, even during boss fights. Dugas said: "As always and even on boss side, finally!". Ghostable means you can play through the entire level, including boss fights, without being seen - providing the true stealth side of Deus Ex.

 

He continued, adding that the boss fights from Deus Ex: Human Revolution are coming back, which has fans excited. Dugas continued, when he was asked if Mankind Divided would be as hard as the original Deus Ex from 1999, where he said: "We'll have the 'Give me Deus Ex' again. Not exactly like the 1999 mode but you should expect a real challenge". When asked if the same team members from Human Revolution are working on Mankind Divided, Dugas replied with "For the most part, yes".

 

We should hopefully see more on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as we get closer to E3 2015 in June, but we are already pumped with the news that it will support DirectX 12 and Windows 10.

Rockstar says 4K is a real 'eye opener' for Grand Theft Auto V on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Grand Theft Auto V unlocks for PC gamers across the world in a little under 24 hours now, so after multiple delays, it doesn't even feel like it's happening - but it is, and in a big way.

 

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Rockstar Games sat down with PC Gamer recently to talk about the game and how it runs at 60FPS, 4K and more. PC Gamer asked if GTA V on the PC was "locked at 60FPS", to which Rockstar replied: "The target framerate for the PC build of the game is 60fps, when you start up GTA 5 for the first time it chooses settings to maximise the framerate and visual quality on your PC. These are simply recommendations though, and players can change these to whatever they want. We will never be able to guarantee the framerate when someone decides to push their texture, shader or post-fx quality to a level that their PC can't support. That said, if your monitor and PC support it you can choose to run at even higher framerates".

 

PC Gamer also talked about 4K, asking "GTA 5 supports 4K resolution on PC - how much of a big deal do you think 4K will be for players? Do you think it'll transform the way they experience that world?" Rockstar's reply is pretty exciting, with the developer saying: "4k is an eye opener when you see if for the first time, it really does make you look at the world differently and in greater detail as you would expect. That said, you could probably say the same thing about a lot of the other high-end graphical options and ultimately it will be personal preference which particular resolution and graphical settings that each player decides to settle on".

 

Grand Theft Auto V unlocks on the PC in around 22 hours, but by the weekend we hope to have a performance article looking at various VGA cards and how the game runs at 1080p, 1440p, 4K and beyond.

Wave eBike hits Indiegogo, is the 'fastest and most affordable' yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

We keep hearing about electric vehicles, like the Model S from Tesla Motors, but what about electric bikes? They're a thing, and they've hit Indiegogo in a big way thanks to Wave and the "fastest and most affordable" electric bike ever with its eBike.

 

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Wave is hoping to raise $70,000, with its eBike costing $499 right now, down from it $999 price when it hits stores in the near future. Wave's eBike is promising a top speed of up to 28mph, and a range of just over 26 miles in electric-only mode, from a single charge. The Wave weighs in at 50lbs, has a 750W motor, and a 12aH battery that can be charged in 3-5 hours.

 

Owners can ride it with its electric motor, or they can use the Wave like a normal bike, disabling the electric mode by twisting the throttle.

Enter our 'Alexander & The Very Bad Day' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the family comedy 'Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to 4 lucky readers.

 

Get ready for the best worst day of your life. Disney's 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question in no more than 50 words:

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'Game of Thrones' episodes leak addressed by HBO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

As 'Game of Thrones' fans prepared for the premiere of the much anticipated premiere of Season Five, it was naturally a huge surprise when episodes one, two, three and four started appearing on torrent trackers such as Torrent Freak, The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents. When it was quickly established that the leak was legitimate, fans swarmed to download the content with TorrentFreak estimating the episodes were downloaded "more than 100,000 times in just three hours". The source of the leak is speculated to originate from watermarked preview copies sent to members of the press.

 

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HBO has now released a statement on the matter which confirms the leak. "Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of 'Game of Thrones' originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We're actively assessing how this breach occurred."

 

As tantalising as the leak may be, many fans have elected to wait it out for high definition versions.

Apple Stores aren't stocking the hot new Retina MacBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Apple has had a big few days, with the Watch pre-orders opening up and the launch of its new Retina-capable MacBook. The new Retina MacBook is reportedly not being stocked at many Apple Stores, leaving consumers furious.

 

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Apple Stores in the US are reportedly not stocking the new MacBook, which seems to be limited to online purchases, for now at least. MacRumors has taken a look at multiple Apple Stores across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which all resulted in the new Retina MacBook being unavailable at all locations, "at least on launch day" they reported.

 

The new Retina MacBook has seen its shipping times already expand, with custom models shipping in 3-4 weeks as soon as orders became available. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook starts at $1299, featuring a super-slim design, a single USB-C port, a redesigned keyboard and an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and an all-day battery.

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