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IBM Australia is progressing through a first round of job cuts

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week ago

With morale being apparently "extremely low" among employees, The Australian has reported on the upcoming job cuts involving IBM Australian workers, with their "one person close to IBM, who declined to be identified" further commenting that "workers say anyone could be next and that's the thinking they go into work with everyday."


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Without going into specifics, an IBM spokes woman stated that her company "continues to re-balance its workforce to meet the changing requirements of its ­clients," further mentioning that "we continue to hire for key skills in Australia and around the globe." She went on to comment "IBM's total workforce has remained stable over the past three years, and IBM employs more than 430,000 people worldwide." We're told that IBM has a policy of not divulging local headcount numbers.


Furthering to company woes, IBM is set to go head to head with the Queensland government following an impending botched payroll implementation case.

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Destiny gamer constructs a robot to grind for him, levels up overnight

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

Destiny has been super successful for Activision and Bungie, with the former company investing some $500 million into it before things even kicked off. Well, gamers across the world are addicted, but I think we just found one that takes the cake.



'yavin427' has constructed himself a "servomechanism" that make meleeing automated, while the character in Destiny stands in one place. This leaves Yavin with the ability to open up an early Ocean of Storms level on the moon, and just let the 'robot' have at it. Enemies will rush the character, while the bot either performs a melee attack, or shoots until it dies. Once it has died, it will reload the level to that checkpoint, and let the character do it all over again.



This leaves Yavin to sleep and level up, and once he wakes up he enjoys the higher level, and all of the glorious weapon drops and experience rewards, all while he rests. Yavin took to Reddit, where he wrote: "Woke up this morning to a brand new 20! Had about 3600 kills, and 900 deaths (lol), and like 50 green engrams. I started at level 16.5 yesterday afternoon, and reached 20 sometime while I was asleep. With the armor I had waiting for him he is now a 26. Seems to be getting anywhere from 15 to 215 exp per run, depending on timing".

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A former CIA big wig joins the Oracle board of directors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week ago

Leon Panetta previously served as the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and also the country's Secretary of Defense. According to a recent announcement, he's just made the move over to Oracle, joining their board of directors.


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Set to be the 12th member on this board, he begun work as of yesterday - marking the beginning of his one-year term, before standing for re-election in November at Oracle's annual shareholder meeting.


Previously listed as the Secretary of Defense under the Barack Obama's leadership throughout 2011 to 2013, Panetta also saw a two-year employment through the CIA following his work as a presidential Professor at the Santa Clara University.

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Star Wars creator George Lucas has watched the 'Force Awakens' trailer

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

Late last year, many 'Star Wars' fans raised an eyebrow on the news that the creator of the franchise hasn't watched the trailer for JJ Abrams 'The Force Awakens', despite it smashing records worldwide as it hit the most viewed movie trailer of all time. Now, Lucas has revealed he has now seen it, but he didn't have that much to say about it.


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Speaking to Page Six on the publicity trail for Lucasfilm and Disney (via the subsidiary Touchstone label) animated feature 'Strange Magic', Lucas was asked if he had now had a chance to check out the trailer for himself, to which he replied "I saw the trailer. I saw it in a theater because I don't watch movies online." When pressed on whether he liked it, he smiled and said "Yeah, it was intriguing."


It's not to imagine that Lucas sounds a bit like a man who is still somewhat struggling with the loss of a franchise he created and carried for 35 years.

'Steve Jobs' biopic begins filming at the garage where it all started

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

It's had not one, but two false starts, but the Steve Jobs movie is finally a go and filming now underway, confirmed by CNET releasing pictures from the movie's set.


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Dropped by Sony Pictures late last year, the project was put into turn around and promptly picked up by Universal Pictures and production fast tracked, with filming now started at the original location of Steve Jobs childhood home. Whilst the studio has not yet announced who will be playing the Apple co-founder, word is that he will be played by 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'Prometheus' star Michael Fassbender. Seth Rogen is said to be playing Steve Wozniak.


'Steve Jobs' is due for release in late 2016.

Project sale: Get your very own piece of modding excellence within

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 week ago

A lot of us don't have the time, energy or skill-set to complete our very own high-end custom modified system. There's no shame in picking up a pre-loved system for yourself and that's exactly what we're talking about with this article.


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Wae Waefamily is looking to offload this kick-ass system, complete with an EVGA 780ti, and a massive 1TB data-storage SSD, this system isn't for the faint of heart - built to post a striking presence no matter where it lay.


It's currently listed for £2,500 ($3,780 US) complete with the 1TB SSD or as £2,200 ($3,325 US) without - this build certainly isn't feature packed with copious amounts of tech, but it's still going to play any games you want at respectable resolutions and frame-rates for months to come.

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Snef Computer Design unveil the amazing rigid-tubed Icy Blue Angel mod

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 week ago

There's something about modded systems with rigid tubing that really get us going here at TweakTown. We've covered a bunch of different rigid tubing mods, ranging from Dan Woods' Arctic Gold to Stuart Tonks tackling the impressive Lian Li DK-02 Desk chassis.


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This build is named Icy Blue Angel and has been produced by Snef Computer Design. Published on their Facebook page just yesterday, this is a 'thank you' to fans for helping them reach 2,000 likes in total across their social media platform.


Featuring a fully custom Bitspower water cooling rigid tubing setup, we're seeing quite a lot of this company being included in our latest published builds. It seems that modders across the globe are taking to Bistpower more often to ensure they get the best out of their rig - do you agree with their choices?

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Microsoft hopes Windows 10 does the trick to help promote mobile

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

Microsoft will show off more details regarding its upcoming Windows 10 operating system later this week, as partners, corporate clients, and consumers wait patiently. There is a renewed optimism that the desktop and laptop will have a proper next-generation operating system, but Microsoft hopes Windows 10 will succeed where it has struggled the most - in the mobile space, powering smartphones and tablets.


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Microsoft has less than three percent of the global phone market OS - and won't be able to catch up to Google Android or Apple iOS anytime soon - but just a larger chunk of the market would be valuable in itself.


Even with mobile potential of Windows 10, Microsoft opened up Office for Android and iOS devices, along with enhancing developer tools for other mobile OSes. Both steps are important, but a seamless OS between mobile, laptops, and PCs could give Microsoft a major advantage that it has been unable to create for years.

HEX GEAR announce its R40 case will suit mATX and reverse mATX formats

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week ago

If you're in the market for a new case, HEX GEAR has just announced a mere six hours ago that their new R40 case will have both mATX and reverse mATX support.


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This will allow consumers to switch between the two modes without any modding taking place, further adding to case versatility, features and build options. On top of this, their case look awesome - giving me somewhat of a 'modded Fractal' type feel, by taking the nice simplistic and elegant Fractal design, then spicing it up with some accents.


You may not have heard of this company before, so you can read more about HEX GEAR on their official website if you wish.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' won't return stars Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen

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

Sir Patrick Stewart, known best to audiences as Captain Picard on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and Professor X in the 'X-Men' movie franchise, has been somewhat of a lucky charm for the series, having appeared in all the films and spin-offs except for 2011's 'X-Men: First Class'. Well, it now looks that Stewart and co-star Ian McKellen will be sitting out the next X adventure; 'Apocalypse'.


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Interviewed by Larry King (via Yahoo! News), Stewart was asked whether he would return, and gave a very forthright answer:

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