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300: Rise of an Empire tops the weekend box office

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 3:39 am

This past weekend the WB film 300: Rise of an Empire made waves at the top of box office charts, bringing in a total domestic gross of $45,038,460, and a total worldwide gross of $132,838,460. The film is a sequel to the 2006 fantasy action film based on the highly popularized 1998 comic book series "300" by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Much like its successful predecessor, 300: Rise of an Empire is a dark, gritty, action-packed, historical fiction film that focuses on the Greek conflict with Persia.

 

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300: Rise of an Empire was written and produced by Zack Snyder, and is supposedly based off of a graphic novel by Frank Miller that is pending release. Frank Miller, the master of darkness in the comic book world, is responsible for the dark, brooding tone of the 300 movie franchise. The film features a populous cast of beautiful actresses like Eva Green and Lena Headey, and bulked-up actors like Sullivan Stapleton and Hans Matheson.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill for official trailer rocks the web

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 2:20 am

This past weekend the first trailer for Frank Miller's new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill for hit the web and sparked interest among fans and critics of the Sin City film series. The fast paced film trailer features an all-star cast which includes Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green, just to name a few. Keeping with the theme of the Sin City franchise, and the graphic novel series, the film will be primarily monochromatic, with a few color highlights to accent significant items or aspects in the film, like Manute's golden eye.

 

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Despite the initial doubts fans and critics had surrounding the film, as the trailer continues to gain more and more hits, and the film's release date inches closer, fans and critics alike are expressing resounding optimism toward the film. Critics on a variety of news outlets are showing optimism toward the outstanding cast, and fans on YouTube are showing quite a bit of excitement for the film's release.

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Final Audition Week for The Voice: Favorites for the Big Win

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:54 am

As the auditions come to a close on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, the internet is a buzz with its favorites for the big win. While Adam Lavigne, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher were battling it out to see who gets who, fans are weighing in on their favorites for the overall win. So who's looking hot for the win? Based on chair spins and internet chatter, these are the likely winners:

 

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Night 1: Christina Grimmie "Wrecking Ball" (Team Adam)

 

Night 2: Delvin Choice: "A Song for You" (Team Adam)

 

Night 3: Sisaundra Lewis: "Ain't No Way" (Team Blake)

 

Night 4: Emily B.: "Wicked Game" (Team Shakira)

 

Night 5: Kat Perkins: "Gold Dust Woman" (Team Adam)

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Two arrested following successful data theft of phone company KT Corp

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:34 am

Two men have been arrested and are allegedly involved in a cyberattack and data theft of KT Corp, a major South Korean phone company, with 12 million users affected. The breach took place over a long period, and the criminals took up to 300,000 piece of information at a time, and the South Korean government forced KT Corp to create an online database for users hit by the breach.

 

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One of the suspects reportedly broke into the KT Corp computer system using custom-coded software he developed himself. During the breach, the accused hacker gained bank details, employment information and home addresses on 12 million KT - around 75 percent of the company's customers.

 

The information was later sold to another criminal, and he allegedly used the data to pose as a KT sales rep and sell mobile phones - the criminal scheme generated an estimated $10.8 million, according to reports.

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Twitch streaming makes its way to Microsoft's Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:16 am

With this mornings launch of Titanfall, Microsoft has also enabled Twitch.TV live streaming on the Xbox One. Starting today, users will be able to begin streaming their gameplay sessions straight to Twitch, and allow users all over the world to watch them battle it out in real-time.

 

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"Our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like 'Titanfall' on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch," said Microsoft product manager, Mark Whitten.

NBN Co in Australia could ramp up Internet speeds to 13Tbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:06 am

The National Broadband Network in Australia has tested out some truly breakneck Internet speeds, where a successful trial has been completed by the NBN Co and network transport company Coraint at 1Tbps super-channel.

 

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The trial was conducted over the company's 1066km fiber ring in Queensland on a 396GHz grid using Coraint's FlexiGrid technology. Coriant said that the trial featured a 35% improvement in spectrial efficiency, where it could eventually provide a maximum theoretical transmission capacity of 13Tbps over a distance of over 1000km.

 

NBN Co's Chief Technology Officer, Gary McLaren, said that the trial proved that the NBN Co's potential upgrade path for its transit network is huge. He said in a statement: "It highlights how established backbone infrastructure can be upgraded with sophisticated optical and electronic equipment to provide extra capacity for the future needs of the National Broadband Network."

 

13Tbps would be quite the Internet connection, let's hope this is in the pipes for the future!

Jawbone finally adds support for Android to UP24 Wristband

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 am

The Jawbone UP24 launched way back in November, and ever since then only iOS users got to partake in the the fitness trackers full mobile experience. Today Jawbone announced that it has officially updated its UP app for Android and now allows Bluetooth syncing with Android phones. Previously the app was only compatible with the UP fitness tracker which has less features than the popular UP 24.

 

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"We believe that helping people understand the context and meaning of their data is key in helping to make sustained behavior changes," said Travis Bogard, Jawbone's vice president of product management and strategy. "Through our investment in data science we have been able to provide personalized insights to help nudge people to meet their sleep or activity goals. Now, our entire community can enjoy the benefits of these insights in real-time."

 

The update also adds other features to the Android app such as better alerts, push notifications, and milestone tracking. I wrote off fitness trackers for a long time, but with a recent purchase of another fitness tracker that is on the market, I am almost completely sold on he concept and look forward to recording and tracking data every time I head out for a workout, hike, or bike ride.

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Apple gives nod to jail-breakers for exposing iOS 7.1 security flaws

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:48 pm

While Apple may have had its differences with "jainbreakers" in the past, the company has actually given some of them some long overdue credit with the launch of iOS 7.1. During yesterdays launch of iOS 7.1, Apple listed out all of the security fixes that have been applied to the update and with the listings, recognized Evasi0n jailbreak for its contributions to finding four security flaws in the operating system.

 

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Citing those who point out potentially dangerous flaws in software is a long standing tradition and we are glad to see that Apple is adhering to that tradition even though the flaws were pointed out by a group who teaches users how to hack their devices for more control. Apple also mentioned a student from Italy, a Google engineer, a security consultant, and even a researcher for helping make iOS 7.1 even safer. With the holes now patched, we wonder how long it will take for new ones to arise in iOS 7.1.

Storm clouds brewing over Paramount's 'Noah'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:32 pm

On March 27th, Paramount Pictures Australia will launch one of the riskiest propositions of the 2014 theatrical season with Russell Crowe's Noah, the $130 million epic which seems to create controversy wherever it goes - from studio disagreements with Director Darren Aronofsky over the final cut, to split results from preview screenings with religious denominations.

 

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In the latest development, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all signaled that they will ban the release of the film due to the depiction of prophets - a no-no in the Middle East.

 

Still, Paramount Pictures are aggressively promoting the film, no doubt hoping that the surprise financial and critical success that the Lord bestowed upon Passion of the Christ back in 2004 will shine his light on Noah. Paramount Australia have released a new behind the scenes promotional featurette online, which can be found here:

 

Skrillex launches new album as Easter egg inside mobile game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:02 pm

Easter eggs being hidden in video games its a long standing tradition in the programming world, but it is apparently becoming popular in the music world as well. Dubstep super star, Skrillex, has hidden his entire new album inside a new mobile video game called Alien Ride. The game is available for download on both the Google Play Store and in the iTunes App store, and yes you do have to play through the game to unlock all 11 of the tracks.

 

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Recess is Skrillex's first album since his massively popular 2011 hit, Bangarang, the album many credit for making Dubstep popular with today's club scene. Unfortunately there is no mention of Skrillex on the Game or in its credits, but Skrillex is taking credit for the beats that get unlocked. Now all we need is a Flappy Bird clone that plays to a new Deadmau5 album and my life will be complete!

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