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The digital war against the Islamic State is a struggle for the US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Islamic State is facing daily problems trying to keep ground in Iraq and Syria, but has had little trouble on the Internet. The group is able to use Twitter and other social networking services to recruit, spread propaganda, and terrorize opponents in a clever twist on public relations.

 

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Islamic State wasn't the first group to spread propaganda and expand extremism using the Internet, but its savvy social media abilities caught Western intelligence officials off-guard. There are thousands of Twitter users posting and retweeting extremist material - and resources simply outmatch that of the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, for example.

 

"Online, we move too slowly and know too little to combat this generation of Web-native jihadists," said Jane Harman, former Democratic member of the House of Representatives, in a Washington Post op-ed. "We've failed to mobilize tech and messaging talent to counter the Islamic State on social media. This country built Silicon Valley, we shouldn't need computer lessons from 7th-century thugs. It's past time to bring our counter-narrative up to date."

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TSMC will crank into volume production of 10nm next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

TSMC will be ramping up its 10nm volume production in 2016, something that will see the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer overtaking Intel when it comes to 10nm. Intel will not be shifting to 10nm until 2017, but that's just on the surface. Things are much more complicated when you begin to peel layers away.

 

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Especially when it comes to 7nm, where TSMC will be using "10nm elements" in its 7nm note, which leads us to believe TSMC's implementation of 7nm will heavily borrow from 10nm. Intel on the other hand, should have a true 10nm node in 2017, and when it scales down to 7nm, we should expect it to not be borrowing much from its delayed 10nm process.

 

KitGuru reports that President and co-CEO of TSMC, C.C. Wei, said: "We ramp up 10nm in the Q4 2016 next year, but the real product shipment will be in Q1 2017". Mark Liu, President and co-CEO of TSMC added: "The recent progress of our 10 nanometer technology development is very encouraging and on track with our plan. Technology risk start qualification is targeted at the end of this year, followed by many customer's product qualifications. Our volume production is planned to start from the end of 2016".

Check out Valve's Portal-themed VR demo on the HTC Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

One of the most exciting VR demos that I have yet to lay my eyes on is the Valve VR demo that is Portal-themed, running on the HTC Vive headset. I've tried nearly everything else, but this is the one that everyone has talked about being the best. Check it out in the embedded video below.

 

 

As you can see, Valve has an excellent room-based VR experience, that really shows off a great play through VR. You can explore every corner of the Aperture Science lab, pulling drawers and levels like you were right there in the room. I'm sure that this demo is merely a tease of things to come from Valve, when we eventually see Half-Life 3, Portal 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 in the [hopefully] near future.

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Hands-on with the MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard and its LEDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard is one of the best looking motherboards ever made, but some of its custom LEDs and the associated app for it, will have gamers customizing their rigs like never before.

 

 

Steven Bassiri, our Motherboard Editor here at TweakTown, has made a video showing off the 'Mystic Light' portion of the X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard. The LEDs can be controlled from your smartphone, making for some seriously easily customization of your PC.

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Your Origin account will now be known as an 'EA Account'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Electronic Arts has announced that they are renaming all Origin accounts to 'EA Accounts' as the new will "better represent all of EA's games and services".

 

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EA hasn't provided any other reason behind the move, but they did say that the change from 'Origin' to 'EA Account' will happen "in the coming weeks". Gamers will be able to continue to use their existing login ID and password once the change happens. With more than 50 million users on Origin, this is a big move for EA.

Drones inhibit Californian wildfire fighting efforts

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Over the last 12 months there's been an explosion in the popularity of drone photography, thanks to companies such as DJI putting both downward pressure on pricing, and making them easy to use for the everyman. But, unfortunately common sense is not as common as the Californian Firefighting Department would like, after users put the lives of firefighters and citizens at risk.

 

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According to CNN, helicopters sent to douse the wildfire that hit the in San Bernardino County over the weekend were grounded by hobbyist drones in the vicinity, which could have casued further disaster. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo pleaded with would-be aerial photographers to "Please stop flying hobby drones in the area... We can't risk the choppers colliding with them. We could have loss of life."

 

With Government's moving slowly to regulate this burgeoning industry, it's stupid beahviour like this that will quicken the pace, and ruin the fun of drone photography for all.

The latest The Witcher 3 patch reduces performance on Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The latest v1.07 patch rolled out to The Witcher 3 a couple of days ago, and while there are some improvements and bug fixes for the most part, there seems to be lowered performance on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, when compared to v1.05.

 

 

In the video above from DigitalFoundry, you can see that the frame rate dips into the (in my opinion) very unplayable levels of around 20FPS. Eurogamer explains: "Essentially, gameplay on Xbox One now appears to rely on a similar double-buffer v-sync set-up to the PS4 game, locking its frame-rate to 20fps during these lulls in performance. This means that the reading on our graph is consistently lower on patch 1.07 as compared to 1.05, where it was free to waver between 20-30fps freely. On a matching route through the bog, frame-rate can be up to 8fps slower on the latest version of the game".

 

They continue: "That said, patch 1.07 comes with an exhaustive changelog that impacts more than just frame-rate, but overall image quality remains static. A cursory glance suggests the visual settings remain the same between the two, up to and including foliage and shadow LODs. Xbox One's curious dynamic resolution also shows no gains in holding a genuine 1080p during open-world travel or combat - it continues to upscale from a lower resolution".

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Win a copy of acclaimed drama 'Inherent Vice' on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the acclaimed Paul Thomas Anderson 'Inherent Vice' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to five readers.

 

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When private eye Doc Sportello's (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin... well, easy for her to say. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp - all Thomas Pynchon.

 

To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ revealed in leaked photos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With the release of the Galaxy Note 5 reportedly pulled up into August, it looks like Samsung isn't just preparing one big phone, but two. The Galaxy S6 edge+ has just appeared in some leaked photos, with a 5.7-inch (or so) display.

 

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Inside of the Galaxy S6 edge+ we should find the same 8-core processor that powers the S6 edge, the Exynos 7420 processor. So what's different? Well, the 5.7-inch (or so) display is much bigger than the 5.1-inch display found on the S6 edge, but it should have fans of bigger smartphones happy.

 

We should see the Galaxy S6 edge+ unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 5 next month.

Microsoft's new ad for Windows 10 reiterates: 'it's familiar'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With the release of Windows 10 right around the corner, the marketing machine behind Microsoft's new operating system is beginning to kick it up a notch, with a new 46-second clip dubbed '10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10: IT'S FAMILIAR'.

 

 

In the clip above, Microsoft highlights that Windows 10 has "the best of Windows 7" and "the best of Windows 8" - combining the Start Menu we all know and love, with Live tiles from Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft plans a video a day over the next 10 days leading up to the full release of Windows 10 on July 29.

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