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Acer unveils the first NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered 13.3-inch Chromebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Acer has just announced the new Chromebook 13, which is the industry's first Chromebook that is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 mobile processor. It's also the first Chromebook the company has made with a 13.3-inch display.

 

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The company makes its new Chromebook 13 available with two display options, with the default 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768, but for those who crave more pixels, there's an option that crams a 1920x1080 resolution onto the 13.3-inch display. Acer's Chromebook 13 does have a star, with that star being the Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core GPU. This means that people will be able to have a super-fast device, with great battery life, with the ability to play some games, too.

 

Acer's new Chromebook 13 is both thin and light, at just 0.71 inches thick, and only 3.31 pounds. The Acer Chromebook 13 is completely fanless, so users will enjoy a near silent system. Acer has provided 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, with the 2x2 MIMO antennae providing plenty of bandwidth for users. There a re also two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port for some video output. We also have a 720p front-facing webcam, two built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.

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Follow the ISEE-3 spacecraft using Google Chrome

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

If you are familiar with the ISEE-3 spacecraft we have talked about a few times around here, you might like this. Google has announced that it has launched a new Chrome Experiment that is called "A spacecraft for All" that allows you to follow the incredible odyssey of the ISEE-3 using Chrome interactive WebGL graphics and video.

 

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ISEE-3 is a spacecraft that launched in 1978 with the original mission for studying the sun; it was retasked after launch to study a comet. A group of amateur scientists established contact with the satellite to get it back on its original mission, but the spacecraft thrusters failed to get the craft back into the correct orbit. The spacecraft did recently fly past the moon for the first time in decades.

 

"In a new Chrome Experiment called A Spacecraft for All, you can follow the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3 using Chrome's interactive WebGL graphics and video. You can re-live its story, read its re-activated data instruments, learn about its current position and trajectory - and explore space along the way. It's all designed to make space science simple, fun and accessible enough for anyone eager to learn - whether you're a PhD or grade school student", says Suzanne Chambers, executive producer and space cadet, Creative Lab New York.

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FCC questions carriers on throttling practices for subscribers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

A lot of the mobile phone users out there aren't happy with the throttling that their carriers perform when they go over what the carrier feels is fair use for data. Late last week FCC chairman Tom Wheeler dismissed Verizon's reason for throttling some users and announced that the commission will be questioning other carriers as well.

 

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Verizon plans to throttle the top 5% of LTE users on unlimited plans starting in October when the network is under heavy load. Verizon claims that speed for these users would go back to normal when the network is less congested. Verizon noted that this practice is widely accepted in the industry.

 

Wheeler said "All the kids do it" isn't a good reason. "My concern in this instance-and it's not just with Verizon, by the way, we've written to all the carriers-is that it is moving from a technology and engineering issue to the business issues ... such as choosing between different subscribers based on your economic relationship with them ," Wheeler said.

Cinemark theaters to team with Revue Labs for big screen gaming

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

I'm sure that all of us have been to the movies at one time or another and sat there thinking it would be awesome to play video games on that massive screen. Revue Labs has announced that it is working with Cinemark theaters to bring gaming action to the big screen. You might not be able to sit back in your chair and play Battlefield 4 yourself, but you will be able to watch live gaming tournaments.

 

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What Revue Labs wants to do is bring competitive gaming to the big screen and hold tournaments in the theater. Gaming footage would be shown on the screen and the event will be streamed over the web. The very first event will use the game Titanfall.

 

Revue Labs says that if it all goes well at the first event, similar events will come to other locations around the country. It's unclear exactly where and when the first event would be held.

Current USB technology 'critically flawed,' security experts warn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Cybersecurity experts Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl have demonstrated a new vulnerability that makes it extremely difficult for users to defend against USB-based attacks. The current USB standard's vulnerability makes it hard to defend against attacks, even if manufacturers should begin developing additional security layers.

 

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Specifically, empty USB flash drives can contain malware even if formatted - a troubling sign for many of the companies that rely on flash drives to transfer data.

 

"USB is ubiquitous across all devices," said Mike McLaughlin, First Base Technologies, in a statement to BBC. "It comes down to the same old saying - don't plug things in that you don't trust. Any business should always have policies in place regarding USB devices and USB drives. Businesses should stop using them if needed."

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Wake up Disney's Sleeping Beauty in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'Sleeping Beauty' up for grabs for three lucky readers!

 

Released from the Disney Vault for a very limited time, 'Sleeping Beauty' is set to enchant a whole new generation, with stunningly beautiful animation fully remastered in high definition, alongside illuminating extra features.

 

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

 

Name both names that the titular Sleeping Beauty goes by during the film

 

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.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'Sleeping Beauty' is available on Blu-ray and HD Digital Copy combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 13th.

Swing a copy of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' up for grabs for 20 lucky readers!

 

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' sees Peter Parker enjoying his new-found abilities, swinging from sky scrapers, spending time with girlfriend Gwen Stacy and embracing his role as hero to New York City. However, Peter soon finds that being gifted with super powers comes at a price: only Spider-Man stands between the innocent people of New York and the villains that lurk around every corner. When a new evil comes to town in the form of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Spider-Man faces his most grueling, testing battle to date.

 

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

 

Name the legendary comic book artist who created the character of Spider-Man

 

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.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' is available on 3D/2D/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 14th.

Amazon goes to war with Guardians of the Galaxy & Captain America

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com is not a 800 pound gorilla that you want to get into a war with, especially if your business model includes selling goods online. But hot on the heels of protracted disputes with book distributors such as Bloomsbury and the on-going war with Hatchette which has spilled onto the pages of America's biggest newspapers, Amazon now has a new target - which is ironically home to the world's biggest super heroes.

 

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For some weeks, Amazon have blocked the pre-order of upcoming Disney Blu-ray and DVD's, including 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', despite the latter being released in a matter of weeks. Whilst Amazon is no doubt loosing sales to competitors for the time being, it is believed that the financial ramifications of the dispute go far beyond the availability of a few titles, however large they may be. At any rate, both companies are keeping negotiations in house for now.

 

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Earlier this year, Warner Bros Home Entertainment was embroiled in a similar dispute with Amazon, which saw the company block similarly lucrative titles from pre-order, including 'The Lego Movie' and '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Virginia has fastest Internet in the United States, while Alaska lags

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The State of Virginia has the fastest Internet service in the United States, according to Broadview research published by the Akamai State of the Internet Report. Overall, Internet speeds lagged in the Midwest and southern states compared to the west coast and northeast.

 

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Ironically, the Akamai report pegs California at the No. 20 spot, a headache for Silicon Valley companies that have continually tried to boost the speeds of Internet to local residents.

 

Top 10 states with fastest Internet:

1. Virginia (13.7 Mbps)

2. Delaware (13.1 Mbps)

3. Massachusetts (13.1 Mbps)

4. Rhode Island (12.9 Mbps)

5. Washington, DC (12.8 Mbps)

6. Washington (12.5 Mbps)

7. New Hampshire (12.3 Mbps)

8. Utah (12.1 Mbps)

9. Michigan (11.8 Mbps)

10. Connecticut (11.7 Mbps)

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Security experts want governments to step up cybersecurity efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The high-profile security data breaches of Target and eBay, among others over the past year, caused alarm among security experts wanting to see better government intervention to prevent future problems.

 

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosing massive government surveillance angered some Black Hat users, but sophisticated malware used by China, Russia and other state-sponsored are of greater concern. Cyberespionage attacks continue to increase in an effort to steal government and corporate secrets, while IT staff struggle to keep up.

 

"Either software houses deliver quality and back it up with product liability, or they will have to let their users protect themselves," said Dan Geer, venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, as he spoke for himself during the event. "The current situation - users can't see whether they need to protect themselves and have no recourse to being unprotected - cannot go on."

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