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The government has control of your naughty selfies, Snowden says

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 5:26 am

In a discussion on Last Week Tonight, Edward Snowden told comedian John Oliver about how we can think about the governments surveillance of citizens in a more relatable manner.

 

 

It is often discussed that the general population isn't up in arms about breaches of sensitive data as they can't closely relate with exactly whats going on. In an attempt to educate some, Oliver took a new approach as spotted on News.com.au.

 

Talking to Americans on the street, Oliver showed us that there was quite a number of people who weren't exactly sure who Snowden was - often confusing him for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He then asked how people would feel if their naughty 'nudes' were available for the taking.

 

One angry person stated "if I had knowledge that the US government had a picture of my d*ck, I would be very pissed off," with Snowden adding "well, the good news is there's no program named 'The D*ck Pic Program'. The bad news is [the government's] still collecting everybody's information - including your d*ck pics."

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'Star Wars' digital movie collection hits online platforms this week

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 4:50 am

It's taken way, way too long, but Disney and Twentieth Century Fox have finally come to an agreement which sees the entire collection of 'Star Wars' films available to purchase digitally, via iTunes, GooglePlay, PlayStation Video and many more online video platforms, for the first time later this week.

 

 

In an announcement made by the official 'Star Wars' site this morning, the full details of the set were revealed with each movie joined by a collection of legacy bonus features and some newly produced extras to entice fans to part ways with their cash.

 

Still, at a premium of a hilarious $125AUD for the entire collection - significantly more than the 8 disc Blu-ray boxset released in 2011, not to mention your valuable device space), Disney are seriously over-reaching if they're hoping to put a dent in the piracy stakes.

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3D printing lets surgeons test practice before giving girl new face

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 4:35 am

3D printing is helping push the boundaries of modern surgery, allowing surgeons and other medical practitioners to work on more accurate models before live operations. Violet Pietrok, a two-year-old born with a rare cleft deformity, is undergoing a series of operations in large part because of 3D printing.

 

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Trying to make precision cuts in the skull, which would be extremely close to the optic nerve, has serious consequences - but doctors were able to practice on a 3D model first. The firsthand experience gave them a better idea of sawblade trajectory - and to better understand how they would be able to make the cuts.

 

"We were actually able to do the procedure before going into the operating room," said Dr. John Meara, plastic surgeon-in-chief at Boston Children's Hospital, in a statement to CBC. "So we made the cuts in the model, made the bony movements that we would be making in Violet's case and we identified some issues that we modified prior to going into the operating room, which saves time and means that you're not making some of these critical decisions in the operating room."

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Samsung Q1 2015 isn't good, next few quarters won't be any better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 4:32 am

We are on the eve of Samsung throwing its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets into consumers hands, but with the end of Q1 2015 here, we can expect the South Korean giant to soon release its quarterly report.

 

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Samsung is expecting its operating profits to be between $5.2-$5.6 billion, which is down from $7.8 billion this time last year. The company expects to see sales of between $42-$44 billion, down from the $48 billion from the same time last year. Sales and profits are expected to be lower than the previous quarter, since Q4 2014 was the holidays and all.

 

We should expect a bounce back of sorts, with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge about to roll out. The official financial report will be released sometime later this month.

Angry Joe quits covering Nintendo over his flagged YouTube videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 3:31 am

One of the biggest YouTubers, Joe "Angry Joe" Vargas, has said he has stopped covering Nintendo games after the Japanese gaming giant started a dispute with him over his Mario Party 10 video.

 

 

Angry Joe's video on Mario Party 10 was flagged by YouTube, which led to him tweeting what you see below. After that, Angry Joe went on a tirade against Nintendo (and rightly so). His Twitter feed is a rage-filled rant against Nintendo and their policies, with most of the gaming community seeming to be behind him.

 

 

The bigger reason behidn this is that Nintendo seems to want revenues from videos shared by users - launching their own Creators Program earlier this year. This allowed YouTubers to release videos about Nintendo games, as long as Nintendo was given some of that sweet, sweet revenue. But, not every game is in this program, with Mario Party 10 being one of them.

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Star Wars: Battlefront release to coincide with The Force Awakens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 2:29 am

We're slowly learning more about the DICE developed Star Wars: Battlefront release, which will reportedly coincide with the release of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cinema release.

 

 

The Force Awakens is due December 18, with tens of millions of Star Wars fan sure to check out what JJ Abrams has in store for them. What better time to release Star Wars: Battlefront, right? The game is said to feature missions that will be based on The Force Awakens, with a release date of December 10 - one week before The Force Awakens flies into theaters.

 

Gamestop has been teasing a December 10 release date, with some Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay footage to be revealed at The Star Wars Celebration on April 17, 2015.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 rumored to be unveiled at E3, headed to PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 1:24 am

We've heard rumors of Red Dead Redemption 2 hitting the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, but according to Reddit user 'AnonDN1978' - who claims to be an ex-Rockstar developer - the studio will unveil RDR 2 at E3 2015.

 

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The game will reportedly be called Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West, and will be a prequel to the original game. It will reach the Xbox One, PS4 and surprisingly, the PC - one month after release, so in Rockstar Games time, probably 12-18 months after the consoles get it. The game will supposedly take place in the same area as its predecessor, with three playable characters. Two of them will be from the first RDR title, with the third being a completely new character.

 

What will Red Dead Redemption 2 offer? You can expect that customization to be a big part of the game, where players can customize their clothes and horse. The third character, which you can name, can have all sorts of different Western themed clothes customized - tops, bottoms, hats, gloves and more.

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Crytek reportedly sign $50-$70 million licensing deal with Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 12:23 am

Just months after Crytek was reportedly in serious financial trouble, paying its staff late and laying some off, with the German-based studio behind the CryEngine and games like Crysis, reportedly signed a major licensing deal with Amazon.

 

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According to four sources of Kotaku, Amazon has agreed to a massive licensing deal for Crytek's CryEngine, worth between $50-70 million. The sources haven't said much more, but they said that this deal is enough to pull Crytek out of the financial black hole it was being sucked into last year.

 

If you asked me, Crytek need to get back into developing hardcore graphics engines for the PC and then scale down to consoles from there. Instead, they went full steam ahead into the consoles and that has seemingly backfired - requiring the help of Amazon.

Tomb Raider reboot is now the most successful in franchise's history

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 12:00 am

When Crystal Dynamics rebooted Tomb Raider in 2013, no one thought it would be this successful, but here we are. Publisher Square Enix has announced that Tomb Raider has sold over 8.5 million copies, more than any of the other games in the franchise's history.

 

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The 8.5 million copies are spread across the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac and PC, but they also include the re-release in the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the Xbox One and PS4. Square Enix adds that there have been over 40 million Tomb Raider games sold since it launched all the way back in 1996.

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