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Call of Duty voted Best Game Series by Guinness Book of World Records

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Activision's Call of Duty received the top vote as best game franchise, voted on by 5,000 gamers polled for the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition, winning ahead of Super Mario Bros., Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, and The Legends of Zelda.

 

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Here is what Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief said: "More than 5,000 fans of the book from 140 countries across the world took to an online poll vote for their favorite games, and the top 50 record-breaking games were featured in the book."

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare recently launched - and despite some analysts showing concern over game sales - Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg believes it will outsell Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Facebook says Messenger has more than 500 million users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Facebook Messenger now has more than 500 million monthly active users, even though many users weren't happy about being forced to download and install the service as a separate app. The No. 1 social networking website currently has 1.35 billion monthly active users, and wants to continue growing the number of Messenger users - and hopes to reach 1 billion next.

 

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Active Messenger user figures increased 150 percent in one year - which was largely due to it being mandatory on smartphones.

 

The effort has angered some Facebook users, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently explained his company's reasoning: "On mobile, each app really can focus on doing one thing well, we think. You're probably messaging people 15, 20 times a day, and having to go into an app and wait for it to load and then go through a bunch of steps to get to your messages or send a message is a lot of friction."

BlackBerry CEO John Chen to focus on fewer phones, more profitability

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is currently leading a multiple-phase, two-year turnaround plan designed to help return the company to profitability. BlackBerry doesn't want to release multiple new products and will focus on a smaller number of devices, while trying to convince consumers and business workers to abandon their Apple iPhone or Google Android devices.

 

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"Once we turn this company to profitability again, I will do everything I can to never lose money ever again," Chen recently told Reuters. "That is definitely something I am very focused on doing. We will survive as a company and now I am rather confident. We're managing the supply chain, we are managing inventories, we are managing cash, and we have expenses now at a number that is very manageable. BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth."

 

Despite BlackBerry once dominating the smartphone market - prior to the success of the iPhone and Android - the company still has a reliable, secure software platform.

BAE Systems benefits from virtual reality before manufacturing begins

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Engineers from BAE Systems are using virtual reality to better design Royal Navy warships, hoping to create designs more effectively and cheaply. Using virtual models offer a more real-world glimpse of a ship over traditional wood or cardboard designs that were previously used.

 

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Here is what Mick Ord, BAE Systems Naval Ship managing director recently said: "Visualization technology is transforming the way we design, build and deliver complex warships. By creating a virtual prototype, we can mature and optimize a ship's design and gain a real understanding of the vessel and the experience of those serving on board before manufacturing begins."

 

Three offshore patrols are being used by the virtual reality platform, and that number could increase in the future. BAE Systems has installed the virtual reality suite at facilities in Bristol, Portsmouth and Glasgow.

Companies fear data breaches, but not doing enough to prevent them

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:30 am

Companies from small and medium businesses to enterprise organizations are aware how damaging a data breach could be, but still aren't doing enough to prevent them. Analyzing everything from how files are saved and stored, evaluating third-party providers, and real-time security monitoring are all important steps to keeping data more secure, whether on-prem or in the cloud.

 

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To make matters worse, targeted attacks are expected to rise in 2015 - as organized groups test network security procedures, and then compromise vulnerable companies as they see fit.

 

"Hackers have so many things working their favor, from anonymous currencies and "Dark Web" sites which allow them an easy way to turn stolen information into real cash, to the nightmare it is to not only find them, but to have any real success in prosecution and recovery due (to) the global nature of the problem and the tangled mess of foreign jurisdictions," said Joe Caruso, Global Digital Forensics (GDF) CEO and CTO.

Elite: Dangerous has an official release date: December 16, 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 7:43 am

Most headlines are filled with Star Citizen lately, especially when Chris Roberts told us exclusively that he "doesn't care about consoles", adding a tease about 8K textures, which seems to have gamers excited. But now we have news of competing space combat game Elite: Dangerous, and an official release date: December 16.

 

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December 16 is a little over a month away, with Frontier Developments putting up a pre-order package of "Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition" which gives gamers the full game, ship liveries, Day One decal, and other stuff for $50. Pre-orders receive a $9.99 discount from the final release of the game. Any crowd-funded backer who purchased the Beta, or higher, will receive the Mercenary Pack on December 16.

Moto X receives its Android 5.0 Lollipop update before Nexus devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 6:39 am

Android 5.0 Lollipop will be splashing onto countless smartphones and tablets in the coming months, where we normally see Google's Nexus line of devices receiving the latest update, first. Not this time! Motorola's Moto X is the first smartphone to receive the deliciously-named OS, a first when it comes to Android updates.

 

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Normally we would have seen the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices all receive their Lollipop updates, but it's Motorola's flagship smartphone that has it first. The HTC-made, NVIDIA-powered Nexus 9 already has Android 5.0, but that's the only device (up until now) that featured the new OS. Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, isn't really available yet - so there's no smartphone on the market with Lollipop on it, apart from the Moto X.

 

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Moto X has been pulled - surprise, surprise - but it's great to see that a handset like the Moto X is receiving its update super quick. Let's hope that Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG and others can follow through with quick updates.

ASUS launches its ZenWatch in the US, priced at $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 5:32 am

After months of allowing competing smartwatches take over the US market, Taiwanese giant ASUS has launched its sleek ZenWatch in the country. The wearable is being sold right now through Best Buy, at $199.

 

 

The ASUS ZenWatch features a beautiful 1.6-inch, curved Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of on-board flash storage. The entire thing is encased in stainless steel, with a beautiful leather strap - making it look more like a watch than some of the competing devices.

 

There's over 100 watch faces available from ASUS, as well as a feature that locates your smartwatch quickly by tapping the ZenWatch. Google Play won't be available at launch, but ASUS has promised that it will be coming in an update.

Continue reading 'ASUS launches its ZenWatch in the US, priced at $199' (full post)

Matt Damon to reprise his role as Jason Bourne in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 4:24 am

While Jeremy Renner did a good job in The Bourne Legacy back in 2012, most people missed Matt Damon in the original Bourne trilogy. Well, you can relax: Matt Damon has confirmed that he'll be reprising his role as the super agent in another Bourne movie in 2016.

 

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Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips, The Bourne Ultimatum) will be returning as the director, teaming up with Damon yet again. The movie doesn't have a title just yet, but we can be sure it'll have "Bourne" in it somewhere, Bourne Again, maybe? We should hopefully hear more about the new Bourne adventure as we float into 2015.

Take home a copy of Marvel's 'Agents of SHIELD' DVD thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 10, 2014 3:43 am

Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's DVD release of Marvel's 'Agents of SHIELD: The Complete First Season' up for grabs for five lucky readers!

 

In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

 

But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is "The Clairvoyant"? What is Hydra's sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye's puzzling origins; and most importantly of all, who can be trusted?

 

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

 

What does the acronym 'SHIELD' stand for?

 

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 November 14th.

 

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'Agents of SHIELD: The Complete First Season' is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on November 12th.

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