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Lando Calrissian may return to a galaxy far, far away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:37 am

With the return of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to the next 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens', some fans have questioned why the galaxy's smoothest dude Lando Calrissian hasn't yet made return. While Billy Dee Williams returned to the franchise voicing his CG animated character in the 'Star Wars: Rebels' TV show in the episode 'Idiot's Array', Williams has made his first comments on his possible live-action return.

 

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Speaking with Cinelinx to promote his 'Rebels' guest starring role, Williams says: "I have a feeling I'm going to show up. There's nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage... I didn't come in until the second movie. I did 'Empire' and then I did 'Return of the Jedi', but I came in after everyone else was introduced. So I think they're probably proceeding in that way."

 

The next 'Star Wars' film; 'The Force Awakens' is currently scheduled for a 3D, IMAX and 2D worldwide release on December 18th, 2015.

Valve to show off new Steam Machine prototypes at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:34 am

Valve might have unveiled its NVIDIA-powered Steam Machine all the way back in 2013, and while we were promised to see Steam Machines properly unveiled and released last year, all we saw were prototypes at CES 2014. Well, it's 2015 and we're closer than ever to proper Steam Machines, with Valve announcing that their partners will be showcasing their latest prototypes at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 next month.

 

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Valve has partnered up with PC manufacturers like Alienware, CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower, wherer we should see most, if not all of them unveiling their latest Steam Machine prototypes at GDC 2015. Valve's Doug Lombardi has confirmed with Polygon that the latest Steam Machine prototypes will be at the show, but outside of that, we know nothing new. Don't fear, as GDC 2015 isn't even a month away, taking place between March 2-6.

Facebook letting users assign an heir to your account after you die

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:48 am

Facebook have struggled for years with what happens to your digital life once your mortal body passes, but creepy as it may be, the company has finally agreed to make changes to accounts to assign a "legacy contact" to manage your account on your behalf. This contact can write posts on your profile page, change your profile picture and even add new friend requests on your memoralised account.

 

 

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Facebook are currently rolling the feature out worldwide and although my Australian account has yet to receive the option, go to go to Facebook 'Settings', 'Security' and then 'Legacy Contact' to see if your account has been granted the afterlife option.

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Crytek will unveil a new VR experience at GDC 2015 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:39 am

It looks like Crytek is ready to push into the world of VR gaming, as the studio will be showing off a new VR experience on the Oculus Rift at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 next month.

 

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VRFocus is reporting that Crytek has confirmed with the site that it will be showing off a "a brand new experience" for VR, especially when compared to what it was showing off at last year's GDC. Last year, Crytek was showing off a VR technology demo running in CryEngine on the Oculus Rift DK2 at 100FPS.

 

Crytek will be showing off its CryEngine running on Android, too. GDC takes place between March 2-6 in San Francisco, California. You can be sure we'll be reporting about any and all things from the event.

Ubisoft sees future success for Far Cry game franchise

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11:10 pm

In less than two months, Ubisoft has sold more than 7 million units of Far Cry 4, and it doesn't look like the game franchise is going to end just yet.

 

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot didn't confirm a new Far Cry video game, but indicated Far Cry 4 may not be the last title for gamers. "The Far Cry franchise is here for the long-run and is a stronger contender in the shooter genre," Guillemot said during a recent earnings call.

 

Meanwhile, Ubisoft released the Overrun Far Cry 4 DLC for PC and console gamers, providing new maps, a new vehicle, and a new PvP mode. The game publisher seems focused on releasing updates for Far Cry 4 and will keep any rumblings of a new title under wraps for the time being.

Cybercriminals want to compromise your identity, steal personal data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 10:20 pm

Cybercriminals have their pick of vulnerable targets to compromise, and want to focus more on conducting identity theft over just stealing payment information.

 

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After a data breach, especially if a debit or credit card information has been stolen, compromised users ask their banks to cancel cards. However, a data breach in which names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal data are stolen give criminals the ability to take their time to launch future attacks.

 

"We're clearly seeing a shift in the tactics of cybercriminals, with long-term identity theft becoming more of a goal than the immediacy of stealing a credit card number," said Tsion Gonen, VP of strategy for identity and data protection of Gemalto. "Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes."

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Damballa: Majority of antivirus solutions fail to detect malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 9:30 pm

Antivirus products missed almost 70 percent of malware infections within the first hour of submission, according to Damballa's "Q4 2014 State of Infections Report." In addition, only 66 percent of malware signatures were accurately identified when rescanned within 24 hours of infection - with that number going up to 72 percent within seven days.

 

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Antivirus security companies share malicious file findings with one another, but it takes time for new discoveries to be integrated into their own programs.

 

"What's clear from these figures is that we have to turn the table on infection 'dwell' time," said Brian Foster, CTO of Damballa. "In much that same way that a flu vaccine hinges on making 'best-guess' decisions about the most prevalent virus strains - AV is only effective for some of the people some of the time. Viruses morph and mutate and new ones can appear in the time it takes to address the most commonly found malware."

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Canada wants drones to help defend Arctic region against Russia, China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 8:15 pm

The Canadian government is becoming increasingly concerned that China or Russia could encroach on the Canadian Arctic region. It's a startling concern for the Canadian government, which unlike the United States, UK and other allies, cannot develop and acquire UAVs as quickly.

 

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Canada is unable to acquire drones at a rapid pace, while there is concern the Chinese and Russian governments could launch drones to conduct surveillance operations. The Canadian government is concerned that Russia and China could launch UAVs from ice floes, long-range bombers or submarines - with the Russian military creating small research stations throughout the region.

 

"Russia and China do not currently possess land-based UAVs capable of conducting (intelligence, surveillance reconnaissance) against the Canadian Arctic," according to an assessment that was released in April 2013. "This limitation could change should UAVs gain aerial refueling capabilities."

Report predicts wearables will rack up mobile data usage by 2019

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 7:20 pm

Mobile traffic is set to boom over the next few years, with wearable devices becoming more prevalent - and increasingly relying on mobile data. The wearable market will increase from 109 million in 2014 up to 578 million by 2019, according to Cisco, which will increase the amount of mobile data being used.

 

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There will be an increase in smartwatches with the launch of the Apple Watch later this year, while other rival devices continue to hit the consumer market. The Apple Watch needs to be paired to an iPhone to transmit data, though smartphones already use six times the amount of data when compared to a normal mobile phone.

 

Of the 11.5 billion predicted mobile connections by 2019, 8.3 billion will be smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal mobile devices - and those devices will rely on a mix of cellular data and Wi-Fi.

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Anthem breach could help create focus on cybersecurity for insurers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 5:53 pm

Anthem's recent data breach should be a startling wakeup call to other insurance carriers and companies operating in the medical world.

 

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Up to 80 million of the company's members could be at risk of identity theft, with hackers able to make off with client names, physical mailing addresses, birth dates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and medical ID data.

 

The cost of the breach could top $100 million, as Anthem's cyberinsurance policy will likely be exhausted following this incident.

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