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GoDaddy has been valued at over $5 billion after its IPO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 3:34 am

GoDaddy is now on the New York Stock Exchange, with the company being valued at over $5 billion yesterday. Once GoDaddy hit the NYSE, their shares rose by a huge 30%.




GoDaddy floated at $20 per share before it quickly rose as high as $26.80, which sees the company being valued at $5.5 billion, including debt. If you haven't heard of GoDaddy, they are a domain name registration and web hosting company, better known for their controversial Super Bowl ads. They raised $460 million from selling 23 million shares, so people have faith in them to dump half a billion dollars in a single day.

Aussie ISP Internode offers Netflix quota-free

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:53 am

Popular Australian ISP Internode is well known for their support of gamers and now they're offering up Netflix quota-free for certain plans.




Excluding "all NBN Fixed Wireless, NodeMobile Voice & NodeMobile Data plans, and access via IPv6," you can take full use of this deal by owning one of Internode's "fixed-line broadband or NBN Fiber plans" which encompasses almost everything they have on offer, really.


If you're wanting to sign up for this deal yourself or check out more information, you'll need to head to their Netflix landing page.

Apple Watch expected to sell 1 million units during opening weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:20 am

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has said in his recent research note that Apple Watch sales in the opening weekend should reach over one million units.




These one million future Watch owners include all preorders and launch sales, but it doesn't include walk-in customers, so this number could be much higher. Munster's numbers are coming in from his prediction of loyal customers who are keen to get their hands on Watch from their orders on April 10. He also expects Apple to sell around 300,000 units in the first 24 hours, which will be an 8% attach rate on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders.


Munster believes that Apple will sell 8 million units over the entire year, which will have Apple secure $4.4 billion or so in revenue. We should expect units to reach 40-50 million by 2017, which will account for around 10% of Apple's projected revenue for the year. This would mean that 8-10% of iPhone users will be wearing a Watch in the future.

Crowdfund campaign aims to save endangered Aussie parrot species

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:28 am

One of the more recent offshoots of e-commerce, crowdfunding campaigns have willed some excellent products to existence thanks to the web, with notable success stories including the Pebble Smartwatch, Oculus Rift and Ouya. Now, a philanthropic campaign has been launched to save the future of a incredibly endangered Australian parrot species.



Scientists and conservationists from The Australian National University have launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Pozible to save the swift parrot from extinction. With less than 1000 breeding pairs in the wild in the Australian island state Tasmania (yes - the same place made famous for the Tasmanian Devil), it's incredibly important to rescue the species before they become extinct, thanks to threats posed by the natural and developing world. The campaign aims to raise $40,000 AUD to trial a range of breeding boxes that prevent the parrots threat, the Sugar Glider from entering.


The campaign is off to a good start, with over half of the target funds already raised - although more is still needed. The campaign will be supported by us here at TweakTown.

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NVIDIA's rumored Shield 2 codenamed 'Loki', powered by Tegra X1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:11 am

According to the current rumors, NVIDIA is working on a successor to the Shield, which should be powered by the company's impressive Tegra X1 processor.




The reports are coming from something being spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the Wi-Fi Certification Alliance, which came a couple of months ago, but now we're seeing Zauba with a new report. The new report states that the next-gen Shield should rock LTE capabilities, as well as LPDDR4 RAM.


NVIDIA has given it an awesome codename of "Loki" which would make sense as Shield is part of the Marvel universe, and Loki is Thor's brother (and one of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe - thanks Tom Hiddleston). The new Shield 2 should be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor, which has support for 4K 60FPS, and even 1080p at 120FPS. It rocks an 8-core processor, DX12 support and 256 GPU cores, so we can expect the next Shield to be an even bigger portable gaming powerhouse.

IBM outs cybercriminal group running 'Dyre Wolf' scam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 12:48 am

A well-organized Eastern European cybercriminal group is using social engineering that includes phishing and phone calls paired with malware to steal money from US businesses. IBM, which discovered the surprisingly sophisticated operation, call it "The Dyre Wolf" - and while the group has netted just $1 million so far - the organization of the group is rather alarming.




Once victims click on a fraudulent link or attachment, the malware is installed and waits for users to access a bank website. Instead of going to the bank's website, a fake screen says the bank website is down, so victims have to call a phone number. Once dialed, victims turn over bank information and a large money wire transfer is initiated by the criminals.


"What's very different in this case, is we saw a pivot of the attackers to use a set of social engineering techniques that I think are unprecedented," said Caleb Barlow, VP of IBM Security, in a statement to Reuters. "The focus on wire transfers of large sums of money really got our attention."

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Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break delayed to 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 12:23 am

Microsoft has just lost itself an Xbox One exclusive for this year, with the company coming out and announcing with Remedy Entertainment that Quantum Break won't be seeing the light of day until next year.




Head of Publishing for Microsoft, Shannon Loftis, said: "We've got the strongest games lineup in Xbox history right now, with 2015 blockbuster exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, and Forza Motorsport 6, and more we'll announce in the coming months. With so many games launching this year, moving Quantum Break to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP".


Sam Lake, Remedy Entertainment's Creative Director and the face of Max Payne explained: "We're really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up. We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they've come to expect from us".


It can't just be me, but does it feel like 8/10 of the AAA games are being delayed these days? Developers are getting way to trigger happy with announcing release dates, because these games are all obviously not ready if they need three, six or 12 more months (or sometimes more) to get their game up to scratch.

Rockstar releases GTA V trailer for the PC in 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 11:56 pm

Grand Theft Auto V is closer to its release on PC than ever, that is if Rockstar doesn't delay it yet again, and in order to build up to that release we have the 1080p 60FPS trailer to the game.



As you can see from the trailer above, it's just some fodder to check out - there is no gameplay footage which I'm pretty disappointed about. We're only 12 days from release and there's no 1080p 60FPS actual in-game footage? What about some 4K 60FPS in-game footage? I haven't pre-ordered yet, have you?

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Some banks feel threatened by rise in mobile payments ecosystem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:11 pm

Companies jumping into the mobile payments market have executives at Canadian banks nervous, with Apple, Google, and others trying to encroach on the banking industry.




"New technologies are raising consumer expectations of what banks do - and how they do it," said Bharat Masrani, CEO of Toronto-Dominion Bank, in a statement to shareholders. "And in many cases, they are being deployed by non-traditional entities to compete in the banking space."


To help compete against major disruption from tech companies, banks are creating their own mobile applications to cater to members. Some are choosing to partner with mobile payment providers, while others are creating apps so customers can withdraw money from ATMs using their smartphones.

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Google lets developers test Android apps in Windows, Linux and Mac

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:10 pm

Google has released the Arc Welder tool that is able to test Android apps on any device with a Chrome browser, opening the door to cross-platform testing on Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, and Mac OS X.




Arc Welder is currently in beta/developer preview right now, and can only run one app at a time. Once it has been downloaded, interested users must download and install APK files, which can be done using something like Raccoon.


There is still a discussion among many coders saying it's better to have natively created apps, but a conversion tool seems to be a step in the right direction.

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