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George Lucas hasn't watched the 'Force Awakens' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The 88 second trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' might be inching towards the most viewed movie trailer of all time, with over 72 million views in a week, but one man in particular hasn't seen it - the creator of the franchise, George Lucas.


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Speaking to PageSix, Lucas revealed that he hadn't seen the trailer and won't see any part of the movie "Because it's not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there." Lucas sold the rights to the 'Star Wars' franchise, along with his whole LucasFilm company, back in 2012.


Unless he changes his mind, Lucas will get a chance to check the entire film out when 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.


Hackers warn Sony to not release 'The Interview' movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The hackers behind the breach into Sony have warned the company of the consequences of releasing its upcoming movie 'The Interview' with Seth Rogen and James Franco.


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Sony Pictures Entertainment have been warned about releasing "the movie of terrorism", which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Over the weekend, the two stars of the movies took to Saturday Night Live, having a laugh at it all. The hackers on the other hand, are quite serious.


They said: "We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY, however, they have refused to accept. It seems that you think everything will be well, if you find out the attacker, while no reacting to our demand. We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY".

Paramount trolls The Academy with 'Transformers 4' Oscar campaign

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Whilst it might have grossed almost $1.1 billion at the international box office, this year's release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' didn't exactly set a light in the hearts of critics, including here on TweakTown. Despite that set back, Paramount are courting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a full on Oscar nomination campaign for the film, among other titles from this year's release slate.


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Paramount are asking for the Academy to nominate 'Age of Extinction' in over a dozen categories on their "For Your Consideration" website, including 'Best Picture', 'Best Director' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay'. Whilst they are already unsurprisingly in the running in the visual effects category, it's safe to say that the film won't be in contention for Best Picture, let alone win it.

Live video broadcasting to be new 'selfie' by 2017, Gartner predicts

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

The use of live video broadcasting could potentially transition itself to become the new "selfie" by 2017, according to the Gartner research group. Business workers and home users will transition from traditional static photos to video, and live video will become even more popular. It's not uncommon for workers to use Skype, Microsoft Lync, and other services to conduct video calls and conferences - and that trend should only accelerate further.


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"The next generation of consumer services and products has one main theme in common and that is video," said Brian Blau, Gartner research director. "This means incorporating live video or other real-time technologies into products to engage users in live events and enable more personalized communications, providing better customer support, and offering best-of-breed video and TV experiences to connected homes."


Live video technology will become more accessible and will become commonly used on smartphones and tablets to desktop applications used for customer support services.

Marvell releases world's first DRAM-less NVMe SSD controller

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The keys to the future of SSDs revolve around the NVMe interface, TLC NAND, 3D NAND, and low power consumption. Marvell has announced a new design that brings all three of these together to enable refined SSD designs. The 88NV1140 supports both NVMe 1.1b and AHCI through a x1 PCIe 3.0 interface. The controller supports TLC NAND and 3D NAND, along with other types of NAND. This new controller is targeted for the mobile market, such as Chromebooks, laptops, and 2-in-1 devices.


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Marvell turns to NVMe 1.1b and the first DRAM-less NVMe controller design to deliver a lower power threshold. DRAM-less designs feature lower power draw and are typically more resilient during power loss events. Tacking on support for the newer NVMe revision 1.1b also leverages improvements in low power state management. Marvell also announced the DRAM-less 88NV1120, which supports the SATA interface in PC systems and leverages DevSlp functionality.

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Sony's hacking woes increase as PlayStation store suffers attack

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Things just don't seem to be getting better for Sony. Hot on the heels of a shocking data theft at Sony Pictures, a new attack occurred today on the PlayStation store. Suspicions are centered around North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack, and the custom malware designed for that hack is now on the loose, threatening the world at large with a devastating over-write malware.


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A group called The Lizard Squad is taking responsibility for the latest attack on the PlayStation Store this morning via a Twitter message that simply reads: "PSN Login #offline". This latest attack appears to be a denial-of-service attack, which overruns the website and prevents users from logging in. However, the full scope of the attack is not yet known, and Sony is currently investigating the breadth of the assault. Word on whether there was a data breach associated with the attack will come forward in the next few days. Sony and The Lizard Squad have a contentious history, to say the least. Earlier this year Lizard Squad issued a warning there were explosives on a domestic flight, resulting in its diversion. There just so happened to be a Sony executive on the flight.

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New Google Glass patents reveal four new slim designs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The initial Google Glass model was loved by all for its functionality and refreshing new take on mobile computing, but many also complained about the clunky design and poor battery life. The original version was more of a proof-of-concept design than anything, and technological advances are already in the works. The slim new design eliminates most of the sidebar and the box that hangs behind the ear.


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Recent Google Glass patent applications reveal some of the new changes. News that Intel is going to power the next revisions of Google Glass came about last week, and this will provide Google the flexibility to address the bulky hardware. There is no word if there will be more storage capacity, but new 3D NAND designs could provide amazing density as well. A new processor and chipset will enable better battery life and much smaller designs. The original hardware was based off of a 2011 mobile processor that wasn't the best fit for slim applications. Other new designs (pictured below) break the mold entirely and utilize very tiny components.

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The Apple 'garage startup' history isn't exactly correct

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Steve Jobs was said to begin his Apple enterprise in his parents garage, located in Los Altos, California. This 'birthplace' of Apple was conducted throughout the spring of 1976. However, Apple's original co-founder Steve Wozniak has just let slip a little more truth to this claim, stating that it's not exactly 100% correct that this dingy garage location was where the Apple I and Apple II products were designed, developed and eventually presented to the world.


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In a chat with Bloomberg Businessweek, he told Brandon Lisy that "The garage is a bit of a myth", further commenting that "We did no designs there, no bread boarding, no prototyping, no planning of products" and "We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn't serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home".

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Sony hackers have reportedly been traced back to a hotel in Bangkok

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The hack against Sony has been all over the news for a couple of weeks now, but it has reportedly all been tracked back to a single, posh hotel in Bangkok. North Korea has stepped up saying that it was not responsible for the hack, which had people thinking the country had attacked Sony over its movie "The Interview" with Seth Rogen and James Franco.


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The hackers were traced back to St. Regis Bangkok, which is a 4.5-star resort where even the most basic rooms cost over $400 per night. We don't know if the hack was done from inside of one of these hotels, or outside in a public area of the hotel, but we do know they came from the St. Regis Bangkok. The investigations into the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment servers took place on December 2, at 12:25AM local time.

North Korea says its supporters could be behind Sony cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Pro-North Korean hackers could be responsible for a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, according to a statement broadcasted on a state-run television channel. The successful breach will likely cost SPE millions from interrupted business operations, data theft, and screener versions of the movie that have leaked online.


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The KCNA news agency said that the "hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK in response to its appeal."


There are digital fingerprints that point towards North Korea, and cybersecurity experts and the FBI are helping SPE investigate the incident. Despite extreme poverty that most of the country's citizens endure, the controlling government has reportedly invested a great deal into developing hackers with developed cyberattack capabilities.

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