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Safari's default search engine will change from Google, but to who?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 7:35 am

Apple will soon finish its lease with Google for being the default search engine on its Safari web browser, but who will Apple lean on for a new search engine? Microsoft? Competitor. Yahoo? Well, another competitor.


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Considering there are hundreds of millions of iOS-based devices in the wild, it'll be an interesting move to see which company Apple jumps to be its new default search engine. Apple will mostly likely rely on Yahoo, as it's not going to want a direct competitor like Microsoft being splashed inside of their devices, especially when Microsoft is so nasty in their Surface Pro ads, attacking Apple and its MacBook Air.

Xbox One rumored to soon be updated with a Windows 10 dashboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 6:37 am

According to new reports, Microsoft will unleash an update for the Xbox One in January that will refresh its dashboard with an injection of Windows 10.


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Microsoft is reportedly holding an event in January that will better showcase the new features in Windows 10, an event that I'm sure we'll see the new Xbox One dashboard either shown off, or released. The company is expected to announce the Xbox One update in the coming month, but until then, we'll just have to wait and see.

Score a copy of Luc Besson's 'Lucy' in our latest Blu-ray promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 5:57 am

To celebrate this week's release of Luc Besson's 'Lucy' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers.


Opening in atmospheric and bustling Taipei, Johansson stars as Lucy, a clueless young American student with a shady boyfriend (Pilou Asbæk). Reluctantly tricked into delivering a briefcase to an inner-city hotel, she is kidnapped by Taiwanese gangsters and forced to serve as a drug mule in a global narcotics ring. When the bag of drugs in her stomach ruptures, Lucy is exposed to a new synthetic substance which changes her biological composition and gives her superhuman abilities. On the run from the cartel in Paris, she teams up with a French police officer (Amr Waked) and seeks out a distinguished professor (Freeman) in order to fully comprehend her newfound capabilities and share her knowledge with the rest of society.


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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:


Name the 1997 science fiction directed by Luc Besson which starred Bruce Willis


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 dot com before the competition closes on December 5.


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'Lucy' is available on UltraViolet, Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on December 4.

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Unreleased Sony films hit Internet after cyberattack last week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 5:51 am

Four different movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including Annie, Fury, Mr. Turner and Still Alice, have leaked online via peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The company suffered a major cyberattack last week, which is now being investigated by law enforcement, Sony confirmed. The digital copies are watermarked and were likely caused by the SPE network intrusion, sources have confirmed.


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"The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it," a Sony spokeswoman recently said.


Fury made its appearance on file sharing networks on Nov. 27, and has been downloaded at least 888,000 times. This is the largest leak since July, after the Expendables 3 movie was released online almost one month before release in theaters.

'Text Neck' causing medical problems among mobile tech enthusiasts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 5:16 am

It seems more people are suffering from "Text Neck," a medical condition when people suffer from pain and damage due to the head and neck position of people texting on smartphones and using tablets. A mix of the angle - and gravity - is the equivalent of carrying 60 pounds, and with more people looking down, the problem only seems to be escalating.


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"Everyone is heads down," said Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. "It's in every mall and in every city. It's my opinion that this kind of heads down position is the cause of pain and suffering on the planet and a contributor to spinal surgery."


Previous reports recommend users take breaks, let their eyes adjust on their natural environment, and stretch before continuing to use PCs, smartphones or tablets.

Social engineering-based attacks raving companies, causing confusion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 5:13 am

Launching social engineering attacks, typically using phishing tactics, will remain a success for cybercriminals - and companies struggle to teach their employees how to detect and avoid these attacks. Phishing emails often trick employees to turn over usernames and passwords, or install some type of file with malware.


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"Phishing relies on human mistakes, not technology, so the number one way to combat this particularly effective form of social engineering is to raise awareness enterprise-wide," said Joe Caruso, CEO and CTO of Global Digital Forensics. "Time is your enemy after a cyber breach or incident, so every second counts. The faster the problem is identified and eradicated, the less costly it will be in the long run for the entire organization."


As more people embrace mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, cybercriminals are adjusting their attack strategies. More employees are using their personal devices for work, and criminals have the opportunity to steal personal and corporate information.

Microsoft Xbox One reportedly outsold PlayStation 4 on Black Friday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 4:31 am

It appears the Microsoft Xbox One carried its recent momentum into Black Friday, outselling the Sony PlayStation 4 in the United States, according to a report from InfoScout. Sixty-six percent of consumers purchased a console for their children, with 92 percent of Nintendo Wii U buyers reporting a purchase for their kids - while 66 percent of Xbox One and 50 percent of PS4 buyers making a purchase for someone else.


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Microsoft sold several appealing game console bundles, including its Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle - and a recent price drop - also seemed to help Microsoft.


Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo prepared for what they hoped would be a busy 2014 holiday shopping season, and it seems to be off to a great start.

Microsoft set to demonstrate Windows 10 to the world in January 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 4:24 am

Microsoft is ready to help consumers forget about Windows 8 and 8.1, and is rumored to begin promoting its upcoming Windows 10 operating system starting next January. The company took the wraps off Windows 10 during a relatively low-key event that was hosted in September.


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Windows 10 for Business preview was released earlier in the year, as testers continue to provide feedback, Microsoft wanted to wait until later to begin discussing "significant" new features to the successor to Windows 8/8.1.


Even with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happening in early January, Microsoft will host a dedicated a press event in late January to discuss Windows 10. The company previously said consumer features would be unveiled in "early 2015," as the company wants to move ahead with the latest Windows OS.

Google Play 'Best Apps of 2014' released

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 2:57 am

Just yesterday, Google has published their brand new 'Best Apps of 2014' list which features some old favorites alongside new big hits.


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If you're looking for old favorites; Shazam, Swiftkey Keyboard and TED made the list. These are displayed proudly next to newer offerings such as Over or Strive. It's interesting to see a distinct lack of music service providers missing out of this list, with no Pandora or Spotify listed - however if you're on the path for love, OkCupid has made an appearance quite near to the top of the page.

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The Crew's Lead Game Designer says the game will launch smoothly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 2:34 am

We've been told not to read early reviews of The Crew, as Ubisoft couldn't provide game reviewers with the right situation to play in. But now the Lead Game Designer of The Crew, Serkan Hasan, has said that the upcoming game should have no problems at launch.


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Hasan talked with The Metropolist, where he said that the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of The Crew will be working at 1080p at 30FPS at launch. He also said that he had faith in the game's online functionality, explaining that he has confidence in The Crew, as it has "reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real-world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time".


This news is coming after Ubisoft stated that copies of The Crew were not sent out to the press in advance, like they normally are. The reason behind this is that the press couldn't review a driving game that is primarily an online, social title, without ripping apart these functions in their review. The Crew requires "thousands and thousands and thousands of players - something that can't be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press".

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