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DDoS attacks once again ruin an online CS:GO tournament match

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 8:34 am

The Oceanic FACEIT CS:GO league was in tough competition, with a possible three-way tie for first place to be achieved if only Vox Eminor (Voxe) could take down Team Immunity in a best of one online match. Recently losing one of their players, Azad "topguN" Orami, Voxe's new stand in Kyran "dizzy" Crombie is in the midst of trying to prove he deserves to play with the best.

 

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Team Immunity has managed to take down Voxe in previous online and offline events, with the community rallying behind yet another great match to see who holds the crown as the best team in Oceania. However, Voxe took off to a terrible start, seeing Luke "Havoc" Paton become a victim of a large DDoS attack just before the match began meaning Voxe had to ring in another player.

 

Although they put up a valiant fight, Team Immunity ended up taking down Voxe 16-14 and seeing themselves as the first team to qualify for the FACEIT season finals event. DDoS attacks have become prevalent across many mainstream eSports titles, with its ease of use and anonymity making it commonly seen amongst gamers whom hold a personal grudge or are looking for 'some fun'.

Revenge porn website owner handed 18 year sentence

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:23 am

The words 'revenge porn' have been plastered across many online and local media outlets in recent months and the website ugotposted.com was in the center of it all.

 

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Kevin Bollaert was this websites former operator and his business was all about hosting thousands of sexually explicit images of various women without their consent - mostly submitted by disgruntled ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. The real cash flow for Bollaert came through the form of 'take down fees' - charging the victims hundreds of dollars to have their photos removed from the archives.

 

This court case conviction is the first of its kind and has seen Bollaert handed 18 years in prison (eligible for parole in 10 years) alongside a $10,000 fine for his troubles. This case also sends a clear message to any 'would-be' revenge porn participants that these types of actions are unacceptable.

Australian politician makes harsh metadata joke attack to journalist

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:14 am

Liberal politician, Federal Member for Mayo and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs made a joke about the wrong subject when engaging in a Twitter conversation with political journalist Bernard Keane recently, stating that he will search through Keane's private metadata in order to 'dig up some dirt'.

 

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This incident comes soon after news that the Government will have the unwarranted right to search phone and internet records for all Australian citizens from the past two years.

 

Although Briggs may see this as a lighthearted joke towards a critic, many users online are furious that this joke has even taken place, further labeling it as the 'harsh reality' that our future generations will have to face.

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Apple's next-gen Apple TV won't be capable of playing back 4K video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:44 am

While Apple's latest iMac might feature a 5K display and the new iPhone 6 Plus has finally caught up to 2012 with its Full HD display, that doesn't mean the upcoming Apple TV will move into the pixel-dense world we all know and love.

 

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According to a source of BuzzFeed News' John Paczkowski, the next-gen Apple TV will stick to 1080p content because 4K technology is "still in its infancy". The new Apple TV should rock an A8 processor which is 4K-capable, it's just that there's a big lack of content in the way. Although Amazon and Netflix have 4K content, there's not that much out there, and then there's the issue of consumers not flocking to 4K TVs in droves just yet.

 

Not only that, but you need a pretty snappy Internet connection to stream 4K video from YouTube, Amazon or Netflix - so there's that, too.

Sharp rumored to spinoff its smartphone LCD division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 5:38 am

Sharp hasn't been doing too well in the smartphone LCD market, with the likes of Samsung and LG dominating it. So the news of the company continuing its financial issues, and the possibilities of spinning off its LCD division shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

 

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Sources close to Nikkei, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal are all reporting that Sharp is very close to spinning off its LCD division, something that would happen during Sharp's current fiscal year (in the next 12 months). The WSJ says that it could be announced before Sharp begins its restructuring plans in May.

 

If the rumors do end up being true, it goes to show just how hard the smartphone display market business is, especially with South Korea utterly dominating it right now.

The Witcher 3 has over 200 hours of content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 4:30 am

We're getting much closer to the new release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with CD Projekt Red teasing that there will be over 200 hours of content.

 

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Senior Game Designer on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Damien Monnier, said on Twitter that this 200 hour length came from "everything" - which includes side quests, and everything in between. Comparing this to The Witcher 2, which had around 50 hours of content - inclusive of time playing around - this is a huge increase in content.

 

You're not going to want to get through 100 hours of gameplay and die with the new "Dark" gameplay mode, where death is permanent.

Microsoft rumored to release Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 3:07 am

Microsoft is set for the biggest operating system launch its ever had with Windows 10 later this year, but what better time to reveal the fourth generation Surface Pro but with your new OS?

 

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According to new reports, Microsoft won't be countering any new iPads until later this year with its Surface Pro 4, according to Venture Capital Post. The report says that there are rumors of a Surface Pro 4 announcement for July, but others are saying that it won't be unveiled until October, alongside Windows 10. This would have the Surface Pro 4 being the first device on the market with Windows 10 preloaded.

 

The other juicy part of this rumor is that the Surface Pro 4 will reportedly have a 4K screen, matched with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and of course; the stylus pen that the Surface Pro is known for. On top of that, the Intel processor powering the Surface Pro 4 could end up being the Skylake-based CPU, which is scheduled for an August release. We should expect two models: a 12-inch and 14-inch model, with up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

Blast off for our 'Interstellar' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 2:00 am

To celebrate this week's release of Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi blockbuster 'Interstellar' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital, we have copies of the 2 disc Blu-ray to give away to 5 lucky readers.

 

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

 

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

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Furious 7 has pulled in a huge $384 million so far, breaking records

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 1:38 am

If you've seen Furious 7 already, you will find it absolutely no surprise that the movie has pulled in a gigantic $384 million so far. During its opening weekend in the US, Furious 7 bought in $143 million alone.

 

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On top of the $143 million domestically, the movie has made over $240 million in the foreign market for a total of $384 million. This is a new record, with Furious 7 becoming the largest opening for any film in April, as well as being the largest opening for the franchise, and the ninth largest film opening in film history.

 

Box Office Mojo adds: "...That's without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks. So far, Furious 7 has earned $384 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run".

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David Lynch walks from 'Twin Peaks' revival

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 1:05 am

Last year, Showtime announced plans to revive the 1990 cult TV show 'Twin Peaks', with series creator David Lynch directing. Now, Showtime are forging ahead without Lynch after negotiations, mostly around money, broke down last month. Lynch has taken to social media to announce the news, which may very well be an attempt to force Showtime back to the table - with more cash.

 

 

Revealing that "After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done", Lynch showed his hand - but Showtime has countered with a public olive branch via Variety, confirming they "continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm."

 

Still it seems that with or without Lynch, the 'Twin Peaks' revival is still happening.

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