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NASA, Nissan team up to develop autonomous vehicle research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 9:34 pm

Car maker Nissan and the NASA space agency have signed a five-year research and develop partnership, which will boost autonomous vehicle research. Nissan has already tested its autonomous vehicles in urban environments, with the car designed to deal with other vehicles, construction, pedestrians, cyclists, and other common scenarios.


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Specifically, there is interest in developing software algorithms, concepts and integrated prototypes of self-driving autonomous vehicles - giving Nissan a much-needed boost in the surging market, while NASA hopes to implement breakthroughs into its space research.


"All of our potential topics of research collaboration with Nissan are areas in which Ames has strongly contributed to major NASA programs," said Pete Worden, director of AMES. "Ames developed Mars rover planning software, robots onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and next-generation air traffic management systems to name a few. We look forward to applying knowledge developed during this partnership toward future space and aeronautics endeavors."

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UCF captures Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 9:11 pm

Based on its success during cybersecurity-based competitions, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has won the 2014 Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup.


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"The Cybersecurity Championship Cup program is designed to encourage collegiate participation in all cybersecurity-based competitions - not just specific events," said Dr. Gregory White, Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security. "The program is similar to the FedEx or Sprint Cups - teams gain points for participation in placement in disparate cybersecurity competitions."


The cup competition is supported by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Director Cyber Security Division, and is managed by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio. There is a growing need for cybersecurity specialists - both by the private sector and the federal government - as foreign cyberattacks continute to warrant great concern.

Study: Apple iPhone separation really does cause anxiety to users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 8:32 pm

Apple iPhone users separated from their smartphone can suffer from "physiological anxiety" and "poor cognitive performance," according to "The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology" study, published by the University of Missouri.


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The researchers first tasked survey participants to sit down and complete a puzzle while near their smartphone, and then had to take a second survey with their phone in a different part of the room. However, researchers called the phone, with participants able to see their iPhone and could hear it ring - but couldn't answer the phone.


Participants had increased heart rate and blood pressure while trying to complete the puzzle in the second scenario. Researchers recommend iPhone users keep their smartphones nearby when completely tasks that involve significant attention, so no anxiety occurs.

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North Korean Red Star OS not the most secure choice in the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 8:00 pm

The Red Star operating system made in North Korea, a sloppy clone of Apple Mac OS X, was leaked online - and it didn't take long before vulnerabilities were discovered in the modified Linux operating system. The North Korean-made OS allows backdoors for remote command injection into both the PC and server OS editions, along with weak file permissions.


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It's possible the North Korean government aimed towards spying on its users - or the OS coders are just inexperienced - but western security experts are analyzing methods to compromise Red Star-based PCs.


"The security of the Red Star OS inherits advantages from using peer-reviewed Linux platforms as a base but everything added or extended by North Korea that I looked at shows a low security proficiency and a lack of good programming practices," said Matthew Hickey, a cybersecurity researcher in the UK, in an interview with Forbes. "They use insecure functions as opposed to secure ones and often make mistakes that could result in security vulnerabilities."

Lynton: Cost of data breach 'far less' than published estimates

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 11:06 am

Sony Pictures is still dealing with the aftermath of its data breach originally suffered seven weeks ago, and it has been a major headache. However, the incident will be covered by SPE's insurance, and likely won't require the company to endure additional cost-cutting measures, according to SPE CEO Michael Lynton.


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"I would say the cost is far less than anything anybody is imaging and certainly shouldn't be anything that is disruptive to our budget," Lynton recently told Reuters.


The financial cost related to post-breach cleanup may be covered, but Sony Pictures must now work on its public relations image. Employee morale is reportedly high, and payroll has been managed, but leaked email conversations between SPE executives embarrassed the company. It will take time and effort, but Lynton acknowledge rebuilding trust with company employees and Hollywood partners already is being worked on.

Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA is working on a Boombotix Bluetooth speaker

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 5:58 am

RZA started working with Boombotix back in mid-2014, announcing to the public that he wanted to make something a little more special than most, stating "I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something. I thought we could make this great product a little greater" in an interview with Gizmodo. His idea is apparently to feature exclusive music along with the device.


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RZA has already released a collaboration item with Boombotix, which was received to high critic acclaim. The next product to come out will be the gold hexagon and it's currently in a prototype form. said to work as a music player alongside a speaker platform - Boombotix claim that you can load music of your own onto the device.


RZA and Boombotix look to do more than the general old advertising campaigns as seen through most celebrity collaborations in this day and age. Imagine if you could get an exclusive sneak peak into Wu-Tang's new album just by purchasing their speaker? That would certainly be different and pretty cool.

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Microsoft has removed their free pre-patch Tuesday notices

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 5:02 am

For over ten years, Microsoft has run an advance notification service (ANS), notifying customers what is to be expected of their monthly security update, allowing for IT teams to prepare their systems and prioritize what needs to be installed in which order.


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In a recent announcement by Microsoft's Chris Betz from their security response center (MSRC), this company is focusing on 'optimizing' the notices for their biggest customers only, no longer providing them for free to all.


Betz commented in the MSRC blog that "moving forward, we will provide ANS information directly to Premier customers and current organizations involved in our security programs, and will no longer make this information broadly available through a blog post and web page." He went on to mention that "more and more customers today are seeking to cut through the clutter and obtain security information tailored to their organizations. Rather than using ANS to help plan security update deployments, customers are increasingly turning to Microsoft Update and security update management tools such as Windows Server Update Service to help organize and prioritize deployment. Customers are also moving to cloud-based systems, which provide continuous updating."

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Watch a Dota 2 tournament live, at a bar, with people!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:58 am

Ministry of Gaming (MoG) are running yet another massive 'Pubstomp' located at the famous Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.


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This craze started off with StarCraft II's massive popularity in 2011 - hundreds of nerds would pack out various pubs and bars to huddle around TV's and projectors and watch their favorite players go at it in tournament grand finals for massive wads of cash. Here in little old Australia we saw the biggest live viewing events as seen globally - with Silicon Sports in Melbourne often capping 300+ attendee's and the Sydney crews having to hire out two whole bars just to fit their 600+ spectators inside.


Now that Dota 2 has become a massive success globally, we've seen a transition to massive Pubstomp events being held at world-class establishments become the norm. During The International 2014 global finals, MoG ran a 450+ person pubstomp in Crown's Largerfield room, which is generally reserved for 'real life' sporting viewership and finals.

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Valve release tournament dates for The Dota 2 International

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:08 am

Following their gigantic success in 2014, Valve are back once again - announcing the dates for their 2015 Dota 2 extravaganza - The International Dota 2 Championships (TI15).


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TI15 will kick off in Seattle, WA on August the 3rd and run through until the 8th - promising six full days of world-class Dota 2 action. However this is just the finals - there will be numerous weeks of online qualifiers to help determine the top 16 teams to attend this all-expenses-paid journey.


Last year we saw the tournament topple the $10 million dollar mark, with around $9 million of this being funded by the community themselves. There's no guessing what heights TI15 can reach, but I certainly know that I'll be putting in for it.

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The Arctic Gold modded case by Dan Woods is a simplistic stunner

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:08 am

As you may well be aware, we're starting to cover more modded PC's here at TweakTown - so please, if you have something cool you want to share, feel free to send us a message or email me directly at


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Dan Woods is a well-known Australian Modder and PC builder, he's worked with Stuart Tonks from GGF LAN in the past on things like PAX Australia 2014 builds and more. But we're going to now shine the spotlight on him, by showing off his awesome 'ARCTIC GOLD' fully-custom PC build.


Featuring his own spray painting techniques, this Parvum case includes full rigid tubing for his water cooling loops, an ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II video card and 100 percent custom sleeving on the cables - making for a totally beautiful white and gold color scheme.

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