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Julian Assange won't be given asylum in France

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, won't be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London to head to France, after President Francois Hollande refused to give him asylum. Assange's attorneys say he never requested official asylum, but was asked to visit the country by Justice Minister Chistiane Taubira and members of a French civil rights group.

 

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"France cannot act on his request. The situation of Mr. Assange does not present an immediate danger," President Hollande's office said in an official statement. "Furthermore, he is subject to a European arrest warrant."

 

Assange will remain in the embassy in London, where he has been for three years, as he tries to avoid extradition to Sweden. Although he maintains his innocence in alleged rape and sexual assault cases, he fears the possibility Sweden will extradite him to the United States.

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Free Course! Learn Essential Programming Skills for Entrepreneurs

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

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Whether you have an idea for an app, work for a brick-and-mortar store in need of a website, or want to sell a product or service online, some basic knowledge of programming can help you stand out from competitors, get new customers, and grow your business. And not only do we have the perfect course for you-Zenva Programming for Entrepreneurs-we're offering it completely free right now at TweakTown Deals.

 

This course teaches everything you need to know about JavaScript coding. You'll get 38 lectures, 2.5 hours of content, and live coding exercises covering the basics of JavaScript and helping you build upon your existing HTML and CSS skills (some basic knowledge of both is required). By the end of the course, you'll complete an app building project and be ready to code your own sites and apps.

 

Ready to learn to program and grow your business? Get the Zenva Programming for Entrepreneurs course absolutely free.

Star Wars: Battlefront screenshots in 4K look absolutely incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

If you didn't already know, the Star Wars: Battlefront alpha build leaked out to torrent sites yesterday, but now it looks like All Games Beta has leaked out something we all wanted to see... 4K screenshots of Star Wars: Battlefront, which look absolutely gorgeous.

 

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As you can see, there is an extreme amount of detail in the game, powered by the Frostbite engine, the same engine that Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline is based on.

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Stealing keys through the help of 3D printing is a possibility

By: Chris Smith | More News: 3D | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

Quite often when out at dinner, you will take your keys out of your pocket and place them on the table in order to feel completely comfortable - but what if this meant that random people on the internet could then enter your house with ease?

 

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According to Håkan Hedlund from the Swedish Theft Prevention Association, burglars can pinpoint a Facebook photo in which your keys are displayed, enhance the finding (CSI pun intended), model this find on their own computers and print out the exact design on a 3D printer - using this to open your front door. In a chat with PC World, Hedlund stated "Yes, it's possible to copy a key from a photo, in any case if it's a fairly simple key."

 

With 3D printers being made more accessible to the public, Hedlund recommends you keep your keys in a safe place. Anton Månsson reaffirmed this risk, commenting that keys don't have to be made out of metal to work efficiently "You can use many different kinds of thermoplastic, nylon or wood-plastic composites, but none of the simpler 3D printers can use metal."

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Sharkoon offers a mouse and bungee with USB hub for under $55

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

If money is on your mind, Sharkoon has set out to create a package option for you as announced through a recent press release. The SHARK ZONE M51+ gaming mouse comes complete with a bungee USB hub, LED lighting and an Avago sensor all for $53.22 US (47.99 Euros).

 

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The M51 is powered by an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, comes complete with an illuminated logo, rubber coating, 11 programmable buttons, a 4-way scroll wheel and a changeable weight system. Through the utilization of on-board memory, this product connects to your PC through a braided cable and gold-plated USB port in order to store your macros for later use.

 

The SHARK ZONE MB10 Bungee hub features a flexible arm and four USB 2.0 ports located within. Illuminated by a yellow LED glow, this hub can also be purchased separately for $20 US (17.99 Euros).

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SMITE launching Xbox One beta soon with Australian servers too

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

There has been a push for more games to be pushed across from PC-only platforms to console in recent years with Minecraft instantly coming to mind. Next up is the third-person MOBA of SMITE, set for an Xbox One beta launch on the 8th of July and coming complete with Australian servers too.

 

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Currently operating in closed beta, SMITE brags its placement as the first major MOBA to reach across to the console audience. Hi-Rez Studios' Xbox One Senior Producer, Andy Andersonm, stated in a recent press release that "We're delighted to offer SMITE communities the best possible experience on PC and now console," however mentioned no competitive announcements for this upcoming release.

 

SMITE offers a global championships for its PC audience, seeing a $2.6 million prize pool offered earlier this year in Atlanta. It seems console is left out, for now.

Australians can now see a doctor through video link thanks to Telstra

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

We've all seen the memes about misdiagnosis through WebMD and now Telstra is offering Australians the ability to see a qualified doctor through the internet, courtesy of ReadyCare.

 

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Free of Government assistance, ReadyCare will not be 'bulk billed' and this collaboration with Medgate will set users back $76 AU per session. Even though the payment is high, Telstra's Dr Amandeep Hansra justifies it through the prevention of virus': "Services like this will decrease the risk of infection because if somebody has got the flu and they're sitting there waiting in the GP's waiting room they're coughing and spreading it; the same goes for hospital emergency departments."

 

Dr Chris Mitchell from the clinical advisory panel agrees, commenting on the swine flu epidemic being a major cause for using this service "dangerous honeypot situation for spreading infectious diseases."

AMD's air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury specs leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

World exclusive: AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X not too long ago, and while it was a great card for 4K gaming, the requirement of a radiator and watercooling setup stopped it from greatness. But, the Radeon R9 Fury is the card that will really see AMD fight back at NVIDIA, but the specs have been kept under wraps, until now.

 

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We were the first to bring you news of AMD calling its next generation video card the Fury X, and here we are again with the first official specs on the Fury. According to our industry insiders, the Radeon R9 Fury will feature 3584 Stream Processors, down from the 4096 on the full Fury X. The Fiji-based GPU will be clocked at 1050MHz, which is identical to that of the Fury X. We have 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory that provides the same 512GB/sec of bandwidth, clocked at 500MHz (1GHz effective). We are being told to expect temperatures of the Fiji PRO-based R9 Fury to be less than 75C, which is considerably higher than the 50C or so from the watercooled Fury X.

 

The biggest difference between the Fury and Fury X is that the Fury is air-cooled, with AIB partners able to put on their respective coolers onto the card. The other big difference is that the Fiji PRO GPU is what is powering the Fury, with 512 less Stream Processors. We shouldn't expect performance to be that much less, probably 10-15% less than Fury X. But, without that huge radiator and pump, we're going to have an impressive card to combat the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti.

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New longest nonstop solo flight record set by Solar Impulse

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

André Borschberg today set a new record for the longest nonstop solo flight in his aircraft Solar Impulse, setting out on this mission with Nagoya, Japan as the starting point.

 

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With the last record being a 76 hour trip set by Steve Fosset in 2006, Andre has broken this milestone and is looking to continue the lead in a 120-hour total mission. His destination is Kalaeloa, Hawaii and his fuel supply is simply provided by the sun.

 

With the Pacific leg done and dusted, there's no saying exactly how long the flight is going to be in total. We're sure that Borschberg and his team will be happy with the result, but for now he's strapped into a chair that functions for him as a toilet, bed and exercise station.

Oculus founder says preorders are 'a joke' in the industry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

For the last few years, I haven't preordered a game. This is mostly because 95% or more of games are not ready on launch, and after spending $60-$100 (living in Australia sucks for gamers), this is not how you should be treated as a consumer.

 

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Well, it looks like the founder of Oculus has the same feeling about preorders as I do. Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, said that preorders are "a balance", he continued, saying: "you don't want to be holding onto people's money". He then attacked the entire industry and their preorders, saying: "we all know preorders are often a joke in this in this industry. We don't want to be a part of that and be taking people's money nine, ten months before we ship anything".

 

It's great to see Luckey taking that stance, especially with developers having no issues taking consumers' money months, sometimes a year in advance and then delaying the game, or having the game half-baked and not ready at launch.

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