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Disney/Pixar announce 'Toy Story 4' for 2017 release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:43 pm

Whilst it was a hugely satisfying and emotional conclusion to the 'Toy Story' franchise, 'Toy Story 3' did gross over a billion dollars worldwide, so as if Disney and Pixar were going to let the franchise sleep.


Today, Disney head Bob Iger officially announced production on a fourth 'Toy Story' is about to get underway, to be directed by Pixar CEO John Lasseter, who will return to the franchise for the first time since the 1999 sequel.


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Whilst details are currently scant, and it's not yet been confirmed that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will return to voice Woody and Buzz, it's impossible to imagine the film without them. What we do know is 'Toy Story' 4 is coming in 2017. And it will be great.


Star Wars: Episode VII gets new title - it's what you'd least expect

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:22 pm

Fresh from the news that filming on the latest 'Star Wars' has wrapped in London, comes an official announcement of the title from Disney and Lucasfilm.



Eagle eyed readers will note the complete absence of 'Episode VII'. Could it be that Disney intend to complete drop the naming convention?


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Fans have accepted the title pretty well, although I must admit to having a little trouble. I'm not sure how the Force can go to sleep exactly? In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi:


Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', with or without 'Episode VII' opens on December 18th, 2015.

Far Cry 4 PC system requirements released, ahead of game launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:38 pm

Far Cry 4 will be released by Ubisoft later this month, and the official minimum and optimal PC requirements were recently released. The game will be available on November 18 for the PC, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


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Minimum system requirements:


OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit only)

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2GHz


Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)

DirectX: Version 11

Storage space: 30GB

Sound: DirectX 9.0c sound card with newest drivers


Optimal system requirements:


Supported OS: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit only)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5GHz / AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz or faster


Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 / AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 30GB

Sound: DirectX 9.0c sound card with newest drivers

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Aberdeen integrates 8TB HGST He8 Helium HDDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:36 pm

HGST led the way with 6TB drives by developing their HelioSeal technology, which fills the HDD with helium and seals the drive. This delivers a number of benefits, lower internal air resistance reduces flutter and allows use of thinner and lighter materials. With less air resistance the drive also doesn't have to work as hard to spin the platters, even while increasing the platter count to 7, thus producing radical reductions in power consumption. HGST is leveraging the benefits of HelioSeal technology to move forward with the new He8, an 8TB version of the previous-generation drive.


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In a sign that 8TB drives will experience a rapid uptake, Aberdeen announced today they are integrating the new He8 into their AberNAS and storage server products. This will provide increased density for their customers and also tremendous reductions in power consumption. The He8 drive will deliver instant benefits and boost capacity of just one 4U rackmount up to 192TB. We took a deep-dive with the first commercially-available helium drive in our HGST Ultrastar He6 6TB Helium Enterprise HDD Review, and found it to deliver on its promises.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde languishing in Swedish prison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:06 pm

The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde is serving an eight-month prison sentence in Sweden after being captured earlier this year. It's no surprise to hear each person involved in the creation - and early operation of the popular website - have faced copyright offenses and assorted legal troubles over the years.


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Sunde is vegan, so trying to eat food in prison has been a constant struggle, including suffering from iron and vitamin deficiencies. "I'm down 16kg so far... but it's slowed down," Sunde recently said. "There isn't much left. I don't know how I'll feel in three years, looking back at all this."


Sunde will likely be released later this month from prison, but he's unsure what lies ahead - The Pirate Bay continues to be a major hub for Internet users - though he will likely have to find a legitimate profession to avoid further legal trouble.

Palo Alto Networks finds WireLurker malware targeting iOS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 7:34 pm

The WireLurker malware targets Apple iOS devices and Mac OS, and has been out in the wild for the past six months, according to Palo Alto Networks. The malware spreads by installing malicious third-party applications to iOS devices that are connected to a Mac OS-powered machine by USB connection. The malware is isolated in China at the moment, originating from the Maiyadi App Store - many of the apps aren't Apple approved.


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The malware was found in 467 apps through the Maiyadi App Store - almost all of the Mac OS apps - with more than 356,000 downloads.


"You are unlikely to be hit with this malware unless you are using a third-party OS X app store and changed default OS X Security & Privacy settings to 'allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere," said Marc Maiffret, security firm BeyondTrust's CTO.

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QNAP announces NAS accelerated-encryption for selected Turbo models

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 6:30 pm

NAS storage is great for storing important data in one centralized location, but this requires network connectivity, which potentially opens a hole for unwanted access. There are robust security features available to protect network connections, but if someone has physical access to the NAS the drives are easy to remove. Most users forgo encryption on NAS systems because of a reduction in overall performance, but QNAP looks to change that with their new NAS accelerated-encryption technology. QNAP's QvPC technology supports the Turbo NAS TS/SS-x53 Pro and TS-x51 products in the new QTS 4.1.1.


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QNAP employs the power of their dual/quad-core Celeron processors to boost encryption/decryption tasks, leading to a 50% improvement in performance. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz, 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that allow users to flexibly deploy optimal network architecture based on different needs and requirements. The class-leading NAS delivers excellent performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming and transcoding.

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Study: Google Glass could hurt your peripheral vision over time

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 6:06 pm

Google Glass has proven to be an appealing wearable for some consumers, but there is an elephant in the room that is now receiving more attention: potential vision problems suffered by wearers. It's not the software that could be doing it, instead it's the physical frame structure of the glasses that limit peripheral vision - and creates safety hazards.


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"But I almost got into a car accident when I was driving with it. And the device was even turned off at the time," said Dr. Tsontcho Ianchulev, clinical associate professor in the ophthalmology department at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead author of the study.


Dr. Ianchulev explained how they used a rather simple, yet effective way to study how Google Glass impacted the vision of wearable owners.

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Tesla delays its Model X vehicle, new ETA of Q3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 2:29 pm

The super-powered Model X SUV has been delayed, with Tesla Motors expecting it to first hit the bitumen last year, with a delay to 2014, and then another delay to early 2015, but now we're hearing it won't be arriving until Q3 2015.


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Tesla Motors has said that it won't start sales of the Model X until the electric vehicle is ready to "delight customers". Tesla Motors' founder, Elon Musk, added: "Doing so negatively affects the short term, but positively affects the long term". Working these issues out, according to Musk, will allow the electric car maker to make more Model X vehicles than it could make Model S vehicles back in 2012.


During the investors call, Musk said: "Making one of something is quite easy. We need to make a bunch to know it's [a problem] there". It seems that testing and validation are two of the big reasons behind the delay, but when you're talking about a vehicle that costs much more than what most people make in a year, you want as much testing as possible, right?

Lenovo's S90 'Sisley' smartphone is an iPhone 6 clone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 1:31 pm

Normally we see lesser-name brands releasing iPhone clones, but Lenovo isn't some second-grade manufacturer now, is it? The Chinese company has teased its "Sisley" S90 smartphone, which looks identical to the iPhone6.


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Inside, it is different as we should expect, with a 5-inch 720p display, super-thin 6.9mm body, quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM. Camera wise, we have a 13-megapixel on the back, with an 8-megapixel up front. Lenovo will be selling the Android 4.4.4 KitKat-powered S90 for around $327 in China.

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