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Aussie Google Maps breast flasher called to appear in court

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 6:27 am

Karen Davis, 28 year old mother of three from Port Pirie, had something a little different on her bucket list. Sitting right next to meeting ex-AFL player and current media personality Sam Newman was to flash her k-cup breasts at the Google maps car as it went through updating local street view images.

 

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Part of the reason for this addition to her list was that of long distance friendship, with Davis stating "I have a friend over in the UK and we Google map each other's houses. I thought I'd give him something interesting to look at." Taken in January and uploaded this month, Davis has ignored online Facebook critics who have labeled her as "disgusting filth."

 

Davis claims this action is somewhat part of her "freedom of speech," furthering "I used to be ashamed of my bust size and now I've accepted it and I embrace it."

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Elite: Dangerous is now available on Steam, for both the PC and Mac

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 6:00 am

Surprising gamers all across the world today, Frontier Developments made its space title Elite: Dangerous available on Steam. Now that Elite: Dangerous has reached Valve's digital distribution platform, we should expect sales to go to infinity, and beyond.

 

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While it's good news for those who haven't purchased it yet, gamers who have already thrown money at the game are asking some very valid questions. If you've backed the game at any stage, or bought into the beta, will you receive a Steam key too? Alternatively, can you add Elite: Dangerous to your Steam library? As a backer of the game, I'd like to know too, as I don't think I should have to purchase it, again.

 

Executive Producer on Elite: Dangerous, Michael Brookes, answered a question on Elite's official forums on whether there would be Steam achievements and trading cards for those who didn't purchase it through Steam, where Brookes replied with "Not immediately, but we'll see". It would be nice to see a Steam key provided to those who purchased it before Elite: Dangerous reached the world's largest online games retailer, but let's hope its sooner, rather than later.

LG announces a new 5.5-inch QHD panel, which should be part of the G4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 5:43 am

We are mere weeks away from the launch of the G4 smartphone, so what better time for LG to announce a new 5.5-inch LCD display? LG's new panel features a 2560x1440 (QHD) resolution with 538PPI.

 

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The South Korean giant is claiming that this new QHD panel has much more accurate colors thanks to a huge 120% color gamut, with LG using AIT (advanced in-cell touch) technology to deliver increased touch sensitivity to the new panel, as well we other improvements such as higher contrast ratio and brightness compared to competing QHD panels.

 

LG doesn't name the G4 specifically, but it did tease that this new QHD panel would make an appearance in an upcoming flagship device.

Netflix confirms House of Cards season 4 for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 4:35 am

The third season of House of Cards may not have been as good as the first two, but it is still great TV. The official House of Cards Twitter account has teased season four with this tweet: "I will leave a legacy. #Underwood2016".

 

 

If it's anything like season three, Netflix should premiere every episode of season four in February 2016, but next year it will be different. Season four of House of Cards will launch directly into the real-life primary season of the US Presidential race.

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GoDaddy has been valued at over $5 billion after its IPO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 3:34 am

GoDaddy is now on the New York Stock Exchange, with the company being valued at over $5 billion yesterday. Once GoDaddy hit the NYSE, their shares rose by a huge 30%.

 

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GoDaddy floated at $20 per share before it quickly rose as high as $26.80, which sees the company being valued at $5.5 billion, including debt. If you haven't heard of GoDaddy, they are a domain name registration and web hosting company, better known for their controversial Super Bowl ads. They raised $460 million from selling 23 million shares, so people have faith in them to dump half a billion dollars in a single day.

Aussie ISP Internode offers Netflix quota-free

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:53 am

Popular Australian ISP Internode is well known for their support of gamers and now they're offering up Netflix quota-free for certain plans.

 

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Excluding "all NBN Fixed Wireless, NodeMobile Voice & NodeMobile Data plans, and access via IPv6," you can take full use of this deal by owning one of Internode's "fixed-line broadband or NBN Fiber plans" which encompasses almost everything they have on offer, really.

 

If you're wanting to sign up for this deal yourself or check out more information, you'll need to head to their Netflix landing page.

Apple Watch expected to sell 1 million units during opening weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:20 am

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has said in his recent research note that Apple Watch sales in the opening weekend should reach over one million units.

 

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These one million future Watch owners include all preorders and launch sales, but it doesn't include walk-in customers, so this number could be much higher. Munster's numbers are coming in from his prediction of loyal customers who are keen to get their hands on Watch from their orders on April 10. He also expects Apple to sell around 300,000 units in the first 24 hours, which will be an 8% attach rate on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders.

 

Munster believes that Apple will sell 8 million units over the entire year, which will have Apple secure $4.4 billion or so in revenue. We should expect units to reach 40-50 million by 2017, which will account for around 10% of Apple's projected revenue for the year. This would mean that 8-10% of iPhone users will be wearing a Watch in the future.

Crowdfund campaign aims to save endangered Aussie parrot species

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:28 am

One of the more recent offshoots of e-commerce, crowdfunding campaigns have willed some excellent products to existence thanks to the web, with notable success stories including the Pebble Smartwatch, Oculus Rift and Ouya. Now, a philanthropic campaign has been launched to save the future of a incredibly endangered Australian parrot species.

 

 

Scientists and conservationists from The Australian National University have launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Pozible to save the swift parrot from extinction. With less than 1000 breeding pairs in the wild in the Australian island state Tasmania (yes - the same place made famous for the Tasmanian Devil), it's incredibly important to rescue the species before they become extinct, thanks to threats posed by the natural and developing world. The campaign aims to raise $40,000 AUD to trial a range of breeding boxes that prevent the parrots threat, the Sugar Glider from entering.

 

The campaign is off to a good start, with over half of the target funds already raised - although more is still needed. The campaign will be supported by us here at TweakTown.

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NVIDIA's rumored Shield 2 codenamed 'Loki', powered by Tegra X1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:11 am

According to the current rumors, NVIDIA is working on a successor to the Shield, which should be powered by the company's impressive Tegra X1 processor.

 

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The reports are coming from something being spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the Wi-Fi Certification Alliance, which came a couple of months ago, but now we're seeing Zauba with a new report. The new report states that the next-gen Shield should rock LTE capabilities, as well as LPDDR4 RAM.

 

NVIDIA has given it an awesome codename of "Loki" which would make sense as Shield is part of the Marvel universe, and Loki is Thor's brother (and one of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe - thanks Tom Hiddleston). The new Shield 2 should be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor, which has support for 4K 60FPS, and even 1080p at 120FPS. It rocks an 8-core processor, DX12 support and 256 GPU cores, so we can expect the next Shield to be an even bigger portable gaming powerhouse.

IBM outs cybercriminal group running 'Dyre Wolf' scam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 12:48 am

A well-organized Eastern European cybercriminal group is using social engineering that includes phishing and phone calls paired with malware to steal money from US businesses. IBM, which discovered the surprisingly sophisticated operation, call it "The Dyre Wolf" - and while the group has netted just $1 million so far - the organization of the group is rather alarming.

 

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Once victims click on a fraudulent link or attachment, the malware is installed and waits for users to access a bank website. Instead of going to the bank's website, a fake screen says the bank website is down, so victims have to call a phone number. Once dialed, victims turn over bank information and a large money wire transfer is initiated by the criminals.

 

"What's very different in this case, is we saw a pivot of the attackers to use a set of social engineering techniques that I think are unprecedented," said Caleb Barlow, VP of IBM Security, in a statement to Reuters. "The focus on wire transfers of large sums of money really got our attention."

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