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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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Azubu TV to kick off charity tournament tomorrow

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 1:39 am

Set as Twitch TV's biggest competitor, Azubu TV are kicking off their 'best Zed' charity tournament tomorrow, at 1PM Pacific time.


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They're giving away a bunch of prizes and streaming the action live, with this event including a bunch of professional and top level players fighting it out over who is the best 'Zed' player in the popular MoBA title - League of Legends (LoL).


This tournament will feature 32 Challenger and Master LoL players, facing off in a series of 1v1 matches to determine an ultimate victor. If you wish to read some mroe information, donate to the cause or watch it for yourself, please feel free to check out the official announcement page.

Mushkin unveil their new Ridgeback heat sink design

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:19 am

CES 2015 - Back in 2011, I had recently moved to the state of Victoria, Australia. As I only had found a temporary share house and it was a blazing hot summer, I got completely roasted. As any good nerd would do, I spent the hottest of the days in my bedroom, sweating whilst on my computer - playing Counter-Strike:Source and wishing I was somewhere else. My PC got so hot that it blue screened and obviously I tried to figure out what was going on. Opening up the side of the case, I went to re-seat my RAM only to have my hands burnt by the inferno that was now my memory. RAM gets hot, people!


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Mushkin are trying to combat spicy RAM stories like these, releasing information on their new Ridgeback heat sink for their Blackline and Redline memory products. Claimed to be produced from aircraft-grade aluminum, this is the second generation of Ridgeback to hit the market - scheduled to launch in Q1 2015 with Mushkin's DDR4 memory kit line.


These DDR4 modules feature XMP 2.0 profiles, delivering easy and reliable overclocking performance when paired with Intel X99 and the latest generation of Intel Core i7 CPUs. Mushkin further claim in their press release that the "Redline and Blackline Ridgeback memory kits are built with hand-screened DRAM, undergo rigorous stress testing, and incorporate state-of-the-art cooling for reliable performance in demanding environments."

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