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Current USB technology 'critically flawed,' security experts warn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 8:03 am

Cybersecurity experts Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl have demonstrated a new vulnerability that makes it extremely difficult for users to defend against USB-based attacks. The current USB standard's vulnerability makes it hard to defend against attacks, even if manufacturers should begin developing additional security layers.

 

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Specifically, empty USB flash drives can contain malware even if formatted - a troubling sign for many of the companies that rely on flash drives to transfer data.

 

"USB is ubiquitous across all devices," said Mike McLaughlin, First Base Technologies, in a statement to BBC. "It comes down to the same old saying - don't plug things in that you don't trust. Any business should always have policies in place regarding USB devices and USB drives. Businesses should stop using them if needed."

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Wake up Disney's Sleeping Beauty in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 6:36 am

Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'Sleeping Beauty' up for grabs for three lucky readers!

 

Released from the Disney Vault for a very limited time, 'Sleeping Beauty' is set to enchant a whole new generation, with stunningly beautiful animation fully remastered in high definition, alongside illuminating extra features.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name both names that the titular Sleeping Beauty goes by during the film

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'Sleeping Beauty' is available on Blu-ray and HD Digital Copy combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 13th.

Swing a copy of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 1:53 am

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' up for grabs for 20 lucky readers!

 

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' sees Peter Parker enjoying his new-found abilities, swinging from sky scrapers, spending time with girlfriend Gwen Stacy and embracing his role as hero to New York City. However, Peter soon finds that being gifted with super powers comes at a price: only Spider-Man stands between the innocent people of New York and the villains that lurk around every corner. When a new evil comes to town in the form of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Spider-Man faces his most grueling, testing battle to date.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the legendary comic book artist who created the character of Spider-Man

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' is available on 3D/2D/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 14th.

Amazon goes to war with Guardians of the Galaxy & Captain America

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 10, 2014 11:41 pm

The world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com is not a 800 pound gorilla that you want to get into a war with, especially if your business model includes selling goods online. But hot on the heels of protracted disputes with book distributors such as Bloomsbury and the on-going war with Hatchette which has spilled onto the pages of America's biggest newspapers, Amazon now has a new target - which is ironically home to the world's biggest super heroes.

 

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For some weeks, Amazon have blocked the pre-order of upcoming Disney Blu-ray and DVD's, including 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', despite the latter being released in a matter of weeks. Whilst Amazon is no doubt loosing sales to competitors for the time being, it is believed that the financial ramifications of the dispute go far beyond the availability of a few titles, however large they may be. At any rate, both companies are keeping negotiations in house for now.

 

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Earlier this year, Warner Bros Home Entertainment was embroiled in a similar dispute with Amazon, which saw the company block similarly lucrative titles from pre-order, including 'The Lego Movie' and '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Virginia has fastest Internet in the United States, while Alaska lags

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 10, 2014 8:01 pm

The State of Virginia has the fastest Internet service in the United States, according to Broadview research published by the Akamai State of the Internet Report. Overall, Internet speeds lagged in the Midwest and southern states compared to the west coast and northeast.

 

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Ironically, the Akamai report pegs California at the No. 20 spot, a headache for Silicon Valley companies that have continually tried to boost the speeds of Internet to local residents.

 

Top 10 states with fastest Internet:

1. Virginia (13.7 Mbps)

2. Delaware (13.1 Mbps)

3. Massachusetts (13.1 Mbps)

4. Rhode Island (12.9 Mbps)

5. Washington, DC (12.8 Mbps)

6. Washington (12.5 Mbps)

7. New Hampshire (12.3 Mbps)

8. Utah (12.1 Mbps)

9. Michigan (11.8 Mbps)

10. Connecticut (11.7 Mbps)

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Security experts want governments to step up cybersecurity efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 10, 2014 7:25 pm

The high-profile security data breaches of Target and eBay, among others over the past year, caused alarm among security experts wanting to see better government intervention to prevent future problems.

 

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosing massive government surveillance angered some Black Hat users, but sophisticated malware used by China, Russia and other state-sponsored are of greater concern. Cyberespionage attacks continue to increase in an effort to steal government and corporate secrets, while IT staff struggle to keep up.

 

"Either software houses deliver quality and back it up with product liability, or they will have to let their users protect themselves," said Dan Geer, venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, as he spoke for himself during the event. "The current situation - users can't see whether they need to protect themselves and have no recourse to being unprotected - cannot go on."

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition announced for next-gen consoles, PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2014 12:45 pm

Following the success of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, we can expect a remastered version of Sleeping Dogs for next-gen consoles and PC in October. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition includes all of the DLC released so far, as well as improved gameplay, graphics and more.

 

 

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be running at 1080p on both the Xbox One and PS4, "tuned gameplay", upgrades to the audio and visuals of the original game, 24 DLC packs and more. The included DLC is worth $85, and pre-order customers will receive a limited edition art book, as well as a boxed retail copy of the game.

 

Square Enix will be releasing Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on October 10 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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The new Alienware 13 laptop is a portable gaming powerhouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 9, 2014 11:03 am

Dell has just taken the wraps off its new Alienware 13 laptop, which seems to be quite the improvement over the Alienware 14 from last year. We start with a 13-inch HD display, that can be optioned with either a Full HD display, or Quad HD (touchscreen-capable) display if you choose.

 

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Inside of the Alienware 13, we have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M handling the visual side of things, and a slew of Intel Core processors to do the CPU side of things. Gamers can choose between an SSD and normal HDD in the Alienware 13, too. The company is touting an 8-hour battery life for streaming video, but if you want to get some gaming done, this will reduce, dramatically.

 

All of this arrives in a laptop that is under 4.5 pounds, which is a huge 2 pounds lighter than the Alienware 14. Dell expects to begin shipping the new Alienware 13 sometime in November.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC requires the same specs to Ghosts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2014 9:21 am

The next-gen Call of Duty is nearly here, with the PC's required specifications being released for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. You'll need 40GB of HDD space, an Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 CPU minimum, 6GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, or AMD Radeon HD 5870 or better to play Activision's next-gen COD. But, these specs are identical to those of the last entry of the first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Ghosts.

 

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As you can see, every single point is identical between the 'next-gen' Advanced Warfare, and the previous entry in the series, Ghosts. Considering Ghosts didn't look that great, and didn't run all that well on the PC (even with its relatively mild requirements), I don't think we should be excited about the technology side of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC.

Battlefield 4's next update will offer core gameplay improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2014 7:31 am

There's an update coming for Battlefield 4 next month that will offer core gamelpay improvements, with soldier movement in the game getting a tweak as well. DICE says that it is tweaking the soldier movement so that it "closely matches the one in Battlefield 3, but without compromising the visual fidelity".

 

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The developer has also said that the changes will make it easier to get yourself out of "undesirable firefights". The new update will also see a refresh to the HUD of the game, which will, from September onward, "only show what is important". Players will have more options to select what they want to see, or not see during the battles in BF4.

 

DICE is also doing some work on the vehicles, weapon balance and making reviving another soldier a little easier. The new update will see a players defibrillators paddles make a sound when they're fully charged, and ready to revive a teammate. The developer has also promised improvements to the Rush, Obliteration, Obliteration Competitive, Capture the Flag and Carrier Assault game modes. The new update is expected sometime next month, but between now and then, if you don't own the game, enjoy a week free thanks to Origin's Game Time.

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