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Internet Archive unveils 900 classic arcade games playable in browser

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 2:30 pm

The nonprofit Internet Archive has unveiled more than 900 classic arcade video games that are playable directly in a Web browser. The wide collection of games ranges from black-and-white games to more modern games with digital imagery and voices - emulating titles from the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, and numerous Javascript-based game titles.

 

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"Of the roughly 900 arcade games (yes, nine hundred arcade games) up there, some are in pretty weird shape - vector games are an issue, scaling is broken for some, and some have control mechanisms that are just not going to translate to a keyboard or even a joypad," said Jason Scott, the programmer behind the online arcade. "But damn if so many are good enough. More than good enough. In the right browser, on a speedy machine, it almost feels perfect. The usual debates about the 'realness' of emulation come into play, but it works."

 

Interested gamers can see a full list of available games here.

Samsung acquires Proximal Data for server-side caching software

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 2:25 pm

Samsung has formally announced their purchase of Proximal Data for their innovative server-side caching software. As enterprise SSD manufacturers continue to mature we have witnessed a string of acquisitions of various caching companies. Caching technology provides HDD capacity and the speed of flash, and also provide companies with a clear differentiator for their products. Samsung originally purchased NVELO in 2012, and their caching solution was quickly merged into Samsung's client offerings as RAPID caching technology.

 

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Proximal Data is geared for virtualized environments. Their award-winning AutoCache software embeds I/O intelligence inside the hypervisor to cache hot I/O onto server-side flash. It's intelligent and selective caching removes the I/O bottleneck and improves VM density and efficiency. As with all caching software your mileage may vary, but typical AutoCache implementations sport 2x to 3x performance improvements.

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China develops anti-drone laser able to shoot down small drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 11:30 am

Engineers in China successfully created a new laser weapon system capable of shooting down low-altitude light drones, able to lock on and engage a target within five seconds. The machine can engage "various small aircraft" and has a two-kilometer range against targets flying up to 112 mph.

 

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The US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) recently made flying drones near large sports stadiums and race tracks illegal, but trying to enforce the airspace restriction could be problematic. However, this new laser technology will allow the Chinese to better protect large venues.

 

"Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage," said Yi Jinsong, China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment manager.

Companies exposed as third party hacks compromise employees

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 9:39 am

Companies are suffering from third party hacks as employees are being targeted by savvy cybercriminals, with employees from 221 Fortune 500 companies having credentials exposed, according to a recent study from Recorded Future. Third party hacks are when cybercriminals attack outside sources - often a partner company or software/hardware vendor - and once compromised, can more easily gain access to data.

 

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"Most corporate IT security departments and personnel seem to have blinders on when it comes to hacking events that occur outside the realm of their immediate responsibility," said Joe Caruso, Global Digital Forensics (GDF) CEO, "but what happens to their employees on the outside can certainly come back to bite them if those attitudes don't change in a hurry.

 

Cyberattacks targeting private businesses continue to increase, forcing companies to be more vigilant - and recent incidents that targeted Snapchat, Dropbox, and others show how real this problem can be.

Gartner predicts 3D printer shipments will top 217,000 in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 6:30 am

3D printers have shown great potential, and will reach 217,350 units shipped in 2015, rising drastically from 108,151 in 2014, according to the Gartner research group. Gartner said the 3D printer industry is currently at an inflection point, and will see a drastic increase in shipments starting in early 2015.

 

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"This trend will accelerate as the market consisting primarily of early adopters who grew up with an open-source approach without lock-ins evolves into a market in which average consumers dominate," said Pete Basiliere, Gartner research vice president, in a press statement. "While the early adopters will rage at the perversion of the 3D printer open-source ethos, the vast majority of mainstream consumers will demand the simple and consistent operation that 'plug and print' can provide them."

 

The 3D printer market will be led by increased material extrusion, as consumers and companies both begin to adopt an increasing number of products. The overall price tag of new 3D printers are still relatively high, but tech breakthroughs are helping drive the price down.

Virgin Galactic will move ahead to finish second SpaceShipTwo craft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 5:30 am

Despite a catastrophic test flight of the SpaceShipTwo that left one pilot dead and another seriously injured, Virgin Galactic plans to move ahead to complete a second rocket plane before the end of 2014. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) needs a few more days to finish an initial investigation, and a full report could take up to one year.

 

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SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight - marking the first test of a new plastic-based fuel mixed with nitrous oxide - and early indications using a different motor could have played a role in the incident.

 

"The second spaceship is very advanced in its construction," said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic chief executive. "We need to work closely with the NTSB... to work out as rapidly as we can what happened, and then to move forward. We're hopeful we can make rapid progress."

Nintendo in no rush to release New 3DS, 3DS XL in US or Europe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 3:30 am

Gamers in the United States and Europe will need to wait until 2015 before being able to get their hands-on the New Nintendo 3DS, as Nintendo wants to build a stronger following before a product launch in both markets, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

 

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"In Japan, the total number of sales of Nintendo 3DS has reached nearly 17 million in the three and a half years since its launch," Iwata recently said during a financial call. "It is almost the same as the lifetime sales of Game Boy Advance released in 2001, which implies that it is reasonable that the sales of Nintendo 3DS have been temporarily slow moving in the Japanese market."

 

The New 3DS and 3DS XL are both available in Japan, and will launch in Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Amazon admits it got Fire smartphone pricing wrong at launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 2:30 am

The Amazon Fire smartphone was launched in July, and while it received a tremendous amount of hype, the phone fell completely flat. Amazon suffered a $170 million hit, mainly due to the Fire phone and associated supplier hardware costs, with the company also holding on to a whopping $83 million in unsold Fire units.

 

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The 32GB model launched at $199, while the 64GB model originally cost $299 - typical pricing for new smartphone launches - but the company, which is well known for offering consumers cost-friendly prices, decided not to undercut Samsung, Apple, and other smartphone rivals.

 

Here is what David Limp, Amazon SVP of devices, recently noted in an interview: "I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected."

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Trying to prove Russia is behind cyberattacks remains difficult

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 3, 2014 1:30 am

The Russian government is blamed for an increasing number of organized cyberattacks against geographic rivals, Western Europe and the United States - but actually trying to prove their involvement has been overly difficult. Even though cybersecurity experts point towards Russia, with Russian political figures routinely denying involvement, it's difficult to take political action without a smoking gun present.

 

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Cyberattacks from the US, UK, Israel, France, and Russia are sometimes masked to look like attacks originated from other regions of the world - and trying to determine legitimate sources will remain difficult, security experts note. However, some Chinese hackers like to leave calling cards to indicate who they are and where they are from when launching attacks against foreign governments and companies.

 

"Attribution is almost impossible to do," said C. Thomas, a hacker known as "Space Rogue," as he now serves as a computer security consultant. "Anything can be faked. People who do this stuff for a living - and their lives depend on it - will forge that stuff."

Jump into our '22 Jump Street' Blu-ray promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 2, 2014 11:54 pm

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of the hilarious comedy sequel '22 Jump Street' to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

Having survived high school, twice, big changes are in store for undercover police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they infiltrate a local college on a drug bust. Tasked with finding the dealer of new drug, Whyphy, Schmidt and Jenko must pose as fresh faced college students to get in with the right crowd. The hilarious duo soon find themselves pulled in different directions when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt falls into the bohemian art major scene. As they make new friends and explore new interests, the duo starts to question the future of their friendship. Not only do they have to crack the case and discover who the Whyphy dealer is before more students get hurt, they must also decide if their partnership has a future.

 

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

 

Name one of the stars of the original '21 Jump Street' TV show.

 

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 November 7th. The total prize pool is approximately $449.50.

 

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'22 Jump Street' is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet from Australian retailers on November 6th.

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