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Bitdefender's new security software gives you access to the BRAIN

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 11, 2015 2:30 am

In this day and age, you really need to have some form of defense on your system, keeping the various nasties at bay. Enter Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2015, which can protect not only your Windows-based PC, but your Mac and Android-based mobile devices.

 

With so many new threats and hacks being detected everyday, it's incredibly important to have some kind of software installed on your system to protect you. Without it, you are really leaving yourself open to attacks and other nasties if you don't know what you are doing.

 

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The new security software also comes with something Bitdefender calls 'BRAIN' which stands for Bitdefender Reflective Artificial Intelligence Networks. The way the BRAIN works is by "using reflective machine-learning algorithms, Bitdefender can single-handedly identify and block threats on Windows, MacOS or Android devices".

 

Bitdefender Antivirus elaborates, explaining its new Total Security Multi-Device 2015 software as "Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device builds on technology awarded Best Protection and Best Performance to defend your device with just one click. It uses artificial intelligence technologies to accurately detect even the most advanced malware, such as 0-day attacks and advanced persistent threats". Considering it's protecting multiple devices in your possession, both at home and on the go, it is one of the best solutions available.

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'Tron 3' is a go for Disney, as production eyes October start

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 11, 2015 2:10 am

It might have taken some 18 years, but fans of the cult sci-fi adventure 'Tron' finally received a sequel in 2010 in 'Tron: Legacy' which left the door wide, wide open for another entry. Whilst Disney are said to have been disappointed in the $400 million worldwide box office haul, the house of mouse has apparently given a green light to production of a third entry in the franchise.

 

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The studio has yet to make an official announcement, but VancityBuzz has received word from insiders who have revealed that production is set to begin in October this year, which makes a 2017 release likely. 'Tron: Legacy' previously filmed the majority of green-screen scenes in Vancouver.

 

Garrett Hedlund who played Kevin Flynn's son Sam is signed and ready to go, while Olivia Wilde and Director Joseph Kosinski are also expected to return. No word yet on whether Daft Punk will once again contribute the soundtrack, but with the success of their gold certified album release it's certainly hard to imagine it without them.

The first screenshots of Valve's Source 2 engine look incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2015 1:00 am

During the Game Developers Conference, we had our first tease of the Source 2 engine, which has now been confirmed to be powering the Aperture Science VR demo. This has been confirmed by the @ValveTime account on Twitter.

 

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The screenshots aren't the largest, but we can see some intricate details that had my mind blown. In the screenshot above, you can see the coil of the phone cable, and the individual holes where your fingers go to dial on the phone. Underneath the table, you can easily see the power point and the power cord running from it.

 

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In the screenshot above, we have a look at the detail of the entire room, where on the left we can see countless parts sticking out where they look individually detailed. The shadow detail is incredible, but it's that attention to detail that I'm really impressed with.

Taylor Swift's legs insured for a massive $40m

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 11, 2015 12:41 am

Taylor Swift's onstage performances have been lauded as energetic, which is why her management have moved to insure Swift's legs in the event of a mishap that could threaten her career, ahead of her upcoming world tour. But according to the Daily Mail - the insured figure of $40 million is said to be somewhat embarrassing to the young starlet, whose net worth is estimated to be around $200 million.

 

 

Swift shot to fame in 2006 at the age of 15 with her self titled debut album and has continued her massive success. Her 2014 album titled was responsible for nearly a quarter of all albums sold in the U.S. last year.

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Edward Snowden hopes for possible asylum in Switzerland

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:43 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, currently residing in Russia, says he would like if the Swiss government granted him asylum. Snowden once lived in Geneva while working undercover for the CIA, and enjoyed his time in the European country.

 

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In addition to Switzerland preferring a neutral stance on current military wars and other issues, the country also boasts a high quality of life and treatment of citizens. Unfortunately, current Swiss laws dictate someone applying for asylum must already be in Switzerland - and it's unknown if the government is willing to make an exception for Snowden.

 

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva," Snowden recently said during the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. "It's a wonderful place. I do think Switzerland would be a sort of great political option because it has a history of neutrality."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X early look at performance is off the charts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:38 pm

It was less than 24 hours ago that we provided the best look at the GeForce GTX Titan X yet, but without drivers we can run anything on it, so performance numbers right now are a total secret. We can do guess work, where I said to expect 30-50% additional performance on top of the GTX 980, which it looks like we have in the Titan X.

 

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VideoCardz has some very early performance numbers, where it really trounces everything else in its path. The tests performed, 3DMark 11, show us that it demolishes the GTX 980, Radeon R9 290X 8GB, GTX Titan Black, and so much more. It swings punches with the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2, but gets awfully close in successive benchmarks.

 

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They ran the Titan X in 4-way SLI, which would just be so great to see in person, where the performance reaches 427% that of the single Titan X - some impressive SLI scaling.

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Ben Stiller crashes Paris Fashion Week to announce 'Zoolander' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 10:26 pm

Fans of Ben Stiller's comedy 'Zoolander' have been hoping for a sequel for nearly fifteen years now and now their prayers have finally been answered. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprised their roles as male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel at the Maison Valentino show at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week show to announce that production on the comedy sequel will soon begin.

 

 

A follow up tweet from Paramount Pictures has also revealed the film's 2016 release date.

 

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Study: Consumers worried about security, privacy of mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 9:23 pm

When it comes to retail shopping, cash is still king to consumers as far as choosing a safe payment option, according to a new study from the Walker Sands marketing research firm. Fifty six percent of consumers say cash is the most secure method, ahead of debit and credit cards (38 percent), and mobile payments (1 percent).

 

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Despite more than half of consumers saying cash is most secure, 59 percent of consumers carry just $20 or less while shopping. The use of cash is dropping as more consumers rely on debit and credit card payments because of it being extremely easy to use - and mobile payment supporters hope a similar trend will take place in the future.

 

"Consumer fears around security and privacy have plagued mobile payment adoption," said Michelle Evans, senior consumer finance analyst at Euromonitor International, in a statement published by MainStreet. "The unfamiliarity and complexity of the mobile device creates security and privacy concerns for consumers who want to be confident that their personally identifiable information and financial details are protected."

Intel betting big on low-cost smartphones with cheaper chips

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 8:01 pm

Intel seemed overwhelmed trying to join the smartphone and tablet markets years ago, but has learned from its mistakes, and wants to supply hardware for low-cost smartphones. The company hopes its code-named SoFIA - now known as the X3 chip - will be ideal for cheaper smartphones and tablets, and still looks to win over manufacturers.

 

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At least 20 manufacturers want to use Intel's X3 to power their devices - as Intel looks for new ways to compete with Qualcomm. Intel is now No. 2 in the tablet CPU market, while exploring methods to compete in the smartphone market.

 

The first Atom X3 smartphones will be available later this quarter, with quad-core 3G and LTE models expected before the end of Q2.

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Wikimedia Foundation suing NSA to protect millions of Wikipedia users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 10, 2015 7:13 pm

The NSA and US Department of Justice are being sued by the Wikimedia Foundation, accusing the US organizations of violating US laws related to freedom of speech. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing Wikimedia, which was joined by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several other major organizations in the lawsuit.

 

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The NSA's use of "upstream" surveillance, which "taps the Internet's 'backbone' to capture communications with 'non-US persons,'" is available for a large amount of possible uses - however, it is believed to ultimately collect data not involved in their investigations. Wikimedia and other groups are concerned that journalists, clients, foreign government officials and others won't be as willing to turn over information and discuss sensitive topics with them.

 

"Our lawsuit says that the NSA's mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil - often called 'upstream' surveillance - violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association," according to a Wikipedia op-ed published by the New York Times. "We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008."

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