One of the more successful summer blockbusters from 2014, the latest entry in the 'X-Men' saga; 'Days of Future Past' had a good summer, generating nearly $750 million at the worldwide box office. Twentieth Century Fox has given the heads up to Australian retailers to expect the Blu-ray to be released on October 14th, on the same day as the U.S. release.
Whilst the local arm of Fox have yet to confirm the disc specifications, the contents should mirror that of the U.S. release, which comes packed with multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a second screen app.
An extended cut of the film is coming, having been confirmed by producer Lauren Shuler Donner, however the longer cut will now be released in 2015.
Fox are immediately moving forward with the next installment in the franchise 'X-Men: Apocalypse', which is due for release in May 2016.
When the new Unreal Tournament was announced, people were excited - finally, an arena shooter for the PC, and PC only. Well, 'raxxy' on the Unreal Forums has compiled Epic Games' builds of the new Unreal Tournament, and has just unleashed the pre-alpha version of the game, which is available right now.
Everything is in very early, very unfinished form - with maps being untextured, weapons completely unbalanced, and things are only going to change very quickly from here. The pre-alpha of Unreal Tournament 2014 is constantly updated, so you'll need to manually download it when it's updated. If you want to download it, hit this link.
Suspected foreign-based cyberattackers hit the Tuscaloosa Police Department earlier in the week, disrupting phone lines at the Alabama station for a short time. The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took place 5:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, with the phone system slammed by irrelevant phone calls.
Cyberattacks are not uncommon, but are highly disruptive when they hit police and emergency responders. The TPD is working with federal authorities and will no longer allow blocked numbers or international phone numbers to dial non-911 administration lines. The changes will have no impact on 911 emergency lines reaching the call center, officials noted.
Another local business received up to 184 phone calls in a short time before unplugging the phone - with the caller reportedly saying they were trying to collect a debt.
I'm sure that when you woke up this morning you didn't expect to read this news, but here we go: Metal Gear Solid V has been announced for the PC! MGS Director, Hideo Kojima, officially announced the news at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
The PC releases of Metal Gear Solid V include both stories, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Both of these titles are now on Steam, and both games are powered by the Fox Engine. As a PlayStation exclusive, this is an interesting announcement for the world of PC gamers. Now let's just hope the controls on PC are worked on, with precision, and it's not just a sloppy port.
Less than one month after apologizing for an embarrassing and "unacceptable" customer call, Comcast will have even more egg on its face. YouTube user Aaron Spain wanted to have service installed in his new apartment, but after technicians didn't show up on several different occasions, he tried to cancel. Spain was on hold for more than three hours, and was simply on hold until the call center simply closed for the day.
"I'd also been assured so many times that their service department was 24/7," Spain noted. "No distinction or clarification was ever made by anyone that their 'retention' department closed at any time."
Spain did note that the people he spoke with were polite, despite being put on hold until the call center actually closed for the day.
Companies should prepare sooner rather than later when it comes to upgrading from Windows 7, even though there are years left before support ends. Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends in January 2015, while end of extended support is scheduled for January 2020.
The end of extended support of Windows XP seemingly caught many businesses off guard, as they were reluctant to bother upgrading to Windows 7 or 8/8.1. Moving forward, Gartner recommends users deploy Windows 8/8.1 on new PCs, in an effort to phrase out Windows 7 slowly overtime. If companies are planning to phase out Windows 7 - but don't show interest in Windows 8 - then be prepared to upgrade to the latest-generation version of Windows.
"Organizations that have already deployed some Windows 8 PCs, or that decide that Windows 8.1 Update 1 provides an attractive platform, should not shy away from deploying new devices with the OS," according to Stephen Kleynhans, Gartner Research VP, in a blog post. "However, we expect that by the time an organization is ready for a broad rollout, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will have entered the market. Shifting deployment to Update 2 should be relatively straightforward for most organizations, and in that case, Windows 8.1 Update 1 should be seen as a pilot for that ultimate deployment."
An unnamed 19-year-old software engineering student, identified only as "Li," was arrested just 17 hours after his "Heart App" Google Android malware infected more than 100,000 phones. The malware was able to spread so quickly by relying on the contact lists of compromised devices, with users downloading the fake app, which then sent out a text urging users to download the app as well.
Chinese wireless carriers were quick to block more than 20 million infected messages from being sent out to new users. The 19-year-old will be identified following completion of the investigation by Shenzhen police, where the student went for vacation. It seems the custom malware was designed just as proof of his ability to write code.
To uninstall the malware, Sophos recommends the following: head to Settings | Apps | Downloaded and uninstall XXshenqi app.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Scott Shadley stopped by our booth to discuss Micron's latest products at the Flash Memory Summit. Micron's ability to create their own NAND provides them a huge advantage over many non-fab competitors. The consumer SSD market is extremely competitive of late, and Crucial (Micron's consumer arm) leads the pack with some of the lowest price points available. Another key advantage is the use of their 16nm NAND. This allows them to retain a pricing advantage (The MX100 is a perfect example), and its solid performance also keeps Micron's SSDs among the best in price v performance metrics.
Moving to the enterprise side, Micron is very competitive in the value segment and high-end PCIe SSDs. The M500DC sports impressive performance at an equally impressive price point for the 2.5" segment. The P420m fills the role of an affordable PCIe SSD with chart-topping performance, and for those in need of the ultra-high-end, the Micron P320h still holds the overall crown. It doesn't get better than durable SLC NAND paired with speed fast enough to saturate the PCIe 2.0 bus with random data. If we had an SSD Hall of Fame, the P320h would be the first drive in the door.
Of course Micron isn't resting on their laurels. They are releasing their NVMe PCIe and 2.5" SSDs early next year. Much of the secret sauce that provides Micron's chart topping performance with the existing PCIe SSDs is likely due to NVMe knowledge; they are one of the founding members of the NVMe consortium. Micron helped define expectations for high-performance PCIe SSDs, which leads to some excitement to see what Micron brings with their new NVMe SSDs.
Although the U.S. government is desperate to improve its own cyber defense ability, the NSA already has sophisticated cyberwarfare tools at its disposal. A custom program is able to track down cyberattacks from foreign-based criminals, and then can respond with an attack in an automated fashion without a security specialist present.
Dubbed "MonsterMind," the NSA uses the software to identify traffic patterns - likely from Eastern Europe and China - able to block attacks from damaging U.S. infrastructure and automatically respond against attackers.
"The government has used excessive secrecy to prevent real debate over the wisdom and legality of many of its most sweeping surveillance programs," said Alex Abdo, ACLU staff attorney, in an email to ComputerWorld. " This newly described program is just another example of that secrecy. If the government truly is scanning all internet traffic coming into the United States for suspicious content, that would raise significant civil liberties questions."
New "security intelligence" has led Manchester United to ban tablets and laptops from the Old Trafford stadium located in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Police will not be involved in the ban, and includes both smaller and larger tablets. Smartphones that are 5.9" x 3.9" or smaller will still be allowed into the arena without a problem.
Stadium officials noted it would be "impractical" for each fan to power up tablets and laptops as they enter the arena - unlike at airports, where passengers will be able to quickly show that they have a legitimate electronic device.