It might not be the best video game to feature film adaptation of all time (far from it), but that hasn't stopped independent UK film distributor Second Sight from announcing the release of 1993's 'Super Mario Bros.' feature film on Blu-ray in the UK.
Coming on November 3rd, 'Super Mario Bros' comes remastered in full 1080p, with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, including a 60 minute documentary 'This Ain't no Video Game' which will for the first time shed light on the troubled production, including newly shot interviews with Co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, Producer Roland Joffe, Actors John Leguizamo and Richard Edson, Writer Parker Bennett, Production Designer David Snyder, Art Director Walter Martishius, FX Artists Paul Elliot, Vincent Guastini and Rob Burman, Visual FX Designer Chris Woods, Editor Mark Goldblatt and Creature Designer Patrick Tatopoulos. Bob Hoskins and producer Jake Eberts will contribute via archival footage.
Other features included on the lavish Blu-ray set include a vintage 'making of' featurette, the original Electronic Press Kit and Theatrical Trailer, along with original storyboards and a stills gallery.
Unfortunately, due to rights issues, Second Sight has confirmed that the disc will be region coded B for the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order from Amazon UK.
Dell has just taken the wraps off of its new 5K monitor, with a resolution of 5120x2880 - yes, you read that right - higher than 4K. Dell will be selling its new UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor for $2500 when it launches in the holidays.
All of these pixels will be firing onto a 27-inch screen, with 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers, and six USB ports, too. Dell's UP2715K monitor will use two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with the company running the monitor from a single NVIDIA Quadro K5000 card at the event. There are 70% more pixels on Dell's new 5K display than a 4K panel, which is an insane amount of pixels. The video above from Maximum PC shows off the 5K panel.
Since the video of U.S. journalist James Foley being executed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) surfaced on August 20, there have been more than 28,000 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts created. Twitter has purged user accounts that shows ISIS-related violent photography or videos, which led ISIS to embrace other alternatives, but there are still plenty of pro-ISIS statements on Twitter.
Following 24 hours after the second U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, was murdered by ISIS, 10 percent of references to the video were positive. Both videos have shocked the west, intimidated ISIS rivals, and has called for increased military action against the group, operating in Iraq and Syria.
Embracing social media has been a great strategy for ISIS, as there have been more than 60,000 pro-ISIS accounts created since May. Using Twitter and other social networks gives ISIS direct access to journalists and potential recruits, including a growing number of American, British and western European residents picking up arms in the Middle East.
Online travel agency CheapAir became the first in its industry to accept bitcoin, and now has opened up Dogecoin and Litecoin payment options. Since embracing bitcoin in November 2013, CheapAir has generated $1.5 million in cryptocurrency sales, which is why the company has decided to support Dogecoin and Litecoin.
When consumers typically think of cryptocurrencies, bitcoin is the first that comes to mind - but Litecoin, Dogecoin, and scores of others are gaining a strong following from consumers and businesses. Customers purchasing via cryptocurrencies can still mix-and-match flights from multiple airlines, and is still supported by the CheapAir Price Drop Payback offering.
"We try to make travel as easy as possible for customers, and letting people pay the way they want to pay is a big part of that," said Jeff Klee, CheapAir CEO, in a statement. "Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin represent promising technologies that can make transacting online faster, easier, less expensive, and more secure. We admire cryptocurrency early adopters and we're thrilled to support them."
Consumers interested in purchasing a new game console, take note: Microsoft is offering a promotion from September 7 to September 13 in which any game is available for free with an Xbox One console purchase. Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys 'R Us, and other major retailers are expected to support the promotion.
Most free game promotions force gamers to choose from a pre-determined selection, but Microsoft hopes offering more freedom will help boost sales. However, the game must be available during the week-long promo - and doesn't apply to games scheduled for release later this year - and won't apply to refurbished consoles or used games.
Xbox One hardware sales drastically trail the Sony PlayStation 4 game console, but this could help Microsoft close the gap. Also worth noting, Bungie's release of Destiny takes place on September 9, so this could help entice consumers to purchase an Xbox One instead of a PS4.
Catcher Technology, a company based in Taiwan that operates factories in China for Apple, has been accused of labor rights and workplace violations. Catcher Technology manufactures metal casings for the Apple iPad, and employees worked a large amount of overtime and were forced to handle toxic chemicals without proper safety procedures or training.
Apple pointed out worrisome problems in the factory in April 2013, but the problems have only worsened since then, according to a China Labor Watch report. Apple is planning to send inspectors to the facility, located in the eastern city of Suqian, to ensure workplace laws are enforced.
Companies that use manufacturing facilities based in China used to turn a blind-eye to workplace violations - but increased pressure has called for Apple, Samsung, and other corporations to ensure their partners are operating more fairly. However, reports of illegal workplace behavior continue to surface, sometimes at a startling pace.
The use of social engineering, typically leading to phishing attacks, remains a major threat against enterprise networks, according to the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014. Using its own McAfee Phishing Quiz, 80 percent of participants were unable to identify at least one of seven phishing emails - and the human resources and finance departments scored poorly.
Stolen data from compromised websites, especially following Heartbleed, shows how vulnerable unpatched websites can be - only serving as a treasure trove for cybercriminals. In addition, there were a number of new malware attacks and network threats that companies struggle to defend against.
"One of the great challenges we face today is upgrading the Internet's core technologies to better suit the volume and sensitivity of traffic it now bears," said Vincent Weafer, McAfee Labs SVP. "Every aspect of the trust chain has been broken in the last few years - from passwords to OpenSSL public key encryption and most recently USB security."
RAM manufacturer G.SKILL announces it has released the fastest DDR4 3333MHz memory kit on the market, with the Ripjaws 4 series providing a total capacity of 16GB (4GB x 4), offering even faster bandwidth for PC enthusiasts and gamers alike.
The 288-pin SDRAM is rather pricey, currently available for pre-order on Newegg for $579.99, but will be popular among consumers building a new gaming rig. The RAM will be released on September 5 in black, and will be released worldwide shortly after.
The Ripjaws 4 3333MHz has been optimized for the Intel X99 platform and uses an aluminum heat spreader design to help keep the memory cool. XMP 2.0 support makes it easier for consumers to overclock the RAM, along with 1.35V ultra-low voltage to keep an energy-efficient footprint.
The Isis Wallet mobile payment system has changed its name to Softcard as the company doesn't want to share the same name with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. Company officials noted that it was thinking of a name change over the summer, saying it doesn't want any confusion related to the group that has ramped up its use of brutal tactics to scare rivals and attract new recruits.
Softcard is currently backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, and hopes to move forward and continue operating normally. The company said the Isis Wallet will work the same following the name change, and mobile users will see the app update without any major feature changes.
"Our search for a new name has been rooted in our founding vision: to use the power of the mobile phone to help consumers find a safer and better way to shop, pay and save," said Michael Abbott, Softcard CEO, in a statement. "But we also wanted a name and visual identity that had the power, flexibility and simplicity to define our category."
Goodwill issued a public update regarding a data breach that was uncovered in late July, with no evidence of malware on retail store point-of-sale (POS) systems. However, a third-party vendor was affected and that opened the door to customer names, payment card numbers, and expiration dates to be accessed by cybercriminals.
The forensics investigation said the malware attack took place between February 10, 2013 to August 14, 2014 - and there appears to be very little fraudulent activity noticed by customers.
"We continue to take this matter very seriously," said Jim Gibbons, Goodwill CEO and president, in a public statement. " We took immediate steps to address this issue, and we are providing extensive support to the affected Goodwill members in their efforts to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future."