The ink is fresh on a new deal struck between IMAX Corporation and Disney to a new partnership which will see titles some of the most eagerly awaited upcoming theatrical releases remastered in the large screen IMAX format and some presumably filmed (at least partially) in the gargantuan format.
Forthcoming titles such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: The Rise of Ultron, Tomorrowland and Star Wars Episode VII will all benefit from IMAX re-jigging, the latter at least which will also be released in the IMAX 3D format - surely the definitive way to view the film when it hits screens next year.
President Obama is trying to win over Silicon Valley tech leaders and US citizens by meeting to discuss the current state of government surveillance. The tech meeting roundtable lasted around two hours and focused on Obama's promise in January to cut back on the NSA's phone data surveillance - and to provide greater privacy, especially to Internet users outside of the US, after they were unknowingly caught up in spying behavior.
However, it's going to be difficult to reassure Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech company executives from Google, Netflix, Box, Dropbox and Palantir after they met with Obama and his top cabinet officials.
As revealed by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, the NSA has done an excellent job to undermine encryption and slip through computer security - at epic proportions - and has left citizens, foreign residents, politicians, and others quite angry.
To embrace the global spirit of the World Cup, software company Panda Security will give new customers one month of additional protection for each goal scored by a chosen team during the soccer tournament.
The World Cup begins on June 12 to July 13 and will be hosted in Brazil, with an opening match of Brazil playing Croatia.
"We love soccer and computer security, and we are sure this promotion will be very well received among users," said Alvaro Elorriaga, Panda Security Worldwide Retail Director, in a press statement. "We already have participants from the 80+ countries where we operate, including the US, Spain, Germany, England, France, Brazil and many others. Given the worldwide popularity of soccer, and the imperative need to protect our PCs and mobile devices, this is a natural and fun campaign to reward our customers."
New customers with the following software suites are eligible for the promotion: Panda Antivirus Pro, Panda Internet Security, Panda Global Protection, Panda Gold Protection, Panda Mobile Security and Panda Antivirus for Mac.
Following a story indicating the White House will jump ship away from BlackBerry, follow-up reports indicate that BlackBerry will remain in the Oval Office.
The Department of Defense is reportedly testing smartphones from Samsung and LG, likely running the Google Android operating system, and losing the White House would be a major loss for the struggling Canadian smartphone maker. A White House spokesperson told the Washington Post that there is no pilot program currently underway to leave BlackBerry in favor of Samsung or LG devices.
A statement released by BlackBerry:
"We value the long-term relationship we've had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade,"BlackBerry said in a statement sent to TweakTown. "The U.S. government requires the highest levels of security. We were the first mobility platform to receive the 'Authority to Operate' certification from the Department of Defense."
Popular Twitter platform HootSuite suffered a DDoS attack yesterday morning, though was back up and running following the temporary interruption. There was no risk to user accounts or personal information, according to HootSuite officials, as they were able to swiftly resolve the problem.
HootSuite defends against numerous DDoS attacks, which typically is a rudimentary approach to crippling a website.
"I'm writing today to let you know that the HootSuite Engineering and Security teams are working to mitigate the DoS attack," said Ryan Holmes, HootSuite CEO, in an e-mail to users. "This interruption was the result of a malicious attempt by an outside party to flood our services in order to shut down the system."
Cybercriminals use DDoS attacks to flood networks and knock websites offline - and while most companies and online services bounce back quickly - it's still an annoyance that diverts IT teams and can lead to angry users and lost revenue. However, some security analysts believe DDoS attacks are being used by organized crime groups as an extortion technique, offering to cease cyberattacks in exchange for cash payments.
In an effort to keep users safer on the Internet, NoBullying.com, an online anti-bullying campaign, listed 10 Internet security tips that users should be aware of.
For those of you trying to provide a comprehensive guide to Internet safety for education purposes, NoBullying has a series of helpful documents available.
"It is essential for parents and educations to learn those online safety tips to make exploring the cyber world a much easier (and) safer experience for our children," said Macartan Mulligan, NoBullying.com co-founder, in a press statement.
An online predator group targeting children as young as three years old utilizing Tor was recently busted by the US Department of Homeland Security. So far, 14 members accused of leading the child pornography website were arrested and face charges related to conspiracy to operate an organized child exploitation enterprise.
Operating from June 2012 to June 2013, the group had more than 27,000 members across the world, with access to at least 2,000 videos.
"These indictments represent a strong coordinated strike - by Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and several U.S. Attorney's Office around the country - against child pornography and those who allegedly seek to harm our most vulnerable citizens, our young children," said Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr., U.S. Attorney, in a press statement.
Jonathan Johnson, 27, a Louisiana-based resident is accused of operating the organized Tor child porn ring, creating fake female personas to target and exploit children - while also teaching others in his group to conduct the same activities. He now faces 20 years to life in prison.
Back in December, the ISS had a significant problem with its cooling system. The issue required a couple spacewalks to repair. It appears that whatever the problem with the ISS coolant loop is, the issue has returned.
NASA has confirmed that a coolant loop problem has again reared its head aboard the orbiting space station. NASA says that on Wednesday one of the two coolant loops on the space station shut down. A NASA spokesperson said that at no time was the crew aboard the ISS in any danger.
As a result of the coolant issue, some non-essential equipment aboard ISS modules was shut down. Some of the equipment was also changed over to use the other coolant loop. NASA believes that the coolant issue is linked to a valve problem, which was the same sort of issue that caused the coolant problems late last year. Presumably, a space walk will be needed to fix the coolant system, but no announcement has been made at this time.
If you frequent Starbucks, the purveyor of high price coffee and snacks, you might be a user of the company's mobile app. Starbucks has issued an update to that app for iPhone users that adds in digital tipping options. That means that users can now give a tip to their server without having to dig in a wallet.
The only catch is that the user has to be based in the US. Along with the update adding in digital tipping also comes a makeover with a new look. The app also now has a shake feature that lets the user shake their phone to get the barcode to scan for mobile payment.
Other new features include access to a history of purchases, earned Starbucks Stars, and rewards that you have used. That will come in handy if you thought you had a reward and can't remember using it. The app is a big deal for Starbucks, 14% of all purchases made in the store are completed using the mobile app. the last time the coffee firm offered stats was in July of last year, digital sales via the app accounted for 10% of its sales at the time.
A couple guys were invited to experience what they thought was a motion simulator to show them what the Seat Leon Cupra 280 will be like to drive for real. When the prank starts out, the two men are put in helmets and then into the back of a car inside a motion simulator.
What they don't know since they are in the back of the car and can't see out is that they are actually riding in a real car driven just as they see on the screens they have to look at. The trick appears to have been pulled off perfectly.
The white car the two men are in chases along behind a red version. The ride takes place in the real-world, all the while the two in the back seat are watching on screens. When they get out of the car, they had no idea they were really riding in the car the whole time. Check out the video and see the stunt for yourself. That car looks really cool. I always get a bit jealous over interesting cars like this we can't get in the US.