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Snef Computer Design unveil the amazing rigid-tubed Icy Blue Angel mod

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 20, 2015 1:06 am

There's something about modded systems with rigid tubing that really get us going here at TweakTown. We've covered a bunch of different rigid tubing mods, ranging from Dan Woods' Arctic Gold to Stuart Tonks tackling the impressive Lian Li DK-02 Desk chassis.




This build is named Icy Blue Angel and has been produced by Snef Computer Design. Published on their Facebook page just yesterday, this is a 'thank you' to fans for helping them reach 2,000 likes in total across their social media platform.


Featuring a fully custom Bitspower water cooling rigid tubing setup, we're seeing quite a lot of this company being included in our latest published builds. It seems that modders across the globe are taking to Bistpower more often to ensure they get the best out of their rig - do you agree with their choices?

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Microsoft hopes Windows 10 does the trick to help promote mobile

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:12 am

Microsoft will show off more details regarding its upcoming Windows 10 operating system later this week, as partners, corporate clients, and consumers wait patiently. There is a renewed optimism that the desktop and laptop will have a proper next-generation operating system, but Microsoft hopes Windows 10 will succeed where it has struggled the most - in the mobile space, powering smartphones and tablets.




Microsoft has less than three percent of the global phone market OS - and won't be able to catch up to Google Android or Apple iOS anytime soon - but just a larger chunk of the market would be valuable in itself.


Even with mobile potential of Windows 10, Microsoft opened up Office for Android and iOS devices, along with enhancing developer tools for other mobile OSes. Both steps are important, but a seamless OS between mobile, laptops, and PCs could give Microsoft a major advantage that it has been unable to create for years.

HEX GEAR announce its R40 case will suit mATX and reverse mATX formats

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:57 pm

If you're in the market for a new case, HEX GEAR has just announced a mere six hours ago that their new R40 case will have both mATX and reverse mATX support.




This will allow consumers to switch between the two modes without any modding taking place, further adding to case versatility, features and build options. On top of this, their case look awesome - giving me somewhat of a 'modded Fractal' type feel, by taking the nice simplistic and elegant Fractal design, then spicing it up with some accents.


You may not have heard of this company before, so you can read more about HEX GEAR on their official website if you wish.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' won't return stars Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:38 pm

Sir Patrick Stewart, known best to audiences as Captain Picard on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and Professor X in the 'X-Men' movie franchise, has been somewhat of a lucky charm for the series, having appeared in all the films and spin-offs except for 2011's 'X-Men: First Class'. Well, it now looks that Stewart and co-star Ian McKellen will be sitting out the next X adventure; 'Apocalypse'.




Interviewed by Larry King (via Yahoo! News), Stewart was asked whether he would return, and gave a very forthright answer:

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Blizzard taking look at 'major lag' Diablo 3 gamers are reporting

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:58 pm

Diablo 3 gamers are reporting problems with "major lag" while trying to play online, with the issue first surfacing over the weekend.




"We've been asked to collect some information for our network engineers on this issue," a Blizzard support rep said in a Battle.Net forum thread. "We'd like to have your trace route info when you trace to We'd also like to see the results when you run our Looking Glass utility to see the return path of the trace from Blizzard to you."


Blizzard also wants gamers to identify their ISP and geographic location when reporting data in the public thread. With that information, Blizzard engineers will work as quickly as possible to solve gamer lag problems.

Facebook releases software to AI open source group

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:45 pm

Facebook has released some of their software to the Torch Open Source group. Torch focuses on providing deep learning software. Deep learning software mimics brain function and is a key component to artificial intelligence programs. These programs are used to analyze large amounts of information in search of patterns, which it can then use to make predictions.




Torch speeds pattern recognition by up to 23.5 times. Facebook, and other web titans such as Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, use Torch to predict image contents and to place ads. Torch also has other uses, such as recognizing physical objects and for question answering programs. For instance, "The Lord of the Rings" novels were loaded into Torch, and Torch allows the computer to understand and answer questions about the book.

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"American Sniper" had great box office opening, despite piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:33 pm

Despite a high-quality screener version of "American Sniper" hitting the Internet days before the film's box office release, the movie still grossed $90.2 million from Friday to Sunday - the most successful opening weekend between December and February.




It's hard to estimate what role piracy could have had on the box office, as some viewers likely skipped the theater when they found the online version. However, it is possible people impressed after watching the film used word-of-mouth to help tell friends and family how good the movie is.


The film features Bradley Cooper portraying Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and most prolific sniper in US military history, and Sienna Miller serving as Kyle's wife. Kyle survived four tours of service in Iraq, and was murdered on a Texas gun range by a fellow veteran. The Clint Eastwood-directed film has generated a high amount of controversy, though has the support of Kyle's wife and military members.

Obama Administration also doesn't want encryption to interfere

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:12 pm

Not surprisingly, President Barack Obama has sided with UK Prime Minister David Cameron's demand that computer companies provide a backdoor to governments, even of encrypted communications. The US government has relied on a mix of warrants, wiretaps and direct access from technology companies so they have access to phone calls, social media, and other communications.




Simply demanding access to encrypted communication isn't worthwhile, so Obama played to emotions with his justification: "If we find evidence of a terrorist plot... and despite having a phone number, despite having a social media address or email address, we can't penetrate that, that's a problem," Obama recently said.


Obama wants to ensure a way to keep data private from cybercriminals, but not from police authorities and federal investigators.

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Universities trying to close cybersecurity research gap

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:42 pm

The FBI and other US government departments want to recruit cybersecurity specialists, while the private sector also is throwing big money at qualified job candidates. To help fill this jobs void, a growing number of universities are creating programs to develop the next wave of security specialists.




Cybersecurity jobs soared 74 percent from 2007 to 2013, and there are a number of appealing opportunities for candidates. With such fierce competition for the current crop of security specialists, universities are broadening security-themed offerings from one or two courses to minor and major programs, or certifications.


"The demand is very high. I've had students get into cyberspace companies with just one security class, never mind an entire major," said Kenneth Knapp, IT management professor at University of Tampa and head of its cybersecurity program. "With all of the high-profile breaches over this last year or so, more focus has been on security than I've ever seen, and I've been doing it since I was 21 years old in the Air Force."

Heading to the ATM? Make use of your smartphone instead of debit card

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:02 pm

Smartphones are virtually everywhere in the United States, and some banks are rolling out "cardless cash" ATMs that dispense money to consumers using their smartphones.




Wintrust Financial pairs its mobile app with the ATM, so consumers choose how much money they want to withdraw, sign into the mobile app using a four-digit PIN or password, and select the cardless cash option. From there, they touch the "cardless cash" button on the ATM screen, scan a QR code, click submit, and the ATM will provide the funds. Consumers only need to touch the ATM screen once - and provides a faster, streamlined option than inserting an ATM card.


"We anticipate the increasing convergence of ATMs and mobile banking," according to Mercator Advisory Group's "2015 Outlook: Banking Channels" report. Early testing reveals no significant problems - and if the smartphone is lost or stolen - the criminal would need a PIN/password to unlock the device, and know the password for the mobile app.

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