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Enter to Win An Apple Watch

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:30 pm

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Let's get right to the point: you want it, we have it, and you can get it free.

 

Enter the Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway for a chance to be one of the first to get the year's most wanted wearable in your hands and on your wrist. Sleek? Sporty? Your only job is choosing the Apple Watch you want...well, that and practicing your happy dance (your Apple Watch will track the calories you burn, natch).

 

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Aircraft could be vulnerable to cybercriminals, GAO report says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:28 pm

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is showing increased concern that hundreds of commercial aircraft are vulnerable to possible cyberattack from remote operators. If done successfully, hackers would be able to possibly install malware on flight control computers, take over control of the aircraft, compromise navigation systems and warning systems.

 

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Air traffic control also is increasing to support Internet-based solutions, giving criminals another pipeline to tamper with flights. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and several senators wish to read over the full GAO report - and expect the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make necessary security protocols mandatory.

 

"Modern communications technologies, including IP connectivity, are increasingly used in aircraft systems, creating the possibility that unauthorized individuals might access and compromise aircraft avionics systems," the GAO report says. That level of IP connectivity, however, is what could create a link between aircraft and cybercriminals - posing a threat to the aircraft, its crew and passengers.

Dell unveils the Linux-powered version of its XPS 13 laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 8:07 am

Dell has announced the Ubuntu-powered version of its impressive XPS 13 laptop, giving consumers the option of grabbing the Windows, or Linux-based version of its 13-inch laptop at the time of purchase.

 

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The company took to a blog post to announce that since the launch of its XPS 13 back in January, it had the idea of launching a developer-friendly version of its laptop, but it wanted to make sure that it could offer the best possibly product to anyone who purchased one. Dell said: "There were issues with the touchpad and a repeating keystroke that took longer to address than we, and others, would have liked".

Google's ambitious wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 6:41 am

Google wants to offer a wireless service to people in the United States, but it looks like their plans of unveiling this as a semi surprise have been popped.

 

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A recent look at the firmware image for the Nexus 6 has teased that there will soon be a service that offers consumers the option of paying for only what they use, with the future service provided with a logo, and a temporary name: Project Fi. Android Police noticed an app called "Tycho" that housed numerous clues to Project Fi, with the app looking to provide the option of activating the service, but giving consumers additional options, too.

 

These options include putting the account on hole, resuming it, or closing it down completely, without needing the consumer to call a customer care number. Project Fi users can also port their own number to the service, or they can use their number from a separate Google Voice system, too.

Continue reading 'Google's ambitious wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi'' (full post)

Google releases Chrome 42, which includes push notifications

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 4:54 am

Google has just pushed out Chrome 42, which now includes the new Push API and Notifications API. These two new APIs "allow websites to send notifications to web surfers even after they've closed or navigated away from said site", reports Techspot.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant stops websites from being overly forward with its notifications, as it mandates that developers must have consent for permission to its the Push API. If your system doesn't automatically update to Chrome 42, you can always grab the latest version of it, for Windows, from here.

Samsung can't keep up with the crazy demand for its Galaxy S6 edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 3:31 am

Samsung released its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones last week, but the S6 edge is selling many more units than the South Korean giant had initially expected, according to reports out of Korea.

 

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Before the launch, the Galaxy S6 edge was poised for around 20-30% of the sales of the Galaxy S6, but the numbers are closer to 50% of the Galaxy S6, worldwide. Korean publication Yonhap News reports that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales "have been much higher than expected", with the new smartphones due to real an all-time high when compared to the launch of any of the other Galaxy S smartphones.

 

We've reviewed the Galaxy S6 edge and fell in love with it, so it comes as no surprise to us that the S6 edge is doing so well.

Forza Motorsport 6 will reportedly feature a DX12 capable engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:31 am

It looks like we should begin to get excited for Forza Motorsport 6, which according to the latest rumors, will feature support for DirectX 12. The news is coming from a new trademark application for the game, something GameSpot picked up.

 

 

Microsoft has told GameSpot that it has "filed a trademark application for ForzaTech, which is Turn 10 Studios' proprietary graphics and simulation engine for Forza". The company will be showing the game off in greater detail at E3 2015 in June, but Microsoft is going to have multiple new titles to show off at E3 2015, which is only going to help the Xbox One. These titles include Gears of War 4, and a few new titles from Rare.

 

Back to Forza Motorsport 6 and its new visual capabilities, Turn 10 Studios used a new game engine for Forza Motorsport 5 when they released it two years ago now, which was enhanced for Forza Horizon 2. But with increased competition in the graphics department from driving games like Driveclub and Project Cars, Microsoft needs all the help it can get for its Xbox One title.

Continue reading 'Forza Motorsport 6 will reportedly feature a DX12 capable engine' (full post)

Project Cars: 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One and up to 12K on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:31 am

Slightly Mad Studios is finally close to releasing Project Cars, which is one of the best looking games this year, and some would even say it's one of the best looking games this year.

 

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We have found out the resolution that it will be rendered at on the current gerneation consoles, with the PS4 pushing it out at 1080p 60FPS, and the Xbox One at 900p 60FPS. The PC, can go magnitudes higher, all the way up to 12K and whatever framerate your PC can spit out at that resolution.

 

On the PC, you're going to need an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 at a minimum, with 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of VRAM. The studio recommends Project Cars players to have a Core i7 3770 processor, or an AMD FX-8350. The recommended requirements also bump up the RAM requirement to 8GB, and the VGA card to a GeForce GTX 600 series, or Radeon HD 7000 series card with at least 2GB of VRAM.

Batman v Superman trailer to drop on April 20, new footage this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 1:33 am

With Avengers: Age of Ultron out next week here in Australia and on May 1 in the US, what better time for Warner Bros. to spin up the marketing campaign for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, than now?

 

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We're being told that we're going to see the sure-to-be epic trailer to Batman v Superman on April 20, as it'll be attached to Mad Max: Fury Road, but we're to expect some new footage, as soon as this week. Zack Snyder, the Director on Batman v Superman, will reportedly release a few seconds of the trailer on Thursday, an hour before the new Star Wars trailer arrives during the Star Wars Celebration event.

 

Snyder will release the footage at 9am PST through Twitter, so be sure to follow his Twitter account.

Weed delivery just got real thanks to investors like Snoop Dogg

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 12:17 am

TweakTown has the 420 on what's going on in the weed delivery startup scene, with rapper and businessman Snoop Dogg investing an unknown sum of money into Eaze, a California-based startup that is aiming to deliver weed to your doorstep, all in less than 10 minutes.

 

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The weed delivery startup has raised over $10 million so far from DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups, and Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital. Ease was founded by former Yammer employee Keith McCarty, where the startup quickly raised $1.5 million in seed funding in November, quickly becoming one of the first weed companies to reel in overseas investors. This is mainly because Eaze doesn't just provide the marijuana, but the technology behind the delivery side of things.

 

Since it launched nine months ago, Eaze has made over 30,000 deliveries, and is looking to expand heavily in the next 50 days where it is aiming to add another 50 members to its growing team.

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