Update #3: Another strange update for the still missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, where five passengers checked into the flight but never boarded the plane. Their luggage was removed after officials realized they were not boarding the plane.
No wreckage of the missing Boeing 777-200 have been found according to the Director-General of Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation said in press briefing in Kuala Lumpur. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that authorities still had no idea where the plane was, with a search involving 34 planes, 40 ships and more than 100 people have still not found plane. He announced: "We have not found anything that appears to be an object from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft."
Update #2: It is being reported that two passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight boarded with stolen passports. Terrorism has not been ruled out, but is now being questioned because of the stolen passports. This means that the passports were not checked, or were incredibly elaborate fakes to be let through the Kuala Lumpur airport.
One of the stolen passports was from the father of an Italian man, who said his son's passport had been stolen over a year and a half ago when he was travelling in Thailand. Walter Maraldi said: "He deposited it with rental car agency, and when he returned the car it was gone."
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 sent off no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble.
Update: Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that it has lost all contact with flight MH370, with the company calling all of the next-of-kin of all passengers and crew on-board the flight. Right now, Malaysian Airlines is focused on working "with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support".
Original story: Malaysian Airlines has announced it has lost flight MH370 bound for Beijing, with air traffic controllers losing contact with the plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members just a few hours ago.
The company has released a media statement confirming the news, saying that it had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am. Malaysian Airlines said on its Facebook page: "Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members".
Malaysian Airlines has said that it is working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the lost aircraft. The company has also stated that it will provide updates on the situation when it can, with the public who are concerned able to contact the company for more information on +603 7884 1234.
The Syrian Electronic Army has taken to Twitter of all social networks, to announce the hacking collective has just gained possession of Facebook - yes, Facebook.
You wouldn't know that Facebook is any different, but the SEA has teased that it has changed the name servers to hijack the site, but this was "taking too much time" according to the SEA. The attack on Facebook is at the right time for the SEA, as the social network is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.
There's not much more on this at the moment, but as things change we'll keep you updated!
This just in: North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours.
A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero's welcome when he returns home later this evening".
Hung is expected back on Earth in just a few hours time, where he will be greeted by his uncle, and supreme leader: Kim Jong-un. Hung traveled in the cover of darkness, as it would protect him from the harsh, and extreme temperatures of the Sun. Hung will also be bringing back some sun spot samples for his uncle, which I'm sure he will show off to the world in a short amount of time.
The North Korean central news agency is calling the 18-hour mission the "greatest human achievement of our time" - and so they should, landing a man on the Sun, a trip that took 18 hours return, is quite the achievement, all things considered. I wonder if Dennis Rodman considered this a slam dunk for the country.
EA's login is not working right now, with Origin logins completely broken right now for most. It looks like a hacking group known as "DERP" are responsible, who aimed their "Gaben Laser Beam" at the EA login servers, taking them offline.
The hacking group said 5 minutes before it took EA's login servers down that "5 minutes from this tweet we will begin officially" and then minutes later, DERP tweeted "We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline". Right now, I cannot access Origin, and my tears are flowing.
Apple has finally inked the deal it has been waiting for, with the world's largest carrier: China Mobile. The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the news, stating that iPhones will be available through China Mobile by the end of the month.
China Mobile is expected to announce its new 4G service on, or around December 18, so we should expect the iPhone to go on sale at that time. This is a big deal for Apple, as it continues to bleed customers to Samsung around the world, it now has tens of millions of new customers it can begin to scoop up into the world of iOS.
John Carmack co-founder and programmer at id Software has resigned from id and is focusing on working full time as Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR. Carmack co-founded id Software twenty-two years ago and co-created games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D. Carmack also founded Armadillo Aerospace in 2000. This is the second big departure from id Software this year, during the summer Todd Hollenshead former CEO and President left after seventeen years with the company.
Carmack became Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR earlier this year in August. Carmack mentions on Twitter that he wanted to remain as Technical Advisor at id but that it did not work out. Bethesda Softworks' President of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, says that Carmack had been long interested in the work over at Oculus VR and that Carmack would like to be more engaged in that project.
id Software studio director Tim Willits says: "John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio, John's work at id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id's tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well."
OCZ may have finally came to the end of its journey as a maker of SSDs if this mornings stock trading is any indication. Soon after the markets opened on Monday, OCZ began to see its stock price began to sharply decline from its opening price of $1.07 to just over $0.80 at the time of this writing.
It appears that investors have lost all confidence in OCZ after almost a year of poor performance numbers, high operational cost, and financial woes. OCZ has a monthly overhead of more than $2 million and that is before it pays its employee salaries. You might recall earlier this year when the NASDAQ threatened to Delist OCZ from its index after the company failed to disclose financial earnings. Is this the end of OCZ, or will the stock rebound before the close of trading today? Stay tuned to TweakTown for the latest breaking information on OCZ and all of the happenings in the tech world.
BlackBerry's long and tumultuous journey appears to finally be over after the company announced that it will be taken private by Fairfax Financial Holdings. The announcement was just made and the deal is said to be valued at $4.7 billion.
BlackBerry will agree to pay shareholders nine dollars per share in cash, which is actually more than it is currently trading at. The consortium being led by Fairfax Financial will complete due diligence on BlackBerry's books until November 4, during which time BlackBerry can entertain and accept other offers if it chooses to.
Fairfax Financial is said to be seeking financial backing to complete the buyout from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and BMO Capital Markets. BlackBerry's decision to go this route was the direct result of a recommendation made by a special committee appointed by its board to seek alternate sales options. Unfortunately, this announcement comes too late to save the jobs of over 4500 employees that the company plans to lay off before the end of the year.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who is responsible for introducing millions, if not billions, of people to video gaming, has passed away today at 85 years of age. Yamauchi headed up Nintendo for more than 50 years and was responsible for transitioning the company from playing cards to a videogame powerhouse.
Yamauchi served as Nintendo's president from 1949 to 2002 and was responsible for many of the games we grew up loving, including Super Mario, Pokémon, and Donkey Kong. He also owned the Seattle Mariners baseball team for a brief period before he sold it to Nintendo USA back in 2004.
Yamauchi was regarded as one of the richest men in Japan and seen as a visionary by much of the country. Even though he was a dropout of the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, he proved that anyone could become a leader in their field. Yamauchi passed away Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital located in central Japan. He is survived by Katsuhito Yamauchi, his eldest son, and will be laid to rest on Sunday following a funeral being held at Nintendo.
We're following a breaking story this morning coming out of Wuxi, China, where two DRAM production facilities owned by SK Hynix Semiconductor were destroyed in what is being described as a massive chemical explosion. Hynix is the world's number two maker of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and, as of the second quarter of this year, had a 30 percent market share.
The fires began around 0750 GMT during a routine install of equipment and quickly spread to other production facilities. While the fire damage was contained within two hours, massive smoke damage throughout both facilities caused the most damage. Manufacturing of silicon at today's nanometer scale is a highly precise science that requires impeccably clean and dust free environments. One can imagine the type of irreversible damage that can be done to a clean-room facility when trillions of smoke particles enter the atmosphere.
With one third of the world's DRAM production suspended, consumers can expect increases in all products that utilize any form of flash memory. The facilities reportedly also manufactured all of the DRAM used in Apple products, as well as a significant portion of the GDDR5 memory used by AMD and NVIDIA in their graphics processing units. With this revelation, this could mean that production of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be affected negatively.
This is a huge rumor right now, so please do read with caution. Citing "impeccable sources" from within Intel who have talked with TechEye, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is set to fire Intel's entire public relations team ahead of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in hopes of turning the company's public image around.
TechEye's source said: "Tightening up the budget is the motto on the marketing side. The old timers are all gone and we are on track to get back our mojo on mobile. The head of PR will be changed, and then it will 'waterfall'. Brian wants 'open books'." He also said that Intel "isn't the same, anymore" and that Intel has learned that it can get its "ass kicked" by AMD and ARM.
This will be some interesting news, we've reached out to our people at Intel and will edit the story once we get some words on it.
New sources are stating that Edward Snowden has been granted temporary Asylum in Russia for the period of one year. Just a few minutes ago, Snowden's lawyer and the Russian Federal Migration service confirmed that the NSA Whistleblower's request has been approved and that he has left the airport.
Having this request granted means that Snowden can not be handed over to the US by force, but he could be transported there only if he agrees to go voluntarily and by his own free will. Reports say that he departed the airport around 11:30 GMT, which was actually about 30 minutes before his refugee status was official.
"He is the most wanted person on earth and his security will be a priority," the attorney explained. "He will deal with personal security issues and lodging himself. I will just consult him as his lawyer, I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone," he added.
A UK court has ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name has in fact infringed on a trademark owned by British media conglomerate British Sky Broadcasting Group. As a result, Microsoft has agreed to change the name of SkyDrive worldwide. Microsoft has said that it will not appeal the ruling and BSkyB has agreed to allow the Redmond-based company to continue using the name until it can come up with a suitable replacement.
SkyDrive is Microsoft's cloud based service similar to Google Drive. It allows professionals, students, and everyday people to upload their Office 365 documents as well as any other files into the cloud for easy access anywhere, anytime. No word has been released yet on what the possible replacement name will be, or when it will be replaced. What do you think a good replacement name would be? Let me know in the comments!
News has just come in that Edward Snowden has accepted a Venezuelan asylum offer. This morning, CNN is confirming that Snowden will be headed to Venezuela after weeks of asylum request rejections.
Snowden is the whistleblower who blew the top off of the NSA's PRISM operative. On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Snowden landed in one of Moscow's international airports and applied for asylum in Russia, which was denied by Russian president Puten. Snowden was detained at the airport and he proceeded to apply for asylum to several countries including Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the latest up-to-the-minute coverage on the Snowden saga. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.
This morning, a Google employee just might have leaked info on a possible Android 4.3 launch as soon as tomorrow. Jean-Baptiste Queru posted on his Twitter page that "The future will be better tomorrow" and and a commentator asked if this will be "around 4.30 time" to which he replied "4:30pm is always a great time."
Android 4.3's launch is imminent, that much we know. What is unknown is what day, what time, and how Google will choose to launch it. The 4.3 update will not be a very visual-based update but it will fix several bugs as well as add a few features that most users will never notice. It is, however, a step closer to Android 5.0 which is widely rumored to be a complete OS refresh and will implement many new game-changing features.
Hey folks! We're excited to announce that our very first TweakTown live blog will be starting shortly. We have been hard at working creating a live blog system and section to dynamically display new text and images to you as it happens. We really like the design and the fact that you don't need to refresh the page for updates, they come straight to you as we post them.
Our first live blog is of none other than Google's I/O 2013 keynote. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.
As this is our first live blog, there may be a few teething issues here and there. If you notice anything wrong, we encourage you to reach out and contact us!
Someone has seemingly gotten their hands on the elusive AMD Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU video card that AMD is readying for launch. Codenamed "Malta," this GPU features two of AMD's 7970 GPU cores on a single board paired with 6GB of vRAM. The card was first unveiled at the Game Developers Conference alongside Battlefield 4.
We're pretty sure that the auction will end up getting pulled from Ebay, but that shouldn't stop you from bidding on the item. We know that the 7990 does exist, so this card shouldn't be a fake. The card takes two 8-pin PCIe power connectors for a total of 375W TDP.
There are still four days left on the auction, but we doubt it will still be up by the end of the day. If it does end up selling, we'll be sure to report on the final selling price. It's currently at $510, at the time of writing, with 17 bids having been placed. Shipping will set you back an additional $50, but it is one-day shipping.
WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line
WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."
These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.
@Evleaks, everyone's favorite source for pre-release mobile phone information has just released an image of what is said to be Facebook's upcoming smart phone.
As you can see in the image above, the HTC manufactured "First" is a very generic looking smartphone that somewhat resembles an iPhone. The "HTC first" screen looks very much the result of some quick Photoshop work, but coming from @evleaks, we are inclined to trust them.
Lending further credence is that the phone closely matches the description given by 9to5Google last week. Either way, we will know something in a few days at Facebook's big Android focused event. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
This morning KitGuru is announcing that Microsoft has let details leak on Battlefield 4's release date. The leak occurred when details were accidentally posted to the official Xbox blog. This leak comes hot on the heals of the 17 minute live action teaser video EA released last week.
The details were removed almost instantly but a few fast thinking readers managed to grab a few screen captures before Microsoft noticed the mistake. The blog said that the game will release on October 29th 2013. Judging as to how fast these details were removed from the blog, we feel that it is safe to assume that the release date is official.
"Only in Battlefield can players go through a building instead of around it, eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall, or flip a tank. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that Battlefield 4 will arrive on Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013."
EA and DICE have officially taken the wraps off of Battlefield 4, where it has been completely and utterly announced to the world. EA have confirmed it is indeed launching in Fall 2013, and will be powered by Frostbite 3, not Frostbite 2 as previously thought.
Today, we have a 17-minute gameplay demo unleashed upon us, which I'm about to check out once I click the submit button on this news. Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label has said:
We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store. It is thrilling to witness peoples' reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they'll talk about for days. That's the beauty of Battlefield.