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Professional StarCraft players duke it out in MMA with commentary

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2014 8:36 am

Jinro, a retired high-level Swedish StarCraft II professional, who fights in Mixed Martial Arts, has had another StarCraft professional commentate throughout the fight as if it were a real, professional StarCraft II match.

 

 

The match is above, which is actually a lot better than I thought it would be. StarCraft and MMA fans alike should really enjoy this one!

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GeForce GTX 880 engineering sample features 8GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 6, 2014 8:08 am

The last time we heard about the GeForce GTX 880, we heard it would have 4GB of RAM - well, how does 8GB of RAM sound on NVIDIA's next generation flagship GPU? Beautiful, just as I thought.

 

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Well, an engineering sample (ES) card has been intercepted on its way from NVIDIA's development center in India, on its way to China. The shipping manifest was found by Chinese press, with "GM204" and "8 GB GDDR5" plastered all over it. We know that GM204 is the successor to the GK104, which should pack 3200 CUDA cores, a 256-bit memory bus and a massive 8GB of RAM.

 

If NVIDIA is about to launch the GTX 880 with 8GB of RAM over a 256-bit bus, it must be using some very high density memory chips. Better yet, the price should be under $800. I would've liked to have seen a 512-bit bus with 8GB of RAM, but I would just be greedy there, wouldn't I?

Data breach costs increasing, as companies left clueless

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:38 am

The average cost of a data breach to U.S. companies averaged $3.5 million and is a 15 percent increase year-over-year, according to a new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM. Each lost record reportedly cost $201 each, an increase from $188 per record in 2013, as cybercriminals find success targeting select industries.

 

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Not only are companies finding data breaches to be more costly, but retailers need to worry about customers possibly leaving if a security issue occurs. Everything from university and medical records to debit and credit card information have value among criminals, trying to steal information which can later be exploited, sold, or traded in underground forums.

 

From the Ponemon press release: "As a preventive measure, companies should consider having an incident response and crisis management plan in place. Efficient response to the breach and containment of the damage has been shown to reduce the cost of breach significantly. Other measures include having a CISO in charge and involving the company's business continuity management team in dealing with the breach."

Oculus VR could release a VR MMO that supports one billion players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:36 am

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe was at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 technology conference, where he teased that the company could release a massive VR MMO that would support one billion people simultaneously.

 

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Iribe said that the VR MMO would require "a bigger network than exists in the world today," but considering the world's biggest social network now owns the VR startup, this could be an easy achievement. Before we see a VR MMO, Oculus VR wants users to be convinced they're talking to "real" people - so we have to have the graphics and ground work laid out over the next couple of years.

Save Mr Banks in our latest Blu-ray giveaway from Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:07 am

To celebrate this week's release of Saving Mr Banks on home video formats, our friends at Disney Home Entertainment Australia have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers.

 

Saving Mr Banks details the production of Walt Disney's live action classicMary Poppins with Disney's (Tom Hanks) attempts to get author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) on side, despite her staunch resistance.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the birthplace of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on May 8th. The total prize pool is approximately $119.85.

 

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Saving Mr Banks is available on Blu-ray + digital combo pack, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on May 7th.

Department of Defense to study bitcoin as potential terror tool

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2014 2:18 am

The Department of Defense is reportedly looking into bitcoins and whether or not the cryptocurrency is a potential terrorist threat, with the DoD Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office division spearheading the investigation. Due to how bitcoins were designed to be owned and traded, the government is concerned that virtual currency provides a great method for terrorists to receive donations - and distribute funds.

 

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Russia previously banned bitcoins, and Singapore created new regulation to try and prevent criminals from using bitcoins to help launder money. The idea that bitcoins could be used for money laundering seems to have the US government concerned that terrorists could use anonymity to fund operations.

 

Considering the concern of government snooping, critics already are sounding off to say that the DoD is launching an irrelevant investigation.

Australian government and energy grid can be breached by cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2014 1:30 am

A new report states that Australian energy grids and public infrastructure face increased threat of cyberattacks, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). It's a difficult time for government agencies and private sector companies to try and combat increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

 

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The CSIRO report calls for increased transparency, and additional open disclosure if a breach happens, along with trying to focus on simplifying digital systems.

 

"Despite recently being ranked second in the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to cybersecurity capabilities, we need to recognize that our increasing reliance on digital services leaves us potentially vulnerable at unprecedented scales," said James Deverell, CSIRO Futures Director, in a press statement. "The sheer complexity and interconnectedness of different elements of our digital economy means we can expect rapid exponential growth in the number, speed, and severity of breaches - far beyond what any single organization can tackle on its own."

Edward Snowden: says entire populations under surveillance

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2014 12:23 am

Entire populations are living under constant surveillance from governments, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, while participating in a video shown during a conference focused on mass surveillance. Still hidden away in Russia, possibly under Russian influence, Snowden is becoming more vocal, typically through video statements.

 

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"It's no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing," Snowden recently said in an interview. "It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love."

 

Although US lawmakers still don't appreciate Snowden's actions, many Internet users have applauded him for making the disclosures.

Organizations getting creative to try and stifle NSA spying

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 5, 2014 11:17 pm

A number of groups are calling on users and developers to create new methods to prevent spying from the National Security Agency (NSA), with advocates calling on better unity from users. The groups hope to see new tools rolled out by June 5 as part of the "reset the 'Net" effort, hoping to see wider use of HTTPS, for example.

 

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Here is what the group said in a released video: "But government spies have a weakness. They can hack anybody, but they can't hack everybody. Folks like the NSA depend on collecting insecure data from tapped fiber. They depend on our mistakes - mistakes we can fix."

 

NSA spying revelations already led European companies to increase security, while Google and Yahoo also rolled out additional encryption habits to keep data more secure.

Sony's sale of VAIO PC unit will be completed by July

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 5, 2014 10:18 pm

Sony plans to sell its VAIO PC unit to Japan Industrial Partners, in a deal that should be finished soon, with an official re-launch on July 1. Of the 1,100 employees working for Sony, just 240 of them will end up working at JIP, according to Japanese media reports - and Sony said the remaining employees will be moved to other departments.

 

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The new business unit will be located in Azumino City in the Nagano Prefecture - where a Sony production facility is located - though it'll be interesting to see if VAIO can regain popularity among consumers.

 

Much like other PC manufacturers, Sony has struggled to keep up with the growing demand for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. To make matters worse, Sony has struggled both in Japan and worldwide, excluding the company's popular PlayStation game console family.

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