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Dropbox has reportedly secured $500 million in financing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:37 am

According to a report by Recode, Dropbox has secured itself another $500 million in funding. Recode has said that it has confirmed the financial news with "sources close to the situation".

 

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The last time we heard about Dropbox's financial position, the cloud storage startup was valued at $10 billion, where it raised some $350 million in equity funding.

Get on board for Disney's Planes Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:00 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 2013 CG animated featurePlanes on home video formats, our friends at Disney Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers. Filled with extra features including featurettes, deleted scenes and a brand new song, Planes will be a must have for families who've worn out their Cars Blu-rays.

 

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To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:

 

If you could jump on a plane today, where would you go and why?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook and Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on April 10th. The total prize pool is approximately $119.85.

 

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Disney'sPlanes is available on 3D and 2D Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers from April 9th.

Google rumored to unveil its Android TV device soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 9:34 am

Google has already tried to enter the living room, but it looks like the Mountain View-based search giant is ready to give it another try. The Verge has a great exclusive on Android TV, something that would compete with the many devices in our living rooms, and many that aren't even out yet.

 

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Major video app providers are currently building out software for the platform, with Google marketing Android TV as an entertainment interface, and not a computing platform. This means that Google is pushing for the living room specifically, and not a mobile device like most would expect. Considering Google already has Chromecast, it's a bit of a weird step for the company.

 

Android TV would feature scrolling "cards", something that Google Now and Google Glass use. Users can interact with their device using a normal remote control that would feature a four-way directional pad, enter, home and back buttons. There's no dates or concrete info, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it at Google I/O in June.

The Megalodon shark hidden in Battlefield 4 has been found

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 7:33 am

After four months of searching, the Megalodon Easter egg in Battlefield 4 has been found. There's a video clip below where you can check it out, but the hunt has been on-going since December last year.

 

 

JackFrags, a YouTuber, explained why he thought the Megalodon Easter egg existed, where he believed the mythical shark was swimming in the waters of Paracel Storm, but couldn't find it. After the Naval Strike DLC was released, a new map called Nansha Strike was unveiled, where the Megalodon was found.

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A sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is on its way!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 6:19 am

Wreck-It Ralph was one of those surprise hits, where I didn't have much interest in watching it, but once I did it quickly became a close favorite of mine. Well, a sequel to the movie is on its way according to the composer on the first movie, Henry Jackman.

 

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Jackman said: "I can't tell you more, not because I'm being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards. I don't know any more other than a story is indeed being written. I'd be very surprised not to. I'm not blowing my own trumpet. Forget about the music. Just the movie itself I thought was a fantastically imaginative and creative piece of work".

 

The director of the original Wreck-It Raph, Rich Moore, talked with Moviehole shortly after the first movie was released, saying that he would like to see Mario in the next Wreck-It Ralph. He said: "We'll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]. To be able to present him in the sequel, would be great".

Amazon unveils 'Dash' for ordering groceries with its Fresh Account

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 4:23 am

If you cannot make the time to do grocery shopping, a retail giant may have the solution you. Amazon introduces 'Dash', a service that allows you order groceries via a device that uses barcode scanner and a microphone for voice search.

 

 

Dash is an approximately 6-inch device which connects via Wi-Fi to PCs or smartphones where you can check the ordered items. Once the device is connected to your Wi-Fi network, Amazon Dash is always signed in to your Amazon Fresh Account.

 

As of now, Amazon implemented this service for public testing. The online retail giant is accepting applications from those who are interested to test the product. The company will be testing this in Southern California, San Francisco or Seattle.

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Qualcomm announces 'Mu-Mimo', three times faster than Wi-Fi standard

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 3:29 am

Qualcomm recently made an announcement about Mu-Mimo (Multi-User, Multiple input and Multiple Output) technology that is considered as a breakthrough in wireless technology as its three times faster than Wi-Fi speeds.

 

The development of MU-Mimo took seven years for research, but in the end it turned out to be a great technology. Wi-Fi access points work by serving one user at the time, but MU-Mimo works even with multiple users.

 

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The company explains,"Using MU-MIMO is like using the carpool lane: the Wi-Fi Highway doesn't change, but grouping up with other users lets you go much faster while de-congesting the other lanes."

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Star Citizen's creator speaks out on Oculus VR acquisition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 2:53 am

We were just as shocked as you when Facebook announced it was acquiring Oculus VR, but now we have Chris Roberts, the creator of Star Citizen coming out and making a statement regarding the acquisition of the VR startup.

 

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Roberts said: "We don't need to go to anyone with deep pockets to make our dream a reality. To mass-produce hardware like the Rift, you need an outlay of hundreds of millions of dollars. Luckily our ships are digital so we have hardly any cost of goods, just the cost of developing the universe of Star Citizen and running servers that Star Citizen's universe will be simulated on".

 

In regards to Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, he says that he hopes Facebook's much bigger bank account helps fund Oculus VR's dreams of competing and owning the VR market. He wants to see the VR outfit eventually release an attractively-priced consumer version of the Rift. Roberts will continue to be a close partner of Oculus VR - with Star Citizen natively supporting the VR headset - and would only change his direction if he saw the Oculus VR team lose the "passion that convinced me to back the project".

North Korea wants to join in global cyberattack fun

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 12:15 am

The western world is closely watching North Korea's military ambitions, with government leaders in Pyongyang investing a large amount of research into cyberwarfare capabilities, the US government recently warned.

 

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Although not sophisticated as cyber arsenals from China or Russia, North Korea can still find partners to help foster its cyberattack capabilities. If matured further, the attacks will likely focus on South Korea, the United States and Japan, military advisors warned in the past.

 

"North Korea brings risk to the world's fastest-growing economic region, which is responsible for 25 percent of the world's [gross domestic product] and home to our largest trading partners," said Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, in a Department of Defense press release. "Against this real threat, our nation is committed to the security of South Korea and to our national interests."

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Facebook purchase of Oculus VR should help virtual reality grow

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 9:20 pm

Modern virtual reality is still in its infancy, and social networking company Facebook hopes its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR will help usher VR technology into the future. The buyout initially raised alarm, but news also excited virtual reality supporters, anxious for large companies and mainstream users to pay attention to the budding technology.

 

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The Facebook team has been left intact and the social media company doesn't plan to rebrand Oculus VR - or the company's Oculus Rift - which could be made available to consumers before the end of the year.

 

Facebook's acquisition of Oculus immediately raised concern, though company founder Palmer Luckey previously addressed the issue. Keeping the company at its Irvine office in southern California allows Facebook-owned Oculus to remain close both to video game studios and Hollywood.

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