Celebrity hacker responsible for leaking nude photos hunted by FBI

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Sep 2, 2014 12:45 PM CDT

The FBI is now investigating the celebrity hacker that posted numerous photos of celebrities on the Internet over the weekend. Many of the images, originally posted on 4chan and later shared on Reddit, Twitter and Imgur, featured celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Jenny McCarthy, and Mary Winstead.

Here is what the FBI noted: "The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter," said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokesperson, in a statement. "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."

Apple also is investigating the incident, as many of the images were reportedly stored online using its iCloud service.

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ASRock X99 Extreme 11 motherboard has a massive 18 SATA ports

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Sep 2, 2014 2:33 AM CDT

ASRock has unveiled its new X99-based motherboards, with one of the top-end boards being the new X99 Extreme 11 motherboard which features an insane 18 SATA ports.

The ASRock X99 Extreme 11 motherboard is built on the same Super Alloy design that has been deployed on the rest of ASRock's X99 motherboards, with the PCB being built on a high-quality design and components, with the XXL aluminum alloy heat sinks being placed across the board. In order to cool down the extra storage and PCI-e controllers near the PCH, ASRock has provided an active fan cooling solution, bringing back memories of yesteryear.

Up to 128GB of DDR4 memory can be installed onto the X99 Extreme 11, at up to 3300MHz for the overclockers out there. Power requirements sit at the usual 8-pin EPS and 24-pin ATX connectors, but let's get to the 18 SATA ports. 10 of the SATA ports are powered through the PCH, while the remaining 8 are powered through a separate SAS controller, but each and every SATA port is of the SATA 6Gbps variety. We also have two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers at the bottom of the board, too.

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'Pirates of the Carribbean' sequel to film in Australia

Ben Gourlay | Celebrities & Entertainment | Sep 2, 2014 12:04 AM CDT

Disney studios and the Australian Government have come to an financial agreement, which will see the fortchoming sequel in the 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' filmed in Australia.

'Pirates of the Carribbean' sequel to film in Australia

The Federal Arts Minister Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has agreed to provide Disney with a $21 million tax break to lure the production away from the United States to the Gold Coast, which will stimulate the Australian film production sector which has been relatively quiet with international productions due to the high dollar.

Notable productions to film at the studio in the past include 'Peter Pan', 'Scooby Doo' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader'.

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Swatch tries to jump into smartwatch market on its own terms

Watch maker Swatch looks forward to launch its own smartwatches next year, with the aim of competing for a multi-billion-dollar industry that analysts expect Samsung, Apple, and other companies to dominate in the coming years. Swatch is the largest watchmaker in the world, and hopes its new Swatch Touch - scheduled for release in 2015 - will help shake up the smartwatch market even further.

"Our first message for customers is the watch," said Nick Hayek, Swatch CEO, in a recent interview posted on Reuters. "If they like it, they might also be interested in the extra functions. It is a problem if you only define a product by its technology. Technology alone doesn't sell, not in watches."

Analysts believe Swatch could take a two percent revenue and earnings hit from potential Apple iWatch growth with each 10 market share the iWatch can capture. Swatch and Apple would be able to offer a lucrative product, but Swatch wants to continue selling fashionable watches - and not just focus on technology.

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Hacker unleashes a treasure trove of celebrity nude photos and videos

Anthony Garreffa | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Sep 1, 2014 12:53 AM CDT

A hacker is claiming to have completed a massive hack, where he has said that he has leaked out photos of some of the biggest female celebrities in the world, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, and many more. Lawrence's reps have confirmed that the nude photos of her are indeed real, allegedly stolen from her Apple iCloud account.

A spokesperson told HuffPost: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." The hacker claims to have videos of celebrities too, and not just nude photos, as he is offering to release more of his treasure trove in exchange for money.

Representatives for many of the celebrities are coming out claiming that the photos are "completely fake," but there are some that are real, and in this instance, Jennifer Lawrence's reps coming out and confirming the images, proves that this hack has happened and at least some of the pictures are real.

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One way to win a copy of 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' Blu-ray

Ben Gourlay | Contests & Giveaways | Aug 31, 2014 7:35 PM CDT

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!

One way to win a copy of 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' Blu-ray

In Arizona 1882 nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West except dying. Albert (Seth MacFarlane), is a soft man in hard times who really doesn't fit in. Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for the towns moustache groomer (Neil Patrick-Harris). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town she helps him find his courage. However, when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his new found courage to the test.

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

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Dell unveils its new 34-inch curved ultrawide monitor

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Aug 31, 2014 1:43 AM CDT

LG has already unveiled its new curved ultrawide monitor, but now it is Dell's turn with the new 34-inch Ultrasharp U3415W. Like LG's curved panel, Dell's new ultrawide monitor is also curved, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution.

Dell says that the wide field of view on its Ultrasharp U3415W, matches with its curves will help gamers play better when compared to flat monitors, with less eye movement required to soak in all of the player's peripheral vision. Dell will be shipping its new curved ultrawide monitors in December, so you'll be able to check that claim out in just a few months time - we will get one in the TweakTown labs to test, as I'd like to see how it goes against the likes of a 4K monitor, or G-SYNC powered display.

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NVIDIA rumored to skip the GeForce 800 series, with GTX 980 coming

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Aug 30, 2014 8:49 PM CDT

It looks like NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce GTX 900 series, with the company to reportedly skip the 800 series, according to VideoCards.com. The site is reporting that NVIDIA will launch the new second-generation Maxwell-based GPUs on September 9-10 at a press event, with the NDA lifting on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 on September 19.

There's not much known on the new GeForce GTX 980 (if that's what it arrives as) other than the fact that it should arrive with a 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of RAM by default - up from the 3GB on the current GTX 780. With AMD only just announcing its Radeon R9 285 and R9 285X last week, the new GTX 970 could fight it in the mid-range, or NVIDIA could drop the price of its current GTX 770 and GTX 760 to better fight Red Team off.

Then we have the fact of AMD sitting on the unannounced Radeon R9 295X, something that the company should announce or unveil as soon as NVIDIA is done pulling the curtain off of its new Maxwell-based video cards.

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Alienware new Area 51 gaming PC features a totally unique chassis

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Aug 30, 2014 7:42 PM CDT

Alienware has just unveiled its new Area 51 gaming PC, something that is making a comeback. The original design rewinds back to 2006, but there's now a new design, and it looks quite slick.

From top to bottom, the new Area 51 chassis has been redesigned, featuring a unique body which Alienware calls its "triad case." It's not just for good looks, but it's designed to better vent warm air upwards, and out of the case, when it's backed right up against a wall. When the Area 51 system is sitting flat, the sloped front bezel makes getting to the USB ports much easier.

There's also some LEDs to help you find the rear panel in the dark, which is good to see from Alienware - an actual useful reason for having LEDs instead of just vanity. There are built-in handles on each corner that make taking the Area 51 gaming PC a great case for lugging around to LANs, especially with its 45 pounds of heft to tote around - and while that's heavy, handles will at least make it easier. What about specs? We have Intel's latest Haswell-E CPUs, DDR4 support, 1500W PSU, and much more.

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Microsoft sat down with Cyanogen recently, so did Amazon and Samsung

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Aug 30, 2014 7:28 AM CDT

Cyanogen is definitely doing alright for themselves at the moment, with the company meeting with some of the biggest companies in the world recently. Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, Yahoo and more have met with the company "to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target."

Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, recently sat down with Cyanogen, which could be interesting for the company. Given that Cyanogen is a modified version of Android, which is owned by Google, Microsoft acquiring the guys and girls at Cyanogen could be something interesting for the future of Windows Phone.

Cyanogen is currently in search for a "big" Series C funding round, and with recent staff movements from EA and Facebook, it could get quite serious, quite quick for Cyanogen.

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