Westfield shopping centres have been mentioned in an Islamic militant group video calling for attacks by radicalised Muslims on shopping malls across the Western world.
In a video posted on the Internet, the Shebab, a Somalia-based insurgent group, ran a documentary-style account of the Westgate Mall attack, followed by an appearance by a masked fighter who suggested similar attacks could be carried out on other malls.
Shebab carried out a bloody attack and takeover of a mall in Nairobi in September 2013 that killed at least 67 people.
As we head into 2015, we would like to share the first screens and system specs of Grand Theft Auto V for PC as well as a new release date of March 24, 2015.
Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.
GTA Online for PC, which will support up to 30 players, will launch alongside GTAV for PC and will include GTA Online Heists. Online Heists for consoles will be launching in the coming weeks ahead of the PC launch.
In other news it looks pretty sweet, new desktop background for me.
Australian patients will be hit by a new $20 fee for seeing their GP when changes to Medicare, introduced by the Abbott government to save billions of dollars, begin to take effect from next week.
Under a little-known “10 minute” rule predicted to blow out GP waiting times from January 19, Medicare will pay $20.10 less for consultations lasting six to 10 minutes.
For years, Medicare has paid $37.05 towards these “Level B” visits made by millions of patients each year requiring a new prescription or blood pressure check, for example. It will now pay $16.95, a move doctors warn will “destroy” free universal healthcare.
Queensland cyclists are concerned they’ll be the target of motorists who are ignorant of new road laws.
The laws, which came in to effect on New Year’s Day, allow cyclists to cross zebra and pedestrian crossings without dismounting, and also removes a requirement that they ride in bicycle lanes if they’re provided.Cyclists will also be allowed to use any part of the lane on a single-lane roundabout, and motorists passing cyclists will be fined if they don’t leave a metre’s gap, or 1.5 metres if they’re doing 60 or over.
Technology firm BitTorrent has persuaded a range of musicians to distribute music using its “Bundles” feature, including Thom Yorke, Pixies, De La Soul and Moby. Now it’s turning its attention to TV.
The eight-episode show will be a free download on BitTorrent’s file-sharing network supported by advertising, although fans will be able to pay $4.95 for an ad-free version, or $9.95 for that plus bonus content.
NBN Co has released details on which suburbs will receive fibre-to-the-premise connections under its revised 18-month construction plan, which has scaled back the number of premises forecast to be connected to the NBN by June 2016.
It’s the first detail offered on which regions will receive the national broadband network by June 2016 under the Coalition Government. End-users were left in limbo when NBN Co pulled details of its former three-year rollout plan from its website following last year’s federal election.
The company today released the names of the 419 cities, suburbs and towns covering 1.9 million homes and businesses in line for the NBN by June 2016.
Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.
The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.
PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.
This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs.
This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create.
When it comes to moving furniture on a budget you might wish your car was a TARDIS — but wishing will not make it so.
One Sheffield family has valiantly attempted to fit a three-seater sofa in the back of their Ford Fiesta and a neighbour was there to (unhelpfully) capture their struggle. You’ve got to admire the family’s persistence and preparedness to experiment with the laws of physics while still keeping an eye on children playing by the side of the road.
Stormtroopers have been Daft Punk’d.
Much like our local police, Stormtroopers must keep up with the most modern of military equipment–to protect themselves from, say, dark, unarmed figures they think look threatening in a hood. So, for Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams has given the Empire soldiers some updated helmets with a very modern, streamlined makeover. Or at least that’s what it seems from these leaked images over at Indie Revolver, where they claim that this is the new look for the iconic, bumbling villains.
This is the picture taken and tweeted by Twitter user dogboner (I hate those things). It’s a shot of Neil DeGrasse Tyson using his laptop on a New York subway. Dogboner thought it would be funny to pretend he doesn’t know who Neil DeGrasse Tyson is (links to a whole explanation of the situation written by dogboner on Gawker) and post the pic along with the caption, “Some guy using his laptop on the train like a Dumbass nerd lol.” That’s when all hell broke loose as folks came out of the woodwork to tell dogboner to die, kill himself and die, kill himself and die then reanimate himself with black magic so he can kill himself and die again, etc.
Among the blockbuster onslaught that will mark summer 2015 — which includes “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Tomorrowland,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Jurassic World” and “Ant-Man” — is a new “Terminator” movie, and it now has an official title. And you may want to get ready to LOL.
Arnold Schwarzenegger himself posted an Instagram pic announcing the wrap of production, and revealing the movie to be called “Terminator: Genisys.” Okay then, so what’s with the spelling? We’re not sure, but perhaps there is a tie to the equally, weirdly spelled Cyberdyne from the previous movies? We’ll leave the speculation to you.
After enduring a particularly invasive trip through airport security, white-hat hacker Evan Booth wondered if it was possible for terrorists to craft deadly weapons using only items for sale at the duty free shops and newsstands beyond the TSA checkpoints. After fashioning a fully functional shotgun with Axe body spray, Red Bull cans, and nine volt batteries, the answer turns out to be a decisive, anus-clenching, yes.