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Unlock new career paths with an in-demand tech certification

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 hour ago

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This two course bundle includes all the prep materials you need to pass the 220-901 and 220-902 CompTIA A+ certification exams--two certifications that only the best IT pros carry. As you prepare, you'll learn how to install, troubleshoot, and maintain PC hardware, and you'll learn how to navigate around operating systems and networks.

 

With a certification from CompTIA, you'll have tangible proof of your expertise from one of the most trusted names in the industry. For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get the CompTIA A+ 2016 Certification Prep Bundle for only $29, more than 90% off its $499 retail price.

Nintendo successfully patents external console upgrade box

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 53 mins ago

Nintendo has successfully patented an external hardware accessory that boosts a console's processing power, meaning Nintendo could be the first to kick off external hardware upgrades for mainstream consoles.

 

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Nintendo's new NX hardware is believed to be a mobile-based handheld hybrid that's lacking in power, but recent patents hint the NX could leverage external hardware to boost performance. The external box is called a Supplemental Computing Device, and hooks up to Nintendo games consoles to provide various improvements like "increased processing and/or storage resources to games consoles to assist in executing a game."

 

Based on the deluge of information in the patent filings, Nintendo's Supplemental Computing Device (SCD) is a huge game-changer. There's a ton of applications apart from the obvious hardware processing boost, but don't think of this a console version of Razer's external Core GPU enclosure. The SCD likely won't be that dramatic, and apparently won't affect graphics at all, just processing speed, network latency, and storage. It does, however, keep with Nintendo's penchant for uniqueness and incorporates some very interesting applications.

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Nintendo NX might support Pokemon Go and other mobile games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 8 mins ago

Since reports indicate Nintendo's new NX console is a transforming, mobile-based handheld-console hybrid, it only makes sense that mobile games like Pokemon Go will be compatible.

 

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Nintendo's new 'unique and different' NX games system might not be a console after all--sources say that the NX is entirely mobile-based and won't have a dedicated console element. But what does this mean for its games? While the NX will have its own "full software lineup", Nintendo's mobile games may be supported as well. The NX being a mobile system folds neatly in with Nintendo's new push for mobile games, and it looks like all of them--including the wildly successful Pokemon Go game--will be supported on the NX.

 

"A person familiar with the matter said NX would be a handheld-console hybrid that would be compatible with its own smartphone games," reports Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.

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Xbox One S requires day one updates to play 4K video

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 19 mins ago

Microsoft's new $299 Xbox One S reportedly requires two separate day one updates in order to play 4K UHD video content.

 

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Like any other console on the market, the new 40% slimmer Xbox One S apparently requires an initial system update in order to function properly. It appears that the Xbox One S doesn't support 4K UHD Blu-ray disc playback right out of the box and needs to be connected to the internet to download a day one firmware update to unlock the feature. This is actually nothing new: the Xbox One has to download a specific Media Player app to play Blu-ray discs. Consoles really aren't plug and play like companies lead you to believe--the reality is you have to download updates and install games before you can start playing.

 

This tidbit comes from a Norwegian gamer named Russian76 who received a 2TB Xbox One S console ahead of schedule, but his elation was short-lived as the console's main selling point has been switched off by default. The owner says that his Xbox One S won't play 4K UHD Blu-rays even after downloading a 4.5GB update, so it looks like Microsoft hasn't rolled out the official Xbox One S firmware update required for 4K playback just yet.

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Apple sold less iPhones this quarter, revenues are also down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 56 mins ago

Apple has just posted its quarterly results, where we now know that the company sold 40.4 million iPhones in the three-month period, compared to 47.5 million from the same time last year. This is a 15% drop, very similar to the 16% year-over-year drop, and it's not good.

 

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When it comes to the money side of things, Apple pulled in $42.4 billion in revenue with a net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per share. Comparing that to the same quarter of 2015, Apple generated $49.6 billion in revenue, had a net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per share.

 

Analysts expected Apple to have $42.2 billion in revenue and have sold 40 million iPhones, so Apple barely beat analyst expectations. For 10 quarters in a row now, iPad sales have declined, down 9% to 9.95 million units sold. Apple sold 4.3 million Macs, which is down 11.3% year-over-year.

Life is Strange getting a live-action episodic series

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 10 mins ago

Dontnod's beloved fan-favorite indie Life is Strange is getting its own episodic live-action series.

 

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Square Enix today announced that it'll be working alongside Legendary Pictures and dj2 Entertainment (who's working on Sony's new Sonic the Hedgehog movie) to make a digital series based around Life is Strange. The series will follow the game's episodic format and will be live-action with real-life actors portraying in-game characters in an adapted Arcadia Bay environment. The roles of Max and Chloe have yet to be cast.

 

"Life is Strange is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay," said Greg Siegel, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Legendary Digital Studios. "It lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. We couldn't be more excited to partner with Square Enix, DONTNOD Entertainment and dj2 to bring the world of Arcadia Bay to life in an exciting new way."

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Nintendo financials plunge, even with Pokemon GO's immense success

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 17 hours, 5 mins ago

Pokemon GO might have exploded in popularity in its mere weeks on the market, but Nintendo's financials for their recent quarter are not good, at all.

 

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Nintendo's net sales are down 31% compared to the same quarter of 2015, hitting $587 million. Nintendo also had an operating loss of $48 million, and only sold 220,000 Wii U consoles in the quarter, bringing the total number of Wii U consoles sold to over 13 million.

 

The Nintendo 3DS had another 1 million sales, and in regards to Pokemon GO - remember that Nintendo only owns parts of the game and not the entire game as Niantic steers that ship. Nintendo announced that it has delayed the Pokemon Go Plus accessory, which will now be released in September.

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Crucial expands its affordable MX300 SSD range with 3 new drives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 18 hours, 16 mins ago

Crucial debuted its MX300 SSD range last month with the 750GB model, but now the company has just announced three new models in its MX300 line up.

 

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We now have the 275GB, 525GB and 1TB models - with the 275GB MX300 SSD costing just $69.99, while the 525GB model costs $129.99. The 750GB model costs $189.99, while the 1TB jumps up to $259.99. The 525GB, 750GB and 1TB drives all have read/write speeds of 530MB/sec and 510MB/sec, respectively, while random performance is 92K IOPS for reads, while there's 83K IOPS for writes.

 

The smaller 275GB model is slightly slower, with 500MB/sec write speeds and reduced random read speeds of 55K IOPS. All four of the drives arrive in the 2.5-inch form factor, while M.2-based variants will be here next month. All of the drives include a 3-year warranty, with rated endurance of 220TB.

AMD Radeon Pro graphics card powers 16K display, or 15,360 x 8640

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 18 hours, 59 mins ago

Siggraph 2016 - Walking through Siggraph 2016, there's something that caught my eye in a big way - Otoy had a 16K display on show, using 16 x 4K TVs, powered by AMD's new Radeon Pro graphics cards.

 

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16K is pretty crazy, so let's clarify what we're talking about here:

 

  • 1080p - 1920 x 1080 (2 megapixels)
  • 4K - 3840 x 2160 (8.2 megapixels)
  • 8K - 7680 x 4320 (33 megapixels)
  • 16K - 15,360 x 8640 (132 megapixels)

 

It's virtually impossible to put into words what 16K looks like, but if you have seen a 4K TV or display before, 3840 x 2160 is made up of four times the pixels of a 1080p display. 16K, is made up of 16 of those 4K displays, which is made up of 32 x 1080p resolution. So, we're talking some mammoth numbers here.

 

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Let's get into the nitty gritty - 4K has 8.2 million pixels per frame, compared to the 2 million of 1080p. When we crank things up to 8K, we're looking at 33.1 million pixels per frame, and then at 16K it jumps to a mind-blowing 132 million. To illustrate my point, I found the picture above - it shows it in a perfect way, where 16K is just massive, utterly massive.

 

All of this is made possible by AMD's new Radeon Pro graphics card, powered by the Polaris architecture. AMD has shifted its focus within the professional graphics card world, rebranding their FirePro range to Radeon Pro - without killing off FirePro just yet.

 

Otoy used 16 x 55-inch 4K OLED TVs from LG, which looked beautiful during the demo. There weren't any games running on it, just static images, but one of them was from NASA and it looked utterly gorgeous. I do have one question, though: can it run Crysis?

Microsoft will use Windows 10 to sabotage Steam, says Epic Games boss

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 16 mins ago

Even in an ideal world, Microsoft's Windows Store can't compete with Steam. But Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney predicts that Microsoft will use nefarious tactics to overthrown Valve's reign on the PC games industry.

 

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Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney doesn't trust Microsoft's Windows 10 UWP platform. Sweeney has been a vocal opponent of UWP, accusing Microsoft of "monopolizing PC games development", and now he claims that Redmond will slowly chip away at the foundations of Steam on an OS level and ultimately force gamers to use the Windows Store for their PC gaming needs.

 

"Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They'll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative," Sweeney said in a recent interview with Edge magazine. "That's exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they're doing it to Steam. It's only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they're certainly trying."

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