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Antec's GX505 Window SC mid-tower case is quite nice to look and can be had relatively cheaply, but should you actually buy it? Read on.

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NVIDIA ordered to pay each GeForce GTX 970 $30 over VRAM controversy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 hours, 37 mins ago

It was over 18 months ago now that NVIDIA found itself in quite the predicament, with its GeForce GTX 970 advertised with 4GB of VRAM, but only had access to 3.5GB of it at high speeds, while the remaining 512MB was performance-limited.

 

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NVIDIA agreed to settle 15 class-action lawsuits for undisclosed terms, but now the company has confirmed it will be paying each person who has a GeForce GTX 970, giving them $30 and covering $1.3 million in legal fees.

 

Right now this is only a preliminary settlement, so a court will still need to approve the terms before consumers can start claiming their $30. NVIDIA has said it will not be capping the total amount it will pay to consumers, which is actually surprising. Good guy NVIDIA, after all of the crap that happened 18 months ago.

 

We don't know if GeForce GTX 970 owners outside the US will be able to claim the $30, as the lawsuits were filed, and settled in California.

Facebook now has over 1.7 billion monthly active users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 6 hours, 51 mins ago

Facebook has somehow continued its growth into 2016, with the company reporting its second quarter earnings, where we now know just how many people use Facebook daily, and monthly.

 

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Facebook is now home to over 1.7 billion monthly active users (MAUs), which is a nice increase of 15% year-over-year, while we have 1.57 billion monthly active users on mobile. Facebook has also hit another milestone, where the social network is now home to over 1 billion mobile daily active users (DAUs).

 

The company defines MAUs as "Mobile-only MAUs are defined as users who accessed Facebook solely through mobile apps or mobile versions of our website, or used our Messenger app, in the last 30 days of the given quarter. The number of mobile-only MAUs do not include Instagram users unless they would otherwise qualify as such users based on their other activities on Facebook".

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Pokemon NO! Parents start naming babies after Pokemon GO characters

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 43 mins ago

Pokemon GO is next to unstoppable at this point, but we've reached an interesting new peak: some parents are naming their babies after Pokemon GO characters.

 

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BabyCenter says that the names of some of the Pokemon GO characters have spiked in popularity, with names like Evee, Onyx and Roselia jumping 1,394 spots, 2,191 spots and 5,896 spots compared to a year ago, respectively. BabyCenter says that in a recent survey, close to 50% of the moms in the community are active Pokemon GO players.

 

Pokemon GO isn't new in the way that it has influenced parents by naming their kids after characters they know and love, with shows and movies like Breaking Bad, Frozen, Game of Thrones and countless other shows and movies inspiring parents.

Disney developing 'Rocketeer' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 10 hours, 5 mins ago

Despite originally flopping on release, Disney's adaptation of the indie comic 'The Rockeeter' is set to get a sequel over 25 years after the first.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel/ reboot is in very early development, with a script currently being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer. The film is said to retain the 1930's timeline, which is said to occur six years after the original film and feature "a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer"

 

The 1991 release, which starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton generated $46 million off a $35 million budget which was considered a huge disappointment at the time, but has gone on to enjoy a cult following in the intervening years. Disney will no doubt be hoping the next fares somewhat better.

Free multiplayer modes coming to Doom tomorrrow, Deathmatch later on

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 32 mins ago

Doom its receiving its second free content update tomorrow, July 29, just in time for the weekend. Aimed at multiplayer fans and content creators, it provides yet more reasons to jump back into the action, or to get into it for the first time if you haven't picked the game up yet (and we recommend you do).

 

 

First is up is the introduction of the Exodus game mode, which is described as a "one-flag capture-the-flag mode with an added twist of constantly moving bases and flags." As well, you get to try out Sector, which is effectively King of the Hill but with multiple hills. In it, you capture and attempt to hold multiple points.

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EA's Origin client is getting a new look, currently in beta

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: 17 hours, 13 mins ago

EA's Origin digital distribution client is receiving an overhaul. Currently available to test in beta form, it boasts a softer, sleeker look over the current client, which, while nice, doesn't come off quite as professional.

 

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The new design isn't just for aesthetic purposes, either; it's more functional, too. The store and library are more natural to navigate between, download progress is now more readily displayed, and the store is much more intuitive to browse, among other changes.

 

If you want to get it on it early, go to Origin > Application Settings > General. Then, check "Update to beta version when available" and reboot the client.

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Unlock new career paths with an in-demand tech certification

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 18 hours, 36 mins ago

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Not all tech certifications are created equal, and few can hold a candle to the might of one from CompTIA. The CompTIA A+ 2016 Certification Prep Bundle will prepare you to pass one of the most in-demand tech certification exams out there, and it only costs $29.

 

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: 19 hours, 30 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: 21 hours, 45 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: 22 hours, 56 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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