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Swedish ferry operator Stena Line testing methanol ship

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 55 mins ago

Stena Line, a Swedish ferry operator, is running one of its fleet using methanol, after converting to the more environmentally friendly fuel.

 

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The dual fuel technology uses methanol for the main fuel, but has traditional marine gas oil if needed. The Remontova shipyard in Poland is where the Stena Germanica ferry was converted, with a complete cost of 22 million euros.

 

"Stena Line is steering a sustainable and particularly environmentally friendly course," said Dr. Dirk Claus, managing director of Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co., in a press statement. "We are proud that the route between Kiel and Gothenburg was chosen and that we are part of this outstanding pilot project."

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ASUS make GTX 980 Gold Edition official, fastest GTX 980 in the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 21 mins ago

We heard the rumors, but ASUS has just made its new GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition official: the world's fastest GeForce GTX 980 video card. The company has used its impressive DirectCU cooler with 0dB-fan technology that allows for games like League of Legends and StarCraft to be played in total silence.

 

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The all-important fact here is that it has a Boost Clock of 1431MHz, which is 215MHz above the reference Boost, providing an additional 15% performance. 4GB of GDDR5 is splashed on top, with three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI and one dual-link DVI. One of the more unique parts of the VGA card is that it has a beautiful gold and black cooler, which is going to look incredible in gamers' PCs.

 

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ASUS has told us that the GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition is a "short run, exclusive limited edition card", with its clock speeds beating even the best GTX 980s on the market from EVGA and its Kingpin GTX 980 and GALAX HOF 980 cards. We have reached out to our contact at ASUS to try and secure a sample, so check back for a review here at TweakTown soon.

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LG asks to "save the date" for April 28, G4 unveiling?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 24 mins ago

It looks like LG will unveil its new Snapdragon 808-powered G4 smartphone on April 28, as it is asking various media outlets to "save the date" for a press night in New York, London and Paris on April 28, and in Seoul, Singapore and Instanbul on April 29.

 

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The email that LG sent out includes an image that has them teasing "See the Great. Feel the Great" while using the G logo from its series of flagship handsets. All of this is printed onto a leather backing, which teases that the G4 could feature leather in way one or another.

 

We don't know much about the G4 apart from the rumors we recently posted, which see it featuring a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch QHD 2560x1440 display.

Epic new 'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 3 mins ago

It's been a painfully long wait for the latest installment of the 'Mad Max' saga (the last entry came out in 1985) and filming wrapped over two and half years ago, but now the reboot/sequel (requel?) is only weeks away and the marketing machine has turned on the nitrous tank. Now, Warner Bros have released the final trailer for the film and only word can truly describe it - epic.

 

 

'Fury Road' sees Tom Hardy take up the role of Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film is a risky proposition for the studio; a sequel to a film that was released before anyone from the target demographic was born, has been rated R for "intense sequences of violence" and "disturbing images" - substantially narrowing who can view it in cinemas and with a huge $150 million budget.

 

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is scheduled for release on May 14th in Australia and the 15th in the United States.

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NVIDIA acquires Valve, announces Half-Life 3 release for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

NVIDIA has announced that it has acquired Valve for an undisclosed sum of money, securing the rights behind the digital distribution platform Steam, as well as original IP like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Left 4 Dead.

 

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NVIDIA has announced that Half-life 3 will be released on the 3rd of March 2016, or 3/3/16. It will be released onto the Steam VR-powered HTC Vive headset, as well as the Oculus Rift. It'll be released onto Windows and Steam OS, with full support for DirectX 12. We are going to see full PhysX built into it with a next-generation physics engine within the Source 2 engine.

 

Of course, this is only an April Fools Day fun post, but if I could make Half-Life 3 be announced, I would. I'm swimming in my own tears here.

See the Grand Theft Auto 5 PC trailer with 60fps later this week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 26 mins ago

Rockstar Games promises a new game trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, so PC gamers can enjoy the 60 frames per second (FPS) video. It will be available starting on April 14 for the PC.

 

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GTA 5 runs at 1080, 30 fps for both the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.

 

Rockstar Games is apologetic to PC gamers, as there have been multiple GTA 5 delays. It has been delayed three times alone in 2015, but those who pre-order seem excited. The console versions of the game sold 45 million units worldwide, after being released September 2013.

US military wants dormant drones that can launch from ocean bottom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 16 mins ago

Drones could one day be launched from the bottom of the ocean, remotely activated for operation even after being in hibernation for years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expects to help the US military launch faster surveillance or attack missions anywhere in the world.

 

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The drones wouldn't require fuel, as they would be powered with energy generated by ocean currents. Ocean drones would be difficult to manufacture, however, because researchers would need to figure out how to activate the drone, how to help the drone breach the surface, and making sure the drone is protected in salt water for large periods.

 

"Today, the US Navy puts capability on the ocean floor using very capable but fairly expensive submarine platforms," said Steven Walker, DARPA deputy director, when speaking about the program. "What we'd like to do in this program is preposition capability on the ocean floor and have it be available to be triggered [in] real time, when you need it."

Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders now open, Apr. 30 launch date

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 49 mins ago

Alcatel is honoring its effort to announce a product at CES and make sure it gets to consumers quickly, as the Onetouch Watch is now available for pre-order. The wearable officially goes on sale April 30, and will be available for just $149.99.

 

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The device, supported by Google Android and Apple iOS, will allow for users to track their steps, calories, sleep metrics, and heart rate tracking. Some basic phone functions will also be included when the watch is paired to a smartphone.

 

There seems to be optimism among wearable manufacturers for the upcoming Apple Watch launch. It will help draw attention to smartwatches, with plenty of competing products available. Alcatel hopes to cater to interested consumers with a cheaper product than the Apple Watch.

Gartner: Mobile app usage mellowing, as adoption matures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 hours, 26 mins ago

The current marketplace for mobile apps is maturing and usage is mellowing, according to a survey from the Gartner research group.

 

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Users are integrating apps more deeply into their lives, but it's now becoming more difficult for app providers to try to stay one step ahead. App creators must focus on development, marketing and branding as even more apps seem to hit the market for smartphone and tablet users.

 

"It's not that smartphone users have lost interest in apps, users remain excited about what apps can do for them in their daily lives, including for work and nonwork app scenarios," said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. "However, app users need to be convinced about the value of the app. Their willingness for new app experiences is open-ended, but their plan is to keep their same patterns of use. Users will try new apps, but they need to be convinced of an app's value before they adopt them and change use patterns over the long term."

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Free-speech group says China has weaponized its 'Great Firewall'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 36 mins ago

The GreatFire free-speech group says the Chinese government is using its incredible Internet infrastructure to launch cyberattacks. Many national governments are modernizing their cyberattack capabilities, and China is notorious for targeting political opponents.

 

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GreatFire itself suffered a major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, and now GitHub and other companies are facing sophisticated cyberattacks. Not surprisingly, the Chinese government didn't respond to GreatFire accusations, though officials previously accused the group of being "anti-China."

 

If true, this is a new strategy from the Chinese government, which has been long suspected of organized cyberespionage. "The last couple months, we've seen a real sea change in Chinese Internet policy, where they've become more assertive about blocking Western sites and pushing back on their citizens' ability to access information from outside the country," said James Lewis, senior fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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