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Get Trained (and Certified) in Cloud Computing for $39

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 5 hours, 12 mins ago

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Whether you're ready for the next step in your IT career or are looking for a way to break into the industry and make sure your resume stands out, getting certified in cloud computing is a great way to get there. Get a complete overview of the cloud and get essential certifications with the Cloud Computing Training Course. It's just $39 at TweakTown Deals.

 

This deal is made up of three courses that'll get you quickly up-to-date on cloud computing concepts. Start working toward your certifications with the CompTIA Cloud Essential Course, the Cloud Computing Security Knowledge (CCSK) Course, and the EXIN Cloud Computing Foundation Level Course. You'll learn how cloud computing technology and services work within a business, understand the different types of cloud services, and learn about the the security and compliance issues that can come up. In addition to info-packed lectures and video tutorials, the courses are also packed with quizzes, flash cards, and practice exercises, so you can ensure you're grasping the material every step of the way.

 

Your mastery of cloud computing starts here. Get the Cloud the Computing Training Course for $39 at TweakTown Deals.

Take to the campaign trail with The Political Machine 2016

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 50 mins ago

The Political Machine 2016, from Stardock, gives you the chance to play as nearly a dozen different candidates, including such favorites as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and of course quite a few others. If that doesn't quite float your boat, then you can also choose to create your own custom candidate, with all your own custom avatar and background information.

 

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"The game deals with topics like the Keystone XL Pipeline, human trafficking, and other issues that are current and relevant to this year's election," said producer Patrick Shaw. "We've added a poll tracking feature so that you can see how your own political races are matching up to what's going on in the United States right now."

 

You'll also get the opportunity to be interviewed on various talk shows to raise their ratings in the polls. Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other random events will keep you guessing, and you better be ready to deal with all those unexpected problems. So do you think you're ready to try to become the President of the US? What a fantastic time to release a game that lets you explore the depths of the political system.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider's latest patch improves HBAO+, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 45 mins ago

Now that Rise of the Tomb Raider has reached the PC, the latest patch for the game has dropped and includes some fixes for critical issues like startup problems, and more.

 

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The patch improves support for SLI users with NVIDIA GeForce video cards, with the SLI glitches with water/snow effects fixed. There's improved HBAO+ quality, and a "variety of fixes and improvements to UI including map, basecamps, and Remnant Resistance mode". The full list, we have below:

 

Startup issues (Steam Only):

 

  • Fixed C++ runtime error showing up on startup preventing some users from running the game.
  • Provided work-around for issue where the VC++ redist would not properly get installed, stopping the game from starting at all.
  • Solved problem where the game would crash on startup when tools like Bins Taskbar organizer or Spacedesk are installed.
  • Updated options screen with among other things:
  • Independent mouse sensitivity control for aim and regular navigation.
  • Mouse and Gamepad X axis inversion
  • Option to disable keyboard button prompts.
  • Option to disable mouse smoothing (very light mouse smoothing is present otherwise)

 

Other fixes included in this patch:

 

  • A variety of fixes and improvements to UI including map, basecamps, and Remnant Resistance mode.
  • New graphics option 'Specular Reflection Quality' to enhance resolution and reduce aliasing of specular reflections, at some performance cost.
  • New graphics option to disable film-grain independently from 'Screen Effects'.
  • Improved HBAO+ quality, including better occlusion for distant objects.
  • Improved NVIDIA SLI performance.
  • (Steam only)Fixed SLI glitches during water/snow effects.
  • (Steam only) Resolution Modifier option that allows you to use a lower rendering resolution independent from window size when running in windowed mode.
  • Performance optimization for situations where Razer Chroma features are enabled.
  • (Steam Only) Improvements to Razer Chroma effects.
  • (Steam Only) Fixed an issue that could rarely lead to an error on machines with 16 hardware threads or more.
  • Fixed mouse cursor not always being hidden when using gamepad.
  • Fixed major stuttering in Endurance mode.
  • Fixes for Endurance leaderboards.
  • Fixed Remnant Resistance missions occasionally not starting.
  • Fixed rendering glitches on some objects on NVIDIA 6×0 and 7×0 hardware.
  • Some issue do still happen and we are working with NVIDIA to resolve those in future patches or drivers.
  • Warning messages for users turning textures to Very High or enabling SSAA to indicate high-end hardware is required
  • A variety of other smaller optimizations, bug-fixes, and tweaks.

Twitter has shut down over 125,000 accounts for promoting terrorism

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 14 hours, 56 mins ago

In a new blog post, Twitter has revealed that it has shut down over 125,000 user accounts since mid-2015 for promoting terrorism, particularly terrorism related to ISIS. The company reminds that while it values free speech, terrorist threats and any violent threats for that matter are forbidden on its service.

 

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"Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups," it writes. "We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service."

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Google AI, Go champ match will be broadcast live on YouTube in March

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 15 hours, 49 mins ago

Last week, Google's DeepMind AI beat the European champion of the board game Go. Following that, it promptly set its sights on world champion Lee Sedol. Happily, you'll be able to watch the upcoming match on YouTube, where it will be broadcast live.

 

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A date has been set, too: March 9 through March 15 is when the $1 million match will go down.

 

Of the match, Sedol says, "I have heard that Google DeepMind's AI is surprisingly strong and getting stronger, but I am confident that I can win, at least this time," indicating he's taken note of the rapid progress Google has made and expects it will continue to make.

Fable Legends will use foliage physics to increase visual fidelity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 55 mins ago

There is considerable hype surround Fable Legends, thanks to its use of DirectX 12 - being up to 40% faster under DX12 - but now we're hearing that the team at Lionhead Studios will feature some trickery to get the visual fidelity of the game improved.

 

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Lionhead is making good use of foliage physics to "increase the richness of ground surface cover", which is something Lionhead Studios' Senior Programmer, Sam Swain, will be discussing at GDC 2016 next month. During a session called "Creating Lush Dynamic Procedural Foliage for Fable Legends", the description for the session teased "To continue to push the boundaries of visual fidelity for Fable Legends, we have worked to increase the richness of ground surface cover and accelerate artist authoring workflow".

 

The description continues: "The talk will describe the various procedural tools and techniques, in-editor and at run-time, that have been employed to provide a fully dynamic mesh instancing system, non-destructive surface editing capabilities, and the power that such tools bring. There will be many examples of what has been achieved and learned from adopting these approaches and how they have behaved alongside the more traditional approaches also used".

AMD: GPUOpen could be used for smartphone, tablet graphics

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 16 hours, 48 mins ago

AMD's technology initiative GPUOpen is primarily intended for PC development, but because of its open source nature, it's already appeared in console games -- Rise of the Tomb Raider being one of them. AMD's Head of Global Technical Marketing Robert Hallock says an interview with XDA Developers it's "very easy for developers to port and scale them" to this end.

 

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Hallock also states GPUOpen could possibly be used for smartphone and tablet graphics purposes should a developer be willing to do the work.

 

The project isn't going to rake in huge wads of cash for AMD as far as we can tell, but gamers everywhere are already enjoying the benefits, and statements like these encourage that further.

Galaxy S7 battery said to last two days on single charge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 17 hours, 47 mins ago

Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin claims the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 lasts 17 hours on a single charge. You might be thinking that's nothing with light use, but Murtazin was playing video and had screen brightness at 100%. He also tested a dual-SIM version with 75% brightness and LTE always-on. With this test environment, the phone lasted a full two days.

 

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The S7 is expected to include a 3,000 mAh battery and feature a more efficient CPU and GPU. More about it will be known at its unveiling later this month.

PSA: Steam kicks off their Lunar New Year Sale, you can dive right in

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 41 mins ago

Steam just started another sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and it's going on until February 12th at 10AM PST. And there're over 8,931 games on sale right now.

 

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It's doubtful you won't find at least something to enjoy in their extremely large selection of discount games. ARK: Survival Evolved, Fallout 4 and even XCOM: Enemy Unknown can be found, great games at any price. But there are savings of up to 75% depending on the game. But first you must choose your own adventure, starting with whether you wish to swim across a body of water, or drive. Each category you choose (at the bottom of each page) gives you a list of different games appropriate to your choice.

 

This comes just weeks after the end of Steam's highly successful Winter Sale, which helped bring in record amounts of revenue for developers and Valve alike. This time you get to follow along and make your own story as you get games curated for you.

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Frinkiac is an incredible Simpsons-centric search engine

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 20 hours, 47 mins ago

A search engine just for The Simpsons? If you were ever curious about when someone said something, then you can now search through all pieces of dialogue from all 15 seasons.

 

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The search engine parses through nearly 3 million screenshots from every season and shows the appropriate dialogue beside it. You can easily make a meme out of it just by clicking the appropriate button. So if you've ever been curious when any word has been said, just type it in and you'll get every result you'll ever need.

 

And now you'll never have an excuse not to quote The Simpsons. The search engine itself is fast and efficient with a good layout that's easy to use. It's all very Simpson's-esque as well. This is perfect for those fans that need a quick reference. It's also an example of what could be useful for any number of other shows or games. The program itself was written in Go and works in a fairly simplistic way, according to the blog post by the creator, Paul Kehrer.

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