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Hewlett Packard is securing wi-fi network device maker Aruba Networks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 12 mins ago

Hewlett Packard (HP) is about to spend $2.7 billion on an acquisition of wi-fi specialist company Aruba networks, reportedly "in an effort to help boost its share in the wireless local area network market" as claimed by iTNews.

 

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In a bid to catch up to Cisco Systems, HP is hoping this purchase will bring them a little closer and help them with the development of bring your own device (BYOD) structures worldwide. This market is expected to grow by 40 percent to $13 billion by 2019 as according to Dell'Oro Group and HP wants a larger portion of this to be theirs.

 

Aruba currently services large-scale clients such as California State University and the Dalian Wanda Group, who are responsible for controlling China's largest property developer and cinema chain.

HTC says it is 'cooperating with Half-Life' for its VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 mins ago

HTC's chairwoman, Cher Wang, has the Internet in a frenzy right now by teasing that the company is working with Valve on something to do in the Half-Life franchise.

 

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Wang said that HTC was "cooperating with Half-Life" but didn't elaborate on whether this was Half-Life 3, or another Half-Life game set in the VR world for its just-announced Vive headset that it partnered up with Valve on. Valve's own employees were reportedly "surprised by Ms Wang's comments as they were not working on a Half-Life game for the new helmet at the moment" reports the BBC.

 

I've said in various OpEd's that for VR to go mainstream the software is the most important part, and that a "killer app" is required. I've even said that Half-Life 3 would be that killer app, but are we really on the Eve of the announcement of Half-Life 3? Someone pinch me.

Project Hex - white overload modded project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 hour, 23 mins ago

Boasting a plethora of sponsors like ASUS Republic of Gamers, CM Storm, Bit-Tech, Cooler Master and EK Water Blocks, this white modded system named Project HEX is set to be a stunner.

 

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Quoted as 85% complete by Alex SN on his Facebook page , this system is yet another French masterpiece. After we've been following the journey of Mathieu Delsuc from Math Military Modding and his amazing real carbon fiber tubing PC build, it's time to give another Frenchman the spotlight.

 

Packed full with a complete water cooling loop, massive bottom-mounted radiator and stunning smooth LEDs, we can't wait until this build has been brought to completion.

 

Do you want your modded project shared on TweakTown? Submit it on our Facebook page!

 

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AMD's Mantle 1.0 is 'dead', full steam ahead toward DirectX 12 now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 36 mins ago

According to a blog post from AMD's VIP of Visual and Perceptual Computing, Raja Koduri, Mantle is done. Koduri said: "...[I]f you are a developer interested in Mantle "1.0" functionality, we suggest that you focus your attention on DirectX 12 or GLnext".

 

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Koduri said that AMD will not be releasing Mantle 1.0 as a public SDK as it originally hoped, so it will go gently into that good night. Alternatives? DirectX 12 and the new OpenGL standards. AMD wants to see developers move away from Mantle 1.0 and into DirectX or the new OpenGL. Koduri adds: "Mantle must take on new capabilities and evolve beyond mastery of the draw call. It will continue to serve AMD as a graphics innovation platform available to select partners with custom needs".

 

AMD has done what it set out to achieve behind closed doors, and that is to get closer to the metal. DirectX 12 formed out of the ashes that is now Mantle 1.0, and the world is going to be a better place in just a few years when everything shifts towards these new APIs in DirectX 12 and OpenGL.

Early Steam VR impressions has people saying it's 'utterly phenomenal'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 58 mins ago

MWC 2015 - The Game Developers Conference is beginning to kick off, where we should find out much more about HTC's Vive, Steam VR and everything Valve + VR related. But, one of the more exciting tidbits to come out from the show is that VP of Content at Jaunt, Scott Broock, has played around with Steam VR at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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Broock posted to Twitter after he had used HTC and Valve's VR solution at GDC 2015, where he tweeted: "Just experienced HTC and Valve's VR solution at #MWC15. Utterly phenomenal. The controller solution is intuitive and precise". While we've been briefly introduced to the VR headset, we don't know much, if anything at all about the controller.

 

GDC 2015 kicks off this week in San Francisco, where you can be sure we'll be delivering you the hottest content around.

Palm, claw or fingertip grip? Which one are you?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 2 hours, 47 mins ago

You're probably pretty confused by the title, but that's ok. There's three main ways of holding a computer mouse, these being palm, claw and fingertip grip.

 

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In this very useful graphic released by the ASUS Republic of Gamers, you can help identify exactly what type of grip style suits you best.

 

Why does it matter? Many different mice are made for certain grip styles and hand sizes. If you're looking at a fingertip or claw grip, something like the smaller-sized SteelSeries Kinzu would suit you better than Logitech's good old faithful MX518 which is more suitable for a palm grip.

 

No grip is right or wrong, they simply suit different purposes and playing styles. You'll often find that players utilizing fingertip grips can be Counter Strike 'entry fraggers', alongside being wrist players (rotating only at the wrist) and use higher sensitivity. Whereas a palm player like myself will use a larger mouse like the Tt eSPORTS Saphira, a lower sensitivity and the whole arm or a combination of arm and wrist to move the crosshair around.

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Netflix is finally set for launch in Australia and New Zealand

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 57 mins ago

We told you it was coming some time, but we weren't wasn't exactly sure when. Now Netflix has seemingly brought their Australia & New Zealand Facebook page to life, telling fans to "Please Stand By..." for the 24th of March, 2015.

 

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There's still no saying exactly what content will be supplied as different media entities in Australia have exclusive rights to certain shows such as the extremely popular series 'Game of Thrones'. Netflix has however announced that they will be opening this local service with House of Cards and Bloodline being made available for consumers, alongside providing the popular series' Marco Polo and Daredevil.

 

As for pricing - still nothing. Netflix claims that "Information regarding additional content, technology and pricing will be available in the lead up to launch."

 

If you're an iiNet customer - rejoice! All those with this ISP will see unmetered Netflix data usage for all shows.

 

Stay tuned for more information as it develops.

EA announces Battlefield Hardline Premium for $50

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 50 mins ago

EA has officially announced Battlefield Hardline Premium, which is virtually identical to the other Premium services for the previous titles in the Battlefield franchise.

 

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Battlefield Hardline Premium will cost $50, offering gamers four new "super features" which include: masks, gun bench, competitive play and legendary status. Not only that, but you'll get two weeks early access to the four story-themed DLC packs, as well as monthly rewards and access to "exclusive in-game events and items".

 

Here's a detailed list of what Battlefield Hardline Premium has on offer:

 

Four super features:

  • Masks - New player masks with unique gameplay benefits tied to the theme of each mask.
  • Gun Bench - Provides players with the ability to visually customize their weapons and track their kills per weapon.
  • Competitive Play - Support for competitive play through Battlefield Hardline Premium-access only tournaments and ladders.
  • Legendary Status - Provides replayability of the entire progression system.

 

Four digital expansion packs featuring new multiplayer maps, modes, vehicles, in-game content and a story themed throughout all four:

  • Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity - Players have to make a name for themselves in fast-paced, highly-destructible new maps littered with small-time crime jobs. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Robbery - Take down the opposition head on and progress through key locations with major cinematic action. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Getaway - This is frantic, high-speed chases that immerse players deeper in the heist. Available fall 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal - There is a rat in every operation and players will have to find out who to trust. Available winter early 2016.

 

  • Two weeks early access to all expansion packs
  • 12 Gold Battlepacks
  • New personalization options including gun camos, ammo skins, and more Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive in-game items
  • Access to double-XP, in-game missions, and more Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive events
  • Priority position in server queues

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Qualcomm teases Snapdragon 820 processor for late 2015, early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 13 hours, 12 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Qualcomm had some interesting things to talk about during Mobile World Congress this year, apart from having its chips in various new flagship handsets like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

 

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Qualcomm confirmed the existence of its new 'Kryo' processor, a 64-bit chip that would be manufactured on the FinFET process, and sampled sometime in the next 6-12 months. The new Snapdragon 820 processor will be the first SoC to use Qualcomm's new "cognitive computing platform", something known as 'Zeroth', writes Patrick Moorhead for Forbes.

 

Moorhead expects to see Snapdragon 820 samples in the next 6-9 months, with a Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone to be unveiled in "December 2015, worse case October 2016". It could happen even sooner, with Snapdragon 820-powered devices shown off at MWC in March 2016.

LG details its Watch Urbane smartwatch in its latest video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 13 hours, 24 mins ago

MWC 2015 - LG detailed its new Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE smartwatches at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the new Watch Urbane isn't so different from the current Watch R from LG.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane has some external changes against the Watch R, with a thinner unibody case. Both of the smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, with a heart rate monitor on the back of the watch. On the front, we have a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz and a 410mAh battery. LG is promising around 30 hours of battery for normal use.

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