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Pebble update see's 80 languages added and Android app support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 mins ago

Pebble's smarwatch has just received a version 2.8 firmware update that has seen 80 languages supported alongside notification support for Android applications.


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Looking at Pebble's website, you can see their comprehensive list of languages on offer and how some of them are displayed on your handheld interface. But the most exciting update here comes in the form of Android notification support. Available for use with both iOS and Android systems, Pebble was missing the crucial ability to tee up with your Android phone, pushing notifications from this device handily to your wrist watch. Fixed in the latest update, we wouldn't be surprised to see Pebble stocks rise a little in the coming weeks.


Pebble's Vice President of Software Engineering, Kean Wong, released a statement saying: "This new app has been the culmination of months of work by our fantastic Android team to re-build our Android app, focused on notification improvements, increasing stability and performance, and providing a solid platform for the long roadmap of great new features we have planned. Full notifications support, is a significant improvement-one we'll build on to provide more amazing notification features soon."


Their 2.1 Android app will be a phased roll-out on Google Play as according to Pebble staff - take a look to see if you've been granted the new capabilities.

You won't see 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence on social media

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 54 mins ago

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence isn't a big fan of social media, and fans shouldn't expect to see her on Twitter anytime soon. If you remember correctly, Lawrence was one of the highest-profile celebrities hit in the Apple iCloud hacking incident, where naked photos of the actress were compromised and posted online.


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"I'm not very good on phones or technology," Lawrence recently said. "I cannot really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. I don't really understand what it is, it's this weird enigma that people talk about. And it's fine, I respect that, but no, I will never get a Twitter. And if you ever see a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that says it's me; it most certainly is not."


Speaking of movies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I racked up $123 million during its opening weekend in the US box office.

AMD Strato PRO, Litho XT GPUs spotted, could be AMD's new MXM series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 14 mins ago

The last rumor we had to report on about AMD was the exciting new HBM-based, 4096-bit wide memory bus Radeon R9 390X, but now we're going to tell you a little about the lower-end cards that will most likely find their way to consumers in the first half of 2015.


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These new cards will reportedly be AMD's new MXM-based GPUs, arriving as the Litho XT and Strato PRO. These two new mystery cards have just reached, with the Litho and Strato most likely standing for the space-driven names of Lithosphere and Stratosphere. Starting with the Litho XT, which will be a Type A MXM GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, while the bigger Strato PRO will be a Type B MXM GPU with 4GB of RAM.


The XT side of things will be the powerful card, while the PRO will have a cut die. We could also see a Strato XT in the future, but we won't know anything until the new rumors start floating online.

Google's Project Loon can now stay in the air for up to 100 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

One of Google's more interesting initiatives, is Project Loon; giant, helium-filled balloons that fly through the stratosphere providing Internet access to those below. Since Google has been flying Project Loon in our skies, they've learned quite a bit about running them more efficiently, and how to keep the balloons in the air for extended periods of time.


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Over the last 12 or so months, Project Loon balloons have travelled over 3 million kilometers, which is the same as going around the world around 75 times. The problem is, they could only stay in the air for a certain period of time before Google needed to bring them back down to the ground to be re-deployed. Loon balloons are now capable of staying in the air for up to 10 times as long as they could last year, and stay there for around 100 days, or just over three months.


The current record Google has for Project Loon staying in the air, is 130 days, with the extended fly-time due to "hundreds of discoveries" that have helped the company prevent leaks, and assisted with automating the manufacturing process. Google has new auto-fill equipment that drops fill times to just under five minutes, as well as the ability to launch some 20 balloons a day as the company improves its "ability to launch consistently at scale".

Roll out for our 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have four copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, and a major prize of a Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg, thanks to our friends at Paramount Home Entertainment.


'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history... while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its cross-hairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.


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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:


Name the voice artist who has provided the voice of Optimus Prime for 30 years


To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on November 28. The total prize pool is $229.95.


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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is available on Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on November 26th. ©2014 Par. Pics. ©2014 Hasbro.

Li-Fi uses light-based communication, capable of 15Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 3 hours, 8 mins ago

Just when you thought your GbE, or Gigabit Ethernet connection was fast with 1Gbps, and its lame, old wires - light-based communications are now coming into play and could blow away current physical line speeds.


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Harald Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh said that the potential for wider bandwidth and quicker response time than Wi-Fi, is with light-based communications. He said: "All the components, all the mechanisms exist already. You just have to put them together and make them work". Haas is working with researchers from many different universities, which are currently half way through an expensive $9 million project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, in the United Kingdom.


The researchers are looking into ultraparallel visible light communication, which uses "multiple colors of light to provide high-bandwidth linkages over distances of a few meters", as the Spectrum IEEE site reports. This system has the team using commercially-made red, green and blue LEDs as both emitters, and as photodiodes to detect light. Using this simple technology has speeds of 110Mbps, and when transmitting data in one direction only, they reached 155Mb/s.

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'Jurassic World' teaser trailer gets teased

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 48 mins ago

The fourth 'Jurassic Park' might not be released until June next year, and the first teaser trailer until later this week, but that hasn't stopped the glorious marketeers at Universal Studios from giving die-hard fans desperate enough for the first look at the film, by releasing a teaser for the teaser trailer. Yes. You read that right.


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The 10 second clip below gives a fleeting, but tantalising glimpse at the iconic park gates, upgraded to a monorail above a lake, a stampeding Gallimimus tour, and portraits of stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dalls Howard to a slow, haunting piano rendition of the familiar 'Jurassic Park' theme.


'Jurassic World', the first 'Jurassic Park' sequel 14 years is directed by franchise newcomer Colin Trevorrow and marks a bold new direction for franchise. The full teaser is released at midday on Friday, Australian time here.


PlanetSide 2 on the PlayStation 4 is bottlenecked by the PS4's CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 hours, 54 mins ago

Sony is aiming for 1080p at 60FPS for PlanetSide 2 when it lands on the PlayStation 4, but this might be a hard task thanks to the constraints of the Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU, inside of the PS4.


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Sony Online Entertainment, the developer behind the game, is having some trouble with the CPU side of the APU. The team is trying to get more on-screen action happening, while maintaining the 60FPS frame rate, but the CPU is the bottleneck. PlanetSide 2 will be released onto the PS4 next month, with the developer doing some last minute tweaks to get the game hitting 1080p at 60FPS.


The Creative Director on the project, Matt Higby, talked with Eurogamer that the game is constantly being optimized, with the real bottlenecks in the development process being on the CPU side of the PS4s APU, and not its GPU. He said that the GPU side of the AMD-powered APU isn't getting hit as badly, with the GPU handling the graphical side of things well, but the CPU is dragging its heels with the frame rate and the amount of on-screen activity. Higby said: "Our real bottlenecks are on the CPU side. From a graphical fidelity perspective, people will be impressed with what they see on the PS4. That's always one of those things people are skeptical about. I see every time we post an article like this I always get called out: 'haha, it's bullshit he's saying it's going to look as good.' It really does".

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Watch out for fraud as consumers head online to order Christmas gifts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 19 mins ago

Numerous data breaches throughout 2014 forced American consumers to be more vigilant and proactive of their own personal accounts. As shoppers head online and into local stores to purchase Christmas gifts, more security experts are providing a friendly reminder to look after their own financial safety.


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A recent survey found 55 percent of shoppers will head to a local store or mall to purchase items, while 36 percent will be searching for and purchasing gifts online. Specifically, 55 percent of consumers will use their credit cards, and 24 percent will use debit cards, checks, mobile payments, and other forms of payments to make purchases.


"Unfortunately, the threat of fraud is a reality, but it doesn't mean you're helpless," said Phil Hatfield, Capital One Vice President of Fraud. "Ensuring that you're monitoring your accounts and getting alerts to make you aware of unauthorized activity are simple steps and things you should do year-round and especially during the hectic holiday shopping season."

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GameStop says it would like to see Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 price cuts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 16 mins ago

Retailer GameStop wouldn't mind seeing the aging Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles receive a price cut, as gamers largely choose the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Analysts believe both manufacturers should slash prices on both platforms, but nothing has been promised.


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However, even with no price cuts imminent, GameStop doesn't believe Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware and software sales to simply drop completely off a cliff.


"We think it would be excellent and definitely would increase the sell-through rate on the old-generation consoles," said Tony Bartel, GameStop President. "We definitely think that would help. Year to date in the US, Xbox 360 and PS3 software and hardware are down 57.8 percent on a dollar basis. That's clearly significantly more than we anticipated at the beginning of the year."

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