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No selfie sticks at Coachella or Lollapalooza for you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: 6 mins ago

Want to take your selfie stick before a concert or major event? You may want to think again... Two major concerts in the United States have banned selfie sticks, including the Coachella festival in April and Lollapalooza in late July-early August.

 

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Ironically, the Coachella "Rules and Policies" says attendees are not welcome to bring "no selfie sticks/narcissistics" welcome inside.

 

There are more concerts, conferences, and other gatherings with large populations where selfie sticks are banned. It seems most likely they are not allowed because they are an obstruction and occasionally pose safety problems. Anyone attending tech conferences should check the rules before potentially being turned away at the gate.

Virtual reality looks appealing, but supporters must solve problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 hour, 1 min ago

Virtual reality (VR) has great potential for consumers, especially those interested in gaming and watching movies, but there are still numerous problems. VR is poised to continue getting better due to increased investment, growing interest among developers and consumers, and because of improving processors.

 

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Hardware manufacturers are getting better at reducing physical sickness - and software is developing. However, many wonder how often they will use their VR headsets if there is a shortage of apps. Hardware is largely designed for PCs with higher-end GPUs, so console gamers are waiting for a wider selection of products to drool over.

 

Facebook plans to begin implementing VR functionality into its social networking site, so viewers will be able to interact with videos. Designers want to make VR even more immersive, and will try to make sure viewers are able to utilize their hands and bodies in virtual environments.

MMO shooter 'Survarium' from ex-STALKER developers launches on April 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 2 mins ago

STALKER holds a special place in most gamers' hearts, with some of the developers who worked on the open-world first-person shooter now teasing their next game: Survarium.

 

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Survarium has been announced for a release of April 2, just hours away from now. Survarium will launch with North American-based game servers, as well as "exclusive starter packs that will go on sale for a limited time" reports Polygon. Survarium is a free-to-play MMO shooter set in a post-apocalyptic eastern Europe, from developers Vostok Games.

Hyundai wants to put self-driving cars on the roads from 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 24 mins ago

Hyundai joins the list of automakers looking to create self-driving vehicles in the near future, hoping to put a vehicle on the road starting from 2020. Company officials publicly announced the plans during a public demonstration in Songdo, South Korea, saying its self-driving efforts will start "in phases."

 

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Hyundai already has a "traffic jam assist system" that is able to detect and track other vehicles and the surrounding environment. It's a piece of the puzzle for Hyundai as the company looks for new opportunities to improve driver safety.

 

Google, Apple, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and other companies all have current autonomous vehicle plans in place.

Continue reading 'Hyundai wants to put self-driving cars on the roads from 2020' (full post)

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line testing methanol ship

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 19 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: 2 hours, 45 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.

Continue reading 'ASUS make GTX 980 Gold Edition official, fastest GTX 980 in the world' (full post)

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

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 49 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: 4 hours, 28 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.

Continue reading 'Epic new 'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer hits the web' (full post)

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

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 46 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: 4 hours, 51 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.

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