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Radeon 16.5.3 drivers optimized for Warhammer, Overwatch, DOTA 2

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

AMD's Radeon Crimson Edition 16.5.3 driver is out, and with it comes optimizations for top games, new Crossfire profiles, and bug fixes for various games and system issues.




If you're getting in on the Total War: Warhammer or Overwatch action (both newly released), AMD has you covered with this driver set, which is optimized and includes Crossfire profiles for both. As well, a longtime favourite in DOTA 2 gets some love with improved support for the Vulkan API (Valve has also enabled it on their end with a patch for the game).


As for fixes, that stuttering while playing Fallout 4 in Crossfire should be gone as should flickering in the Division while using Crossfire. Various niche system issues are no more, either.

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Extended 'Independence Day: Resurgence' trailer shares new secrets

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

It's been eagerly awaited for 20 years since the release of the original, but the marketing juggernaut for the 'Independence Day: Resurgence' is kicking up a gear today with the release of an epic, 5 minute long trailer which plays as a 'best-of' from the previously released trailers, alongside new footage.



Returning stars Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox are joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher in defending the world from a second, much more powerful wave of alien attack, with the film promising to unleash visual effects as mind-blowing as they were in 1996.


'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from June 23rd.

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Uncharted 4 smashes Halo 5 in first week sales with 2.7 million units

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Uncharted 4 is a smashing success for Sony and Naughty Dog, selling an incredible 2.7 million global units in its first week. The game now holds the mantle as the fastest-selling first-party Sony game in North America.




Sony broke the amazing sale figures on the PlayStation Blog, and the company is understandably peacocking the feat to the rest of the gaming world. Uncharted 4's 2.7 million sales are actual "sell-through" sales, meaning 2.7 million people across the globe actually bought the game digitally or on disc. After a bit of quick math we see Uncharted 4 (just the game, mind you) generated an insane $172.8 million in its first week.


But wait, there's more: Uncharted 4's sale figures reportedly smash the first-week sales figures of Halo 5, despite Microsoft's claims that Halo 5 sold $400 million worth of global software and hardware sales during its launch week.

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Anniversary Update will let Windows 10 run on more devices

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

Microsoft has changed the hardware requirements of Windows 10 in light of the looming Anniversary Update. On the whole, these are for the better, allowing a wider range of devices to use the operating system.




Once the update is live, Windows 10 Mobile devices up to 9'' will be able to run it (versus the previous 7.99''), whereas the desktop version can be installed on devices with screens as small as 7'' (down from 8'').


RAM requirements are now up for 32-bit versions of the OS: 2GB versus the previous 1GB. As for storage, that's now at 16GB and 20GB for 32-bit and 64-bit devices, respectively.


The appropriately named update will go live on July 29, one year after the launch of Windows 10.

Homefront: The Revolution's CPU scaling is bugged

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Homefront: The Revolution has been suffering from performance issues on both console and PC. On PC at least, it turns out a major factor in this is uneven CPU core utilization; according to DSOGaming's testing, the game puts a lot of stress on one core while others are left to lag behind, dragging framerate down considerably.




To get around it, do the following after booting the game: Alt-Tab > Task Manager > Details tab > right-click Homefront > Set affinity > disable all threads > re-enable all threads. Once complete, you should notice an approximately 25 FPS boost.

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Spotify matches Apple Music family plan pricing

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week ago

Apple Music has been growing thanks in part to its $14.99/mo family plan, and Spotify has taken notice. As of today, the Swedish streaming service offers the same plan except it does Apple one better and supports up to six people instead of five.




At last count, Apple Music sat at 13 million subscribers (up two million over the previous count), while Spotify sat at 30 million.

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Pass the most in-demand IT certification test with these courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week ago



In the tech world, certifications are key to landing jobs and promotions, and CompTIA's A+ 900 Series certification is one of the best. With this year's exam being harder than ever, you'll need the right training to make sure you pass with flying colors.


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CompTIA's certification is instrumental in boosting your IT career forward, and these courses will prepare you to earn it. Usually $895, TweakTown readers can access all 33 courses for only $49.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 mod improves texture quality

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

The game just keeps getting better: first there was the Japanese voices, English subtitles mod for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, and now there's a texture improvement mod.




Created by modder Fraggoso with the use of Kalaiden's also sweet Untitled Project X mod, this one reworks all the game's low-resolution textures to bring them up to par with the rest of a given scene. To compare the work, head here and here (likely the best example) and mouse over and under the different shots. While Square Enix's remastering is fine work, the mod shows there was still significant room for improvement.

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Colorful teams with Bykski for the new GeForce GTX 1080 water block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is one of the best video cards ever made, but it'll be even better when it's overclocked to its yet unknown limits. In blows Colorful with news that their new GTX 1080 Founders Edition water block is coming soon, with the company teaming up with Chinese water block manufacturer Bykski.




Their new water block is the first to market with full coverage, and is designed exclusively for the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. The company has teased its new series of iGame-powered GeForce GTX 1080 cards, that will be announced after May 27. The new Colorful GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition will be available soon for $699, while the new Bykski water block will be priced at $100.

NVIDIA releases GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers, Game Ready for Overwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

You're sitting at your PC waiting for Overwatch, but you want the new GeForce drivers to be released... well here you go: GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers that are Game Ready for Blizzard's new first-person shooter.




The new drivers include SLI support for Overwatch, which is great to see on day one. NVIDIA reocmmends the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for 4K at 60FPS, a GTX 970 for 2560x1440 at 60FPS, with both resolutions matched with the High graphics setting in Overwatch. At 1080p and Medium settings, the GTX 950 should provide 60FPS average.