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Sponsored Video - Think twice about buying that slower PC, says Intel

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 2:47 pm

We all know that upgrading your PC can be hard, but one of the key decisions of upgrading any PC is the processor. Most people will go Intel, and rightly so, the company has the best performing CPUs on the market.



The advertisement shows a frustrated user who is sitting at his brand new PC, and it crashes. Time slows down, and then goes in reverse, where he regrets his decision of buying the competition, walking back to his PC store and changing his mind. Intel puts this down to 6 simple steps when buying a new PC.


This includes the Processor Speed, RAM, HDD, Graphics Card, Software and Extras. Intel processors run faster, use less power, and if you have the money to spend, can scale up to incredible speeds that make your desktop PC closer to a supercomputer from just a decade or so ago with up to 16 threads on the latest Core i7-5960X.


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Google updates Gmail for iOS, works better on the new iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:40 am

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still fresh in consumers' hands, with Google releasing an updated version of Gmail for iOS. The new version of Gmail works better with the higher resolution displays found in the new iPhones.


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It's not a massive change, but the increased resolution, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus, is messing up a slew of apps. At least now, Gmail for iOS isn't one of them. The added pixels on screen allow Gmail users to see more messages at once, without losing Gmail features to a lack of pixels like labels and stars.

Interested in 'Person of Interest? Enter our Blu-ray competition now!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:35 am

To celebrate next week's home video release of the complete third season of the sci-fi drama series 'Person of Interest', we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away, thanks to our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


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The Person of Interest team suffers a devastating loss and confronts staggering challenges in the hit series' most explosive season yet. Adapting to the evolution of The Machine, now completely self-governed and hidden from all, technical wizard Finch (Michael Emerson) and ex-CIA operative Reese (Jim Caviezel) team with rogue agent Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) to save lives and seek justice, but their missions now threaten to tear them apart. The electrifying, 23-Episode Season Three is a must watch!


To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:


Who is the person in your life that is of most interest to you, and why?


To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at before the competition closes on October 11th.


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'Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season' is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers from October 8th.

Mountain Dew powers Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 6:21 am

Game Fuel, it's a thing, and it powers the games with the biggest marketing campaigns, such as the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Mountain Dew and Doritos are powering the bladders and stomachs of gamers, with the companies teaming up for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.


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For those who do enjoy drinking some Game Fuel, Mountain Dew has unveiled a new lemonade flavor. The last games to be sponsored by Game Fuel was back in 2013, where Dead Rising 3 was promoted with citrus-cherry, while the new blue "Electrifying Berry" was entering the bladders of gamers who played Ryse: Son of Rome.

Next Car Game from the developers of FlatOut now called Wreckfest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 4:34 am

Next Car Game has been on our radar for quite a while now, but Bugbear Entertainment's coming multiplayer vehicular carnage simulator has been renamed for good: Wreckfest.


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Wreckfest is available right now for $30 through Steam Early Access, which as it stands, supports multiplayer games of up to 18 people. There are four game modes available: Racing, Derby, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.


I don't know if I like the new name or not, as I had become fond of 'Next Car Game', what about you?

Ubisoft delays The Crew three weeks, new release date of December 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 3:44 am

Ubisoft has announced a three-week delay to The Crew, with its original release date of November 11 being pushed back to December 2. Ubisoft has also announced that there will be a second closed beta on both the PS4 and Xbox One next month.


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The developer said that the new beta will be "giving even more players the opportunity to experience the game, which is something the community has been requesting". Julian Gerighty explained the delay, where he said: "Our philosophy remains to deliver the best game possible. We're all committed to delivering a revolutionary experience in the driving genre and we can't wait for The Crew to be in the hands of the players".


This isn't the first time Ubisoft has delayed The Crew, as it was originally meant to launch early 2014. The company delayed it to Q2 of fiscal year 2015, and now again to December 2.

Assassin's Creed Unity rendered at 900p at 30FPS on both Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 2:39 am

Assassin's Creed: Unity has been confirmed to be running at 900p at 30FPS on both the Xbox One and PS4, according to Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand in an interview with VideoGamer.


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Pontbriand said: "We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff". Weirdly, the new Assassin's Creed title is not held back by the GPU side of the AMD-powered APU found inside of both of the consoles, but the CPU side of the silicon. Pontbriand explained: "Technically we're CPU-bound. The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel".


"We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard", he continued. "It's not the number of polygons that affect the framerate. We could be running at 100fps if it was just graphics, but because of AI, we're still limited to 30 frames per second".

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Ubisoft again discusses why Assassin's Creed isn't hitting Wii U

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2014 10:54 pm

Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity video game won't be available for the Nintendo Wii U next month, and it's because the game console simply isn't as powerful as the Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 consoles.


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"I don't think that would be fair to fans, to sell the same game but with different levels of experience," said Alex Amancio, Ubisoft creative director, in a recent interview. "Even the seamless nature of the series and the scale of the game right now, we couldn't do that. We never load Paris. It wouldn't be possible, in our minds we'd be cheating fans by providing a lesser version of the same game."


Previously, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said Nintendo console owners don't typically purchase Assassin's Creed video games - so it's not too much of a surprise to hear Assassin's Creed Unity won't be available for the Wii U.

FBI director says China is major cybercrime threat to the U.S., allies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 6, 2014 8:00 pm

The Chinese government is on the top of the list of foreign groups targeting the United States with cyberattacks, according to a recent statement issued by FBI director James Comey. Cyber espionage allows Chinese companies to copy and steal technologies so they do not need to innovate themselves, as the number of daily cyberattacks only increases.


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"Well, I don't want to give you a complete list," Comey recently said in his interview with CBS News. "But I can tell you the top of the list is the Chinese. As we have demonstrated with the charges brought earlier this year against five members of the People's Liberation Army. They are extremely aggressive and widespread in their efforts to break into American systems to steal information that would benefit their industry."


It's not a surprise that China is a top threat that the U.S. government is watching - but is a strong signal that after years of burying their heads in the sand, officials understand they must improve critical infrastructure to reduce data breaches from state-sponsored cybercriminals.

Bitcoin value drops to just $290 over the weekend, as investors cringe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 6, 2014 6:10 pm

The lack of central-backing of bitcoin, among other long-term concerns, has left investors worried about bitcoin - and the value of the most popular cryptocurrency dropped to just $290.83 over the weekend. The sudden decrease was a shocking 18 percent drop in less than 24 hours, though have increased at the start of the week back up to $330.


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"It's actually a lot harder to get bitcoins than it is to spend them and there have been some suggestions that that's caused a supply/demand imbalance... PayPal integration would also improve that onboarding process," said Hugh Madden, bitcoin exchange ANX co-founder.


It's true that a growing number of companies are accepting bitcoin payments from customers, but the cryptocurrency's volatility, related to speculative trading, will remain a problem that won't go away anytime soon.

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