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Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 users will receive free Windows 9 upgrade

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 2:29 am

Microsoft Indonesia has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 9 operating system will be a free upgrade for current Windows 8 and 8.1 users. The company is expected to host an event on September 30 to detail Windows 9, where pricing and release information should be revealed.


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Although Windows 8/8.1 provides significant security updates and a "modernized" interface, many users refused to upgrade to the touch-centric OS. Microsoft has accelerated its operating system road map to meet changing consumer and business user demands, and Windows 9 should help gauge where the company stands.


It's also worth noting that as users become familiar with major software updates, such as Apple iOS or OS X and Google Android, for example, the updates are available for free. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to prove it has listened to users and is prepared to make changes for the future.

Kim Jong-un missing for 3 weeks, suffering undisclosed illness

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 2:23 am

The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un has not been seen at official events or on state television for three weeks, with the latter confirming the Supreme Leader is suffering "discomfort".


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According to a source outside the secretive state, Jong-un is speculated to be suffering from gout, a build up of uric acid that overwhelming strikes older people, leading to joint inflammation. Jong-un's poor diet would seem to be a culprit in this instance. However, the absence of official word has led to other speculation that a power struggle is afoot, or that he's simply on holidays.


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The UK newspaper The Mirror has also helpfully posited that Jong-un has become addicted to Swiss cheese. Such is the craziness of North Korea.

Call of Duty creator hired to advise US government on future wars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 1:42 am

With all of the conflicts the US has been involved with since 9/11, and the decades prior, one would think they would be masters of conflict, battle knowledge, strategy, and so much more. But, it looks like Washington think tank is asking for help, in a very weird place: by hiring the maker of Call of Duty, to envision the future of war for the US.


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The Atlantic Council think tank says that even with all of its money, power and capabilities, the United States isn't thinking creatively when it comes to threats in the 21st century. The creator behind the Call of Duty franchise, Dave Anthony, will be among other authors, screenwriters and entertainment figures for an initiative called 'The Art of Future War Project', something that will launch next week.


The idea of this project came about when former Pentagon official Steven Grundman walked in on his son playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, in which a cold war between China and the United States takes place, in 2025. In the game, the two superpowers are fighting against each other for rare earth elements in section missions. Anthony said: "He was struck how realistic our portrayal in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' was of a future conflict.

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Netflix subscribers watch an average of 1.5 hours of content every day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 1:40 am

The average Netflix user consumes 1.5 hours of streaming content each day, in addition to regular TV and Internet video viewing, according to a recent report. Most Netflix subscribers are in the United States, but the San Francisco Bay Area-based company is expanding, with operations in the UK, Canada, France and Germany - with additional international expansion expected in the future.


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As broadband saturation increases in the United States, online video consumption - and a booming online video advertising market - has Internet users watching even more of their favorite TV shows and movies.


Average American TV consumption accounts for almost five hours per day, according to the Nielsen research group - and just 19 minutes is dedicated towards reading.

Shake up a prize in our Godzilla Blu-ray promo, thanks to Warner Bros

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 12:48 am

Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros Home Entertainment Australia, to celebrate the Blu-ray release of the box office smask 'Godzilla' on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have five awesome 'Godzilla' prize packs to give away.


In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.


Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Cosmopolis) and Bryan Cranston (Argo, Breaking Bad).


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Five lucky winners will take home a major prize pack containing a copy of the movie on Blu-ray, a T-shirt, a cap, and a keyring. The next five winners will receive a consolation prize consisting of a $20AUD Google Play card to purchase the movie on the Googe Play platform.


To go into the running to partake in the prize pool, simply correctly answer the following question:


What year did 'Godzilla' first make his appearance?


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 October 3rd.


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'Godzilla' is available on 3D + 2D Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack, 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on October 1st.

Samsung's new ad for Galaxy Note 4 pushes note puns to a note level

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:16 pm

Samsung is gearing up for the release of its Galaxy Note 4, unleashing a new four-minute ad that focuses on the 5.7-inch smartphone, which has two friends with the new Galaxy Note 4, deciding to play a game where they rename as many words they can, with "note".



It sounds like it won't work, and to some they won't think it's funny, but I actually didn't mind the ad. It didn't force the features of the Galaxy Note 4 down our throats, but I would've liked to have seen a little more of the features in between. An introduction and acknowledgement of Gear VR would've been good too, with one of them even sitting on the couch playing it, and using the 'note' pun somewhere in there.


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I do have to say, the bit with the barista/bartender was golden, when he started pushing back with the puns.

Microsoft 'also working on an investment' in VR, a tease of Xbox VR?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 28, 2014 6:30 am

During an interview with Japanese site AV Watch, Xbox boss Phil Spencer had some interesting things to say about Xbox, and more. There was a question thrown in about VR, which is the most interesting part of this interview.


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When asked about the potential and rumored spin off of the Xbox brand from Microsoft, Spencer replied with: "Creating the appropriate tools, finding the right developers, we have gathered such a great community. With Xbox 360, our efforts were crowned by considerable success. And I'm committed to the success of Xbox One. In the past six months Xbox One has changed. We introduced to gamers the version without Kinect and broadened the choice. We will continue to update the system, and starting with Japan we're launching in new markets. The launch in Shanghai in China will happen next week, and I believe that by such changes we'll gather an even bigger audience".


Spencer also talked about VR, where he said good things about the competition in Oculus and Sony, but teased that Microsoft is working on its own VR tech for Xbox, but isn't ready to talk about it just yet. Spencer said: "The industry as a whole continues to invest in research and in new elements. New technologies invite us to explore new gaming world's. I believe that Kinect, voice and virtual reality are those key new elements. That's why I'm glad that Sony and Oculus are investing in VR. We're also working on an investment of our own, but it's not at a stage in which we can talk about it yet".

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2016 is 'year of the zettabyte', with 1ZB equal to ~1.1 trillion GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 28, 2014 4:45 am

Seagate's Twitter account just blasted something both truly exciting, and incredibly terrifying: the first real tease of the zettabyte. Seagate posted XO Communications' infographic on the Zettabyte, or ZB.


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To put things into perspective, 1ZB is around 1.1 trillion GB - yes, 1.1 trillion gigabytes. The infographic, above, says that according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, the "world will cross the Zettabyte threshold of data transferred annually via the Internet by the end of 2016". To put things into an even scarier perspective, 1PB (Petabyte) is 1024TB (Terabyte), and 1EX (Exabyte) is 1024PB, so 1ZB is an insane 1024EB, which is just scary.


What is driving this Zettabyte amount of data? Internet video, with around 55% of Internet video expected to chew up 99% of all Internet traffic in 2016. The remaining 44% is split between web/data with 23%, and file sharing with 21%.

BlackBerry bounces back, posts better-than-expected Q2 results

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 28, 2014 2:55 am

The tubes of the Internet have been filled the new two new iPhones, #BendGate, the Galaxy Note 4 coming soon, and so much more in the mobile world, so BlackBerry doesn't get the headlines that its biggest competitors do.


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Well, the company has just posted better-than-expected Q2 results, but still managed to lose $207 million for the three-month period. Even with the huge loss, it's still an improvement from the previous quarter, where the company posted a loss of $965 million. After one-time items, such as charges for laying off employees and other restructuring efforts, the company said the loss was around $11 million, or $0.02 per share, beating Wall Street's forecast of $0.16 per share.


Revenue for Q2 sat at $916 million, which is represented as 46% hardware, 46% services and 8% in software and other revenue. During the three-month period, BlackBerry said it sold approximately 2.4 million smartphones to end users, which included shipments made, and recognized before Q2. BlackBerry's Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, said: "Our workforce restructuring is now complete, and we are focusing on revenue growth with judicious investments to further our leadership position in enterprise mobility and security".

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Samsung teases 3.2TB PCIe-based SSD, capable of 3GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 27, 2014 2:31 pm

The largest Samsung SSD available is sitting at a huge 1.6TB, but not anymore - the company has just unveiled its enterprise-class SM1715, which cranks this up to a gigantic 3.2TB.


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Samsung's new SM1715 SSD is a PCIe-based device, using a PCI Express 3.0 port, based on NVMe technology. The new drive also features Samsung's new 3D V-NAND technology, where storage chips are placed on top of one another, and not next to each other, with the storage chips connected through a very thin, high-speed connector called TSV, or Thru Silicon Via.


This new technology paves the way for increased read/writes, with sequential read speeds on the new SM1715 at a huge 3000MB/sec, or 3GB/sec and writes sitting at an equally-impressive 2200MB/sec, or 2.2GB/sec. Random read speeds on the drive are at 750,000 IOPS, while writes are at 130,000 IOPS. Samsung will also make the SM1715 available in 1.6TB, as well as the 3.2TB behemoth.

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