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Lightweight Facebook wrapper app Swipe gets design overhaul, more

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

Arguably the best Android Facebook wrapper app Swipe for Facebook gets even better today thanks to some major design changes as well as new features.




Changes in the new 3.0 release include major stability and performance improvements (the developer is awfully excited when describing just how fast this version really is), automatic day/night theming (so the theme will change from light to dark the longer the day goes on if you want it to), Material design (pro users only), new menus, copyable text, fingerprint authentication, and more.


The appeal of Swipe is it lets you use Facebook on your phone without the crushing demand the official app places on your hardware, thereby slowing the OS down and draining the battery quickly. The developer achieves this by 'wrapping' the lightweight Facebook website into a convenient app. If you'd like to give it a try, hit the source link.

Apple could be going in a completely different direction than thought

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

There was a sort of revolution that was started by Apple with the introduction of their iPhone, or shortly after it at least. OS X took a different turn and started to merge many different features that were found on their mobile OS, and began to transform, blending together the two and making them work very well together. Microsoft, Google and even Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu, took note and also began experimenting with integrating the mobile experience into the daily life. Mobile has become increasingly important, and very much a large part of the lives of many. So it's only natural, after all.




But even though they started merging their two OSs together, Apple still has four separate operating systems that, while very similar and that can all developed for using the same language (Swift and Objective C), they're still quite different and not at all the integration that we thought was going to happen.


Microsoft is actually committing to that vision that was seemingly started by Apple, and are very vocal about bringing together their disparate platforms. Windows 10, the Xbox One and now their phone all share the same underlying platform. That was the direction that we all thought Apple was going to continue into, until that progress didn't quite continue on like we thought. Even Ubuntu is the same across the many different platforms, with a sort of continuity mode that turns their phones into full-fledged computing system.

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Track Your Car's Health with the FIXD Active Car Health Monitor

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



If your car could talk, what would it say? More importantly, how would you even hear it over all the Selena Gomez your speakers are blasting? Monitor your car's health with FIXD. Get the FIXD Active Car Health Monitor for $38.95 at TweakTown Deals.


Just plug the FIXD into your car and connect to your phone-from there, the compact sensor will give you reminders when your car needs maintenance, and help you decipher your "check engine" light, letting you know what the problem is and whether you need it get it fixed ASAP. Use the FIXD to monitor multiple vehicles, ensuring your whole family is driving safe.


Get the FIXD Active Car Health Monitor for $38.95 at TweakTown Deals.

Windows 10 hand-off feature shown in leaked screenshot of Redstone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Hand-off of tasks from mobile to desktop has become a bit of a blessing. It's easy to begin work, or even browsing Facebook, on your phone and simply start up where you left off on your larger and more powerful devices. For those that use various Apple devices, it's a natural element of those operating systems. And one that's sorely missed from Windows. Windows 10 might be getting similar functionality in the Redstone update coming this summer.




A user on Reddit seems to have stumble across what appears to be just that in the latest preview build of Redstone. A toggle was found nestled in the settings pane that would allow you to continue work on whatever device is running Windows 10, with Bluetooth, aside from using a cloud based solution like some applications and OS X do.


Though it's obviously limited to other Windows 10 devices, and could theoretically include the Xbox One, it's still a step in the right direction. You never really know or understand just how useful a future that is until you've migrated to an OS that doesn't fully support it. Just being able to select the mobile tabs in Chrome that I was perusing is quite nice, but this new take, with Bluetooth mind you, will be a much needed advancement for Microsoft.

The Division on PC can't be fixed without a 'complete code rewrite'

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

Glenn Fiedler, a seasoned online FPS dev who has worked with Respawn, Sony and Pandemic, took a closer look at the nature of The Division's hacks and exploits to see if they could be fixed. According to Fiedler, Ubisoft will likely have to completely rewrite its netcode to fix the game.



"Most of the smaller glitches can be fixed. But then I saw this video. This is super bad news," Fiedler wrote. "Because here we have a client-side cheat program that is poking memory locations and giving players infinite health, infinite ammo, and teleporting players around the level. This indicates that The Division is most likely using a trusted client network model."


"I sincerely hope this is not the case, because if it is true, my opinion of can this be fixed is basically no. Not on PC. Not without a complete rewrite. Possibly on consoles provided they fix all lag switch timing exploits and disable players moving and shooting while lag switch usage is detected (trusted client on console exclusive games is actually more common than you would think...), but not on PC unless they completely rewrite most of their netcode and game code around a server-authoritative network model."

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Armored Warfare Panzer Showdown winners crowned after bloody battles

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Armored Warfare recently held a competition where you had the chance to sign-up with one of three different mercenary factions represented in the game to attempt to conquer the others on a bloody modern battlefield. The ultimate prize was a weeks worth of premium play time for the entire team. That competition has come to a close with the Remnant as the clear victor.




Everyone is a winner in this case with the other two factions also earning three days of premium time, though the free-to-play game doesn't require that to be enjoyed at all. The surprising statistic from the competition is that it wasn't always strictly decided by PvP battles, as one might expect. Winning PvE missions also counted as wins, it seems, and the overwhelming victories came from the PvE side of things. Also, of the 27,428 members of the Remnant, they dished out a combined 6.7 million points in damage from ramming alone.


The game is quickly coming into prominence and catching the eye of those that are even playing World of Tanks due to the more modern vehicles, better mechanics and better matchmaking system available. Built on the CryEngine, it runs smooth, looks great and thus far is actually quite the surprise. Having never heard of it, I took a few moments to explore and it was both accessible and enjoyable beyond what I'd first initially thought. More on that coming soon. Check out their infographic after the break.

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Oculus founder defends himself on Reddit after getting torn to pieces

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hasn't been shy on Reddit - well, ever - with the flip flop wearing VR startup founder taking to Twitter and Reddit to defend himself from the pitchfork-toting internet public.




Luckey took to Twitter recently, writing: "I prefer production that can keep up with demand, but much prefer shortages to the opposite problem! No burying Rifts in desert landfills". He followed up with: "Which is a very real concern for any hardware company, especially one trying to predict volumes on a totally new market".


Reddit was the next port to call for Luckey, where he had a huge post with a swift quote here of: "Does shit change sometimes? Of course it does. Does that mean I am going to stop speaking my mind because people throw out of context words in my face years later? No, not really. The same people who complain about "lack of transparency" and "sterile, corporate communication" are so very often the same people who berate and hate companies and individuals for anything they ever say that changes at some point".

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New Call of Duty called 'Infinite Warfare', release date leaked

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

Infinity Ward's new Call of Duty game is called "Infinite Warfare", and will release on November 4, 2016 according to a leaked promo.




Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was first spotted as a slip-up on Sony's PlayStation Store, and now a new leaked pre-order token has revealed the game's first image and release date of November 4--which coincides with the franchise's annual releases. The leak is marked as "confirmed" on the Call of Duty Reddit, so it could be accurate, and it certainly aligns neatly with the PS Store listing.


The promo shows the "Legacy Edition" version of the game, which presumably comes with a remastered port of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The next CoD game was previously rumored as Ghosts 2, and was believed to take place in the distant future with heavy emphasis on technology. Other reports said Infinite Warfare would feature space combat, and based on the helmet in the NPC's hand on the front cover, I'd say this is right on the money.

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HTC invests $100 million into its 'Vive X' accelerator platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

HTC is well into the VR world with its Vive headset, with the company holding a conference to talk about the planned ecosystem for its Vive headset.




The company revealed a slew of new VR experiences that are on their way to the Vive, with HTC announcing a new Accelerator Program known as Vive X. HTC will invest $100 million into Vive X, so that it will "cultivate the VR industry and the development of the ecological business".


HTC CEO Cher Wang said that the Accelerator Program will launch in three cities: Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco. The company didn't provide anything specific in the way of locations, timelines or development studios. The company did say the program will be base-level administration, something that will include accounting, finance, HR and legal advice, and more for VR developers.

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Zelda Wii U launches simultaneously on Wii U and NX in 2017

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

Zelda fans knew it was coming--Nintendo has officially delayed Zelda Wii U to 2017.




Instead of releasing in 2016, the new Legend of Zelda game (Zelda Wii U) will see a simultaneous release on the Wii U and NX console in 2017. This marks the second Zelda Wii U delay, and we pretty much knew that the open-world adventure would be a major launch title on the NX.


Although the Japanese console-maker just announced the NX console will release in March 2017, Nintendo will focus on the new Zelda game at E3 2016 instead of the NX. We'll probably finally get an official game name, too.

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