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Samsung's new firmware limits Note 7 battery to 60%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Just a few minutes ago, my Galaxy Note 7 vibrated and sounded out with a new notification telling me that they're pushing out a new firmware update for the Note 7, with a 60% battery charge limit.




The new 60% limit will come into play soon, and once it appears on the Galaxy Note 7 it will automatically download it, and install. Once the update is complete, Samsung will push another message to Note 7 owners, stating that the phone should be turned off, and returned to the store.

Opera's built-in VPN goes public

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week ago

Two months after the news Opera's browser business would be sold to Chinese firms, the company's eponymous browser now offers a built-in virtual private network (VPN) service. Available in beta form since April, it goes public today, making it the first major browser to do so.




VPNs allow one greater privacy and security while granting access to region restricted content. Opera cites surveys where users who declined to use one typically did so to avoid difficulty and subscription fees, so it appears their aim is to eliminate both barriers.

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GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G Graphic Card

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week ago

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Fallout 4 and DLCs gets up to 60% off price nuke on PC

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

For those who've waited 10 months and are just now thinking about dipping their toes into Fallout 4, there's an opportunity to pick up the Steam copy of the game plus DLCs on the cheap. It's all part of GMG's Fallout 4 sale, which runs now through Saturday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 21 and gets you 60% off the Fallout 4 base game and about 40% off on select DLC packs.




Update: Fallout 4 deals expired earlier than expected and are not over with.


These prices are pretty decent. Fallout 4 itself is tying its all-time historic low for the PC Steam version of the game (okay, technically $0.04 off its all-time low, but close enough). The DLCs are all at its lowest price to date. The catch for the sale is you'll need to do two things: 1) Login; 2) Use code: VIP3 at checkout. Not that hard, but it can get confusing at GMG as they only display their full discount prices after a user has either logged in or created a new account.


Fallout 4 and DLC Deals for PC


Use coupon: VIP3



The only DLC that doesn't seem to be getting a huge discount is the latest Nuka World pack. To be honest, it's probably the worst-reviewed DLC pack on Steam right now with about 50% of the reviews being negative, so it may not be a bad idea to skip out on this $15 purchase. For a better DLC experience, Far Harbor is much more well received and the same goes for the Automatron pack.


This sale actually started up as early as Friday last weekend and was suppose to expire earlier this Monday, but it looks like Fallout 4 sold relatively well and Green Man Gaming has decided to extend the sale. If you prefer other retailers, we'd wait after a week, as we're almost certain the sale will trickle onto other stores (e.g. Steam Store or GamersGate etc.) as Bethesda cycles the promotion through their other distributors.

Twitter loosens up on character limit starting today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week ago

Announced in May, Twitter has finally implemented changes to its 140 character limit.




The limit still remains, of course, but in modified form: now photos, quoted tweets, polls, GIFs, and basically anything that isn't original, raw text will no longer count toward it. The result: a much more convenient experience when tweeting anything but text or in addition to text.


Posting images or videos not uploaded to Twitter directly will still count, however, which has the inadvertent benefit of encouraging users to employ Twitter's side services.

Samsung 960 M.2 SSDs may use 64-layer VNAND at up to 2TB

By: Jon Coulter | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - They say a picture is worth a thousand words. From this picture floating around at Samsung's SSD Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, we can speculate a few things about the 960 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs that Samsung will be launching in less than 24 hours. First and most exciting is that the MLC-based 960 Pro will at some point hit the market at a massive 2TB capacity point. This is 4x the current highest selling capacity of the 950 Pro (512GB).




Based on the information that the photo reveals, we are speculating that the 960 Pro, at least at the 2TB capacity point, will use Samsung's fourth-generation 64-layer VNAND. Additionally, we noticed something else that points to fourth-generation 64-layer VNAND. According to the picture, the 960 Pro has a power draw of only 1 amp. This is a massive reduction in power draw in comparison to the 2.7 amps of power draw on the 950 Pro.


The 1TB 960 EVO, according to the picture, will have a power draw of 2.7 amps. Hence, we believe the 960 EVO will be based on Samsung's current third-generation 48-layer VNAND. We think that the 960 EVO will be first to market, followed sometime shortly by the 960 Pro. Both the 960 EVO and 960 Pro will be based on Samsung's Polaris controller, the same controller that we saw on the SM961 OEM drive that currently reigns supreme in terms of sequential performance of up to 3200/1800 MB/s (sequential read/ write).

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How to build dynamic web apps with Angular 2

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



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You'll master the Angular 2 programming basics then start designing your own applications from scratch. From fitness and weather apps to Spotify clones, you'll get hands-on experience building projects with this framework. As you make your way through this collection, your coding will become cleaner, easier to maintain, and reusable, so you can build apps at faster speeds.


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4K Blu-ray is dead on the PC, and there's no reason why

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week ago

Begin rant: I'm sitting in front of my computer looking at the price of the Xbox One S console, as I'm about to buy my first console since the PS3. I never owned an Xbox 360, Xbox One or PS4, but the new Xbox One S has me convinced. I'm moving back to consoles for a very big thing: 4K Blu-ray, which doesn't exist on the PC right now - the mightiest platform of them all.




Seriously, it doesn't make sense.


Years later, I went to a PC store in my state and purchased a Pioneer DVDROM with an MPEG2 decoder card, and getting The Matrix on DVD right after. That night, I launched into the next generation of entertainment, with my PC at the center of it. The quality was on another level, but having my PC power by DVD drive was really something else for entertainment at my desk.


Fast forward to 2016, in a world of incredibly powerful smartphones, high-res/refresh rate displays, massively fast graphics cards, SSDs and CPUs - 4K Blu-ray is completely dead on the PC. What. The. Hell.

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Gears of War 4 could run at 4K 60FPS on Xbox Scorpio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

In an article earlier today, I wrote about Gears of War 4 shaping up to be one biggest games for the PC this year. But during the interview with Technical Director Mike Raynor, it looks like Xbox Scorpio could run it at close to PC settings, at 4K.




Raynor said: "When we built this game over the last three years and went to a new engine, we optimized for a new console generation. We've made a foundational technology for the franchise to work over the next 10 years. We've authored content with 4K in mind. We support 4K texture resolutions, additional features".


He added that Gears of War 4 is ready for future hardware, with more horsepower and new features. Raynor continued: "We're not gonna hit reset [with the next game] and be thinking, 'How are we going to do this? We're not ready for it.' I can't go into specifics about Gears 4, but look at what we're doing on Windows, what we're doing on Gears 4-it looks pretty good for what we'll be able to do on future hardware".


Future systems = Xbox Scorpio and next-gen PC hardware, which is incredibly exciting to hear. We now need more developers following in these foot steps, and throw Vulkan into the mix and we could see a real resurgence of high-end games that push our hardware and make us need multi-GPU setups before next-gen architectures arrive to run it on a single card.

Gears of War 4 ready for future PCs and multi-GPU rigs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Gears of War 4 is nearly here, and we're beginning to hear very positive things about the PC version of the game, which almost feels like we've slipped into a Bizarro world with PC ports these days.




Ars Technica got their hands-on some preview code of the PC version of Gears of War 4, with the site confirming the game includes an 'Insane' graphics setting, something they ran on their GeForce GTX 1080, Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM. This hardware is pretty beefy, and it wasn't enough to handle the game at 4K.


The resolution was dropped from 4K to 1440p, with Ars noting it "still looked gorgeous" and ran at 60FPS with the graphics settings set higher than the Insane settings. Technical Director Mike Raynor told Ars: "DirectX 12 is a big part of how we're able to get additional performance out of the PC. The DX12 graphics API takes away a bunch of layers from the developer and hardware. It's letting us have more direct control over what the GPU's doing...".

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