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Battlefield 1 'Play First' trial available, weighs 40GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you're an Origin Access subscriber, you can get your grubby hands-on Battlefield 1 with its Play First trial, right now.




Battlefield 1 can be played for 10 hours as a trial before its Early Access on October 18, and its full release on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 21. The new Play First trial of BF1 weighs 40GB on the PC, with the installation requiring 47GB of HDD space. I'm downloading it right now, so expect some gameplay footage, impressions, and more from TweakTown very soon.


EA recently released 5 new gameplay trailers from the single-player side of Battlefield 1, and the game will include some powerful video creation tools.


Battlefield 1 release schedule:


October 13 - EA Access w/Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (partial game/10 hours play)

October 18 - Early Enlister Deluxe Edition (full game)

October 21 - Battlefield 1 official release

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Original 'E.T.' poster art sells for nearly $400,000

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Audiences continue to hold a special place in their hearts for Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' and one super fan has shelled out a huge amount own a slice of its history.




A piece of original artwork created by artist John Alvin which served as the iconic theatrical poster went up for auction yesterday and according to the Associated Press it was snapped up by an anonymous bidder for just under $400,000. Its previous owner was 'The Simpsons' writer and producer Bob Bendetson.

HTC teams with HP on $1499 for VR gaming PC bundle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It was only last week during the Oculus Connect 3 conference that we were teased with a $499 gaming PC that would handle VR, thanks to changes Oculus are making to the PC requirements of the Rift.




HTC has teamed with HP on a new VR gaming PC bundle, something that will include a PC good enough to power Vive games, and the HTC Vive itself. The HP Envy desktop rocks an Intel Core i5-6400, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card - and when you take into consideration the $799 cost of the HTC Vive, the HP Envy gaming PC is costing just $900 on its own.


For the $900, you're also getting a copy of Windows 10 Home, as well as a DVD drive, keyboard, and mouse. There are two bonus VR games thrown in, with The Lab from Valve, and theBlu:Encounter. The VR bundle doesn't include a monitor, so you'll need a monitor or TV to get it setup and going.

iPhone 7 32GB has 8x slower storage than 128GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Samsung is dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 issues, leading the South Korean electronics giant to halt production of its 5.5-inch phablet, and now Apple is going through some of its own issues.




Apple's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are reportedly experiencing storage-related issues, with the smaller 32GB models radically slower than their 128GB counterparts. The new iPhone 7 Plus 32GB is capable of writing at ~4MB/sec, while the larger 128GB model is capable of flying at ~30MB/sec, for comparisons sake - the iPhone 6S Plus 64GB pushes ~20MB/sec.


When it comes to read speeds, the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB model pushes ~7MB/sec, while the 128GB model is capable of ~9MB/sec and the older 6S Plus 64GB model is pushing around ~6MB/sec. Basemark's Pass Mark benchmark was used, transferring a 3.3GB file which took 52 seconds on the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, the iPhone 7 128GB does it in a super-quick 17 seconds, and the older iPhone 6S Plus 64GB in 60 seconds.


PassMark Storage write speeds:


  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 200.6 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 308 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 39.6 Mbyte/s


PassMark Storage read speeds:


  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 628 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 691 Mbyte/s
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 926 Mbyte/s


Seconds taken to transfer 3.3GB:


  • iPhone 6S Plus (64GB) - 60 seconds
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) - 52 minutes
  • iPhone 7 (128GB) - 17 seconds

Disney sued for $2m over Ford 'Star Wars' set injury

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The on-set injury which saw 'Star Wars' actor Harrison Ford pinned under the door of the Millenium Falcon set has been settled in a UK court for a massive $2 million.




According to The Daily Mail, the Disney owned company 'Foodles Production' has been ordered to cough up the huge amount to cover the actors injuries which included a broken tibia and fibula, a dislocated ankle and a deep cut to his hand which required plastic surgery to repair. The court heard that the injuries could have been far worse, even killing the actor. Foodles admitted to two counts of breaching its health and safety duties in relation to the on-set incident.


Still, Disney won't be hurting too much from the payout, with 'The Force Awakens' grossing over $2 billion at the world wide box office.

Remembering the man that helped build today's future

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Five years ago, we lost two people who had an enormous impact on the IT industry. On October 5th, 2011 Steve Jobs, the man whose vision and determination are responsible for a revolution in the industry of personal computers, music, tablets, mobile phones, animated movies, had died.


Just a week later, on this day in 2011, the world lost a true legend, a man to who we owe everything we know about modern computing, a man who isn't as nearly as praised as he should be - Dennis Ritchie.




Ritchie was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1983 for his accomplishments. And there are quite a few things we owe to this great man.

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Verizon Pixel phones will update same time as Google

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Last week we reported Pixel phones bought through Google partner Verizon would receive updates through Verizon, with the assumption they'd be late as is typically the case. Verizon however has assured that updates will occur simultaneously.




"All operating system and security updates to the Pixel devices will happen in partnership with Google. In other words, when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time (much like iOS updates)," a spokesperson for the company said. "Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google."


Verizon also notes their version is carrier unlocked and sports just three pre-installed apps, all of which are easily uninstalled.

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Battlefield 1 beta hackers may get 10 years in prison

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The hackers responsible for Battlefield 1's DDoS attacks--as well as many others--have been caught by federal authorities and could face some serious jail time for their cybercrimes.




The two 19 year old hackers--Zachary Buchta from the U.S. and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy from the Netherlands--have been charged for masterminding DDoS attacks for Lizard Squad and Poodlecorp, selling DDoS software and fraudulent credit cards.


The duo allegedly carried out a number of DDoS strikes, including the most recent crippling the Battlefield 1 beta servers. After the beta DDoS, Lizard Squad promised to smash Battlefield 1's servers once again when it launched on October 21.

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AMD drops Gaming Evolved app

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

You may have noticed recently the lack of a 'Gaming Evolved' check box in the AMD driver installation window. As it turns out, the company has discontinued the app, so if you want to record or stream gameplay, you'll have to look externally to, OBS Studio, and so on.




"Starting September 12, 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software," reads the official statement. "The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the AMD Gaming Evolved App dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected."


The news isn't too surprising as most found the app clunky and inefficient, particularly in comparison to competitor GeForce Experience. One hopes then AMD is hard at work on a proper, internal solution.

4K video of Google Pixel XL is fake

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A stunning video emerged last week showing the video capabilities of the Pixel XL camera. As noted in the previous article, there was a chance the video is fake, and now it has been confirmed that video is indeed fake.




Ron8it user thought it would be fun to steal a video originally posted on Vimeo by Ruben Sanchez and try to sell it as his own shot with a Google's Pixel XL. The video is indeed stunning, but it doesn't show how good the Pixel XL camera is. Instead, it shows the capabilities of the Panasonic GH4.


As stated under the original video, it was shot in 4K UHD on a Panasonic GH4, with Lumix and Nikon lenses. The YouTube user that "borrowed" the video has removed it in the mean time. It also poses questions about his other videos, allegedly showing the wonders of the iPhone 7 Plus camera.

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