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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games now on PC, overpriced, poorly ported

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 6 mins ago

Developer Raven Software's excellent Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and its less well-received but still respectable sequel are finally available on PC (via Steam) as of this week. Unfortunately, the games have not been done justice: each is priced at $40 (about double what publisher Activision normally charges for games even younger than these), don't include DLC, and they suffer from serious port issues.

 

 

User reviews (currently at 'Mostly Negative' based on 51 reviews) consistently cite control issues (no key rebinding, unresponsive controls, and bad controller support, to name a few), and poor audio. As well, it's been pointed out that 1080p resolutions are not supported, at least for 1440p monitors: resolutions above and below 1080p are, but not 1080p itself. Whether 1080p is supported on 1080p monitors or not is unclear, but either way, this is a concerning matter.

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Nintendo NX might be transforming hybrid handheld, not a console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

According to insider sources, Nintendo's new NX console is a dedicated mobile handheld that features an interesting transforming hybrid design.

 

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Eurogamer has recently corroborated a lot of my past speculation on the NX, with an added twist: the NX may apparently be a mobile tablet-like gaming handheld like we thought, but it could have detachable controllers and no dedicated "console" nexus. The outlet reports that the NX is transformable: the side "controllers" detach from the tablet screen into halves that can combine into a full controller. The screen can then be placed in a stationary position allowing gamers a mini console-like experience.

 

Per the reports, it looks like the NX won't have a dedicated "hub" base like the Wii U. This suggests that the NX hardware is entirely mobile-based, and that all of the internal components are housed within the portable tablet-like handheld. If you want to play the NX on your HDTV, you'll have to slot the tablet-like handheld into a docking station, not unlike a 2-in-1's keyboard/charging station. So when its docked the NX is theoretically a "console," but it's also not.

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The World of 'Warcraft' comes to Blu-ray, 4K in September

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 23 hours, 50 mins ago

After a disappointing theatrical release which was only saved by China's massive appetite for the long-running Blizzard franchise, Universal Pictures have announced the home video release for this summer's 'Warcraft'.

 

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Coming as a fully fledged special edition Blu-ray release featuring deleted and extended scenes, making of featurettes, a gag reel, the Bonds of Brotherhood motion comic and trailers, 'Warcraft' hits Blu-ray, 4K and digital from September 27, while it comes a week earlier in Australia, in addition to a 3D release.

 

 

Despite becoming the highest grossing video game adaptation of all time with a $432 million haul worldwide, 'Warcraft's huge $160 million budget means the film needs to generate additional revenue from home video releases to turn a slim profit.

Windows 10 will cost $119 after free upgrade expires

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

You probably know it already from Microsoft aggressive, repeated messages, but the Windows 10 upgrade offer is about to expire (July 29 is the big day). So, unless you're planning on skipping the OS entirely, now's the time to get on it.

 

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If you decide not to or you live under a rock and find out too late, the company says Windows 10 will cost you $119 (unless you buy a new computer, in which case it will come included).

 

Despite the off-putting tactics, the operating system remains a strong one, perhaps most of all for gamers who benefit from DirectX 12 and other technical advantages, so we encourage you to grab it free while you can.

Hacker uncovers Vine source code, Twitter pays him $10,080

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

A hacker by the name of Avinash discovered Vine's source code is publicly available, and for his efforts, parent company Twitter has paid him $10,080.

 

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The news is only coming out now, but Avinash presented his findings to Twitter about two months ago, at which point they fixed the issue within five minutes.

 

Tech giants paying hackers for bug bounties is a standard practice; bug bounty hunter Anand Prakash has earned roughly $1 million to date.

Nexus, Android One phones updated with spam caller protection

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Owners of a Nexus or Android One smartphone can now benefit from spam caller protection, as a new update to the Google Phone app means you'll be warned about spammers going forward.

 

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You're also able to block and report such numbers: to do so, open the Phone app, go to Recent Calls, tap whichever call you want, and tap Block / Report Spam.

 

Assuming you have Caller ID enabled and the Google Phone app is updated, spam protection is already enabled and working.

Run Windows natively on Mac and Linux without the hassle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

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Mac and Linux users: why deny yourself the joys of Windows if you don't have to? With CrossOver15, you can run Windows software natively on Mac and Linux and without the aid of a virtual machine or license. For only $19.99, you can enjoy Windows games, apps, and more on without having to commit to the Windows OS.

 

With CrossOver15, you can integrate Windows software seamlessly on your native desktop environment, running Windows apps and games at their true native speeds. Plus, you can use Windows software without having to rely on Windows virus protection, and you can run the software without having to reboot or use a virtual machine.

 

For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get CrossOver 15 for Mac or Linux for only $19.99--a tremendous discount on their respective $39.95 and $59.95 price tags.

American Crime Story will stream exclusively on Netflix

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Fox has signed a deal that will see American Crime Story stream exclusively on Netflix as of 2017. Available everywhere but Canada (where Rogers' holds rights to FX content), each season will launch on the service after their broadcast windows are up.

 

 

The first season of the show -- which earned 22 Emmy nominations -- centers on the fevered trial of O.J. Simpson that began in the mid-90s and gained worldwide attention and earning the title "Trial of the Century." It stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson (who funnily enough also has a role in American Horror Story), and David Schwimmer.

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Free Xbox LIVE games for August leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

The free August Games With Gold titles have been revealed ahead of schedule, and they're not actually pretty good this time around.

 

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Thankfully it looks like the days of Pool Nation HD repeats are gone forever: August's GwG lineup includes some rather decent titles on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. On the "all-in-one console" we have Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, one of the best Musou games on the market, and WWE 2K16, a semi-competent wrestler that seems to be a big improvement over the broken WWE 2K15.

 

On Xbox 360 the offerings are lighter fare for GwG August. Sadly we won't be seeing any AAA titles this time around, with the free games limited to XBLA games like Spelunky and Beyond Good & Evil HD. Don't get me wrong, both of these games are pretty good on their own right, but it's not necessarily what Xbox 360 users are used to. Then again a good portion of the Xbox 360's library has already been given away for free.

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AMD's Radeon Pro SSG handles 8K 96FPS, thanks to an on-board M.2 SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

Siggraph 2016 - AMD has announced its new Radeon Pro SSG graphics card, with it being one of the first under the new Radeon Pro branding, with AMD rebranding its FirePro graphics card range.

 

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AMD's new Radeon Pro SSG is a super unique new way of professional graphics, as it has flash memory attached to the graphics card, which can see professional graphics solutions scale far beyond the 32GB limit we're at now. Instead of having a 32GB frame buffer, which might sound like a lot to gamers, it gets used very quickly with massive professional workloads.

 

Radeon Pro SSG uses flash memory that can scale into the terabytes, which means we'll see professional graphics cards with 1TB or 2TB of memory available. The flash memory has direct communication with the GPU but doesn't work in the way of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which is physically on the Interposer, with the GPU. Performance wise, the flash memory on Radeon Pro SSG can handle 8K video at 96FPS compared to the previous high-end FirePro graphics card that was only capable of 8K at 17FPS - a huge 5.6x increase in performance.

 

Where the Radeon Pro SSG comes into its own thing, is pre-visualization on movie sets, where directors can have near-final visual effects running in real-time thanks to the Radeon Pro SSG. Normally studios will have to water down the super high-end assets that visual effects studios make so that they can provide a real-time look at the visual effects on the set, but with Radeon Pro SSG they can do it in real-time at a much higher level of detail.

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