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Win a copy of Wreck-It Ralph on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 27, 2013 2:35 am

Thanks to Disney Home Entertainment Australia, we have two copies of Disney's 2012 computer generated blockbuster Wreck It Ralph on Blu-ray to give away. We took a look at the Blu-ray release a few weeks ago, and were certainly impressed with what we saw.

 

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Set inside the world of arcade games, Ralph (John C. Reilly) the adversary of the arcade hit 'Fix It Felix Jr', has become tired of playing the token bad guy role and decides to jump from the confined world of 'Fix It Felix' to the FPS 'Hero's Duty', while obtains the accolades he's been longing for. Unfortunately for the game world, the consequences of having done so may mean the obliteration of every game in the arcade, and everyone that inhabit them.

 

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To go into the running to win a copy of the Blu-ray, correctly answer the following question:

 

What is the name the candy infused racing game that character Vanellope von Schweetz races in?

 

Send your answers to my e-mail address, ben@tweaktown.com. The competition is open to the world with TweakTown covering shipping charges, even if you live in a remote cave somewhere and will close on Wednesday 29 May.

German government says the Xbox One is a monitoring device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 27, 2013 2:14 am

Here at TweakTown, we're bringing you every latest bit of information on the next-gen consoles, as that is going to be the war of all wars for technology in the coming years. We've seen the Xbox One unveiling event, written an article asking just what was Microsoft thinking, and had a massive article reporting that EA's Vice President said that the PS4 and Xbox One are a generation ahead of the fastest gaming PC on the planet.

 

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What can trump all of this? The German government coming out and stating that the Xbox One is a monitoring device. The Federal Data Protection Commissioner for Berlin, Peter Schaar, has said "Under the heading, game device 'Microsoft pushes a monitoring device in the market. The Xbox continuously records all sorts of personal information about me. Reaction rates, my learning or emotional states. The are then processed on an external server, and possibly even passed on to third parties."

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Nexus 4 spotted running Android 4.3, still called Jelly Bean and features retooled camera interface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 25, 2013 1:28 am

Android 4.3 has reportedly been spotted in the wild at a mobile expo currently taking place in Thailand. The new operating system was spotted running on a Nexus 4 and appears to remain nearly unchanged. The only noticeable user interface difference appears to be the camera app, which sports controls in different locations:

 

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Android 4.3 is seen running with a build number of JWR45B, indicating that it is a completely new build. The operating system also had the Jelly Bean Easter egg found in the About section. We still don't know when Google will release the new operating system, though it shouldn't be too far off in the future.

See all of Curiosity's work on Mars in just 1:06 in this time lapse video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 25, 2013 1:03 am

The way NASA has marketed Curiosity has resulted in a soft spot in my heart for the Mars rover. This morning, Curiosity tweeted out a time lapse video of all her work over the last nine months. The video runs for just one minute, six seconds and is the work of Karl Sanford, a fan of Curiosity.

 

 

The pictures used for the time lapse video are from Curiosity's Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras and were obtained from NASA's Curiosity picture dump. Thankfully, NASA has provided all of this data for public use. Without that, this time lapse video wouldn't have been possible.

 

We want to hear your thoughts on Curiosity and the video embedded above. Should funding for NASA be increased to fund projects such as this? Let us know!

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Microsoft is 'confident' that Xbox One won't suffer from RRoD disaster

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 25, 2013 12:33 am

Microsoft is "confident" that the new Xbox One won't suffer from the same Red Ring of Death problem that the Xbox 360 originally suffered from. This is good news for gamers who suffered at the hands of the RRoD as it was frustrating and often just months after purchase.

 

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Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, says that Microsoft learned a lot from the Xbox 360 launch and put it towards future Xbox products. He notes how the Xbox 360 Slim, or Trinity, had a very low rate of failure.

 

The last Xbox was Trinity [Xbox 360 Slim] and our success rate on Trinity was very high. We learned a ton from the 360 launch and we took care of our customers with the extended warranty, but I think Trinity is telling. Xbox One is built by the same Trinity team with the same learning that went from Xbox 360 into Trinity, and I'm confident in the quality of the new box.

 

There is still quite a bit that the general public doesn't know about the Xbox One. More details regarding the console should continue to show up ahead of its launch, which will likely take place towards the end of 2013. We'll find out more on June 10 at Microsoft's E3 briefing.

RumorTT: Leaked screenshots seem to indicate Gmail will be getting UI revamp

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 25, 2013 12:06 am

It looks as though Google could be readying a user interface revamp for Gmail on the web and its app. Several screenshots have been leaked and in them a radically different Gmail can be seen. The question is, are they real? TheNextWeb was provided with the following screenshot by a source:

 

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It seems to show that there will be a few default tabs at the top to help you sort through your e-mail. The categories are reportedly Main, Social, Offers, Notifications, and Forums. It would appear that e-mail will automatically be categorized by Gmail into these various tabs.

 

Google's spokesperson said that they don't comment on rumor or speculation, so for now, take these images with a grain of salt.

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ReportTT: Google considering Waze buyout

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2013 11:30 pm

Rumors have made the rounds that Facebook is interested in the social mapping service. According to a Bloomberg report, Google may also be considering a Waze buyout. This is good news for Waze as the two companies would likely enter into a bidding war; it's not such great news for the companies themselves as the price will go up.

 

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The report states that Google and others have approached Waze since the news of Facebook's talks were made public. Waze is reportedly seeking in excess of $1 billion, so it's very possible that talks fall through and Waze remains an independent company. Greg Sterlin, an analyst at Opus Research, suggests that Google may acquire Waze to prevent competition or add social features to its own Maps product:

 

If they put a lot of effort behind it and really try to develop a social mapping product, it could be something significantly differentiated from what Google is offering and could grow into a competitor for Google Maps.

 

We're still a good distance away from Waze being acquired as the acquisition would likely undergo scrutiny from the FTC and other government groups. If Waze does enter into an acquisition deal, you'll be able to read about it here on TweakTown.

Microsoft and Google kiss and make up, said to be working on YouTube app for Windows Phone that serves ads, coming in 'the coming weeks'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 24, 2013 10:54 pm

Good news for Windows Phone users! Microsoft and Google have apparently kissed and made up and are now working jointly on a YouTube app that follows the YouTube API guidelines. The new app will serve ads using YouTube's iFrame API and is due out as soon as next month.

 

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Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube's API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.

 

Windows Phone users should ultimately be the winners from this agreement as they will gain a polished YouTube app. It's not clear exactly what brought the two companies together or what Microsoft had to provide to Google to get them to play ball. Microsoft needs a YouTube app to make Windows Phone a viable mobile platform.

 

We'll let you know when the newly polished YouTube app is released for Windows Phone.

ReportTT: Microsoft will charge retailers an activation fee to sell used games, not players

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 24, 2013 10:30 pm

It looks as though Microsoft may charge retailers a fee to resell used games rather than users themselves. According to reports by Eurogamer and MCV, retailer will be required to pay a fee in order to sell traded-in games as used games. A cut of that fee will go to Microsoft and the rest will go to the publisher.

 

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Once a game is marked as 'traded-in', it will wipe it from the user's account and console. This could explain the need for the Xbox One to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours. The specific fee isn't known as of yet and Microsoft could vary it per game or depending on how it's received by the market.

 

This will inevitably raise the price paid for used games or reduce the price paid for trade-ins. Likely, it will do both. Microsoft still has time to change the system, though we are still waiting for the full details. We probably won't get those until closer to the console's launch.

Best Buy offering $50 discount on Apple iPhones starting Sunday and running for four weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 10:01 pm

Today has been a good day for Apple customers. First Apple reduced the price on refurbished iPads, now Best Buy will be running a $50 discount on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 for the next four weeks. The discount will go into effect on Sunday and will be valid on any device purchased with a new two-year contract through Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T.

 

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This discount could signify that a new iPhone isn't too far off in the future as Apple devices usually only get discounted ahead of new model launches. It could also be to help drive sales. After all, the iPhone 5 has been out since September of last year and it has to compete with the newly released Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

 

Best Buy is also offering some short-term Memorial Day discounts. From May 26 to June 1, the Galaxy S3 will be available for $49, the HTC Droid DNA will be available for $49, and the HTC One X will be available for free. All of these require their respective carriers and a new two-year contract.

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