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Epic Games is officially finished with the Gears of War franchise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 8:27 am

Microsoft Studios has owned the rights to Gears of War franchise for a little over a month now, but as of March 10, 2014 at 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), Epic Games will be shutting down and archiving the Gears of War forum.




Epic Games will also be handing over the Facebook and Twitter accounts to Gears of War over to Black Tusk Studios. Epic Games said on its Facebook page for Gears of War that "Black Tusk Studios asks for your patience and support as they set up new forums for the Gears of War community, and encourage you to communicate with them over Facebook (this page) and Twitter ( during this forum transition over the coming weeks".

Remedy scores Gravity movie talent for its upcoming Quantum Break

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 7:30 am

Remedy En'tertainment has worked on some pretty special games, including Max Payne and Alan Wake, but its upcoming title Quantum Break is looking like yet another winner for the Finnish-based studio.



On Remedy Entertainment's website, the staff congratulated Greg Louden for his work at the London-based effects studio Framestore, which took an Academy Award home for its Best Visual Effects for Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'. Louden's resume touts that he oversaw shots of Gravity's computer-generated interiors, with a focus on the free-floating objects that surrounded Sandra Bullock's character.


Quantum Break will see Louden use his talent on scripting and designing events as part of the game's level design. He will also be tackling some of the visual effects for Remedy's upcoming Xbox One-exclusive third-person shooter.

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The next Angry Birds game looks to have a medieval theme

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:35 am

The next installment in Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds series looks like it might don some metal armor, with a trailer teasing a knight's suit of armor posted to Rovio Mobile's YouTube channel.



The new game will be released in Australia, Canada and New Zealand first, with the video description teasing: "Perhaps the most Epic soft launch ever - whatever that means!?" There's no more information on it right now, but you can check back here at TweakTown for more information on the new Angry Birds title as it breaks.

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Vladimir Putin's body language is being studied by The Pentagon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:34 am

The situation between Russia and the Ukraine is heating up, but could the US government know what Vladimir Putin's next move is, all by studying his body language over the years?




The Pentagon has spent considerable sums of money studying the body language of foreign leaders, to hopefully predict future behavior. An article was recently published by USA Today reporter Ray Locker, who worked with documents uncovered by RT that provided a look into a subject that isn't talked about often. The military has been using the expertise of body movement analysts to interpret the nonverbal projections of important heads of state, including one in the spotlight right now, Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Locker reported: "US policymakers are seeking any advantage they can find". He added that the United States Office of Net Assessment, which is a division of the Department of Defense, has employed Naval War College research fellow Brenda Connors. Connors has been involved since 1996, and is one of just a few movement pattern analyst practitioners in the world to be sanctioned by the Motus Humanus organization.

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KINGMAX unveils its all new Pro Extreme SDXC line of memory cards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 4:08 am

Today KINGMAX, a manufacturer of flash-based storage, announced that it has released a new PRO Extreme line of SDXC / SDHC SD memory cards. The new Pro Extreme line adheres to UHS-I Speed Class 3 specifications ensuring that users get the fastest experience possible when used in compatible devices. KINGMAX says that the UHS-I rating allows the card to transfer images from the users camera's image buffer to the SD card much faster than non UHS cards.




"In order to record with high quality at any time and during important moments, a good memory card has become an important accessory for photographers! Everyone now can use the PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC to access ultra-high quality Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D or 4K2K videos on D-SLR, D-SLM, digital camcorders and other high performance models. The PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC memory card is compatible with SDHC and SDXC devices, and currently comes in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities for consumers to choose from. More excitingly, the 128 GB and 256 GB are also about to be released, so to use one memory card to record all scenarios of a micro-film is no longer a dream," the company said in a release.

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DRAM price fixing case settled for $310 Million, you can file a claim

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 3:10 am

A federal court in California has concluded a case against 12 DRAM manufacturers as they accused of price fixing between 1998 and 2002. The court calculated that the manufacturers will have to do a settlement that totals up to $310 million.




The case was filed by a group of US attorney generals against DRAM manufacturers including Samsung, NEC, Infineon, Hynix, Micron and Toshiba in 2007. The DRAM makers have any wrongdoing of any price fixing during those years, but have agreed to make a settlement. The attorney generals have agreed to $310 million settlement package where the money will be distributed to the public.


Earlier, Samsung had to cough out $300 million in 2005 as a settlement with US department of Justice.

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks with Pixel Doubling in prep for 4K

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 3:06 am

Recent reports are suggesting that a beta version of the upcoming update to OS X Mavericks has been pushed out to developers, and contains options for them to upscale their applications to 4K Ultra-HD resolutions. If true, this would allow Macbook Pro owners to connect their device to an external 4K display without any distortion, or blurry-ness messing up the image quality.




The reports suggest that the code update will also usher in 4K at a 60Hz refresh rate, something that has been limited to just 30Hz for a while now. The beta update is said to be OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, but no information was given on when it may release to the public, and if 4K will be supported on every application or if Apple is leaving it up to the developers to code their apps for 4K.

Nokia's upcoming Lumia 630 ousted in new leaked image

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 2:21 am

Today Nokia saw its upcoming Lumia 630 windows phone leaked by the infamous leakster @evleaks via his Twitter account. If true the new Lumia 630 brings back the vivid and rich hues that Nokia was famous for in its earlier Lumia smartphones. The leak shoes the Lumia 630 in a very bright orange, yellow, and green with white and black also being present.




The Lumia 630 is not much to get excite about though as it features a 4-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core processor. If recent rumors are true, then Nokia will also release a 635 variant that has provisions built-in for a dual-SIM setup, but nothing has been confirmed as of this writing. We expect for Microsoft and Nokia to launch the Lumia 630 during Microsoft's upcoming Build Conference where many expect Microsoft to map out the future of Windows Phone.

Microsoft using Xbox One gamer's data for political ads on Xbox Live

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 1:56 am

Microsoft is trying to convince politicians to use its Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other of its platforms for running targeted ads. It was found that Microsoft officials were handing out promotional material to several politicians at the annual conference for conservatives.




Mid-term elections are around the corner, and many companies are making a move to attract politicians in this 'political ad market'. Microsoft plans to use this opportunity of this business idea by displaying such ads on Xbox Live's dashboard. Political ad campaigns can be set according to preferred demographic made by interested candidates.

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Motorola adds NCAA college themes to Moto Maker

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 1:15 am

With March Madness in full swing, Motorola has just created a way for you to show off your favorite NCAA team with its Moto Maker software. Now you can customize your Motorola Moto X smartphone in your alma mater's colors and include the mascot on the rear of the phone. Beginning today Motorola has opened up its College Collection design gallery and will allow customers to select pre-configured school color combos from over 40 NCAA colleges.




"Moto Maker lets you express yourself and your style through your phone. Now, you can express your school spirit too! Just in time for the tournament, we're introducing the College Collection, a range of college-inspired Moto X customization options that allow you to showcase your favorite school colors," said Motorola. "We took a look at college colors across the board and added nine new back colors and three new accents to our Moto Maker palette so you can create the ultimate fan phone."

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