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NVIDIA confirms July 31 shipping date for Shield, 'mechanical issue' has been resolved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 1:21 am

NVIDIA delayed Shield, their portable Android-powered gaming console last month, but have now confirmed a July 31 shipping date. Until now, we didn't really know why the 5-inch gaming device was delayed.



The company have now said that a "mechanical issue that relates to a third party component" is the reason behind the delay, but NVIDIA haven't said anything past that to explain that the issues had been resolved. NVIDIA's original release date for Shield was June 27, so we're not talking about that much of a delay.




But, in order to fan away consumers' issues with the delay, the pricing was dropped from $349 to $299 - something that definitely can't be complained about.

Set phasers to 'win' for a chance to snag Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 1:07 am

Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, we have ten copies of Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray to give away, valued at $62.95 each.




Starting with Captain Picard's terrifying battle to escape from the inhuman Borg and culminating with the Klingon Empire on the brink of civil war in the series' historic 100th episode, you can now experience Season 4 and so much more on breathtaking Blu-ray™. This set features dazzling 1080p high definition picture with visual effects painstakingly re-created from original film elements, digitally remastered 7.1 sound (original broadcast audio also provided), and a wealth of newly produced, behind-the-scenes special features and never-before-released deleted scenes.




To go in with a chance to take home a copy of Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray, simply answer the following question:


Name the location of the Picard family vineyard, as revealed in the Season Four episode 'Family'


Send your answers to before the competition closes on Thursday the 25th of July. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

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More leaked press shots of the refreshed Nexus 7 arrive online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 12:20 am

It's been a long time coming, but the refreshed Nexus 7 is almost here. We should see it unveiled next week, but before then @evleaks strikes again with some new leaked press shots of the upcoming Android-based 7-inch slate.




We can see the refreshed Nexus 7's much better 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, something that the original Nexus 7 didn't even include. It's branded differently on the rear, which could point to people using the device in landscape more. There's two speakers on the rear of the refreshed Nexus 7, one up the top and another down the bottom.


On the right of the Nexus 7 we can find the volume, power and microphone input. On the front of the refreshed 7-inch tablet we have a front-facing camera and what looks to be a notification LED. We should expect Android 4.3 to be featured on the refreshed Nexus 7, something that should be confirmed at Google's event on July 24.

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - NVELO pays off for Samsung

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 2:26 pm

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Last year Samsung acquired NVELO, the maker of SSD caching software called Dataplex. At the time we didn't understand the move aside from NVELO's first product, but now things are clearing up.



NVELO's new software called Rapid will ship inside Samsung's Magician 4.2 update and work with 840 EVO and 840 Pro - possibly 840, but we're still confirming.


The Rapid angle received a lot of attention at the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit and it's one of the most exciting announcements from the show. Since the software works with both new and existing products, owners of early 840 family products will also find benefits from the new software layer.


We're looking forward to testing the 840, 840 PRO and 840 EVO again with and without the new software advancements.

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2013 Samsung Global SSD Summit - Samsung dominating the SSD market

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 1:24 pm

2013 Samsung Global SSD Summit - I would pound my chest if 36% of all English SSD reviews were read at TweakTown. At 57% of the all Italian reviews, well I might have a global SSD review conference. Samsung has those exact numbers when it comes to SSD sales.



The video doesn't break ground on technical details, but gives us a good understanding of where Samsung is at in relation to other SSD manufacturers.


Seeing the stepping stones starting with early Samsung SSDs is a nice history lesson.

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2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Introducing the 840 EVO

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 1:12 pm

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Our hands are tied until the 25th on a full review, but Samsung stated that everything in the show is fair game. We had some latency trying to get all of the videos loaded, but we're ready to show you a bit more 840 EVO news.



I promise to bring the tri-pod next time. We're still learning the video market. We'll have to keep other media from chatting in the videos too, it's coming together though.


Now that you have a majority of the EVO facts, I'm sure you're just as excited as we are.

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Zack Snyder confirms Superman/Batman movie for 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 12:34 pm

I'm still adjusting to the awesomeness that was Man of Steel, but while I was over in Melbourne for PAX Australia 2013, I read that the director of Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, confirmed a Superman/Batman movie for 2015.




At the end of the DC panel at Comic-Con 2013, Zack Snyder tool the stage, gesturing that moderator Chris Hardwick should move out of the way where he said "I'm gonna take the lectern from you, because some sh*t's going to happen up here. It's official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don't want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there's a single element that will be in the film that I could... help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We're writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that'll help you understand it."


While this is exciting news, it doesn't confirm a sequel to Man of Steel, which is weird. Harry Lennix, who starred in Man of Steel, read a line from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns: "I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."

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Popcultcha display some truly amazing works of geek art at PAX Australia 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 11:25 am

PAX Australia 2013 - Walking the huge expo hall of PAX Australia, I stumbled across Popcultcha, who had some truly amazing works of art on display. Most of them were purchasable, even though they were quite pricey.






The entire two days I walked the halls, it was packed inside and out of the Popcultcha booth. People were oohing and aahing over most of what was on display and we captured some shots of some of the goodies on display and sale. If only I had a few spare thousand dollars and didn't mind mailing it back to myself because I'd be over my baggage limit with my airline. More pictures in the gallery below, too.

Panasonic hit with $56.5 million fine over price fixing, multiple execs to serve jail time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 11:24 am

This has been going on for a while now, but judgment has finally been served in the Panasonic price fixing case. Panasonic will plead guilty to US government charges that see the Japanese company falling on their sword over price fixing in two huge markets.




The first, is the laptop battery pack market and the second is auto parts. Panasonic have agreed to pay $56.5 million in fines for the two separate conspiracies, with 15 executives at several companies will be facing jail time as part of the deal. Hopefully you're sitting down for this one, but Panasonic's price fixing has been going on for quite some time in the auto parts industry, dating back to 1998.


Panasonic have been working with other companies behind closed doors in order to "fix, stabilize and maintain the prices" of lighting equipment sold to manufacturers such as Honda, Mazda and Nissan. The Japanese company also worked with other corporations where price fixing was applied to switches and sensors for auto steering wheels, doors, wipers, turn signals and other parts of a car's control system that were sold to fellow Japanese company Toyota.

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Flashback remake spotted at PAX Australia 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2013 11:07 am

PAX Australia 2013 - Flashback is a game that I poured countless hours into as a kid, so when I walked past and saw Flashback, I had a double take. I didn't even know this was in existence, but it is now known to me that a remake of Flashback is coming soon.





The HD remake arrives on XBLA on August 21, and includes the original game. It's said to be arriving on both the PlayStation 3 and PC, but at a later date. We have a video above that you can check out, it's not the most exciting game, but for fans of the original like myself, this will be a must have purchase when it arrives.