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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Wii U release date announced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:32 pm

Lego Batman is one of the biggest hits on the Wii console ranking right up there with the Lego Star Wars titles. Fans of the game have already seen the sequel arrive on the Wii and Nintendo DS, but Wii U owners have been left wondering when they will get a taste of Gotham City love.

 

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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will blast onto the scene for Wii U on the 21st of May, which is just over a month from now. The date has not been confirmed through Nintendo, but it is listed on both Amazon and GameStop's website as going on sale that day.

 

Gaming site Joystiq has also confirmed through GameStop that this date is indeed the official launch date for Lego Batman 2 for the Wii U.

LeakedTT: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 in white appears ahead of tomorrow's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:33 pm

Images have surfaced of Panasonic's upcoming Lumix DMC-GF6 MFT camera. The camera which is set to be released tomorrow appeared in white trim, and looking quite nice.

 

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Along with the image, info has also been leaked about the camera's specifications. Packed into the small hosing is a 16-megapixel image sensor, an all-new "Venus" image engine, low light Auto Focus system and WiFi. The camera is capable of burst of up to 4.2 frames per second, and can shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS.

 

Other notable features include Near Field Communication, an ISO range up to 25,600, and will come with a 14-42mm kit lens. The GF6 is expected to retail at $680 and every indication is pointing to the official launch happening tomorrow morning.

 

Do Mirror-less Four-Thirds cameras appeal to you? Personally I still prefer a big bodied DSLR, but that is just the photographer in me speaking.

OopsTT: Taiwan news media erroneously reports on the death of the Queen of England

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:09 pm

This morning a Taiwan news station reported that the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, had passed away. However, we are happy to report that the Queen is alive and well. The report headline said (as pictured below): "Queen of England passes away, and we will miss her." It appears that the passing of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of England, was confused with the Queen.

 

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Margaret Thatcher served England as prime minister from 1979 until 1990, and holds the title as England's longest serving politician, and nicknamed the "Iron Lady" because of her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As prime minister, she implemented conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.

 

While we at TweakTown are sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher's passing, we are happy to report that the Queen is doing just fine. In general I hold all media sources to the highest standards and as a journalist myself, I fact check everything I post before hitting that submit button.

 

What has Taiwan news media been smoking this morning?

 

UPDATE: To be clear, there was some confusion to the translation of the headline. Some are stating the Chinese wording translates to "Queen" and others "Prime Minister". The fact remain for sure that the image used is of the Queen of England, and not Margaret Thatcher.

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Apple gets to keep iPad Mini trademark, must add fine print

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:34 pm

Apple has been trying to trademark the iPad Mini name since the product's inception, but up until now the US Patent and Trade office has been denying the request. This morning 9to5mac is reporting that the USPTO has agreed to grant the request on one condition.

 

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If Apple would like to trademark the iPad Mini name, they must add fine-print to the application stating that Apple is not claiming exclusive rights to the term "Mini." This could be the turning point for the US PTO in how it reviews trademark applications. We're hoping that this move by the Patent office is an attempt to punish Apple for what it sees as a useless application.

 

In a statement the US PTO said:

 

"The document also holds firm on the requirement that Apple add a disclaimer to its application noting that it only seeks to protect the term "mini" when used as part of the "iPad mini" name. The disclaimer would allow other companies to use the "mini" term in their own product names."

Futuremark unveils mobile hardware channel powered by 3DMark

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:35 pm

A benchmarking standard for mobile devices has long been needed and Futuremark recognized this need. This morning Futuremark released its Mobile Hardware Channel that list the top 100 mobile devices by performance.

 

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Unsurprisingly the top listed phone is the Samsung Galaxy S4 that posted a default score of 10,819 with extreme numbers reaching 6,725. It is followed up by the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta, Pantech Vega R3 and the Fujitsu Arrows A 201F. The HTC One rounds out the top five with a default score of 10,389 and an extreme score of 6,310.

 

The worst performing device on the list is the Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ with a default score of just 3,539. Also low on the list is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, Nexus 7 and the Acer Iconia Tab A211.

 

If you would like to see where your device stands, you can download the official 3DMark app for your OS by visiting the app store.

LeakedTT: Check out Facebook Home ahead of Friday's launch with these leaked APKs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:03 pm

Facebook Home, the new launcher for Android by the social networking giant, releases this Friday, and will officially be available for the HTC One, HTC One X/X+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the new HTC First.

 

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This morning MoDoCo.com has published a set of three APK files that appear to be the components that make up a pre-release beta of Facebook Home. The only requirements for installing the beta is that the device has a maximum resolution of 1280x768, as well as the ability to completely remove or uninstall the existing Facebook app.

 

I was able to install all three apps to my aging Motorola Photon 4G, but all I got upon launch was a black screen. Home does not appear to actually reconfigure the home screen, but it remaps the home button to the Facebook Home wall. Pressing the back button allowed me to return to my normal Android home screen, and I was then able to delete the APKs through the normal app removal method.

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ComiXology will make good on its promise to offer free digital editions of first issue comic books

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 1:30 pm

Last month I reported that digital comic book startup comiXology would be offering the entire Marvel first edition catalog for free to users of its app. Unfortunately that is where the good news began and ended.

 

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Just minutes after going live, the site was inundated with overwhelming traffic and their servers began to melt down. The site was unreachable for several days even after the download links were taken down. This lead to the CEO sending a mass email to members stating that they would get their free downloads, but for the time being, the company had to upgrade the network.

 

I was one of those subscribers, I tried to download several comics and failed to do so every time. This morning I received an email from comiXology that said they will begin delivering on their promise of free first editions beginning this Thursday. It appears that the process will be rolled out to members in phases and will only be accessible via a custom link that will be emailed to you.

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RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to be unveiled at Microsoft event next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 11:13 am

It looks like the next-generation Xbox could be unveiled next month, with The Verge reporting that Microsoft are hosting an event next month for such a thing. Paul Thurrott has said that Microsoft has an event planned for May 21, with The Verge confirming this, saying "as we understand this date is accurate".

 

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The Verge's sources have said that the event will be at a small venue, which will concentrate on the first details of the next-generation Xbox. There's not much else to report on right now, but you should pull that pencil out of your bag, and jot down that May 21 date - I'll be waiting with some seriously powerful enthusiasm.

Crucial's 960GB M500 SSD spotted on e-tailer website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:30 am

If you're after a gigantic SSD, Crucial's upcoming M500 in 960GB might do the trick. The mammoth-sized SSD was teased a couple of months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it looks like the drive is about ready to drop.

 

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Upgradeable.com.au has it for sale, at AU$875. This is much more than Crucial teased at CES, where they promised the "First terabyte-class drive available for under $600" But, we're also talking about an Australian retailer, so we have 10% for GST bringing the price down to under $800, and AU retailers nearly always charge more than US retailers - so $600-$650 in the US isn't much of a stretch.

 

What does Crucial's M500 SSD in 960GB provide? Well, you'll see some sustained sequential read/write performance of 500MB/sec and 400MB/sec, respectively. 4KB random read/writes are both up to 80,000 IOPS. The controller doing all of the work inside the Crucial M500 is the Marvel 88SS9187 controller with "Micron Custom Firmware."

AMD: There won't be a DirectX 12 but the company will integrate "other technologies" into their GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:34 am

We've seen leaps and bounds in graphics over the years, helped by each iteration of DirectX. But, after games started being made for, and optimized for consoles, the push of graphics started to sink.

 

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It has gotten to the point where AMD's vice president of global channel sales, Roy Taylor, stated during an interview with German publication Heise.de, that AMD don't believe we'll see a DirectX 12 API. We won't be seeing DirectX 12 with Windows 8, or Windows Blue either.

 

Taylor was responding to a question about next-generation GPUs and technologies that they can be built around, where Taylor replied they'd normally build them around new DirectX versions to help the next-generation GPU architectures, but there won't be a DirectX 12, which means AMD's next-gen GPUs will integrate other technologies.

 

I'd love to know what "other technologies" means, but in the meantime we'll enjoy the fact that Taylor also hinted that Battlefield 4 could be part of AMD's next "Never Settle" bundle.

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