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Want to control your Xbox with your Windows Phone? You just have to wait a little bit longer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 6:00 am

Windows Phone owner? Xbox 360 owner? Well, your worlds about to collide in a way you never thought. Microsoft have shown a video where they've shown off the Xbox Companion App where you can Find, Learn more about and Control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360. Xbox Companion gives you instant access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog of games, movies, music and TV shows.

 

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Learn more about what you're watching, listening to, or playing: once you've found an touched the movie tile, the Xbox companion app takes you to an info page which has all the related details about the movie you've selected. Once there, you can select an actor, once in the actors details, you can be taken to other movies starring that actor. From there, you can learn more about their other movies. Once the content is selected and the play button nis pressed, the Xbox Companion flips into "controller mode" and from here, you can navigate your Xbox, or control video playback. The controls are virtually instantaneous - reportedly as fast as using a controller or a TV remote.

 

The Xbox Companion will be a free download for Windows Phone customers, and should be available soon.

RumorTT: Ultrabooks to sport 2560x1400 HD panels?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 5:00 am

RumorTT is back! RumorTT was taking a holiday on a Jamaican beach, sipping cocktails and sunbathing all day - because, its a boss and a ladies man. But, RumorTT is back into full swing with a pretty juicy rumor that Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks might sport 2560x1400 displays. This would be a huge gain for users who work with photographs, documents or many windows all at once. During last months IDF, there were a bunch of interesting disclosures and strategic directions unveiled, especially when it came to Intel's mobile product expansion.

 

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What is the most interesting from that, is that 13.3-inch panels with a resolution of wait for it, 2560x1440 pixels could make their way onto Ultrabook screens by near year. Even the next-gen iPad which is rumored to have a 2048x1536 display is indeed available, but very expensive. With similar pixel density, a 2560x1400 13.3-inch screen would not be cheap, either. If we do see these super high-res panels on Ultrabooks, expect them to be expensive.

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Portal 2 DLC gets released, for free, Valve also cut 50% off the game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 4:00 am

Valve did promise to release free downloadable content for Portal 2 and have followed through with that promise today by releasing the new gear for Portal 2 across all platforms, PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The new DLC is called "Peer Review" and continues the co-op story as players navigate P-Body and Atlas through a fresh set of test chambers, which would have been constructed by the ever-so-evil AI, GLaDOS. The DLC also contains a single-player and co-op "Challenge Mode", as well as leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with your friends.

 

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There were a fair amount of complains with how short the campaign was in Portal 2, but this update (as well as future DLC) should help the community continue their fanboy love for Valve and Portal. Despite the complaints about the length of the game, the user score on Metacritic has actually improved over the last few months and the game has reportedly sold over two million copies. The fresh DLC is readily available and is free of charged on all supported platforms, even the PS3 and Xbox 360.

 

On top of the free DLC, Valve have also sliced Portal 2's price in half with a single copy of Portal 2 now available for just $14.99 and two-pack for just $27.49. A bundle pack of Portal 1 and 2 is going for a crazy $17.49, so if you haven't gotten yourself into Portal, now is a great time to do so!

GeForce LAN 6! NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang and Battlefield 3's visual architect, Johan Andersson will be there

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 3:00 am

NVIDIA are set to host the upcoming GeForce LAN 6 Gaming Event which will have a few celebrities included, such as NVIDIA CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo man himself, Jen-Hsun Huang as well as Battlefield 3's Lead Designer and Visual Architect, Johan Andersson who will be at GeForce LAN 6 to talk about the "making of" Battlefield 3. There will be plenty of contests, workshops and other goodies for attendees.

 

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GeForce LAN 6 will be held between October 14 - 16, 2011 on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, in Alameda, California and will feature 48 hours of non-stop PC gaming, fun contests, amazing prizes and special stage presentations. For those who can't make it, NVIDIA will post video footage from the event on GeForceLAN.com.

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Google update Google Docs for Android, works even better on your tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 2:00 am

Google released Google Docs for Android earlier this year and many people including myself have loved being able to access, edit and share docs on the go. Google have today updated the app which makes Google Docs better than ever on your tablet. It sports an entirely new design which mirrors the GMail app for Android tablets (which is gorgeous) and has been customized to make the most of the larger screen space on tablets.

 

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The layout includes a three-panel view, which allows navigation not only through filters and collections, but allows you to view your document list and see document details, all at once. In the picture above, you can see the detail panel on the right side, which shows a thumbnail to preview a document and its details before opening it. From the panel, you can see who can view or edit any document.

 

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These new features are now available in 46 languages on tablet devices sporting Android 3.0+ (Honeycomb) and above. The app is available right now from the Android Market.

World's cheapest tablet released in India, just $35 for students, $60 in stores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 1:00 am

The Indian Government has released a new tablet computer, Aakash, dubbed "the world's cheapest". And at $35 for a student, and $60 for stores, it sure is the cheapest. Here we were thinking that Amazon's Fire was cheap, but now the Indian Government has come and knocked our socks off. On top of the price of the tablet, India is giving away 100,000 free during the launch period. The first 500 tablets released had a luke warm response, with some complaining that they were slow.

 

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The Government hops that the Aakash will bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Kapil Sibal, communications and education minister says:

 

The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide.

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Steve Jobs has passed away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Oct 5, 2011 11:58 pm

The great Steve Jobs has passed away after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was just 56 years old. We at TweakTown dearly mourn his death and would like to offer our condolences to the Jobs family. Jobs was an amazing man, Apple is where they are because of him. Music is where it is because of him. Most technology firms are pushing so much further because of the things Steve did.

 

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Steve pushed and pushed and put a computer into every single dorm room, bedroom and living room. Something Microsoft couldn't wish for - they just wanted it in your office. Years later, he put an Apple product in every bag, pocket and hand thanks to the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

 

He was a great man, a turtle-neck-wearing technological hero, an inspiration, a visionary. You'll be missed, Steve.

 

Poll Results - Which platform do you use for the majority of your gaming?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2011 7:22 pm

Our latest poll had over 4,600 people who answered, which platform do you use for the majority of your gaming?

 

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With a massive 81% of the votes PC took the prize for the gaming platform of choice by TweakTown readers.

 

Coming in for a tied second place was both Xbox and Playstation with the other options such as Wii not getting much love at all.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to buy an Apple iPhone 4S smartphone? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Microsoft hooks up with several TV providers for Xbox 360

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 5, 2011 5:38 pm

One of two announcements has just come out from Microsoft detailing their freshly signed agreement with Verizon to provide a new FiOS TV-powered experience for the Xbox 360; this among several other niceties in the way of an overall better, and complete Kinect-enabled TV experience.

 

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A special software app developed by Verizon for Xbox LIVE Gold members will provide streamlined access to live TV channels through the Xbox without any additional hardware requirements. A vast selection of Verizon's live TV channels will be on offer, also including multichannel streaming HD TV.

 

As mentioned, the app is designed to make good use of the Kinect accessory as well, doing away with the need to use a controller or remote.

 

Tom Gibbons whom is the corporate vice president of the TV & Service Business for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft said, "By bringing the technologically advanced Verizon FiOS TV service to Xbox 360 and Kinect, we are advancing our vision to provide the best in entertainment in extraordinary new ways."

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TechEye's Week In Review: Top Picks

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 5, 2011 4:37 pm

Another hello to you TweakTown readers - here's a round-up of the latest goings on from us at TechEye.

 

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Scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara are a step closer to creating a quantum chip and making it something useful. They think they have figured out a complex part of the design - where the researchers have worked out a way to keep qubits in a useful, stable state. While the results were good, the quCPU needs to be by absolute zero which means it'll be some time before the world sees full quantum computing.

 

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Rick Bergman, formerly at AMD following the ATI buy, has gone on to pastures new. Now he's gone on to become CEO of Synaptics. Synaptics works with interfaces in mobile computing and communications. Bergman's track record at AMD is, according to the Synaptics board, why he's a good fit.

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