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Dota 2 officially exits beta and moves into production

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 11:54 pm

Earlier today, Steam updated the page for Dota 2 to reflect that its beta program has finally come to a close. The page directed players to check out various links which did not work and featured a graphic stating "The Beta Is Over." Also listed is a launch date of July 9 for the production version of the game.

 

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Unfortunately, Steam has since removed the page but according to Valve, the disappearing act is the result of some technical difficulties. Below is a quote that can be found on the new Steam page:

 

Notice: Dota 2 is officially launching. In order to ensure the best possible experience for new and existing players, there may be a short wait for you to download the game. Visit the Dota 2 Launch page for more information about how the release process works.

Samsung breaks ground on massive new Silicon Valley campus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 10:54 pm

The time has finally come for Samsung to begin constructing its new campus in Silicon Valley. The company will break ground this week on its brand-new headquarters for research and development. The building was designed by renowned architectural firm NBBJ.

 

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The 1.1 million square foot campus will consist of a 10-story central building with two completely open-air floors. The glass covered exterior will be contrasted by a white metal, while a parking garage with a folding green wall will also be present. Following in other Silicon Valley giants footsteps, the facility will house cafés, a gym, and even gardens for employees to rest and relax in. Samsung says that the campus will be built to LEED Gold standards meaning the entire footprint will be greener than its gardens.

 

n a statement on the matter, Samsung said "there is little surprise that most of their employees are based in South Korea where the company is headquartered. But the company also realizes that innovation is by no means geographically limited and as such, they are continuing to expand the extent of their operations elsewhere."

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active goes on sale in the UK - will lighten your wallet by £495

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 10:24 pm

Samsung has just released the water-friendly Galaxy S4 Active into the retail jungle in the UK. The SIM-free, unlocked, waterproof smartphone will set UK consumers back £495 off contract. This price brings us close to the launch prize of its older brother, the Galaxy S4.

 

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Some of you might remember seeing the Galaxy S4 Active a few weeks ago during the launch event held in London in which the MC proceeded to toss the phone into a bath of water, which it survived. Specs on the S4 Active include a 5-inch 1080x1920 display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

 

At the moment, the stock Galaxy S4 is a bit cheaper, but the ability to take this phone with you anywhere including trips where you want to take photos under very shallow water make the extra few pounds worth it.

Pandora pushes out update to its iOS app, adds AutoPause and improves buffering

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 9:13 pm

Pandora has just pushed out a new update to their iOS app that brings it more inline with other streaming services. The update brings forth an AutoPause feature that will pause the service if headphones come unplugged and also improves buffering to make things more efficient.

 

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This update is not just for user comfort; Pandora pays out over half of its revenue to music labels due to an antiquated licensing system that was enacted by congress. The new AutoPause feature is expected to help reduce the number of songs that are played when nobody is around to hear them, thus reducing royalty fees.

Security firm finds massive vulnerability in Android kernel, Google begins issuing patches

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 8:31 pm

Recently a new security hole was found in the Android kernel by security firm BlueBox Security. The vulnerability opens up a hole that allows hackers to change mobile applications' codes without breaking the cryptographic signature that is used to verify and an app's legitimacy.

 

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In layman's terms, the security issue could give hackers free reign to transform any app into malware. This means that even apps such as the official Google Play Store app could be reconfigured as a virus. BlueBox says that this problem has existed since at least Android 1.6 and that almost every modern Android device in use today is susceptible to the attack.

 

Users don't need to fear as Google has identified and solved the problem and has sent out a security patch to its OEM partners that should permanently close the hole once and for all. Unfortunately, there are literally hundreds of OEMs out there and, let's face it, many of them are not quick to publish updates to their core operating systems. Samsung device owners appear to be the first to get the update and we're sure the other large manufacturers will follow suit shortly.

Sennheiser unveils new Momentum Headphones skinned in high-end Alcantara materials

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 4:21 pm

This morning, Sennheiser announced the addition of a new model headphone to its Momentum line. The new headphones are slightly more compact and come in four different colors. Designed to work with Apple's mobile product line, the new Momentum headphones feature a built-in line microphone and remote control.

 

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The headset will, however, work with other devices with the exclusion of the remote control functionality. Sennheiser says that the new headphones were developed by an "international team of design experts and trend scouts," but still feature a high-performance transducers Sennheiser is known for.

 

The new Momentum headphones feature a headband and ear pads that are skinned in Alcantara, a high-grade material that is featured in high-end cars and boats. At the moment, the new headphones are only available in the UK at a price point of £170 with US availability expected in the coming weeks.

Breaking News just in from CNN: Edward Snowden accepts Venezuelan asylum offer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 3:10 pm

News has just come in that Edward Snowden has accepted a Venezuelan asylum offer. This morning, CNN is confirming that Snowden will be headed to Venezuela after weeks of asylum request rejections.

 

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Snowden is the whistleblower who blew the top off of the NSA's PRISM operative. On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Snowden landed in one of Moscow's international airports and applied for asylum in Russia, which was denied by Russian president Puten. Snowden was detained at the airport and he proceeded to apply for asylum to several countries including Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

 

Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the latest up-to-the-minute coverage on the Snowden saga. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

San Andreas comes alive in official Grand Theft Auto V gameplay video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 2:45 pm

Over the last month or so, we have seen a wealth of new games announced. While they are all quite spectacular in their own right, none of them come as highly anticipated as Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V has to be the most talked about game of the year and RockStar is doing a good job at keeping the anticipation levels high.

 

 

This morning, RockStar Games released a new trailer video of actual in-game footage that takes us on a more in-depth look at the reimagined San Andreas. We learn more about the game's three leading characters, which are all playable on-the-fly during gameplay. This means that you can switch to each of the three during missions to provide new vantage points to shoot from, or even to handle different parts of the mission such as flying the escape helicopter while the other two characters hang onto a rope.

 

The video also shows off old and new features such as the ability to deeply customize vehicles in customization shops, a playable stock market system, investing in and selling real estate, and even playing a round of golf. Traditional features such as getting a tattoo, buying clothing, and flying planes also make a comeback for what is almost guaranteed to be the most thrilling GTA ever.

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RumorTT: Apple has began cutting iPhone 5 production

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 2:01 pm

This morning, reports are coming in that Apple has began to cut production on its iPhone 5 model. The report comes from Brian Blair of Wedge Partners, an analyst who closely follows Apple's production numbers. Apple's core suppliers are said to be expecting a cut as large as 20 percent for orders of components that make up the iPhone 5.

 

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"So, when they make a dramatic change in their forecast, they need to let their suppliers know," Blair said. "And this is coming from some of our supply-chain work out of China and Taiwan that has let us know, not exactly, but that there's been roughly this kind of a change in their forecast for the period from June to December, about a 20 percent cut in what they've been telling their suppliers to be ready for."

 

Industry insiders say that Apple has cut iPhone sales forecast down from 115 million units to about 90 million units. Cutting back production is usually seen as an indication that Apple is getting ready to release its next generation in the iPhone series, so maybe we will begin hearing a solid release date for the iPhone 5S as well as that low-cost, budget level iPhone as well.

Target begins offering gift cards with every iOS device purchase

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 12:07 pm

Retail giant Target has begun offering gift cards in varying amounts for the purchase of iOS devices. The gift cards range from $50 all the way down to $10 and are available for Apple devices ranging from the current iPad models, iPod touch, Apple TV, and iPhone 5.

 

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Purchasing a 16 GB full-sized Wi-Fi equipped iPad for $500 will net you a $50 gift card, while the $330 16 GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi will see a $40 gift card find its way into your pocket. Apple's $100 TV unit will score consumers a shiny new $10 gift card, with a $229 16 GB iPod touch coming with $20 free dollars from Target.

 

A $150 16GB iPhone 5 will reward you with a $25 gift card and can be activated on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. It is unclear why Target is offering these discounts, but it might be safe to assume that Target is looking to clear the existing warehouse stock to make room for upcoming new devices for the holiday season.

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