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New Chrome beta lets you close those pesky audio tabs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 8:29 am

Sometimes Google Chrome will be playing audio through a tab, and if you're like me, you have 20+ tabs open at once. When this happens, it can be so hard to find it, but the latest Chrome beta stops that.




The latest beta of Chrome now shows a small speaker icon next to its name, which indicates that there is audio playing in the tab. This is a brilliant little addition, that helps a lot. But, the Mountain View-based giant aren't the first to do something like this, but a little addition like this does go a long way.

There's one PS4 title that supports mouse and keyboard gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:38 am

The PlayStation 4 is pushing all controller-based gameplay, as you'd expect from a console, but there will be one mouse and keyboard driven title. War Thunder is currently on the PC, with over 5 million gamers in the open beta.



The PS4 version of War Thunder will let you play like you do on the PC, as it supports mouse and keyboard gameplay. Oh, and flight sticks. Better yet, War Thunder will also pit PS4 gamers against PC gamers, which is something we should see more of. War Thunder will also support the PlayStation Eye camera, which will feature head-tracking, letting you change the viewpoint in the game by just turning your face.


War Thunder is coming, soon, with the game launching across Europe on the 29th of this month.

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SteelSeries' latest H Wireless Headset cuts the cord

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:21 am

SteelSeries has just unveiled its latest H Wireless Headset, which is a new multi-platform wireless headset. The H Wireless Headset provides "robust sound, lag-free wireless and versatile functionality bring superior audio to a wide range of platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile devices, consoles, home entertainment, streaming devices and more." The new SteelSeries wireless headset boats some impressive Dolby technologies, including:




  • Dolby Digital reproduces multichannel audio for a cinematic audio experience
  • Dolby Headphone recreates the sensation of up to 7.1-channel multi-speaker surround sound in headphones
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx optimizes the surround sound experience for the most realistic multi-directional sound




What about gaming? Well, SteelSeries has your back with two innovative gaming features. The first, is ChatMix, which lets the user tune the right balance between game and chat audio, which comes in handy, as you can increase another gamers voice, but keep your game volume tuned to your specific liking.

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GravityLight, the portable light that is powered by gravity

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:58 am

A gravity powered LED light has been introduced by the designers of GravityLight. This light produces its own energy by, you guessed it, gravity. A string on one side of the light is pulled, lifting a bag attached to the other side. After letting go, the bag gradually falls back down to the starting point. This turns gears inside that produce enough energy to power the LED for up to 30 minutes. The weight of the bag determines how long the light will last. Brighter light settings can be selected but also shorten the amount of time it lasts.


This easy to use, portable light that uses no costly batteries or fuel also allows light in areas without electricity. It can replace dangerous kerosene lamps in those areas.




After raising a sufficient $400,000, which is $345,000 more than their original $55,000 goal, the designers are testing the new product and are expecting it to be available to the market soon after.

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AMD prepares TressFX 2.0, will feature animated grass and fur

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:32 am

For those of you who have played Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled, well, TressFX 2.0 is coming. TressFX 2.0 will introduce animated grass and fur, along with the hair simulation that TressFX bought to the table.




TressFX made its debut in the Tomb Raider reset, something that we benchmark across our GPU articles. TressFX allowed developers to render and simulate thousands of individual strands of hair, which made Lara look more lifelike. This is all coming from the AMD Developer Summit which will show off the new capabilities of TressFX 2.0.

Sony to 'monitor and record' you through PSN voice/text chat on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:38 am

The minutes are counting down until the next-gen consoles launch from Microsoft and Sony, with the latter updating its PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms today, stating that it may monitor and record PSN activity, including content of voice and text communications.




Sony has said that is cannot monitor "all PSN activity" and that it makes "no commitment to do so." But, Sony's statement does say: "However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you." It goes on to state:


Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

Xbox One launch titles shipping out now

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:13 am

Next-gen consoles are just around the corner! Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One's launch titles are currently being manufactured, packaged and shipped to retailers. The company has also posted some pictures of the shipping crates that are full of the games.


Microsoft says "It's almost time. There are just 11 days to go before Xbox One's worldwide launch on Nov. 22, and all the wheels at Xbox HQ are in motion."




Microsoft Studios Corporate VP Phil Spencer shared with IGN. "Games in Xbox One's launch lineup, including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon have finished development. Today, we're excited to announce that they've also officially gone gold, and are currently being published, packaged and shipped to retailers at this very moment."

Scare up a copy of Monsters University in our latest Blu-ray comp!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:02 am

To celebrate this week's release of the prequel to the much loved 2001 Pixar animation Monsters Inc., on Blu-ray Disney Home Entertainment have given us two copies of Monsters University to give away to two lucky readers.


Filled with extra features including the short film Umbrella, Monsters University comes on a state-of-the-art Blu-ray disc, with fantastic audio and visual quality.




To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:


How do the monsters travel between the monster world and the human world?


Send your answers, along with your shipping address to before the competition closes on Friday the 15th of November.




Monsters University is available on 3D Blu-ray, double play Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 13th of November.

RumorTT: Google Play Store to makes its way to BlackBerry 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:57 am

BlackBerry is pretty much a sunken battleship right now, waiting for the pirates to circle and collect all of its loot. But, is it the end? Not yet, especially not if BlackBerry 10's latest update on its way is any indication.




The next update to the BlackBerry OS would see it natively run the Google Play Store app, which would be quite the swing in a totally different direction. CrackBerry is posting images of a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone running Google Play, which is a nice touch. Remember: it's possible to side-load Android apps onto BB10-based devices, but it isn't simple.


If these images are a tease, then the world of BlackBerry could get a little better in the coming weeks.

Meet the Ex1, the first maker friendly circuit printer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 3:29 am

Everyone knows that I am an avid Tinkerer, DIYer, and Maker of Things, and as such I had to write a post about the latest Kickstarter campaign to catch my eye. The new Ex1 Circuit Board Printer from Cartesian Co bridges the gap between 3D printing and DIY electronics, quite nicely too if I may add.




While being billed as a 3D printer for PCB's, I would like to simply call it a Desktop Circuit Board Printer for DIY enthusiast everywhere. The Ex1 is the first desktop PCB printer that I have ever came across that is not only maker friendly, but simple enough to use in a classroom setting as well. The device uses a 2 part printing process based on inkjet technology to deposit two different chemicals, one on top of the other. The resulting chemical action leaves a trace made out of silver that is highly flexible, and extremely conductive.


The Ex1 is capable of printing on wood, paper, kapton tape, glass, fr4, and even fabric, which makes for some very interesting circuit designs. Not only does the Ex1 empower those invested in DIY, but it also spans the gap between maker and crafter which is something projects like the Lilypad have been attempting for years. $1,499 will land you a Ex1 DIY kit which you will need to build yourself, with $1,999 pledge getting you an assembled "experimenters kit" that comes with extra parts to tinker with. I have reached out to the team from Cartesian Co. for an interview, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!

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