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Google Hangouts to soon integrate SMS, as well as video/photo effects

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 5:34 am

If you're like me, you'll use Google Hangouts for messaging friends who don't use Facebook - I'm looking at you, bro (who is anti-social networks) - but the Mountain View-based giant is looking to make Hangouts a more powerful messaging platform with some new additions that will soon be introduced.

 

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The biggest of which is direct SMS integration, as well as the ability for users to create their own GIF files, as well as share their location. There's some new photography-based additions and auto enhancement tools that we'll see, as well as new effects for saved videos or live Hangouts feeds. The Auto Awesome automatic enhancement and editing tools will be rolled out to video, but most of the new features will be centered around photos.

 

The video editing tools will make editing video easier, but is a great feature to have on mobile.

X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer looks to have X-Men back on top!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 4:31 am

The original X-Men movies pushed comic book movies back into the mainstream after so long, with X-2 being one of the best comic book movie sequels, ever. Bryan Singer departed the X-Men franchise to film Superman Returns, which was one of the most disappointing Superman movies, ever.

 

 

Well, Singer is back, and he's back with a bang. X-Men: Days of Future Past blends the original X-Men films and its actors with the world from X-Men: First Class, which has me excited. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Titanfall will not be released on the PS4, ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:37 am

If you thought Titanfall might eventually make it to the PlayStation 4, you'll be sad to hear that it will not, ever. During EA's quarterly earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen said that Titanfall "is exclusive only for the lifetime of the title on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC."

 

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This might disappoint future PS4 owners, but it should not come as too much of a surprise. Titanfall will hit the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in March 2014 and should be reviewed "very highly" according to COO Peter Moore.

Lenovo unveils its Yoga tablet, Android-powered, 18-hour battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:05 am

Lenovo has just finished unveiling its latest Yoga tablet, an Android-based slate with up to 18 hours of battery life. Ironically, Lenovo has Ashton Kutcher on its side, remember that Kutcher played Steve Jobs in the movie 'Jobs'.

 

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The Yoga's screen can fold over at 135 degrees, which allows for three different modes of use. You can use the Yoga in the traditional tablet mode iwth the kickstand closed which is called "Read mode" or you can open that kickstand up so that the tablet is held up on its own which is known as "Stand mode".

 

The final "Tilt mode" allows the Yoga to lay down, but with the battery at the back keeping it propped up ever-so-slightly, enough so that it is much more readable and easier for typing when slanted that way.

GTA V sells over 29 million copies, just 6 weeks from its release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 2:33 am

Wow. Grand Theft Auto V has been out for just six weeks and the open-world game has sold an amazing 29 million copies - yes, 29,000,000 copies of the game have been sold, a staggering number!

 

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This number doesn't represent actual games in consumers' hands, but copies shipped to retailers, but I'm sure that nearly all of them would be sold, or will be sold in the coming weeks. Rockstar has said that GTA V has exceeded "the lifetime sell-in of Grand Theft Auto IV on console in less than six weeks after launch."

Amazon's new Matchbook service is live, 70,000 eBooks for $3 or less

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 12:38 am

Today Amazon officially launched its Matchbook service that we reported on a while back. The service offers electronic versions of hard copies of books customers purchase for an additional $3 or less. Amazon says that the service is retroactive and any books you have purchased over the years qualify if they are in e-book form.

 

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The books are in Kindle format and include all the features one would expect when buying a book for their kindle. Whispersync, X-ray and everything else functions as normal. The company says that it will continue adding titles to the service and new releases will be added as well. Personally, I love this new service. Last year I lost my entire book collection when my home was destroyed in a fire, and now I can go to Amazon, and replace a lot of those books in digital form for just $3 each!

Plex gets updated, now includes Cloud Syncing and "Bookmarklet"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:38 pm

Plex is one of those pieces of software that some of us just can not live without, and today the media server and streaming app just got even better. Today Plex announced that it has updated its software to add in some awesome and useful features including the ability to sync media to cloud storage services.

 

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Cloud Sync for Plex allows users to link up their Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box accounts and any media you sync to those services will automatically be optimized for streaming and then uploaded to the cloud alongside the files metadata. This allows users to have a sudo media server in the cloud for use when they are away from home.

 

Additionally, a new feature has been included that will allow users to save videos from their favorite sites and queue them up for viewing at a later time. This feature lets users find videos on their laptop or PC and then queue it up for viewing on their connected TV. This is accomplished by downloading a plugin for your browser which you can find at the second source link below.

Hi-Yo Silver, Away! Snag a copy of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:33 pm

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures Australia, we have been granted two copies of this week's release of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray to give away to two lucky readers.

 

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The American classic has been rejuvenated for modern audiences starring none other than Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, with an impressive ensemble cast, explosive storyline and cutting edge visual effects.

 

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To go into the running to take home The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray, correctly answer the following question:

 

What is the true name of the Lone Ranger?

 

Send your answers to ben@tweaktown.com along with your address before the competition closes on Friday the 1st of November. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

 

The Lone Ranger is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Pictures from Wednesday the 30th of October.

Facebook redesigns Messenger to look more like a messenger app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 10:39 pm

Facebook has just launched a new version of its Messenger app for Android and iOS. The newly update app has been completely redesigned from the ground up and appears to have removed many of the stylings it shares with Facebook itself. The new Messenger (note that its not Facebook Messenger anymore) app features a much lighter color pallet and the chat screens are less like the messenger used in the Facebook App.

 

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The new styling is intentional and is part of Facebook's master plan to infiltrate the every growing market of instant messaging apps. At the moment, the messaging ecosystem is dominated by WhatsApp and iMessenger, but it appears that Facebook is looking to hit them head on and the newly updated app proves that by adding in a host of new features. One of the most prevalent new features is that the Messenger app now has the capabilities of identifying users based on their phone numbers, something WhatsApp has been doing since the beginning.

 

Facebook is testing the new version of Messenger with select users on Android and iOS and will be rolling out the new update over the course of the next few weeks. Have you gotten the update yet? If so, post some images and your thoughts on our Facebook page as we would love to see and hear them!

BBM sees over 20 million new users since Android and iOS launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:32 pm

BlackBerry launched its messaging app on Android and Facebook about a week ago, and now the official numbers are beginning to roll in. Just 24 hours after launch, BlackBerry says that over 1 Million users installed the app to their Android and iOS devices, and that total has risen much higher than anyone expected in just a week.

 

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Today BlackBerry announced that it's BlackBerry Messenger app has been downloaded and installed on Android and iOS over 20 million times since its launch. Unfortunately, the data is not clear on whether users are just installing the app and sharing their pin-code on Facebook or actually using the app. I believe that its more of the latter as for the time being, it is quite difficult adding friends to the service, and users must manually invite each and every friend they want to add to the service. There is no easy group invite feature, and no quick search functionality, and this is where Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp still rule king.

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