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Sony puts the PlayStation 4 on display again at PAX Prime 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:01 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - Sony has once again put the PlayStation 4 on display for all eyes to see. The system was hidden behind a plastic shield, much the way it was at E3 when it was first unveiled. This time, however, the console was standing vertically in a reference stand and was also displayed alongside the mono headset that will be bundled with the system when it goes on sale later this year.

 

 

Sony notes on a sign inside the box that the design is still subject to change, though I find it quite unlikely that the system will experience any major changes between now and when it launches in a few months. In all likelihood, the console's production is already in full swing and the design won't change at all.

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BlackBerry launches landing page for BBM for Android. Its coming

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:00 am

Those of you though been waiting diligently for BlackBerry to launch a BlackBerry Messenger will not have to wait very much longer. BlackBerry has just launched a new landing page for BlackBerry Messenger for Android, on the company's corporate website.

 

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Judging by the information giving on the landing page, it appears that BBM will only feature text messaging at launch and it will slowly roll out voice and video messaging later this fall. While there is still no official launch date, the release appears to be imminent in should only be a few days/weeks away now. With Android being the dominate Mobile OS for quite sometime now, it makes on wonder why BlackBerry took so long to come to their senses and release the app.

NVIDIA continues SHIELD push at PAX Prime 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:45 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA had plenty of their new SHIELD gaming consoles on hand for the public to go hands-on with. So in true TweakTown style, I took the system and started picking it apart for flaws. One of the small flaws that I noticed is a bit of delay between the SHIELD display and the actual desktop display when using the console to remotely stream desktop games. You can see what I'm talking about in the video below:

 

 

While the delay is small--I would guess around 50ms or so--it is definitely noticeable and would cause a delay in inputs. The SHIELD is still a very impressive piece of hardware and you should go hands-on and see if this lag presents an issue for you.

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NVIDIA shows off multitude of mobile GTX-powered notebooks at PAX

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:31 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA used its booth at PAX Prime 2013 to display the multitude of notebooks that are powered by NVIDIA GTX mobile GPUs. A couple of the systems on display were recently reviewed right here on TweakTown, so head over to our Laptop Review section and check out the MSI Dragon Edition 2 and the ASUS G750.

 

 

As you can see, many different manufacturers are making use of NVIDIA mobile GPUs in a wide range of systems. NVIDIA definitely seems to have the edge when it comes to mobile GPU chips as they are in the majority of systems that I've seen.

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Hands-on with Corsair's new headsets unveiled at PAX Prime

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:25 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - I was on the ground in Seattle, Washington, today for PAX Prime. While there, I got a chance to check out Corsair's newly unveiled headsets in person. You can see the headsets, learn more about them, and hear my opinion in the video below:

 

 

The brief text version is that the new headsets are quite the deal, with the top-of-the-line Vengence 2100 7.1 Wireless headset providing up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. It is completely redesigned from the previous version, despite looking fairly similar. It retails for around $150, making it a good purchase choice.

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Corsair shows off its gaming keyboard lineup at PAX Prime 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:21 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - While checking out Corsair's new headsets, I checked out the rest of their booth and took a look at their gaming keyboard lineup. Of course, the entire lineup was recorded for your viewing pleasure. You can see the video embedded below:

 

 

The top-of-the-line Vengeance K70 keyboard has been expanded into three different models. The first, previously seen, makes use of Cherry MX Red keys. The two new models make use of blue and brown switches, respectively. Furthermore, a feature that I have never before seen was demonstrated. The backlighting will light up the key that you just pushed. The keyboard also retains the ability to individually switch backlighting on and off for each key.

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We get a chance to go hands-on with Corsair's new mousepads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:15 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - Corsair unveiled two new gaming mousepads at this year's PAX Prime expo in Seattle, Washington. The MM200 is an extra-long cloth mousepad that is perfect for staking your space out at a LAN party. It's also useful to keep your keyboard stationary on an otherwise slick surface such as a plastic table.

 

 

The MM400, on the other hand, features a hard plastic texture designed for optical mouse tracking and extreme precision. The size of the pad is also smaller than the MM200, allowing it to be used in more locations.

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Digg for Android arrives in the Google Play Store, features Reader

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:00 pm

Today Digg launched its first Android App, which very closely matches its iOS counterpart. The new app features support for Digg's new Reader service, a RSS feed importer designed to replace the now defunct Google Reader. The app is available for download now in the Google Play Store.

 

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The new app also allows users to share their Diggs, and RSS stories on read-it-later apps as well as social networks. Unfortunately those who like to use the "unread-only" filter will be a little disappointed as it is not present in the android application. Personally I feel that this Digg is a little too late to the party with its App as Feedly is doing a wonderful job on my PC, Tablet, and HTC One at serving up content from my 100+ feeds.

Microsoft poised to be investing in Foursquare, could add to Bing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:29 pm

Today a report surfaced that says Microsoft is in talks with Foursquare over a deal that could see the Redmond, Washington based company investing in the social check-in service. Unfortunately for Microsoft Foursquare, American Express is also interested in investing in the company which could see massive gains and profit over its new advertising business model.

 

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Recently Foursquare was valued at $600 million after it raised $41 million from venture capital firms to aid in the company's expansion. Its new advertising business model would allow companies to place targeted ads directly to the consumers when they check-in at an establishment where an advertisers products may be served. The company has dubbed this new business model "Geo-Aware Advertising."

 

Some people are not a fan of targeted advertising, but I have to say that honestly I don't mind it that much. I would much rather see ads about products that I'm interested in over products I could care less about. This new advertising model actually excites me a little because I feel that it may help introduce me to new things in establishment I frequent.

NVIDIA begins offering Batman: Arkham Origins with GPU purchase

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 6:20 pm

Today NVIDIA announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that will give those who purchase new NVIDIA GeForce-based GPU's the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham Origins video game. The new title in the Batman series features an expansive Gotham City, and introduces a new original prequel storyline set several years before the events that took place in Batman; Arkham Asylum, and Batman Arkham City.

 

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"The Batman: Arkham games are visually stunning and it's great that we are able to continue building upon the amazing graphics with Batman: Arkham Origins," said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "With NVIDIA's continued support, we are able to deliver an incredibly immersive gameplay experience."

 

And if you're attending PAX PRIME this weekend, anyone attending the sneak peek of Batman: Arkham Origins will also have the chance to purchase a bundle package at the special kiosk inside the NVIDIA booth, and will receive a limited-edition Batman lithograph. Eligible GPU's include the GeForce 660, 660TI, 670, 680, 760, 770 or 780 high-end graphics cards.

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