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Google Glass accessories now available to Explorer Edition owners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 11:37 am

If there's one piece of tech that I want, but simply can't get my hands on, it's Google Glass. There's a few friends on my Facebook list who own them, and while I've considered mugging them for the wearable unit, it wouldn't work anyway.

 

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Well, Explorer Edition owners can now buy Glass accessories. One of which is a clear visor for the Glass redesign and is in stock ready to ship. Other accessories that aren't quite ready yet are the earbud, charger and a carrying pouch, which will be available soon. There's not a lot of accessories, but it's good to see Google already selling these, all before the consumer editions go on sale.

Hellraid, from the makers of Dead Island, postponed to 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 10:28 am

Hellraid has been delayed until next year, "or to be more precise: when it's done," according to Marcin Kruczkiewicz, a Producer over at Techland. The developer has said it requires more time to polish Hellraid, but plans to add in new features, game modes and a reworked magic system.

 

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Kruczkiewicz said: "If we released our game this year we would have to make too many compromises and the final product probably wouldn't meet all our promises and your expectations. For example, we want to redesign the magic system to make it even more powerful and diverse, add new ways of casting spells and a set of new, more visually stunning spells."

 

If you didn't know, Hellraid is a dark fantasy, hack-and-slash RPG that works in a singleplayer capacity, but also features four-player cooperative play where it would put players against the armies of Hades.

Frostbite-powered Command & Conquer cancelled by EA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 9:30 am

I was waiting with anticipation of the upcoming Frostbite-powered Command & Conquer, but unfortunately Victory Games' free-to-play title has been scrapped by EA.

 

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The new C&C game was featured at the recent GamesCom in an early alpha form, but feedback from players said that the developers "are not making the game you want to play." If you want to know more about why the C&C reboot was canned, you can read more about it here, but it looks like it was a result of the economy-based multiplayer experience which wasn't enjoyed by players of the closed alpha test.

 

EA said: "Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it's about getting you the game you expect and deserve."

Intel to begin making 64-bit, ARM-based processors in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 7:32 am

The shift is beginning, with chipmaker leader Intel moving into manufacturing ARM-based processors next year. Intel will expand on its current relationship of allocating some of its plant capacity to contract-manufacturing, pumping out a quad-core part based on the ARM architecture.

 

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The Stratix 10 SoC will be manufactured for Altera, and it will be based on Intel's most advanced 14nm process, and based on ARM's 64-bit Cortex-A53 platform. The chipmaker has said that this is the first chip manufactured by anyone, and is the first 14nm Tri-Gate-based processor out of their fabs, even including Haswell which is built on the 22nm process with Tri-Gate.

 

The new SOC will be targeted at high-end networking and communications equipment, so it's something we probably won't be seeing in our consumer devices at all. This means Intel won't be competing in the same space as NVIDIA, Qualcomm or Samsung. It is interesting to note that Intel is now pumping out ARM-based SoCs, which is an interesting move considering its Bay Trail platform is to continue spreading into more and more devices as time goes on.

New Snowden leaks show the NSA captures Google data center traffic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 6:31 am

According to some documents supplied to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden, Google and Yahoo data centers across the world are intercepted directly by the NSA and GCHQ. The program is known as "Muscular" and can tap into the main communications link that connect Google and Yahoo data centers.

 

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A documented dating back to January 9, 2013 says that the NSA captured millions of records from the search giants each and every day, sending them to NSA data warehouses. Within a 30-day period, over 180 million records were collected, all of which included metadata, text communications, audio and video, too.

 

The Washington Post did say that the NSA doesn't keep everything, which should help you sleep at night (so much sarcasm intended). Both search giants maintain multiple data centers around the world for redundancy reasons, with data shared between the data centers all the time. Google has said that it was not aware of the NSA activity, with a Yahoo spokesperson saying that it has strict controls in place to protect the security of their data centers, and that it has not given the NSA or anyone else access to their data centers.

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The PlayStation 4 will not play CDs or your MP3s... say what?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 5:02 am

Weeks before its launch, the PlayStation 4 FAQ is out and it is a real disappointment for Sony's next-gen console. The FAQ is absolutely gigantic weighing in at 30 pages, but one of the biggest tidbits from it is that the PS4 will not playback CDs or MP3s.

 

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The only way of playing background music in-game is through Sony's Music Unlimited service. Very disappointing for an electronics giant the size of Sony, who have countless music labels under their wing. What do you think about the PS4 not playing CDs and MP3s? In this day and age I really expect a console that costs $400+ to playback my CDs at least... right?

COD: Ghosts on Xbox One runs at 720p, PS4 at 1080p but both at 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 4:36 am

We've heard some rumors in the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately they've been confirmed: Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One will indeed run at 720p, but at 60FPS.

 

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The main problem here is that the PS4 version will run at the much-cranked-up 1080p resolution, at the same 60FPS frame rate. On the technical side of things, the Xbox One will bump the resolution up to 1080p, but it's still being rendered at 720p which is definitely not "next-gen" to me. Ghosts' producer, Mark Rubin, said through Twitter:

 

Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven't had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we're 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we're native 1080p on PS4. We optimised each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction. Can't wait for next week's launch.

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PlayStation 4 doesn't support external HDDs, will Sony change this?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 3:31 am

This is something I didn't expect, but the PlayStation 4 will not support external storage devices. This means that the internal 500GB mechanical HDD is all you'll be able to use.

 

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However, you can upgrade the internal drive, as long as it's over 160GB in size. But, backups of your PS4 will not be capable because the next-gen console does not support external HDDs. I'm hoping that Sony reverses on this decision, and quick, because I'm sure it's going to have people worried not just now, but when they attempt to install an external drive to the PS4.

 

Really, in 2013 going into 2014 with a "next-generation" console, external storage should just be a given. Please Sony, wake up to this nonsense. Games are getting bigger, with 40GB+ installations and you want to stop people from using external storage... really?

TweakTown DOTD: BitDefender Free Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:34 am

You might not have noticed, but we have a new Downloads section here at TweakTown and now we'll be bringing back our Download of the Day posts. Today marks the start of this, where our Download of the Day is BitDefender's Free Edition which you can grab here.

 

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Our Downloads section will continue to expand as time goes on, but for now there are a bunch of drivers and software we have for your downloading pleasure, go and check it out!

Intel will ditch its Web TV project and hand it off to Verizon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 1:37 am

Today was bad news for those who were championing for an Intel based Web TV service as a new report is suggesting that the chip giant is in talks with Verizon to hand over its entire Intel Media business to the telecom titan. Some sources are suggesting that Intel would retain a portion of the service while other are suggesting that Verizon would purchase all rights and IP.

 

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Unfortunately, it is not clear what Verizon would do with this service as it already offers a Web TV service through its FIOS business. My guess would be that Intel's patents would allow Verizon to take its service to the next level and offer more to its customers without paying heavy licensing fees. Intel was developing a set-top box with a built in webcam, so maybe that is a major item for Verizon as well.

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