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Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Apple is inching closer to the official release of OS X Mavericks, seeding out OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers over the last 24 or so hours.

 

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In Apple's release of Developer Preview 5, the Cupertino-based giant introduced both the Mac iMacs app and a new beta version of iPhoto. OS X Mavericks, which is expected to be released in the fall, will include multiple new features such as a tabbed Finder, full-screen dual-monitor capabilities, Safari improvements and a new Maps app.

 

Developers can grab the update through the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store.

TearsTT: Roughly 3% of Americans are still on dial-up Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Google are slowly rolling out its uber-fast Fiber service across the United States, but did you know that around 3% of Americans are still stuck on dial-up? You know, the old Internet that wasn't always-on and had your modem make weird sounds when it connected to the Internet.

 

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The news comes from the Pew Research Center's report, that states that 3% of American Internet users are still using dial-up services for their Internet needs, with that 3% number not changing since 2011. This obviously means that there are 3% of Internet users who might not know better, maybe older Internet users without computer-savvy young children or friends, or Internet "black spots" where DSL or cable aren't available.

LG to impress with a slew of new products coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 1:37 pm

It looks like LG could have a very bright future ahead of them, not only is the South Korean giant proud to announce a new 5.5-inch 2560x1440-capable panel, but they are set to release a slew of new products.

 

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What can we expect? Well, LG Mobile's communications chief in Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, when talking with Bulgarian blog, Dnevnik.bg, that they're working on a bunch of new products they're getting ready to launch. These new products include a new 6-inch smartphone, a new tablet that should feature a 9.8-inch display, a new Firefox OS-powered smartphone and a smartwatch.

 

There's obviously no release date or anymore details on these upcoming products, but we should all be looking at LG to be seriously competing against Samsung and Apple in the coming months, something I've been saying since they made the Nexus 4.

The Elder Scrolls Online will cost gamers $14.99 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 12:30 pm

According to ZeniMax Online Studios' general manager, Matt Firor, The Elder Scrolls Online will require a $14.99 monthly subscription fee. Firor added: "We'll talk about further discounts, etc. later, but for now, we are very happy to finally announce our model. It's very simple - you pay once per month after the first 30 days and the entire game is available to you."

 

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Firor did say that ZeniMax would offer up discounts if gamers purchase multiple months at a time, and the developer will be supporting game time cards. The ZeniMax GM also said that the decision to require a "flat fee for continued, unlimited access" would allow the developer to remove "sacrifices" that other pricing models would've forced them to do. Firor continued:

 

We're building a game with the freedom to play - alone or with your friends - as much as you want. A game with meaningful and consistent content - one packed with hundreds of hours of gameplay that can be experienced right away and one that will be supported with premium customer support. Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren't willing to make.

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Google Now gets updated with car rentals and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:29 am

Google are continuously pushing out updates to its awesome Google Now app, with today being no exception. The Mountain View-based giant has pushed an update out that includes the ability to keep track of your car rental, and more.

 

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Concert tickets are included in the new update, as well as an update to Now's public transport cards that will notify a user when their last train leaves home. There's also a new football card that will let you check out the latest NCAA scores, if that's your type of thing. There's also a new reminder feature, too.

 

The reminder feature is accessed by tapping on the "remind me" button when searching for media, which will have Google Now notify you when your favorite TV show, band or author releases something new - a very, very cool new feature. Even better, is an updated TV card which will detect the TV program you're watching using your smartphone's mic, after which it will provide you information on the program you're watching.

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Next-gen gaming console

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:56 am

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Next-gen gaming console

 

Our latest poll had over 10,000 people who answered, "Now you have the facts, which is your next-gen gaming console?"

 

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This time, let's start the other way around, because that's more interesting. Microsoft scored the least amount of votes with its Xbox One gaming entertainment console, with only eight percent of the votes.

 

Sony managed to score somewhat better taking 34% of the votes. TweakTown readers are still big PC gaming fans (or are just not interested or are buying something else).

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

HTC's biggest problem? Its CEO, according to insiders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:27 am

We all know HTC is going through troubled times, but at the same time they've seen some decent success with some of its latest smartphones. The Taiwanese company has even enlisted the help of Robert Downey Jr, or Iron Man, in its latest advertising campaign.

 

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But, the company still has issues. Reuters has an interesting interview lineup, where they've interviewed over a dozen of former, and current HTC executives, who talked about HTC's CEO, Peter Chou. They said they Chou was a quick decision maker with an attention to detail, which stop HTC from climbing higher up the smartphone success ladder.

 

Chou's traits have, however, helped the company over the last few years, as Chou could quickly make a decision on a product, or quickly snap together a concept for a new device. Reuters did talk of an offsite meeting two years ago where the HTC CEO sketched his plans for the design, price and launch date of the Sensation XL a mere three months before its launch.

 

In the beginning, this was a strength for HTC, but the competition is heating up, and fast. One unnamed HTC source said: "It used to be a strength, and now is becoming a weak point as they don't have a clear direction going forward."

Blizzard announces Diablo III's first expansion 'Reaper of Souls'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:36 am

If you've been waiting for the first expansion to Diablo III to drop, Gamescom 2013 is the time for the announcement. The first expansion for Diablo III has been dubbed "Reaper of Souls."

 

 

Reaper of Souls will introduce a bunch of new content, including a new act, a new character, two new games modes (Nephalem trials and Loot runs) and a continuation of Diablo III's story arc that goes deeper into Diablo's mythos. Reaper of Souls chronicles the twisted fate of Malthael, who is an Archangel who fell from his position as the Archangel of Wisdom from the Angiris Council, who is a powerful sect that rules the high heavens.

 

The new character in Reaper of Souls is the Crusader, which looks like a mix between Diablo II's Paladin and Diablo III's Barbarian classes. The Crusaders are heavily armed and have stacks of armor, and should come with some nifty abilities. The description of the Crusader states they will reap "heavy, heavy damage."

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RumorTT: iPhone 6 to finally feature bigger display, 2014 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 8:36 am

We can expect two new smartphone releases from Apple before the New Year rings in, with the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S both pegged to be released in the next couple of months, but what about the iPhone 6?

 

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I've been begging for a while now that Apple should provide a bigger screen, or more options, with its next-gen iPhone release and it looks like my wishes are finally coming true. Citi Research has said in a note to investors that we should see a "Mini Retina", which is something Citi Research's Glen Yeung calls the "Mini Retina a 2014 Event."

 

We should expect the larger iPhone 6 in the first half of 2014, where I'm guessing the display will be increased to around 4.5 inches. What I would really like to see, is Apple release a 4-, 4.5- and 5-inch iPhone 6, all at the same time. This would keep its brand structure around the iPhone label, instead of having to do something like Samsung has done with the Galaxy S range, then the Galaxy Note range, and so on.

Crytek unveil new CryEngine, includes Wii U support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 7:30 am

Crytek has announced a next-gen CryEngine, which is an evolution of their top-tier graphics engine. Crytek has taken this launch with a different attitude, offering commercial game licensees with up-to-date access to the latest features that CryEngine has to offer.

 

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The new CryEngine has support for current and next generation platforms, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and the most surprising of all: Nintendo's Wii U. This is a surprising move, considering EA won't be releasing any Frostbite-powered games on Nintendo's 'next-gen' console. Hopefully Wii U-based developers will jump onto using the new CryEngine, and fast.

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