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Did you enjoy the 5th Fast and Furious movie, Fast Five? Well, start your engines, F&F 6 is coming, oh and F&F 7, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 am

Fast Five was a fairly big hit for Universal, considering it was the fifth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise. It pushed the franchise beyond just car racing and car-based set pieces, to action-adventure crime films. The fifth movie also sported a decently large cast consisting of series regulars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, as well as bringing back favorites such as Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Eva Mendes.

 

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There's now rumors floating around that there's a sixth movie in the works, and it could even be shot back-to-back with a seventh. They might even be one big interconnected story. Vin Diesel has gone as far as talking of the sixth movie, where he's been quoted:

 

With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn't have enough space...We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages.

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Poll Results - Game of the Year (PC released) for 2011

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 10:34 am

Our latest poll had over 3,800 people who answered our question... Game of the Year (PC - released) for 2011.

 

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Battlefield 3 was well out in front when we first launched the poll with almost 40% of the votes, but as we closed up the poll, it still ended up being the Game of the Year for released PC games in 2011 for TweakTown readers with 29% of the votes.

 

In a very close second place was Skyrim with 28% of the votes. COD: Modern Warfare 3 took third place with 6% of the votes.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best desktop motherboards in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!

AdMob saw 8 billion tablet ad requests in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 10:26 am

Got your calculator ready for some big numbers? Google have said that in November 2011 alone, AdMob saw 8 billion ad requests coming in from tablets, which is an increase from the 1 billion in December of 2010, and an increase of an astounding 700-percent in the past twelve months.

 

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To compare these numbers, AdMob sees nearly 3 billion ad requests per day, globally. So 8 billion over a month from just tablets alone, compared to hundreds of millions of desktops, is quite the achievement. In May of this year, Google introduced new formats for tablet-based ads, which allows advertisers and publishers to serve full-screen interstitial ads built with HTML5 on smartphones and tablets.

 

And just a few weeks ago, Google launched a number of new tablet ad formats, which include ways to interact with a specific product, feature a collection of products or promote foot traffic to a specific store location. Google have also revealed that AdMob saw a 440-percent growth in traffic from tablets from November 2011 when compared to December 2010.

AMD have updated their A-Series of APUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 9:26 am

AMD have today updated their A-Series line-up of desktop and notebook APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), which include not only speed and performance improvements, but AMD Steady Video update makes this unique feature more compelling than ever. AMD have also included the ability to overclock the APU, so for the first time users can now tune both x86 and graphics settings within the single processor for boosted performance.

 

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The new updated AMD A-Series APUs combine up to four x86 CPU cores with up to 400 Radeon cores, where it delivers DirectX 11-capable, discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing, all on a single chip. The new A-Series APUs deliver a bigger performance punch when compared to the existing A-Series APUs.

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Apple buys Israeli-based flash memory company, Anobit, for between $400-$500 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 8:26 am

Apple have just completed a deal to purchase Israeli flash memory firm, Anobit. The deal is reportedly worth between $400-$500 million, which makes it Apple's largest acquisition since NeXT which cost $404 million. A tweet from the Twitter account of Israel's Prime Minster has said:

 

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Welcome to Israel, Apple Inc. on your 1st acquisition here. I'm certain that you'll benefit from the fruit of the Israeli knowledge.

 

It is not just exciting for Apple, but for consumers, too. Apple's new investment in Anobit shows their commitment to requiring fast flash memory, as Israel is a country known for technological breakthroughs, such as its early work in mobile phones and instant messaging.

 

Anobit explains their technology:

 

Anobit's MSP™ (Memory Signal Processing) technology is comprised of proprietary signal processing algorithms combined with advanced error correction and innovative flash management schemes, resulting in a dramatic improvement in endurance, performance and system cost. Specifically, MSP™ enables SLC (one bit-per-cell) endurance and performance with MLC (two bits-per-cell) NAND, and MLC endurance and performance with TLC (three bits-per-cell) NAND, resulting in a significant reduction in cost per-bit.

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Firefox 9 released, includes JavaScript performance improvements of 20-30%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 7:19 am

The official release of Firefox 9 has flapped its wings out and onto the Internet. The biggest change versus Firefox 8 is the addition of type interference to the JavaScript engine, which singlehandedly improves JS execution speeds by 20- to 30-percent.

 

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It would make sense that if you're an Internet Explorer or Chrome user because of their better JavaScript performance, it might pay to check Firefox 9 out because of this improvement. JavaScript-heavy sites such as Gmail, Facebook and Google+ should see some very nice improvements.

 

As usual, bug and stability fixes make their way into the new and improved Firefox 9, and the Mac-based version of Firefox 9 now includes support for "two finger swipe navigation" and deeper them integration. Finally, there's additional HTML5 and CSS support, and new hooks that allow developers to query your Do Not Track status via JavaScript.

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Got a spare $100? You could buy a virtual car in Need for Speed World

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 6:29 am

That title is correct, no errors. $100 for a virtual car, in a virtual game, in a virtual world. One-hundred real dollars. EA's free-to-play MMO racer, Need for Speed World, has added a buyable DLC to its collection - a virtual car.

 

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This isn't no Prius, it's a Koenigsegg CCX Elite Edition, and can be purchased for the tidy sum of $100. But wait, there's more. Steak knives move aside, EA are feeling generous and have slashed that $100 price to a nicer, $75.

 

Really, EA? Really, gaming world? Are we getting to the point of people actually purchasing $100 in-game items. There aren't many actual, full, AAA+ titles out there that are even $100. Let alone a single car, within an entire MMO world of cars.

Star Wars: The Old Republic gets Australian release date, and local servers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 5:05 am

Rejoice Australian Star Wars fans! While the just-released MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic has not been released locally, we now have not only a date, but some better news for you.

 

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Bioware are hoping to launch the game on March 1st down under, with Bioware's Stephen Reid being quoted:

 

We can confirm that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in the spring of 2012. Right now we are targeting March 1st, but that could change as our number one priority is making sure that customers have a great service to play on.

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The first official trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 4:47 am

Hot on the heels of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' teaser, we have the first official trailer to another huge 2012 movie, Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'. The Hobbit brings us back to the legendary Middle Earth which was featured and directed by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 

 

The movie will debut in not only 3D, but is being filed at the 5k resolution, as well as 48fps. Insane. Tech heads, get your pants ready to be changed! The trailer is above and has only just hit the Internet minutes ago.

 

The trailer is showing The Hobbit will be quite the epic movie, and also a technical extravaganza, too.

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Sony push 321,400 PlayStation Vita's in Japan, takes just two days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2011 3:53 am

48 hours is all Sony needed to push more than a quarter million PlayStation Vita's. It doesn't sound like a lot, but 321,400 is a great achievement for Sony.

 

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Comparing them to Nintendo, they should be proud. Nintendo's much advertised 3DS only sold 50,000 more units, but then sales dipped. The sale numbers were only saved with a price cut. For the PS Vita to continue its success long-term, it's going to need some smash hit, killer apps. Something that hasn't been done before, something that pushes mobile gaming boundaries. If I were in charge of the Vita, that's the kinda target I'd have.

 

Have you managed to get a PS Vita? If so, please do let us know how you've gone with it!

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