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Apple announces OS X 10.9 Mavericks to release this fall with over 200 new features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Apple has just announced the next major version of its OS X operating system. OSX 10.9 was unveiled at this afternoon's WWDC developer's conference being held by the Cupertino based giant. This update, while expected, seemed to impress all those in attendance with the company touting over 200 new features being added to the operating system.




Notable new features include tabbed Finder windows, support for tagging your documents, and even some major updates to Safari. Apple is also promising improved support for multiple displays, something that became a pain with the introduction of full screen apps in OSX Lion.


Notifications are also getting some big improvements, with alerts in iOS now being able to be pushed to your Mac for a more seamlessly integrated experience. Password management is getting an overhaul as well with iCloud keychain which stores your passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data for syncing between all devices.

Apple announces a refreshed MacBook Air line at WWDC, now featuring Intel Haswell processors and "all day battery life"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 6:41 pm

This morning Apple kicked off its annual WWDC developer's conference. As expected, during the keynote address, we saw a new refreshed line of MacBook Air's make an appearance. The refreshed notebooks now feature the energy efficient Haswell processors from Intel.




The Air's now ship with Core i5 or Core i7 processor and are available with a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The 11.6-inch model is said to be good for 12 hours of use while the 13.3-inch can last up to 9 hours with continual use. The new models also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Intel 5000 series HD Graphics.


Both models are available today on Apple's website with the 11.6-inch model starting at $999 for the 128GB version. The 13.6-inch model will begin at $1099 at the 128GB level and increase to $1299 for a 265GB model. At the moment all models feature a 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and those seeking the higher performance models will have to place a custom order.

Microsoft's Xbox One to be available in November for $499 US

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 6:07 pm

It has only been a few weeks since we got our first glimpses of the upcoming next-gen Xbox One. Since its unveiling there has been much speculation of when it will launch and what it will cost. Today we found out the answer to both of those questions.




At the E3 Expo this afternoon, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will go on sale in November of this year and will cost consumers $499 in the US and £429 for our UK friends. I am pretty sure that I will be standing in line for my Xbox One on launch day, how about you? Did today's press conference ease any of the sourness left in your mouth from the launch event? Let us know in the comments.

Xbox Live to ditch "points" and switch over to real currency

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:44 pm

E3 2013 - It appears that Microsoft has finally came to their senses and decided to ditch the whole Microsoft Points system of virtual currency. At the Microsoft press event this morning at E3, Microsoft announced that it would be forgoing the points system in favor of real local currency.




The Xbox Live points system has been my biggest gripe with Microsoft since it was implemented. I never really understood why the company chose to create a virtual currency when a simple actual existing currency would have accomplished the same thing. Cudos to Microsoft for making this change! Now game prices, DLC, and other features will be priced in your local currency.


Microsoft also announced that Xbox Live Gold members would not be able to share features with family members who share the same Xbox One console. Features like online multiplayer, and playing games purchased under your account are now open to the whole family without you being logged into your Xbox Live account.

Microsoft announces Forza 5 for Xbox One, utilizes cloud processing for unrivaled graphics and performance

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:22 pm

E3 2013 - Microsoft and Turn 10 studios announced the next generation in simulation racing this morning. Forza 5 just may be the most bad ass racing game I have ever seen. The use of cloud processing and what is being called a Drivatar, you are always racing, even when you are not online.




The so-called Drivatar is an AI that learns your driving habits, your speed up and breaking habits, and even your crashing habits. It then races for you when you are not online. It is able to accomplish this through cloud processing which also gives the game graphics like no other game I have ever seen. The McLaren featured on the screen appeared to be a live video image and not a video game rendering.





Microsoft updates Xbox 360 to align with new Xbox One Look, Xbox Live Gold gets massive updates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:55 pm

E3 2013 - At this morning's E3 Expo, Microsoft announced a new version of its Xbox 360 which has been visually updated to more closely align with the new Xbox One design. The new Xbox 360 features a black facade with a more refined and elegant look.




Additionally, the company announced that Xbox Live Gold members will now receive two free games per month every month that is theirs to keep. Keeping the Xbox 360 train rolling, Microsoft also announced a new Metal Gear Solid game would be coming to Xbox as well as Word of Tanks which has been PC only up until this point.


Head over to our live blog to see all the latest updates from the press conference!

Alienware teases upcoming product launches at E3, billed as an Epic Journey - Tune in tonight at 11:30 EST for live blog coverage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:46 pm

E3 2013 - Alienware is said to be preparing a massive product launch at this year's E3 expo and in true form, the company has launched two new teasers on YouTube to get everyone pumped up for the new systems.



The launch event will take place tonight at 11:30PM EST in downtown Los Angeles and the TweakTown crew will be hosting a live blog of the event. Just like last week's Computex Show, TweakTown is bringing you all of the latest and greatest news from the largest gaming expo in the world. Stay tuned for it all!


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Mad Catz unveils photos of Project M.O.J.O ahead of E3, could be main rival to OUYA, and Gamer Stick consoles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:24 pm

E3 2013 - Last week I reported on a little talked about project from Mad Catz that was being called project M.O.J.O. The little device was widely rumored to be in Android gaming console akin to the likes of the OUYA or Gamer Stick. Today we got our first glimpse of the actual device.




It is widely expected that mad Catz will unveil the device at this week's E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California. At the moment not much is known about the console other than that it will be part of the company's GameSmart line of mobile accessories, and that it will utilize the Google Play Store for its gaming content.




Our own Trace Hagan is on the ground at E3 and I have put in a special request for some more info on Project M.O.J.O. With the OUYA having such a rough start, how do you feel about cheap android gaming consoles? Let me know in the comments. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the latest up-to-the-minute E3 news.

Mad Catz unveils new TRITTON Kunai next-gen console gaming headset at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 3:56 pm

E3 2013 - This morning Mad Catz Interactive Inc. has announced the existence of a new universal stereo gaming headset aimed at the next-gen console market. Dubbed the TRITTON Kunai is backwards compatible with the most popular current generation consoles as well as the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4.




The TRITTON Kunai features 40mm neodymium drivers and in-line remote offering easy access to headset controls. Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, "The TRITTON Kunai range has proven popular thanks to its balance of performance, value and aesthetics and today's announcement will allow us to reach passionate gamers on virtually any platform."




Mad Catz said that the new headset will also work with PC and Mac as well as smartphones and other smart devices. The TRITTON Kunai Universal headset will be available in gloss black, gloss white and gloss red colors. No information has been released yet on pricing or availability.