Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,514 Reviews & Articles | 43,710 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti should have 6GB GDDR5, release imminent

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2234

Windows 8 should have public beta in late February

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 8:30 am

The Next Web claims that sources close to Microsoft have said that we should expect the pubic Windows 8 beta sometime in late February 2012. Windows 8 is expected in 2H 2012, but an exact date for release is currently unknown.

 

windows_8_should_have_public_beta_in_late_february_9

 

But, knowing the release date of the public beta paints a better picture of when to expect the RTM copy of Windows 8. If we use Windows 7's release milestones, we should expect Windows 8 hit the released to manufacturers (RTM) release in June. If this happens, Microsoft could enjoy a very, very good 2H of 2012, by selling its new OS, pushing tablets powered with the OS and pre-built systems with Windows 8 baked in.

 

What is unknown about the Windows 8 beta is what exactly will be included in the beta itself. No feature set is known, but we should find some information closer to release. I'm incredibly excited myself.

Microsoft Flight, rebooted version of Microsoft Flight Simulator and goes into beta next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 7:26 am

Microsoft's Flight Simulator series has enjoyed some great aerial highs in its time, but Microsoft have retired the name and refreshed it all by removing one of the words. Now dubbed "Microsoft Flight", Microsoft Game Studios have been whispering about the game for a while now, and have said they're opening it up to beta testers next month.

 

 

In order to get into the pilots seat of the beta test, you'll need to sign up with multiple tiers of Microsoft online service, but most of you would already have half of those accounts required. What could we expect from the new game? A huge increase in performance and scaling is something I hope.

 

microsoft_flight_rebooted_version_of_microsoft_flight_simulator_and_goes_into_beta_next_month_8

 

MS's Flight Sim has always been a Crysis-like game that is happy to suck down all of your PCs power... but hopefully Microsoft get the scaling done well in this, scaling between dual, quad, hex and eight-core CPUs, as well as the multiple levels of GPUs and SLI/CFX options of today's GPUs. The teaser trailer above didn't really do much to tempt me personally, but fans of the series should be starting up their engines and putting on their flying boots in anticipation.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta gameplay footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 6:31 am

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's beta went live last week and its just days later we have our first taste of gameplay footage. CS: GO looks much prettier than the previous Source-powered Counter-Strike. Check out the video of gameplay below:

 

 

It doesn't look too bad, but compared to next-gen shooters like Battlefield 3, it just feels so... old. But, for fans of Counter-Strike, they'll look past these things. Below is also a comparison between Counter-Strike: Source and Global Offensive.

 

 

I do like the improved buying system, it looks much better than the old CS/CS:S versions. Graphics look much better than CS:S and the original CS [of course], and all of the old-school sounds are back. "Lock and Load", "Fire in the Hole", all of the gun sounds, all make it back.

Continue reading 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta gameplay footage' (full post)

AMD Bulldozer continues to sell-out from shelves

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 5:29 am

AMD may not have released what people were expecting when they unleashed Bulldozer, but that has not stopped the CPU from selling out on retail shelves. AMD are selling out as soon as shops receive stock, even while they're not competitively priced against Intel's Core range.

 

amd_bulldozer_continues_to_sell_out_from_shelves_5

 

Is it the "It's an 8-core CPU!!" marketing that is doing its magic here? Or are the uninformed customers grabbing it thinking this is somehow better than Intel's offerings? Most tech sites, magazines, forums, and what have you have taken a ride in the Bulldozer and not enjoyed it that much. It can beat Intel's Core i7 2600K in some tests, but overall, it's not in the same league.

 

Bulldozer has run over the Phenom II and Athlon II processors, which were relatively good chips with good pricing as well as selling well. Manufacturing plants however, share equipment between 45nm products and the new 32nm-based chips, so one has to be discontinued.

Continue reading 'AMD Bulldozer continues to sell-out from shelves' (full post)

Weekend Roundup for December 4, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 4:27 am

The latest happenings from around the web - December 5th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard @ OCIA

- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 LGA1155 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

 

Video/Monitor

 

- MSI N560GTX Ti 448 TwinFrozr III Power Edtion @ HT4U

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 tested @ HT4U

 

Audio/Media

 

- Arctic Sound P321 USB Headset @ Overclockers Online

- TRITTON AX Pro True 5.1 Surround Headset @ RWLabs

- Steelseries Specturm 7XB Wireless Headset @ tbreak

Continue reading 'Weekend Roundup for December 4, 2011' (full post)

Faildozer strikes again, Bulldozer actually has 800 million LESS transistors than originally thought

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 4:13 am

AMD's Bulldozer "FX" series of processors have not enjoyed the lime light lately, where we could replace lime light with poo flinging and we'd be more on the mark. We've covered it a few times now and even our reviewer Shane Baxtor was not that impressed.

 

faildozer_strikes_again_bulldozer_actually_has_800_million_less_transistors_than_originally_thought_4

 

It got its arse handed to it in most tests, with existing platforms like the Phenom II actually beating it sometimes. Sad. But, it seems as though AMD did not even know how many transistors the Bulldozer sported, with an e-mail from Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech, where AMD's PR department and Anand has shared his thoughts:

 

This is a bit unusual. I got an email from AMD PR this week asking me to correct the Bulldozer transistor count in our Sandy Bridge E review. The incorrect number, provided to me (and other reviewers) by AMD PR around 3 months ago was 2 billion transistors. The actual transistor count for Bulldozer is apparently 1.2 billion transistors. I don't have an explanation as to why the original number was wrong, just that the new number has been triple checked by my contact and is indeed right. The total die area for a 4-module/8-core Bulldozer remains correct at 315 mm².

Continue reading 'Faildozer strikes again, Bulldozer actually has 800 million LESS transistors than originally thought' (full post)

Google and Telstra team up for 'Androidland'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 3:31 am

It looks like Apple retail stores are in for some competition from the fun-sounding creation from Google and Telstra: Androidland. Androidland was unveiled at Telstra's retail outlet in Bourke St, Melbourne, where its based in the 154 square metre space which brings together interactive technology, games and on-site experts to explain the features of Google's Android OS.

 

[img]3[/img]

 

Executive Director of Telstra Mobile, Warwick Bray, said that its the first time a mobile carrier had teamed up with Google to create an Android-dedicated retail presence. He added:

 

Over the past 12 months we've seen a huge growth in the number of customers coming in-store and asking us about Android phones and tablets. With Androidland we wanted to create a retail environment like no other that helps us to answer customer questions in a fun, interactive way. The result is a world-first collaboration that goes beyond conventional product displays by allowing visitors to get hands on with a range of popular mobile services and apps found on Android devices.

Continue reading 'Google and Telstra team up for 'Androidland'' (full post)

Google working on supreme one-day shipping rival to Amazon Prime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 2:19 am

Google is reportedly shopping around with multiple retailers and shipping couriers in an effort to create a service that would compete with Amazon's Prime one-day shipping option. Google could even offer same-day delivery on certain items, which would actually be better than Amazon's offering.

 

[img]2[/img]

 

The way it differs to Amazon, is Google's service would not have them selling items directly to the customer, but rather allow them to handle the delivery process through deals and companies such as UPS and local couriers. When a customer is checking out at a particular retailer, Google's system would kick in and offer expedited delivery services.

Continue reading 'Google working on supreme one-day shipping rival to Amazon Prime' (full post)

Western Digital partially restore production in one factory in Thailand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:26 am

Good news for once regarding the flooding in Thailand and HDD manufacturers! Western Digital have reportedly restored production at at least one of their HDD manufacturing plants in Thailand one week ahead of schedule.

 

western_digital_partially_restore_production_in_one_factory_in_thailand_1

 

WD have also just increased their revenue outlook for the current quarter because of this, where they now expect $1.8 billion in revenue instead of the $1.05 to $1.25 billion previously estimated. Western Digital CEO John Coyne has said:

 

Much work remains to be done, but we couldn't be more pleased with the effort and results thus far, including tremendous support from our supply partners and customers. The passion, perseverance, ingenuity and execution exhibited by the Western Digital team has been extraordinary and enabled us to make substantial progress in partially restoring our operations in Thailand.

Continue reading 'Western Digital partially restore production in one factory in Thailand' (full post)

Obsidian are working on a South Park RPG, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are heavily involved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:01 am

Someone on the NeoGAF forums have gotten their mits on the South Park edition of Game Informer and have released details on the upcoming South Park-themed RPG. The RPG will be the first game that South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone have directly participated in, where they've written the script and dialogue.

 

south_park_rpg_is_coming_6

 

As the protagonist, you will be silent. Parker has always preferred silent protagonists, so his wishes will come true. The character you play has a smartphone which acts as the primary game menu and has a Facebook-like app which shows the number of friends you have and your current standing with the various kid factions. Five classes are said to be included, wizard, paladin, adventurer, rogue, and a fifth unannounced class.

Continue reading 'Obsidian are working on a South Park RPG, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are heavily involved' (full post)

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down