Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,140 Reviews & Articles | 51,255 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2269

Introducing Tweakipedia, our new home to all things tweaking at TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:11 pm

Today we are very excited to be announcing a new part of our website called Tweakipedia. Tweakipedia will be an amusement park of technology, filled with guides from how to overclock your computer to installing Windows from a USB drive. Not only that, but we will be taking in reader submissions on tweaks and guides.

 

 

This means that if you have a tweak recommendation, then you can submit it to us and we'll get it into Tweakipedia. We'll also love to hear suggestions on what you'd love to see next, so if you are itching to see how a certain GPU (or three) performs in a particular game, then you can request that. If you didn't know how to do a particular task - for example, building a system with Corsair's Obsidian 900D case - then we would secure that part and write a how-to build guide on it.

 

introducing_tweakipedia_our_new_home_to_all_things_tweaking_at_tweaktown_1

 

The idea is that the reader is heavily involved in Tweakipedia. We want you to submit ideas, requests, your own guides and tweaks - everything. This way, you're directly contributing to Tweakipedia and seeing it slowly morph into a gigantic source of great tech information. That is the next point - Tweakipedia will be a source we can continue to come back on in future reviews, articles and more.

Continue reading 'Introducing Tweakipedia, our new home to all things tweaking at TweakTown' (full post)

Good guy Twitter is doing patents the right way, granted patent for how Twitter works

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:06 pm

After a filing in 2007 based on its social network, Twitter was finally granted a patent on... well... Twitter. US Patent #8,401,009 grants Twitter the rights to how its service works.

 

good_guy_twitter_is_doing_patents_the_right_way_granted_patent_for_how_twitter_works_1

 

When news came of the applications approval, Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, tweeted "Look Ma, I'm officially an inventor." Does this mean that Twitter will begin suing other startup social networks or services that have similar functionality? Technically they could, but Twitter has a policy that requires its employees to vote before legal action could be taken.

 

"Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of our inventions. We also think a lot about how those patents may be used in the future, which is why we introduced the Innovator's Patent Agreement to keep control of those patents in the hands of engineers and designers."

RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to be always-on, games installed to HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 11:50 am

Fresh from the rumor mill, we have some new next-generation Xbox news. The latest rumors include some screenshots of a purported Xbox Development Kit (XDK) for the next-gen console from Microsoft.

 

rumortt_next_gen_xbox_to_be_always_on_games_installed_to_hdd_10

 

The leaked documentation, if true, would see the next-gen Xbox feature a large HDD, large enough to "hold a large number of games". All next-gen Xbox games are said to be installable to the drive, and "play from the optical drive will not be supported." It seems as though installation of games will be a requirement, with games not capable of being played off the disc at all. This might be a nice change from Microsoft, being able to install the games to the Xbox and take the disc out - not requiring it again until you re-install it.

 

What about piracy? Well, Microsoft are reportedly developing an anti-used games system, requiring activation codes for 50GB capacity Blu-ray discs. This would definitely shoot holes in piracy for the next-gen Xbox, but how Microsoft play this out will be very, very important.

Continue reading 'RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox to be always-on, games installed to HDD' (full post)

Google Fiber spreads its gigabit tentacles, lands in Olathe, KS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 11:33 am

Google's Fiber service is slowly expanding, reaching out to the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, KS. The Olathe City Council has approved of an agreement which allows for the expansion, but there is no firm word on when we should expect the deployment of the super-fast Internet in Olathe.

 

google_fiber_spreads_its_gigabit_tentacles_lands_in_olathe_ks_10

 

Google will be competing with Comcast locally, instead of Time Warner in the other areas Fiber has rolled out thus far. Olathe is the fourth biggest Kansas City suburb, so residents should be over the moon with the news of Google Fiber rolling into town, soon.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.6.9 released, supports the Radeon HD 7790 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti with GPU Boost

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:36 am

AMD and NVIDIA are about to heat up the sub-$200 GPU market with their Radeon HD 7790 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti with GPU Boost, respectively, and to meet these new GPUs is a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z, version 0.6.9.

 

techpowerup_gpu_z_0_6_9_released_supports_the_radeon_hd_7790_and_geforce_gtx_650_ti_with_gpu_boost_09

 

GPU-Z now also supports the HD 8870M, GeForce GT 415 and GT 750M. For NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs, the DirectX feature-set value is now fixed. You can download GPU-Z 0.6.9 here.

Three South Korean TV stations and two major banks hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:18 am

Things are heating up in South Korea once again, with South Korean authorities investigating a major attack on multiple fronts. Three TV broadcasters and two major banks were attacked, with the South Korean army raising their alert levels thinking that North Korea are behind the attacks.

 

three_south_korean_tv_stations_and_two_major_banks_hacked_01

 

Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were taken down, as well as two major banks; Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. Some of the computers that were infiltrated had files deleted, according to the authorities. A police official has said: "We sent down teams to all affected sites. We are now assessing the situation. This incident is pretty massive and will take a few days to collect evidence."

 

The banks are back up and running, but the TV stations have said they don't know when they'll be fully operational again, with some workers at the stations not able to boot their systems back up. South Korean military hasn't been affected, but they've raised their state of readiness in response. Police and government have both declined to speculate on North Korea's involvement, but the North have threatened the South more than once now, stating they would attack both South Korea and their major ally, the United States after they were slapped with United Nations sanctions for their nuclear test back in February.

Noctua announce they're providing free mounting upgrades for Intel's Haswell processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:36 am

Intel's Haswell platform is just months away, and cooling expert, Noctua, have announced that they are continuing their great tradition of offering customers their SecuFirm2 mounting kits for Haswell, free of charge. Yes, free.

 

noctua_announce_they_re_providing_free_mounting_upgrades_for_intel_s_haswell_processors_06

 

noctua_announce_they_re_providing_free_mounting_upgrades_for_intel_s_haswell_processors_07

 

Newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell out of the box, but older models are now included with the new NM-i115x, with no cost to the consumer whatsoever. In order to get yourself the NM-i115x, all you have to do is provide proof of purchase (which can be a photo, scan or screenshot of your invoice) of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA115x motherboard or LGA115x CPU. The mounting kits are compatible with most Noctua coolers released since 2005, and will be available at retail stores for a low service charge.

HTC One gets delayed, suppliers no longer think HTC is a 'tier one company'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:00 am

If you were savings those clams for the HTC One, you have a little while longer to save as HTC's smartphone has been delayed because suppliers don't think the company is a "tier one company" anymore. This means that component companies only want to work with the undeniable champions of the industry, such as Apple and Samsung.

 

htc_one_gets_delayed_suppliers_no_longer_think_htc_is_a_tier_one_company_08

 

An HTC executive talked with the Wall Street Journal, saying:

 

The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year's unexpected slump in shipments. HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.

 

If HTC aren't a tier one company, does that mean we only have two tier one companies at the moment? This means that we might see more of these delays going into the future, if companies are going to pick and choose who they want to dish out their supplies to.

AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers released, improvements for SimCity and Far Cry 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 7:31 am

If you're a Radeon user, you might want to check out AMD's latest goodies in the form of the Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers. The new drivers provide some performance improvements in both SimCity and Far Cry 3, as well as improve the latency performance issues in Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution.

 

amd_catalyst_13_3_beta_3_drivers_released_improvements_for_simcity_and_far_cry_3_04

 

Here's a full list of what you can expect:

  • Improve performance in Sim City 5 up to 16 percent
  • Improves performance in Far Cry 3 up to 5 percent
  • Improves latency performance issues seen in Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
  • Resolves slight corruption seen in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for CrossFire and single GPU configurations

 

Download the AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers for Windows, right here.

Microsoft allows companies to buy bulk numbers of Surface tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:17 am

Microsoft's Surface tablet might not be doing too well in the consumer market, but the enterprise and government purchasing departments will have no problems buying them in bulk. The Redmond-based software giant is reportedly happy supporting big clients.

 

microsoft_allows_companies_to_buy_bulk_numbers_of_surface_tablets_04

 

The process is now much easier to purchase bulk numbers on the Surface tablets - be it the normal Surface, or Surface Pro - where "commercial customers" can opt-in for an Extended Hardware Service Plan that boosts support to three years for North American buyers. Microsoft isn't stating exactly who is eligible for this, but their order system most likely centers around bulk orders of their devices.

loading