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Plex 3.0 released for Android and 3.2 update for iOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 29, 2013 8:03 am

A Plex refresh for Android has been in the works for sometime now. The popular media streaming application gets an entirely new look for Android while the 3.2 version for iOS gets some bug fixes.




The refresh provides a much more polished and elegant interface while improving access times to larger libraries. The initial 3.0 release had a bug forced the app to require a MyPlex account as well not allowing the remote control widget to function properly. iOS users have had Plex 3.0 for some time now and the 3.2 update brings forth some tangeable improvements including speedier media access, fixes for Plex Sync. Other improvements include letting the iOS app serve as a remote playback target for other Plex equipped devices.



As a user of Plex for some time now, this update is a most welcome one. I love Plex's ease of setup and use and the ability to not only stream content hosted on local servers, but the ability to watch web based content from hundreds of free sources such as Revision3. I will be covering how to set up Plex in an upcoming how to article in which we will build a small form factor home media server, so stay tuned to TweekTown for that.

Transformers 4 begins filming, includes a look at the new cars featured in the film

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 29, 2013 7:25 am

We all thought the Transformers franchise would end with Dark of the Moon, the third outing in Michael Bay's CG-filled movies, but Transformers 4 has begun filming. Principal photography has started for Transformers 4, which sees Bay behind the camera once more, but Shia LaBeouf is replaced by Mark Wahlberg.




Wahlberg is joined by a whole new cast, including Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles, and Jack Reynor. T.J. Miller also joins Transformers 4 as "Wahlberg's best friend, a fellow mechanic". What most people will be interested in, however, are the cars, which we have some pictures to tease you with. There's a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, and a Corvette Stingray, which is based on Corvette's upcoming 2014 production car.



RumorTT: HTC to release 'Liquidmetal' smartphone this year, won't be called the T-1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 6:29 am

HTC are up and down right now, as the company have been bleeding employees for a while, but have seen a horizon of success with their One smartphone. But if DigiTimes' article is correct, maybe we could see HTC turn things around with a new smartphone made from amorphous metal alloy.




The 'Liquidmetal' smartphone would debut later in the year, and will see HTC partner up with Taiwanese chassis maker Jabon International to help manufacture the device. If HTC can make it to the market with their Liquidmetal smartphone, it could light a fire under Apple who were interested in using Liquidmetal for future iPhone's. HTC have reportedly started hiring chassis manufacturing experts to help incorporate the technology into future products.

PC market is still in trouble, new projections see the market continue to tumble into 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 5:33 am

We all know the PC market isn't doing too well, but new projections from the IDC think that we haven't seen the worst of it just yet. According to the IDC's latest numbers, PC shipments will continue to decline, by 7.8% in 2013 and will fall by another 1.2% in 2014.




IDC are projecting that 2014's numbers are a little stronger as companies that continue to use Windows XP will shift to Windows 8 once Microsoft halts support for the older OS next year. The drop in PC sales are of course thanks to the constantly surging numbers for smart devices such as smartphones and tablets. IDC analyst Loren Loverde says:


Many users are realizing that everyday computing, such as accessing the Web, connecting to social media, sending emails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage. Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces. These users have not necessarily given up on PCs as a platform for computing when a more robust environment is needed, but this takes a smaller share of computing time, and users are making do with older systems.

Apple may grovel back to Samsung for future display production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 4:32 am

Last year it was reported that Apple would switch from their reliance on their biggest competitor, Samsung, for their displays and shift to others like LG Display or AU Optronics. Well folks, it seems that Apple is considering new contracts with Samsung for displays in the future.




Korean site is reporting that Apple would resume purchasing LCD's from Samsung Display, as the South Korean giant are better equipped to keep up with Apple's high demand:


As the thin glass process was adopted to the production of touchscreen panels, the related industry is expected to show stiff growth every year - there are very few Japanese or Taiwanese competitors in the thin glass market.


The industry is guessing that one of the reasons Apple decided to come back to Samsung Display is because of the thin glass. Samsung Display's thin glass vendors have made a very visible growth in the industry, because Samsung Display, unlike LG Display, relies on its vendors for most of the thin glass processes.


It's an interesting twist of events, as it falls in line with Apple preparing their fifth-generation iPad, and sixth-generation iPhone. The latest reports peg Apple to start production of the new iPhone next month, with the fifth-generation iPad to begin production the month after, in July.

Dotcom has Hollywood in tears over Mega, movie studios are asking Google to censor Mega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 3:27 am

Kim Dotcom has Hollywood's feathers rustled over his new Mega service, with Warner Bros. and NBC Universal asking Google to remove Mega from their search results, claiming that Dotcom's service is hosting copyrighted material on its servers.




Dotcom has hit back, as usual, where he responded to the requests in a statement to TorrentFreak, where he said the requests are the same "unreasonable content industry behavior" that he has put up with for years now. Google haven't complied with the movie studio's requests just yet, with the Mega domain continuing to show up in Google search results. Dotcom does note that a lot of these requests are actually false alarms, which happen from an automated and abusive system:


During the Megaupload days over 20% of all takedown notices were bogus. We analysed big samples of notices and most were automated keyword based takedowns that affected a lot of legitimate files. The abuse of the takedown system is so severe that no service provider can rely on takedown notices for a fair repeat infringer policy.

The Last of Us will see three DLC packs, season pass pre-order includes all three for $19.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 29, 2013 2:41 am

Naughty Dog, the developer behind Uncharted and the soon to be released The Last of Us are planning three DLC packs for the latter title, with gamers being able to pre-order all of them right now for $19.99 with the game's season pass from the US PlayStation Store.




Other regions will receive The Last of Us digital edition and season pass pre-orders, but dates haven't been announced just yet. Season passes will also make their way to retailers when The Last of Us launches. If you purchase yourself a season pass, you'll receive the Day 1 bonus pack which includes in-game upgrades like increased crafting and healing speed, 9mm reload speed upgrade and a rifle clip capacity upgrade. There's also a 90-minute "Making of The Last of Us" documentary with the Day 1 bonus pack.


Out of the three DLC packs, one of them will include single player content with the other two packs concentrating on multiplayer content that will also include maps "and other expansions".


The Last of Us launches on the PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013 and will be made available on the PlayStation Store on the same day.

Google adds in-app payments to latest Chrome build, aims to bundle Google Wallet into Chrome

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 29, 2013 12:47 am

Everyone's favorite Google evangelist, François Beaufort, has discovered a Chromium code review that aims to add Google Wallet to Chrome. The review in question is titled "Make sure the Google wallet in-app payment support app is always installed" and does basically what it says: integrates Google Wallet into Chrome.




Google Wallet has actually already been integrated into the latest Chrome Canary build, which you can verify by trying to download and install the latest build of the app. Integrating Wallet into Chrome is a natural extension as Google continues to push the web through Chrome OS as alternative operating systems.


We can expect to see Google Wallet show up in the everyday build of Chrome in a few months, likely when Chrome 29 launches.

Acer updates C7 Chromebook line with SSD's, prices start at just $199

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 29, 2013 12:02 am

Acer announced today that they are updating their C7 Chromebook line with new models that feature SSD's to improve boot times and responsiveness. Best Buy is one of the first companies selling the new models and has the Acer C710-2833 available for just $199, an impressive price considering it features an SSD.




The specifications for the Acer C710-2833 include an 11.6-inch display and Intel Celeron Processor 847. This 1.1GHz processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, Intel HD graphics, and a 4-cell battery. One important aspect that appears to be missing is USB 3.0


With the small (16GB) SSD, storage space will be at a premium and users will likely make use of external drives. It would be ideal for these drives to be able to communicate with the system over USB as it provides much more bandwidth than USB 2.0. Still, I can't complain with a price tag of just $199.

Acer teases new products debuting at Computex with YouTube video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2013 11:32 pm

Acer has given the world a tease about its upcoming products that are set to debut at Computex. Earlier today, we received the video embedded below. It's designed to pique our interests and get us to come check out Acer's booth at Computex. You can be sure TweakTown will be there.



It's very possible that the device we reported about earlier today is one of the products teased by this video. We won't have official confirmation until Computex, but I always get excited about the prospects of new notebooks and tablets. We'll be sure to bring you all the Acer news from Computex and beyond.

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