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The Darkness 2 delayed until Feb next year

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 3:28 pm

If you're one of the many folks that enjoyed the 2007 comic-book tie-in shooer "The Darkness" and are holding out for number 2, some unfortunate news has come to light today that 2K Games has delayed it until next year. Apparently this is due to Digital Extremes being a little behind schedule and need some more breathing space to polish the game off.


So, in scrapping their original intent to have the title ready for release in early October this year, the new launch date for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be February 10th, 2012.




As a brief rundown on it, you take the role of a mobster named Jackie Estacado who wields the power of Darkness; these big ugly tentacles and demonic entities that can be controlled at will. The second game is said to take a few steps away from the look and feel of the first, with the focus being to more closely link it to the comic book series that these games are based on.

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Google now detecting viruses from its end for one form of Windows-specific malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 2:36 pm

Google just don't stop, they've just announced that they're using their own data to detect viruses and will (as of today) be using Google Search results pages to warn users if their computers are infected with a specific form of malware. If a user has the virus, which is reportedly rerouting traffic to Google and other sites through a proxy will see the warning shown below.




A Google blog post titled "Using data to protect people from malware" says:


Recently, we found some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance on one of our data centers. After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software, or "malware." As a result of this discovery, today some people will see a prominent notification at the top of their Google web search results.

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Turtle Beach prepare COD: Modern Warfare 3 optimized headsets

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 2:16 pm

Audio specialists Turtle Beach are jumping in early in anticipation of the likely massive success that will be the third iteration in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, set for worldwide release on November 8.




A press release today sheds light on several new limited edition Modern Warfare 3 themed headsets hitting shelves right around the time of launch of the game. Turtle Beach calls them the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets, a limited run with four models on offer.


Turtle Beach states in their press release that thanks to a partnership with Activision, they were able to obtain unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games - this allowed Turtle Beach to include custom-optimized presets for these headsets to enhance the overall audio experience for the game.

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Intel making a push for PCI-Express x2 interface?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 1:24 pm

A little birdy has learned today that Intel is apparently looking to have a new PCI Express interface implemented into future chipsets. And no, it's not to do with PCI-E 3.0 which is already a definitive inclusion on the cards.




What the company is looking squarely at is an interface PCI-SIG doesn't currently have a slot or port specification for - that being PCI-Express 2.0 x2. Why x2? Intel's basis of reasoning for it is to provide a more balanced and cost effective means for third parties manufacturing devices such as 2-port SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 controller chips, without bottlenecking their performance.

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Patriot announce Pyro series SSDs w. 500+MB/sec read rates

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Patriot Memory is readying up another series of consumer level 2.5" SSDs with its new Pyro lineup. These are SandForce SF-2281 controlled SATA III 6.0Gbps drives, utilizing MLC NAND Flash.




Patriot gives impressive sequential read and write rates of up to 550MB/sec and 520MB/sec on the 120 and 240MB models, and up to 515MB/sec read / 490MB/sec write speeds on the 60GB model. As for IOPS rates, the 120 and 240GB models offer 85,000 4k random write performance, while the 60GB one offers 80,000.


Patriot backs the new Pyro series by a three year warranty and they should hit shelves anytime soon> pricing has not yet been disclosed.

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Download of the Day: Process Explorer 15.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 9:20 am

Our Download of the Day today is Process Explorer 15.0.


Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.


The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.


The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.




Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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Deal of the Day: Powermat Apple iPhone 4 Wireless Charging System for $19.99 plus Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 7:48 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Powermat Apple iPhone 4 Wireless Charging System for $19.99 plus Shipping!.


Offer: Get Powermat's wireless charging system for the Apple iPhone 4 for just $19.99 plus shipping. This is the full system including the Powermat IX charging mat and the case.






Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Apple launching Mac OS X Lion tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 6:21 am

Apple has finally confirmed that Max OS X Lion is coming tomorrow. The next-gen operating system from Apple was confirmed to launch tomorrow by CFO Peter Oppenheimer during the conference call in which he discussed Apple's gloriously profitable quarter. Lion which will be sold via the Mac App Store rather than retail or other channels is set to include more than 250 new features as well as a number of features designed to bring to the Mac some features popular on the iPad.




Be sure to let us know via Google+, Facebook or Twitter what you think of Lion. Convince me to upgrade my brand spanking new 17-inch MBP!

Apple reports Third Quarter results, iPhone and iPad sales nearly double

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 5:24 am

Apple have just posted their third quarter results, giving them an all-time record revenue and earnings. Apple saw a quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion or $7.79 per diluted share. To compare to the same quarter of last year, revenue was at $15.70 billion, net quarterly profits say at $3.25 billion or $3.51 per diluted share. International sales make up 62-percent of the quarter's revenue.




Apple sold 20.34 million iPhones in the quarter which is a 142-percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. iPads flew out the doors with 9.25 million sold during the quarter resulting in a 183-percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. 3.95 million Macs were sold which was a 14-percent increase over last year and 7.54 million iPods were sold which actually resulted in a 20-percent decline from the year-ago quarter.

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WD announce 9.5mm 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 20, 2011 4:00 am

WD have announce it has started volume shipments of its new WD Scorpio Blue 9.5mm 2.5-inch 1TB HDD which is designed for mainstream notebooks. The new WD Scorpio Blue 1TB drive sports 500GB per-platter areal density and now that it's available in the industry-standard 9.5mm, two-platter form factor, it will fit most mainstream notebooks. The WD Scorpio Blue 1TB mobile hard drive also achieves better power and performance which makes it the ideal solution for notebook computers and other portable devices that require extended battery life and cool, ultra quiet operation.




Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager of Client Storage for WD says:


With the release of the 1 TB WD Scorpio Blue notebook drive in a 9.5 mm package, WD is able to offer the greatest storage capacity available for use in portable computing environments. Mobile users no longer need to choose maximum capacity over thin and light, WD is ready with storage options, achieved without compromise to performance and reliability, that prove ideal for mobile digital devices of all kinds including PC and Mac notebook computers; external storage; and digital media players.

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