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TweakTown Live Blog - Microsoft next-generation Xbox event (starting soon!)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 4:21 pm

We have another live blog for you of next-generation Xbox by Microsoft. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.




What are you expecting to see from the next-gen Xbox event? A huge leap in graphics? New IP? Better controllers? Let us know what excites you or what you expect to see!

ScienceTT: NASA looking to bring Star Trek replicator to life, funding 3D printer capable of printing food

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 21, 2013 4:16 pm

"Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" It's the classic line from TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation, where Captain Picard walks up to the Replicator in his living quarters and orders a cup of tea. While some have likened that scene with the consumer level 3D printers of today, we are still unable to replicate food from thin air. NASA is looking to change that.




With 3D printers growing cheaper and more popular by the day, it only makes sense for NASA to investigate the use of RepRap style 3D printers for making a hot slice of pizza, right? Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation.



The idea behind the project is to take a RepRap Mendel 3D printer and convert the extrusion head to print a mixture of "nutrients" that will form the basis of the food product you wish to eat. Contractor says the nutrient cartridges will have a lifespan of 30 years, making them stable enough for space travel. The project will begin with a proof of concept test where he will print chocolate and the plan is to ramp up from there.

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NVIDIA demos world's most efficient Cat 4 LTE-Advanced Modem, hits 150Mbps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 3:42 pm

Earlier this week, NVIDIA demoed its new Tegra 4i that includes the new integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem - it managed to smash data speed records by pushing 150Mbps of data. This speed record showcases the power of NVIDIA's software defined radio by managing to upgrade the existing Cat 3 radio (100Mbps) to the Cat 4 radio only with a software update.




One major advantage is the radio's small size, as NVIDIA's Brian Del Rizzo pointed out in a press release. "Because the modem is designed with general purpose Deep Execution Processors (DXP), it's 40 percent the size of a conventional LTE modem. The benefit is a fast, high performance, adaptable modem in a tiny footprint."


Tegra 4i's modem is also multi-mode. It delivers not only 4G LTE Advanced, but is backward compatible so it can offer LTE Cat 3, 3G and 2G. Meaning that it will work even where LTE networks are not available. NVIDIA says that we can expect other LTE Advanced features based in software very soon.

Fractal Design unveils Node 304 chassis, now in 100% more white

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 21, 2013 2:56 pm

This morning high-end PC chassis manufacturer Fractal Design unveiled its newest chassis, the Node 304 in white. This sleek, and modular PC chassis continues to adhere to Fractal's "simplistic" design by keeping external features to a minimum.




The Node 304 features accommodations for up to six hard drives, comes equipped with three hydraulic bearing fans, and easy to clean filters on all the air intakes. The front of the chassis bears minimalist design cues with the dual USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks being placed on the right side of the case.




Also featured is a fan controller that is capable of adjusting fan speeds on all chassis fans. This makes the Node 304 the perfect solution for those in need of a refined HTPC chassis, or simply want a uniquely minimalist desktop PC. The Node 304 is capable of fitting Mini-ITX and DTX motherboards with the white version being available in July for about $90.

Will IllumiRoom illuminate today's Xbox event? Some sources say that it will

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 2:33 pm

Despite rumors that Microsoft's new IllumiRoom is not ready for demo, we just might see the new technology make an appearance at today's Xbox event after all. Gaming site CVG is reporting that a demo will be shown off at the event that is scheduled to begin at 1PM today.




IllumiRoom is Microsoft's next big thing in gaming. It appears to project an extended view of the game onto the surounding walls of the room your TV is in to provide a truly immersive experience. We saw this new feature being shown off at CES earlier this year, but rumors quickly surfaced saying that it would not make an official debut until Q4 this year at the earliest.



While we are still unsure if IllumiRoom will make an appearance today, we know for a fact that the new Xbox will be unveiled today and we will be providing up to the second coverage in the form of a Live Blog, as well as news posts as they happen. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the Xbox news today!

The next-gen Xbox will be ready for 'mass shipments' in Q3 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 2:23 pm

Microsoft are just hours away from unveiling their next-generation Xbox, and now we have DigiTimes reporting that they are already shipping out orders in small volumes to certain clients, with mass shipments to start in Q3, with the peak shipments hitting in the following quarter.




The news comes from DigiTimes' sources in the upstream supply chain, who expect "Xbox orders to strongly boost their performances in the second half as the orders' profits will grow along with the volume".

OSX to get Chrome App Launcher, beta now in progress

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 21, 2013 1:39 pm

Chrome is growing more popular with Mac users every day it seems, and Google has taken notice. The company has just announced that the Chrome App Launcher will be coming to Chromium for OSX. The launcher provides a simple way to launch Chrome "packaged apps", which are web apps that behave like conventional PC or Mac apps.




Chrome's Happiness Evangelist (yes, that is his real title) posted the following on his blog:


Chrome Team is currently working on bringing the App Launcher on the Mac platform as you can see in the screenshot below.


You can already give it a try by running the last chromium build available at with the -show-app-list switch.

The next-gen Xbox event happens this afternoon! Our live blog will start at 1pm ET

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:28 am

We're nearly here - and yet, my excitement is continuing to build - the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft is to be unveiled mere hours from now. The entire news staff of TweakTown will be all over the Xbox event, covering it with a live blog and news posts.




The event kicks off at 1pm ET, so be sure to check back this afternoon for your next-gen Xbox details. What are you hoping to see? Here are some of our thoughts on the next-generation console from Microsoft, but I'd like to be totally surprised, and to see Microsoft go up and above the PS4 announcement with some incredible games and details on the console. Hopefully we get to actually see the console, not like the PS4 event.

SanDisk does it again, advances their industry-leading second-generation 19nm manufacturing tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 21, 2013 9:28 am

SanDisk have announced today that they have begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on their 1Ynm process technology, which is the company's second-generation 19nm manufacturing technology.




This achievement is quite incredible, as it takes their memory cell size from 19nm by 26nm to just 19nm by 19.5nm. Even though we're talking uber small here, it is a 25% reduction of the memory cell area, allowing SanDisk to continue "leading the industry in building smaller, more powerful flash memory products".


The benefits of SanDisk's advancements in their manufacturing technology will pave the way for higher capacity SSD's, with lower manufacturing costs. Consumers and businesses will all benefit from this, which we should begin to see the benefits of going into the future. You can read more about SanDisk's industry-leading technology here.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is the world's best smartphone... according to Consumer Reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:27 am

It wasn't long ago that Samsung reported they were set to sell their 10 millionth Galaxy S4, but it seems Consumer Reports is jumping on the 'Galaxy S4 is awesome' bandwagon, by stating that the Android-powered smartphone from Samsung is the world's best smartphone.




Consumer Reports found that "the S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera". They also thought the Galaxy S4's display was impressive, stating that it "is sensitive enough to use with gloves on - handy during cold weather". Consumer Reports also praised the S4's multi-tasking abilities, saying that watching videos whilst checking e-mail on the S4 was impressively quick.