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1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:04 am

Yes, you read that right. Much Different, a Swedish-based, non-profit organisation have given themselves quite the goal. A 1000 player FPS battle, which isn't even a full game, but a browser-based FPS title.




It is called "Man Vs. Machine" and is a game that:


Demonstrates the possibilities of a new kind of technology, developed by MuchDifferent, for creating massive online games. The secret behind being able to handle a much larger amount of players in one First Person Shooter (FPS) battlefield lays in having several (in this case 8) single-threaded servers working together as one, thanks to PikkoServer.


The game is built on the Unity engine, and uses some spiffy server technology that is meant to eliminate lag. Much Different have tested the servers, but just not with the general public yet. Much Different state that:


As long as you have an Internet connection capable of downloading 31 KB/s the amount of lag you experience should mainly depend on your distance from Stockholm, Sweden, rather than the number of players in the game.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for January 25, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 2:17 pm

The latest happenings from around the web, January 25th, 2012:


Power Supplies:


Super Flower Golden King 1000 W - techPowerUp!




Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive - APH Networks

Synology RackStation RS212 - KitGuru

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 750GB 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drive -

Intel SSD 310 mSATA 80 GByte -


Media Players:


ZOTAC ZBOX AD04 Plus AMD Fusion Mini PC - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: Samsung Series 9 (13.3-Inch) UltraBook w/ Intel Core i5-2467M, 128GB SSD - $999 Shipped! Includes $200 Microsoft Credit for Future Purchases!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:21 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Samsung Series 9 (13.3-Inch) UltraBook w/ Intel Core i5-2467M, 128GB SSD - $999 Shipped! Includes $200 Microsoft Credit for Future Purchases!


Great price for this Samsung Series 9 UltraBook. The Microsoft Store has it for $999 shipped plus a $200 credit for future purchases! Check out the specs:




13.3" LED backlit Screen (1366 x 768)

1.60 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M

4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz Memory

128 GB SSD

1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Micro HDMI

6-cell lithium-ion (up to 7 hours)

1.3 MP High-Definition Webcam

Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable (separate adapter required)


12.90" x 8.90" x 0.64" at 2.88 lbs




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Shazam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 12:09 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Shazam




Unlimited tagging is now here for everyone, so Shazam as much as you like.


Now with LyricPlay¬ô! Full-screen visualization of lyrics that play in time to the music you're tagging - learn the lyrics you thought you knew!


Hear a song you don't know? Shazam identifies it instantly - the 4th most downloaded App of all time.


You can also:

○ Save & listen again (with 30 sec preview)

○ Buy tracks easily on iTunes

○ Watch music videos and concerts on YouTube

○ Share music with friends on Facebook & Twitter

○ Learn the lyrics you thought you knew

○ Discover new music from your Shazam Friends and Shazam Charts

○ Find out when an artist is on tour or has a new album available

○ Use it when you don't have a signal


"Do you believe in magic? Maybe you will after trying Shazam - a jaw droppingly awesome music identifier. It has the uncanny ability to recognize the track and tell you everything about it" - GIZMODO


You can upgrade in the app with a few taps for Shazam Recommendations, to play tracks in Spotify (US) and for a Shazam experience without the banner ads.

Download of the Day: AIDA64 version 2.20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 am

Our Download of the Day is AIDA64 v2.20




AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.


New features & improvements


OpenCL GPGPU Stress Test

Support for Intel Atom "Cedarview" processors

Support for Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" APUs and Intel 7-Series chipsets

ACPI 5.0 and OpenCL 1.2 support

GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7970 and nVIDIA GeForce GT 640

NVIDIA cuts sales forecast, blames hard-drive shortages, as well as the Tegra 2 decline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 10:25 am

NVIDIA has warned that its current quarter's sales would fall short of expectations. NVIDIA, whose fourth quarter ends January 29, has said it now expects quarterly revenue of around $950 million.




This is short of their original expectations of approximately $1.066 billion. NVIDIA have said that the shortfall is due in part by the PC-market impact from a global hard-drive shortage because of the unfortunate and devastating Thailand floods.


Because of this, fewer systems were shipped, and some PC makers decided to scale back on graphics to account for their inflated hard-drive costs. NVIDIA have also said that its Tegra 2 mobile chip business declined more rapidly than it had expected.


NVIDIA is currently ramping production for Tegra 3, which will replace the Tegra 2 chip over time.

Tim Cook congratulates employees over e-mail, tells them to attend Town Hall tomorrow to discuss "some exciting new things going on at Apple"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 9:24 am

Apple have had an amazing Q1, with some uber-strong numbers blowing even analysts expectations. You'd have to be happy being the CEO right now, and Tim Cook seems to be over the moon. Cook sent a short e-mail to Apple employees not only congratulating them on both a record setting holiday quarter, but starting 2012 with the launch of a ground-breaking initiative for education with iBooks textbooks.




Cook has told all employees to report to Town Hall tomorrow, either in person or through AppleWeb at 10AM PT to discuss "some exciting new things going on at Apple." His full e-mail is below:




Thanks to everyone's hard work, we're off to a great start in 2012. Last week in New York we launched a groundbreaking initiative for education with iBooks textbooks, and today we reported the strongest quarter in Apple's history.Please join me tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in Town Hall. We'll review our record-setting results and discuss some exciting new things going on at Apple.The meeting will be broadcast live to many sites in Cupertino and other Apple locations. Please check AppleWeb for details.



WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange set to... host a TV show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 8:01 am

This is definitely something that I did not expect, but WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is set to host his own new television show that will have him featuring interviews with key political players from around the world.




The theme of the interview show is "the world tomorrow" and is scheduled to hit in mid-March. Assange is said to be planning 10 weekly half-hour episodes where he will explode what he says is the future of our world with political players, thinkers and revolutionaries. He hopes to examine his guests' philosophies and struggles in a deeper way than what has been done before.


The program is set to be shown to over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks based on initial licensing commitments, but no specific networks or providers have been listed.


At the moment, there has also been no mention of planned guests.

YouTube streams more than 4 billion videos every day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 7:19 am

Google's video website, YouTube, is streaming an absolutely mind-boggling 4 billion videos each and every day. This is a 25-percent increase over the last eight months, according to the company.




Why the sudden jump in viewing numbers? Google have pushed YouTube beyond the PC, with YouTube having its own app on smartphones, tablets and televisions, as Google step up efforts to offer more professional-grade content on the site. According to Google, roughly 60 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds, this is compared to the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute back in May of 2011.


Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for a nice $1.65 billion, and now represents one of Google's key opportunities to generate new sources of revenue outside of its traditional Internet search advertising business.

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Diablo III's senior producer leaves Blizzard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 6:31 am

Senior producer for Diablo III, Steve Parker, announced through Twitter that he no longer works for Blizzard or on the game itself. As usual, many have speculated on whether Diablo III will get delayed or not.




Parker did not state a reason for him leaving the company, but some believe that despite an announcement just a few days ago about multiple system changes from within the game, Diablo III is virtually ready to go and Parker's work on the game is finished.


Others have speculated that Parker was fed up with the seemingly endless delays and threw the towel in. This, I personally do not believe, as he works for Blizzard. How do you work for Blizzard and not expect their games to not come out in twelve month cycles like Call of Duty games.


Could Parker have left because of the changes? Could he not have been happy with the force of Diablo III on consoles? Maybe he didn't like the path the game was taking and butted heads with upper-management. That's what I'm thinking. What do you think could be Parker's reasoning for quitting Blizzard?

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