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Xbox One will also download games remotely

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 3:32 am

Last week I reported that the Sony PlayStation 4 would be capable of remotely downloading games, a very nifty feature that would come in handy in more ways than one. Well, Microsoft has now announced that it's next-gen console will also be capable of the same thing.

 

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Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten confirmed the news, stating that the Xbox One will be capable of remotely downloading games purchased through smartphones and other devices on the Xbox mobile companion app.

 

The Xbox One will be available in the holiday season for $499.99.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch tracks your health, snaps photos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 2:36 am

We're just days away from Samsung unleashing its Galaxy Gear smartwatch to the world at IFA, but Venture Beat has had a quick look at the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch ahead of the ev ent.

 

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One of VB's sources showed them a prototype of the Galaxy Gear, a prototype which was sent to developers and a few close partners of Samsung. Keep in mind that because this is a prototype, and Samsung of course has high levels of security around its smartwatch, that this won't be the final design of the Galaxy Gear, but it'll be awfully close.

 

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Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is part smart device, part fashion accessory, part camera and a health monitor. It features Bluetooth that will connect with all of Samsung's Galaxy S family of devices, but we might see it capable of connecting with all Android-based devices too. The Galaxy Gear also features Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to the Internet and check your e-mail.

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Go gangster in our Underbelly Squizzy Blu-ray competition!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 12:46 am

Thanks to Roadshow Home Entertainment, we have three copies of the latest series in the popular Channel Nine franchise Underbelly Squizzy: Uncut on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky TweakTown readers.

 

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Spanning the years from 1915 to 1927, Underbelly Squizzy tells the epic story of Squizzy Taylor's relentless quest for power, ultimately creating a public persona that made him the first superstar gangster of the 20th Century.

 

The two disc set includes all 8 episodes in full HD 1080p, along with exclusive deleted scenes.

 

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To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the Australian city that the infamous Squizzy Taylor called home.

 

Send your answers to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Wednesday the 4th of September. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

 

Underbelly Squizzy: Uncut is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Roadshow Home Entertainment from September 5th.

HTC unveils the Mini+, welcome to the latest... laser pointer?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 11:33 am

Frickin' laser beams, am I right? Yeah, well, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has just announced the Mini+, a multifunctional device that is pretty much just a flashy-looking laser poniter.

 

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It features a 1.5-inch white color 4 gray OLED display with a 128x128 resolution, and can do quite a few things with its features. It can 'stay connected' with calls, SMS and more, it can take control of what you see on the TV and 'facilitate presentation with remote control and laser pointer' in the words of HTC.

 

It features NFC technology and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, features PowerPoint controls, and a 320mAh embedded battery. Talk time on the Mini+ is rated at 9 hours while the standby time is a hefty 95 hours. The HTC Mini+ is compatible with HTC's One mini, Butterfly S, Desire 200 and Desire 500 smartphones. It costs just $50, which isn't too bad at all.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature higher quality exterior

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 10:36 am

This has been a long time coming, but Samsung should be moving away from the plastic chassis found in their smartphones and tablets to a magnesium- or aluminum-based chassis on the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.

 

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We heard about this earlier in the year, but now the rumors are getting stronger as we get closer to the Galaxy S5 launch. The news is coming from Korean news site, ET News, who is reporting that the South Korean company has kept with plastic until now in order to keep the price down on its products, on top of it being more durable and lightweight.

 

But, with HTC and Apple having more premium exteriors, Samsung now needs to play in the same league. We shouldn't expect Samsung to unveil anything that is non-plastic until at least 2014, with the Galaxy Note III to most likely use a plastic exterior. I think we'll see a refresh of the Note next year, with the Note IV, which will use this new chassis.

 

We shouldn't expect anything just yet, but Samsung is already way out and ahead of its competitors in terms of shifting smartphone and tablet units, but build quality is something it's been lacking for years now.

Sony creates new division for third-party games for its consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 9:33 am

Sony announced during its PAX Prime 2013 panel a new division of the company dubbed Third-Party Production, which is a new division that will work on porting and localizing games for the PS4, PS3 and Vita.

 

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The division was founded as a result of the Borderlands 2 port for the Vita, with former lead producer at LucasArts and executive producer on the now-defunct Star Wars 1313 coming on-board to run the operation. Most people will skip past this news, but this is a gigantic step for the Japanese giant. This means that we might see more games that don't come to US shores, released in the US and vica versa.

 

It also means that the portable gaming device, the PS Vita, will see more games released on it, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Eizo announces new 240Hz-capable LCD, the DuraVision FDF2405W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 8:33 am

I'm a huge fan of high refresh rate monitors, with Eizo hitting my radar today with its announcement of the DuraVision FDF2405W display. This new displays cranks out an Anthony-approved 240Hz refresh rate, which is way up and above the 120Hz and 144Hz displays we see on the market.

 

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Eizo does use a trick here though, with the display not actually pumping out 240Hz, but it coverts the 120Hz signals to a higher refresh rate of 240Hz. Eizo says that the conversion process reduces ghosting and blurring, claiming that it "greatly improves sharpness and visibility and reduces eye fatigue that occurs when viewing scrolling or moving images."

 

Eizo's DuraVision FDF2405W runs a peasant resolution of 1920x1080 (PC master race, put your hands up!) but it does feature a VA panel which should give better image quality than the TN-based 120Hz panels we have today. We're also told to expect 10-bit color over DisplayPort and 8-bit when connected through DVI.

 

The Eizo DuraVision FDF2405W features 176-degree viewing angles, and arrives in a small, but obviously capable 23.5 inches. No pricing has been announced just yet.

NVIDIA unveils new free-to-play bundle for GeForce GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 7:30 am

AMD is kicking some serious ass with its Never Settle bundles, offering some of the hottest games on the market for free with the purchase of a Radeon GPU. Now its competitor is offering something similar, with NVIDIA giving away $75 worth of in-game currency to some of the hottest free-to-play titles on the market.

 

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These titles include Warframe, Neverwinter and Marvel Heroes. NVIDIA is extending the promotion out to new purchases of GeForce 700M-series-powered notebooks, or desktop GeForce GTX 650 GPUs. The deal starts now, and lasts until the end of the year. Purchasing one of the above notebooks or GPUs, you'll receive $25 in-game currency to each game.

 

This doesn't quite compete with AMD's offer, but this is for the lower-end of the market, and not its GTX TITAN range of GPUs, for example.

Intel's Haswell-based NUC shown off at PAX Prime 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 6:32 am

We loved the Intel NUC when we looked at it, but we always need more power, speed and features. This is something Intel is working on, where they were showing off a new Haswell-powered NUC at PAX Prime 2013.

 

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The new NUC is dubbed Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB. Intel will be releasing the Intel NUC kits under the Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB, which will be released later this year. Intel looks to be dropping Thunderbolt from the next-gen NUC units, which is a shame.

 

The Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK featured a Core i5 4250U processor, which runs at 1.3GHz but can be pushed up to 2.6GHz with Turbo enabled, and is a dual-core part with 3MB of smart cache. Intel HD Graphics 5000 is included, with the entire processor coming in with a TDP of just 15W, which is just incredible.

 

Most of the refreshed NUC units have USB 3.0 ports, which is very good to see, something I missed on the original Intel NUC unit when I reviewed it, here. You can be sure we'll have reviews of the new Intel NUC when it is released later this year.

RumorTT: Intel to release 'K' series of SSDs, would be overclockable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 5:26 am

We heard about Intel allowing 'overclocking' on its SSDs, but now we have a little more proof. The chipmaker was showing off some SSD overclocking to PAX attendees, but Legit Reviews thinks that Intel will release a 'K' series SKU of SSDs that would be overclockable.

 

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This would fall in line with Intel's current K series of processors, such as the Core i7-4770K, which can be overclocked. If Intel do indeed unleash a K series of SSDs, the chipmaker would unlock the 'dials' on the SSD which would give users the ability to increase clock speeds on the controller frequency as well as the NAND flash memory bus frequency.

 

Intel has already added overclocking features to their Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, or XTU. The drive Intel were using at PAX was a prototype SSD made for overclocking, so we're not talking about anything official right now. So, let's get into what it can do, at the moment, and what people saw at PAX.

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