Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,795 Reviews & Articles | 46,936 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: AMD rumored to launch its dual-GPU next month, the Radeon R9 Fury X2

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2314

Diablo III breaks several sales records, explains connection issues

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2012 9:32 pm

Diablo III has been selling incredibly well. Sales numbers for the first week, let alone the first day, have been absolutely unbelievable. I'm sure part of that is due to the fact it has taken Blizzard so long to release this sequel. The other contributing factor would be the absolute quality of the game as seen in the demo.




Sales on the first day totaled 3.5 million copies. That yields about $210 million in revenue. That number doesn't include the 1.2 million players who received Diablo III as part of signing up for World of Warcraft for a year. In total, an incredible 4.7 million users purchased the game within the first 24 hours it was available.


By the end of the first week, Diablo III had sold 6.3 million copies yielding a rough revenue of $378 million. Wow. With incredible uptake numbers such as those, its clear why Blizzard's servers have been getting hammered and giving players trouble logging in.

Continue reading 'Diablo III breaks several sales records, explains connection issues' (full post)

NVIDIA looks to bring $199 quad-core Android tablets into reality

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2012 8:31 pm

The Kindle Fire may currently be rocking the low-price Android tablet market, but it could soon have quite a bit of competition thanks to NVIDIA. NVIDIA has been working on a new platform called "Kai" which aims to bring quad-core Android tablets down to the $199 price range by this summer. At that price point, the Kindle is going to have some serious competition.




NVIDIA hasn't played any games with their intentions to make lower cost Android tablets a possibility. These intentions aren't just a dream either as NVIDIA has a plan to help quad-core Android tablets reach the $199 price point by this summer. During the investor meeting last week, Vice President Rob Csonger provided some details on Kai.


Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we've developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that's inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we've developed to reduce the power that's used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.


That's about all that has been made public thus far. But the prospect of a low-cost quad-core Android tablet has me excited. And I imagine it has Amazon slightly worried. Of course, things change and the price could need to be adjusted to cover costs.

Continue reading 'NVIDIA looks to bring $199 quad-core Android tablets into reality' (full post)

Seagate announces agreement with LaCie to acquire controlling interest

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 7:32 pm

Seagate is looking to expand their grasp in the consumer market and what better way than acquiring a company that already produces consumer storage devices? Seagate has extended an offer to LaCie's CEO to purchase the CEO's and his affiliate's stock in LaCie which would give Seagate 64.5% of the outstanding shares, which is enough to have majority control.




Of course, this offer is pending approval by governmental regulatory agencies. Once Seagate gets these approvals, "Seagate would commence an all-cash simplified tender offer (followed as the case may be by a squeeze-out procedure) to acquire the remaining outstanding shares in accordance with the General Regulation of the French Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF)."


The offer to the LaCie CEO by Seagate is pretty good. The offer is at €4.05 with a potential adjustment depending on LaCie's cash and debt position of LaCie at closing. The price could also possibly increase by up to 3% "in the event that the threshold of 95% of the shares and voting rights of LaCie would be reached by Seagate within 6 months following closing."

Continue reading 'Seagate announces agreement with LaCie to acquire controlling interest' (full post)

Jury finds Google did not infringe on Oracle patents with Android

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 6:27 pm

It what can only be considered a win for programmers around the country, Google has been found not guilty of infringing on Oracle's patents. It took the jury an entire week of deliberations to come to this conclusion. Of the eight claims across two patents, RE38,104 and 6,061,520, Google was acquitted of every single one.




Now that we have this decision, there is no need for the trial to move onto the damages phase as there are no damages to be awarded. The jury is no longer needed in the trial as the final decision as to Fair Use has been left to Judge Alsup to decide. The judge thanked the jurors and dismissed them adding that "this is the longest trial, civil trial, I've ever been in."


Google had been found to be infringing on Oracle's copyrights on a couple of counts, but it is unclear whether or not this was fair use. The jury was unable to decide unanimously if it was. The jury found Google guilty of just one count of infringement, but Judge Alsup later ruled they infringed on 8 other minor counts.


Judge Alsup still has to render a ruling on whether or not the SSO of the Java APIs can be copyrighted or not. Judge Alsup is set to receive briefs from both legal teams within the next hour, though its not apparent when the actual verdict will be rendered. He is also taking the next two days off for personal reasons. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest happenings in this trial.

RunCore launches Xapear SSD with Remote Data Deletion and RFID Protection

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:32 pm

Apparently a self-destructing SSD wasn't enough protection for RunCore as they have just announced the global availability of their new Xapear solid state drive. The new Xapear features some even more innovative features to protect a user's data than just self-destructing. It provides both remote data deletion and RFID protection.




The SSD uses a USB 2.0 interface for data transfer. The drive features two partitions: one freely accessible and one that is only accessible after applying a special RFID key. Xapear comes with two RFID keys that are initialized by the user. After initialization, users have two partitions which can be resized to user preference. One swipe of the RFID key and the hidden partition becomes visible and usable. Another swipe and it is gone.


The drive also features a GSM connection:


GSM communication is provided for by an integrated SIM card. User then can link this SIM card one specified and self-defined mobile phone. Only this pre-defined mobile phone will be able to detect drive access. Furthermore, the mobile phone can remotely send a data deletion command to the drive, telling it to overwrite all data, rendering it impossible to recover previous data.


These new data protection features come at a time when more and more sensitive data is being carried with a user. The number one cause of data compromise is physical loss of a device through theft or carelessness.

Continue reading 'RunCore launches Xapear SSD with Remote Data Deletion and RFID Protection' (full post)

Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 winner announcement!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:19 pm

Firstly of all I would like to thank all of you for entering our Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 contest on behalf of the whole TweakTown team. Again we need to thank Corsair, LSI and Sapphire for helping to make this possible!




We had a rather good response and will consider running the contest again next year. However, enough of the dribble... you are here to see if you are the winner of our contest.


Drum roll please! The lucky winner of our Computex trip is Roshan from India. We have already been planning the trip with Roshan and things are proceeding well. He is very excited about the opportunity we have given him to come to Computex and Taiwan for his first time. You can look forward to some guest blogger coverage from Roshan during Computex.


Sadly not everyone can win - if we had it our way, we would bring each and every one of you over who entered, but of course it's just not possible. Better luck next time if we decide to run it again and thanks again for participating!

Dear Facebook, you're a public company now - fix your site already!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:58 pm

Dear Facebook and Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, you're a publicly listed company now. Don't you think it's high time you fixed these things? I'm pretty positive your near enough to 1,000,000,000 users are sick and tired of the issues.


Invest your cash injection in more staff, perhaps? Your users aren't going to stick around with poor quality aspects to some areas of your site and apps.




  • Video Uploading: It seems when you upload a video of anything over roughly 50MB, the video uploader page just errors out and doesn't give any error at all. It just diverts the URL to a prefix containing "uhoh". Really, Facebook? Make it clear if there is a file size limit and don't accept the file for uploading to begin with.

  • Give Users Choice: For people with an addictive personality (me), it drives me up the wall not being able to remove the suggestion boxes on the right side of your site. I don't think I'm ever going to get through all of your subscriber suggestions and it drives me mad that I don't have the choice to disable this box and others.

  • Events: At this the last time I checked, there is no option to cancel an event. Sure, you can delete an event, but then it just disappears and users are left wondering what happened. Instead create a new status update of cancelled or postponed.

  • Pokes: Isn't it about time this annoying feature was removed? Enough said.

Continue reading 'Dear Facebook, you're a public company now - fix your site already!' (full post)

Overclocker HiCookie manages DDR3-3100 on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:42 pm

Gigabyte makes some quality overclocking gear. I have managed to take a dual-core i5 up to 5.5GHz using a mini-ITX Gigabyte board, so it comes as no surprise to me that HiCookie, Gigabyte's staff overclocker, managed to take some G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM up to 3100MHz using one of their Z77X-UD5H motherboards.



Sure, it took some extreme cooling, but by using what appears to be liquid nitrogen, he managed some impressive clocks, even with all four memory slots populated. The system used included the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H with BIOS F8c and 4 x 4GB G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM. Often when overclocking, it is easier to use the minimum channels of memory to lessen the load on the memory controller, so having all four slots populated is even cooler!


HiCookie has managed some other impressive feats in the past, and I'm sure he will manage more impressive feats in the future. Keep an eye on Gigabyte as they are doing some cool stuff. Something about creating the lightest notebook or something like that. They should also have some boards with Thunderbolt in the pipeline as everyone else is releasing them.

Continue reading 'Overclocker HiCookie manages DDR3-3100 on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H' (full post)

ITC judge recommends banning Xbox 360 imports due to patent infringement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:17 pm

If you want a new Xbox, you better get one now. The judge in the Motorola versus Microsoft patent infringement case has recommended to the six-person review commission that they ban imports of the Xbox 360 due to it infringing upon 4 of Motorola's patents. I can see where this could put a massive kink in Microsoft's current "buy a computer, get an Xbox" promotion.




In court documents that were released Monday, Judge Shaw recommended that the Xbox 360 4GB and 250GB be blocked and that Microsoft should have to post a bond worth 7% of the wholesale value of unsold Xbox's currently in the country. This ruling follows Shaw's previous ruling last month that Microsoft was in fact infringing on some of Motorola's patents.


"It is recommended that the Commission enter a limited exclusion order against infringing Microsoft products," Shaw wrote in his finding. "It is further recommended that the Commission issue a cease and desist order. Additionally, it is recommended that Microsoft be required to post a bond for importation of accused products during the Presidential review period."


The six-member commission is expected to review this decision and issue their final statement sometime in August. They have the ability to block imports of devices found to be infringing on US patents. It is also my understanding that the President would then review the finding and could overturn the ban if he wanted.

Continue reading 'ITC judge recommends banning Xbox 360 imports due to patent infringement' (full post)

GIGABYTE claims to be launching lightest notebook on earth on May 31

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:45 pm

We were just invited to a pre-Computex press conference in Taipei by GIGABYTE Notebook whom on May 31st are launching a new laptop called the X11 Notebook.


As you can see from the slightly censored invite above, GIGABYTE is claiming that it is the lightest notebook on earth.




"In the universe, there are no everlasting stars.

In life, there are no eternal truths.

In GIGABYTE, innovation never stops.

Thus, we have discovered the 6th element.

Now we'd like to proudly present to you the lightest Notebook on earth!"


So, this might tend to suggest that GIGABYTE has discovered some form of new super lightweight material from another planet (okay sorry, I saw The Avengers for the first time today) and designed their upcoming X11 laptop with it. In any case, we'll find out for sure on May 31st, as TweakTown will be in attendance at the launch event in Taipei.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases