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Steam accounts play friendly with Twitch accounts, Dota 2 is the first game to use the new feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 4:34 am

There are countless gamers out there who use both Steam and Twitch.tv accounts, but now they've joined forces and are helping competitive gaming title Dota 2 out in the process.

 

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Up until now, players have to choose between watching Dota 2 tournaments either in-game, or through Twitch, but the Twitch option left them out from receiving promotional items that randomly "drop" during the event. The new linked account feature sees players watching on Twitch, while still being eligible to receive the dropped items, as long as their Steam account has the required virtual tournament ticket associated with it.

Microsoft to reportedly stage a Gamescom press conference, what should we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 3:26 am

It looks like Microsoft are set to host a press conference at Gamescom, which opens up in Cologne, Germany next month. This would mark the first time the Redmond giant has held a press conference at Gamescom since 2005.

 

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CVG are behind the report, citing unnamed sources who have said that "organizers and third party" studios have spoke of the plans of a one-hour long conference based around the Xbox One. Back in May of this year, Xbox EMEA Social Marketing Manager, Graeme Boyd, tweeted: "Xbox will be back at Gamescom this August. Next chapter of Xbox gaming experiences on show."

 

Microsoft in the UK have released a statement to CVG, where they said: "We're excited to be back at Gamescom this year but we're not announcing any further details on our plans at this time. Please stay tuned for more details."

GIGABYTE expected to ship 20 million motherboards this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2013 2:00 am

We all love GIGABYTE motherboards, and it looks like the rest of the world does too. According to DigiTimes, they Taiwanese tech giant are expected to ship 20 million motherboards this year, which is their highest annual level of sales.

 

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In the first three months of the year, GIGABYTE shipped 4.8 million motherboards, which was boosted up to 9.9 million units in the first half of the year according to DigiTimes' sources. The company are expected to ship more than 10 million motherboards before the end of the year, tipping them over the 20 million unit mark for 2013.

German security chief says you shouldn't use Google or Facebook if you want privacy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 10:27 am

NSA's PRISM system is still capturing all of our data, and I'm surprised I haven't been arrested yet for the amount of content I've written and edited for some of our guys here at TweakTown.

 

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Well, now we have German Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, saying that any users on the Internet that are scared that their private information might be scooped up by the NSA should use one simple method to stop this: stop using US services such as Google and Facebook. He continues: "Whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don't go through American servers."

Samsung hires former Sprint exec to handle their operator sales in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 9:28 am

Danny Bowman, former Sprint executive, has been scooped up by Samsung. Bowman has become the Chief Sales and Operations Officer at Samsung Telecommunications America, as of Tuesday.

 

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Bowman will also be in charge of operator sales and operations, and will help out with Samsung's long-term strategic initiatives. Before landing the gig at Samsung, Bowman was an employee of Sprint for quite some time, and was one of several executives who Sprint let go early last year as part of the company's restructuring plan.

Leaked shots of LG G2 appear online, features 5.2-inch screen, 3GB of RAM and 13-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 8:29 am

Some leaked details and a photo of LG's rumored G2 smartphone have been acquired by evleaks, who report that we could expect it to arrive with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization.

 

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The 3GB of RAM and image optical image stabilization are included with Samsung's Galaxy Note III, so it looks like LG could be running with a competitor to the Note III. The LG G2 will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, and according to an LG executive, will apparently offer "something different and something unique."

France have been busted with their own PRISM-like surveillance system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 7:29 am

Once you step down the rabbit hole, you'll discover there is no end - and this is what Edward Snowden has done to the world by telling us about the NSA PRISM surveillance system. But now France have been caught with their pants down, too.

 

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A report from French newspaper, Le Monde, says that the French program is operated by the country's intelligence agency Directorate General for External Security (DGSE). This system collects phone metadata and Internet communications all across the country. The French program also extends to monitoring traffic from popular sites like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - the same companies that have denied giving the US government access to their servers under PRISM - yeah, right.

 

Le Monde reports that French politicians are aware of the program, but have been sworn to secrecy over it. Will the French people revolt over this? As July 4 is celebrated in the US (hangovers now, I guess) and their "freedom", the world has never been further away from freedom than it has now.

European Parliament get serious, they've voted in favor of investigating the US surveillance of EU residents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 6:29 am

The NSA's PRISM system continues to bury itself into the mind of the people that are awake in this world, and now the European Parliament have voted that they're set to investigate the US surveillance in Europe, and report on their impact before the end of the year.

 

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The vote was 483-98, so it was strongly in favor of starting this investigation and will see EU officials considering a limit being put on data they voluntarily provide to US authorities, such as shutting down programs that forward air passenger and bank records. Right now, there's nothing bad between the EU and US, but once this investigation goes into full swing, there's no telling what could happen.

 

This was only going to be a matter of time, but I still feel like governments should have known about this. If some foreign country (even an ally) was spying on me, I'd be pissed. It's the equivalent of your neighbor tapping every device in your house, knowing every movement and word you utter - you wouldn't be happy neighbors anymore, would you?

Samsung launch the WB110 bridge camera, 20 megapixels with 26x optical zoom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 5:28 am

Samsung have just unveiled their WB110 camera, a 20-megapixel successor to their 2012 model that featured 16 megapixels. The new model includes 26x optical zoom, which is what the successor sported, too.

 

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Samsung includes a 35mm equivalent range of 22.3mm to 580mm. They've also crammed in 720p AVC/H.264 video, 3,200 max ISO, Smart Auto mode which helps with still and movie exposures, a pop-up flash and 3-inch HVGA (480x360) display. It's not going to break your bank, or any records, but it's here and it is ready to go.

Sony release their 4K Ultra HD Media Player in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 4:31 am

The 4K revolution (or is that resolution?) is upon us, with Sony now selling their 4K Ultra HD Media Player in the US. The media server will push out 4K content to Sony Ultra HD TVs and only Sony TVs, it will not work with any other brand of 4K TV unfortunately.

 

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Sony's media player comes pre-loaded with 10 movies, with a number of shorter movies also included. As for hardware, we have a 2TB HDD inside, gigabit Ethernet, two HDMI out ports, a USB 3.0 port and SD card slot on the front, and a USB 2.0 on the back for an external HDD. Sony will also be launching their Video Unlimited 4K Ultra HD service that will give consumers TV shows, movies and shorts to download.

 

4K movies will cost $30 to buy, or you can rent them for 24 hours for just $8. Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player costs $700.

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