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Plex gets updated, now includes Cloud Syncing and "Bookmarklet"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:38 pm

Plex is one of those pieces of software that some of us just can not live without, and today the media server and streaming app just got even better. Today Plex announced that it has updated its software to add in some awesome and useful features including the ability to sync media to cloud storage services.

 

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Cloud Sync for Plex allows users to link up their Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box accounts and any media you sync to those services will automatically be optimized for streaming and then uploaded to the cloud alongside the files metadata. This allows users to have a sudo media server in the cloud for use when they are away from home.

 

Additionally, a new feature has been included that will allow users to save videos from their favorite sites and queue them up for viewing at a later time. This feature lets users find videos on their laptop or PC and then queue it up for viewing on their connected TV. This is accomplished by downloading a plugin for your browser which you can find at the second source link below.

Hi-Yo Silver, Away! Snag a copy of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:33 pm

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures Australia, we have been granted two copies of this week's release of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray to give away to two lucky readers.

 

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The American classic has been rejuvenated for modern audiences starring none other than Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, with an impressive ensemble cast, explosive storyline and cutting edge visual effects.

 

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To go into the running to take home The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray, correctly answer the following question:

 

What is the true name of the Lone Ranger?

 

Send your answers to ben@tweaktown.com along with your address before the competition closes on Friday the 1st of November. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

 

The Lone Ranger is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Pictures from Wednesday the 30th of October.

Facebook redesigns Messenger to look more like a messenger app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 10:39 pm

Facebook has just launched a new version of its Messenger app for Android and iOS. The newly update app has been completely redesigned from the ground up and appears to have removed many of the stylings it shares with Facebook itself. The new Messenger (note that its not Facebook Messenger anymore) app features a much lighter color pallet and the chat screens are less like the messenger used in the Facebook App.

 

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The new styling is intentional and is part of Facebook's master plan to infiltrate the every growing market of instant messaging apps. At the moment, the messaging ecosystem is dominated by WhatsApp and iMessenger, but it appears that Facebook is looking to hit them head on and the newly updated app proves that by adding in a host of new features. One of the most prevalent new features is that the Messenger app now has the capabilities of identifying users based on their phone numbers, something WhatsApp has been doing since the beginning.

 

Facebook is testing the new version of Messenger with select users on Android and iOS and will be rolling out the new update over the course of the next few weeks. Have you gotten the update yet? If so, post some images and your thoughts on our Facebook page as we would love to see and hear them!

BBM sees over 20 million new users since Android and iOS launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:32 pm

BlackBerry launched its messaging app on Android and Facebook about a week ago, and now the official numbers are beginning to roll in. Just 24 hours after launch, BlackBerry says that over 1 Million users installed the app to their Android and iOS devices, and that total has risen much higher than anyone expected in just a week.

 

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Today BlackBerry announced that it's BlackBerry Messenger app has been downloaded and installed on Android and iOS over 20 million times since its launch. Unfortunately, the data is not clear on whether users are just installing the app and sharing their pin-code on Facebook or actually using the app. I believe that its more of the latter as for the time being, it is quite difficult adding friends to the service, and users must manually invite each and every friend they want to add to the service. There is no easy group invite feature, and no quick search functionality, and this is where Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp still rule king.

HGST record of 100M 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives, releases new 1TB model

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:26 pm

Today, HGST announced that it has managed to ship more than 100 million Travelstar Z-series 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives this year and expects demand to rise to more than 140 million units by 2017. Seeing the demand for large storage capacities in ultra-thin mobile devices, HGST has launched a new 7mm 2.5-inch HDD with a capacity of 1TB.

 

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The new Travelstar Z5K1000 drive is said to be the industry's fastest 7mm 5400 RPM HDD and features best-in-class shock robustness. The Z5K1000 is designed for use in ultra-thin laptops, ultrabooks, external storage and ultra-compact CE devices. Featuring 2 platters, the Travelstar Z5K1000 family features 1.6 watts (W) read/write power and 0.5W low-power idle, and delivers a nearly silent operation at 2.1 idle/2.2 seek bels.

 

"The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market's broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment."

 

"Hard drives will remain the mass storage vehicle of choice, having the best cost-per-GB ratio of any storage medium on the market," said Fang Zhang, analyst, storage systems, IHS. "Also, as consumers create and consume more and more digital content, the need for additional storage becomes essential. Because of this, 7 mm HDDs, especially HGST's 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, will continue to play a major role in the thin and light device segment moving forward."

BreakingTT: Facebook looking to acquire BlackBerry says the WSJ

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 7:19 pm

This afternoon, the Wall Street Journal has reported that last week BlackBerry executives met with officials from Facebook in order to gauge interest in a potential acquisition bid for the Canadian smartphone maker. The details are unclear at the moment, and no one is really clear if Facebook is serious about buying the failing company or not.

 

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With BlackBerry jockeying for a sale by the end of November, Facebook could stand to buy the company at a very good price and turn it around into a Facebook branded smartphone manufacturer. Mark Zuckerberg has expressed on many occasions that the key to the social network's continued success is to get it onto as many smartphones as possible. What better way to do that than to own a smartphone company?

ASUSTOR now features compatibility for PowerWalker UPS devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 6:37 pm

Today ASUSTOR announced that its line of NAS storage devices are now fully compatible with over 100 different Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices in the PowerWalker line from BlueWalker. ASUSTOR says that the integration of PowerWalker UPS' with its NAS systems allows SOHO and small business users greater flexibility and a larger variety of solutions when searching for a UPS.

 

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"In order to protect their critical electronic equipment against the damage that can potentially be caused by power outages and power surges, modern enterprises can choose to deploy uninterruptible power supply mechanisms," said Quote Lin, Director of Research and Development at ASUSTOR. "After passing our strict verification and testing process, we are happy to announce that PowerWalker UPS devices are now compatible with all ASUSTOR products. This provides our users with a wealth of options when choosing a UPS device to provide protection for their NAS."

 

The use of a UPS in a NAS deployment is critical to prevent data loss in the event of a power outage that might occur during a data transfer. This is especially important for NAS devices that implement solid state drives as their storage medium as data loss can occur not only during an outage, but can happen during brownouts and power fluctuations. A UPS will power the system long enough to complete transfers, and then allow the system to be safely shutdown to prevent data loss.

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Google's Nexus 5's packaging spotted in leaked warehouse photograph

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 5:35 pm

Leaks concerning next-gen smartphones are becoming about as common as the devices themselves, and it appears that there is no way to slow them down or stop them altogether. Today we are getting yet another look at what the new Nexus 5 from Google may look like when it hits retail shelves later this month.

 

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Unfortunately this leak does not involve the physical Nexus 5 Smartphone directly, but more indirectly in the form of its packaging. A photo has surfaced showing what appears to be the official box for Google's upcoming Nexus 5. As you can see, the box is fairly boring, but it does appear to confirm the shape and form factor that we have seen leaked so many times in recent weeks. While originally expected to Launch on November 1st, it is now widely expected that Google will debut the Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Android 4.4 on November 5th. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event when it takes place!

DICE officially launches Battlefield 4 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 pm

It has been almost exactly two years since Battlefield 3 was released to the world, and today, EA and Dice have officially launched the next-generation of Battlefield. Battlefield 4 is built upon the revolutionary Frostbite 3 engine, and features an immersive single player mode, and a multiplayer mode that can only be described as "EPIC."

 

 

Since its announcement earlier this year, Battlefield 4 has managed to win more than 40 industry awards, and has received nothing but rave reviews in the past 24 hours. With revolutionary features such as "Levolution" where players are able to destroy key locations that change the layout of the entire map, Battlefield 4 is truly a look into the future of first-person shooters. An excerpt from the official press release can be found below.

 

"Battlefield 4 features an engaging single-player campaign and epic multiplayer online action. In the single-player, Battlefield 4 puts players in the boots of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, member of the Tombstone squad. The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and the player is the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. Navigating the turmoil around them as they fight to save the final hope for peace between U.S., Russia and China, players will engage in combat on foot and by operating land, sea and air units."

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Nokia's sales on the rise in North America, 8.8M Lumias sold in Q3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 3:25 pm

When Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring the Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia, many analyst asked why Redmond would buy a company that some saw as a slowly dying giant. Today Nokia released their third quarter financial results, and it appears that the landscape has changed for Nokia and Microsoft.

 

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During the last quarter Nokia managed to sell 14.7 million phones, of which 8.8 million were Lumia devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. During the second quarter of 2013, Nokia only managed to push out 11.7 million phones total which means that 3 million more phones went out the door in Q3. Virtually all of the company's sales growth came from North America, which means that Microsoft stands to do well in 2014 with its new smartphone division if they can keep the momentum up.Additionally, operating profits were at $162 million on a total revenue of $7.8 billion.

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