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Forza 5 won't include all of the game content on the Blu-ray, you'll need to download content before you play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:29 am

Next-gen gaming is upon us, and it is a weird world we're about to step into. With Forza 5, you'll need to download game content from the Internet before you can buy the game. Yes, even after you've inserted your Blu-ray copy of the game into your console.

 

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Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt, when speaking with IGN, explained that there is actually a good reason behind this: "So when you first boot up the game, we're going to ask you to log in. And when you log in you're going to get the Drivatars and you're also going to get a whole bunch of content: tracks and cars. Our production schedule is such that we are putting them in as late as possible and that means making them free as downloadable content on Day One."

 

So it's not technically DLC, because it's part of the game. I'm kind of on the fence about this, what about those with slow Internet connections? But, it means you get up-to-date content, which is a nice touch. It also gives developers a few extra days to do some last minute changes to the content, which hopefully means we get less issues, and better games.

Chrome for iOS updated, includes a bunch of new features and 'experimental' data compression

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 6:26 am

Google have released a very nice update to Chrome for iOS which now includes some highly anticipated features such as fullscreen web browsing on the iPad, and giving users full access to their browsing history.

 

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Chrome for iOS now includes improved integration with Google's other apps on iOS, where after you've signed into your Google account in Chrome, you can quickly sign into other Google apps with a single tap. You can also choose to have certain links open in the native Maps, YouTube, Google+ and Google Driev apps, instead of displaying them in Chrome.

 

Something Google decided to throw into the Chrome for iOS bag of tricks is an experimental data compression service. This feature has been on the beta version of Chrome for Android for a few months now, but iOS users can now play around with it. I've been using it on my smartphone for a few weeks and it definitely feels snappier to browse the Internet. You can download the latest version of Chrome for iOS from the Apple App Store, here.

RumorTT: Dell's shareholders could vote against the buyout

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 5:27 am

Dell were meant to be going private, after various investor meetings and reports, but new reports are suggesting that the company might not be going private.

 

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The news comes from The Wall Street Journal, who is citing unnamed sources who are familiar with the deal, who state that at least three of the biggest shareholders groups are planning to vote against Dell CEO, Michael Dell, and his $24.4 billion buyout bid. These firms are said to be the Vanguard Group, State Street Corp., and BlackRock.

 

The vote won't happen until later today, but it looks like Dell could be in some trouble here if shareholders start rocking the boat.

Valve approves Half-Life modders who want to build standalone co-op version of Half-Life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 4:29 am

Half-Life is one of my favorite games ever, and after fifteen years on the market, the Sven Co-op team have been granted full access to the standalone game based on the mod.

 

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This means that the team will modify the engine to their liking, going as far as adding new features that should provide stability, performance and even gameplay improvements to all. We should expect bigger and more detailed worlds, with automatic updates delivered through Steam's content delivery system, 'SteamPipe'.

 

Better yet, Sven Co-op's next version of the game will be free and will include the official Half-Life campaign for co-op play - oh, yeah. If you don't already own Half-Life - and let's face it, if you don't, there's something wrong - you won't have to purchase it, as this version will be free. No ETA has been made, so we don't know when to expect it at all unfortunately.

RumorTT: Acer preparing a thinner, lighter 8-inch Iconia W3 tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 3:31 am

Acer are the only ones on the market with an 8-inch Windows 8-based tablet, and it looks like they're set to capitalize on this part of the market. A new report claims that the 8-inch slate is going to be refreshed in September, only a few months after it was unveiled.

 

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The refreshed Iconia W3 would fix some of the issues that consumers and reviewers found in the original, as well as arriving slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Tweakers.net report that the TN-based panel of the current W3 could be replaced with a better quality IPS-based panel. This would help the 1280x800-pixel display provide much better image quality than the current W3 provides.

Smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 2:26 am

Smartphones are everywhere these days, with some people even having more than one, but just how many smartphones are expected to ship in the coming years?

 

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According to IHS, smartphone shipments are expected to break through 1.5 billion units in 2017, with Android accounting for 1 billion of those. IHS estimates that smartphone shipments will reach close to 900 million before the end of this year, with Apple making up 150 million of those units. Compared to 2012, where Apple sold 134 million iPhones, this increase is not big at all.

 

IHS' Senior Analyst, Wayne Lam, has said that "possible slowing growth of the iPhone" as well as "the rapid pace of competitive smartphone releases speak to the ferocious nature of the handset business."

Have you always wanted a robot that can paint in watercolor? Kickstarter has one

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 1:03 am

Here at TweakTown, I have one rule about Kickstarter campaigns and that is that they have to seriously impress me and think very far outside of the box before I will back them. Fortunately, Sylvia's WaterColorBot has done just that. This robot is actually capable of painting you a cartoonish painting out of the same kind of watercolor paints we all used as a child.

 

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Unfortunately, the team needs to source $50,000 to get the project up off the ground and start manufacturing the WaterColorBots. Luckily for you, a small pledge of just $295 will secure your unassembled DIY kit. As not only a maker but a creative in general, this robot makes me smile on a level that no 3-D printer ever has. It's so simple yet so complex at the same time that I cannot help but get excited about it. If you want to pick one up for yourself, head over to Source #1 to check out the full Kickstarter.

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Samsung launches new 840 EVO series of Solid State Drives at annual Global SSD Summit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 1:00 am

Under the theme of 'SSDs for everyone', today Samsung held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in South Korea to celebrate the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. This is a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SSD that comes in capacities up to 1TB.

 

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"After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year's launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry's highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments."

 

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The new a 840 EVO series features the industry's most compact 10nm class 128GB high-performance NAND flash memory. Samsung began mass-producing these memory modules in April and they feature the company's proprietary multi-core MEX controller. This allows the 840 EVO to achieve "unrivaled value for performance with improve sequential read and write speeds."

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LeakedTT: New images surface of "low-cost" iPhone plastic shell being compared to current iPhone 5

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 12:07 am

It feels like a new leak forms every day about Apple's upcoming "low-cost" iPhone. This time the leak comes in from iOS developer Sonny Dickson who compares the plastic shell that houses the rear of the phone to a current generation iPhone 5. In the images, we can see a green and white version of the shell which appears to be a bit thicker than the iPhone 5 sitting next to it.

 

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Other than the thickness, the "low-cost" iPhone appears to be roughly the same size as the iPhone 5. This works to disprove rumors that stated the new budget friendly iPhone would be sized closer to the iPhone 3GS. Speculators still suggest that we will see not only the "low-cost" iPhone 5 launch this fall, but an updated version of the iPhone which will be named the iPhone 5S as well.

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Tumblr pushes out "very important" security update to iOS app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 11:01 pm

This morning, Tumblr issued what it called a "very important" security update for its iOS app. The social networking site said that on Tuesday it discovered a vulnerability in the app that could allow passwords to be compromised. Tumblr said that it cannot stress enough the importance of everyone downloading this update as soon as possible.

 

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No details were released as to what the actual vulnerability was or how the intrusion could take place, but the issue appeared to be specific to the iOS app as no information has been posted about a similar vulnerability in the Android or Windows Phone versions of the app. Additionally, Tumblr said that all users of the iOS app should update their passwords after the update has taken place.

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