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Samsung brings back the flip phone with Galaxy Folder 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2016 12:25 am

Samsung has been in the headlines recently after it has recalled all of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over faulty batteries that have been catching fire and causing actual mayhem and thousands of dollars of damage, but now it's here again with the announcement of a new flip phone: the Galaxy Folder 2.




Samsung's new Galaxy Folder 2 is exactly what you think it is, a smartphone in the older flip phone style from years ago when Motorola had its smash hit Razr flip phone. Well, Samsung has crammed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor (8-core CPU at 1.4GHz), with 2GB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch TFT LCD with a native resolution of 800x480.




Inside, there's a 1950mAh battery while an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera keep you snap happy with your new flip phone. Samsung is pushing its new Galaxy Folder 2 in China for now, but would this even be on your radar if it was available in your country?

Achieve IT success with 54 hours of Linux training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 11:30 pm



From smartphones to gaming consoles, Linux is an operating system used across the tech industry. So, if you're looking to land a lucrative tech job, mastering one of the industry's most popular tools isn't a bad idea. With the Linux Essentials Bundle, you can get the key to IT success for only $39.


Packed with over 50 hours of training, this course bundle will walk you through the fundamentals of Linux administration. You'll install your own Linux system from scratch and learn how to code with it using its command terminal. From there, you'll dive into more advanced concepts like BASH (Bourne Again Shell) and discover how to automate commands and drastically streamline programs.


With five comprehensive courses under your belt, you'll emerge from this bundle a Linux pro ready to take on the job market. For a limited time, the Linux Essentials Bundle is on sale for only $39, saving TweakTown readers over 80% off its $225 retail price.

If you didn't receive the Windows 10 update, read this

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 9:41 pm

A recently published guide goes through a series of different reasons and solutions on how to properly address not getting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This update has a lot of pretty major features that Microsoft is saying significantly improve the Windows 10 experience.




Microsoft actually has their own blog that they published last month that tells you how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update if you haven't tried already. If you have tried to get the update, but it didn't work then this new guide might be helpful.

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Microsoft converts classic Xbox 360 games for Xbox One

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 3:52 pm

Microsoft continues to entertain its customers with their Backwards Compatibility Program for Xbox One. Another three classic Xbox 360 games have been announced to join the already established program.




The latest games to become backwards compatible include PopCap's famous puzzle teaser Bejeweled 3, Ron Gilbert 's comedy adventure game Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue and Vanguard Entertainment's Gatling Gears.


For gamers who had already purchased the Xbox 360 classics, they will be automatically available to download from the Xbox One's My Games and Apps tab. Alternatively, for those who hadn't previously purchased the titles, Xbox One owners can buy the games by visiting the Xbox website, or directly from the Xbox One store.


The addition will see that the tally is now at 230, Xbox 360 games in which Microsoft have provided the compatibility for. With what's been provided so far, Microsoft is nailing their compatible program and keeping the retro classics alive.

Samsung wants AMD or NVIDIA for its future GPU tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 1:52 pm

Samsung has been using various Qualcomm processors in its Galaxy-branded smartphones over the years, slowly shifting its reliance to the Exynos processor, a chip that Samsung created, and manufactures itself.




There are now reports surfacing from SamMobile that tease a possible future where Samsung could be using GPU technology from either AMD or NVIDIA, which could make for an interesting upcoming change in the smartphone industry. NVIDIA has its impressive Pascal architecture on the 16nm FinFET process made by TSMC, but it has also just signed a deal for Samsung to manufacturer its second wave of Pascal GPUs on their 14nm FinFET process.


AMD has launched its new Polaris architecture made on the 14nm FinFET process over at GlobalFoundries, and have just had major semi-contract wins with the new Xbox One S and upcoming Xbox Scorpio consoles from Microsoft, as well as the new PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro consoles for Sony.

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Nintendo expected to reveal its NX console in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 12:23 pm

It looks like Nintendo could reveal details on their next-gen NX system early next month, something that was kind of hidden in a new article from The Wall Street Journal that covered Nintendo's jump into mobile gaming with Super Mario Run on iOS revealed during Apple's recent iPhone event.




In the report, WSJ's Takashi Mochizuki said: "The challenge now for Nintendo is leveraging all the attention into sales of the next-generation NX console, which it has said will go on sale by March. The company hasn't given any details on the NX, but people familiar with the matter say it is likely to be designed for use both as a living-room console hooked up to a television and as a portable device to carry around town. Analysts said they expect Nintendo to release NX details by early October".


That last sentence is the golden nugget, with analysts expecting Nintendo to reveal details on NX early next month - which isn't long away now. With increased competition from Microsoft in the form of the Xbox One S and the upcoming 4K-capable Project Scorpio console in 2017, and Sony's newly refreshed PS4 Slim and powerful 4K-ready PS4 Pro consoles, can Nintendo stand away from the competitors with NX?

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Xbox One S outsold the PS4 in August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2016 10:39 am

Sony may have had the headlines this week with the introduction of the PlayStation 4 Pro, but there's still the console war between the current Xbox One S and the PS4 - which Microsoft finally started to get some traction this week in the US.




The new 2TB model of the Xbox One S was released on August 2 for $400, and sales of the new console are included under the Xbox One banner. This means that the Xbox One/Xbox One S have outsold the PS4 for two months in a row, but things will change with the introduction of the PS4 Pro in the coming months, and especially over the holidays.


Xbox Marketing CVP Mike Nichols told Engadget: "Thanks to our fans and their excitement for new Xbox One games and the recently launched Xbox One S, which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for video and gaming, Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in August, according to NPD Group".

Core i5-6600K drops to $210 plus deal on Radeon RX 480

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 10:52 pm

When pricing out your next gaming rig build (or upgrades), some of you may be having an internal battle in your head between buying the Core i5-6600K and the more expensive Core i7-6700K. Do you really need the extra oomph that the i7-6700K provides? Or is it just an extra ~$100 you're throwing away on an unnecessary part? The good news is that both CPUs are, including the Core i5-6600K, are getting cheaper.




This week on Monoprice's eBay page, they've cut the Core i5-6600K to only $209.99 and the Core i7-6700K to $299.99. That's a new historic low price point for both processors and significantly cheaper than buying either of the processors elsewhere online. In the case of the Core i5-6600K, it's especially hot, since no reputable retailer online is selling the Core i5-6600 non-K unit for less than $210.


If you've already got your CPU covered and need a new GPU, you might not be paying attention to recent drops on the AMD Radeon R9 Fury and the RX 480. The Summer 2016 released Radeon RX 480 is going for anywhere between $290 - $400 due to supply and demand, but today, there's an excellent deal on the RX 480 for $268 on Antonline's eBay store. Likewise, the Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury card has a coupon code discount at Jet reducing the price from the $350+ other retailers are charging to a mere $278. (Code is for first-time customers only).


Last but not least, if you're in the market for a big screen gaming monitor, two 34-inch units are getting solid price cuts. If you're a 1080p casual and been meaning for an upgrade, the LG 34-inch IPS made-for-gaming unit fell to $299.99 on BuyDig's eBay store page. BuyDig again is the monitor retailer of choice for a 1440p LG 34-inch unit, this time on their own retailer website with a drop from $800 to only $495 after coupon - a historic low price.


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FOV slider, unlocked FPS coming for Halo 5: Forge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 6:34 pm

Pro streamer summit1g revealed Tuesday -- just prior to the launch of Halo 5: Forge on PC -- that developer 343 Industries is planning on bringing an FOV slider and unlocking the framerate in the game. Speaking with the studio at PAX recently, he says the game will improve over time, and the addition of these key options is part of the plan.



"They want to add an FOV slider into the game. As PC players, they want to give you a bigger FOV; it's not just going to be locked like it is on Xbox. Another thing they want to work on is not having the 60 FPS cap. Those are two priority things they want to do as soon as Halo 5 comes out. So don't complain too much at the beginning[video][/video], because they are aware of changes they want to make for PC."

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Here's every PS4 Pro upgraded game so far

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 4:57 pm

We've gathered all the confirmed PS4 games that will be upgraded with Sony's new $399 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro console, offering higher-end visuals thanks to its new hardware, including 4K resolution upscaling, smoother frame rates, impressive lighting and environmental effects, anti-aliasing, super-sampling for upscaled resolutions on 1080p screens, and a swath of other options.



Sony has confirmed a number of PS4 games that will see enhancements on PS4 Pro at the console's November 10 launch, including future titles like Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2, and Horizon: Zero Dawn--with many more titles getting support soon. Check below for a comprehensive list of PS4 Pro upgraded games, and we'll be updating this list as more games are announced.


"You may have noticed that several of these titles including Paragon, Infamous: Last Light, and Shadow of Mordor are already released. That's another aspect of the PS4 Pro experience. A number of games you already own may have been patched to play better on the console. We're referring to this upgrading of your library as Forward Compatibility. Patches for over a half dozen of our first-party titles are in the works, as well as quite a few from our third-party partners," Sony's Mark Cerny said during the event.

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