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Classic Star Wars back on the big screen for one day only

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Whilst Star Wars fans have to wait until December 2015 to see the next installment in the Star Wars saga in the as-of-yet untitled Episode VII, Australian Star Wars fans have been granted a special treat: all six films are coming back to theaters in a movie marathon.

 

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This marks the first time that the original trilogy has been in theaters since the release of the special edition versions back in 1997; rights holders Disney and Twentieth Century Fox have teamed up to honor the international Star Wars day on May 4 (May the fourth be with you, geddit?) with selected theaters from Village, Hoys and Event cinemas Australia wide and throughout New Zealand all participating.

 

On Saturday, May 3, cinemas will play the prequel trilogy of Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, while May 5 will play A New Hope, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Each session begins at 12:30pm and runs approximately seven hours. Tickets to each day sessions are $25.

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Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 is now available across the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It has been a long time coming, but the Galaxy S5 is now available to purchase. Samsung's latest flagship handset has just launched in 125 markets, including some of the biggest: United States, Europe and most of Asia.

 

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The Galaxy S5 launches side-by-side with the South Korean giants Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, as well the Gear Fit health tracker. The Galaxy S5 packs the fastest processor on the market inside its thin body, as well as a slew of fitness-based features. It is water resistant, which is another nice touch from Samsung - a much-loved feature on Sony's Xperia line of devices.

 

Whatever you do, just don't smash your Galaxy S5 with a hammer, okay?


iTunes rumored to be overhauled to fight off Spotify, Pandora

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It looks like music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are making Apple push in changes to its own service quicker than the company previously would've liked to have done so.

 

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Apple hasn't been seeing increased music sales since it launched its iTunes Radio service last year, but a continued decline. Billboard is now reporting that Apple wants to dramatically overhaul its iTunes Store in order to better compete, which might include "an on-demand streaming service, an iTunes store for Google's Android devices and negotiating download sales windows that favor Apple".

Amazon acquires comiXology, a digital comic provider

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Amazon has just announced it is acquiring comiXology, a digital comics platform. There's no details available on what Amazon shelled out for the company, but comiXology was one of the best places to source comics from, so it makes sense for Amazon to bolster its comic business.

 

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ComiXology said: "ComiXology's mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novel". Amazon's Vice President of Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing, David Naggar, said: "Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. We've long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers".

 

No one knows what is going to happen in the immediate future, but we should see Amazon make a move in the comic space this year thanks to the acquisition of comiXology.

Nikon's new 1 J4 compact camera features an 18-megapixel sensor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Nikon has unveiled the latest edition to its J-series of Nikon 1 Cameras. The new J4 is the follow up on last years popular J3 compact mirrorless camera, and upgrades include a new 18.4-megapixel sensor, and the Expeed 4A image processor. The sensor is also missing its low-pass filter making for exceptionally sharp image quality.

 

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The new Nikon 1 J4 features 105-focus points, and very accurate phase detection autofocus. 171 points are utilized for contrast-detection autofocus as well and the camera is able to handle up to 20-frames per second with the auto-focus set to tracking mode. 60 frames per second is capable when the focus is locked, and the camera actually records 20 frames before and 20 frames after the shutter has been pressed to ensure that the photographer gets the perfect shot. 1080p video at 60 frames per second recording is built-in, and the camera has an ISO range from 100-12,800. Additionally the new J4 ditches the full-size SD card for the more popular microSD format.

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New iWatch rumors suggest two models, one that would cost 'thousands'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The wearable game just got very hot, with Google announcing it will sell its Glass headset starting April 15, but what about Apple's place in the wearable market? New rumors of its iWatch suggest that we could see two versions of Apple's smartwatch released, including a high-end version that would cost thousands of dollars.

 

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually on the ball with most Apple rumors, said in a research note to clients on Thursday morning that Apple was preparing two iWatch models for this year. The first of which would be a smaller 1.3-inch device for people with smaller wrists, and another model that would feature a 1.5-inch screen.

 

Both models would feature a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire crystal display covers. Kuo said that Apple's iWatch would have a host of sensors that would monitor multiple things like motion, heart rate and more. The analyst noted the iWatch would have deep integration with iPhone and iPad, and would include an NFC chip, wireless charging capabilities, and a "fashionable appearance".

 

Kuo wrote to his clients: "Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars. Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials. The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars". Kuo forecasts that Apple will sell some 5.5 million units of its iWatch this year, ramping up to somewhere between 30 million to 50 million in 2015.

The PC version of Watch Dogs looks incredible thanks to NVIDIA tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

We all knew Watch Dogs on the PC was going to be something special, but just wait until you watch the video below. It shows off Watch Dogs powered by NVIDIA hardware, and it looks sublime.

 

 

It looks absolutely incredible, with anti-aliasing cranked up, and shadow detail on maximum. It's very fluid to watch, where it looks to be running at between 30-60FPS. HBAO+ is a big part of the graphic goodness, thanks to NVIDIA.

 

For the open-world game to look this great and run that smooth, I'd love to know what requirements I'm going to need to run it at 4K at 60FPS minimum. Maybe four GTX Titan's? Or do you think you might need something like two GTX Titan Z's when they're released? Whatever the case, my wife is going to be pretty mad when I upgrade.

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Google Glass to go on sale April 15 for $1,500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It looks like Google is pushing up the release of its Glass headset, where it will begin selling the wearable device to consumers on April 15. The search giant will make Glass available to the US public for a limited time, starting Tuesday.

 

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Google hasn't said just how many Glass units it will make available, but the quantity would be very limited. The company said in a blog post: "Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass".

 

Most people, myself included, expected Google to push Glass out later in the year - so this feels like an extension of the Explorer program, and not the real consumer version. I'm expecting the real release to be much more powerful in terms of hardware, something the current Glass device lacks.

Sonos adds Google Play music streaming to its remote speaker systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Streaming a variety of music to your Sonos wireless speaker system has just gotten much easier thanks to the company integrating Google Play Music into its list of streaming music providers. The integration into the Sonos controller app ushers in a new music streaming era, as this allows millions of Google Play Music subscribers to now stream their own music as well as music they have purchased over the service.

 

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"As we continue to invest in the way you experience and control your music at home, curating and managing an array of services cross multiple rooms, the benefits of playing your music to Sonos directly from these very services is clear. In Google Play Music, we've found a great partner to bring this vision to life for the first time on a global scale. Together, we've created a music experience that shows how media, devices, and sound can seamlessly work together in the home," sonos said in a blog post.

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Linksys begins shipping its WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC 802.11 ac router

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

When Linksys announced its WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC wireless router back at CES 2014, techies everywhere had a moment of nostalgia, and remembered the little blue router they had in their homes as children. Those techies can now own the throw-back as Linksys has just announced the release of the WRT1900AC 802.11ac wireless router.

 

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The new WRT1900AC features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 128MB of RAM, and eSATA and USB 3.0 ports for network storage. Speeds up to 300Mbps on 5Ghz, and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band, with an 802.11ac connection are said to be achievable, and Linksys says that the WRT1900AC is the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to feature four antennas for added wireless coverage. TweakTown's own Tyler Bernath has one of these on his test bench right now and will have a review up soon!

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