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Samsung is preparing for a 60% drop in profits for Q3 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 4:38 am

Samsung is anticipating a massive drop in its profits for Q3 2014, with the company forecasting an operating profit of $3.8 billion for Q3 2014, which represents a massive 59.7% decline compared to the same three-month period from 2013. Total sales for the quarter are expected to be at around $43.9 billion, which is a 20% drop from the same quarter of 2013.

 

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Analysts had expected much better results from the company, which just launched its Galaxy Note 4, and has had an extremely good run with its Galaxy S5 smartphone. But, these declines are going to represent the biggest the company has experienced in five years. Analysts were expecting the South Korean electronics giant to have operating profits drop by 42% to $5.52 billion, while sales were pegged at dropping 14% to $47.6 billion.

 

Right now, according to Sanford Bernstein analyst Mark Newman, Samsung's only strong spot on its upcoming earnings report is its memory department.

Planetary Annihilation to soon receive 'DRM-free offline play'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 3:35 am

One of the sleeper games out right now is Planetary Annihilation, with Uber Entertainment announcing that they will be opening up the game with offline mode on October 9, just hours from now.

 

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The developer took to its website to announce the news, where they said: "We're happy to announce the release of the offline server. Coming in an update this Thursday (October 9), offline server allows you to take over the galaxy in Galactic War without connecting to the Internet. You can also battle against your frenemies or the AI over a LAN".

 

Considering the game is a kinda spiritual successor to Total Annihilation, which had offline play and AI bots, this is great news for PA fans. This news comes hot on the heels of Uber announcing the Kickstarter for its new strategy game, Human Resources, but has reiterated that Planetary Annihilation will still get support for that game still.

Digital Storm embraces NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900M, 970M, 980M video cards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 10:46 pm

Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm will embrace NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 900M, 970M and 980M video cards in its upcoming 15.6" and 17.3" gaming laptops. The 15.6" Equinox and Lance will be complemented by the 17.3" Behemoth and Krypton laptops, which will offer "beyond 1080p graphics" and extended battery life for gamers.

 

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The Digital Storm gaming laptops using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900M, 970M and 980M GPUs will be available early next month. Pricing starts at $1,483, but gamers can customize each model based on budget and desired hardware capabilities.

 

NVIDIA's GeForce 900M series should prove to be popular among partner OEMs and customers, as mobile gaming is pushed even further.

Win the penultimate series of 'Supernatural' in our Blu-ray promotion

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 10:22 pm

To celebrate next week's home video release of the complete ninth season of the horror drama series 'Supernatural', we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away, thanks to our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

 

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How do you deal with a fallout of heavenly proportions? With the angelic Host's descent to Earth, Sam and Dean are now facing a world inhabited by thousands of powerful beings, who soon form their own chaotic agendas. Before tackling the threat of the "loose nukes" roaming the globe, however, the Winchesters engage in their most personal conflict yet. Meanwhile, Castiel finds he's more vulnerable - and yet capable of more humanity - than ever. As the threat escalates, a way must be found to reopen the gates of Heaven and head off a demon insurrection in Hell.

 

To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

 

What is the most interesting supernatural or unexplained event in history and why?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on October 11th.

 

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'Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season' is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers from October 8th.

Jennifer Lawrence says nude celeb hack 'is a sex crime'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 9:23 pm

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is still extremely upset about the celebrity hacking scandal in which pictures of multiple actresses were leaked online. Lawrence recently told Vanity Fair that the cybercriminal activity, which targeted Apple iCloud accounts, is a "sex crime."

 

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"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That's why these websites are responsible."

 

The stolen photos were posted on Reddit and 4chan, and quickly went viral among other websites. Poor judgment aside, that still doesn't necessarily mean celebrities deserved to have their personal photos stolen - but is yet another warning to regular users to be careful about where these types of photos or videos are stored.

MSI revamps gaming laptops with help from NVIDIA GTX 970M and 980M

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 6:20 pm

MSI has revamped his GT Stealth/Ghost Series and GT Dominator Series gaming laptops using NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 900M Series video cards, the company has announced. The new gaming units ship with the Intel Core i7 processor, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Technology, XSPlit Gamecaster, 4K HDMI output, Matrix Display and NVIDIA Surround.

 

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All new MSI gaming laptops using the NVIDIA GTX 900M video cards are available now, with prices starting at $1,599.

 

"MSI's newest gaming laptops showcase breakthroughs in mobile gaming technology that improve graphics performance, increase gaming comfort, and transport gamers into an unbelievable gaming journey," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America president. "NVIDIA's GTX 900M Series GPU delivers mobile graphics that are up to par with desktop video card models and superior to anything we've ever seen."

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NASA researches putting space crew in deep sleep in mission to Mars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 5:22 pm

As NASA ramps up research efforts to one day send a manned crew to Mars, putting the spaceflight crew in stasis would allow for better mission logistical support. The use of therapeutic torpor has occurred for up to one week, but would require intravenous feeding as a one-way trip to Mars could take more than 180 days, researchers note.

 

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"We haven't had the need to keep someone in (therapeutic torpor) for longer than seven days," said Mark Schaffer, aerospace engineer for SpaceWorks Enterprises. "For human Mars missions, we need to push that to 90 days, 180 days. Those are the types of mission flight times we're talking about."

 

Using stasis allows mission planners to cut supply requirements down from 400 tons to around 220 tons, with less consumables such as food and water needed.

Sponsored Video - Think twice about buying that slower PC, says Intel

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 2:47 pm

We all know that upgrading your PC can be hard, but one of the key decisions of upgrading any PC is the processor. Most people will go Intel, and rightly so, the company has the best performing CPUs on the market.

 

 

The advertisement shows a frustrated user who is sitting at his brand new PC, and it crashes. Time slows down, and then goes in reverse, where he regrets his decision of buying the competition, walking back to his PC store and changing his mind. Intel puts this down to 6 simple steps when buying a new PC.

 

This includes the Processor Speed, RAM, HDD, Graphics Card, Software and Extras. Intel processors run faster, use less power, and if you have the money to spend, can scale up to incredible speeds that make your desktop PC closer to a supercomputer from just a decade or so ago with up to 16 threads on the latest Core i7-5960X.

 

Post sponsored by Intel

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Google updates Gmail for iOS, works better on the new iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:40 am

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still fresh in consumers' hands, with Google releasing an updated version of Gmail for iOS. The new version of Gmail works better with the higher resolution displays found in the new iPhones.

 

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It's not a massive change, but the increased resolution, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus, is messing up a slew of apps. At least now, Gmail for iOS isn't one of them. The added pixels on screen allow Gmail users to see more messages at once, without losing Gmail features to a lack of pixels like labels and stars.

Interested in 'Person of Interest? Enter our Blu-ray competition now!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:35 am

To celebrate next week's home video release of the complete third season of the sci-fi drama series 'Person of Interest', we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away, thanks to our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

 

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The Person of Interest team suffers a devastating loss and confronts staggering challenges in the hit series' most explosive season yet. Adapting to the evolution of The Machine, now completely self-governed and hidden from all, technical wizard Finch (Michael Emerson) and ex-CIA operative Reese (Jim Caviezel) team with rogue agent Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) to save lives and seek justice, but their missions now threaten to tear them apart. The electrifying, 23-Episode Season Three is a must watch!

 

To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

 

Who is the person in your life that is of most interest to you, and why?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on October 11th.

 

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'Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season' is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers from October 8th.

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