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CBS announces it is making Netflix-like original show content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 8:31 am

With companies like Netflix and Amazon enjoying success with original programming, with hit shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, it should come as no surprise that CB has announced it is creating original shows for streaming video services.

 

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The news comes directly from CEO Les Moonves, who announced the news during the company's earning call. Moonves said that CBS's TV studio "will be producing more and more shows for more and more outlets, including major streaming companies and other emerging distributors". He didn't say which services the company is working with, but a company spokesperson later confirmed that CBS will be creating original shows for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more.

 

CBS is adapting to a dynamic TV world, where viewers are shifting from sitting on their couches waiting for their beloved TV shows each week, to binge-watching entire seasons or shows - or not, and going at their own page - thanks to Netflix, and others.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, looks like Titanfall without Titans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 7:35 am

In the next version of Call of Duty, gamers will be enjoying some future weapons - mostly fantasy, and some modified versions of things in the making now - to make them the ultimate solder, in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

 

 

There's a new video preview available, embedded above, that you can take a look at. There's jetpacks featured, a bunch of cool weapons, and much more, but is it enough to have you buy the game? Probably not. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a massive Titanfall vibe to it, which is ironic considering the two guys who formed Infinity Ward, who made the original Call of Duty games, left in a huge legal battle to form Respawn Entertainment, which released Titanfall not that long ago.

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare does look like more fun than the previous installments, which is what it's all about, right?

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Steam rumored to offer movies, TV, music and more in future release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 6:37 am

Valve is looking into 2015 with optimism, with its Steam Machines, Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Box and much more coming out next year. Between now and then, the Steam Database on Twitter (@SteamDB) has spotted the addition of a few interesting things in the latest beta of Steam.

 

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SteamDB noticed films, TV series, video, plugin and music in the latest beta of Steam, with other users noticing Spotify mentioned in Steam code last year. This makes sense, as Valve is pushing Steam into the living room, with not only Big Picture Mode, but with all of its various services, hardware and even gaming systems coming out soon.

 

If Valve wants to compete against the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Apple, it's going to need to provide everything they do - movies, TV shows, music and much more. But with a kick-ass service like Steam behind it, could we finally see the living room become a proper, PC-based (but controllers on offer) gaming nirvana? I'm enthusiastic about it, with Valve having my total support for it - but this isn't Half-Life 3 confirmed just yet.

Want a copy of 'Muppets: Most Wanted'? Enter our Blu-ray giveaway now!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 6:28 am

Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' up for grabs for three lucky readers!

 

'Muppets: Most Wanted' takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the legendary puppeteer who created The Muppet franchise and many of its characters

 

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 August 15th.

 

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'The Muppets: Most Wanted' is available on Blu-ray and HD Digital Copy combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 13th.

Intel teases Broadwell-based Core M processors for mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 5:33 am

Just as NVIDIA teased its new 64-bit Tegra K1 processor just now, Intel has released some information on the development of its new Broadwell-based mobile processor, the Broadwell Core M.

 

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Intel's Broadwell Core M is designed from the ground up for low-power devices such as PC/tablet hybrids with fanless cooling systems. The new processor uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) trnsistors that Intel claims will provide industry-leaving "performance, power, density and cost per transistor". This technology was first used with Intel's 22nm process back in 2011, but is now much better on the smaller 14nm process.

 

The company's new 14nm process will be "used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things" according to Intel. Intel has also said that its engineers have achieved more than "two times reduction in the thermal design point" when compared to its previous generation processors. The new Broadwell Core M processor will arrive before the end of the year, with more devices being built around it in the "first half of 2015".

NVIDIA's new Denver-based Tegra K1 is 64-bit, very powerful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 4:29 am

NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor is quite the performance powerhouse, with a quad-core processor with four A15 CPUs, up to 2.3GHz clock speed, and a 192 Kepler-based GPU cores for the graphics side of things. We've seen the Tegra K1 power NVIDIA's cheap, but very powerful Shield Tablet, but the company is already showing off the next version of its SoC.

 

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At HOT CHIPS, a technical conference in the world of high-performance chips, NVIDIA has unveiled more details on the 64-bit version of its Tegra K1 processor. The 64-bit Tegra K1 is powered by the 192-core Kepler GPU, with NVIDIA's own custom-designed 64-bit, dual-core "Project Denver" CPU, which is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible. The big shift here is that the Denver part of the Tegra K1 is a dual-core variant, with a clock speed of up to 2.5GHz, but is 64-bit capable. The current Tegra K1 is a quad-core chip, with 32-bit capabilities. This makes the 64-bit Tegra K1 the world's first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, demolishing the competition when it comes to performance.

 

NVIDIA has used some clever optimizations, as well as its advanced technology in its Denver CPU cores, to deliver performance from its dual-core Denver-based Tegra K1 that rivals even four or eight-core CPUs that we find in our mobile devices today. Better yet, The 64-bit Tegra K1 processor offers PC-class performance, extended battery life, better gaming and multi-tasking, and much more. NVIDIA will see its 64-bit Denver-based Tegra K1 processor baked into mobile devices later this year, with the company also teasing that it is already working on support for the upcoming release of Android L on its 64-bit Tegra K1.

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John Romero, co-creator of Doom, is working on a new shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 3:34 am

Some of you might remember a time when first-person shooters were the pinnacle of PC gaming, and John Romero was at the center of that for quite some time. He co-created Doom at id Software, and then went off to make, what he thought was going to be a big hit, Daikatana all the way back in 2000. Well, Romero is back, and he's teasing that he is working on another shooter.

 

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During Monday night's recording of the Super Joystiq Podcast Gamescom Special, alongside special guests Mike Bithell and Brenda Romero, he said: "I'm working on several games at once right now. But [Brenda] had mentioned earlier that I'm working with a concept artist, and so I've got some cool imagery for the main character".

 

Brenda Romero chimed in, saying: "I'm concerned about how much you're going to say". John Romero replied with: "I haven't made a shooter since 2000. So I'm basically starting to work on another one". After he said that, the crowd of people supposedly went crazy with excitement.

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Dead Island 2's first gameplay trailer is here, zombies ahoy!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 2:35 am

Dead Island 2 might not be in your hands until next year, but the developer has unleashed the first gameplay trailer to the game, showing off the guts and glory of its new first-person title.

 

 

The footage shown off for Dead Island 2 represents pre-alpha in-game footage, showing us what to expect in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world of California. Dead Island 2 will be in playable form at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The game will be launching onto the PS4, Xbox One and PC in spring of 2015.

Facebook told by court to hand over info on underage account holders

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 12:35 am

Mega-social network Facebook is being told to disclose just how many of its users are underage, at least in Northern Ireland.

 

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Belfast's High Court has ruled that Facebook must provide records for all account holders under the age of 13 in Northern Ireland or the UK between 2011 and 2014. It comes as part of a lawsuit against the company for negligence, as a young girl allegedly published inappropriate photographs on the website from the age of 11, reportedly leading to the girl receiving extreme sexual content from men. Her accounts were deactivated when Facebook was notified, the BBC says.

 

Although a judge blocked wider requests for information from Facebook, it was asserted that if the company has details on underage users, they "should be discovered". "If they do not have them, then obviously they can properly indicate that they do not have such information in their possession, custody or power," the judge said. It was claimed gaining access to this information could be important to understanding the risk posed to young children on Facebook.

John McAfee reveals complaints website to channel online anger

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 pm

McAfee security founder John McAfee has launched a surprise new website at the Defcon event in Las Vegas, which he claims will allow people to complain more easily to businesses and governments.

 

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Brownlist is being touted as a way for people to focus their anger online in a way that is actually productive, rather than simply hurling abuse at public figures or companies on social networks. McAfee claims it could serve as a conduit for grassroots direct action.

 

"We are doing this because it tapes in to the strongest of human emotions, anger, and it does it in a way that turns it positive," McAfee said. For now just a prototype was on show, but nonetheless the entrepreneur welcomed early contributions. "If you are a small person, like the average American, and some company steps on you or a government, you speak out against something and you are audited the next day, come to our site," McAfee said.

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