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Fly high in our Planes: Fire and Rescue Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Christmas is nearly upon us, but what to get for the littlest members of the family? Thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment, we have three copies of Disney's 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' to giveaway which would be a great stocking stuffer this holiday season.


The heart-pumping comedy-adventure features a dynamic crew of elite aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfires. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters; together, they battle a massive fire, and Dusty learns what it takes to be a true hero.


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


Name the 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' voice artist who also starred in 1996's 'The Rock'.


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 dot com before the competition closes on December 13.


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'Planes: Fire and Rescue' is available on Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital from Australian retailers on December 10.

Elite: Dangerous played on 3D screens, touch panels and head tracking

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Markus Boesen has built himself a dream PC gaming setup, the kind that you see on fan websites photo-shopped up as someones dream. Set to provide himself with the best gaming experience possible, Boesen has taken these ideas and brought them to reality.



Utilizing three 3D monitors running at a combined 5760 x 1080 resolution, he's installed touchscreen inputs, voice recognition, head-tracking and carefully arranged Saitek joysticks to ensure this gaming pad is more of a cockpit than a regular desktop setup.

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Freescale promises 15W of wireless charging technology for devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Freescale Semiconductor is teasing some very impressive next-gen wireless charging technology, which is capable of delivering up to three times the power that current wireless charging standards provide.


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The new technology can provide up to 15W of power according to Freescale, which is up from the 5W found on current wireless charging technologies. The company adds: "This targeted solution includes two 15 W ICs: the WPR1516 receiver chip and accompanying MWCT1012 transmitter chip. Developers can get to production quickly by using available corresponding firmware libraries, which provide the core functionality required to implement state-of-the-art wireless charging systems. The solution also includes an advanced application programming interface that can be utilized to modify or adjust library functionality, allowing for the addition of custom application code and a highly tailored and differentiated end-product".


Freescale's 15W wireless charging solution will be made available in Q1 2015, but it will be up to device manufacturers whether they support Freescale solutions in their upcoming products.

The Apple iPod Classic is now becoming an expensive collector item

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

A few months ago Apple had sneakily removed their Apple iPod Classic devices off their online stores - bringing a silent end to its longstanding history and reign as the first legitimately useful flash portable music listening device.


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This came about with their site upgrade thanks to the iPhone 6 release, with speculation stating that the old iPod's are no longer needed in today's market - mobile phones are becoming larger and larger in capacity, people are adding massive SD cards to their Android devices and much of our music is now streamed online. All of these factors start to render our old favorite a little bit useless.


Confirmed by CEO Steve Cook as "a declining business" the iPod Classic saw a swift removal from all online portals. But now they're becoming a bit of a rarity, seeing fans paying up to four times the originally listed price. This is said to be not only due to their limited nature, but the capacity that they hold.

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Growing reliance on smartphones, tablets over PCs, laptops

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The shift from desktop PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets isn't necessarily new, and will only continue in the future. More than 50 percent of users will turn to their smartphone or tablet for online activity instead of a laptop or PC, according to the Gartner research group.


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Each new generation of mobile devices, with wearables also entering the mix, are becoming more intuitive with voice and gesture input.


"The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers [including workers], based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used in longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more complex tasks," said Van Baker, Gartner research vice president.

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George Lucas hasn't watched the 'Force Awakens' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The 88 second trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' might be inching towards the most viewed movie trailer of all time, with over 72 million views in a week, but one man in particular hasn't seen it - the creator of the franchise, George Lucas.


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Speaking to PageSix, Lucas revealed that he hadn't seen the trailer and won't see any part of the movie "Because it's not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there." Lucas sold the rights to the 'Star Wars' franchise, along with his whole LucasFilm company, back in 2012.


Unless he changes his mind, Lucas will get a chance to check the entire film out when 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.


Hackers warn Sony to not release 'The Interview' movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The hackers behind the breach into Sony have warned the company of the consequences of releasing its upcoming movie 'The Interview' with Seth Rogen and James Franco.


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Sony Pictures Entertainment have been warned about releasing "the movie of terrorism", which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Over the weekend, the two stars of the movies took to Saturday Night Live, having a laugh at it all. The hackers on the other hand, are quite serious.


They said: "We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY, however, they have refused to accept. It seems that you think everything will be well, if you find out the attacker, while no reacting to our demand. We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY".

Paramount trolls The Academy with 'Transformers 4' Oscar campaign

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Whilst it might have grossed almost $1.1 billion at the international box office, this year's release of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' didn't exactly set a light in the hearts of critics, including here on TweakTown. Despite that set back, Paramount are courting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a full on Oscar nomination campaign for the film, among other titles from this year's release slate.


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Paramount are asking for the Academy to nominate 'Age of Extinction' in over a dozen categories on their "For Your Consideration" website, including 'Best Picture', 'Best Director' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay'. Whilst they are already unsurprisingly in the running in the visual effects category, it's safe to say that the film won't be in contention for Best Picture, let alone win it.

Live video broadcasting to be new 'selfie' by 2017, Gartner predicts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The use of live video broadcasting could potentially transition itself to become the new "selfie" by 2017, according to the Gartner research group. Business workers and home users will transition from traditional static photos to video, and live video will become even more popular. It's not uncommon for workers to use Skype, Microsoft Lync, and other services to conduct video calls and conferences - and that trend should only accelerate further.


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"The next generation of consumer services and products has one main theme in common and that is video," said Brian Blau, Gartner research director. "This means incorporating live video or other real-time technologies into products to engage users in live events and enable more personalized communications, providing better customer support, and offering best-of-breed video and TV experiences to connected homes."


Live video technology will become more accessible and will become commonly used on smartphones and tablets to desktop applications used for customer support services.

Marvell releases world's first DRAM-less NVMe SSD controller

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The keys to the future of SSDs revolve around the NVMe interface, TLC NAND, 3D NAND, and low power consumption. Marvell has announced a new design that brings all three of these together to enable refined SSD designs. The 88NV1140 supports both NVMe 1.1b and AHCI through a x1 PCIe 3.0 interface. The controller supports TLC NAND and 3D NAND, along with other types of NAND. This new controller is targeted for the mobile market, such as Chromebooks, laptops, and 2-in-1 devices.


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Marvell turns to NVMe 1.1b and the first DRAM-less NVMe controller design to deliver a lower power threshold. DRAM-less designs feature lower power draw and are typically more resilient during power loss events. Tacking on support for the newer NVMe revision 1.1b also leverages improvements in low power state management. Marvell also announced the DRAM-less 88NV1120, which supports the SATA interface in PC systems and leverages DevSlp functionality.

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