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Star Wars: Battlefront will not have split-screen play on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 4:15 am

EA and DICE have elaborated on some of the parts of Star Wars: Battlefront, where we're now finding out that the PC version of Battlefront will not include split-screen support, but the console version will.




There's no answer or reason to why the PC version of Star Wars: Battlefront will not feature split-screen support, so here's hoping there's enough waves made from PC gamers that DICE and EA hear the noise and include it. Especially with more and more gamers enjoying their PC games on their big screen TVs.


DICE also said that Missions don't grant players multiplayer career experience, but they will be providing gamers with credits that can be used towards buying unlocks. The developer has also talked about Battlefront's Walker Assault mode, where they said: "In Walker Assault, vehicles are tied to the power up system. When you find a vehicle power up on the map, you will need to activate it, which immediately spawns you inside the vehicle. Vehicle power ups specifically must be used within a certain amount of time. This is a design decision to allow more equal distribution of the vehicle power ups amongst all players".

It's Sonic's turn to run through the fields in Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 2:50 am

We've already seen Mario run through the beautiful fields of the Unreal Engine 4 powered 'A Boy & His Kite' technology demo, but now it's Sonic's turn. We've embedded the video below.



It's a very early demo, but boy does Sonic run ultra fast and jump super far in the demo. It's not perfect with some serious collision issues, where Sonic runs on the spot for a few seconds, but it's great to see these iconic console characters in one of the best engines on the market.

Continue reading 'It's Sonic's turn to run through the fields in Unreal Engine 4' (full post)

The Commodore returns, in the form of a 5.5-inch smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 1:35 am

For those of us older than 25, you're going to have great memories of the Commodore brand. But now that it's all over and done with, it's just a memory. Well, the brand is back in the form of an Android-powered smartphone.




The new Commodore PET smartphone is a mid-range handset, with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an 8-core processor from MediaTek clocked at 1.7GHz, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3000mAh battery, 16GB/32GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. There's dual SIM goodness for those who want it, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.


The 16GB version of the Commodore PET sells for $300, while the 32GB adds $30 to the price for a total of $330.

Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD for just $135.99 for 6 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 12:29 am

Update: The pricing has been increased to $169.


If you were in the market for a new SSD, Amazon has SanDisk's Ultra II 480GB SSD listed for just $135.99. The normal list price is $212.99, so you're saving a huge $77 on this 480GB SSD.




This means you're getting close to $0.25 per GB of SSD, which is an insane price. Amazon has 6 hours and 30 minutes left of the sale at the time of writing, so get in now!!

Continue reading 'Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD for just $135.99 for 6 hours' (full post)

HTC is preparing for 'mid-October' for its Vive headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 11:52 pm

With Oculus not releasing their Rift headset until the beginning of 2016, the VR market is open for HTC to lure people in with its Vive headset, something it collaborated directly with Valve on.




HTC's Executive Director of Marketing, Jeffrey Gattis, said: "We are targeting mid-October, but have not yet finalized the event details, venue, etc". Gattis did tease the final version of Vive, adding: "Our hardware development, for the consumer versions of both the HMD and wireless controllers, remain on schedule for the end of 2015".


Gattis didn't say what the final Vive would arrive as in terms of specifications, but he did explain that the consumer version of the Vive headset would be "more refined from a design standpoint". As for a specific release date, the HTC exec added: "We remain committed to what we said at our keynote in Barcelona back in March, that is, the first consumer units will be on sale and in the hands of customers before the end of this year".

Final 'Fantastic Four' reboot trailer drops

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 11:33 pm

A far cry from the original teaser trailer, and rumours of behind the scenes tumult, the final trailer for the upcoming 'Fantastic Four' reboot looks to be taking fine form indeed.



Based on the long-running Marvel comic series, the new vision of 'Fantastic Four' looks to right the wrongs of the 2005 feature film, with a darker, more serious tone from director Josh Trank, who previously helmed the acclaimed found film superhero movie 'Chronicle' and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.


'Fantastic Four' hits cinemas in 2D on July 6th in the United States, and July 7th in Australia.

Continue reading 'Final 'Fantastic Four' reboot trailer drops' (full post)

'Tron' ride coming to Disneyland Shanghai

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 11:14 pm

The Walt Disney company might have abandoned plans to continue the 'Tron' feature film franchise for now, but that hasn't stopped the conmpany from pursuing the first theme park ride based on 'Tron Legacy' at the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland Resort, according to SlashFilm.




Whilst the official announcement is due tomorrow, SlashFilm have reported that the ride, called 'Tron Light Cycle (Power Run) Coaster' would revolved around the spectacular cycle sequence from 'Tron Legacy'. Other attractions include upgrades to the classic 'Pirates of the Caribbean' ride.


Construction on the park began in 2011, and is expected to open to the public next year.

6 Microsoft Office Skills Your Résumé Needs

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 4:36 pm



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- The basics and beyond of Microsoft Word, including newsletters, tables, forms, and more.


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LEPA unveils an outdoorsy BT02 wireless Bluetooth speaker

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 11:29 am

Providing 360-degree sound to all whom will listen, this IP54 rated speaker is water resistant and even fits snug within a pushbike water bottle holder.




For those who are always running out of power, there's the capacity to use this product as a power bank and the rubber coating will ensure clumsy users don't smash their speakers on the first drop.


Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, LEPA claims to offer immersive sound and a passive radiator for "rich, deep bass." TweakTown has been supplied with a review unit of this beauty and we shall report back our findings very soon.



SanDisk has shipped two billion microSD cards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 14, 2015 10:31 am

As I sit here with a SanDisk Ultra 16GB microSD card sitting in front of me, the news has been published by SanDisk that this company has now shipped over 2,000,000,000 microSD cards since they started selling 10 years prior.




Initially named TransFlash, SanDisk released its final microSD format specifications on July 13, 2005 and since then became the most popular memory card in its arsenal. With an estimated 11,103 billion megabytes in total storage sold, this is quoted at "the equivalent of more than 100MB of flash storage for every man, woman and child that ever lived on Earth."


Designed for use in small cameras and smartphones, these microSD cards started at a minimum size of 32MB and now range up to 200GB. Comparing figures to CompactFlash which sold 1 million units over its debut year, microSD saw similar figures in its first quarter on the shelves.

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