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EA boss excited for Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 4:33 am

Microsoft has already teased its Xbox Scorpio in a big way, but Sony is still keeping its PS4 Neo console refresh behind closed doors - on the flip side, EA's Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, is saying great things about the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo consoles.

 

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During an interview with IGN recently, Moore said that the hardware revisions were "absolutely" a good thing for the industry, as they're extending console generations by refreshing the hardware in the middle of the cycle. Moore continued: "I think Sony and Microsoft have done this incredibly well. They have taken what they needed to do... to keep the platform fresh for technology that's moving faster than the archaic nature of a 10-year piece of hardware cycle".

 

Moore confirmed that EA is working on games for both the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo consoles, with the next-gen games taking advantage of the vastly improved hardware inside of the consoles. Moore said that EA's studios "love what they're seeing right now" with the new hardware.

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Intel Core i7-6700K CPU drops to $299 at Monoprice

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 4:09 am

If you need a new CPU to jump start your new rig, your patience is paying off because a deal on the Intel Core i7-6700K processor has made a return. Today, we've spotted a brand new deal, where the Core i7-6700K is priced only at $299.99 thanks a discount from Monoprice's eBay store. Last time we saw a similar price from a reputable and large retailer was back in June 2016.

 

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Beyond taking a bite out of ridiculous HDMI cable pricing, Monoprice also carries the occasional popular hardware and electronics. In this case, the Core i7-6700K is $50 cheaper than the next reputable source we can spot online (Newegg).

 

 

Extra savings are also included given shipping is free (a standard fare these days), and sales tax is limited only to those residing in California and Kentucky. This can save you up to 10% in sales tax depending on where you live. Why eBay? For those who don't hunt for video game and electronic deals often, eBay is essentially the online outlet store for many retailers were they offload overstock inventory or circumvent MSRP and list prices. For an in-depth review of the Skylake Core i7-6700K, check the TweakTown review here.

Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 4 ad trashes MacBook Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 2:33 am

Microsoft is on the offensive with its new TV spot for the Surface Pro 4, comparing it against the MacBook Air from Apple, saying that the MacBook Air is as useful as "a hat for your cat". Meow.

 

 

The video uses some of the points Microsoft made in earlier Surface videos, reiterating that the Surface Pro 4 rocks a detachable keyboard, pen, and a much better touchscreen display. Microsoft says in the video that the MacBook Air is "slower, heavier, and a bit square" and that it's "less useful, like a hat for your cat".

 

It's hard to argue with that, as the MacBook Air is kinda useless when pitted up against the Surface Pro 4 and all of its improvements and added features.

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Two new Fitbit writsbands set to evolve the product line

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 2:26 am

Activity tracking wearable firm Fitbit have today announced the impending availability of two new models, including a replacement for the company's best selling Charge HR wristband.

 

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Both products will feature an evolution, not revolution of what's come before, with Charge 2 set to rollout new software based features like connected GPS, multi-sport tracking, cardio fitness feedback and reminders to move. Enhancements to the band itself include a larger, easier to use display and the option for replaceable bands. The new display-less Flex 2 is also set to get some new attention thanks it's swim-proof design - a first for the company.

 

Charge 2 is available in Australian stores right now, with a global launch next month, while Flex 2 will be available both here and abroad in the coming weeks.

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 10:46 pm

Actor Gene Wilder - best known for portraying Roald Dahl's beloved character Willy Wonka, has died aged 83.

 

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Riding to fame in the early 1970's with 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and collaborations with Director Mel Brooks in 'Blazzing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' (which Wilder also co-wrote), Wilder last appeared on screen in the comedy series 'Will and Grace' in 2003 which bagged the actor an Emmy.

 

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1989, and passed away due to Alzheimer's complications yesterday aged 83.

Halo 5: Forge PC footage debuts in 4K

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 9:00 pm

Some early footage of Halo 5: Forge on PC has surfaced, and it's bound to get you excited to finally have the sci-fi shooter series back on the platform. With it, you get a good look at multiplayer, the various maps (including newcomer Mercy), and a peek at control options like raw input, toggle sprint, and toggle crouch. You also get to check out Halo in 4K for the first time (to my knowledge, anyway). See for yourself:

 

 

 

Remember that you'll need 16GB of RAM for the 4K 60FPS glory on the PC, as well as a beefy GPU. Forge will launch September 8 for Windows 10 PCs.

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Battlefield 1's Rush features lots of vehicles, timer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 5:02 pm

The Battlefield 1 beta launches tomorrow for Insiders (and the day after for everyone else). As you may know, this version of the game will feature Rush mode. Many hope it will be a return to form for developer DICE, which once won a lot of love from fans with Bad Company 2's introduction of the now franchise mode. Unfortunately, early impressions from Battlefield aficionado LevelCap raise concerns.

 

 

The Sinai desert map features at least two tanks on each side. The mode has never been known to have more than one, focusing instead more on infantry gameplay and leaving the vehicle gameplay primarily to Conquest, thus differentiating the two. It's even more troublesome with the 24 player count and lack of cover, further emphasizing vehicle gameplay. The lack of cover also means lots of snipers, so as of now, it seems you're pretty much relegated to sniping or tanking, lest you die a lot unnecessarily.

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Access over 300,000 TV shows with SelectTV

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 3:30 pm

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if cable and Netflix teamed up? Well, the result would probably be SelectTV. Boasting the world's largest library of shows, movies, live channels and more, SelectTV brings you the perks of web streaming with some of cable's best content. For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get a year of SelectTV access for only $19.

 

SelectTV goes beyond simple online streaming. On top of hundreds of thousands of shows and movies, SelectTV brings you thousands of radio stations, live channels, and more. You can watch the latest box office hits with Select TV Pay Per View and access a full calendar of live concerts and sporting events streamed directly online.

 

A year of SelectTV normally runs for $36, but TweakTown readers can save nearly half-off and sign up for only $19. A three year subscription for SelectTV is also on sale for only $49.

VW tease electric vehicle, 300 miles on 15-minute charge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 3:26 pm

Volkswagen has been in the headlines throughout 2016 for all of the wrong reasons, but the German automotive giant has just te ased that it will be pushing into electric vehicles in a big way in the future.

 

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The company has just teased its first next-gen electric vehicle, with VW set to officially debut the EV at the Paris motor show in October. VW promises a Golf-like sized electric vehicle with an interior that is similar to the Passat, with recharge speeds on the battery being rather impressive - just 15 minutes of charge will provide around 300 miles of driving.

 

VW Group CEO Matthias Müller confirmed the news with Autocar, adding that the price tag would be lower than a comparable combustion engine vehicle. Volkswagen should have the EV on the road towards the end of 2018, or early-2019, but we might not see it released in a global way until 2025.

Defense Department wants AI war technology expansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 29, 2016 1:37 pm

The world continues marching towards the warm embrace of machines in the formation of Skynet, so it should come as no surprise that a new Defense Department report says the United States need to take "immediate action" to increase the development of its AI war technology.

 

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The US military is behind in AI research and autonomous technology when compared against academic and private research, reports Engadget, which also adds that the US has been primarily focused on launching heavy, physical attacks like previous wars, that it has left itself behind the AI and autonomous technology race. Well, that needs to stop - and we can be sure that over the coming years US taxpayers' money will be spent on it, in a big way.

 

In the report, the Defense Department said that the Pentagon needs to gather intelligence on other nations' AI capabilities, and work on "counter-autonomy" solutions. So in other words, the bully didn't do his homework or bring lunch money, so he's going to cheat off your test and steal your lunch money and claim victory.

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