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Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 first games with Microsoft DRM

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 4:33 pm

Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Forge are the first games to employ Microsoft's encrypted appx format digital rights management (DRM), with the aim of combating piracy.




In short, once you install either game, the Encrypting File System feature in Windows does its thing, after which the application files are no longer accessible, putting modding and out-of-game tweaking at risk.


Forge has featured some mods already, but this may be due to it being free to play and only some files being encrypted; Forza, it seems, is in a rougher spot.

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How to get 1TB of lifetime cloud storage for only $39

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 3:30 pm



Cloud storage is getting more sophisticated by the day. While that means we can store more online, the cost to do so is also going up. However, Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is offering a storage plan that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Zoolz's Lifetime Solution grants you access to one terabyte of cloud storage for life, and it's on sale for just $39.


With a Zoolz Lifetime Solution, you can save your data into Instant Storage for fast access or Cold Storage if you know you won't be needing it for a while. Zoolz lets you easily browse and retrieve files with its Smart Selection tool. Plus, Zoolz locks down your data with 256-bit encryption, so hackers won't be able to peek at your files.


A Lifetime Solution for Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage normally retails for $3,600, but TweakTown readers can get it for just $39.

NASA finds strong evidence of water plumes on Europa

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2:24 pm

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA, launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and to this day it stays a vital research tool for astronomy. Hubble is meritorious for some major discoveries and photographs that have shown us the beauties of the universe.




Today, NASA announced that Hubble has imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. It appears that the icy moon erupts with high altitude vapor plumes. Scientists estimate that the plumes rise about 200 kilometers before falling back onto Europa's surface.


The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa's ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

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Another stupid human crashes Google's self-driving party

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12:36 pm

Google's self-driving car was involved in yet another accident and this one was the worst so far. The autonomous Lexus sustained major damage in an accident involving a commercial van.




According to the report, the van driver ran a red light and collided with the modified Lexus SUV. The van hit the passenger side of the door and damaged it heavily but no one was hurt. The accident occurred in Mountain View and Lexus had to be towed from the scene.

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Xbox One S now gets free game of choice from Microsoft

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12:01 pm

If you were planning to buy an Xbox One S (or even the older Xbox One) purchase this year, retailers have started up some new aggressive offers pre-holiday season. This week, Microsoft Store is trying to incentivize sales by offering a bonus free game of choice at select retailers. With the recent price drops on Xbox One consoles, we're seeing some fairly hot Xbox One and Xbox One S deals.




The Microsoft Store has two really hot Xbox One S bundles as of writing. The August 23rd released Madden NFL 17 1TB bundle and the Halo Collections bundle (both 500GB and 1TB) are getting a free copy of The Crew and a free game of your choice. The game you choose is from a list of 19 options, which include recent releases like Recore and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


Xbox One S Consoles



Xbox One Consoles



GameStop is also a great option for both the Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. At GameStop, they are offering a free game of your choice from their entire catalog of in-stock physical games (no pre-orders or digital downloads). The best Xbox One S deal at GameStop is the brand new Minecraft bundle which does not have a free game offer anywhere else online (not even Microsoft Store). At GameStop, they also have old Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundles on sale for $229.99 (a $20 discount from everywhere else online) already bundled with a free game - so, you essentially get two free games at a new low historic price point.


Walmart even has an offer you should check out on the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle. At Walmart, you pay the same $349 as anywhere else, but you'll also get a free choice of game from a list of 9 plus a bonus Wireless controller. The list of games isn't as extensive as the Microsoft Store or GameStop, but the extra controller bonus is something you won't find elsewhere online.


These offers are valid this week only and end on Saturday, October 1. After Saturday, the prices won't change, but the bonus free games from the retailers mentioned above will disappear.

Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 is $225

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 9:55 am

Apple announced their new phones this month and the prices are as expected - the iPhone 7 starts at $649 and iPhone 7 Plus at $769. But, do you know how much Apple has to spend to manufacture those phones?




A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company based in London, shows that Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 (32GB) is $224.80, which is around 18% more than the cost of the iPhone 6S.


"Total BOM (the bill of materials) costs for the iPhone 7 are more in line with what we have seen in teardowns of recent flagship phones from Apple's main competitor, Samsung, in that the costs are higher than in previous iPhone teardown analyses. All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past", said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services.

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Dota 2 the first to host a tournament on a cruise ship

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 8:20 am

There's a new Dota 2 tournament that's about to take place, with some of China's best Dota 2 teams taking to the seas and participating in a LAN tournament that is being hosted on a cruise ship. Yes, you read that right.




The Nanyang Cruise Cup will see four Dota 2 teams, including TI6 champions Wings Gaming and Newbee, competing against each other on a cruise ship sailing across the Pacific Ocean for four days. Sapphire Princess will take the Dota 2 players from Shanghai on October 13, stopping by Japan and South Korea, before it returns to port on October 17.


Sapphire Princess will be hosting all of the LAN matches with its crew of 1100 and guest capacity of 2678, with the two other teams joining the Nanyang Cruise Cup through qualifier matches before the end of the month.


There's never been a LAN tournament quite like this before, and with it being hosted out at sea, the lack of internet access is going to be a problem, surely. Tournament director Wang Zilin spoke with JoinDota, saying that the organizer of the event - KeyTV, is renting a satellite and has rewired the entire ship to support the required equipment. Zilin said: "Cruises are not very popular among young people, no internet on the high seas, slow pace of life etc. We decided if we could solve the internet problem, and add some activities that young people like, the cruise journey will be interesting".

NVIDIA chip in the 'next revolutionary Apple product'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 6:49 am

NVIDIA used to make graphics cards for Apple and some of their Mac products, but current-gen Mac systems are running AMD Radeon graphics cards, with this possibly changing in the future.




According to a job ad posted by NVIDIA, they are looking for a software engineer who would "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products", reports Bloomberg. The job post continues, adding that the role would require "working in partnership with Apple", as well as writing code that will "define and shape the future"of graphics-related software on Macs.


There also isn't just a single job posting, but three job listings on NVIDIA's database that reference Apple, with the latest posting appearing last week. One of the jobs specifies working with the NVIDIA Mac graphics driver team, which is interesting to see indeed. Apple has always been one to engineer their products to a very high standard, and with NVIDIA continuing to refine their GPU architecture, could we see Pascal or Volta in future Mac systems? I think so.

Our closest look at the Google Pixel smartphone yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 5:38 am

It wasn't too long ago that we had our first look of the Pixel smartphone, and now we have a clearer shot of the 5-inch smartphone, and the purported new navigation buttons.




VentureBeat has the scoop with the Google Pixel smartphone, the 5-inch variant while the 5.5-inch display will find a home on Pixel XL, but we have a great look of the phone's UI. We can see the new Pixel Launcher, as well as the circular launcher icons and new navigation icons.


The icons are now completely filled in on the Android 7.0-based smartphone, compared to the empty shapes on previous versions of Android. The change in icons could be an exclusive to the Pixel, but overall the smartphone is shaping up to be a nice evolution from Nexus to Pixel, and Android 6.0 to 7.0, so far.

Google preparing 'Pixel 3' laptop with new Andromeda OS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 4:12 am

One of the more exciting things we've heard about Google in the last few months is that they're reportedly working on a next-gen OS that would see the combination of Android and Chrome OS, known as Andromeda. Well, now there are rumors that Google will unveil an Andromeda-powered 'Pixel 3' laptop, which will hit the market in Q3 2017.




The purported Pixel 3 would arrive with a 12.3-inch display, with Google wanting its ultra-thin laptop to be used in 'tablet' mode, too. We could see a Lenovo Yoga-type of flexibility with the Pixel 3, especially as it is supposedly powered by an Intel Core m3 or i5 processor, 32/128GB of storage and 8/16GB of RAM. We should see two models of Pixel 3, one with the Intel m3/32GB storage/8GB RAM and the higher-end model with Core i3/128GB storage/16GB RAM.


Android Police reports that there should be a fingerprint scanner and more on the Pixel 3:


  • Intel Core m3/Core i5 processor
  • 8/16GB RAM
  • 32/128GB storage
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 2 x USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Stylus support
  • Stereo speakers
  • 10-hour (or so) battery
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Glass trackpad w/haptic feedback
  • Andromeda OS


Google is looking to directly fight against Microsoft and Apple, with the Surface and iPad/MacBook line of products with its next-gen Andromeda OS and Pixel 3 laptop. We have some respectable specs which I'm sure will change between now and Q3 2017, and an extensive nearly neverending list of Google services and products that will power the Pixel 3 (and any Andromeda-based device).

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