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These foldable headphones are ultra-portable

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 3:30 pm



Times are changing, and more headphones are going wireless. While we're all happy to see tangled wires go, this doesn't change the fact that headphones are still tricky to tote around. Fortunately, BetaFresh thought ahead and designed the FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones.


Wireless and foldable, these Bluetooth headphones are your best friend for on-the-go listening, and they're on sale for just $39.99.


Designed for maximum portability, these headphones fold to save space. The battery lasts for up to six hours on a single charge, and you can check your battery status on your phone's screen. What's more, these headphones come with built-in call controls and a microphone, so you can answer, end, and reject calls without fishing for your phone.


Normally $49, the FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones are on sale to TweakTown readers for just $39.99.

Nintendo NX in production, preparing for March 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 2:11 pm

Nintendo has been eyeing down a March 2017 release for its next-gen codename NX console, which we broke the news on that it would be a Pascal-based Tegra design all the way back in May. The latest on Nintendo NX is from Emily Rogers, who had an update on NX that said:


  • Toshiba, Megachips, and Macronix are all involved with the Nintendo NX.
  • Toshiba is the world's second-largest NAND chip maker after Samsung. They also manufactured the flash memory chips for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • NX hardware is finalized. Don't expect any drastic changes.
  • NX is now entering a very early stage of production.
  • Zero percent chance of NX being delayed from its March launch.




Right now, this is what we're expecting:


  • Custom NVIDIA GPU chip
  • Region Free (No region lock)
  • Six inch (6.2 inch?) multi-touchscreen (Heard nothing about a stylus)
  • The touchscreen has 720p resolution.
  • 32GB of built-in internal storage
  • SD card support
  • Supports USB 2.0 and 3.0
  • The dock has two 2.0 USB ports and one 3.0 USB port.
  • The portable device is around 14 - 15 mm in thickness.
  • The right analogue stick (or circle pad?) will be below the face buttons.
  • Camera and microphone are not built into/inside the NX portable device.
  • Cooling is still a little noisy
  • Detachable controllers (motion controls and next-gen vibration technology) <- Everything Laura Kate Dale said in her article was correct.
  • Share / Social button that Laura Kate Dale posted is true.
  • There are *at least* two shoulder buttons.
  • Battery Life - Ehhh not great. I haven't heard an exact number of hours, but it doesn't sound great.
  • Below PS4 and XB1 in raw power.
  • Supports Unreal Engine 4 and Unity Engine.

Tesla Model S hacked by Chinese hackers 12 miles away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 10:33 am

Thought your expensive new Tesla Model S electric vehicle was safe? Think again, as Chinese hackers have broken into a Model S vehicle that was 12 miles away, where they could even play around with the braking system on the car.




The hackers were from the company Keen Security Lab, which displayed they could hack into a Model S by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot that the car connected to while browsing the web. Once the connection is established, the hackers could use the car's CAN bus (Controller Area Network) which is the system that oversees the systems inside the Tesla.


Once the CAN was controlled, the hackers could close the car doors, slide the seats back and forward, move the side mirrors, adjust the windshield wipers - and the worst, play around with the braking system. The hackers alerted Tesla to the security hole, with the electric car maker pushing out an over-the-air update to protect Tesla owners.


Tesla have said that hackers would require a particular set of circumstances in order to break into their cars, as it isn't anywhere near as easy as the couple of paragraphs I've used to explain it. You would need a Model S nearby that had its web browser open, to then create the malicious hotspot. Tesla told The Guardian: "Our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly".

Titanfall 2 requires GTX 1080 for 4K 60FPS on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 8:04 am

Respawn Entertainment have released more details on their upcoming mech-powered game Titanfall 2, which will now be launching on the PC alongside the Xbox One and PS4 versions on October 28.



The developer has released the official PC system requirements for Titanfall 2, with some high-end hardware required for Ultra details at 4K in order to hit 60FPS. Titanfall 2 Producer Drew McCoy said the minimum specifications of the Core i3-3600t or equivalent, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB would run 1600x900 with most details enabled, at 60FPS.


Respawn also said that the PC version of Titanfall 2 will take advantage of the high-end monitors with 120/144Hz refresh rates, while gamepad support with multiple configurations and sensitivity options are on the table, as well as an anti-cheat system and more.


As for the graphical settings you can tweak in Titanfall 2, here's a list of options in the graphics settings menu:


  • Anti-Aliasing - None, TSAA, MSAA (2x, 4x, 8x)
  • Ambient Occlusion - Enabled, Disabled
  • Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, 21:9
  • Brightness - Slider
  • Display Mode - Fullscreen, Windowed
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows - Enabled, Disabled
  • Effects Detail - Low, Medium, High
  • FOV - Slider
  • Impact Marks - Disabled, Low, High
  • Model Detail - Low, Medium, High
  • Ragdolls - Low, Medium, High
  • Spot Shadow Detail - Disabled, Low, High, Very High
  • Sun Shadow Detail - Disabled, Low, High, Very High
  • Texture Filtering - Bilinear, Trilinear, Anisotropic (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x)
  • Texture Quality - Low, Medium, High, Very High, Insane
  • V-Sync - V-Sync Disabled, Double buffered V-sync, Triple buffered V-Sync, NVIDIA Adaptive V-Sync, NVIDIA Adaptive Half-refresh V-Sync, Dynamic V-Sync

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China's space station is going to crash into the Earth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 6:28 am

It won't be long from now that China's first space station, Tiangong-1, will plunge from space and back into the Earth in the second half of 2017 - where keen-eyed viewers will be looking for that 'Made in China' sticker.




Senior officials have confirmed the news, with Tiangong-1's re-entry and uncertainty about falling debris worrying because China is providing a broad timeline for the events. Speculation has started that China has possibly lost communication to Tiangong-1, the result of a possibly damaged module, meaning it's no longer capable of controlling its descent.


Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astrophysicist, told The Guardian that parts of the debris could be as large as 100kg/220lbs, adding: "Not knowing when it's going to come down translates as not knowing where its going to come down". If a large piece were to fall into a house, building, or crowded place - it could cause a fair amount of damage, and even worse - people could be hurt, or killed.

HTC Bolt leak: another phone without a headphone jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 4:24 am

Apple caused quite the stir with its iPhone 7 lacking a headphone jack, and with rumors that Samsung will be removing the 3.5mm port on its upcoming Galaxy S8 - but now we have HTC Bolt details leaked, with it lacking a headphone jack.




The render comes courtesy of leaker Evan Blass, with the HTC Bolt to be a Sprint-exclusive for US consumers only. It looks to be shaping up as a mass-market device, something that HTC could use to dip its toes in the 'hey guys, we're going to start removing the 3.5mm jack from our smartphones', testing consumers reactions to the Bolt.


It seems as though HTC has tweaked the look of its HTC 10 handset, with the Bolt to most likely be built from aluminum, double chamfer, and more. The fingerprint sensor is at the bottom, with a USB Type-C connector for charging/syncing.


Availability wise, it looks like October 18 could be the day of launch.

ESL's upcoming CS:GO event in NY live streamed in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 2:55 am

ESL is stepping up its broadcasting game, with its upcoming ESL One New York Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament to be the first eSports event livestreamed in VR.




The battle will take place on October 1-2, with those tuning in with virtual reality able to feel like they're watching the CS:GO tournament in the Barclays Center, or from in-game viewpoints of the action with an awesome first-person point of view off to the side. You'll be able to look around in 360 degrees thanks to VR, but you won't be able to choose specific locations to watch from.


A broadcaster will be selecting the viewing points, just how regular games are broadcasted. is the company handling the VR broadcast, which will play on all VR platforms: iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the Gear VR. You'll need to watch the games through the app, or the website.


ESL also partnered with Wonderworld VR which will be handling the video stream of the CS:GO tournament from the Barclays Center, while handles the in-game stream.

Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player costs $499, arrives soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 23, 2016 1:35 am

Oppo is ramping up to the launch of its first 4K Blu-ray player, with the Oppo UDP-203 being announced last week, with more information on the way soon.




Oppo has said that it's upcoming 4K Blu-ray player will be priced at $499, rocking two HDMI ports, two USB ports, analog 7.1 audio output, RS-232 and Ethernet. There are rumors that Oppo will have a higher-end UDP-205 model, that will reportedly include Dolby Vision HDR support.

Xbox bullish on 4K Blu-ray, rubs salt into Sony fans

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2016 11:27 pm

When the expected support for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format didn't eventuate with the PS4 pro, Microsoft were quick to burn PlayStation fans with a well-timed tweet. And while Sony have continued to dig their heels in regarding a video streaming future, Microsoft have doubled down on the rhetoric.




Speaking with Eurogamer, Microsoft's Product Management and Planning head Albert Penello revealed that the decision to include a 4K Blu-ray drive was driven by "a personal belief in 4K" with the decision "locked a long time ago". Penello continued to explain his strong personal belief in the format, saying: "I think it's as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD, when you start seeing the native 4K content. And so we were just really bullish on it. We wanted to make sure we delivered when we said 4K, that we had streaming, up-scaling and physical media as part of the 4K story for Xbox One S. So I think it's fair to say I'm a fan.... For the high-end enthusiast, 4K Blu-rays look amazing. "


And just in case it wasn't clear Penello echoed the feelings of upset PlayStation fans in "We have good differentiation between the PS4 slim and us." Ain't that the truth.

Classic Star Wars LucasArts games 50% off this weekend

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 22, 2016 11:21 pm

LucasArts Star Wars games are oldies but still goodies. While there was a time newer PC's had to jump through hoops to play those old CD's, they've all been re-released on Steam in recent years for a (mostly) hassle-free experience. Best part is this weekend the Star Wars games are getting cheaper with a half-price sale at GamersGate.




Several titles are hitting new lows such as Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, and Star Wars: X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. You can buy everything individually or package them all together in the "Star Wars Classics Collection" (only the Force Unleashed and Rogue Squadron are missing from the Classics Collection).



The discounts are valid now through September 26 at 4AM Pacific time. That gives us the weekend to decide if it's worth it to conquer the galaxy once more in Star Wars: Rebellion, or bulls-eye some Y-Wings in the old Tie Fighter Special Edition .