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Mad Max for PC drops to $10 in leftover summer sale

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:02 am

On Monday Bundle Stars ended their 2016 Summer Sale, which may have been the final PC gaming Summer Sale for 2016. That said, not all the deals ended. In fact, a few even got bigger and better discounts. Case in point is the September 2015 released Mad Max.

 

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The year-old AAA title just fell to $9.99 at Bundle Stars. That beats out the $11.99 price Bundle Stars was selling for earlier in their Summer Sale, which even at that price was an all-time low in itself. Elsewhere online Mad Max is a $39.99 title, and up until last week was a $49.99 purchase on Steam (recently the list price dropped to $40).

 

Of course, a few other PC game deals are also worth a look at Bundle Stars. Batman Arkham Knight Bundle and Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition both tie their all time lows. LEGO Jurassic World Complete recently had its price chopped from its previous best of $12.99 to now only $8.49. All deals listed below are Steam keys.

 

 

You'll probably want to get a move on snapping up these titles because they won't last long. Being leftovers from their Summer Sale, a few deals such as LEGO: Jurassic World expire in the early hours of August 25. Mad Max was extended through August 25 but will revert back to full price at the end of the day tomorrow.

Battlefield 1's dynamic weather more than just a gimmick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 1:33 am

Battlefield 1 looks to have some of the most immersive dynamic weather in a game yet, but from all of the gameplay footage we've seen so far, it's from just two maps in the game. The reason it feels like we've seen more, is that the setting and time of the day are making a big difference, splashed with the improved dynamic weather technology.

 

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DICE used the dynamic weather effects in maps like Paracel Storm or Gulf of Oman in Battlefield 4, but the weather effects have been amplified to every multiplayer map in Battlefield 1. The developer has said that the dynamic weather feature will change the way a map feels and plays, using something that is outside of the players control. Imagine running through a map in Battlefield 1 with dense fog, which would affect the long term vision of a sniper - alternatively, low visibility also makes it harder for gun battles, leaving BF1 gamers turning to melee attacks.

 

Other dynamic weather effects like rain forcing pilots to get closer to the ground to spot their enemies, will making the on-foot troops vision blurred from the rain and graphical effects. Birds will fly away when the wind swirls up, and rain will drop onto weapons, armor and more. DICE wrote in their developer blog: "The western front has more heavy rain, and we make sure the fog in the trench wars has more density, and feels close to the ground. Up in the Alps in the Italian campaign, there's a sense of low fog in the valley, and if you move up to the mountain tops you get rid of the fog. You can even see the fog below you".

Pioneer the next AI breakthrough with machine learning

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 11:30 pm

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Dive into Machine Learning, and you can join the booming field responsible for self-driving cars, voice recognition, and more. With companies fighting for an edge on developing these innovations, Machine Learning pros are in high demand, and the Complete Machine Learning Bundle can help you join their ranks for only $39.99.

 

This 10 course bundle includes training on the skills used to program AI marvels. As you make your way through 60+ hours of training, you'll master key Machine Learning tools like decision trees: programs business rely on to turn mounds of data into insightful predictions. What's more, you'll dive into in-demand coding languages like Java, Python, and R as well.

 

The Complete Machine Learning Bundle normally retails for $780, but TweakTown readers can save over 90% off, making the final price only $39.99.

Google to punish mobile sites with intrusive advertising

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 6:21 pm

Facebook is punishing clickbait, and now Google is about to punish intrusive ads on mobile -- the future of the internet is bright, indeed.

 

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The search engine giant acknowledges how frustrating intrusive "interstitials" (pop-up ads that obscure content) can be, and says it will soon be cracking down. Should a site employ these types of ads, its ranking on Google may find itself lower than it would otherwise. The emphasis here is on "may", because if the content is of great quality and relevant enough, it could still rank highly.

 

The policy does not affect pop-ups related to cookie usage, age verification, login, or reasonably sized banners.

Battlefield 1 Premium includes just four expansions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 4:42 pm

Details regarding the Premium Pass for Battlefield 1 have surfaced on the Xbox Store and Origin, indicating a similar setup to recent Battlefield games.

 

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The base game will cost you the usual $60, while Premium will go for $50. For your money, you'll get (over time) four expansion packs (one themed around Russia) which will include 16 maps, new modes, Elite classes (akin to heroes in Battlefront e.g. flamethrower guy), 20 new weapons, 14 Battlepacks, exclusive dog tags, and more.

 

Each expansion will be available two weeks early to Premium members. The first -- titled They Shall Not Pass -- is themed around the French army, and will launch in March.

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3 apps all PC owners need to protect their data

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 3:30 pm

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Cybercrime is no joke, and you should take zero chances with your own digital protection. The Ultimate PC Data Security Suite Bundle will bolster your cyber defense with a trio of award-winning software, and it's on sale for only $19.99.

 

Folder Lock 7 lets you protect sensitive files, folders, and drives with top-level encryption, and you can back them up on a secure cloud. On top of locking down your files, this bundle also blocks out major hacking points of entry with USB Block and USB Secure. With these two award-winning programs, you can block unauthorized access to your portable storage devices and your computer's USB ports as well.

 

The Ultimate PC Data Security Suite Bundle normally retails for $119.85, but TweakTown readers can take over 80% off, making the final price only $19.99.

VR On The Lot event in Hollywood includes X-Men director

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 1:35 pm

AMD is going to be in center stage later this year at newly-formed VR Society's two-day conference for entertainment, media and marketing professionals at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, October 13-14. VR Society was founded by The Advanced Imaging Society to push forward the art and technologies of VR, AR and 360-degree content for professionals in the entertainment, media and marketing industries.

 

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VR On The Lot will have major studios, publishers, directors and everyone in between, including: The Producers Guild of America, Sony Entertainment, Sony Music, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, NBC Universal, DreamWorks Animation, The Virtual Reality Company, Legend, Time Inc.'s LIFE VR, AMD, Intel, HP, HTC Vive, Oculus, Technicolor, Dolby, Epic Games, Edelman, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, UploadVR, Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, The USC School of Cinematic Arts, Wemersive, Loot Interactive, Cause-Play, 360 AdSpots, Sci-Futures, StoryTech, Lucid Dreams Productions, Canon Street London, All Good Partners, and Entertainment Tonight.

 

One of the leading threads from the event will be VRE, or Virtual Reality Experiences, which will be led by the biggest VR enthusiast I know apart from myself - Roy Taylor. Taylor is the CVP of Content and Alliances for AMD, where he explained: "These aren't movies, they aren't television and they aren't games. VRE is a new medium and these pieces of content shape unique creative and business opportunities". Roy and I have talked about this in detail a few times now, and I totally agree - VRE is going to be huge, and will create totally new avenues of entertainment that we haven't seen before.

 

I reached out to Roy for a comment, and he said: "The future of VR will be determined by content. This event demonstrates, beyond doubt, that Hollywood is going to be at the vanguard in delivering new experiences that will surprise and delight. Anyone with a stake in VR and AR should not miss this exciting and important milestone".

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Divinity Original Sin 2 hits early access next month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 1:21 pm

The sequel to Larian's beloved CPRG, Divinity Original Sin 2, is coming to Steam's early access on September 15. For now the game's early access will stay exclusive to Steam, but it may come to GOG soon after.

 

 

Larian Studios is bringing Divinity Original Sin 2 to Steam's early access, offering a sample of the game's first act and the arena mode. The early access portion will be free to all Kickstarter backers, but for everyone else it'll cost $45, but remember this gets you a copy of the final game too. Larian says that early access codes will be sent out to Kickstarter backers sometime next week, but you'll want to check their new blog post for important info on how to redeem your code (we've also included the info below).

 

"We are incredibly excited to announce that you'll get your first taste of Divinity: Original Sin 2 on the 15th of September. We're giving all Kickstarter backers access to the first act of the game: Fort Joy," the devs announced on their blog.

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Tesla's new P100D announced, 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 11:23 am

Tesla has just announced a new, even faster version of its Model S electric vehicle; the P100D. The new P100D is capable of going from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds, with Tesla adding its the third-fastest production car ever. The only ones that beat it are the Ferrari LaFerrari, which costs a huge $1.4 million, and the Porsche 918 Spyder, which costs $845,000.

 

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Tesla's new P100D starts at only $135,000 and it's quicker than a huge list of expensive cars, something that most people wouldn't have thought was possible a few years ago. The new P100D has a range of 315 miles, up from the 294 miles on the 90kWh battery, an increase of around 7%. The new Model X P100D is capable of 289 miles, up from 250 miles on the previous Model X P90D. The larger battery will be made available exclusively for the all-wheel drive model with the Ludicrous Mode option.

 

There are small changes and improvements with the P100D, including some upgrades made to the wiring harness and other small differences, but the drivetrain remains the same. The new 100kWh battery uses the same cell technology, but Tesla executives have teased the advancements in the battery pack technology being a leap in itself. Tesla CTO JB Straubel explains: "It's a pretty big change in the battery module and pack technology. It's a complete redo on the cooling architecture".

Apple rumored to unveil curved iPhone in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 9:35 am

Samsung has been rocking the curved smartphone game for a while now, first introduced with its Galaxy S6 edge smartphone and continued right into the new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone which has a dual curved display that's simply gorgeous.

 

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According to sources of Nikkei Asian Review that are "familiar with Apple's plans", the company will unveil a "4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches, and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides". We could see a new iPhone that is similar to the S6 edge, or the new Note 7 smartphone with dual edges. The upcoming premium iPhone will use an OLED display, which has been rumored for a while, but a whopping 5.8-inch OLED is teased for the larger iPhone.

 

Nikkei expects that the "premium" 5.5-inch model will be released this year, and that the company will be making a regular 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, joined with the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

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