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How you can reel in high pay as a software tester

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



No matter how much time you spend designing software, you can't launch your product until it's properly tested. That's why software testers are essential to the software development process, and employers are willing to pay a premium for their services. On sale for just $59, the Ultimate Software Testing Bundle can teach you the skills these pros use to debug and test software before it hits the market.


You'll start with the basics, learning the overall testing process and the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This collection will cover the important engineering definitions, phases, and technical lingo. From there, you'll get hands-on training with specific tools like JIRA 6 and Bugzilla, so you can write cleaner code and sniff out bugs to increase product quality.


Normally retailing for $3,300, this 84-hour course collection is on sale to TweakTown readers. For a limited time, you can get the Ultimate Software Testing Bundle on sale for just $59.

J.J. Abrams teases imminent Portal movie announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 1:19 pm

When the news broke that there was movement on a Portal movie two years ago now, gaming fans began letting themselves quietly excited, and now that excitement ramps up with J.J. Abrams teasing there will be a Portal announcement "fairly soon".




When speaking with IGN at the red carpet premiere of Westworld, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director said: "We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we're very active, I'm hoping that there will be a 'Portal' announcement fairly soon". IGN asked if the upcoming Portal movie would be a continuation of the world in the game on the PC, with Abrams not wanting to spoil anything, he said that he's working with writers who understand and love the world of Portal, and will "get" the game and storylines.


Abrams continued: "We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you're doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things. As someone who loves playing Half Life and Portal, what's the movie of this, it's incredible when you talk to someone who just 'gets' it, it's like, oh my god, it's really the seed for this incredible tree you're growing".


As for when we'll hear about, Abrams said: "I look forward to being able to talk about it and announce who's working on it".

Titanfall 2's story trailer is an amazing piece of work

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 10:08 am

EA has released a new story trailer for Titanfall 2, and I've got to admit - as only played the original Titanfall for a few minutes, the new trailer looks incredible. I wish there was a full CG movie for Titanfall, that would be great - but anyway, check out the trailer:



Titanfall 2 launches on October 28, so we don't have much longer to wait.

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Forza Horizon 3 shows that Microsoft hates PC gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 9:22 am

So after a bunch of our readers and Facebook fans told me to get Forza Horizon 3 for testing my extensive range of PC hardware, and just finding the damn game in my library after I purchased it was more hassles than I've had since the DOS days of PC gaming.



Seriously. Once you find the damn game, it takes so long to load after you're logged into, and approving 50 different accounts. This is how long it takes to load into Forza Horizon 3, on a Core i7-6700K, 16GB of G.Skill 4000MHz DDR4 RAM, and a super-fast Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe-based M.2 SSD. Ridiculous.




It throws up a message to let me know my drivers aren't the latest set, too.




Then it launches like a 90s game on the PC, where I almost expected 320x240 to be displayed with a full-motion video and full interlaced video goodness.

Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one Surface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 8:32 am

Microsoft has been making big inroads into the laptop and tablet markets with its Surface brand of products, but now it looks like the company is making a move for your desktop with an all-in-one Surface desktop PC.




It makes sense, since Microsoft is the creator of Windows - so a Windows 10-powered Surface-branded desktop PC would be an eventuality. According to The Verge, Microsoft is going to announce its Surface AIO PC imminently, as soon as late October at a launch event in New York City.


Microsoft will announce its all-in-one Surface PC alongside various Surface-branded accessories, like the purported Surface Ergonomic Keyboard that turned up on a listing for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard makes more sense with an AIO PC, versus a new keyboard for the current Surface.

Apple copies Samsung again, with exploding iPhone 7 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 7:34 am

Apple has copied Samsung on a few things over the years, and vica versa - but this time, Apple has copied Samsung once again with their new iPhone 7 exploding for Reddit user 'kroopthesnoop'.




Their iPhone 7 Plus in matte black looks like it exploded in a big way, but instead of blowing up after the owner started using it, the owner said it arrived like this, meaning it happened in transit. Reddit user 'kroopthesnoop' explained: "Something happened between the factory and delivery".




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Microsoft admits PCs have 'eclipsed' consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 6:04 am

We all know how superior the PC is to console hardware, with even future consoles from Microsoft and Sony not being able to begin a thumb war against PC hardware, let alone beat them - and now Microsoft has admitted it, too.




Microsoft's Senior Director of Product Management & Planning, Albert Penello, recently spoke with The Guardian about PC gaming's renaissance, and the huge leap in technology happening on PC. Penello said: "In the last five years, there's been a real renaissance in PC gaming, and that's happening with NVIDIA and AMD investing in really high-end performance - to the point where PCs have eclipsed consoles much more significantly than ever before. In fact consoles used to lead PCs and it would take a while for them to catch up".


Well yeah - duh, Microsoft. You're putting APUs into consoles that are slower than mid-range PCs from 5-6 years ago, and even Xbox Scorpio with all of its 'power', can't compete against a new mid-range card. This is all without the next-gen GPUs launching in 2017 that promise a good leap in performance over the current-gen cards, which already stomp all over the consoles.

Civilization VI and Deluxe pre-order deals now available

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 3:20 am

It's been over six years since Firaxis graced us with a full blown Civilization game. There was Beyond Earth, which was a mixed result (even as an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor). Fans of the series are probably trying to quickly forget about that chapter of the franchise in the near future. Come October 21, we finally get a newsworthy installment in Civilization VI and Civ fans should take note as Civ 6 pre-order deals are up to 15% off.





Both Bundle Stars and Green Man Gaming has started taking pre-orders for Civilization VI as of today, and on their respective site there are discounts from 15% off to 20% off depending on region. We say surprising because other PC gaming retailers have kept a tight lid on Civilization VI deals since its announcement back in May. The deals are quite noteworthy as the pricier Deluxe Edition is now only $67 - a far cry from its original $80 list price.


Civilization VI Deluxe and Standard Deals for PC


Green Man Gaming



Games Planet



Bundle Stars



Both GMG and Bundle Stars are fully authorized to sell the game, which means you'll get a the aforementioned discounts along with the pre-order bonus Aztec Civilization Pack. There's nothing too exciting to this pack other than you get to play the Aztec Civilization on day one when the game releases. Those who don't pre-order will still receive the Aztec's Pack for free when the DLC finally becomes available publicly (90 days after the Civ VI game releases according to 2K).


Also available at both retailer is the Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition. This edition gets you everything in the standard edition (including the aforementioned Aztec pack), the game's complete soundtrack, and four more DLC packs that will not be available on day one. News on the four DLC packs are light right now, but Firaxis did inform everyone that it's cheaper to buy the Deluxe Edition of the game vs. each DLC pack separately (of course). If you're a hardcore Civ fan, this edition is probably for you.

Spotify in 'advanced talks' to buy SoundCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 2:53 am

Spotify could swell in size significantly if the reports of the company looking to acquire SoundCloud, with rumors that Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy the company.




If the acquisition of SoundCloud goes ahead, Spotify would need to throw a pretty hefty amount across the table, but the deal makes sense from a business perspective. Spotify has been expanding constantly, from just albums to wider ranges of catalogs of DJ sets, demos, and other rough tracks, reports Engadget.


Spotify acquiring SoundCloud would give it a considerable edge against competitors Google, Tidal, and Apple Music that are always trying to get you into their services with artist exclusives (which sucks, by the way). Spotify's new acquisition of SoundCloud would allow for a future where you would listen to in-development songs, and then scope out the artist's commercially available music right away.

Hardware Deals: i5-6600K nears $200, GTX 1070 under $350

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 2:24 am

This week in hardware, deals are filled with top of the line early-2016 components at cheaper pricing. Both the Intel Core i5-6600K and the Core i7-6700K are hitting new lows while coupon discounts on the June released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 are getting prices under $350 for the first time.




Monoprice is where to find cheap processors for the week. With Kaby Lake 7th gen set to debut later this year, the current 6th gen Skylake models are dropping in pricing. The usually-never under $300 Core i7-6700K is entering new low territory with a drop to only $288.99. Likewise, and arguably a hotter deal is the Core i5-6600k priced at only $212.49. Straight up instant savings, no coupon or other hassles to get both of these deals.





If you are into coupon code discounts though, Jet is the place to be. For the first time ever, the GTX 1070 is falling under $350 there when you enter in coupon code SHOP10 for this Zotac GTX 1070. Similarly, the GIGABYTE GTX 1070 is down to $357.06 - both stellar deals considering virtually all retailers are over $400 for the GTX 1070.





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