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Giveaway Alert! Win a MacBook Air

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 8:02 am



Mac fans don't need us to tell you how awesome the MacBook Air is. You already know it's got a great display, a lightweight design that's ultra-portable yet durable enough to bring everywhere, an impressive nine-hour battery life per charge, and a suite of awesome included apps like GarageBand and iMovie. What you didn't know? It can be yours completely free. That's right-it's giveaway time and we're giving away a MacBook Air at TweakTown Deals!


Entering for a chance to win the MacBook Air couldn't be easier. Just go to TweakTown Deals by September 23rd and submit your email address. Yeah, that's it. Unless you want to increase your odds of winning-in that case, it's as simple as sharing your unique referral link to the giveaway with friends, coworkers, frenemies, Tinder matches, whoever. Every time someone enters using your link, you'll get bonus entries.


Now what are you still doing here? Go enter the MacBook Air giveaway at TweakTown Deals!

Samsung's new LPDDR4 will see 6GB of RAM in our smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:57 am

Samsung has just announced that they have started mass production of the industry's first 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM on their 20nm process, something that features 50% greater density than their previous 8Gb chips.




The new 12Gb chips will usher in new smartphones with 6GB of RAM using a four 12Gb chip DRAM package, as well as 3GB using two chips in a single package. The new 6GB package would take up the same amount of physical space as an existing 3GB package, thanks to the 6Gb chips. But these new 12Gb chips will be 30% faster than their 8Gb predecessors, with a per-pin speed of 4266Mbps, providing 34Gbps of bandwidth over its 64-bit bus.


The South Korean giant will begin mass production of this RAM in the near future, as we start seeing smartphones with 4GB of RAM as we move into a world of 6GB of RAM on our smartphones.

GoPro shows off 16-camera VR camera for Google Jump, costs $15,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:16 am

If you've got $15,000 burning a hole in your pocket, why not grab the new GoPro Odyssey, a 16-camera rig that was developed alongside Google for their VR platform; Google Jump.



The new Odyssey rig is available in a very limited quantity, where it includes 16 GoPro cameras, connectivity mounts for each camera, memory cards, a pelican case, and the beautiful Odyssey panoramic capture rig itself. Once constructed, the GoPro Odyssey will shoot 2.7K video in the 4:3 aspect ratio, for beautiful 360-degree/3D/VR video.


The Google Jump platform itself includes a video "assembler" that will stitch all of the videos together into a seamless globe, when then you can playback through YouTube with support for watching it through Google Cardboard in stereoscopic/3D, or in normal "flat" viewing through the traditional YouTube app or desktop. GoPro says that the 16 cameras output at 2K x 2K panoramic MPEG4 video at 150Mbit/s, or 8K x 8K at 600Mbit/s.


The Odyssey will be available through an early access program for now, as long as you're based in the US, Canada, UK, the EU, Japan or Brazil.

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'Spectre' Bond theme song artist announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 5:09 am

The prize of singing the latest James Bond theme tune has always been a highly coveted award, and one which rockets the artist to a five-decade legacy alongside the likes of musical legends such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Louis Armstrong. Now, the artist behind the theme tune to the upcoming release 'Spectre' has been announced, and unless you're hip or under 25, you might not even know who he is.




Grammy award winning artist Sam Smith has been announced as the voice behind 'Writing's On The Wall' which follows up from Adele's Oscar winning 'Skyfall' in 2012 and will be released later in the month. Smith recorded the song in January this year, giving composer Thomas Newman plenty of time to weave it around the theatrical soundtrack.



The 'Spectre' world premiere on October 26th will kick off the film's worldwide release schedule, which hits Australia a little later on November 12th.

DICE announces new Drop Zone mode for Star Wars Battlefront

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 5:05 am

DICE has just announced a new game mode for Star Wars Battlefront, which will be a new take on the classic king of the hill gameplay that we've all known and loved for years now.




The new mode is called Drop Zone, where you will play as either the Rebel Alliance or Empire, where players will "defend familiar-looking pods that drop from the sky in 16-player battles", reports Polygon. DICE took to the official website of Star Wars Battlefront to announce the news, adding that players will need to stay close to the location of the drop pods if they want to win the game.


The first team that secures five of the pods, or the team who holds the most drop pods after 10 minutes, will be the winner. DICE added that Drop Zone is "all about action and quick thinking". Star Wars Battlefront's Lead Level Designer, Dennis Brännvall explains: "We're promoting the idea of a fast, action-packed game where you need to be mobile and think on your feet. Camping doesn't really pay off".

John McAfee announces he is running for president next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 3:51 am

John McAfee, the founder and brain behind McAfee anti-virus software, has announced that he is running for the position of The White House in 2016.




McAfee is throwing his hat into the ring with the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with an "official announcement" to come from camp McAfee at 6PM ET. McAfee's Twitter account has been teasing #mcafee16, and during an interview with Wired, McAfee said he wasn't 100% on whether he wanted to run for president or not, but he does think there needs to be a change within the US government.


During the interview with Wired, McAfee said: "It's clear that the leadership of our country is illiterate on the fundamental technology that supports everything in life for us now, that is cyber science, our smartphones, our military hardware, our communications".

Android app holds you ransom for $500, after snapping a photo of you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:32 am

There's an Android app going around that is holding people ransom, but not before it snaps a picture of the user. Adult Player is a porn app that secretly takes a picture of the user through their front-facing camera, after which it locked the users device and demands $500 to unlock it again.




Adult Player has not been approved by Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a website. US security firm Zscaler says that Adult Player's ransom message sits on the smartphone's screen at all times, reappearing if the smartphone is rebooted. Zscaler said: "This ransomware acts as a porn app named 'Adult Player' and lures victims who assume it is a pornographic video player". Zscaler added: "When the victim starts using it, the app silently takes a photo of the victim, which is then displayed on the ransomware screen, along with the ransom message. The app demands a ransom of 500 USD".


Zscaler says this is the second porn-focused ransomware they've discovered and is particularly nasty as it pops up once a smartphone has been rebooted. It completely locks the user out of the own smartphone, forcing users to pay the $500 to remove the block from their smartphone. Adult Player can be removed, but Zscaler says that it is quite difficult to do so. The security firm added: "The ransomware is designed to stay stagnant on screen and does not allow the the victim to uninstall it. Rebooting the device does not work in such cases as ransomware app becomes active immediately after reboot, which leaves no scope for the victim to get into device "settings" and uninstall the ransomware".


If you, or anyone you know has installed Adult Player and need to get it off, Zscaler provides full instructions on how to remove it here.

Warner execs demand more Batman, less Superman

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 1:23 am

Warner Bros. executives are keenly awaiting their biggest release of the 2016 blockbuster season 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and have apparently issued a few notes on the films rough cut which amount to featuring more of the caped crusader and less of Krypton's last son, which might rankle star Henry Cavill, and it's director Zack Snyder.




According to Heroic Hollywood, the company has been so enamored with Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman, they've issued the directive to feature his character more hevaily, which is apparently "blowing Henry Cavill's Superman right off the screen." Such is the studio's love affair with Affleck's Batman, they've already greenlit a stand-alone film which will be written, directed and star the actor.


'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' will be released in 3D and 2D cinemas as well as IMAX screens on March 25th 2016 worldwide.

HDTV content boosted by Australian Government legislation

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 12:22 am

As the world slowly moves to embrace 4K content, it's back to the future for High Definition in Australia, as the countries ruling conservative government legislates change which path the way to bring major sporting events such as Australian Rules Football and Rugby League grand finals in higher resolution to terrestrial broadcasting.




Under previously legislated 'anti-siphoning' rules, major sporting events were mandated to be shown on a broadcaster's primary channel, which thanks to late 1990's legislation was also standard definition. But with HD penetration now at 96 percent in the country, this provision no longer makes sense and bandwidth can now be re-allocated to an HD stream. Some broadcasters have previously opted to simulcast big-ticket events on their secondary HD channel, but generally opt not to for commercial reasons.

V-MODA shows off its Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 11:56 pm

Audio company V-MODA has unveiled the Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones, a hybrid audio device that supports both wired and wireless listening.




The headphones can maintain a wireless Bluetooth signal up to 33 feet away, with 12 hours of continuous listening. V-MODA also supports a dual-diaphragm 50mm driver, and plugging in a cable immediately switches off all electronics so zero latency can be achieved. The built-in hidden microphone supports phone calls and voice recognition, whether connected to a PC and notebook or smartphone.


"As an avid analog purist, for years I said I would not make a wireless headphone; instead, we decided to make our best over-ear wired headphone yet featuring the best wireless mode," said Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. "After years of R&D, we can proudly say that Crossfade Wireless is versatile enough to be the everyday audio weapon of choice for music professionals, audiophiles, gamers and savvy consumers, alike."

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