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Battlefield 1 beta will run for eight days

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 4:30 pm

An e-mail from developer DICE's PR outfit sent out to press confirms the Battlefield 1 open beta will run from August 31 through September 8, for a total of eight days. If you've signed up to Battlefield Insider, you can get in one day early, as recently confirmed (again) by @Battlefield.



As previously reported, the beta will feature both Conquest and Rush modes on the Sinai desert map. Rush won't be the usual fare, with 24 players supported and the inclusion of "telegraph posts" that can be destroyed by attackers or used by defenders to call in artillery strikes.

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Turn into a certified hacker with premium training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3:30 pm



The need for cybercrime fighting pros is greater than ever, and companies are willing to pay big for their protection. With the Ultimate Computer Security Bundle you can join the ranks of cybersecurity professionals by getting certified in IT security, ethical hacking, and more. For a limited time, you can get the Ultimate Computer Security Bundle on sale for only $29.


Whether you're a programming whiz or a coding newbie, this 7-course bundle is designed to give you a solid, certified background in cybersecurity. You'll dive into mobile hacking firsthand as you hack mobile apps in a legal environment, and you'll learn how to test a network's security via pentesting. With additional training in VoIP security and ethical hacking, you'll have an impressive repertoire of skills sure to impress prospective employers.


For a limited time, TweakTown reader can save over 90% off on the Ultimate Computer Security Bundle. Normally $693, this bundle is on sale for only $29.

Samsung begins shipping its Dolby Atmos soundbars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 10:29 am

Samsung teased its new Dolby Atmos capable soundbars earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but now the company is shipping both of its new soundbars in the US.




The new HW-K850 and HW-K950 are shipping right now, with prices of $999 and $1499, respectively. The higher-end HW-K950 is the better of the two, including the soundbar, two satellite speakers, and a subwoofer. The entire set is wireless, which makes setting it up so much easier. Both the soundbar and the two speakers project sound upwards, so the overhead sound effects sound amazing with Dolby Atmos.

PCIe 4.0 won't deliver 300W over the PCIe slot after all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 8:31 am

One of the biggest stories of the week was the tease of the PCIe 4.0 specification, which was said to deliver up to 300W over the PCIe port. It sounded impossible, but we thought the information was legit, considering it came from Tom's Hardware. The information wasn't accurate, with PCI-SIG coming out and confirming the real news: PCIe 4.0 won't deliver 300W over the PCIe 4.0 slot... damn.




The updated post on Tom's Hardware said: "Update, 8/24/16, 2:06pm PT:PCI-SIG reached out to tell us that the power increase for PCI Express 4.0 will come from secondary connectors and not from the slot directly. They confirmed that we were initially told incorrect information. We have redacted a short passage from our original article that stated what were originally told, which is that the slot would provide at least 300W, and added clarification:"


  • PCIe 3.0 max power capabilities: 75W from CEM + 225W from supplemental power connectors = 300W total
  • PCIe 4.0 max power capabilities: TBD

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Ubisoft focuses on fixing The Division, delays DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 6:46 am

Ubisoft had expected to push out The Division's upcoming 'Last Stand' DLC later this year, but the company has had a change of heart - and a change of plan, by delaying Last Stand until "early 2017", while it fixes on "improving the core gameplay experience". Is this a new Ubisoft? What the hell is happening?!




In a post on The Division's official website, the team said that the upcoming v1.4 patch arriving in October would be filled with bug fixes, game balancing adjustments, and other improvements. Ubisoft was also expected to release The Division's next expansion dubbed Survival with the v1.4 patch, but the company has decided against that and will instead release them separately.


The Division's third expansion 'Last Stand' has been pushed back from late 2016 to early 2017, with Ubisoft explaining: "With Update 1.4 in the works, it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience. This new schedule will not only enable us to strengthen the core experience before adding new content, but also continuously improve it by allowing for more production time to ensure the quality of future updates as well".

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Gearbox working on a remastered version of Duke Nukem 3D

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 5:17 am

Duke Nukem 3D is coming back, with Gearbox Software reportedly aiming for a September 1 unveiling of Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour, a remastered version of the iconic 90s game.




Gearbox wants to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Duke Nukem 3D's release, with a new "Redux" version of the game. Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour will include the 2D sprites we all know and love from Duke 3D, with some new and original content, which is a nice touch.


We will reportedly be introduced to Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour on September 1. Check out a bunch of screenshots below.

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Huawei unveils its new high-end Honor 8 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa, Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 4:18 am

IFA 2016 - Huawei, the third biggest mobile phone manufacturer, launched a new phone today in Stockholm, Sweden. Honor 8 is the top of the line Honor series phone, tho we can't say it's a flagship cause that title still belongs to Huawei P9.




However, with the dual camera system, the Honor 8 is quite similar to P9. Our source from Huawei tells us they wanted to make a cheaper phone with all of the P9 characteristics and one difference - they fixed all the problems the P9 has. This is where Honor 8 comes in. At first glance, the Honor 8 looks and feels like a premium phone. Its glass back gives it a fancier look and you get to choose between four colors - white, black, gold and dark blue.




The Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and two 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, but you won't see the Leica logo which is the case with the P9. Inside, we have Huawei's own Kirin 950 octo-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. For comparison, the P9 has the same battery capacity, 3GB of RAM and a faster Kirin 955 processor.

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HTC Vive preferred by more VR developers than the Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3:37 am

VR developers prefer the HTC Vive over the Oculus Rift, according to an industry report from UBM Games Network, where 49% of VR developers are making content for the Vive, compared to 43% working on the Oculus Rift.




The report details that the next wave of games being developed for VR have 35% of developers building for the Vive, while just 23% are working on games for the Rift. The report doesn't state why more developers are making VR content for the Vive, but it could do with the Vive being a room-scale experience, versus the Rift being a seated-only VR experience (before the Touch controllers arrive).

'Suicide Squad' creator blasts film critics

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3:10 am

Despite disappointing critics across the world, 'Suicide Squad' has been an unmitigated box office success, passing a $500 million haul mark in just 13 days, and well on the way to $600 million. And at the end of the day - that's all that matters.




Speaking out against the bad press, Suicide Squad comic creator John Ostrander said "First of all, I want to say I am not disparaging any of the critics. I do have problems - whether it's the Squad or not - when a critic comes in with an agenda already. They are not looking at the movie for what it is. I have read several of the reviews that were just fine, even not that keen on it. As long as they were looking at it honestly, that's fine. When somebody comes in with an attitude, "I'm sick of superhero movies," "I am not going to give them a break," "it has to be a masterpiece to get a good word out of me," I don't think that's right or fair. There were plenty of fans who did not like it, and well that's fine and they are right to their opinion even if they are wrong. I know the box office isn't an arbiter of what's good or bad, but you have to take a look at how much money Squad has made so far. I think it has done really well."


Warner has two major DC Comics films set for release in 2017, including 'Wonder Woman' and 'Justice League'.

Three new Xbox One S deals for release week

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 9:52 pm

Gift cards and games are the best bonuses you'll find on the net for the new Xbox One S. This week Microsoft released the cheaper 1TB and 500GB models for $350 and $300 respectively. While discounts haven't surfaced yet, a few sellers have some nice extra incentives for gamers on the prowl.





The new 1TB Madden NFL 17 deal released this week and is getting the majority of the attention. First there is NewEgg's eBay store, who bumped the bundle price up from $350 to $370 but is offering extra bonuses of Doom 2016 and the Witcher 3 - that's $68 in bonus games at their best prices online. The second Madden bundle to appear on eBay Deals is the 1TB Madden NFL 17 Bundle with a bonus $50 eBay Gift Card. The Gift Card offer gets you the new Madden bundle for the same price as anywhere else online but with $50 in your pocket for extra games or accessories.


Also available is the cheaper 500GB Xbox One S Halo Collections bundle. Here NewEgg is raising the price $29 from $300 to $329, but to compensate is tossing in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Fallout 4, and Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain. That's $72 in bonus games if you bought each separately at their best prices online.