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New 'Doctor Strange' trailer spends time with villain

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:39 am

Barring Tom Hiddleston's Loki, there's no question that the villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been a little lacking but if this new trailer is any indication, Kaecilius portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen might actually be somewhat memorable.



Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular hero Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who's crippled in a car accident, but goes on to become a powerful mystic. The film also features Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams, helmed by Marvel newcomer Scott Derrickson.




'Doctor Strange' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas from November 4 worldwide.

AMD brings Polaris to embedded, the last frontier

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:35 am

AMD has been spreading their new Polaris architecture throughout the different markets that they serve. That started out with the RX 480, a gaming graphics card, and continued into the professional arena with their newly branded Radeon Pro brand of graphics cards. AMD also updated their data center GPUs with Polaris graphics cards with their MxGPU line of products, so the last place for AMD to update their lineup was in embedded.




AMD's embedded graphics products generally tend to sit within a few applications where the company has traditionally done well. These applications include the use of graphics in medical imaging, digital signage and casino gaming. These are all familiar applications for AMD embedded graphics chips, however those use cases are expanding beyond the standard expected applications with these new AMD embedded graphics chips.

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Here are some facts about Google for their 18th birthday

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:53 am

Google is celebrating its 18th birthday today (feeling old yet?) with an appropriate Google Doodle full of balloons. Google's birthday varied during the years, but September 27th is its official birthday since 2006.




Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, California. Their goal was to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". 18 years ago Google's headquarters was in the garage of Susan Wojcicki, Larry's and Sergey's friend, and today Google is situated in Mountain View with over 57,000 employees.


In the 18 years of existence, Google has become one of the biggest companies in the world and our daily lives are unimaginable without it.

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Germany to Facebook: Stop collecting Whatsapp user data

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 7:26 pm

Germany's privacy regulatory body has taken issue with Facebook collecting WhatsApp user data, ordering the company to delete the data and cease the practice, calling it "an infringement of national data protection law."




"It has to be [the user's] decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," says Hamburg data protection commissioner Johnnes Caspar. "Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened."


Germany -- which boasts 35 million WhatsApp users -- isn't the only European country to take issue with Facebook's approach: France and Britain have both done so, with the former stating it would monitor the situation "with great vigilance."

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OBS Studio adds support for AMD Video Coding Engine

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 6:03 pm

It's a hard life if you're an AMD user and like to stream and record. Whereas NVIDIA users enjoy the sleek, performance-light, and feature-rich Shadowplay, there's really nothing as good for the other camp.




The gap narrows somewhat today though as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio (the new and improved version of OBS) gains support for AMD's Video Coding Engine (VCE). Essentially, this means fast, high-quality recording and streaming, in contrast to Windows Media Foundation offered, particularly at 1080p and 60 FPS.


VCE support has been in testing for awhile now and today marks the first stable release. To download it, hit the source link below, or if you're in no hurry, wait until the next OBS Studio release with which it will be bundled.

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Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 first games with Microsoft DRM

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 4:33 pm

Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Forge are the first games to employ Microsoft's encrypted appx format digital rights management (DRM), with the aim of combating piracy.




In short, once you install either game, the Encrypting File System feature in Windows does its thing, after which the application files are no longer accessible, putting modding and out-of-game tweaking at risk.


Forge has featured some mods already, but this may be due to it being free to play and only some files being encrypted; Forza, it seems, is in a rougher spot.

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How to get 1TB of lifetime cloud storage for only $39

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 3:30 pm



Cloud storage is getting more sophisticated by the day. While that means we can store more online, the cost to do so is also going up. However, Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is offering a storage plan that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Zoolz's Lifetime Solution grants you access to one terabyte of cloud storage for life, and it's on sale for just $39.


With a Zoolz Lifetime Solution, you can save your data into Instant Storage for fast access or Cold Storage if you know you won't be needing it for a while. Zoolz lets you easily browse and retrieve files with its Smart Selection tool. Plus, Zoolz locks down your data with 256-bit encryption, so hackers won't be able to peek at your files.


A Lifetime Solution for Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage normally retails for $3,600, but TweakTown readers can get it for just $39.

NASA finds strong evidence of water plumes on Europa

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2:24 pm

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA, launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and to this day it stays a vital research tool for astronomy. Hubble is meritorious for some major discoveries and photographs that have shown us the beauties of the universe.




Today, NASA announced that Hubble has imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. It appears that the icy moon erupts with high altitude vapor plumes. Scientists estimate that the plumes rise about 200 kilometers before falling back onto Europa's surface.


The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa's ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

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Another stupid human crashes Google's self-driving party

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12:36 pm

Google's self-driving car was involved in yet another accident and this one was the worst so far. The autonomous Lexus sustained major damage in an accident involving a commercial van.




According to the report, the van driver ran a red light and collided with the modified Lexus SUV. The van hit the passenger side of the door and damaged it heavily but no one was hurt. The accident occurred in Mountain View and Lexus had to be towed from the scene.

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Xbox One S now gets free game of choice from Microsoft

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12:01 pm

If you were planning to buy an Xbox One S (or even the older Xbox One) purchase this year, retailers have started up some new aggressive offers pre-holiday season. This week, Microsoft Store is trying to incentivize sales by offering a bonus free game of choice at select retailers. With the recent price drops on Xbox One consoles, we're seeing some fairly hot Xbox One and Xbox One S deals.




The Microsoft Store has two really hot Xbox One S bundles as of writing. The August 23rd released Madden NFL 17 1TB bundle and the Halo Collections bundle (both 500GB and 1TB) are getting a free copy of The Crew and a free game of your choice. The game you choose is from a list of 19 options, which include recent releases like Recore and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


Xbox One S Consoles



Xbox One Consoles



GameStop is also a great option for both the Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. At GameStop, they are offering a free game of your choice from their entire catalog of in-stock physical games (no pre-orders or digital downloads). The best Xbox One S deal at GameStop is the brand new Minecraft bundle which does not have a free game offer anywhere else online (not even Microsoft Store). At GameStop, they also have old Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundles on sale for $229.99 (a $20 discount from everywhere else online) already bundled with a free game - so, you essentially get two free games at a new low historic price point.


Walmart even has an offer you should check out on the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle. At Walmart, you pay the same $349 as anywhere else, but you'll also get a free choice of game from a list of 9 plus a bonus Wireless controller. The list of games isn't as extensive as the Microsoft Store or GameStop, but the extra controller bonus is something you won't find elsewhere online.


These offers are valid this week only and end on Saturday, October 1. After Saturday, the prices won't change, but the bonus free games from the retailers mentioned above will disappear.