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Traverse the universe with our 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Blu-ray promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 2:35 am

It's Marvel, so it was always going to have a built-in audience, but the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' exceeded expectations, grossing nearly $800 million worldwide at the box office. Now, the film is coming to home theatres and to celebrate, Disney Home Entertainment will treat 5 TweakTown readers to a free Blu-ray copy, as well as a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' t-shirt and cap.

 

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the two co-creators of the original 1969 Marvel comic 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on December 6.

 

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' is available on 3D Blu-ray HD, 2D Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital from Australian retailers on December 3.

Dell's 28-inch 4K monitor just $299 during Cyber Monday sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 2:28 am

Dell had quite the deal for Cyber Monday, offering its P2815Q monitor for just $299.99. The 28-inch 4K display is normally $449.99, so Dell was knocking off a considerable 40% for the sale.

 

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While it might sound like an amazing deal, remember that this is a 30Hz panel, and not a 60Hz panel that you'd want for gaming or photo/video editing, as it's also a TN-based display. On the upside, the Dell P2815Q does offer pivot, tilt, swivel, and cable management options, as well as being height adjustable.

 

On the display connectivity side of things, Dell has DisplayPort mini Display Port, HDMI (MHL), DisplayPort out (MST), USB Upstream and four USB 3.0 ports.

Barnes & Noble Cyber Monday deals are in full swing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 2:15 am

Cyber Monday deals are here - many companies are putting up stellar pricing across many different models, technologies, fields and brands. If you're in the market to purchase a new smaller-size tablet, we've got a possible solution for you.

 

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Barnes & Noble are putting up Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK for $129.99, featuring an Android interface and $200 worth of free content from the NOOK store, you'll also grab $5 starter credit towards any NOOK purchases. NOOK provides you with the ability to purchase bestselling books, popular TV shows, magazines and applications. This sale is limited only to the first 10,000 devices and a total of 5 per customer.

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Sony won't renew contract with FIFA, will spend the money internally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 1:53 am

The latest reports from Nikkei is that Sony will not be renewing its large contract with FIFA for sponsorship, with the Japanese electronics giant to spend the money on structural reforms.

 

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Sony started sponsoring FIFA back in 2005, with the company signing an eight-year contract worth $277 million. Nikkei is reporting that Sony was involved with sales and marketing in over 40 soccer tournaments during that time, something that included the bigger 2010 and 2014 World Cup matches.

 

Sony has been experiencing some massive hurdles lately, with an operating loss of $766 million in October, riding on the back of the 13.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles being shipped from its Games and Network division. Not only that, but the company has increased its loss forecast to $2.15 billion in September, after it downgraded its mobile and smartphone business by a large $1.68 billion. The company has also restructured its TV division, and sold off its VAIO PC brand back in February, too, which saw 5000 jobs cut from the company.

ADATA announces release of HV100 external HDD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 1:08 am

As according to a press release sent by ADATA HQ this week - they're launching a new stylish series of external hard drives, including 500GB, 1TB and 2TB iterations.

 

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These hard drives come bundled with ADATA's own OStGO and HDDtoGO software, alongside a bright blue/red LED to indicate data transfer status. We've been told that these drives come packed with G Shock Sensor Protection to help protect your device, alongside a three year manufacturer warranty.

 

Named the HV100 series, this drive is being marketed as a sleek option to help you back up important data - being quoted as "compact, lightweight, smooth and stylish". One of the main features talked about quite often in this press release is all based around its shock protection qualities, stating that once a disturbance has been detected, a flashing red light will be displayed. Once the threat has passed, the hard drive will continue to function as normal.

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PAX Australia tickets go on sale - 11 months before the expo date

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am

PAX Australia ticket public release had been previously rumored to be commencing in early December, this would make it almost a full 11 months before the expo's commencement date (30th of October 2015), meaning no exhibitors, personalities or attractions will have been announced or officially confirmed.

 

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PAX Australia have committed to this plunge releasing their ticket sales to the public this week, seeing people enter a 'digital queue' for ticket sales. The pricing has been set at $55 AUD for single-day attending early adopters.

 

It's an interesting strategy. As we mentioned, there will be little-to-no exhibitors confirmed as of yet for this exhibition, with large name titles unannounced and personalities being unable to book in their attendance so far into the future. However, the PAX culture in Australia is firmly set with many fans purchasing tickets in the confidence that PAX will provide a good show no matter what.

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Season 3 of House of Cards premieres on February 27, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:19 am

Frank Underwood is coming back to Netflix soon, with the season 3 premiere of the super-popular House of Cards arriving on February 27, 2015.

 

 

The news was announced through the official House of Cards Twitter account, so if you don't want to be spoiled on the first two great seasons, stop reading now. Netflix announced the news on the official House of Cards Twitter account by posting a very short 12-second video of Frank Underwood, played by the incredible Kevin Spacey, and his wife in the show Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, walking up the steps onto Air Force One.

 

For those who are acquainted with the season two finale, Frank worms, back stabs and manipulates everyone around him to reach the most powerful position in the world: President of the United States of America. The 12-second tease on Twitter shows Frank walking up the steps of AFO, as he is now the Commander in Chief.

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Snowden wants UN to better protect individual privacy and rights

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 11:23 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hopes to see the United Nations create new laws that will be able to better protect privacy and human rights among its citizens. Snowden is the co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel," and continues to speak out against organized government surveillance that targets regular Internet users.

 

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"I hope despite all we have accomplished in the last year, we all recognize that this is only the beginning," Snowden said.

 

Snowden also understands how other whistleblowers, journalists, editors and Internet activists have put themselves on the line while speaking out against government surveillance. "These are things that are unlikely to change soon. But they're worth it. All the prices we paid, all the sacrifices we made, I believe we'd do it again. There is so much more to do... and together we will achieve it."

Low-end devices helping shake up the smartphone market even more

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 10:36 pm

This time of year is hugely critical for manufacturers and retailers, with discounted prices on products, aimed at getting customers to open up their wallets. For smartphone shoppers, there are a surprising amount of devices that cost a single penny, assuming you're willing to sign a two-year contract, and the "low-end" smartphone market is progressing rapidly.

 

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For American consumers familiar with the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and other flagship models - these low-end models aren't likely appealing - but help recruit even more first-time smartphone owners to upgrade their phones. Not surprisingly, low-end smartphones are typically Google Android-powered devices, and Microsoft wants its Windows Phone 8.1 OS to help drive the market even further.

 

For some consumers, products such as the OnePlus One smartphone, which doesn't require a contract yet is still affordable, could lead to further shakeup of the phone market.

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Amazon saw great success with Kindle and Fire tablets on Black Friday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 9:37 pm

Amazon has no problem selling products, especially during the holidays, and its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets saw great sales during Black Friday. The company announced its Fire tablets tripled Black Friday sales year-over-year, while its Kindle e-reader saw almost four times the number of sales when compared to Black Friday 2013.

 

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"This holiday there are going to be a lot of customers opening up new Amazon devices," said Dave Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices. "We're energized by the year-over-year growth of tablet and e-reader Black Friday sales on Amazon.com, plus the success of the new product categories we've launched this year."

 

Conveniently, Amazon didn't disclose how the Fire Phone sold, as Amazon continues to struggle selling its first entry into the smartphone market. However, the company has likely learned from its mistakes and will do better research before trying to jump into the smartphone market without properly doing its homework.

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