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NVIDIA Shield update includes YouTube 4K 60FPS, Netflix HDR support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2016 5:05 am

NVIDIA's Shield TV device is set to receive its new v3.2 software soon, which will make it the first Android TV-based device to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Android 7.0 will be capable of HDR, but NVIDIA wants to be first.

 

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HDR will open the doors to VUDU and Netflix with HDR content, with HDR using different video feeds at different light levels combined to make the image vibrant with colors at all lighting levels. The catch? You'll need an HDR-capable TV, and there's not many of those, yet. Additionally, the v3.2 update to Shield will include support for 4K 60FPS playback on YouTube.

 

Not only that, but the new Shield update will allow NVIDIA's GameStream service to access HDR content as well, but with no date provided by NVIDIA, we don't know when to expect the exciting new update for Shield. Boo.

Android 7.0 is all about security, productivity and performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 19, 2016 2:32 am

Google will be releasing Android N later this year, but during its ongoing Google I/O event, the company has begun peeling back the layers from Android 7.0 and teasing the world.

 

 

Android 7.0 focuses on the way users interact with the OS, with improvements to the already great user experience that'll be made through faster runtime and reduced storage space that gets sucked up by apps. Google is bringing the most optimized experience to Android 7.0, explaining: "We are redesigning how the features and the OS works to make the user experience better".

 

Google took to its Twitter account, tweeting: "The biggest changes in Android N are around performance, security and productivity". Android 7.0 will include a new Direct Reply feature that will let you long press a notification, and then respond directly from the notification itself. Improved multi-tasking abilities will arrive with Android 7.0, with split-screen support and an iOS-like Picture-in-Picture mode.

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Homefront: The Revolution looks pretty damn amazing at 4K on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2016 12:27 am

Homefront: The Revolution is finally here, with DSOGaming running it through its paces and taking a look at the CRYENGINE-powered game on the PC, at 4K of course.

 

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We have an image here to tease you, but there are more below. They've been downsampled to 1080p to not completely attack your internet connection, but you can download the 4K uncompressed screenshots right here.

 

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I still think the new DOOM looks better, but at least Homefront: The Revolution looks great at 4K.

Latest 'Ghostbusters' trailer is awful, but you'll watch it anyway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 18, 2016 10:56 pm

The remake of the classic sci-fi comedy 'Ghostbusters' has been received thus far with a mixture of indifference, annoyance and straight out venomous hatred, and the film's questionable marketing campaign has done it no favours whatsoever. The studio has today released another trailer to make amends, but does it fare any better? You be the judge.

 

 

Despite a solid cast including Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy and cameos by original stars Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the 'Ghostbusters' reboot has so far struggled to gain positive traction, unhelped by Director Paul Feig lashing out at "asshole" critics in a spray that only further alienated the film's target demographic.

 

Whether you want it to or not, 'Ghostbusters' hits screens worldwide in July.

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Netflix launches speed test site

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 18, 2016 7:37 pm

Netflix has launched its speed test site Fast.com. Like Speedtest.net (which it links to for comparison purposes), it tells you your current download speed with a brief data test. In this case, the data is downloaded from Netflix servers.

 

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Unlike with Speedtest.net, the test is extremely quick, the site pretty much only features the test itself, and it elects to nix upload speed and ping results, saying it's aimed at consumers of data who want a quick, straightforward tool (which makes sense given a lot of people will learn about it through Netflix).

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For first time, Firefox beats Edge, Explorer in browser share

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 18, 2016 6:37 pm

For the first time, Mozilla's Firefox browser has beaten out the one-two punch of Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer in market share. Web analytics company StatCounter reviewed data from three million sites and determined Firefox sat at 15.6% as of April, a hair ahead of Edge and IE at 15.5%.

 

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Firefox usage has been on the decline recently, but Microsoft's browsers are falling faster. In the case of the latter, the story hasn't changed: most believe the company has to deliver the still in beta extension support to better compete with its rivals.

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand free on PC for limited time

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2016 5:32 pm

Two weeks ago it was Battlefield 4's Dragon's Teeth DLC and Battlefield Hardline's Robbery DLC that were free on Origin. Now, you can grab Battlefield 4's Final Stand DLC for the low, low price of zero dollars.

 

 

Final Stand originally launched toward the end of 2014 and was the game's last major DLC. It features four large, distinct maps, a hovercraft, a futuristic Rorsch X1 rifle, and more, and while it doesn't rank among the best DLC the game has to offer, it's not the worst either.

 

Hit the source or boot Origin to grab it. As always, do it quick as the offer will expire soon.

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Microsoft releases what's effectively Windows 7 SP2

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 18, 2016 4:21 pm

Microsoft has at long last released what's effectively Windows 7 Service Pack 2 (SP2): a "convenience rollup" of updates that makes a fresh install or format of the beloved operating system much simpler than it has been. Until now, you'd have to install tons and tons of separate updates and reboot approximately a bajillion times in order to keep the OS current, but this update changes all that.

 

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It's still not nearly as convenient as it could be: you can't download it through Windows Update for some ungodly reason and must download it manually instead, but not before installing the April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7. Also, you still need to install any updates that came out after April 2016.

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EA released Battlefront half-finished to leech off of Episode VII hype

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2016 3:15 pm

Why was the new Star Wars: Battlefront game released half-finished without a campaign? So it could leech from the insane hype generated from The Force Awakens, of course!

 

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After watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater, I wanted to continue my experience with a game. Publishers know this; that's why they've always served us with countless direct movie tie-in games, for better or worse. The new Battlefront game was yet another offering in this long tradition, and EA finally admits why the game shipped half-finished without a campaign.

 

"We made this choice due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-side with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact," EA Studios' head Patrick Soderlund said at the company's Investor's Day meeting. Ah, so that's the trade-off: either ship a fully-finished game and miss the huge sales generated by the Star Wars frenzy, or ship it early and half-finished and take the hit in credibility but rake in tons of cash.

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Launch fun projects with the Raspberry Pi 3 kit, now half off

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 18, 2016 3:00 pm

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With each passing day, computers--and their capabilities--are becoming more impressive and complex. If you're fascinated by computers and want to learn more about code, programming, and even robotics, check out the Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit.

 

A compact computer designed by computer science educators, the Raspberry Pi 3 is a fun platform that lets you build projects like music makers and even weather stations. This complete starter kit takes the Raspberry Pi further, allowing you to pentest, build Beowulf clusters, and even program a robot.

 

The complete bundle includes the following:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Quick Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 3: Model B
  • Wireless Penetration Testing with Kali Linux & Raspberry Pi
  • Cluster Pi: Build a Raspberry Pi Beowulf Cluster
  • Raspberry Pi Essentials & Extras
  • PiBot: Build your own Raspberry Pi Powered Robot
  • Raspberry Pi: Full Stack
  • Raspberry Pi & The Internet of Things

 

The world of computer science may seem complex and intimidating, but the Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit provides a fun and accessible way to learn more about it. Normally $271.95, TweakTown readers can pick up the kit at 50% off for $119.99.

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