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Titanfall 2 for PC, up to 20% off for Friday's release

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 3:51 am

We're just hours away from the release of Titanfall 2 and if you're in the mood for some last minute pre-purchase bonuses, there are deals still available for Titanfall 2. If you're a PC gamer, you can pick up discounts worth $11-$12 off, conversely console gamers can expect Gift Card bonuses, but you'll need to act relatively fast before they expire as the game goes live later tonight.

 

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PC gamers are getting a discount at Green Man Gaming or DLGamer on the Origin digital copy of the game just as the game is about to go live. At the digital retailers, the price drops instantly from $59.99 to $48.99 or $47.99, respectively. These are some of the lowest price online in the US from an authorized source. Note that GMG only offers keys to the Standard Edition of the game, if you want the Deluxe Edition Origin key, it looks like you'll need to pay the full $79.99 price tag at Origin Store.

 

Origin PC Deal at GMG

 

 

Xbox One Deals at Microsoft

 

 

PS4 Deals at Best Buy

 

 

Xbox One gamers have a pretty solid option at the Microsoft Store. Buying through them allows you to get the game plus a $10 Gift Code. Even better, you have the option to either get a physical copy or a digital copy. If you opt for physical, you'll get the disc shipped for free, but it will take a few days. If you shoot for a digital download key, Microsoft will ship it via email instantly so you can partake in pre-load. The Gift Code arrives via email shortly after the game releases.

 

If you want Titanfall 2 on the PlayStation 4, head over to Best Buy. There you'll catch $10 in Rewards if you're a free "My Best Buy" member (the old rewardszone program). If you are a paid member of Gamers Club Unlocked, you'll also get 20% off reducing the standard edition price from $60 to $47.99 and the Deluxe from $80 to $63.99.

 

Standard or Deluxe?

 

In these last few hours before launch, you may be contemplating going either standard or deluxe. Well, gameplay-wise, there is no real disadvantage by going with the Standard Edition as the Deluxe will only grant you more customization.

 

The Deluxe Edition gets you a ton of extra options for your Titan, pilot, and weapons. You'll get exclusive nose arts, warpaints, and camouflages right out the gates PLUS two bonus DLC packs for more customization of the Ion and Scorch Titans that release in December.

Final Fantasy XV has gone gold, will have online co-op

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 3:28 am

After a decade of waiting, Final Fantasy 15 has gone gold and is completely finished and ready to be shipped off to millions of gamers.

 

 

Final Fantasy 15 has gone from barely running at 30FPS on consoles to a competent and polished build known as the "final master version." Square Enix has proudly proclaimed the game has gone gold, meaning the main game is totally wrapped up.

 

But that's not it; Square Enix also revealed that the huge open-world adventure will allow four friends to team up for some online co-op. The co-op mode will be available following the game's release on November 29, and is one of the six DLC packs that are included in the $25 season pass. The co-op mode allows four players to take the roles of Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto and take part in in-game battle sequences.

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AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series finds a home with Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 2:35 am

Apple unveiled its new 15-inch MacBook Pro today, something that includes AMD's new Polaris-based Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, available first inside of the new 15-inch MBP.

 

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AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics is explained perfectly on the Radeon Pro website, which details the new Polaris GPU as the best choice for creators.

 

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Radeon Technologies Group SVP and Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, explains: "We couldn't be more proud to have Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics launching in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, a notebook designed for performance and creativity".

 

There are three new Radeon Pro 400 series SKUs:

 

  • Radeon Pro 460 - 1.86TFLOPs/16 CUs/1024 SPs
  • Radeon Pro 455 - 1.3TFLOPs/12 CUs/768 SPs
  • Radeon Pro 450 - 1TFLOPs/10 CUs/640 SPs

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Nintendo Switch may use USB Type-C for power

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 2:11 am

Nintendo's new Switch console handheld hybrid will reportedly use the modern USB Type-C interface to charge the handheld while on the go, instead of a proprietary first-party charging cable.

 

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Sources at Nintendo have told Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale that the Switch handheld shown in the preview trailer uses USB Type-C port for power, meaning the actual consumer Switch could use the new Type-C interface. This would allow the Switch to benefit from Type-C's fast-charging modes, along with potential high-speed transfers and compatibility with a host of adapters.

 

USB Type-C charging could offset the Switch's purported three-hour battery life while in un-docked handheld mode, as users may be able to easily and quickly re-charge the Switch console. Nintendo typically regulates its hardware with exclusive first-party power cables, so this move to the new future-proof standard would be substantial for the company. The new protocol can also support power, data transfers, and video signals over a single cord, but the Switch's dock shows two cables--one power, and the other video--as it'll be compatible with current HDTV's over HDMI.

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Titanfall 2 post-launch DLC will be 100% free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 12:39 am

Titanfall 2 is finally here, with developer Respawn Entertainment coming out and explaining that there will be no Season Pass released for their second mech shooter in the franchise.

 

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Respawn Entertainment confirmed the news in a blog post, explaining that Titanfall 2 isn't a typical shooter: "No Season Pass required: all maps & modes will be free in Titanfall 2 Multiplayer. This means no splitting up the community and it all starts with the legendary Angel City map, remastered from the original Titanfall".

 

They continued: "This means once you've purchased Titanfall 2, your investment includes a full single player campaign, the full multiplayer maps and modes, and long-term support with no hidden costs. You can pre-order the game to play 3 days early, but it will never cost you extra".

 

 

Titanfall 2 @ 4K 60FPS on NVIDIA's Titan X

 

 

Yeah, that would be Titanfall 2 rocking at 4K 60FPS on a single Pascal-based Titan X graphics card from NVIDIA.

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Apple's new MacBook Pro powered by AMD Polaris GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 11:37 pm

Apple has unveiled their new refreshed line of MacBook Pro laptops, with two new 13-inch models and a single higher-end 15-inch model that rocks Radeon Pro 450 graphics from AMD.

 

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The lower-end 13-inch MBP features a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor at 2GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports and Intel Iris Graphics 540 - but it's the higher-end 13-inch MBP where the fun begins.

 

 

Specs, Including AMD Radeon Pro Graphics

 

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Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro line up with some slightly beefier hardware, with Apple noting the new display on the MacBook Pro is 67% brighter, 67% higher contrast, and has 25% more colors than the MacBook.

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NASA publishes a stunning 4K video of the Space Station

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 8:28 pm

NASA has published a stunning video of the International Space Station. The footage was shot in Ultra High Definition (4K) using a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field.

 

 

At the beginning of the video, you can see the breathtaking view of Earth from about 400 kilometers. The rest of the video takes us on a tour through the Station, ending with another glance at our planet.

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Google's total cost to manufacture the Pixel XL is $285

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 6:46 pm

Just like its competitors at Cupertino, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship duo carry a premium price tag. The Pixel XL starts at $769, for 32GB version, but can cost up to $869 if you go with the 128GB version.

 

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A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company, based in London, shows that Google's total cost to manufacture the Pixel XL (32GB) is $285.75, after including $7.75 in basic manufacturing costs.

 

Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Markit, said this isn't surprising.

 

Total BOM costs for the Google Pixel XL are, not surprisingly, in line with those of other competitors, because the supply base and specs are very similar from phone to phone-whether it's an iPhone, a Galaxy-series phone or the Google Pixel XL. The Pixel clearly targets the same top-end flagship space occupied by the Apple iPhone and top-end Samsung Galaxy lines, with retail pricing points that directly compete with these products.

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Tesla reports a profit for the first time in three years

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 4:23 pm

Tesla Motors published its third-quarter earning report, and for the first time in three years, they have made a profit. Last time they reported a quarterly net profit was is the first quarter of 2013, three years after the company went public.

 

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For the last quarter, Q3 2016, they recorded net income of $21.9 million, or 14 cents per share. A year earlier, they announced a loss of $229.9 million, or $1.78 per share.

 

Total revenue more than doubled compared to the same quarter last year and is now $2.3 billion.

 

In Q3, combined net orders for new Model S and Model X vehicles grew 68%, compared with the same period last year. During the quarter, we opened 17 new stores and service centers to increase our customer support network to 250 locations globally. We achieved record production levels in Q3, rising to 25,185 vehicles for an increase of 37% from Q2 and an increase of 92% from Q3 last year.

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Jump into programming with 4 top Java courses

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

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Featuring four comprehensive courses, this collection builds your programming foundation with hands-on training. Using Java and JavaScript, you'll dive into object-oriented programming and learn how to do more with less code. You'll build your very own programs and flesh them out with advanced features like APIs and databases.

 

The Novice to Expert Java Bundle normally retails for $1,180, but TweakTown readers can save big and get it on sale for just $39.

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