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Score this award-winning Bluetooth speaker for 50% off

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



Bluetooth speakers have a reputation for being pricey, but the Braven 705 Bluetooth Speaker is here to challenge that. On sale for only $49.99, this speaker delivers high-quality audio you can take virtually anywhere.


Shock and water-resistant, the Braven 705 Bluetooth Speaker is perfect for outdoor listening. Whether you're roughing it in the woods or lounging at home, this speaker will have no problem keeping up. What's more, the Braven 705 Bluetooth Speaker features a built-in mic and speakerphone, so you can respond to calls without having to fumble for your phone.


This speaker is also outfitted with TrueWireless Technology, letting you sync two Braven 7-series speakers together for double the listening power. And at such a low price, picking up two wireless speakers isn't such a crazy idea.


The Braven 705 Bluetooth Speaker normally goes for $99, but TweakTown readers can get it for 50% off, making the final price just $49.99.

Blizzard talk rewards in World of Warcraft patch: 7.1

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 3:29 pm

After much want and discussion by players, Blizzard has listened with the announcement of the reward system for World of Warcraft, with a new update coming to us in just a few days.




Starting next week the PvP mode will become more interesting, as Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan, introduces new Battlegrounds, Skirmishes, Arenas and featured extras such as weapons and equipment. Between increased Artifact Power, First Victory of the Day bonus and story modes, which have all been updated for better gameplay, it's no wonder that WoW gamers are excited.


The official World of Warcraft patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan will be released on October 25th for the US and 26th in Australia. For further information log onto the official World of Warcraft website to find out more.

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The sales of smartwatches have dropped by more than 50%

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 2:32 pm

According to the newest report from IDC, the worldwide smartwatch market experienced a round of growing pains in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in a "year-over-year decline in shipment volumes." To put that in numbers, the sales dropped by 51.6 percent, aka from 5.6 million sold last year in this quarter to 2.7 million this year.




It is noted that Apple had the biggest drop - almost 72 percent, although they still maintained their position as the overall leader of the worldwide smartwatch market. Interestingly, the highest growth among the leading companies was Garmin, who has tripled its sales to 600,000 watches in 3Q 2016.


However, we also have to have in mind that last year we had more new smartwatches in the market. In the Q3 2015, Apple's Watch had widespread retail availability after a limited online launch. Meanwhile, the second generation Apple Watch was only available in the last two weeks of 3Q16. Samsung has yet to release their Gear S3, and Pebble 2 sales started in September.

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Scientists think they've received signals from aliens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 11:11 am

You better get into all of your games and save them, do your back ups and run into your doomsday bunker - because scientists writing in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific have found unusual signals coming from a group of stars that are "signals probably from extraterrestrial intelligence".




The scientists said that these signals "have exactly the shape of a signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this [extraterrestrial intelligence] hypothesis". Their paper is called "Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars," which talks about their hypothesis that these signals are from some form of ETI, or alien intelligence.


E.F. Borra and E. Trottier, the paper's authors, write: "The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis". They added: "At this stage, this hypothesis needs to be confirmed with further work. Although unlikely, there is also a possibility that the signals are due to highly peculiar chemical compositions in a small fraction of galactic halo stars".

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Intel's new Atom processor is a step closer to Skynet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 9:29 am

Intel has announced its two new Atom processor lines, with the E3900 series aimed at connected devices and wearables, while the A3900 series is for smart auto apps, reports Engadget.



Intel's new E3900 will be the main member of its IoT products, aimed at applications in many different industries, which is capable of prioritizing which processes to perform itself and which to send over to the datacenter, a strategy that's called fog computing. Intel will have its Atom E3900 series in quad-core form at up to 2.5GHz, and these chips will handle graphics on up to three screens at once.


The A3900 series has Intel aiming at the automotive industry in wide-ranging areas from in-car entertainment, digital instrument clusters, and even advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Intel won't be launching the Atom A3900 series until Q1 2017.


Intel is also working with IoT device creators and software vendors like Delphi, FAW, Neusoft and Hikvision - with thew Atom processors set to be used in a massive variety of products in the coming years.

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Google pauses its Fiber rollout, fires 9% of Fiber staff

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

After a pretty successful rollout of uber-fast internet access, Google has announced it has plans to "pause" the expansion of its Fiber rollout into 10 more cities, as well as a 9% cull in Fiber staff.




Google's current Fiber customers will not be affected, but those that were expecting the high-speed Fiber goodness to hit their neighborhood will not want to even read the end of this sentence. The confirmed rollouts in San Francisco, Irvine, Huntsville and San Antonio are all unaffected, but the planned Fiber rollout for Chicago, Dallas, Portland, Tampa and San Diego will have residents disappointed.


The reason behind Google's sudden "pause" in its Fiber rollout? Google said it needed to "stay ahead of the curve" in providing gigabit internet service, with the company recently acquiring high-speed wireless ISP, Webpass. If we end up seeing Google push into providing high-speed internet access wirelessly, it would explain why it stopped the future Fiber rollouts because physical hardware being installed all across the US is expensive compared to a new wireless system.

WikiLeaks: Apple gives customers' data to governments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 7:00 am

The ongoing WikiLeaks data dump continues, all without proof of life of Julian Assange after the Ecuadorian embassy had its internet line severed - new information has surfaced on Apple and just how much it cares for its consumers' privacy.




In a purported leaked email from December 2015, Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives sent an email to John Podesta, the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign - Lisa said: "Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement. We share law enforcement's concerns about the threat to citizens and we work closely with authorities to comply with legal requests for data that have helped solve complex crimes".


But it was the next paragraph that was highlighted by WikiLeaks, and for good reason: "Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple's ability to give law enforcement meta-data or any of a number of other very useful categories of data".

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ZOTAC has your back with GTX 1070-powered VR GO backpack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 6:24 am

ZOTAC has made its VR backpack official during its unveiling event in Hong Kong, announcing the new VR GO backpack, which features an awesome design, more user-friendly functionality, and enough CPU and GPU horsepower to play every VR game on the market.



ZOTAC was showing off the VR backpack at Computex 2016 earlier this year, but it wasn't in its final form. The official VR GO backpack is lighter, more durable, and easier to use - something you can see from ThinkComputers' video above. Inside of ZOTAC's new VR GO backpack is a full NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and a hot-swappable battery for longer-lasting VR gaming on-the-go.


Ther's also HDMI and USB ports at the top of the VR GO backpack, so you won't be fumbling down the sides or at the bottom to get your VR headset plugged into it.

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ZOTAC's new Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD reads at 2.8GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 5:35 am

ZOTAC has unleashed a plethora of new products to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, with a new GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm and Magnus EN1080 mini-PC - but they also announced the ZOTAC 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition Sonix SSD.




The new ZOTAC Sonix PCIe arrives with a 480GB capacity, 512MB of DDR3 used as DRAM cache, and arrives on the NVMe 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and rocks some serious read/write speeds. We're talking about sequential reads of up to 2800MB/sec and writes of up to 1500MB/sec, not bad.




ZOTAC has included LED lighting on the back of the Sonix 480GB PCIe SSD, with a slick black heat shroud that will keep the SSD cool.

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Halloween Sale: Under $7 for Evil Within & Mad Max

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 4:50 am

You may have your costume ready to go for Halloween, but is your Steam account fully prepped with horror-themed games to set the mood? GMG hopes you need a few extras to fill the creepy void with a Halloween-themed sale on over three hundred PC gaming titles including new lows on The Evil Within and Mad Max with each running only $6.79.




There are a ton of titles in the sale, and you can see a full breakdown of all deals here. When we look at the sale from a big picture standpoint, the best deals can be categorized in three ways 1) Bethesda titles at Summer Sale pricing (or better in some cases); 2) Ever popular Resident Evil titles matching historic low price points; 3) and everything else in the sale (which is a huge number of titles).


To see discounts login or create an account at GMG.





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Most games listed above are hitting new lows, but a few are also really good to mention. One worthy deal to point out is the Fallout 4 Season Pass dropping to only $26.79. This is the first time the Fallout 4 Season Pass has dropped under the $30 mark since Bethesda raised the list price from $30 to $50 earlier this year in March.


The sale will run through Halloween, ending the next day on November 1st at 9AM Pacific. That gives you essentially the weekend to pickup any of the titles on sale at or near their historic low price points.

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