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Change what your PC can do with this comprehensive software bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 17, 2016 3:00 pm

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If you'd like to use your PC for more than just browsing the Web, check out the PC Power User Bundle. This premium collection contains 8 apps to better help you edit photos, design websites, and manage your PC's data like a pro. Encompassing everything from driver managers to backup software, these apps constitute a Swiss Army knife guaranteed to turn your PC into a well-oiled machine.

 

The complete bundle includes:

  • InPixio Photo Clip 7.0
  • WebEasy Professional 10
  • InPixio Photo Editor - Home Edition
  • PowerDesk Pro 9
  • AutoSave Essentials
  • Smart Driver Updater
  • Smart Privacy Cleaner
  • Easy SlideShow Creator

 

The PC Power User Bundle has what it takes to make your PC fit your needs. Worth over $300, TweakTown readers can pick up one up for $29.99. That's over 90% off retail, available for a limited time only.

Source: Twitter won't count photos, links in character limit anymore

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 17, 2016 2:26 pm

Twitter will soon begin loosening its restrictions on tweets by allowing users to post links and photos without impeding on the 140 character limit, a source familiar with the matter claims. Currently, links are parsed by Twitter and take up 23 characters.

 

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It's said the change could go live in two weeks or less.

 

Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey stated at the beginning of the year that Twitter was keen to experiment with new ways to display text on Twitter based on user needs, lending credibility to the rumor.

Radeon 16.5.2.1 drivers have huge performance improvements for Doom

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 17, 2016 12:32 pm

Last week's Radeon 16.5.2 drivers included some optimizations for Doom, although no specific numbers were included. Now AMD has released a beta driver in 16.5.2.1 with yet more performance improvements, and this time with numbers in hand.

 

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The company claims up to 35% better performance on the R9 390 over the previous drivers. Anyone on the 290 series should absolutely download these as well given the similar GPU architecture; it doesn't hurt to try for older cards either.

 

In my personal testing with a 290X, Ultra settings were giving me anywhere from about 40 to 110 FPS with frequent stuttering and a general feeling of input lag with 16.5.2; updating the drivers sees Ultra run smooth as butter, rarely if ever dipping below 60 FPS and often staying over 100, with little or no stuttering and no feeling of input lag. I'll go so far as to say this is likely the biggest performance improvement I've ever seen from a driver update.

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Crytek expands its VR First education program, adds 6 new universities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 17, 2016 10:16 am

Crytek has been pushing into the world of VR for a while now, with the Crysis developer announcing it has signed up 6 more universities into its VR First program.

 

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The developer has added The University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University College London (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Oklahoma University (USA), and Tallinn Technical University (Estonia). Crytek first announced VR First in January, offering up its CryEngine source code for schools and free access to the required VR hardware from various companies.

 

At the time, Crytek's Ferhan Özkan said: "Collaborating with the IEEE dramatically broadens the potential reach of VR First and emphasizes our commitment to ensuring the program makes a genuine impact on the landscape of VR research and development at the grassroots level".

Overwatch beta played by over 9.7 million gamers, 37 million matches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2016 8:23 am

Overwatch has been a success, with Blizzard reporting that over 9.7 million gamers participating in the recent open beta of Overwatch.

 

 

The Overwatch beta took place on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC for less than a week, with over 9.7 million gamers using the time to play 37 million matches. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime described the huge interest in Overwatch as "incredible" and "overwhelming".

 

With over 9.7 million gamers playing the Overwatch beta, Blizzard should be over the moon. Comparing it to Star Wars Battlefront which had 'only' 9 million players, but EA has recently confirmed 14 million copies have been shipped. The Division's beta had 6.4 million gamers, but made $330 million in the first five days on sale.

 

Overwatch launches on May 24.

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Sony hosting its E3 2016 event on June 13, will we see the new PS4K?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2016 6:35 am

Sony has announced that it will be hosting its E3 2016 press conference at 6pm PT on June 13, which will take place in the Shrine Auditorium in LA.

 

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Sony is taking its usual Monday evening spot during E3, while Microsoft and Ubisoft will kick off their E3 2016 festivities in the morning and afternoon. Ubisoft will be a few hours earlier than usual, closer to the EA spot that they moved away from this year. EA is hosting its own EA Play event on Sunday, June 12 during the afternoon.

 

Rumor has it the new PS4K won't be unveiled during E3 2016, but I think that would be a gigantic mistake on Sony's part. The PlayStation VR push should be quite real, as this is the biggest event that Sony can use to push its VR headset.

Tour the Avengers HQ or Star Wars' Jakku in VR thanks to Disney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 17, 2016 4:30 am

Disney Interactive has just released a free VR experience that lets you walk inside of the world's of some of its biggest franchises, with Disney Movies VR available now on Steam for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift headsets.

 

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Disney Movies VR has world's to walk around in from The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The app offers short, fully immersive scenes from the movies, providing an entirely new way to experience some of the biggest franchises in cinema.

 

Check it out here on Steam.

Oculus helps students/nonprofits create VR content with 'VR for Good'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 17, 2016 2:27 am

Oculus continues its path towards VR enlightenment, announcing its new initiative 'VR for Good'. Oculus will use VR for Good to partner with 10 nonprofits with "rising filmmakers" to make 360-degree videos for VR.

 

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Organizations will be provided with two days worth of training at the Facebook HQ, Nokia OZO camera, and even post-production help. The collection of videos will be displayed at Sundance next year, which will give filmmakers a huge stage to launch from. The VR startup will also help students who are interested in VR, with Oculus working with 9 high schools throughout the San Francisco area with professional filmmakers to make short 360-degree videos about their communities.

 

Better yet, the students will get to use a Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy S6 smartphone and Rocoh Theta S 360 camera, editing software and help from mentors in order to create their short films. At the end of it, the finished videos will be on Facebook and Oculus Video when the six-week program has ended.

The truth is more 'X-Files' are on the way from Fox

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2016 12:22 am

With the broadcast of the first new 'X-Files' episodes in over a decade proving a huge hit for the Fox network earlier this year, talk immediately began to whether we might see more Mulder and Scully in the future. Now it looks like we will.

 

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As reported by Bloody Disgusting, Fox TV Group chairmans Dana Walden and Gary Newman recently spoke at a conference call and confirmed that initial discussions had been had. Walden confirmed that "we have had conversations with Chris Carter and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show." Newman added "Conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that all of them would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and studio want to do more."

 

Despite the six episode event series being a ratings success, many long term fans and critics expressed disappointment by the majority of episodes, with all singling out the third episode 'Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster' as the clear standout.

Quantum Break's upcoming patch includes G-Sync and FreeSync support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2016 12:06 am

Quantum Break has been Quantum Broken since its release, with the Windows 10 release being in shambles since its release - but, there are big changes on their way.

 

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Remedy Entertainment's head of PR, Thomas Puha, says that a future update for Quantum Break will add G-Sync and FreeSync support, thanks to Microsoft recently adding support for NVIDIA and AMD's variable refresh technology into Windows 10.

 

The new update for Quantum Break is expected to drop in the next two weeks, where we should also expect some other tweaks and performance improvements. The last patch for Quantum Break included a fix for the frame pacing issues it was experiencing while the latest Xbox One patch had multiple general fixes and more.

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