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FCC says that most US ISPs deliver broadband speeds promised

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 11:29 am

The FCC has issued a new report that looked at the broadband industry in the United States. According to the report, internet providers in the country are for the most part delivering on the speeds that they promise users, and in some cases, they are delivering better speed than promised.


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The report did find that all across the US network congestion is a big issue for many users on different providers. To get the data for the report the FCC had 10,000 volunteers install off-the-shelf routers into their networks that ran special monitoring software inside designed to peek at broadband speeds.


Routers using the special software were in place for about a year, but the official measurements of speeds around the country took place last September as part of the Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband report. After all the measuring was over, the report concluded that most big ISPs deliver at least the performance they advertise, especially if the ISP has fiber in the network infrastructure, with some delivering 120% faster speed than advertised. Interestingly, DSL subscribers were found to get only about 64% of their promised speed and Verizon was found to be the worst performer.

Ubisoft chief thinks new consoles will be here quicker than last time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:56 am

Ubisoft is taking heavy fire right now, especially from us here at TweakTown, where we're bringing you all the latest in gaming news. We've already told you that Far Cry 4 on PC on Ultra High settings will be no different from next-gen consoles, that The Division is locked at 30FPS on consoles, and that Ubisoft seems to have deliberately gimped Watch Dogs on PC, holding back some graphics. How could Ubisoft dig any deeper? Read on.


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Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, during an interview with CVG, talked about Microsoft and Sony releasing new consoles - yes, not the 'next-gen' Xbox One and PS4, but entirely new machines. Guillemot was asked about the PS4 and Xbox One sales, and whether he thought the new consoles would remain solely for the 'core' gamer, to which he responded: "Both machines started fast, because gamers had been waiting for eight years for them. People were really anxious about having something different".


He continued: "I hope this gen will go more quickly also. My feeling is that because PC is growing fast and lots of people are trying to pick up the business on TV, that will put pressure on [platform holders] to not wait eight years next time. I think they will wait a lot less than that. First they need to make sure that they can sell the current machines at a lower price, so that there are enough games sold and enough extra content so that their platform is profitable. This will help the market".

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T-Mobile unRadio lets you stream music with no data allowance used

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:30 am

T-Mobile is putting a lot of pressure on other mobile carriers in the US with a number of offerings that make the smallest of the major carriers look very appealing to customers. T-Mobile in the past made it much cheaper for people to get a new device on its network with cheaper service plans. The carrier has also been paying a large portion of the early termination fee for users to leave their current provider and swap to its service.


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At the T-Mobile Un-carrier 5.0 event held this week, T-Mobile unveiled a new music offering that is different from what other carriers offer. You can stream unlimited music on unRadio just as you would on the music services offered elsewhere, the big difference here is that the streaming music doesn't count against your data allowance.


That means you can stream all you want and your data allowance stays the same, which is a big deal for heavy music streamers. This isn't T-Mobiles own music streaming service, rather it works with existing apps like Pandora, Rhapsody, iTunes Radio and others. T-Mobile doesn't count data used while streaming music from these apps against the user's data allowance. All T-Mobile users on Simple Choice plans get unRadio and the service is available now.

Destiny locked at 30FPS across all consoles for 'the same experience'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:12 am

It looks like $500 million doesn't buy much these days, with Destiny locked at 30FPS on all consoles. The makers of Halo, Bungie, are behind the new franchise, which will reach the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 later on September 9.


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But even with the increased horsepower found in the next generation consoles, they'll still be locked at 30FPS - but will contain graphical advantages. Destiny's Senior Environment Artist, Jason Sussman, said during an interview with VentureBeat: "It's a lot of different things. I could get really technical, but I'd bore you to death. A lot has to do with performance. We're cross-platform, so we had to be very delicate with all four consoles, making sure they have the same experience, that it looks as good as it possibly can on all these consoles. A lot goes into that, from geometry to textures to post effects to particles to how many players you get on the screen. We're always balancing that out to make sure everyone gets the same experience".


Destiny isn't the only game to be locked at 30FPS on next-gen consoles, with Ubisoft's The Division being locked at 30FPS, too. But don't even get us started on the problems with Ubisoft, as Far Cry 4 doesn't look like it will be any special on the PC, and Watch Dogs has already been gimped on the PC, big time.

Transformers 5 announced for 2016 before Transformers 4 is in cinemas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 8:52 am

Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn't even hit cinemas yet, but Paramount is bursting out of the gate early with the announcement of Transformers 5, which is slated for 2016.



Paramount has a bunch of sequels arriving that year, which includes Beverly Hills Cop 4, G.I. Joe 3, and Hansel and Gretel 2 - and on top of that, we should expect Paranormal Activity 5. We knew that more sequels to Transformers were coming, since it's almost like a reboot of the series without Shia LaBeouf in the starring role, replaced with Mark Wahlberg.


Transformers: Age of Extinction reaches cinemas in the US on June 27, after its premiere in Hong Kong later this week.

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Facebook goes down, what will we do now?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 8:25 am

Edit: And it's back up!


Original story: I was sitting down at dinner chatting to a few friends over Facebook Messenger a few minutes ago, and noticed that my messages weren't going through. I thought it was just me. I drove home, rebooted my phone and the same thing happened.


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Facebook is down. Right now, visiting the mobile site or the desktop site, shows that "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can". There's no ETA right now, but Facebook is down. Hopefully we'll have a reason for this soon, as it's a pretty damn big site and service to all of the sudden go dark.

Apple reveals its new low-cost iMac, starting at $1,099

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 7:37 am

Before today, the cheapest Apple offered its iMac was $1,299 - but now that 21.5-inch iMac costs just $1,099. The new entry-level iMac sports a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor at 1.4GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports and Intel HD 5000 graphics.


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The previous model that was $200 more, featured a slightly better Core i5 processor, and bigger HDD. But, you can always customize it to your liking, where you could replace the 500GB with a 1TB Fusion drive, or a 256GB SSD - something we would recommend doing (especially the SSD upgrade). We should see another iMac refresh in the future, with Intel's next-gen Broadwell processor baked into them. When that'll happen, is something no one knows right now.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 340.43 beta drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 7:34 am

NVIDIA has released its new R340 series of drivers, where it starts with the GeForce 340.43 beta drivers. The new R340 series doesn't introduce much in the way of new, with it being an iteration release with minor features, something we'll quickly jump into now.


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We have x86 Miracast support, which is probably the standout feature of the new R340 series of driver. Until now, NVIDIA only supported Miracast through its Tegra 3 and later SoCs, but now it works on GeForce products running Windows 8.1. NVIDIA's new GeForce 340.43 beta drivers are also Game Ready for GRID: Autosport and the Battlefield: Hardline beta.


For older GeForce owners, beware: the R340 series will be the last driver series to support NVIDIA's Direct3D 10 generation GPUs - with the 8/9/100/200 and 300 series all not receiving support after the R343 series later this year. These GPUs will be shifted over to legacy status. Go and grab the new NVIDIA GeForce 340.43 beta drivers here.

Sony announces that the PlayStation 4 is now capable of pre-loading

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 6:37 am

Sony has just announced that you can now pre-load games on the PlayStation 4, something that was promised a while ago. There is a full list of gmaes that support pre-loading for now, with more to be announced as time goes by.


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Destiny, Bloodborne and Dragon Age: Inquisition are the first in the pre-order lineup, and if you pre-order them, they will pre-load by default. You'll have to leave your PS4 in standby mode, and online for this to happen. So the PS4 just caught up to the PC from years ago, yay.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, sixth Resident Evil movie announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 5:30 am

I've been a fan of the Resident Evil movies since the first one, and while the others may not have been as good - the series is a fun thing to watch. Series Director and Producer, Paul W.S. Anderson, has announced that another Resident Evil movie is in the works, currently known as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.


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Anderson has said that he's on the final draft of the script, with the producers now having to work out a shooting schedule once the draft is done. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be the sixth movie in the franchise, and will go down the 3D route again - this time, with Anderson shooting the film in 3D this time, instead of converting it to 3D in post-production.


During an interview with Collider, Anderson said: "I approach my films right from the inception, I kind of write action scenes and pick out locations that I think and know because I've done so much of it will translate very well into 3D. Then when we build the sets, we build sets that I know will shoot well in 3D. It's really, even from this point, 3D is something I'm definitely thinking about".

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