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Samsung takes to the streets of New York with its new Galaxy Tab S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 8:52 am

Samsung has been quite aggressive with its ad campaign for the Galaxy Tab S, comparing its latest slate against its competitors slate, and in this case, that competitor is obviously Apple, and that slate is the iPad. In its latest ad, Samsung took to the streets of New York with its new Galaxy Tab S, comparing it to the iPad, seeing what the average customer has to say about it.

 

 

Every single person said the Galaxy Tab S was better - but it's not like we'd see the people saying the iPad is better in an advertisement for a Samsung product, wouldn't that be a nice spin on things? - but the Galaxy Tab S is an incredibly thin and light tablet, with some great specifications. We have two sizes to choose from, with an 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S on offer, both sporting a 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display.

 

The Galaxy Tab S is quite thin, and light at just 1.02 pounds (462g), making it lighter than the iPad which weighs 1.44 pounds (652g) and right on the same footing as the iPad Air which is 1 pound (469g).

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One SimCity 4 'Megacity' has over 100 million people living in it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 7:42 am

Thought you built a massive city in SimCity over the years? Think again. Peter Richie has built something he calls 'Megacity One' which is home to an insane 107 million people, or 107,658,254 to be exact.

 

 

Megacity One has 81 large city tiles, a massive 26,542km (or 16,492 miles) of roads, 8,626km (or 5,359 miles) of subway lines and 324 hydrogen power plants. When we come back to the real-world, the biggest urban center is Tokyo-Yokohama, which is home to 37 million residents. Megacity One is also home to 512 water pumps, 486 waste management centers, has over 2,000 schools, 81 universities, and 162 colleges.

 

Richie created Megacity One in SimCity 4, without the use of any modifications for the game - this is just purely great urban planning.

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Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech leaves his site, now works for Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 6:24 am

Less than two weeks from its iPhone 6 reveal, Apple has announced that Anand Lal Shimpi will be joining the company. Anand is best known for his tech site AnandTech, a site he opened back in 1997.

 

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Just over 24 hours ago Shimpi posted his farewell letter to his readers, saying that he "won't stay idle forever" and that there are "a bunch of challenges out there." Within hours of posting this, the news broke that he had joined the ranks of Apple in an undisclosed position. The Internet seems abuzz with the news, and it's an interesting move for both Shimpi, and Apple.

Hacker unleashes a treasure trove of celebrity nude photos and videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 5:53 am

A hacker is claiming to have completed a massive hack, where he has said that he has leaked out photos of some of the biggest female celebrities in the world, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, and many more. Lawrence's reps have confirmed that the nude photos of her are indeed real, allegedly stolen from her Apple iCloud account.

 

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A spokesperson told HuffPost: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." The hacker claims to have videos of celebrities too, and not just nude photos, as he is offering to release more of his treasure trove in exchange for money.

 

Representatives for many of the celebrities are coming out claiming that the photos are "completely fake," but there are some that are real, and in this instance, Jennifer Lawrence's reps coming out and confirming the images, proves that this hack has happened and at least some of the pictures are real.

Volition releases the official SDK for Saints Row 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 4:50 am

Saints Row 4 is already crazy enough, featuring some truly out-of-this-world content, but what about when modders have access to the innards of the game through the software development kit, or SDK? Well, lots and lots of fun.

 

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Volition, the developer behind Saints Row, not only announced Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell at PAX Prime a couple of days ago, but it has released the official software development kit (SDK) for Saints Row 4 on PC. This will allow modders to play around with the game, creating whatever they want in the game.

 

It should be interesting to see how this fares, as the game already features some truly crazy fun concepts, but allowing modders to tweak it to any part of their imagination, and talents, we should expect some great content from modders in the near future for Saints Row 4.

One way to win a copy of 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 1, 2014 12:35 am

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!

 

In Arizona 1882 nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West except dying. Albert (Seth MacFarlane), is a soft man in hard times who really doesn't fit in. Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for the towns moustache groomer (Neil Patrick-Harris). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town she helps him find his courage. However, when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his new found courage to the test.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name of the ten regular characters that Seth MacFarlane voices on 'Family Guy'

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on September 5th.

 

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'A Million Ways to Die in The West' is available on Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on September 4th.

Dell unveils its new 34-inch curved ultrawide monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 31, 2014 6:43 am

LG has already unveiled its new curved ultrawide monitor, but now it is Dell's turn with the new 34-inch Ultrasharp U3415W. Like LG's curved panel, Dell's new ultrawide monitor is also curved, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution.

 

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Dell says that the wide field of view on its Ultrasharp U3415W, matches with its curves will help gamers play better when compared to flat monitors, with less eye movement required to soak in all of the player's peripheral vision. Dell will be shipping its new curved ultrawide monitors in December, so you'll be able to check that claim out in just a few months time - we will get one in the TweakTown labs to test, as I'd like to see how it goes against the likes of a 4K monitor, or G-SYNC powered display.

ALS Association attempted to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 31, 2014 5:31 am

I'm sure you've heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge by now, but I'm sure you didn't hear that the ALS Association had filed trademarks on the phrases "ALS ice bucket challenge" and "ice bucket challenge" on August 22, which was met with controversy.

 

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With over $94 million raised for the cause, greedy people could see the reasoning behind trying to trademark it, but after much criticism after filing the trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the group removed its applications. Legal experts have said that trademarking both issues is not only in poor taste, but it is also hard to believe that two charity organizations would go after each other in court, especially over something that is raising money for the disease.

 

What do you think of ALS Association's attempt at trademarking the ice bucket challenge? Have you taken part in it?

Volition announces Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell for 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2014 3:53 am

Saints Row fans will be happy to know that Volition has announced the next entry in the Saints Row series, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The new game will have players visiting the afterlife, which should be an interesting journey.

 

 

The story of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will see Johnny Gat and Kinzie being sucked into Hell through a ouija board where they will battle demons and some "prominent historical figures" where you will eventually meet Satan himself. The game will offer up online co-op play for up to two players, too.

 

There will be a few new weapons in Gat Out of Hell, where gamers can use the Arm Chairmageddon (a La-Z-Boy recliner with guns), the Energy Caster, a Locust Gun and a weapon that fires a plague of frogs. The game will be released for $19.95 on the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015. The developer will also release Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, which is a spruce up of Saints Row 4 for the PS4 and Xbox One.

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NVIDIA rumored to skip the GeForce 800 series, with GTX 980 coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 31, 2014 1:49 am

It looks like NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce GTX 900 series, with the company to reportedly skip the 800 series, according to VideoCards.com. The site is reporting that NVIDIA will launch the new second-generation Maxwell-based GPUs on September 9-10 at a press event, with the NDA lifting on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 on September 19.

 

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There's not much known on the new GeForce GTX 980 (if that's what it arrives as) other than the fact that it should arrive with a 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of RAM by default - up from the 3GB on the current GTX 780. With AMD only just announcing its Radeon R9 285 and R9 285X last week, the new GTX 970 could fight it in the mid-range, or NVIDIA could drop the price of its current GTX 770 and GTX 760 to better fight Red Team off.

 

Then we have the fact of AMD sitting on the unannounced Radeon R9 295X, something that the company should announce or unveil as soon as NVIDIA is done pulling the curtain off of its new Maxwell-based video cards.

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