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Google expands its Google Glass Explorer program to the UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 5:45 am

Until now, Google Glass has only been made available to US citizens - starting today however, everything changes. Google has expanded its Explorer program into the UK, with Google Glass being priced at £1,000 (around $1,700 USD).



Future UK-based Glass owners have the option of purchasing prescription frames, too. For those who aren't convinced about Glass yet, Google is planning to publicly showcase its wearable device in London on June 27 and 28. Google will be showing UK residents Glass between 10AM and 8PM on Stable Street, and you can RSVP to this now to test Glass, and chat with the people behind the wearable device.

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Ubisoft rumored to have watered down The Division's graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 5:16 am

When Ubisoft unveiled The Division at E3 2013, most - including myself - were quite blown away. Could this be? A true next-gen title? Well, we thought so until this year - but even with the game hitting only next-gen consoles and PCs (with no release on previous generation platforms) - the game is being gimped, just like Watch Dogs.



This is just a rumor right now, as we can't prove it like the modders did with Watch Dogs, but according to Whatifgaming, a source close to them said that Massive Entertainment - the studio behind The Division - has already removed "quite a lot of screen space reflections from the game" and that The Division will not look as good as it did during the reveal at E3 2013.


This source had some interesting things to say: "We really loved the reception to the demo we showed on the PC version at E3. Currently as it stands, there is definitely a lot of push coming from publishers to not make the experience so different on consoles as to alienate people into thinking that next generation is not as powerful as PC. This is probably what happened at Ubisoft Montreal. I think that while making stability changes is definitely important, it does not completely obliterate a lot of enhanced rendering applications".

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Intel has asked AMD for access to Mantle for an 'experiment'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 4:25 am

Intel has asked AMD for access to its Mantle API, with Intel confirming it asked its competitor for access to Mantle, for something it has called an "experiment". Intel has reaffirmed its position with DirectX, saying that it remains committed to the open standard.


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AMD has over 47 game developers signed up for its Mantle API, with its competitor NVIDIA only signing up Crytek and Ubisoft to its GameWorks program. So we know that AMD and NVIDIA are wanting to get game developers on their side, but what is Intel's play in all of this? In Q2 of this year, according to data from Jon Peddie Research, AMD and NVIDIA have 33% of the GPU market share, combined. The rest is dominated by Intel.


Richard Huddy, who just joined AMD again as its "gaming scientist" said: "I know that Intel have approached us for access to the Mantle interfaces, et cetera. And right now, we've said, give us a month or two, this is a closed beta, and we'll go into the 1.0 [public release] phase sometime this year, which is less than five months if you count forward from June. They have asked for access, and we will give it to them when we open this up, and we'll give it to anyone who wants to participate in this".

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Microsoft confirms it isn't shutting down Games for Windows Live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 3:30 am

Microsoft has been forced to make a statement regarding Games for Windows Live, which is a service for PC gamers, and whether it will be shutting down. The software giant has formally denied that it is shutting down the service.


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The company talked with Game Informer, where it said: "We are continuing to support the Games for Widows Live service. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual".


We heard back in March that Microsoft had "a renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming" when the head of Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, stepped up and talked about it. Is the future of PC gaming DirectX 12? For me, I think we're going to see big changes soon, but Microsoft won't be at the center of it.

Grab Saints Row IV with 75% off in the Steam Summer Sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 3:14 am

I'm sure you've already loaded up your library with games during the Steam Summer Sales, but they continue - with Saints Row IV down to $12.49 from $49.99, representing a nice 75% off. We also have Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition down 75%, from $19.99 to just $4.99.


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Nether has a massive 80% off, dropping its original $14.99 price to just $2.99, while The Lego Movie: Video Game also enjoying 75% off, reducing its $29.99 price to just $7.49. The Flash Sales today include Gone Home, which is down from $19.99 to just $2.99, Scribblenauts Unlimited with 75% off, down from $19.99 to $4.99, Spec Ops: The Line with 80% off, and Rising Storm: GotY Edition with 75% off.

Rumours swirl of Star Wars Episode VII delay into 2016

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 2:54 am

Back last year before production on the next Star Wars film began in full swing, it's understood that Director J.J. Abrams preferred release date of May 2016 was shot-down by Disney brass, concerned that any delay to the promised release date of 2015 would upset Disney shareholders regarding the $4 billion transaction that saw them purchase the brand and all LucasFilm companies.


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However, following last fortnights an on-set injury sustained to Harrison Ford which is now understood to be worse-than-expected (in the form of a broken leg), speculation has begun swirling that a May 2016 release date could be back on the cards.


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According to a report by JediNet (bastions of solid reporting during production on the prequels), a meeting has been convened on the Pinewood set regarding the delay in shooting, with one of the options being a complete release delay. There has been confirmed word from Disney or LucasFilm on this report.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 to arrive soon, could be a huge 3GB download

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 2:24 am

The second update to Windows 8.1 is expected to roll out in the coming months, with Windows 8.1 Update 2 set to roll out to users across the world in August-September, but there's news now on just how big this download will be.


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A Microsoft representative has reportedly taken to the EightForums, stating that the company is currently training its support employees for Windows 8.1 Update 2. This rep confirmed the August-September timeframe for its release, which will be released into the Windows Store. Something that should surprise most is that Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be a huge 3GB in size.


Considering Update 1 was 'just' 700MB, 3GB is a huge contrast in sizes. This person could just be talking nonsense, but we could also expect Windows 8.1 Update 2 to be 3GB, and if it does, what do you think about that?

Disappear to Wolf Creek in our Blu-ray giveaway thanks to Roadshow

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 12:38 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Wolf Creek 2' on home video formats, our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment Australia have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.


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


If you were being stalked by Mick Taylor, what would be your escape plan?


To enter, simply 'like' this post via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to Ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on June 27th. The total prize pool is approximately $174.75.


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'Wolf Creek 2' is available on Blu-ray + digital combo pack, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on June 25th.

Current cybersecurity threats are confusing and companies struggle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 11:29 pm

Companies and enterprises are seeing the negative impact of cybersecurity issues, such as data breaches can cause, but aren't using information protection strategies to help combat the problem, according to a recent survey published by CSO Magazine and PwC.


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Three out of four companies experienced some type of security problem in the past year, with an average of 135 incidents per company. To make matters worse, improving cybersecurity still isn't company priority when compared to other day-to-day business activities.


"While the number of cybercrime incidents and the monetary losses associated with them continue to rise, most U.S. organizations' cybersecurity capabilities do not rival the persistence and technological skills of their cyber adversaries," according to the survey.

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Samsung, Apple and others promote health apps on smartwaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:20 pm

Technology manufacturers are greatly helping the medical industry by jumping into the smartwatch market, with medical statistics collected in a non-evasive manner. Samsung, Apple, Google, and other companies creating smartwatch technology hope to give customers the chance to track heart rate, calories, blood sugar, and similar data that can be quickly analyzed.


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To help make it easier to implement these types of features, medical scientists are being recruited to lend a hand, while they also approach U.S. regulators asking for oversight. There is special interest in glucose monitoring, which could be a market worth more than $12 billion by 2017. There has been a 41 percent increase in diabetes over the past five years, and glucose tracking via smartwatch will help save medical patients the trouble of pricking their fingers.


During a press event to announce the Simband last month in San Francisco, Samsung heavily promoted the ability to actively and accurately track medical data.

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