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Spotify matches Apple Music family plan pricing

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

Apple Music has been growing thanks in part to its $14.99/mo family plan, and Spotify has taken notice. As of today, the Swedish streaming service offers the same plan except it does Apple one better and supports up to six people instead of five.

 

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At last count, Apple Music sat at 13 million subscribers (up two million over the previous count), while Spotify sat at 30 million.

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Pass the most in-demand IT certification test with these courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

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In the tech world, certifications are key to landing jobs and promotions, and CompTIA's A+ 900 Series certification is one of the best. With this year's exam being harder than ever, you'll need the right training to make sure you pass with flying colors.

 

For $49, you'll have access to 33 courses that cover everything critical to passing the exam. From computer components and hardware to troubleshooting and configuring Windows, you'll be able to master all of the exam topics with over 50 hours of instruction.

 

CompTIA's certification is instrumental in boosting your IT career forward, and these courses will prepare you to earn it. Usually $895, TweakTown readers can access all 33 courses for only $49.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 mod improves texture quality

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

The game just keeps getting better: first there was the Japanese voices, English subtitles mod for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, and now there's a texture improvement mod.

 

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Created by modder Fraggoso with the use of Kalaiden's also sweet Untitled Project X mod, this one reworks all the game's low-resolution textures to bring them up to par with the rest of a given scene. To compare the work, head here and here (likely the best example) and mouse over and under the different shots. While Square Enix's remastering is fine work, the mod shows there was still significant room for improvement.

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Colorful teams with Bykski for the new GeForce GTX 1080 water block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is one of the best video cards ever made, but it'll be even better when it's overclocked to its yet unknown limits. In blows Colorful with news that their new GTX 1080 Founders Edition water block is coming soon, with the company teaming up with Chinese water block manufacturer Bykski.

 

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Their new water block is the first to market with full coverage, and is designed exclusively for the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. The company has teased its new series of iGame-powered GeForce GTX 1080 cards, that will be announced after May 27. The new Colorful GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition will be available soon for $699, while the new Bykski water block will be priced at $100.

NVIDIA releases GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers, Game Ready for Overwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

You're sitting at your PC waiting for Overwatch, but you want the new GeForce drivers to be released... well here you go: GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers that are Game Ready for Blizzard's new first-person shooter.

 

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The new drivers include SLI support for Overwatch, which is great to see on day one. NVIDIA reocmmends the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for 4K at 60FPS, a GTX 970 for 2560x1440 at 60FPS, with both resolutions matched with the High graphics setting in Overwatch. At 1080p and Medium settings, the GTX 950 should provide 60FPS average.

The custom GeForce GTX 1080 cards will be priced at less than $699

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

We've been wondering what cost the custom GeForce GTX 1080 cards will be, with NVIDIA stating the lowest will cost $599, while their GTX 1080 Founders Edition card costing $699. Well, according to a recent Colorful press release, Colorful's "custom-designed GTX 1080 video cards" will "retail below the [price of] the GTX 1080 Founders Edition".

 

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With the cost of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition from NVIDIA set at $699, this means we should see a varying cost between $599-$699 for the overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 cards. That might sound like news, but think about the cost. The GTX 1080 costs $599, but the Founders Edition which is capable of over 2GHz on its new 16nm-based GP104 GPU, so what will custom cards be clocked up to if something with a single fan and 1x 8-pin PCIe power is already the best card on the market?

 

The custom GeForce GTX 1080 cards should, in theory, be faster than the GTX 1080 Founders Edition. But, it looks like they'll be priced cheaper than the Founders Edition, which is - well, great? NVIDIA loses out because most gamers and enthusiasts will buy a custom GeForce GTX 1080, while system builders and more professional customers will find comfort in the new NVIDIA reference design GTX 1080 in the form of the Founders Edition.

AMD's next-gen Zen APUs reportedly 50% faster than their predecessor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

AMD is ramping up for quite a large Computex 2016, with the big reveal of the next-gen Polaris-based video cards, and then the exciting new Zen architecture on the CPU side of things. Well, it looks like the new Zen APUs will be exciting, with a purported 50% increase in performance than the previous Kaveri-based APUs.

 

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AMD's new processors will arrive on the AM4 socket, with the flagship SKU offering 12 compute cores, with 4 of them Compute-based, while the rest will reside on the GPU side. The flagship APU will have 4 x CPU cores at 3.7GHz, with Turbo boosting it to 4.2GHz, with 2MB of L2 cache. On the GPU side, we'll have 8 x GCN 3.0-based compute units, with 512 streaming processors and a TDP of 65W. According to the latest leaks, AMD will have a low-power version that consumes 35W with a default clock of 2.9GHz and Turbo boost of up to 3.8GHz.

 

The performance tier SKU will be kicked down to 10 compute cores, with 4 dedicated to the compute side, and 6 to the graphics side. These chips will arrive in two different variants, with the highest APU hitting 3.5GHz and 3.8GHz on boost, while the 35W version will have a clock speed of 2.8GHz and boost of 3.5GHz. The budget ones will have 6 compute cores, at up to 3.5GHz and 3.8GHz on turbo, with 1MB of L2 cache. The graphics side has 4 compute units, and 256 GCN 3.0-based stream processors.

 

What about the performance? the new reports have gaming performance being 20% higher than the Carrizo Mobility chip, and over 50% over the Kaveri-based chips. It looks like Bristol Ridge is going to be mighty powerful, but where will it sit against an Intel CPU?

Don't be a hater - enter our 'Hateful Eight' Blu-ray giveaway now

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Hateful Eight' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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The 8th film by Quentin Tarantino. Six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all...

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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GIGABYTE teases next-gen X99 motherboards ahead of Computex 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

With Computex 2016 a little over a week away, GIGABYTE is getting out and ahead of the competitors with a much bigger tease of its beautiful new X99 motherboards, with its new X99 motherboards that will be compatible with Intel's next-gen Broadwell-E processors.

 

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GIGABYTE X99 Designare EX, X99 Ultra Gaming and X99 SLI Phoenix motherboards will have various features and abilities - with the biggest feature of them all being that they'll work with the upcoming Broadwell-E processors from Intel. We'll also have updated I/O connectivity, with the X99 Designare EX motherboard taking the new flagship X99 motherboard spot.

 

GIGABYTE's new X99 Designare EX motherboard is a larger E-ATX form factor, with 8+1 phase PWM power, that will help power the Broadwell-E processor and its socket through a required 8-pin power connector. There are 8 x DDR4 DIMMs, with the entire motherboard being covered with a large heat sink that will keep those temps low during those all-night gaming or benchmarking/overclocking sessions. GIGABYTE has adopted an awesome-looking blue/white theme on the X99 Designare EX motherboard, with some RGB LEDs and a new feature called Ambient Surround LED that will let users customize colors on specific parts of the motherboard.

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NVIDIA's new Tesla M10 video card features 4 x GPUs, 32GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

NVIDIA has just unveiled their latest Tesla M10 video card, which crams a huge 4 x Maxwell-based GPUs onto the single PCB. The new Tegra M10 card isn't for normal, or even enthusiast gamers, but it's aimed at virtual PCs and virtual application workloads.

 

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NVIDIA's new Tegra M10 has 4 x GM107 GPUs, with each core featuring 640 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 for a total of 2560 CUDA cores and 32GB of GDDR5. The four GPUs would normally suck up a considerable amount of power, but the Tesla M10 has a TDP of 225W, which is pretty amazing considering how much technology is crammed onto this card.

 

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The card can support up to 64 x virtual GPU instances, and 28 x H.264 1080p 30FPS streams at once. Each user will have 512MB of VRAM, with the entire GPU filled with vGPU instances. If you've got 2 x Tesla M10 cards in your machine, then you can support 124 separate vGPU instances.

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