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Nintendo's new retro console 'NES Mini' debuts 11th Nov

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:30 pm

A new exciting console is coming to store shelves this Fall! The highly anticipated Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, or as it's been nicknamed, the 'NES Mini' will be available for purchase, November 11, 2016.




The newly developed miniature NES console will include 30 classic pre-loaded games, along with a single NES controller. Some of the games include Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, plus more!


Nintendo has now revealed that the emulator running the NES Mini is a brand new creation, developed differently from the emulator used for console games on the standard Wii and Wii U. This now means the NES Mini will provide different modes of display, from regular, to upscaled and even a "pixel perfect" mode, giving the old school vibe amongst gamers on their TVs.

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Lock in your IT career with an in-demand certification

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:30 pm



While the market for tech jobs is fierce, having the right certification can give you a huge edge over the competition. The Microsoft MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification is regarded as one of the industry's best, and having one under your belt opens up a slew of career paths in server administration.


With the Microsoft MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification Exam Prep course, you can get the skills needed to ace this certification exam and bring yourself that much closer to landing a lucrative tech gig, all for only $49.


This course will walk you through the essentials of running Windows Server 2012. You'll learn what it takes to manage a modern data server as you dive into storage, systems management, and networking with Windows Server 2012. You'll also get hands-on training as you build your own network infrastructures as well, honing your skills in preparation for the exam.


Normally $899, the Microsoft MCSA Windows Server 2012 is on sale to TweakTown readers for only $49--that's a discount of more than 90% off its original retail price!

Paid DLC in early access games is actually happening

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:32 pm

Studio Wildcard has just set a new sleazy precedent for the gaming world: paid DLC expansions for early access games.



Ark: Survival Evolved isn't officially released yet and it's already getting a paid DLC pack. No, really; amid all the fruits that modern gaming has delivered, gamers have to toil through exploitative paygates galore, with microtransactions, season passes, freemium schemes, ridiculously shallow DLC packs eroding the very spirit of the industry.


Now Studio Wildcard has taken that a step further by releasing a $20 paid DLC for their unfinished early access online survival sim Ark: Survival Evolved, which is priced at $34.99 on the Xbox Store. So that's $54.99 total for an early access game. Let that sink in for a minute. Oh, the DLC pack is marked as

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Netflix releases trailers for new TV shows and movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 1:27 pm

aNetflix has just released a bunch of new trailers for their upcoming shows, with trailers for Easy, Chef's Table: France, and even a time travel movie called ARQ - as well as teasing a new clip for Narcos: Season 2. As for details on the new shows, here's what we're looking at:




  • Easy: an original comedy anthology series written, directed and produced by filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas)
  • Chef's Table: France: A new installment of the critically acclaimed food documentary series, four new episodes dedicated to the world's most renowned French chefs.
  • ARQ: A small budget sci-fi original movie written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (Orphan Black).




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Overwatch's second season of Competitive Play has begun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 11:32 am

Most gamers are pumping in some serious hours into the Battlefield 1 open beta, and I'm sure Blizzard are seeing a dip in Overwatch players - so the second season of Competitive Play begins early, for PC and Xbox One gamers at least.




Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Competitive Mode's second season has started early, where he said: "Yes. Season 2 is now live on PC", after it was meant to start on September 6. There's a new skill rating system, the removal of Sudden Death, and the return of tier-based rankings, reports Polygon.


The PS4 version of Overwatch will have the new season of Competitive Play start on September 6.

IMAX receives first shipment of VR headsets from Acer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 9:52 am

If you've seen a movie in the 70mm format at IMAX, with movies like Interstellar looking absolutely incredible, then you'll be excited to hear that IMAX is preparing some of its theaters for virtual reality.




IMAX will be using Acer's new StarVR headset in their LA-based IMAX VR Center, with the first shipment of Acer's new StarVR headsets to be rolled out in a larger phase as more stock is released to the company. Acer will his mass production of StarVR headsets in 2017, with IMAX receiving the first batch in the coming weeks.


StarVR features a resolution of 5120x1440, or 2560x1440 per eye and mixed with the huge 210-degree field of view, we are talking about a Oculus Rift and HTC Vive killer here. The Rift and Vive run a native resolution of 2160x1200 (1080x1200 per eye), and a massive increase over the 110-degree FOV, with StarVR rocking a 210-degree field of view.


IMAX won't be stopping with its push into the VR world in LA, with the company having over 6 international locations in planning, and plans to expand into China in the future, too.

Apple's new 2TB iCloud tier, ready for the 256GB iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 8:30 am

Apple has all but confirmed its new iPhone for next week, with the September 7 press event locked in, and Apple ready to announce the new iPhone, and surely a slew of other products and announcements.




One of them is here early, with Apple has announced a change to its iCloud pricing, with a new 2TB option. With rumors that Apple will unveil a larger 256GB model iPhone 7, the supersized iCloud tier will surely be welcomed next week, and for Apple-heavy users.


The new iCloud pricing is as follows, with all prices in USD:


  • 50GB - $0.99
  • 200GB - $2.99
  • 1TB - $9.99
  • 2TB - $19.99

Biggest, cheapest 4G network anywhere launches in India

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 7:33 am

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani is about to launch Reliance Jio's mobile services, meaning 4G LTE internet for Earth's second most populous nation as well as free voice calls forever, and a ridiculously cheap data plan.




It's claimed the network is the largest anywhere in the world, and has the cheapest data rates anywhere in the world (1GB of data for 75 cents). Long-term, the plan is to upgrade to 5G and 6G network technology (support is already baked in), and to expand to 90 percent of India's citizens (at launch, 18,000 cities and 200,000 remote areas will be covered).


If you're thinking the deal is too good to be true, you're likely right. The expectation is upon crushing competition and acquiring a massive subscriber base, Reliance will worsen the deal some would describe as unsustainable so as to achieve profitability (a somewhat common business plan). The crushing part has already begun: competitor Airtel (which relies on voice calls for most of its revenue) saw its stock drop 9% today following Reliance's announcement.

Acer's new Swift ultrathin notebooks feature Kaby Lake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 6:23 am

Acer unveiled a new line of ultrathin notebooks at IFA 2016, with the Swift brand launching with Intel's next generation Kaby Lake architecture.




Acer's new Swift line has four models in tow; the Swift 1, Swift 3, Swift 5, and Swift 7 - the higher the number, the more premium the product. Acer's flagship Swift 7 model is just 9.98mm and only 1.1kg (2.48lbs), featuring a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS-based display that is found in a beautiful all-aluminum unibody and thin bezel.




Inside of the Swift 7 you'll find an Intel Core i5-7300U processor, based on Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture on the 14nm process. It'll also sport a 256GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and 2T2R 802.11ac with MU-MIMO for connectivity.




Acer will make the Swift 7 available next month, starting at $999.

AliceX: the 'virtual girlfriend experience' is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 5:40 am

When the world of VR was first being teased, I knew it would be like opening up Pandora's Box, but I didn't think we'd see VR girlfriend services this quickly... did you?




AliceX is a new service that wants to offer people companionshipo through the form of their "virtual girlfriend experience", with real models and actors standing in for your "girlfriend", either on your PC or smartphone. Engadget explains that AliceX is a "mixture of customized porn and cam sites, except it seems as though it'd be a whole lot more intimate than simply watching from afar as you would with regular pay-to-view porn operations. Of course, the women are available for straight up companionship as well most likely, even if the official implication of the VR service is for fulfilling sexual fantasies".


The screenshots that the AliceX PR team sent out show low-quality 3D backgrounds, but the mix of real-time, accessible porn and the Matrix-like world of having a girlfriend, there will be some seriously interesting stories from this service.


How does it work? Once you sign up for the AliceX service, you'll be entered into the running for a free "starter bundle" that includes a Zeiss VR One headset, and 30 minutes with the girl of your choice. AliceX will have support for the Oculus Rift in the future, with compatible smartphones needing to run Android 5.0, or higher. iOS isn't supported for now.