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First UltraHD Blu-ray player hits Japanese market next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 11:10 pm

Having revealed their first UltraHD Blu-ray player at this year's CES, Panasonic has beaten all other consumer electronics companies to the punch, announcing they'll be the first to launch a player as soon as next month.




According to PC World, the DMR-UBZ1 will release in Japan on November 15 and will sell for an eye-watering 400,000 yen ($3334 USD). The unit will also come equipped with a 3TB HDD for recording TV broadcasts. Unfortunately, the player probably won't have any true 4K discs until early next year when Fox release their first batch, but for cinema freaks that need the latest and greatest - you better hop on a plane.

Sony pushes PS4 users to buy Destiny via new suggestion feature

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 10:37 pm

Even if you don't own Bungie's new expansion-entwined flavor of Destiny, the game might pop up on your PlayStation 4 UI anyway and prompt you to download it.




Non-Destiny PS4 gamers spotted this strange occurrence and reported it on NeoGAF, where it was revealed to be Sony's new "curated content" recommendation system that automatically adds suggestions based on your previously downloaded games. So if you happen to see it don't think you just got a free copy of the game or anything--when you activate the pane you'll be taken right to Destiny's listing on the PlayStation Store.


The feature can be pretty annoying, but you can simply disable it by ticking off "featured content" in the Automatic Download Settings pane. Here's what Sony has to say about the feature: "The PS4 system has the ability to learn about your preferences. It will learn your likes and dislikes, allowing you to discover content pre-loaded and ready to go on your console in your favorite game genres or by your favorite creators."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 10:31 pm



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Destiny: Full Sleeper Simulant guide, all quests revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 9:37 pm

Destiny's new The Taken King expansion has a nice offering of hidden secrets, but there's one puzzle that even Master Rahool can't solve: the mystery surrounding the ultra-rare Sleeper Simulant exotic fusion rifle. Destiny fans have been chasing the elusive gun for weeks, dedicating serious time and effort in the Destiny Reddit...and it looks like they've unlocked another clue.




The Sleeper Simulant is one of the most powerful guns in the game, but the dynamic quest on how to actually attain it has been shrouded in mystery. Little by little Destiny fans across the globe have chipped in to solve the mystery, leading to a galactic treasure hunt that's brought the community closer together. Gamers have even delved into Destiny's source code looking for answers.


Now another clue has been spotted, but the search continues. According to a new Reddit thread, a Guardian was able to trigger a new quest called "The First Firewall" on Earth's Cosmodrome region. This mission is just the first in a line of quests that is believed to end with the Sleeper Simulant as a reward.

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Apple's 3D Touch is coming to Android phones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 8:30 pm

Apple's new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display technology is one of the major features of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, offering a unique layered interface that redefines traditional smartphone UIs. But now it looks like the tech isn't just staying in Apple's reach, and will be crossing over to Android.




Human-interface developer Synaptics is responsible for the breakthrough and fully expects the new display technology to "become the new norm" in smartphones. Synaptics plans to use its new ClearPad 3700 Display Controller to fully mirror the same variable force performance of Apple's 3D Touch and bring it to the realm of Android phones.


According to Synaptics, this new display interface will offer "new dimensions in user interfaces such as speed scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or stylus". The controller also has SideTouch, a new function that allows users to use the bezels of a phone to scroll or tap within disrupting what's on the screen.

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Report: Apple to launch 4K 21.5-inch iMac next week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 7:45 pm

On the heels of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus sales, reports indicate that Apple is ready to bring 4K resolution to its 21.5-inch iMacs.




Sources at 9to5Mac say that Apple will start selling the new 4K iMacs as early as October 13, making it a surprise announcement to bolster its product line and fill in the gap between September's iPhone sales and November's upcoming iPad Pro release.


Although the 4K-ready iMacs will sport 4,096x2,304 resolution, the new models will reportedly match the current 1080p iMacs in terms of aesthetics. Significant changes are coming under the hood, however, with refreshed hardware across the board including a beefier video card to power the display. It's assumed Apple's El Capitan OS will be pre-loaded, and speculation hints that Apple's new Force-Touch Magic Mouse 2 and a new enhanced Bluetooth keyboard combo could come inside the box.


A 4K iMac would sit comfortably between the 1080p iMac and Apple's 27-inch 5K Retina Display iMac, and it's fair to assume the 21.5-inch 4K model will come at a hefty price tag. The publication also notes that while the 4K iMacs could show up as soon as next week, Apple may not ship mass quantities until November.

HP releasing Star Wars Special Edition notebook

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 7:32 pm

Not long ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie launch and about a week before the Star Wars: Battlefront game launch, HP is releasing its Star Wars Special Edition Pavillion notebook.




It's a cheeky love letter of sorts to the hardcore Star Wars fan that packs in Star Wars sound bytes (like R2-D2 talking when you plug or unplug devices), a Death Star themed recycle bin icon that changes depending on how full it is, and a treasure trove of over 1,100 behind the scenes images, storyboards, artwork, audio selections, concept art, and more (which you can browse via the "Star Wars Command Center").


As for hardware, you can choose between a Skylake Core i5 or i7 CPU and Intel HD Graphics 520 or NVIDIA GeForce 940M7 GPUs, and set yourself up with as much as 12GB of RAM and 2TB storage. The display is a welcome 15.6'' and can be made touchscreen; an optical drive and B&O tuned speakers are also included; the battery will last you about seven hours. This is not the gaming laptop you are looking for, but if you're a Star Wars geek, it may be worth the $699.99 they're asking (an extra $39.99 if you want the themed wireless mouse and sleeve) over the $549.99 for the non-themed version.


The notebook is available for pre-order starting tomorrow, October 8; shipment starts November 8.

GeForce drivers, SLI profile prepare you for Battlefront beta

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 6:46 pm

NVIDIA has released its GeForce 358.50 drivers today, in order to improve performance in the Star War Battlefront open beta. Along with that comes an SLI profile, also specifically aimed improving performance in Battlefront. You can grab both at the source.




The beta begins tomorrow. You should be able to get started via the Origin client when the time comes.


Battlefront is developed by DICE, the guys behind the acclaimed Battlefield series. Word on the Internet is the game was surprisingly fun in the closed beta. However, it doesn't support dedicated servers.

Google wants to improve mobile web performance

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 6:07 pm

Google met with technology companies and publishers recently to discuss the issue of slow loading websites on mobile, an issue they believe causes significant revenue loss for website owners.




Following the talks, they've launched the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project. As you can probably tell from the name, the aim is to improve mobile browsing performance, but it's also to better how code functions across all the different devices available today.


The project is built on AMP HTML, "a new open framework built entirely out of existing web technologies, which allows websites to build light-weight webpages."


More than 30 publishers have signed on to start. Among them: Wordpress and Twitter.

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HP's 4K FreeSync monitor 'Envy' revealed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 5:18 pm

HP has pulled back the curtain on its newest display: a 32'' 4K monster with FreeSync support that it dubs "Envy." With this addition, AMD says it is now up to 10 partners and 24 displays on the FreeSync front.




HP boasts great viewing angles from nearly anywhere on the Envy, plus state of the art integrated speakers complete with quick access audio controls, heaps of ports, smartphone streaming support, and a remote control.


Envy retails for $499.

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