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AMD's RSCE 16.8.3 drivers out, ready for Battlefield 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 6:25 pm

You might be too busy enjoying the Battlefield 1 open beta right now to realize AMD has released new Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers that are ready for both Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Battlefield 1. You can grab the new drivers right here.




AMD says it has also added new DX11 CrossFire profiles for both games, with the new 16.8.3 hotfix solving some of the issues with random blank or colored screens when gaming on Radeon RX 400 series cards.

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PS4 Neo priced at $450, says inside source

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 6:19 pm

Sony's new higher-end 4K-ready PlayStation 4 "Neo" will cost $450 says a source inside the console's manufacturing facility.




Remember that Foxconn worker who sketched what Sony's PS4 "Neo" console looks like? After the sketches went viral, that same source is now back with even more potential info on one of the PS4K's most important aspects: cost. The employee says that the new upgraded PS4 will run 3,000 Chinese Yeun which equates to $450 USD, falling in line with accidentally-revealed Amazon console price listings.


Atul Goyal, managing director at investment banking firm Jefferies & Company, predicts that Sony's new PS4 "Neo" will cost $399. In Sony's official PS4K confirmation interview, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House said that the new "hardcore" PS4 would be "more expensive than the current $350 version." However $50 doesn't seem enough of a cost bump to make a profit, especially give the requisite hardware in order to achieve the console's targeted performance specs, which include upscaled 4K gaming, native 1080p 60FPS, and enhanced PlayStation VR support.

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Eurocom's new laptop: 64GB RAM, 120Hz display, dual GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 5:27 pm

Eurocom is always pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible with laptops, and with the introduction of NVIDIA's incredible GeForce 10 series GPUs inside of notebooks, Eurocom is here with their new Sky E9E2 laptop.




The new Eurocom Sky E9E2 is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with a single GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, and if you've got the money to spend, you can get it configured with a second GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 for some SLI gaming laptop goodness. Not only that, but the 17.3-inch display comes in two variants: 1920x1080 with a 120Hz refresh rate (yes, please) or the higher-end 4K panel. NVIDIA G-Sync can be included, but it'll cost extra.




It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM, and it's not like you'll need that with games like Halo 5: Forge requiring 16GB of RAM for 4K 60FPS gameplay, but for video editors on the go (like my good YouTuber friends, such as Dimitry from HWC), 64GB of RAM in a laptop is a big freakin' deal.

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Sony blog hints PS4 Neo will launch this year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 4:19 pm

A PlayStation France blog post seems to hint that Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 "Neo" console will launch sometime in 2016.




(Photo: A mock-up of Sony's PS4 Neo by Peter Segura based on leaked sketches)


We know that Sony will almost certainly unveil its new upgraded and high-end PS4 model (PS4 Neo, PS4K, PS4.5) during its special PlayStation Meeting just six days away, but there's still some doubt whether or not the PS4 "Neo," which reportedly offers 4K game upscaling and native 1080p 60FPS thanks to GPU upgrades, will arrive this year. PlayStation France might've just inadvertently spilled the beans with its new blog post, which promises that everyone will see the "future of games" during the event.


"I can guarantee you that [you are] going to discover the future of games and know many of the innovations that we have prepared for the coming months," reads the most revealing snippet of the blog post. Now take a close look at the last part of that sentence, the part about innovations being prepared for the coming months. Sure this could just be for Sony's new thinner and cheaper PS4 Slim refresh, but wouldn't that just be a single innovation, not innovations?

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Land a tech job with the Linux Power User Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 3:30 pm



While Mac and Windows are popular operating systems, Linux still holds its own in the tech world. Favored for its versatility and open-sourced nature, you can find Linux in everything from home automation to network security. So, if you're looking to break into tech but don't know what to specialize in, picking up Linux is a great first move.


With the Linux Power User Bundle, you can take a beginner's approach to mastering this well-rounded operating system, and it's on sale for only $19.


This 5-course bundle will help you master the ins and outs of Linux regardless of your experience level. You'll ease into the Linux basics as you learn Linux alternatives to Windows programs. Then you'll master common Linux commands and make your way into more advanced topics like server and database management.


The Linux Power User Bundle normally retails for $693, but TweakTown readers can save over 90% off and get it for only $19.

Free Minecraft mini-game: Tumble, download avaliable now

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 3:26 pm

Just recently Mojang have announced developer 4J Studio, will be offering another free mini-game for Minecraft users. The freebie is for PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Tumble, is available now for gamers to play, with the download set to see Wii U owners later this week. The addition of a new Battle Map will also be amongst the changes as the free download is for console editions only.




For those unfamilar with the game, the idea of Tumble is to challenge other opponents (up to eight players), with the intention to knock one another into the lava by destroying the blocks from underneath their feet. The new Minecraft mini-game levels are generated randomly, some players will have multiple levels to battle on and others will have the exhilarating thrill of hazardous features, such as Slime and TNT blocks.


Mojang have created two variants of Tumble available for Minecraft enthusiasts. One style equips players with the standard snowballs to throw at enemy blocks, whilst the other provides players with the famous shovel to dig at opponents. Scoring is simple, the winner left standing after the best of 3 rounds claims the title

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BioWare's new IP will be revealed soon

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 2:22 pm

BioWare is working on a new unannounced IP outside of existing franchises and series, and it will be revealed soon according to EA.




Although everyone in the gaming sphere is looking forward to BioWare's new Mass Effect: Andromeda RPG, the studio is also working on something completely brand new. We've gleaned lots of evidence from EA financials and past coverage suggesting that BioWare's new IP might be an action game instead of an RPG, and we also know that it will have extensive online capabilities.


"We've been very open about the fact that Bioware is working on a new IP, and we'll get to talk about that in the not too distant future," EA studios exec Patrick Soderlund said in an interview with Games Industry Biz.

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Samsung's new Gear S3 comes in two models

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 1:34 pm

IFA 2016 - Today at a special separate press conference at IFA 2016 Samsung announced and launched their new Galaxy Gear S3 smart watch. This smart watch is supposed to be a culmination of all of Samsung's learnings over the last 7 generations of making smart watches and as a result comes in two models.




The classic model is more geared towards fashion, style and looks while the Fronteir is more aimed at active individuals with a more rugged look, style and features. The Frontier is the most capable of the two watches with built-in GPS capability and even LTE connectivity for a truly untethereed wearable experience.

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ASUS launches new products within Zen line

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 11:37 am

IFA - Today at IFA, ASUS announced their newest products, and without any doubt, ZenWatch 3 was the most popular.




Their new Android smartwatch looks better than the last two and it should have better performance. Unlike ZenWatch 2, the new watch is round shapped and has three buttons, which is according to ASUS a first for Android smartwatches. It is available in three finishes - metal, siler and rose gold and it comes with a straps available in dark brown and beige color.


The ZenWatch 3 has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution covered with Gorilla Glass. Customers can choose between 50 watch faces but if that's not enough for you, ASUS lets you create your own unique watch face.

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Tesla beefs up chip expertise with another new hiring

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 9:21 am

Earlier this year Tesla showed their intent to beef up their chip expertise with the hiring of former AMD and Apple CPU designer Jim Keller. That move indicated that Tesla might be considering building their own chips for their cars which previously seemed far-fetched since they had stuck with NVIDIA and Mobileye for so long.




Then, following a high-profile accident which resulted in a death of a customer Tesla dropped Mobileye as a chip supplier which seemed sudden but may have made more sense since they were acquiring chip experts like Jim Keller.


Now, Tesla appears to be expanding their hiring to GPU engineers with the hiring of Anand Mandapati who was most recently employed by Apple according to his LinkedIn.

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