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Lian Li to show off their new O Series open-air chassis at CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 11:34 am

CES 2015: CES 2015 is just days away, so Lian Li has sent out an e-mail blast telling the world it will be showcasing its new open-air chassis, the O-Series, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas.



If you haven't seen the new Lian Li O-Series open-air chassis, there are a few different models to check out. We have the PC-05, PC-05S, PC-06S and PC-07S, with the company taking feedback in from the DIY community when it began constructing these new designs. All of which feature tempered glass windows, a PCI riser card, and "sleek and alum aluminum construction".


We will be on-hand with these Lian Li cases at CES 2015, so prepare for some coverage from us here at TweakTown next week.

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Google Play and YouTube's top selling movie of 2014? The Interview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 11:33 am

The Interview has only been available through Google Play and YouTube for around a week now, but the movie has quickly become the top selling movie of 2014 for both sites.


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During a talk with Bloomberg, a Google spokesperson spilled the beans, but nothing specific on the sales numbers of the Sony flick. Sony has said that the movie has made over $15 million online, but now that it's also on Apple's iTunes service, we should expect those numbers to rise. The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy is also on Microsoft's Xbox Video, and Sony's own dedicated site - which hasn't been hacked, yet.

The PlanetSide 2 beta reaches the PlayStation 4 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 9:41 am

Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley confirmed on Twitter today that the beta for PlanetSide 2 will be splashing down on the PlayStation 4 in January.


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Smedley wrote that the PS4 beta will be going live on "either the week of the 13th or 20th" but more confirmed dates will be available on January 5 when the development team is back to work.

Use your Philips Hue light bulbs with Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 7:20 am

When Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show premieres next month, you might want to get yourself some of those cool Philips Hue light bulbs to get into the mood.


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If you do have the Hue lightning system, you can download the Syfy Sync app, and sync your Hue lights to the episodes of 12 Monkeys, where the lighting will change at specific moments in the show. This isn't new for Syfy, as they did it with Sharknado 2, too. The app gets connected to your Hue bridge, and listens to your current playing program. Once it hits a particular moment in the show, such as extreme weather or violence, Syfy SYnc will change the color and intensity of the Hue lights.


12 Monkeys airs on Syfy in the US on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9PM ET.

LG will be showing off a bunch of new 4K TVs at CES 2015 next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 5:35 am

CES 2015: CES 2015 kicks off next week, with my bags not even packed yet and I jump on a plane 49.5 hours from now. But, LG is preparing a bunch of stuff to show off to the world, with a huge push in the world of 4K TVs.


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The South Korean giant is reportedly going to be showing off no less than eight different product lines (UC9, UB9800, UF9500, UF9400, UF8500, UF7700, UF6800 and UF6700), where we'll see more than just the usual quantum dot technology and webOS 2.0 Smart TV updates we've been hearing about lately. LG's new Ultra HD TV's are thinner than ever before, with the company promising upgrades for the color balance and black levels.


The built-in 4K video decoder can handle both 30FPS and 60FPS inputs, and is "future-proof" for future standards.

LG announces new 21:9 ultra-wide AMD FreeSync capable monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 4:30 am

CES 2015: LG has already teased it will be showing off a bunch of 4K TVs at CES 2015 next week, but the South Korean giant has just announced it will also be showcasing its new 21:9 ultra-wide monitors, too.


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These monitors will be powered by AMD's FreeSync technology, which make ultra-wide monitors even better for gamers. We only just reviewed the LG 34UC97 and loved it, but it definitely needed better gaming chops and well, here we are. The upcoming 34UM67 is LG's first 21:9 ultra-wide gaming monitor that was designed for gaming, featuring AMD's FreeSync technology.


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Roy Taylor, AMD's Corporate Vice President of ISV/IHV Partner Group explains "AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years. We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor."

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Samsung announces its new Ativ Book 9, with 12.2-inch 2560x1600 screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 3:50 am

Samsung has just unveiled its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, a new device that features a beautiful 12.2-inch 2560x1600 display, providing a nice brightness level of 700 nits when you turn on its outdoor mode.


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The new 2015 model has Samsung improving the keyboard with a scalloped design that is better on your fingers, and so much more. We have Intel's new Core M processor inside, and built-in Wolfson lossless audio player and native FLAC support, with Samsung putting in some serious focus into the audio this time around, which is a nice surprise.


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Samsung is starting the price of the new Ativ Book 9 at $1,199.99 with 4GB of RAM and an 128GB SSD, while for an extra $200 at $1,399.99 you'll get yourself double the RAM and SSD, at 8GB and 256GB, respectively.

Go 'Into the Storm' and win a copy of the disaster epic on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 3:15 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Into the Storm' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.


In the span of just a few hours, the city of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters theyve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.


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


If a category 10 (extreme) cyclone was headed your way, where would you seek shelter?

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Xbox One update provides improved performance, uses more eSRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 2:32 am

Microsoft is currently tweaking its latest SDK for the Xbox One, something that Dying Light developer Techland has gotten its hands-on. We've heard that Dying Light will be running at 1080p and 30FPS on the Xbox One and PS4, but it looks like the Xbox One side of things received its 1080p 30FPS target thanks to the latest update.


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The update in question provides developers with the ability of tweaking the Xbox One's eSRAM usage, where performance can be improved. The Lead Game Designer on Dying Light, Maciej Binkowski explains "We were using the latest version just prior to the new release that came out on December 12th. In terms of advantages, the main thing is just how much the ESRAM control has improved. The new API allows you to do a lot more with the ESRAM, things devs have always wanted to do but were not easily accessible. This together with better tools (PIX) allowed us to really improve performance and tweak ESRAM usage."


PIX, or Performance Investigator is a software tool used by developers on the Xbox One to analyze and debug their code in order to increase the performance of their titles. There have been a few developers that have been doing this, squeezing out as much performance as they can from the current (at the time) SDK. These developers include Bungie with Destiny, and Rockstar with Grand Theft Auto V, so Techland isn't the only one doing some tweaking with Dying Light.

Ebola patient zero traced back to contact with bats

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 1:00 am

According to a BBC report, scientists tracing this years deadly Ebola virus outbreak have found a correlation between patient zero; two year old Emile Ouamouno and a colony of bats in Guinea.


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During their four-week field trip in April 2014, Dr Fabian Leendertz and his colleagues found a large tree stump located close to the boys home. Now, Leendertz believes that the reeds and oil palm cultivations nearby attracted the bats, whose droppings likely infected Emile as he played in the hollow tree. On the release of his report, Dr Leendertz said "The Ebola virus must jump through colonies from bat to bat, so we need to know more."


The World Health Organisation believes that the 2014 outbreak claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people worldwide, with the majority of victims coming from Liberia.

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