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Let C programming take your tech career to new heights

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 3:30 pm



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Acer's new curved laptop rocks GTX 1080 SLI, G-Sync

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 2:28 pm

Acer debuts a powerhouse gaming laptop with a 21:9 curved ultra-wide display, dual NVIDIA GTX 1080s, and Intel's new 7th generation Kaby Lake processors.




Acer revealed its new flagship Predator 21 X gaming laptop at IDF 2016 in Berlin, and boy does this notebook pack a serious punch. The Predator 21 X features the world's first curved display on a laptop, with the panel clocking in at a 21-inch ultra-wide IPS display (2560 x 1080) with NVIDIA G-Sync support and Tobii eye tracking for good measure.


Under the hood the Acer Predator 21 X is outfitted with dual NVIDIA GTX 1080's in SLI for some serious gaming power. Remember that the mobile GTX 1080 GPUs feature 2560 CUDA cores and a 1733MHz boost clock with 8GB of GDDR5X at 10GHz. The enthusiasts laptop will also tap Intel's new 7th generation Kaby Lake processors for maximum CPU performance.

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LG's new 38-inch UltraWide rocks 3840x1600 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 1:41 am

LG has just teased the world's largest curved UltraWide monitor, with the introduction of its new 38-inch display, the 38UC99.




The new 38-inch curved UltraWide rocks a huge resolution of 3840x1600, so not quite 4K, but more than the 3440x1440 native resolution of popular 34-inch UltraWide monitors. LG's new 38UC99 display rocks an IPS panel with a wide color gamut covering 99% of the sRGB color space.


This means professionals and enthusiasts alike will enjoy the crystal clear images of the IPS panel, while the 3840x1600 resolution provides plenty of desktop real estate. It's also the first UltraWide monitor to feature USB Type-C connectivity, allowing you to connect your smartphone - like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or a laptop into the display to charge or sync data.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided patch fixes a slew of problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 11:30 pm

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is getting patched fast on the PC, with Eidos Montreal pushing out another patch that addresses various issues gamers have been having since launch.




There aren't any notable performance improvements with the new patch, but the mouse sensitivity issues have been ironed out, and 'various issues' with 21:9 setups have also been fixed. The patch for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will roll out soon, but in the meantime here's a list of everything that has been fixed in the new patch:


  • Adjustments to the Mouse Sensitivity settings, which mean that you can now set sensitivity for the X and Y axis separately.
  • Increased range of Mouse Sensitivity settings.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause missing geometry in the Dubai level.
  • Fixed an issue with player movement and running on stairs and sloped surfaces.
  • Fixed various issues with 21:9 setups.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Unmark All" prompt would stay on screen.
  • Field of view setting now displays the angle used.

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Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition launches

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 9:33 pm

Maybe you like to play games all at once instead of in chunks or maybe you're just a cheapskate. Either way, The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition launches today with all DLC in tow, including two huge expansions, all-in-one neat package and for about $50.



As I've mentioned before, even just the vanilla game contains an enormous amount of content even by RPG standards, so if you decide to pick it up, you're getting a ridiculous amount of playtime (roughly 150 hours) for your dough, and with no real filler either. Oh, and many don't hesitate to say it's the best game of all time, period, so that helps.

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Apple ordered to pay €13bn in back taxes to Ireland

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 8:29 pm

Apple is facing a record €13bn ($14.5bn) fine after a probe by the European Commission, which found the company was routing profits through Ireland to minimize taxes.




According to the probe, Apple's scheme allowed it to pay as little as 0.005% on its European profits, or £50 in taxes for every £1m of profit (a "completely made-up number", according to Chief financial officer Luca Maestri). It's said to have achieved its goal by setting up virtual offices with no employees, offices, or real activity and enacting provisions of Irish law no longer in use.


Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company has done no wrong and he doesn't expect the decision to stick.

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Final Fantasy 15 barely hits 30FPS on consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 7:18 pm

Square Enix's new Final Fantasy 15 RPG won't be in full HD at all times on consoles, instead using dynamic resolution scaling to drop res to hit specific frame targets. But even with resolution drops both PS4 and Xbox One are struggling to maintain 30FPS.




Final Fantasy 15 game director Hajime Tabata says that the game currently runs with dynamic resolution PS4 and Xbox One in order to balance resolution and frame rates. Tabata confirmed that Sony's PS4 runs between 900p and 1080p and is "close" to hitting its targeted 30FPS, even with scaling. As is the norm, Microsoft's Xbox One fares worse with the scaling, dropping as low as 765p and only as high as 900p to hit a "close approximation" of 30FPS. So that means even with the scaling both consoles can't even maintain a steady 30FPS.


PS4 and Xbox One gamers are no stranger to dynamic scaling. Thanks to both consoles' outdated GPU and CPU tech, just about every game released this generation uses some form of resolution scaling in order to hit a specific FPS target. Even if a game is advertised as 1080p, if it uses dynamic resolution scaling, the game will drop below 1080p to maintain frame rates and reduce lag. It's not exactly an exact science either, leading to some less-than-smooth experiences across a ton of console games.

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Nintendo NX may have split D-pad and share button

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 6:28 pm

New rumors indicate Nintendo's next-gen NX handheld/console hybrid will have a split D-pad and a dedicated share button, and we have evidence to corroborate both claims.




Instead of using the traditional D-pad found on all DS handhelds and most controllers, the Nintendo NX's detachable controllers will use a D-pad split into four different sections--much like Sony's original PSP. That's according to an anonymous source per Let's Play Videogames. The idea for this is simple: since the NX tablet's handheld has two detachable on either end, the logic is that each controller can be used by two people and that the split D-pad will mimic the A X B Y face buttons while a circle-pad style analog stick is used for movement.




We also have some evidence to back this up. A day ago we reported on a Foxconn worker who sketched Sony's new PS4 Neo. This worker said that Foxconn is also manufacturing a "PSP-like device," which is believed to be Nintendo's new NX handheld. As the PSP has a split D-pad, this could corroborate the NX's rumor.

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GeForce 372.70 driver prepares you for Battlefield 1

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 5:15 pm

NVIDIA's new 372.70 driver is out now, and with some major additions.




First up is optimizations for World of Warcraft: Legion, the newly launched Battlefield 1 beta (check your e-mail), Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Quantum Break (Steam version, due September 14 with DirectX 11 support).


Beyond that, you get Fast Sync for Maxwell GPUs and the Extended, Clone, and Surround multimonitor configurations, and various bug fixes, mostly notably one for the high deferred procedure call (DPC) latency experienced upon upgrading to the GTX 1080.

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Samsung's 14nm Exynos mobile SoC boosts CPU power by 70%

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 4:12 pm

Samsung's new low-end Exynos mobile chip leverages the 14nm FinFET process, offering sizable performance boosts and power efficiency.




Samsung is currently mass producing its new lower-end Exynos 7570 SoC (System-on-Chip) optimized for affordable mobile and IoT devices. Built on the 14nm FinFET process, the new Exynos 7570 chip is 20% smaller than its predecessor's 28nm node making the new chip's transistor's more densely packed and now require less voltage. As such, the new 14nm Exynos chip's four ARM Cortex-153 cores are 30% more power efficient and enjoy a staggering 70% increase in CPU power compared to the earlier SoC.


Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Exynos 7570 is that Samsung has integrated specific components like an LTE and Wi-Fi modem, Bluetooth, and an FM radio directly into the chip. This will reduce the amount of extra components that need to be added to a device's motherboard, allowing phone-makers to shave off some space. "The new Exynos also offers a fully connected mobile experience by integrating a Cat. 4 LTE 2CA modem and various connectivity solutions, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio and GNSS," reads Samsung's press release announcement.

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