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Win a Microsoft Surface Book

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 11:30 pm



It's nearly the new year, and in the spirit of new beginnings, we're feeling generous. And guess who gets to benefit from our generosity? You, if you're the lucky winner of our Microsoft Office Surface Book giveaway.


We've made it as easy as possible to enter the giveaway, so you can get right back to spiking the eggnog. Just head over to TweakTown Deals and submit your email address by January 6th. While you're at it, get into the giving spirt and share the giveaway with everyone you know. You'll get an extra entry for yourself whenever someone enters using your unique referral link.


If you win, we'll send you the Microsoft Surface Book worth $1,499 completely free. The powerful device seamlessly switches between laptop and tablet (and we're throwing in a Surface Pen, too). However you're using it, you'll get amazing screen resolution, 12 hours of battery life, and Windows 10 Pro, all on a device so light (just over three pounds) that you can take it anywhere.


Enter to win the Microsoft Surface Book by January 6th at TweakTown Deals!

Biostar Z170GT7, H170GT3, B150GT5 motherboards are racing themed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 10:55 pm

This is a new one: Biostar's latest motherboards -- the Z170GT7, H170GT3, and B150GT5 -- are racing themed. And by that we mean it comes complete with a checkered flag design and a "sports mode" dubbed GT Touch that gives you a performance boost.




Other features include Ferrite chokes, "super durable" solid caps, Intel LAN, SATA Express, a PCI-e M.2 slot, I/O Armor for dust and static protection, customizable LED effects that react to music, and a backup BIOS of sorts should things ever go horribly, horribly wrong. See below for full specifications.

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Huawei revenue grows 35% in 2015, smartphone sales gaining on Samsung

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 10:02 pm

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has had a killer 2015, with year-on-year revenue up 35% to 390 billion yuan (approximately $60.1 billion USD). In the third quarter, it passed Xiaomi as the #1 smartphone seller in China and became the #2 Android phone seller in Europe (thanks to its Honor sub-brand).




9 to 5 Google expects 2016 will be even bigger, given the impressive Nexus 6P and Huawei Watch devices, and goes so far as to say it may soon overtake Samsung as the #1 Android phone seller globally. Huawei shipped 100 million smartphones this year versus Samsung's 400 million, and it hasn't even launched the Honor brand in the US yet (it will in 2016). Seeing the massive success in Europe, it's likely to do great there as well.

Final Fantasy IX coming to PC and mobile in 2016

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 9:07 pm

Final Fantasy IX is going to be making its debut on PC, via Steam, and on Android and iOS devices sometime next year. A new trailer for the classic JRPG has sprung up on the new teaser site. There's no word on when it'll be released, nor if there'll even definitively be a western release, despite the site being in English.



When the titular Final Fantasy IX does hit digital shelves, it'll be compatible with devices running Android 4.1 or later and iOS 7.0 or later. This will almost complete the collection of Final Fantasy games on Steam and mobile.


And for those not familiar, the story is as follows: "Princess Garnet of Alexandria will soon celebrate her birthday, and to commemorate the occasion, a theater troupe has come to put on a show. However, these traveling performers have come not to entertain but to kidnap Her Highness. What starts as a seemingly simple seizure escalates into an incredible adventure. Join Zidane, Princess Garnet, and a party of extraordinary characters on a journey to discover the truth of the Crystal and save their world from an encroaching darkness." It truly is a classic that should be enjoyed by everyone. We'll look for more details soon, we hope.

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Hackers play Pokemon and run Linux on jailbroken PlayaStation 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 7:12 pm

Although PC's and consoles share a similarity in hardware, consoles are much more closed off and limited to first-party firmware. Today marks a possible end to these restrictions, as hackers have finally jailbroken Sony's PlayStation 4 console.




As you see in the video above, the skilled homebrewers at Fail0verflow successfully ported Linux over on the PS4, which pretty much opens the door to Sony's console transforming into a full-fledged PC. The hackers further demonstrated the flexibility of the exploit by emulating a Pokemon Game Boy Advance game and playing it on the PS4.


To get a stable port of Linux running on the PS4, Fail0verflow used Cturt's recent PS4 kernel exploit. Using the gateway provided by the exploit, the team was then able to rewrite over 7,000 lines of code. Be advised that the crack is based on PS4's running v 1.76 firmware, so don't expect it to work on PS4's running the latest v3.11 updates.

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VR needs PC's to be 7 times more powerful, says NVIDIA

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 6:10 pm

NVIDIA is excited about VR moving into 2016, but in order to actually run games comfortably without getting sick and at acceptable framerates, they say that we'll need PC's to be 7 times more powerful than they are now. Pascal might not be up to the task all on its own.




VR is going to put demands on our systems like we've never before, especially if we want a VR headset to have a resolution high enough that we can't see individual pixels. In some instances this is higher than 2K in each eye, or higher than 4K across the entire screen. And with Unreal Engine 4, Unity 5.x and the future of CryEngine, that'll be no easy feat.


NVIDIA spoke with VentureBeat about the challenges of VR and what they're doing to help provide the best experience possible. The bigest and most obvious answer is that they're building ultra-fast GPU's to help handle the workload. But it'd be a stretch to say that even Pascal, with HBM2 will be 7x faster than big Maxwell is. The next piece is GameWorks VR, tools similar to AMD's VR initiative that'll decrease latency and optimize for VR.

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Microsoft the latest to notify users of state-sponsored hacks

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 5:01 pm

Microsoft is joining the small list of companies that now inform their users if they suspect that they're the target of state-sponsored hacking attempts.




This policy is in response to an inquiry by Reuters about having not said anything to victims of a hacking campaign by the Chinese government that happened in 2011. Something that has spurred them to go beyond simple notifications with few details to now alert users if they suspect it's state-sponsored or not.


Microsoft will be joining Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google as part of a more concentrated effort to evolve methods to keep your information secure. In a statement in a recent blog post they explained that they'll send out these notifications to those they think are targeted and not just if you've been compromised. This way you can take additional measures to keep things nice and secure.

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'Lightweight Xbox One' rumored for 2016 to compete against Apple TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 4:44 pm

With just hours of 2015 left, there are new reports surfacing that Microsoft will release a new "lightweight" Xbox One model in 2016.




In a recent blog post, Microsoft blogger Brad Sams says that he's heard from internal sources that Microsoft is considering a "lightweight Xbox One", with Sams adding: "I have heard from internal sources that the company is considering plans for a lightweight Xbox One that may only be for Windows store games and would compete with the Apple TV. But it's not clear if these plans have been scrapped".


This rumor is weird, as it would make more sense for Microsoft to release a slimmer Xbox One, or heck - a new, faster model and a new thinner model. The faster model could be 1080p 60FPS capable, while the thinner model being the same speed as the current Xbox One, but thinner, quieter, and more power efficient.

[Rumor] AMD's next generation architecture is called Polaris?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 31, 2015 4:34 pm

Now here's something interesting that's going around the Internet just before the New Year hits in North America. Several sources are claiming that the next generation architecture from AMD, previously thought to be codenamed Arctic Islands, might actually be called "Polaris".




The sources of the leak, HWBattle and WCCFtech are citing the information based off of a photo that doesn't appear to have any context whatsoever to corroborate the evidence. WCCFtech is also reporting that the Polaris name was tweeted about just before the RTG Summit was held by AMD.


The photo, however, has recently been taken down from HWBattle at the request from the leaker of the image and in its place is a cautionary statement from slides that are no longer under embargo from AMD that references the codename "Polaris" as well. The tweet above also specifically refers to Polaris being 2.5x brighter today than it was in the time it was first observed. That number might have significance. I can say that we'll just have to wait and see. Perhaps more information will be revealed at CES. I'd take the above information with a huge pile of salt, however. The information could very well be fabricated and not necessarily correlative to anything.

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