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Firefox 48 update means less freezing, awesome bar gets more awesome

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 10:37 pm

After extensive planning and development, multi-process Firefox (aka Electrolysis or e10s) is here with Firefox 48. The jist of it is this: web content and browser interface processes are now separate, so if a page is hogging resources, your tabs, buttons, and menus will no longer lock up.




E10s is rolling out slowly; to check if it's enabled for you, type about:support into the address bar and check the line that says 'Multiprocess Windows.' If it says '1/1 (Enabled by default', you're good to go.


The awesome bar also gets significantly more useful with the 48 release: many more suggestions, each showing more information now show up when you begin to type in the bar.

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Final Fantasy XV will have a $25 season pass

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 9:11 pm

Final Fantasy XV will officially have DLC content that's bundled together in a season pass.




In a move that surprises no one (partially due to the trends in gaming and the fact that Tabata confirmed it months ago), Square Enix will be offering a season pass for future Final Fantasy XV content. What's a bit strange is that we can't exactly pre-order the season pass just yet: the DLC content is only available to those who pre-ordered the game, or on PSN through a special $84.99 Digital Premium Edition.


Doing a bit of math, we see that the Final Fantasy XV season pass equates to roughly $25, so all in all we probably shouldn't expect too much from the content. Then again, CD Projekt RED jam-packed an incredible amount of content with the Witcher 3 Expansion Pass, and Square Enix has a penchant for high-quality games.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update rolling out today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 6:48 pm

After many months of waiting, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here. Well, for some: the update is a slow rollout as you'd expect, so if you don't see it in Windows Update yet, you will soon.




There are tons of new features and improvements included, among them mirrored Android notifications and texts, Windows Hello third-party support (so you can login into a lot more apps and sites with your fingerprint or face), an Ink-compatible sticky notes app said to feel like the real thing, Windows Defender scheduling and notifications, a performance-enhanced Edge browser with extensions, Xbox Play Anywhere, and lots more.


The update will his PCs first, with Windows Phone and Xbox One afterward. In the case of the Xbox One, it will be called the Summer Update, and will see Cortana return, and Windows Store integration and sharing, among other changes.

Ubisoft might've dropped some major Nintendo NX clues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 5:32 pm

Ubisoft promises to announce more games that support Nintendo's new NX console-handheld hybrid, reinforcing third-party support for the new hardware.




"We announced that we're developing Just Dance for NX and we have other surprises that we will announce later, but we also believe Nintendo has the power to reinvent the way families are playing," Ubisoft exec Alain Corre said in a recent interview with Games "Nintendo is a fantastic powerhouse of brands that are really cherished by a lot of fans and families... I am still impressed by the re occurrence of success and appetite even today for the Nintendo franchises on the current system."


Corre's ridiculous statements on the Wii U nonwithstanding, the Ubi exec seems to hint that Nintendo's new NX console will continue the company's trend of family-friendly gaming. This is hardly a surprise, especially given that's a core tenant for Nintendo's brand focus, but it might give some clues on the unknowns on the NX--especially when we fold some specific reports and rumors.

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Limited time Summer Games-themed skins and more launch for Overwatch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 4:16 pm

"Summer Games" loot boxes have launched for Overwatch on the PlayStation Store. Clearly Olympics-inspired, the boxes include at least one Summer Games-themed skin, spray, highlight intro, emote, victory pose, or voice line.



Each of the skins is based on a different Olympic event. For example, there's Track & Field Tracer, Football Lucio, Weightlighting Zarya, and more.

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Stay connected wherever you are with Remote PC

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 3:30 pm



Working remotely has its perks. You get to work in the comfort of your own home, and you can wear your pajamas while you're on the clock. However, having to lug around a work laptop to access your company's internal programs can be a pain. That's why Remote PC is here, and you can get a 3-year subscription for only $24.95.


With Remote PC, you can access your work computer from any Mac or PC, and you can even connect with mobile devices. This flexible app lets you transfer files and folders securely with TLS v 1.2 / AES-256 encryption, and you can easily record and save remote sessions wherever you are on any device.


Normally $148, TweakTown readers can get a 3-year subscription to Remote PC for only $24.95--that's more than 80% off its original price.

Xbox One S rocks overclocked GPU for boosted frame rates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 3:08 pm

Remember when Microsoft said the Xbox One S doesn't have a GPU and CPU boost and that it plays games identically the same as the normal Xbox One? Yeah, they totally lied. The Xbox One S is not only faster, but it can boost in-game frame rates by 11% and beyond.



According to Digital Foundry's testing, the Xbox One S offers overall improved frame rate and power efficiency performance over the original Xbox One. The S model's performance jump comes from its new internal hardware, which is comprised of a new shrunken 16nm FinFET semi-custom AMD SoC which houses an overclocked GPU (boosted to 914MHz from the vanilla Xbox's 853MHz), improved ESRAM bandwidth (219GB/s versus the vanilla's 204GB/s), and a smidgen of 0.9 extra teraflops performance. Remember that the original Xbox One featured a 28nm AMD APU, so the Xbox One S enjoys a 33% die shrink that translates into some serious power efficiency. The CPU, however, hasn't been boosted and remains at 1.75 GHz.


"The Xbox One S is like the console equivalent to a factory overclocked graphics card. The same, but a bit better," said Digital Foundry's Richard Ledbetter.

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Bethesda still doesn't know how to fix Fallout 4 mods on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 2:24 pm

Even after a full month of toiling bugfixes and testing, Bethesda still hasn't made much progress on bringing Fallout 4 mods to PS4.




At the end of June, Bethesda announced that the beta test for Fallout 4 mod support on PS4 would be delayed indefinitely. Fast-forward to the present, the publisher has more dire news for PS4 owners: "We're working w/ Sony on Fallout 4 Mod support for PS4. The process is still under evaluation. As soon as we learn more, we will share news," Bethesda said on Twitter.


Bear in mind that the beta test for Fallout 4 PS4 mods isn't even working yet, so even when Bethsoft fixes all the "serious technical issues," PS4 owners are going to have to wait an extra period as the platform's mods to through what will likely be an extensive beta test. Bethesda not only has to get the closed beta test up and running, but actually conduct the beta test over several weeks, and only after these conditions are met will mods become available to the general PlayStation public.

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Google's next-gen Nexus smartphones rumored to feature new launcher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 1:26 pm

Google's next-gen Nexus smartphones are shaping up beautifully, with the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 to feature Android 7.0 - but now we're hearing new rumors that Google will be shipping the new Nexus smartphones with a new launcher.




Android Police is behind the report, with some screenshots that show "in-progress" evidence of the new software, with a nice new replacement of the Google Search bar widget at the top. There's a new way to open the app drawer, and there's also space for what could turn into revamped navigation buttons.


We will know more next month when Google launches its new Nexus smartphones, but LG will be the first to market with an Android 7.0-powered smartphone with its upcoming dual-screen V20 smartphone.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided install size revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 12:16 pm

Eidos Montreal's upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will feature a staggering amount of content, but console gamers won't need to worry about colossal file sizes.




Since every PS4 and Xbox One game needs to be installed now, storage space is something console gamers are extremely conscious of. As a result we have to constantly juggle our games, deleting old titles we don't play any more and even upgrade our HDDs to bigger sizes. Luckily, one of the biggest games of the year won't have an insane install size to match: the new Deus Ex game takes up just ~39GB on Xbox One, according to an Xbox Store listing.


We still don't know how big Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be on PC or PS4 just yet (the specs haven't been released on Steam) but we can assume both platforms will be similar to the Xbox One's 38GB size. Frankly I'm surprised at the size; I was expected a good 50GB especially with the huge amount of sidequests and optional content within the cyberthriller alone, not to mention the main quests, lighting effects and high-res textures.

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