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New Chrome beta lets you close those pesky audio tabs

Sometimes Google Chrome will be playing audio through a tab, and if you're like me, you have 20+ tabs open at once. When this happens, it can be so hard to find it, but the latest Chrome beta stops that.

 

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The latest beta of Chrome now shows a small speaker icon next to its name, which indicates that there is audio playing in the tab. This is a brilliant little addition, that helps a lot. But, the Mountain View-based giant aren't the first to do something like this, but a little addition like this does go a long way.

Ubisoft retires its Uplay Passport for all future titles

If you didn't know the frustration of Ubisoft's Uplay Passport, maybe you never will since the company has canned it. It was a one-time-use code that gave gamers access to online features, but from here on out, it will not be featured in any titles.

 

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The first title from Ubisoft to not feature Uplay Passport will be the upcoming sure fire hit, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Ubisoft has said: "The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards. However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is 'single player' and what is 'multiplayer.' Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games."

 

Ubisoft has confirmed that Uplay resulted in Black Flag gamers being restricted the single-player portion of the game's fleet management system, which isn't good.

TweakTown DOTD: Memtest86 ISO

Our Download of the Day is Memtest86 which is available in ISO form. The best way to test memory is not within the OS, but out of it. This is where a bootable USB stick with Memtest86 on-board comes in handy, if you want to give your RAM a stability test, try it out here.

 

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Our Downloads section will continue to expand as time goes on, but for now there are a bunch of drivers and software we have for your downloading pleasure, go and check it out!

TweakTown DOTD: BitDefender Free Edition

You might not have noticed, but we have a new Downloads section here at TweakTown and now we'll be bringing back our Download of the Day posts. Today marks the start of this, where our Download of the Day is BitDefender's Free Edition which you can grab here.

 

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Our Downloads section will continue to expand as time goes on, but for now there are a bunch of drivers and software we have for your downloading pleasure, go and check it out!

Plex gets updated, now includes Cloud Syncing and "Bookmarklet"

Plex is one of those pieces of software that some of us just can not live without, and today the media server and streaming app just got even better. Today Plex announced that it has updated its software to add in some awesome and useful features including the ability to sync media to cloud storage services.

 

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Cloud Sync for Plex allows users to link up their Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box accounts and any media you sync to those services will automatically be optimized for streaming and then uploaded to the cloud alongside the files metadata. This allows users to have a sudo media server in the cloud for use when they are away from home.

 

Additionally, a new feature has been included that will allow users to save videos from their favorite sites and queue them up for viewing at a later time. This feature lets users find videos on their laptop or PC and then queue it up for viewing on their connected TV. This is accomplished by downloading a plugin for your browser which you can find at the second source link below.

PCMark 8 arrives on Steam at a discount for a limited time

Futuremark has just announced that its PCMark 8 benchmarking suite is now available for purchase and download on Steam beginning today. PCMark 8 by Futuremark combines high-performance benchmark testing with other useful tests like battery life testing and dedicated benchmarks for SSDs and HDDs.

 

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The suite also test out your system using real-world test based on applications from Adobe and Microsoft, and not just 3D gaming performance. These Home, Creative, and Work test are said to reflect the most common PC usage patterns and will help everyday users get the most out of their laptop, desktop, or workstation. At the moment PCMark 8 is on sale on Steam for just $37.49 which is 25-percent off of its normal price of $49.95. Futuremark says that keys bought through steam are interchangeable with the non-Steam version of the software as well.

NVIDIA announces FLEX, unified GPU PhysX and boy is it impressive

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We are live at NVIDIA's Editors' Day here in Montreal, Canada, where we just experienced what NVIDIA called a 'warm up' to some truly exciting things. One of the warm up unveilings was FLEX, its new unified GPU PhysX technology.

 

 

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FLEX is something that needs to be seen to be believed, with some impressive physic calculations being done in real-time with water and cloths. We have a video of FLEX above, which you really need to check out. The demo was nothing short of amazing, with physics seemingly jumping to an entire new level thanks to the engineers and brains at NVIDIA.

Futuremark now featuring 3DMark benchmarking for Windows RT

Benchmarking junkies will now be able to get their fix by benchmarking Windows RT devices thanks to Futuremark. The company announced today that it has now included support for Windows RT in its 3DMark for Windows benchmarking software. The 3D Benchmarking suite includes three tests based on the "Ice Storm" test scene, namely "Ice Storm," "Ice Storm Extreme," and "Ice Storm Unlimited."

 

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The Ice Storm test is designed to push DirectX 11 to its limits and make the system scream, while the Ice Storm Extreme will run the scene at 1080p with added detail and higher resolution textures to provide a truly stressful graphics performance test. Ice Storm Unlimited will stress the entire system including CPU, GPU, Display Resolution Scaling, and other OS-related factors like no other benchmark can.

AMD unveils Gaming Evolved Control Center, makes PC gaming 'easier'

NVIDIA has its own GeForce Experience software suite, which tweaks your PC and in-game settings to provide you with a 'better' gaming experience, and now the Red Team has announced its own software: Gaming Evolved Control Center, which is still in beta.

 

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AMD teamed up with Rapr to maek the suite, which offers tools for chat, taking screenshots, and tweaking in-game settings for better performance. Gaming Evolved is heavily spun with Rapr's community data, which determines the best configuration for your PC and games. Rapt's rewards system is mixed in, offering beta access to certain games and free DLC for using the service, which is a nice bonus.

 

Through AMD's new software, you can stream directly to Twitch, with the added ability of simultaneously watching someone else's broadcast while you're blasting around in another game. AMD says that its new software is designed to "make PC gaming as simple to use as consoles" but I disagree. PC gaming is not meant to be "simple," as it takes away the major difference between consoles and PCs.

Continue reading 'AMD unveils Gaming Evolved Control Center, makes PC gaming 'easier'' (full post)

VorpX lets countless games be used on Oculus Rift, costs just $40

Oculus Rift is incredibly awesome, but it is quite limited when it comes to fully supported games. VorpX has stepped in, unleashing its software which is still in beta, which opens up the world of virtual reality to countless new games.

 

 

 

VorpX works with huge games like BioShock Infinite and Mirror's Edge, but best of all, it works with Battlefield 3. None of these games are built to work with the Rift headset, so there are some workarounds that the team of VorpX has used. This includes clicking in and holding down your middle mouse wheel which will let you "edge peak."

 

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Edge peak allows you to look freely at the edges of your field of view, instead of moving within the game world by moving your head, and the Rift. The list of compatible games with Rift thanks to VorpX is huge, and I'm quite excited to test out a bunch of them this week.

Continue reading 'VorpX lets countless games be used on Oculus Rift, costs just $40' (full post)

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