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Evasi0n jailbreak out now, jailbreak all your iOS 6/6.1 devices

The evasi0n jailbreak has officially been released earlier today and is capable of jailbreaking all of your iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 devices. I've given the piece of software a test run on my iPhone 5 and it is confirmed to be working and extremely easy to use. All it takes is one click on your computer and a tap on the iPhone and the device will be jailbroken.


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Linux, Mac, and Windows are all supported by the jailbreaking tool, which means you can jailbreak your iDevice no matter what operating system you are using at home. You can download the jailbreak tool at the evasi0n website. Let us know if you have any trouble jailbreaking your device!

The new 3DMark to be released on February 4, prepare your GPUs everybody!

At last! The release date of Futuremark's latest iteration of 3DMark is nearly here, with a release date of February 4 at 18:00 UTC. Futuremark aren't quite talking about the Android, iOS or Windows RT versions of the new 3DMark, but at least we know the PC version is coming within a few days time.


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For now, we have a tease of the new result features in 3DMark, which do not look too bad at all. Be sure that we'll update you as soon as the new 3DMark is released with download links and hopefully some articles and benchmarks covering the new 3DMark, until then - we'll see you on the benches! Bro, do you even lift?

Google Earth's Tour Guide feature gets 100,000 new tours

Do you aspire to be a world traveler and just simply lack the funds required to do so? Well, you are in luck, as Google has just released over 100,000 new Guided Tours for its Google Earth software, giving you the world without ever leaving your couch.


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The Tour Guide update brings in over 100,000 new tours that span popular cities, places and things across 200 countries. In addition, existing tours have beefed up with extra features. The company has increased the number of 3D flyovers as well, adding a ton of landmarks and cities to the third dimension.


"Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place, clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience."

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AMD release Catalyst 13.2 Beta driver, includes performance improvements for Crysis 3 beta

AMD have released their Catalyst 13.2 beta drivers, which include improvements of up to 15% in MSAA-based use within the Crysis 3 beta. There's some more performance increases, too, as well as the usual bug fixes.


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These new drivers 'significantly improves latency performance' in Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Guild Wars 2, as well as improves the single-GPU performance in Devil May Cry by up to 50%. CrossFire performance is improved by around 10% for Crysis 2 and we should see the texture flickering screen problems in DirectX 9.0c applications resolved.


You can download the new Catalyst 13.2 beta drivers directly from this link.

AIDA64 gets bumped up to v2.80, boasts support for Intel's Haswell processor

FinalWire's AIDA64 has been updated, with version 2.80 hitting the Internet. There's a bunch of new and improved support included, with preliminary support provided for AMD's "Richland" APU as well as Intel's "Valleyview" SoC.


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A full list of the features and improvements:

  • Optimized benchmarks for Intel Atom Z2760 "Cloverview" SoC
  • Preliminary support for AMD "Richland" APU and Intel "Valleyview" SoC
  • Improved support for Intel "Haswell" APU and Intel "Lynx Point" PCH
  • APP SDK 2.8, OpenCL 1.2 Update, OpenGL ES 3.0, Simple Firmware Interface support
  • OCZ Vector SSD and Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD controller support
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7470, AMD Radeon HD 7870 "Tahiti LE", nVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, nVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX


More details as well as a download link can be found here.

NVIDIA beta driver 313.95 said to boost Crysis 3 performance by up to 65%

Are you an NVIDIA GPU user? Planning on checking out the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta that starts tomorrow? If so, you should really consider picking up the new 313.95 beta driver that NVIDIA has released as they are touting Crysis 3 improvements of up to 65 percent, which should really help you get your game on.


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Crysis 3 is said to be another machine crusher, so any boost in performance is definitely appreciated--and needed. The 65 percent boost is specifically for the GTX 690, which I don't think most of you are using. However, some performance increase can be seen all the way down to the GTX 560.


The driver also includes SLI profiles for Crysis 3, DmC: Devil May Cry and Warframe. If you use multiple GPUs in your system, this is also an important driver update. GTX 670 owners can expect the following performance increases:


  • Up to 28 percent in Assassin's Creed III
  • Up to 11 percent in Civilization V
  • Up to 8 percent in Far Cry 3
  • Up to 6 percent in Just Cause 2
  • Up to 5 percent in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Up to 5 percent in Dirt 3
  • Up to 5 percent in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 5 percent in Far Cry 2
  • Up to 4 percent in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Up to 3 percent in Shogun: Total War
  • Up to 3 percent in Stalker: Call of Pripyat

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CCleaner 3.27 has been released, includes improved support for Windows 8

The first release of Piriform's CCleaner for 2013 is here, with version 3.27 now released and ready for consumption. Version 3.27 of CCleaner includes improved support for Windows 8, with additional cleaning for the Windows Metro version of Internet Explorer 10.


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Piriform have also updated the Google Chrome and Firefox support for the latest release versions. If you have CCleaner installed, your installation should be updated automatically, if you don't you can grab it right here.


Below is a list of what has been added, or improved in CCleaner v3.27:

  • Added cleaning for Internet Explorer 10 Metro.
  • Added Google Chrome v24 support.
  • Improved Firefox compatibility on v17 and newer.
  • Improved Google Chrome extension compatibility.
  • And many more...

H.265 has been approved, paves the way for high-quality video that uses much less bandwidth

Back in August we reported that MPEG had released a new draft for a video codec, H.265 - now, the video format has been approved by the ITU. This approval could eventually see Ultra HD 4K video to future networks, as well as making streaming HD video on low bandwidth mobile networks.


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H.265 is known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and is designed for high-quality streaming, even if it's on a low-bandwidth network. With all of the online streaming users do these days from their smart devices, this has been a long time coming. The new approved standard will give publishers the ability to stream 1080p video with around half of the required bits that is required today thanks to its improved compression abilities.


This should make HD streaming a reality for households, like mine, where you don't have an ultra-fast Internet connection. Better yet, on mobile connections it'll be a godsend. Being able to stream HD or Full HD video over your mobile network in better quality, while using less bandwidth (and hence, data) will be great.

Continue reading 'H.265 has been approved, paves the way for high-quality video that uses much less bandwidth' (full post)

EA launches Origin on the Mac, launches alpha version

I don't mind Origin, as it mostly sits in the background and all I use it for is Battlefield 3 - for now, until SimCity launches - but now the digital distribution platform from Electronics Arts has launched onto Apple's Mac OS X.


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EA have announced they've released an alpha of Origin for Mac, and will give alpha testers a free copy of Bookworms from PopCap Games. Unfortunately, that's the only game you'll be able to play right now, as Origin's built-in games store isn't working in the alpha version. Cloud-based saves, and chats are available in the alpha version, though.


Another downside to this, is that some people will think that with EA launching Origin on the Mac, that they'll be able to play games like Battlefield 3 on their Mac's. This won't happen just yet, with EA saying that individual development studios will decide if it's worth their time to port the game and get it running well under OS X. Only a "few thousand users from the US and the UK are being accepted into the alpha.

The new 3DMark will arrive when it's ready, will be here "sooner rather than later"

Futuremark's upcoming new 3DMark is set to be quite different to the previous iterations of the benchmarking software, as it moves into cross-platform territory. Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch has come out and said that he is constantly bugged with questions of when the new 3DMark will arrive, to which he says:


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I cannot confirm a launch date with now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.


It is nice to know that it's coming "sooner rather than later", and that it's cross-platform. I quite excited for the new 3DMark, being able to test something between devices is going to be utterly awesome for us here at TweakTown to give you, our dear, awesome readers a much better benchmarking method across multiple devices and platforms.

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