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Walk With Dinosaurs in our Blu-ray giveaway from 20th Century Fox

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 12, 2014 2:00 am

To celebrate this week's release of Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie on home video formats, our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Australia have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers.

 

The feature film adaptation of the BBC television seriesWalking With Dinosaurs is a CG animated powerhouse which will entertain young dinosaur fans on Blu-ray with a fan-friendly collection of bonus features, including an alternate cut of the film.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the dinosaur breed of the film's hero Patchi

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on May 16th. The total prize pool is approximately $119.85.

 

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Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie is available on 3D + 2D + UV Blu-ray combo pack, 2D + UV Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on May 15th.

Huawai boss says QHD screens on smartphones are "stupid"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 12, 2014 1:28 am

We're beginning to hear more and more about upcoming 2560x1440 panels on smartphones, otherwise as QHD, something we should expect with LG's upcoming flagship smartphone, the G3. The G3 is said to feature a 5.5-inch 538ppi QHD panel.

 

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Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer, doesn't see the point of these high resolution panels. Richard Yu, the Huawei CEO talked with TechRadar at the launch of its new Ascend P7 smartphone about the future of the company, and mobile technology itself. Yu said: "I don't think we need QHD displays on mobiles. Your eyes totally cannot identify between full HD and 2K on a smartphone. You can't distinguish the difference, so it's totally nonsense".

 

The Huawei executive continued: "We can [put a QHD display on a smartphone], but it's very bad for power consumption and it doesn't offer anything in return. You eyes cannot see the difference, so why should we do that? I think it's a stupid thing".

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Microsoft to unveil Halo 5, Battletoads, and much more at E3 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2014 12:26 am

E3 is just weeks away, and with Microsoft seemingly lagging behind its competitor in the next-gen console wars, the Xbox maker wants to make a big splash at the biggest game expo, E3.

 

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According to one blogger, Microsoft is set to make some huge announcements at its E3 press conference, which will include Ryse 2, Forza Horizon 2, Halo 5, an anniversary edition of Halo 2, and something most wouldn't expect - Battletoads and Perfect Dark reboots from Rare, Fallout 4, and more. The blogger, Robert MacRawley, says: "This info comes from the highest source and contains near full details of Microsoft E3 2014 conference".

 

When it comes to multi-platform games, Microsoft will not just be showing off Fallout 4, but the incredible looking The Division, the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, an unnamed EA game, and more. We will also reportedly see Epic Games showing off an Xbox One exclusive based off of its beautiful "Samaritan" demo from back in 2012. Not only that, but we should see Gears of War: Lazarus, Fable Legends, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, and another surprise: a new Crackdown game.

Gamer uses a Logitech G25 steering wheel to play Counter-Strike

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2014 1:34 pm

Someone has given themselves quite the challenge, where a gamer has used nothing but a Logitech G25 steering wheel to play the first-person competitive shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The video is below, but turn your speakers or headphones down before you click play.

 

 

He actually does quite well considering there's no mouse and keyboard, or even a gamepad being used. Nothing but an actual Logitech G25 steering wheel to turn, with the buttons on the wheel used for shooting. His gamer tag in the game is actually 'KILLED YOU WITH A WHEEL,' so you'd be pretty pissed if you actually got killed by someone using a steering wheel... in a first-person twitch shooter.

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The Wayback Machine now has over 400 billion indexed websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Just how many webpages does The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine include? Well, from late 1996, right up until just a few hours ago, over 400 billion indexed webpages sit on its servers. The Internet Archive has celebrated this milestone by providing a list of highlights for The Wayback Machine over the years:

 

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  • 2001 - The Wayback Machine launches.
  • 2006 - Archive-It launches, allowing libraries that subscribe to the service to create curated collections of Web content.
  • March 25, 2009 - The Internet Archive and Sun Microsystems launch a new datacenter that stores the whole Web archive and serves the Wayback Machine. This 3 petabyte data center handled 500 requests per second from its home in a shipping container.
  • June 15, 2011 - The HTTP Archive becomes part of the Internet Archive, adding data about the performance of websites to the collection of website content.
  • May 28, 2012 - The Wayback Machine is available in China again, after being blocked for a few years without notice.
  • October 26, 2012 - the Internet Archive makes 80 terabytes of archived Web crawl data from 2011 available for researchers, to explore how others might be able to interact with or learn from this content.
  • October 2013 - New features for the Wayback Machine are launched, including the ability to see newly crawled content an hour after it's archived, a "Save Page" feature so that anyone can archive a page on demand, and an effort to fix broken links on the Web starting with WordPress.com and Wikipedia.org.
  • Also in October 2013 - The Wayback Machine provides access to important Federal Government sites that go dark during the Federal Government Shutdown.

PowerColor R9 295X2 Devil13 needs four 8-pin PCIe power connectors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 11, 2014 8:44 am

We've tested some SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X's in CrossFire, with some massive power consumption numbers, but I don't think they compare to what PowerColor is teasing with its upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13 GPU, something that requires four 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

 

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Considering an 8-pin power connector uses 150W of power, we're talking 600W of possible power draw from the GPU, with 75W coming from the PCIe x16 socket itself for a total of 675W of power draw from a single card. Remember that it is the R9 295X2, which features two Hawaii cores. There are also three fans, which should keep the two Hawaii GPUs nice and cool, too.

 

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This should result in the PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13 GPU being the fastest GPU on Earth, by a decent measure. I'd love to get two of them in my lab for some testing, so watch this spot!

Self-healing plastic is capable of clotting like blood

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 11, 2014 7:47 am

Scott White from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been working on something quite incredible: a plastic that is lined with something similar to an artificial vascular system, just like the veins and arteries that see the blood flow through your body, that can repair for larger breaks.

 

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This new system features two different liquids, with the first containing long, thin molecules, and the other with three-sided molecules, in separate channels. Once these fluids mix, a reaction sees them joining together to create a scaffold, which forms a thick gel. Mixing in some other ingredients causes the gel to solidify over a few hours.

 

Once the plastic is fractured, the vascular system is damaged, with the two liquids pouring out. The liquids mix together, forming a restorative gel. This gel can fill a 4mm hole with 35mm of surrounding cracks within 20 minutes, hardening in a 3-hour span of time. The patch that is created is around 60% as strong as the original plastic, so we're not talking about a complete 100% strength, but this is an incredible feat nonetheless.

 

The researchers working on this new liquid have said that it is possible to create giant sheets of plastic with cross-crossing channels, which would see entire structures capable of recording from damage. One of the researchers, Jeff Moore, explained to New Scientist: "You pay the price for being able to repair this damage, but it is certainly one that nature has figured out how to tolerate. If you just look to things like bone or trees, they are all vascularised".

Watch Dogs on PS4 will be enjoyed at 1080p and 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2014 7:06 am

According to a summary of Watch Dogs on PlayStation.com, we can expect Ubisoft's open-world hacker game to run at 1080p and 60FPS on the PS4. This is a huge win for Sony's next-gen console, as Watch Dogs is set to be one of the biggest games of 2014.

 

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The full text on PlayStation.com says: "The world of Watch_Dogs comes alive on PS4 with the best graphics on any console and exclusive missions found only on PlayStation. Hack everything as you make your way through Chicago's underground as you experience Watch_Dogs in a way that only PS4 can provide, at 60 Frames Per Second in 1080p".

 

This could be one of the reasons Ubisoft delayed the game for six months, getting its performance up. The last time we saw it was in Montreal last year for the NVIDIA Editors' Day, where we noticed some inconsistant performance. Watch Dogs launches on multiple platforms, including the PS4 and PC on May 27.

Chinese researchers test 'super-Maglev' train capable of 1,800 mph

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 11, 2014 6:31 am

The current fastest train in the world is the Shanghai Maglev Train, which is capable of hitting speeds of 260 miles per hour (430 kmph), making it the world's fastest passenger-carrying train. But this could all change with the "Super-Maglev".

 

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Chinese researchers at the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory of Southwest Jiaotong University claim that they have a new concept train that is based on magnetic levitation (Maglev) technology, which could transport passengers at three times the speed of a passenger airplane. The new "Super-Maglev" is a new concept train that is encased in a vacuum tube, which removes the speed limitations that air resistance puts on the regular Maglev trains.

 

If the project ends up being successful, a working prototype will be created as the new standard for the future evacuation tube transportation (ETT). Dr. Deng Zigang, who has been developing this technology for the last few years said: "ETT systems might allow HTS Maglev trains to attain speeds in a new order of magnitude, such as super-high 3,000 km (1,800 miles) per hour, which could be applied to some military or space launch systems". This new system could eventually link China with the United States, Canada and Russia - which would truly change the world.

Capcom is doubling down on its upcoming PS4 exclusive, Deep Down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2014 5:47 am

Capcom is working on a PS4 exclusive RPG, something that the company is putting a lot of faith behind. Deep Down is an upcoming RPG that is looking to make big business for the company.

 

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The company lists one of its "strategic objectives" as developing "titles exclusively for online games, such as Deep Down for the PS4". The developer has its video games in three general categories: home, PC online and mobile. Each of these categoies is "growing on a global scale," something that the company expects to continue through to 2018.

 

Moving onto Deep Down, which is a game that bursts outside of those categories. Deep Down is in development internally at Capcom Online Games, being a PS4 exclusive that fits within Capcom's Consumer business. Deep Down is a procedurally generated, free-to-play RPG that is being marketed across the world with a new monetization strategy. Panta Rhei is the engine powering Deep Down, so we should expect some gorgeous things from the game when its released.

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