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Corning announces new 3D Gorilla Glass, protects your curved display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 4:06 am

CES 2014 - Days before CES 2014, Corning has announced its new Gorilla Glass tech, something it calls 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass. This new tech from Corning will protect the new curved devices hitting the market, like Samsung's Galaxy Round and LG's G Flex smartphones.

 

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The new 3D Gorilla Glass uses a new manufacturing process that is capable of making glass in unique shapes, without the scratch-resistant properties becoming weaker, or getting thicker. Corning is now capable of making everything in-house, including making glass for flat and curved displays. Right now, Corning's Gorilla Glass is protecting millions of smartphones already out, and many more slated to arrive in the coming months and years.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is going to be absolutely massive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 3:54 am

If we are to believe the Siliconera translation of a tweet by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's map is going to be ridiculously large.

 

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So large, that it will be "hundreds of times larger" than Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes' map will not feature real-time changes, such as a day and night cycle, with Kojima stating that each mission will offer different experiences. The translation reads: "GZ is both a prologue to the MGS5 story and, at the same time, a tutorial for a new MGS, which transitions to sneaking simulator."

Titanfall on PC will not support mods at launch, studio confirms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 2:35 am

Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has confirmed that Titanfall on the PC will not feature any mod support or map editor when it launches, but he did state that the company "will have to evaluate after launch".

 

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This will come as disappointing, but not surprising news to most - with Titanfall hitting the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC - skipping the PS4 - on March 11, 2014. The developer will be making a PS4 version of Titanfall, but not right away.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, suffers kidney stone attack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:07 am

While on a cruise ship in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos suffered a kidney stone attack. Bezos was airlifted by an Ecuadorian navy helicopter, flown to his personal jet, and then to the US to have surgery performed.

 

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ABC News reports that Bezos suffered the attack on New Year's Day when on the cruise ship, with other media outlets reporting that the Amazon founder received messages of thanks from his family and business partners. Bezos himself has now confirmed the news, with an Amazon spokesperson telling The Verge: "I sent Jeff your note and here's what he sent back: 'Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars."

Team TweakTown descends upon Vegas for Storage Visions and CES 2014

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 4, 2014 6:07 pm

The TweakTown team is braving the insane weather and descending upon Las Vegas to cover Storage Visions 2014 and CES 2014. With this weather the planes practically need ski's instead of landing gear, but we should all arrive safe in time to get prepared for Storage Visions 2014. Soon after we will be working the CES showfloors. For those also attending Storage Visions feel free to stop by our booth to chat storage. On camera or off, we welcome all to come join us during the show.

 

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We will have five team members on-site, but just as important we also have other team members from far-flung locations across the globe, including Australia and Taipei, who will also be assisting in providing our readers the best coverage possible during both shows. Here's hoping all of our team members arrive safe, with the weather system slamming the east coast as you can see the lines for missed flights are ridiculous!

 

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Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the best coverage of Storage Visions and CES 2014!

NVIDIA announces CES 2014 event, starts minutes after the AMD event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 4, 2014 3:16 pm

CES 2014 - Tomorrow at 8PM local time in Las Vegas, AMD will be hosting some of the world's tech media at the Cosmopolitan hotel, where the chipmaker will discuss its new Kaveri APU.

 

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NVIDIA has chosen to announce an event at the same hotel, at around the same time, to talk about its Tegra line of SoCs. We could also see something about Logan unveiled, or the new Tegra 5 SoC. NVIDIA isn't expected to launch anything at CES 2014, but we could see a serious tease at the event. We'll have more as it happens.

New Web Poll - Did EA kill the BF franchise with terrible BF4 issues?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:20 pm

It's new web poll time here at TweakTown!

 

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In the past weeks and days, much has been discussed about EA's shocking handling of Battlefield 4 and its issues. DICE employees even discussed on Reddit that BF4 was launched with certain aspects of the game being untested, presumably to rush the game out quicker to compete with the latest COD game.

 

So, what are your thoughts on the future of the Battlefield franchise? Cast your vote and let us know.

 

Head on over to the web poll here or look on the right side of our website to cast your vote! Also feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below.

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:12 pm

Our latest poll had over 21,000 people who answered, "Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?"

 

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I'll start by saying this was one of our most popular polls in probably forever. At the end of the day though, the responses were split for worst tech flop between Apple Maps and Windows 8, with 25% of the votes each.

 

Next in line for the fail award was the Xbox One. This poll has been running for many weeks and the One did get off to a "strong" start, but since it seems some readers have somewhat embraced Microsoft's latest console.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

Polaroid to introduce a 4K TV for under $1000 at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:31 pm

This definitely sprung up on me, but Polaroid is set to unveil a new 4K/Ultra HD TV at CES 2014 in just a few days time. Polaroid won't be making the TV of course, that will be done by Empire Electronics.

 

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The new 4K TV will be priced at under $1000, and come in at a hefty 50 inches. The new 50-inch 4K TV from Polaroid will feature three HDMI inputs, with the company claiming it will feature "the highest quality picture resolution at the best price." It looks very similar to the Seiki Digital 4K panel, which isn't a bad thing at all, as it has a similar price.

Microsoft upgrades the processor on the Surface Pro 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 11:31 am

When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2, its Windows 8.1-based slate featured a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.6GHz. The software giant has beefed up the CPU a little bit, pushing it up to 1.9GHz.

 

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The Turbo clocks have been increased as a result, increasing from 2.6GHz to 2.9GHz. Microsoft didn't stop there either, where it also cranked the built-in Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip from 1.0GHz to 1.1GHz. Microsoft was able to do this all while keeping its 15W TDP in check, which is nice to see. There are also some new CPU features that should be mentioned, too: vPro, VT-d, TSX-NI, Trusted Execution Technology and a few other enterprise-related goodies.

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