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Brink PC issues, affects virtually all NVIDIA GeForce 400 and 500-series owners - makes the game unplayable

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, May 18 2011 8:19 PM CDT

Brink made its debut to the world over a week ago now and with the PSN being down at the time - fail number one occurred, Xbox 360 reviews were a bit hard on the game, fail number two occurred. The PC version seemed to be OK, apart from serious frame rate issues (for me at least), FOV issues (console port) but other than that it seemed to be stable. Well, that's what I thought. 5 or so minutes into the game and it's absolutely abysmal FOV (it really is bad) and I get a CTD.

Brink PC issues, affects virtually all NVIDIA GeForce 400 and 500-series owners - makes the game unplayable | TweakTown.com

YAY. It was thrilling. Yet another release of a game from a developer where they promise the PC won't get shunted to the side in favor of console releases. I tried tweaking the config, re-downloading my Steam files, downloading the new NVIDIA beta drivers I posted up yesterday but nothing worked. Tried it again last night after I installed the Beta drivers and CTD. This was really pissing me off. I wake up this morning to find "Frustrated Gamer" has e-mailed me with a forwarded e-mail he sent to Kotaku asking them about this issue.

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NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says Android tablets will overtake iPad in 30 months, time for a new tattoo?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Tue, May 17 2011 8:56 PM CDT

I've decided, with the power vested in me, that today be renamed "NVIDIA Day". On with the news, NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has stated that Android-based tablets (and more specifically, Honeycomb-based tablets) will overtake Apple's iPad in 30 months. The tattoo-clad Huang was quoted at the Reuters Technology Summit saying:

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says Android tablets will overtake iPad in 30 months, time for a new tattoo? | TweakTown.com

The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we're talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets. As a result of so many different parties working together, the first versions tend to be a bit clumsy to roll out. However, as is the nature of these organic industries with very, very large players, you have continuous improvement at a very rapid pace. Everyone recognized the shortcomings of Honeycomb 3.0, jumped in working on Honeycomb 3.1, and if you haven't had a chance to play with it -- it's just delightful.

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Chrome OS 12 hits beta, this is it folks, the shipping version is nearly complete!

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mon, May 16 2011 8:57 PM CDT

Google have just announced that the Chrome OS beta has hit R12 release 0.12.433.38 which includes Chrome 12 Beta, new trackpad, new flash player and several "stability and functional improvements over the previous release". This new release includes various security fixes:

Chrome OS 12 hits beta, this is it folks, the shipping version is nearly complete! | TweakTown.com

Disallow root escalation by creating /var/lib/chromeos-aliases.conf and inserting commands. [Credit to Chrome OS Team (Sean Paul)]

Disallow modification of about:flags in Guest mode [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team (Jim Hebert)]

Multiple package updates (openssl, dbugs, pango, sudo, strongswan, acl, libxml2, dhcpd) [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team]

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California Bill Will Give Parents Access To Social Networks If Passed

Trak Lord | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, May 16 2011 5:19 PM CDT

Senator Ellen Corbett wants to force social network sites such as Facebook to allow parents access to their child's account. Excuse me? I thought I was living in a technology-welcoming, plugged-in liberal utopia here in San Francisco (so liberal in fact, that the public transportation has completely abandoned fascist principles like punctuality and reliability), but evidently I was incorrect.

California Bill Will Give Parents Access To Social Networks If Passed | TweakTown.com

Parents would be able to request that any content be removed from any social network (Twitter, Foursquare, etc) within 48 hours upon his or her request. More importantly, any social network that would fail or refuse to comply with these requests would be fined $10k for each refusal of compliance. This is a clear case of conservative "well-meaning" protection / governmental "nannying" that would have extraordinarily pernicious consequences for both social network sites and the concept of privacy as a whole. It's understandable that parents would want some kind of oversight over their children's public information, but won't this encourage a demographic backlash of secretive and encoded information? If the kids know the parents are "watching", won't they just find new and different forms of communication within that system to maintain their privacy? When I was a young upset, my group of friends most certainly had codewords for behavior or intentions we didn't want to expose publicly to our parents.

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Sony Invites Europe Users Back To PSN With Free Stuff

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mon, May 16 2011 4:48 PM CDT

PlayStation outlined its "Welcome Back" policy to users in Europe and Australia, offering all sorts of free stuff. Nick Caplin, Head of Communications SCEE wrote today in the PlayStation Blog that users will net up to four games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable for their troubles earlier this month.

Sony Invites Europe Users Back To PSN With Free Stuff | TweakTown.com

Details are below in the full post, but some of the games for PS3 include LittleBigPlanet and WipeoutHD/Fury, and Killzone Liberation for PSP. Doesn't really make up for all that crazy stuff, but hey, it's something.

Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.

Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.

All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:

Two PS3 games from the following list:

LittleBigPlanet

Infamous*

Wipeout HD/Fury

Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty

Dead Nation*

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Dancing with the Stars tweets, #lies, #newaccounts, #lol

Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Sun, May 15 2011 11:21 PM CDT

Normally I wouldn't bring the world of reality TV to TweakTown, but this news is quite hilarious. I've been watching snippets of Dancing with the Stars (#dwts) and its funny. The show features a bunch of 'celebrities' and they dance. If you haven't heard of it, then start painting that rock you live under in a better colour. Anyway, the show feels rigged because the three (to me anyway) main stars are Manu from My Kitchen Rules, Lara Bingle (I'm sure you all know her) and Damien Leith (Australian Idol winner). These 3 seem to dance the best and I'm sure they were picked up by producers months in advance and told to get practice, now.

Dancing with the Stars tweets, #lies, #newaccounts, #lol | TweakTown.com

During the show, I hear the word "Twitter" at least 3,219 times and have noticed they have "live" tweets scrolling down the bottom of the screen. These tweets are nearly all positive tweets, hash-tagging various dancers and the show itself (#dwts). SMH has picked up on this and has had various results. The accounts that are tweeting are new (created just hours before #dwts aired) and have been inactive since. Strange, huh?

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3D dreams in the modern browser

Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Sun, May 15 2011 8:48 PM CDT

Ready for some truly different news today? Look no further than the following HTML 5 music experience based on the Arcade Fire song "We Used to Wait." "3 Dreams of Black" is Google's latest music experience for the browser, written and directed by Chris Milk and developed by a few of the talented lot at Google. The song, "Black," comes off the album ROME, presented by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, the track features Jack White and Norah Jones vocals and is soon to be released on the record label Parlophone/EMI.

3D dreams in the modern browser | TweakTown.com

ROME has inspirations from Italian soundtracks from the 1960s and the classic Indian Western genre. As for an explanation of what you're about to experience, here is the sum up of it:

"3 Dreams of Black" is a visual voyage through three dream worlds, told through rich 2D drawings and animations that are interspersed with interactive 3D sequences. At various points in this web experience, you can take control with your computer's mouse and guide your journey through the unfolding narrative. You can even contribute to the dream by creating your own relics using a 3D model creator. Some of the best user creations will be integrated into the experience and become a part of others' "3 Dreams" exploration.

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Leaked Sony Email To Publishers Discusses Security Issues With PSN, QRocity

Trak Lord | Gaming | Fri, May 13 2011 4:33 PM CDT

I wouldn't be surprised if executives now compose confidential letters and emails as if they would be leaked anyway. And if they don't- they really should because nothing is sacred on the internet anymore. Industry Gamer leaked an email that Rob Dyer, SVP of Sony PR sent out to publishers regarding the recent troubles with the PlayStation Network, QRocity and the Sony Online Entertainment Network.

Leaked Sony Email To Publishers Discusses Security Issues With PSN, QRocity | TweakTown.com

77 Million user accounts were compromised by an attack from an unknown source, and Sony will be adding all sort of new security features, including a brand new Chief Information Security Officer. Full email after the break.

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Google Announces News Near You Mobile Feature

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Fri, May 13 2011 3:29 PM CDT

Hot off the trails of their 600,000x-viewed Keynote at Google I/O earlier this week, Google announced today that Google News is now available for mobile on iPhone and Android.

Google Announces News Near You  Mobile Feature | TweakTown.com

It's pretty simple: just use the feature in the Google App once and opt in to the location sharing, and Google News does the rest. Above is an example Google provided for someone in Topeka, Kansas. Users should see something similar for wherever they're located (in the US that is). The implications are however, not that simple. Check out ReadWriteWeb's op-ed on how Google might be killing off other hyperlocal news outlets by providing a service that costs Google, well, pretty much nothing.

For more information on the feature and how to us it, try news.google.com, or just start playing around with it on your mobile device Original post below).

Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are. Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called "News near you" that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.

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Exclusive: BitFenix Outlaw chassis early video preview

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Fri, May 13 2011 5:35 AM CDT

Earlier today I ventured back to the BitFenix labs in Taipei where we were given an exclusive look at their upcoming chassis called the Outlaw.

BitFenix launched with the monster Colossus case and has since worked its way down to smaller and more affordable options for the mass market and those on a budget. The Outlaw is the smallest case I've seen from BitFenix to date, but does small always mean not as good?

At least it seems, not in this case. From the early sample we got to see today and that you can see in the video above, there are plenty of good things happening with the Outlaw. For starters and one of the key features is that the motherboard position has been switched so that the PCI slots are up high near the top exhaust fans which should mean high-end video cards are kept cool and the case in general.

Exclusive: BitFenix Outlaw chassis early video preview 01 | TweakTown.com

Also for such a small case, you will be pleased to hear that it will virtually fit any size video card you can imagine. Since the PCI slots are north and located in line with the optical drive bay areas, as long as you can give up one drive bay, you have loads of room to fit in a very long video card, one longer than I have ever seen anyway.

The Outlaw is set to go on sale sometime in July for the amazing price of $49 USD.

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