Samsung to release Galaxy S III 4G LTE quad-core model in Australia

Samsung's Galaxy S III is looking to get some 4G LTE action in Australia, with Australian telcos Telstra and Optus networks inking a deal which will see them sell the quad-core version of the S III with 4G LTE capabilities in Australia.

Samsung to release Galaxy S III 4G LTE quad-core model in Australia | TweakTown.com

Another big, big bonus is that the new phone will sport the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS. The US has the 4G version of the S III, but its powered by Qualcomm's dual-core S4 processor and ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so Australian's will have a very nice bonus in their hands.

Optus' customers will get their hands on the 4G-capable Galaxy S III first, where it will launch in the middle of this month. Telstra customers will have to wait until mid-to-late October to get their hands on one. Optus' variant supports LTE FDD 800, 1800 and 2600MHz spectrum's providing a theoretical maximum download speed of 100Mbps, it can also default to a 3G network at HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.

Continue reading: Samsung to release Galaxy S III 4G LTE quad-core model in Australia (full post)

AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop

Trace Hagan | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Sep 4, 2012 10:52 AM CDT

A new leak has shown up on Pastbin. This latest showing comes from AntiSec and contains a list over 1 million Apple UDIDs, allegedly taken from a list of over 12 million that was on an FBI laptop. The UDIDs were supposedly in the file with other personally identifiable information such as zip codes, names, and other data, but that has been stripped out for the leak.

AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop | TweakTown.com

The file, according to the Pastebin post, came from the Dell laptop of Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl which was exploited by a Java exploit back in March 2012. The details of the hack, along with information on how to get the data is available on Pastebin. Several tools have popped up to check if your UDID is on the list.

during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts.

Continue reading: AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop (full post)

Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 4, 2012 6:23 AM CDT

Let's face it, we have an incredibly exciting time ahead of us for gaming. First off, we have some absolutely stellar games still coming out on the now ageing consoles, as well as the PC. But, within the next twelve or so months, we should see the release of next-gen consoles, and within the next couple of months, we'll see the release of Nintendo's Wii U console.

Until then, let's go through a list of the most anticipated games coming out over the next year or so. Remember, everyone has different tastes, so you might not agree to our recommendations. Please do comment or e-mail us with submissions and we'll try to keep this updated, or use them in future "top 10" articles.

10.) Far Cry 3

Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013 10 | TweakTown.com

The first Far Cry game I remember fondly, open-world gaming, with lucious environments. But, the third outing in the Far Cry universe is set to really ramp that bar up somewhat, and there's some incredible excitement behind it. The main objective behind Far Cry 3 is to escape an island filled with crazy, blood-thirsty inhabitants.

Far Cry 3 also features co-op gameplay, marking a change from its predecessors. This co-op gameplay can even be enjoyed as two-player split screen. Far Cry 3 is powered by the Dunia 2 engine, one of the first games to be powered by the advanced version of the Dunia engine. We should expect Far Cry 3 toward the end of November, or early-December, depending where you're based.

Continue reading: Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013 (full post)

Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard

Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Sep 4, 2012 3:24 AM CDT

Several TweakTown staff are fathers, we love our children to bits. Of course you all do too as mothers and fathers. But, of course, we also love technology. Let's mix the two together! So, what we want you to do is pull out your camera or iPhone or whatever you use to take photos and grab the cutest picture you can of your baby or child with a technology related item.

I've got things started with a photo of my son and a PS3 controller. Close second would be a recent photo of him and his fascination of the new Xbox 360 and turning it on and off as many times per day as he can. It seems this is a popular thing among babies. Yours too?

Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard | TweakTown.com

For your hard work... well come on, it's not really hard work spending time with your loved ones. The cutest photo as decided by the fathers of TweakTown will win a brand new GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI cutey-pie Mini-ITX motherboard. Anyone in the world can enter and we'll cover the shipping fee.

[img]2[/img]

"The GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI is possibly the most connected 7 series Mini-ITX board out there with Dual HDMI ports and Dual LAN plus an onboard WiFi/Bluetooth module that also supports Intel WiDi technology. This spec provides endless possibilities in terms of building a compact PC rig that fits right in with your increasingly digital home environment, while also supporting the power and efficiency of Intel3rd Generation Core processors."

Continue reading: Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard (full post)

Samsung experiences severe PR backfire, tries to turn two Indian bloggers into paid shills

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 4, 2012 3:21 AM CDT

Over the weekend, Samsung were caught in a web of their own crap as it was revealed they were trying to turn two Indian tech bloggers into paid shills. Clinton Jeff and a second blogger were allegedly pressured into promoting Samsung products at the IFA event in Berlin.

Samsung experiences severe PR backfire, tries to turn two Indian bloggers into paid shills 09 | TweakTown.com

It was meant to be part of Samsung's Mob!lers marketing programme, but news came out from the bloggers, who have painted quite the picture of Samsung. The original story from The Next Web shows that the two bloggers were independent bloggers, not there for any particular company, but for all the companies, to report on all products. Samsung had offered to fly them over to Berlin from India, and put them up in a hotel, how can you turn down that offer?

It turns out that Samsung had other plans for the bloggers, where once they touched down in Berlin, were asked to sign an NDA at the IFA event. They declined, and were threatened with their flights home being cancelled, and their hotel room stay finished. This would've left them stranded in a foreign country, with no way home, with the only option left to spend their own money, unexpectedly.

Continue reading: Samsung experiences severe PR backfire, tries to turn two Indian bloggers into paid shills (full post)

Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Sep 4, 2012 1:27 AM CDT

Spotify has been my favorite app for a while now, but I've always wondered just how much an artist makes per song streamed to me, or anyone else using the streaming, subscription-based music system. The system is called 'stream rental', and Josh Davison of Centro shared some numbers regarding streaming revenue earned from his baned Parks and Gardens, on both Spotify, and iTunes Match.

Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match 06 | TweakTown.com

Apple's iTunes Match pays one-third of a cent, and Spotify is significantly more sitting at just under one cent per streamed track. But, having the song on iTunes Match means that the customer has already acquired the track somehow, be it legally, or pirated and then synced to iTunes Match. Spotify seems like the go, here.

Now we have some numbers thanks to web developer Scott Buscemi, showing popular services such as Spotify, Spotify Free, iTunes Match and Rhapsody from his client, HoneyBoy Dupree:

Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match 05 | TweakTown.com

Nearly 15,000 plays are required for an artist to roughly break even on distributing the track itself. These numbers should improve over time, as more people listen to tracks through music streaming services. Unless there's millions of playbacks, most artists are making only a few dollars here and there.

Continue reading: Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match (full post)

Valve are 'frustrated by lack of innovation' in PC hardware, so they're 'jumping in'

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 4, 2012 12:29 AM CDT

If you're a long-term reader of TweakTown, you'll know that I'm quite passionate in the stagnation of the PC hardware scene. I've even touted Valve as the savior to all of this, and it seems I'm being proven right more and more with each day passing.

Valve are 'frustrated by lack of innovation' in PC hardware, so they're 'jumping in'  | TweakTown.com

CVG reports that they've noticed a job listing on Valve's site, where the company is looking for an 'Industrial Designer'. The post says:

Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in. Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.

Continue reading: Valve are 'frustrated by lack of innovation' in PC hardware, so they're 'jumping in' (full post)

EA are working on '3 to 5 new IPs' for next-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 3, 2012 8:25 PM CDT

We've been hearing a lot about next-gen consoles recently, which means we should start seeing much more about them in the near future, and that's a good thing. President of EA labels, Frank Gibeau, is confident of the next-generation of consoles.

EA are working on '3 to 5 new IPs' for next-gen consoles | TweakTown.com

Gibeau admits that EA stumbled with the current generation of consoles, but is confident that they have what it takes to transition over to the next-generation. EA will push through "a big investment" this year, which will go into technologies that will be baked into the next series of consoles, with EA saying that they have a few new IPs that they're working on.

Gibeau told Bloomberg "we've already started three-to-five new intellectual properties that we're going to launch in that first 24 months on the new-gen". The Presidents label admits that while technology is a big part of that, the process begins with the game and building out from there, adding:

What I think what you have to first do is start with the technology and the hardware that is coming out - what it does really, really well - and understand what's gonna drive innovation there. You start from the game out and you build enough games and enough diversity in your brands to come out with a really strong portfolio that you can sustain for multiple years.

Continue reading: EA are working on '3 to 5 new IPs' for next-gen consoles (full post)

Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse released for $99, designed by BMW

Trace Hagan | Peripherals | Sep 3, 2012 4:21 PM CDT

Thermaltake has again partnered with BMW to design PC components. This time, they have designed a new mouse to complement the also BMW-designed Level 10. Under the same namesake, the Level 10M is a gaming mouse and comes with a price tag quite a bit lower than its case brethren. At only $99, it's probably the cheapest thing you can buy that has been designed by BMW.

Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse released for $99, designed by BMW | TweakTown.com

The mouse was actually unveiled at the beginning of 2012, but it has just seen its release August 27, 2012. Even though it hasn't shown up on NewEgg or Amazon, the press release says that the device is available online and in brick-and-mortar stores for a recommended price of $99. Not too bad of a price tag.

The cool design is immediately noticeable. As opposed to what a "normal" mouse looks like, the Level 10M has a hollow body and the palm rest appears to hover above the sensor. The palm rest can be raised, lowered, and adjusted side to side by the turning of a screw. It features 7 keys and the DPI can be turned all the way up to

Continue reading: Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse released for $99, designed by BMW (full post)

Assassin's Creed 3 will get new multiplayer content every month

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Sep 3, 2012 2:32 PM CDT

If you're a fan of the Assassin's Creed series but felt the multiplayer wasn't quite good enough, then you are in for a treat. Ubisoft has been hard at work on the multiplayer side of things for the upcoming Assassin's Creed 3 and the result is that players will receive monthly updates to the content in the form of files and videos.

Assassin's Creed 3 will get new multiplayer content every month | TweakTown.com

The team behind the multiplayer aspect have been given the right to develop some of the story line and this is sure to affect the lore. You see, Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product that allows people to relive "the past in HD." You play as a customer looking forward to doing just that.

"As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you'll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year," Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

Furthermore, the multiplayer environment will have more of an effect on battles. They will feature dynamic weather, which can severely cut down on visibility, and bottles and axes and such that can be used to get special environment kills. It also features two new game modes to keep things fresh: Domination and Wolfpack.

Continue reading: Assassin's Creed 3 will get new multiplayer content every month (full post)

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles
Partner Content
Advertise With Us