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Battle Royale craze extends to... OFFICE CHAIRS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 5 mins ago

Battlegrounds and Fortnite get all the Battle Royale hype right now, but that doesn't mean that we won't see more interesting... and maybe even on your feet, Battle Royale games.



Enter this ridiculous new creation 'Last Man Sitting' from Kevin Suckert, with the new game set as a battle royale-like game that sees you sitting in office chairs. The objective of Last Man Sitting is that you stay in your chair while throwing yourself around the room, with the game offering you a bunch of guns to fight with while you dodge other players.


Kevin teases the game on Twitter as "Last man sitting - a game about trust, friendship and the endless question about the meaning of life... Nah, just kidding, your booty is mounted on a chair and the only way to move is the recoil of your gun".

Intel will wave goodbye to legacy BIOS support in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 hours, 19 mins ago

Intel is working with motherboard makers to remove legacy BIOS support from their UEFI firmware by 2020, with a new client/enterprise platform future in 2020 that will lose CSM (compatibility support module).




The CSM is a component that allows UEFI-unaware operating systems and bootable devices run on newer devices with UEFI.






The loss of CSM will see the end of 32-bit operating systems on newer hardware, as 32-bit Windows, and desktop Linux distributions require CSM. WoW64 translation layers will still allow 32-bit software to run on 64-bit Windows, but the lack of CSM will hurt many people that don't have all-new products.

iMac Pro will feature A10 chip for always-on 'Hey Siri'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 6 hours, 20 mins ago

Apple's new iMac Pro is right around the corner, but now we're hearing that it will feature Apple's own mobile A10 Fusion processor that will be used for always-on 'Hey Siri' functionality.




The use of the A10 Fusion mobile processor is a first for Apple, but it isn't all sunshine and rainbows according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who took to Twitter to say that the A10 "Seems to handle the macOS boot & security process, as expected; iMac Pro lets Apple experiment with tighter control without the rest of the userbase freaking out". The developer added that unlike the Touch Bar, the inclusion of the A10 processors means the new iMac Pro might "always be running, even when macOS is shut down".



Furthermore, the developer adds that it "looks like the A10 in the iMac Pro is what boots up the x86 and passes it an EFI firmware to load. One could say that the x86 is the coprocessor, and the A10 is in control...".


This is just the beginning of Apple's even-taller walled garden, with a mobile processors that is always-on inside of your expensive new PC that should be off, when it's off... is a step in the wrong direction. I'm sure there will be absolutely no way to disable the always-on A10 Fusion processor, because we're talking about Apple here.

EA stock prices see the dark side of Battlefront II issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 27 mins ago

EA has made a fool of itself yet again, which really shouldn't come as a surprise anymore, but have no seen hundreds of millions of dollars wiped off their stock prices over the microtransaction debacle in Star Wars: Battlefront II.




EA temporarily removed microtransactions from Battlefront II after an explosion of hate from fans, which would see some gamers forking out $2100 to fully unlock everything in the game. Well, Wall Street noticed a huge drop in EA's stock price at the end of trading on Friday, down some 2.5% which is a huge deal. CNBC reports that Bank of America Merrill Lynch are now predicting that Battlefront II sales are likely to "disappoint investors".


Analyst Justin Post wrote in a note to investors on Friday: "The escalation of EA concessions over the past month are a potential negative indicator of pre-order sales trends and overall unit confidence. In-game purchases benched the night before launch". Yeah, not good at all. He continued: "We think the strength of Ultimate Team could offset a 2-3 million unit shortfall for Battlefront, and remain comfortable with our FY18 estimates".

Canadian grocery chain the first with Tesla Semi truck order

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 8 hours, 11 mins ago

Tesla blew the world away with the announcement and reveal of their new Semi electric truck, with the first customer pre-order coming in from Canadian grocery chain, Loblaws.



Loblaws ordered 25 of Tesla's new Semi electric trucks, with 15 of them coming earlier to test, all without Tesla stating a price of their new Semi truck. Tesla's first sale coming from Canada is big deal for the American company, but it's a big one. These trucks will surely be some of the highest-priced trucks in the industry, but they seem to be worth it.


Especially when you consider that Loblaws has previously committed to a huge 30% reduction in its total carbon footprint by 2030, so the new electric trucks will be a very large party of that. Considering there's $200,000 in promised fuel savings every 1 million miles, Tesla's new Semi electric truck could change companies' carbon footprint in a very big way, all within a decade.

HTC unveils new Hyper Blaster for VR will make Nintendo mad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 8 hours, 55 mins ago

HTC has just announced they've opened up pre-orders for their new range of products based on the Vive Tracker, something that allows any real-world object to be tracked in VR. This will open up many doors in the VR world, especially in gaming.




Vive Tracker will see third-party products compatible with HTC Vive's tracking system; Lighthouse. The tracking system will plot their location and orientation, just how Lighthouse works with the bundled Vive controllers. The best use of the Vive Tracker right now would be with guns, with demonstrations showing off rifle handling and firefighting simulations with real equipment. Just imagine the next generation of arcades with AR/VR elements mixed with real weapons and Vive Trackers... mmhmm.




HTC has just shown off the first batch of Tracker-ready devices, something that will be ready for Santa to stuff into your Christmas sack. The first one that is being hyped is the new Hyperkin Hyper Blaster that will give you some nostalgic memories of Nintendo, CRT TVs and the original NES Zapper and Duck Hunt. Hyperkin is going as far as building a VR game based entirely around Duck Hunt.

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Enter our out-of-this-world 'Valerian' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,' we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment!




A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on November 24.


Name the creator of the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series.

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Intel's new XMM 7660 LTE modem: 1.6Gbps speeds on your phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Intel has just increased its threat against Qualcomm in a very big way by announcing their new XMM 7660 LTE modem, something that will really push the limits of download speeds over our mobile devices.




The new XMM 7660 LTE modem from Intel is capable of reaching 1.6Gbps which is an incredible leap from the 1Gbps offered under Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. Intel's new LTE modem will be one of the fastest in the world, and could be inside of the iPhone 9.


Intel will need to provide some real-world tests of the 1.6Gbps teased by its XMM 7660 LTE modem, but I think seeing 1.5GB/sec downloading onto my phone will be so scary I'd pass out. My 100Mbps fiber connection at home is already mighty fine, but 1.6Gbps from my phone? Holy hell.

Skyrim on Switch runs at native 900p resolution while docked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

Now that Bethesda's titanic RPG Skyrim is available on the Switch, many gamers are asking the million dollar question: does it run well or did the team botch the job?




Eurogamer's Digital Foundry dove right into the Nintendo Switch port of Skyrim for answers, and the results are actually pretty surprising. Bethesda apparently put lots of effort into scaling the massive game onto the portable platform. Of course the Nintendo Switch's Tegra X1 SoC doesn't match the PS4 or Xbox One's hardware, but it has an added bonus of portability that makes it a massively attractive platform for gamers. Sure the Switch's mobile hardware means Skyrim will have some drawbacks, compromises, and scaled tweaks, but ultimately the game looks and plays quite well in both handheld and docked mode.


Skyrim on Switch runs at native 1600 x 900 resolution while docked, and actually doesn't feature any dynamic resolution scaling while running the game in TV Mode. There are some trade-offs when compared to the PS4 version of the game, but the Switch port is definitely the remastered Skyrim Special Edition revamp that includes nice shadow, fog, lighting, texture and other effect tweaks. While in handheld mode, however, Switch runs at 1280 x 720 resolution (which is to be expected given the max panel res) with dynamic resolution scaling...but only on the horizontal axis. When running around in big open spaces the game can drop to 896 x 720 resolution with a few texture pop-ins and lowered effects.


"Every other part of the game--the settings, the shadows, the texture work, every part of the game is exactly the same between docked and portable. All the compromises really are in the resolution going down from 900p to dynamic 720p," said Digital Foundry's Thomas Morgan.


Check below for Digital Foundry's full analysis:


THQ Nordic grabs Biomutant game rights and developer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

Biomutant, an interesting-looking indie starring a bipedal sword-toting kung fu master fox with a grasshopper companion, has been acquired by publisher THQ Nordic.




Experiment 101, the team behind the celebrated Biomutant, has been snagged up by THQ Nordic along with the rights to the game's IP. The team is made up of ex-Just Cause and Mad Max developers who bring a lot of talent into the fold (as evidenced by this creative, vibrant, and strikingly visual new IP).


"THQ Nordic is announcing today that it has acquired 100% of the shares from Experiment 101 AB, as well as the intellectual property of Biomutant the open-world, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, which is now part of the THQ Nordic portfolio," the publisher said in a press release.

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