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

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 2 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: 1 day, 23 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, 1 hour 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, 4 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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EA: Live services are a predictable, evolving business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

EA is one of the top games-makers in the space and has a large retinue of service games under its belt--in fact most of its current titles have a live component, and that's not a mistake. The publisher has found predictability in the software service model and will continue tapping this rich vein of potential for quite some time.




In the wake of Battlefront II's current controversy around lootboxes and progression issues, key EA execs remind us that live services are here to stay because of their advantages. Remember games are expensive to make, and publishers are risk-averse, so microtransactions, season passes, subscriptions and other schemes help mitigate that risk while giving a measure of power over its slate of games. We need not look far to see evidence of this mounting trend, but whereas companies like Ubisoft are somewhat new to the live service game, Electronic Arts has refined it to a science so to speak thanks to years of proven, calculated results.


Thanks to careful management, flexibility, and experimentation, EA says that live services that power games like FIFA and Madden have become more predictable, thus giving the publisher a very real control over its business.

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Vivendi postpones Ubisoft takeover

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

French media titan Vivendi recently stated that it will not pursue a hostile takeover of Ubisoft for at least half a year, putting an interesting pause on the Vivendi vs Ubisoft saga.




In its latest quarterly filings Vivendi affirms that it will not keep purchasing Ubisoft shares to trigger a formal acquisition bid for the company. As of June Vivendi held 26.87% of Ubisoft shares and 24.47% of voting rights. Under France's Florange Law, Vivendi's stake in Ubisoft could double this month, which would force Vivendi to make a public bid. Experts say that Vivendi could expect to pay as much as $6 billion to acquire Ubisoft.


Now Vivendi states that its aggressive stance has shifted; the titan won't make a move on Ubisoft at least for the next sixth months. "Vivendi's investments in video games are generating value. Gameloft is the worldwide leader in mobile gaming downloads. The current unrealized capital gain on the Ubisoft investment is more than €1 billion. Given that this sector is the second largest in the content industry after music, the Group confirms its intention to continue to develop in this sector," the company wrote in its earning filings.


"Nevertheless, concerning Ubisoft, in anticipation of the receipt of double voting rights on its Ubisoft shares on November 23, 2017, Vivendi states that in the next six months: it does not intend to file a public tender offer for Ubisoft shares nor to acquire control of the company. To this end, Vivendi will ensure that its interest in Ubisoft will not exceed the threshold of 30% through the doubling of its voting rights."

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Battlegrounds' desert map shown off in 3 new screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 20 million copies and sees over 2.5 million concurrent people playing the game each day, but thanks to NVIDIA we have three new screenshot of PUBG's upcoming desert map.




NVIDIA showed off the new work-in-progress shots of Battlegrounds' new map and I can't keep looking at them. They are a big change from the current map which is 8x8km, the upcoming desert map is smaller at 4x4km.




GameInformer explains the new Battlegrounds map as "The second map is 4x4km, and is located in a desert city. It was once a beautiful place to visit, but war ravaged its streets and sandstorms buried much of what remained. The south and east areas feature a canyon with a river running through it. Water from the river supports the small villages that remains after the city was destroyed. The north area of the island features hillside slums".



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Tesla's new electric semi is the future of trucks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

Tesla has officially unveiled its electric semi truck, something that goes by the simple name of Tesla Semi. The new Tesla Semi truck is a super-tall big rig that has Tesla's infamous minimalistic design. The side mirrors are the only thing on the Tesla Semi that protrude from the side of it, alongside the wing-like sensor array on the rear of the truck.



Tesla CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk said that Tesla Semi has been "designed like a bullet".


Tesla Semi is capable of a 500-mile range, with a ton of built-in technology like Enhanced Autopilot. There are plenty of the usual big rig-specific features like jackknifing prevention, sensors for blind-spot detection and data logging for fleet management. Tesla has said that its new Semi truck will bne going into production in 2019, which isn't too far away - but with giants like Toyota and others starting in the electric truck business, Tesla needs to nail it quickly.


The new Semi truck will debut alongside Tesla's new super-fast charger, which will provide 400 miles of range in 30 minutes and is called Megacharger. Comparing this to other electric trucks like Daimler's E-Fuso Vision One which can only take a 220-mile trip, Tesla has it in the bag with Semi, and even more so when you take into consideration the super-fast Megachargers.

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PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

PowerColor is working on a new custom Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card, with the fully-custom PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil featuring a huge triple-fan cooler and massive heat sink array that covers the entire PCB.




As you can see, the fan is quite chunky with the RX Vega 64 Red Devil being a 2.5-slot card, featuring two DIP switches that give you access to changing BIOSes and controlling the LED lighting on the 'Red Devil' branding at the top.




PCB wise it's not much different to the reference Radeon RX Vega 64 from AMD, with the same number of V-Core phases, but the PCB is wider to handle the beefed up cooler. We can expect 2 x DP and 2 x HDMI ports on the card, shifting away from the 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI on the reference card.

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Samsung could launch the Galaxy S9 sooner than expected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 20 hours ago

Samsung will most likely experience the biggest smartphone launch of all time when it launches its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone next year, but with the increased threat from Apple with the new iPhone X, the South Korean giant could reveal the new Galaxy S9 in a few months time.




Italian tipsters are now teasing that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 early, but didn't specify when. If we look back at previous Galaxy smartphone reveals, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 in March around a month later than expected; at MWC in February. They delayed it to let the flames die down a little bit surrounding the explosive problems of the Galaxy Note 8 at the time.


India Today reports that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in February, but cites no sources. This is probably all rumor, but it's not going to be unexpected that Samsung launches the Galaxy S9 in March-April, with a reveal 2-4 weeks earlier at either MWC 2018 or its own Samsung Unpacked 2018 event in March.