Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,317 Reviews & Articles | 63,370 News Posts

Latest Technology Content

Silverstone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Silverstone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis Review

We recommend the Silverstone Primera PM02 as it packs some great features, making it a great case for your next PC build.

TweakTown News Posts - Page 1

Terraria for Nintendo Switch releases on June 27th

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 mins ago

Nintendo Switch fans can rejoice as a Terraria will be soon be coming to the handheld console in only a few days. Venture the world of Terraria on the Switch on June 27th.

 

terraria-nintendo-switch-june-27th_01

 

According to a recent forum announcement on the official Terraria website, the Nintendo Switch version of Terraria is due for an imminent release. The post reads as follows; "Terraria Switch will be live to the world for digital download in 2 days!" The post also mentions the physical release for the game, saying "It will take us a bit more time to get out the physical retail version, but until then we hope you will enjoy the full game available for download via Nintendo eShop".

 

To celebrate the launch on the Nintendo Switch, developers Re-Logic will be hosting daily events for prizes on their Discord channel. Prizes will also be given to fans who drop into content creator Twitch livestreams. For those who wish to attend an AMA meeting with Terraria Switch developer, Pipework Studios on their Discord at Wednesday June 26 at 12:00PM PST.

Nokia's new battery tech: 2.5x LONGER battery life?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 57 mins ago

Nokia's exciting Bell Labs division has possibly solved one of the largest issues of smartphones today... battery life. Bell Labs has solved the issues surrounding limited recharge cycles on lithium ion and lithium polymer technology, using something exciting and new that could provide up to 2.5x the battery life we have today.

 

nokias-new-battery-tech-2-5x-longer-life_04

 

According to Paul King who is one of the lead investigators on the new battery project as well as being a Member of the Technical Staff of Nokia Bell Labs: "By packing more energy into a smaller space, this new battery technology will have a profound impact on 5G and the entire networked world. The combination of Nokia Bell Labs industry and device knowledge and AMBER's materials science expertise allowed us to tackle an extremely difficult problem involving multiple disciplines. Our results were achieved through the deeply collaborative mode in which we work, underscoring the value of engaging with AMBER as part of our global research strategy".

 

Nokia Bell Labs has created a lithium nanotube-aided battery that boasts up to 2.5x the battery life of the best batteries on the market now, while staying as thin as smartphones are now. We don't want more battery life with much thicker phones, which is where the researchers at Trinity College Dublin's AMBER center have hopefully created something that could well and truly change the battery game for smartphones.

 

5G is a big driver behind shifting to new battery technologies as it will use more battery life itself pulling multi-gigabit speeds from the air, so expect future Nokia smartphones (and other smartphones) to see flagship models with new batteries. We should expect Samsung SDI, LG Chem, and other battery-related companies to be working on similar next-gen battery tech, too.

US tensions see League of Legends blocked in Iran and Syria

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 50 mins ago

The on-going tensions between the US and Iran have extended to the world of gaming, with League of Legends now blocked in both Iran and Syria at the request of the Trump administration. The game can't be accessed "due to US laws and regulations" according to an in-game message when loaded up in Iran or Syria.

 

tensions-see-league-legends-blocked-iran-syria_07

 

An Iranian gamer screenshotted the message, which read: "Due to U.S. laws and regulations, players in your country cannot access League of Legends at this time. Such restrictions are subject to change by the U.S. government, so if and when that happens, we look forward to having you back on the Rift". Pretty crazy move, seeing League of Legends banned in these two middle eastern countries.

 

It seems that developer Riot Games didn't have much to do about the decision of banning League of Legends in Iran and Syria, as it was pushed onto them by the US government. As the source DOTesports says: "Multiple Iranian and Syrian players have expressed despair about this situation. A common theme is that this won't hurt the politicians or those with the power to do something, but instead, it'll affect the civilians whose lives in a war-torn country already offer little comfort and access to video games". I totally agree with that, very sad to see for gamers wanting an escape.

Continue reading 'US tensions see League of Legends blocked in Iran and Syria' (full post)

Microsoft: new Flight Simulator supports third-party content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 47 mins ago

Microsoft blew gamers away with its surprise reveal of a new Flight Simulator game at E3 2019, which is due out on both the PC and Xbox One in 2020 and now the company has confirmed some great news.

 

 

Flight Simulator will work with third-party content as well as community-created add ons, with Microsoft saying it is aware of the issues surrounding the current ecosystem and that the team is working on it. Microsoft has said they want to work closely with the community during the development of Flight Simulator, adding: "Whatever your abilities are, if you want to fly, we are going to do whatever we can to make that happen. Yoke and pedals, mouse and keyboard, controller, etc. No pilot should be left behind".

 

The company has promised that we'll hear more about Flight Simulator in the coming months, with updates to the preview build as well as insider programs kicking off in August. If you're a Flight Simulator fan, you'll want to keep on top of this news -- as the game simply looks freaking incredible. Day one for me on a big screen TV and kick ass gaming PC.

Alienware boss leaves to join AMD as Chief Gaming Officer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 54 mins ago

Alienware co-founder, Vice President and General Manager Frank Azor announced he was leaving the company for unknown adventures, but now WCCFTech is reporting that Azor has joined AMD as its freshly minted Chief Gaming Officer.

 

alienware-boss-leaves-join-amd-chief-gaming-officer_01

 

Azor recently tweeted that he would be leaving Dell "as of July 3 to take on a new challenge", adding: "A little over 21 years ago, I met a couple of lunatics who had an idea they called Alienware. When I met them and learned about the company they were trying to build, I thought to myself, "This would be the coolest job ever." I was right, but none of us ever dreamed the brand would come this far - which is a result of all of you, your hard work and passion".

 

He added: "So, yes, leaving is hard. But I do so with confidence knowing the talent here is the industry's best and will take this business even farther. Love, Frank Azor".

 

The suggestion that Azor is leaving Alienware for AMD is an exciting one, as he could lead a much more energized push towards getting Ryzen and Radeon products owning a much bigger respective market share. Radeon is about to have its second wind under Navi and the 7nm node, while Ryzen is already kicking ass and taking names in the CPU business.

Continue reading 'Alienware boss leaves to join AMD as Chief Gaming Officer' (full post)

Microsoft foldable Surface PC will run Android apps in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 4 hours, 49 mins ago

Microsoft could well and truly surprise the world next year with a new foldable Surface PC that is called codename Centaurus, a new dual 9-inch foldable touchscreen laptop powered by a new 10nm Intel Lakefield CPU.

 

microsoft-foldable-surface-pc-run-android-apps-2020_03

 

The new Centaurus-named foldable Surface would have 2 x 9-inch 4:3 aspect ratio displays, and not a single foldable panel. Windows Central "can confirm" Centaurus is "indeed an Intel device, and does feature two separate displays, not a single foldable display like found on the recently announced Lenovo foldable PC". Another one of the main selling points of Centaurus is that it will be capable of running Android apps.

 

Microsoft's new foldable Surface PC will run Windows Core OS, with support for Android apps making the dual-screen Centaurus a very hotly-rumored product. According to sources of both Forbes and Windows Central we can expect Centaurus is launch in the first half of 2020, with a possible October 2019 hardware reveal or tease event.

Jedi: Fallen Order still doesn't look like a Metroidvania

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 44 mins ago

Jedi: Fallen Order has always been described as an exploration game with Metroidvania-style elements, like revisiting areas with new powers to unlock goodies or gear. But those features really haven't been demonstrated very well.

 

 

Today Respawn released the full Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay shown to press at E3 2019. Many say this footage better illustrates the game's Metroid-style level traversal, which implies forking paths, unlockable areas, and secrets. But we didn't really see much difference than the original footage; the game still looks quite linear, even if it gave small glimpses and affirmations of off-world travel (which is something that was already confirmed a bit ago).

 

If anything, the footage underlines the cinematic scope of the game and further brings to mind Uncharted's larger-than-life action sequences and puzzle solving (albeit in a more light manner). Not the confusing, often-gated labyrinthine exploration of a Metroid game. Sure we see Cal take a different path in the footage, but it's not really a forking path where you could go either way. You literally have to go that way to restore the power to a metal wall so you can wall-run across it and proceed. It's not actually a secondary path, but more of an example of what I'd like to call "indirect linearity," or a side-step that's only really there to create the illusion of a side path, but in reality it's just part of the main trajectory.

Continue reading 'Jedi: Fallen Order still doesn't look like a Metroidvania' (full post)

Tons of new Cyberpunk 2077 details revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 31 mins ago

CD Projekt RED reveals a bunch of new details about Cyberpunk 2077, including day-to-night cycles, augmentations, cosmetics and regions of Night City.

 

tons-new-cyberpunk-2077-details-revealed_29

 

In a big Q&A series on the Cyberpunk 2077 Tumblr, senior level designer Miles Tost and quest designer Pawel Sasko discussed a lot of details surrounding the team's new sci-fi RPG FPS hybrid. Topics are wide and varied, and some new tidbits slipped through like being able to recruit people to your team, more details on the murderous gangs roaming the neon-lit city streets, and even a nifty eye augmentation that allows real-time translations of other languages.

 

"Cyberpunk is all about you being your own boss, right. You finding your own path against a system that's constantly trying to bring you down," said senior level designer Miles Tost. "That's where the whole punk attitude of the name also comes from. Perhaps you'll want other people to join you, like Jackie, for example."

Continue reading 'Tons of new Cyberpunk 2077 details revealed' (full post)

Cyberpunk 2077 isn't locked to heterosexual romances

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 27 mins ago

Cyberpunk 2077 is a huge sprawling sci-fi FPS built around massive reactivity and choice, and courting other superhuman cyborgs will be no different.

 

cyberpunk-2077-locked-heterosexual-romances_22

 

CD Projekt RED aims to go above and beyond with Cyberpunk 2077, making Night City a bustling haven of gritty crime, glamor, and colorful excitement. It's a pretty nasty place that harbors prostitutes, murderous gangs, and the high-tech seedy underbelly of society. You'll kill, hack, destroy, and manipulate your way across the living, breathing wonderland with its real-time AI. But that doesn't mean true love doesn't exist.

 

In Cyberpunk 2077, players will have lots of options of who they romance and attach themselves to. The studio confirms that as V., the pivotal protagonist, players can woo both male and female NPCs to create a vast inter-connected web of connections that will aid (or perhaps even hinder) your progression.

 

"So in terms of romances--you can think that it's going to be similar to how The Witcher 3 was--there were whole plotlines regarding characters and whether or not NPCs were treated well and interested in Geralt. If they were, something was happening," senior quest designer Pawel Sasko recently said in a Twitter DM.

Continue reading 'Cyberpunk 2077 isn't locked to heterosexual romances' (full post)

Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 theme is pretty bad

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 37 mins ago

Official console themes are a big opportunity to bring awareness to any game with some signature style, but CD Projekt RED didn't do much with their new Cyberpunk 2077 theme.

 

cyberpunk-2077-ps4-theme-much-better_75

 

Today CDPR released a new Cyberpunk 2077 theme for the PS4. It's not very good. Instead of bringing to mind an exotic world of gritty sci-fi mayhem and next-gen immersion, it's just a big advertisement banner for the rather simplified but eye-catching blazing yellow cover art. "Transform your PlayStation 4 home screen into a netrunner's terminal with this official Cyberpunk 2077 theme​! Head over to PS Store and grab it while it's hot!" CD Projekt RED said on Twitter.

 

The real tragedy here is CDPR didn't use any of the game's amazing concept art, posters, or even screenshots in the theme itself. It feels rushed out the door. Yes, it's a free theme and obviously not that much thought was put into it, but like I said it's still an opportunity to engage your playerbase with some nifty bit of interactive kit. Themes are something you see every time you start up and use your PS4 so they can be pretty powerful mechanisms.

Continue reading 'Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 theme is pretty bad' (full post)

loading