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Denon and Marantz blow away last day of winter with new professional audio products

By: Matthew Wu | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 1, 2012 10:07 am

At their first event in Australia, professional audio brand Denon and Marantz late this week announced their new range of lifestyle gear including headphones and dock speakers for personal mobile devices.

 

Differentiating between key types of users and their music needs and tastes was what Denon did in their new range. With 8 new on-ear and in-ear models across four different lifestyles: Music Maniac, Globe Cruiser, Urban Raver and Exercise Freak - there should be a product that will fit your lifestyle.

 

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High-end audiophile gear can be found in the Music Maniac range, with two on-ear (AH-D7100, AH-D600) and 1 in-ear (AH-C400) models. We were able to play around with these headphones that were connected to an amplifier.

 

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Coming from an Audio Technica AD900 user connected to the ASUS Xonar ST, the D7100 and the D600 both had a nice representation of bass, (something that the AD900 lacked being open-back designed), but the bass wasn't muffled so each word from the song was crisp and clear, including the instruments used in the track. Both headphones feature a 50mm driver to deliver the sound...

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Konami unveils open world Metal Gear Solid game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2012 9:23 am

Not only has Metal Gear Solid been greenlit for a Hollywood movie, it seems that Kojima Productions celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the franchise with a team of a new game, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

 

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MGS:GZ is built on Konami's next-gen Fox Engine, with the demo running on a current-gen, high-end PC. It has been teased that the game will arrive on next-gen consoles, as current-gen PC hardware would most likely get baked into the consoles.

 

The MGS:GZ demo showed off a new twist on the usual stealth gameplay, where it was shown that the new game can move into evasion, and beyond just running and hiding. Series creator Hideo Kojima was on-hand showing off the new title, stating that the new spin to the stealth portion of the game means that when you're discovered, you can use all tools at your disposal to escape, meaning there's no more "game over" screens.

 

The screenshot does make it look very Splinter Cell-like, doesn't it?

Adobe Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and more to get Retina display support in the 'coming months'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 1, 2012 8:20 am

Adobe have finally addressed the public over their plans for Retina display support on their software, where they've announced that a Retina-compatible version of Photoshop CS6 will be made available "this Fall". Lightroom 4 with Retina support will be available "as soon as the work is complete". Adobe add:

 

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Supporting this new technology requires significant work by our product teams and we're committed to provided a free update to all Photoshop CS6 customers this Fall and Lightroom 4 as soon as the work is complete. Please note that Creative Cloud members will receive Photoshop updates more frequently and receive this update in advance of updates for non-members.

 

A second blog post from Adobe has also announced that there are many more products in their range to get Retina support, where they'll be free to all CS6 and Creative Cloud customers:

  • Dreamweaver
  • Edge Animate
  • Illustrator
  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop
  • Photoshop Touch
  • Prelude
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • SpeedGrade

Facebook co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz, still selling shares in the social network daily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 1, 2012 7:36 am

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of social networking site, Facebook, is still dumping shares of the company. Moskovitz disclosed on August 24 that he had sold 900,000 shares of the social network over six business days following the "lockup" of stock that was awarded to him during the IPO.

 

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He is continuing to dump shares, and has gotten rid of another 450,000 shares at a rate of 150,000 per day from Monday to Wednesday of this week, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

 

Even though Moskovitz has dumped over one million shares in Facebook, he still owns more than 130 million shares in the company.

Borderlands 2 trailer: a 7-minute walk-through of the new game

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 11:34 pm

Get ready to be excited as Sir Hammerlock is about to walk you through the upcoming Borderlands 2 game. He covers grenades, weapons, terrain, and lots of other interesting stuff, all in a pleasing British accent. Take a look for yourself:

 

 

I was never a fan of the first Borderlands and, after watching that trailer, even I am interested in playing the game. The new game is due out September 18 for PC, Xbox, and Playstation. Those who pre-order at select retail locations will receive membership to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club.

 

This membership will give you access to "exclusive digital content for your characters" and a new character class called the Mechromancer.

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Court filing provides insight into Apple's and Samsung's legal fees

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 10:32 pm

Wondering how much Apple and Samsung paid in attorney fees for the trial? Well, we don't have those numbers, but we do have a breakdown of what some of their lawyers bill and an idea of how long they had to work for different things. Apple's lawyers spent a total of 232 hours working on just one motion for sanctions against Samsung.

 

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The bill for those hours? $116,668.50. Not bad, eh? Sounds like some of us need a change in career. And when it's all said and done, all of that money could come directly from Samsung, as often the other party is liable for attorney's fees in a lawsuit. That's minuscule when compared to the $1+ billion in damages, but only accounts for one motion. The entire trial was likely much, much more expensive.

 

Samsung, to not be outdone by Apple, has released information about its expenditures for three separate motions. The total, $258,200.50, is higher than Apple's, but was for three motions instead of one. Incredibly, one of Samsung's lawyers charges over $1,000 ($1,035, to be exact), which is more than a third more than Apple's highest paid lawyer.

 

I think Samsung might need new legal counsel.

 

Of course, the actual trial consisted of months of legal discovery and three weeks of trial time, so the total bills are much, much higher. It's likely we may never see the total tab, but it's easily in the millions.

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Skyrim players on PS3 may never see Dawnguard due to technical issues

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 9:31 pm

I have a bit of bad news if you play Skyrim on PlayStation 3 and wanted the Dawnguard DLC: You may not ever get it. Bethesda has announced this simple fact. Due to technical issues, Dawnguard may never become available on PS3. It appears they have been unable to get it to run like they would like on the system.

 

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"Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you're talking about sizable content like Dawnguard," reads the statement, "We have tried a number of things, but none solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. The PS3 is a powerful system, and we're working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we've been working on either, so this issue of adding content gets even more complicated"

 

"This is not a problem we're positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content."

 

Since Skyrim's launch, it's had trouble running on the system, so this shouldn't come as that big of a surprise. Plagued with frequent slowdowns and crashes, they've had enough trouble getting the main game to run, let alone this add-on content. It's nice to see that they are actually working on getting it fixed, though, and shows their dedication to their customers.

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Corsair releases 5.03 TRIM-fixing firmware for 22** series SandForce drives

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 8:41 pm

Corsair has released firmware version 5.03 for the 22** series of SandForce-based solid state drives. This firmware is the version that fixes TRIM, so it is an important update. Corsair has said that the update is designed to be non-destructive. That said, they still recommend backing up important data, and so do we.

 

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The update has only been validated for Windows 7 and has not been tested on Windows Vista or XP. Corsair has written a post describing the update and providing instructions and the firmware files.

 

It's good to see manufacturers are starting to push out updates based upon the 5.03 firmware, because without TRIM, the performance of the SSD degrades and you lose that speed that you are used to.

Sharp iPhone screen production delays could limit supply of next-gen iPhone at launch

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 7:31 pm

If you're looking to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone when it is released by Apple, rumored to be announced September 12, you might have even more difficulty than usual. Sources close to Sharp's production of the screen for the device have said Sharp is experiencing issues with the screen which has delayed the start of mass production.

 

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If Apple is unable to obtain enough supply for the next-gen iPhone, it will place restraints on how many can be produced and sold, limiting availability and sales numbers. Sharp was supposed to begin shipping the screen at the end of August, but has been unable to start mass-producing due to the technical issues.

 

It is unknown when Sharp will be able to begin shipping the screens. Remember, the screens then have to be installed in the device, so there is still lead time, even after the screens have started shipping. If you want the next iPhone, I suggest you wait in line, or it could be awhile before supply picks up.

The first wave of Xbox LIVE games coming to Windows 8 has been announced

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2012 6:31 pm

As many of you know, Microsoft is trying to integrate all of its platforms like Apple has done. This means that bring Xbox to Windows 8 is a natural extension and something Microsoft has done with the latest operating system. Today, Microsoft has announced the first wave of games from Xbox LIVE that will be available at launch on October 26.

 

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The games will be playable on any Windows 8 device, including laptops, desktops, and tablets. Since these are Xbox games, they will feature in-game achievements just like games on the Xbox console do. They will also take advantage of other features offered through Xbox live such as leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer modes.

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