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Tuesday Morning Roundup for March 20, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:31 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 20th, 2012.

 

Peripherals:

 

Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Benchmark Reviews

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master X6 Elite CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Cooler Master Silencio 450 - Vortez

Antec KÜHLER H₂O 620 - Techreaction.net

 

GPUs:

 

HIS 7870 IceQ X Turbo - PureOverclock

AMD Radeon 7870 2GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

SAPPHIRE HD 7750 ULTIMATE - Overclockers Club

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Download of the Day: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.6.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:26 am

Our Download of the Day is TechPowerUp's GPU-Z v0.6.0.

 

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Fixes/support:

 

  • Added optional GPU-Z installer which launches when GPU-Z is started for the first time, or can be started manually via the GPU-Z system menu
  • Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7870, HD 7850, HD 7670M, FireStream 9370, FirePro V3900
  • Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, GT 640M, GTX 560 SE, GT 550M, GeForce 510, NVS 2100M
  • Fixed clocks not showing correctly on some systems with Catalyst 12.2
  • Fixed board id reading on pre-Fermi cards
  • Fixed OpenCL detection for ATI Fusion (Sumo & Ontario)
  • Fixed GPU-Z window getting cut off at certain DPI settings

 

You can grab GPU-Z v0.6.0 here.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 to launch next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 10:29 am

We've reported on this a few times now, but we are edging closer and closer to 2013 with every day passing and the latest information available to us is that Microsoft are preparing to launch the successor to the Xbox 360, next year. The news comes from KitGuru, where they've talked to an 'insider in Taipei' over the weekend.

 

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They spoke to one unnamed source close to Microsoft who felt it would launch in Q3 2013, with the plan to show the console off at next year's E3 in June. We've reported before that it would launch this year, but with the Xbox 360 still selling insane amounts of units, it would be a bit stupid to launch the successor to their still-popular console. Kinect has also helped boost console adoption and extending life to the dragging (hardware-wise) unit.

 

One path Microsoft could take is to release a high-end console, and have games shipped on it, with the current Xbox 360 staying as the mass user option. This could allow Microsoft to release insanely-detailed games, in true full HD 1080p @ 60fps, and then scale said games down to the sub-720p on the current-gen 360. This would give Microsoft two unique markets: one for their new consoles, new games and a new push for higher-fidelity graphics and features, as well as a thriving Xbox 360 market which won't just stop overnight.

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We shouldn't see Ivy Bridge-E processors until mid-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:33 am

Sandy Bridge-E owners can breath a sigh of relief, their LGA2011-based CPUs will still be the king of the hill for a while longer now thanks to an X-bit Labs report. Ivy Bridge-E, the hypothetical successor of Sandy Bridge-E, which is an Ivy Bridge take on the LGA2011-HEDT platform, won't see the light of day until 2H of 2013.

 

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It's being reported that we won't see Ivy Bridge-E for quite some time because of Ivy Bridge's delay, which has caused a massive shift in Intel's roadmaps. This will also delay the Haswell-based chips several months to March-June 2013.

 

This all doesn't really mean much, as Intel aren't really being pushed by their competition, AMD, at all. Could this be a sly way of just delaying their products, and polishing them in case AMD do come out with something unexpected? Or are Intel just widening the gap of CPU releases because, well, they can?

HTC teams up with LogMeIn for remote Android support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:09 am

LogMeIn have just announced that they have teamed up with device maker HTC to bring over remote support services to HTC's Android-based devices. New models incoming from HTC should have LogMeIn Rescue preloaded onto the device.

 

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LogMeIn Rescue will allow HTC's support staff to remote to your device to diagnose or troubleshoot technical problems you're experiencing. The system relies on a secure data connection to provide support staff with the required configuration details and remote control capabilities. HTC representatives can then change settings on the phone, or run diagnostic utlities.

 

LogMeIn also offer software that is similar to LogMeIn Remote, for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian as well as the desktop editions available for both the PC and Mac. HTC have not yet announced any launch plans for LogMeIn-sporting Android devices.

Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, 'Cold Stream' is nearly done

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:24 am

Left 4 Dead 2 is a franchise that doesn't really require a defibrillator, with the development of the Cold Stream DLC close to completion. Valve still, in their usual fashion, haven't announced a release date, and according to an update posted on the official Left 4 Dead Blog, work on the DLC pack is now focused on making small tweaks and squashing bugs.

 

The blog states:

 

Now that we have a solid version of the maps (some minor changes still coming), we are focused on the DLC and getting some pesky bugs out of the shipping version. As soon as we have a release date we will let you know.

 

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Cold Stream contains a new community-made campaign in addition to the classic maps Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Crash Course. It also sports a new melee weapon, interesting news for L4D2 fans! Will this be enough to bring some back (myself included), time will tell.

Seagate wants 60TB HDDs, says its possible with next-generation storage technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:28 am

Seagate has achieved quite the storage milestone, bu hitting a storage density of 1 terabit per square inch, roughly 55-percent more than today's 620 gigabits per square inch. Seagate have compared this to our Milky Way galaxy, comparing the number of stars, which astronomers estimate we have between 200 and 400 billion. Seagate say that their 1 terabits per square inch, has more bits per square inch than our entire Milky Way galaxy!

 

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Currently, 620 gigabits per square inch provides us with current 3TB capacity in 3.5-inch disks, 2.5-inch disks max out at 750GB. This new technology from Seagate should double this to 6TB and 2TB for 3.5- and 2.5-inch drives, respectively. Seagate say this technology will arrive "later this decade", and will drive hard disk drive sizes right up to 60TB over the following 10 years. Seagate hit the milestone by using heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), which they hail as the next-generation successor to 2006's perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR).

 

PMR should hit a peak of approximately 1Tb per square inch in the next few years, which should be the starting density of the new HAMR-based drives. Seagate explain in their press releases:

 

The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch -- 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.

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RumorTT: HTC have bought music subscription service MOG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:29 am

Rumors are circling that HTC's Beats Audio unit have acquired music subscription service MOG, according to a rumor reported by Business Insider on Monday. One of Business Insider's writers, Matt Rosoff, based his report on a single source, but Gigaom have also heard rumblings from a source that term sheets went back and forth between the two companies just a few weeks ago.

 

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Who is MOG, and what do they do? MOG is a smaller music subscription service that has struggled against larger services like Spotify since launching in the US last year. There have been previous rumors that MOG were up for sale in the last few months, but MOG's CEO, David Hyman, denied news of its sale last month.

 

Om reported just a month ago that HTC were rumored to be in talks to launch its own music subscription service on its handsets, with Beats Audio founder Jimmy Iovine apparently a key player to these plans, which may have been motivated by the fact of the success wireless operator 'Cricket' has been having with its own Muve music subscription service. Cricket announced earlier in the year that Muve sports over 500,000 paying subscribers.

RUIN - an animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 4:58 am

I stumbled upon this video on my trawl through Reddit today between posting news, and it completely blew me away. It's a short 8-minute video, set in a post-apocalyptic universe that has been taken over by vegetation, trees, and... robots.

 

 

The video above is absolutely stunning, the animation is amazing for what seems a small-scale project, but big-scale plans. The team at OddBall Animation have pulled off an absolutely wonderful looking piece of animation, in a world where it makes me want to see more. I was left wanting so much more at the end.

 

A game in this universe with next-gen graphics would be so amazing. My hat goes off to everyone involved in this, and I thought it would be good to share around and our readers would enjoy it. Be sure to let the creators know, or comment on this news, retweet it, share it on your Facebook or Timeline!

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