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Mass Effect 3 PC Demo is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 2:24 am

Mass Effect 3 is set to be one of this years biggest titles, and with EA's new Origin digital distribution service to kick-start it, it should be a big change for the game itself. Little did I know, that a PC demo had arrived for Mass Effect 3.

 

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So now that the excitement is building for the demo you've just found out about, how about I throw you another surprise? On the 17th of this month, the multi-player gets unlocked and lets you try it out however you want. Wait, there's more! If you have a Battlefield 3 online pass activated you can play it, well, right now!

 

I'm not able to test it right now, but if you're keen to try it out, comment below and let us know your thoughts on the game! Graphics! Sound! Acting, gameplay, mechanics, all of it. Remember that Mass Effect 3 launches with four-player co-operative play. Something that old-school PC gamers will enjoy.

 

Grab the demo, here.

RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 to attend Mobile World Congress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 1:28 am

During CES 2012, Research in Motion (RIM) announced the PlayBook OS 2.0 would arrive "next month", with that next month being February. At the end of this month, Mobile World Congress starts up and we should see quite the flurry of announcements and unveilings, one of which should be RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0.

 

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RIM's Senior Brand Manager, Jeff Gadway, has assured PC Magazine that they're sticking to their promised timetable, and PlayBook OS 2.0 will ship "very soon". Very soon, and MWC seem to line up quite well, and RIM should have a decent presence at the show.

 

PlayBook OS 2.0 will arrive as a 400MB update, and brings a bunch of important features to the OS, including an Android App player, a native e-mail client, calendar, and contact apps. We should hear and see more about PlayBook OS 2.0 in the coming weeks, or when MWC hits.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 15, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 3:25 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 15th, 2012.

 

First up, we've had the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPUs. We have a news post on that already, so I've compiled those links at the bottom of today's roundup.

 

Storage:

 

HighPoint 2720SGL RocketRAID Controller Review - Amazing 3GB/s Recorded With 8 Crucial C400 SSDs - The SSD Review

 

Peripherals:

 

Cyborg R.A.T.7 Albino Edition Gaming Mouse - eTeknix

Rosewill Second Generation Mechanical Keyboard Review: RK-9000, RK-9000BR, RK-9000BL, RK-9000RE - PC Perspective

ROCCAT Kone[+] Laser Gaming Mouse - techPowerUp!

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Download of the Day: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.45.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:35 pm

Our Download of the Day is DAEMON Tools Lite 4.45.3

 

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With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or so called "disc image" files, which run directly on your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types. Use CD/DVD image converter to have one format images in your Image Catalog!

 

1. Emulate virtual CD/DVD-ROM/HD DVD and Blu-ray drives

 

DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Start working! Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn't it? Yes, but it is much faster!

 

2. Create a disc image

 

With DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] you can create ISO and MDS image files from original discs inserted in physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray drives. Or use images you have created earlier with other program. DAEMON Tools products work with variety of image types.

 

Key features

 

creates *.iso and *.mds images;

emulates up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives;

performs image mounting and unmounting;

supports *.b5t, *.b6t, *.bwt, *.ccd, *.cdi, *.cue, *.nrg, *.pdi, *.isz;

offers powerful command line interface.

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Poll Results - What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:11 pm

Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

 

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Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.

 

So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best SSDs in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Mobile App of the Day: TapSplosion for Windows Phone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is TapSplosion for Windows Phone 7.

 

TapSplosion is the game that the Windows Phone 7 platform has been waiting for, and now it's even better, with Achievements! With fast, frantic and addictive gameplay you just have to try it for yourself.

 

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In TapSplosion, you tilt your phone to control the player and tap the screen to place explosions in that position. You have to battle an oncoming enemy hoard which is constantly increasing in size and complexity and always tracking you down. If one of these enemies touches you, you will explode and it's game over for you! You get points based on combo kills, time alive and number of enemies on the screen and you can submit your score to global leaderboards and compete with other players from around the world!

 

Grab it from the Windows Marketplace directly on your Windows Phone 7 device, or here.

HP introduces 27-inch all-in-one Z1 Workstation, sports Xeon and Quadro parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 11:18 am

HP have just unleashed their new 'Z1 Workstation', which is a 27-inch all-in-one desktop, and boasts some seriously powerful hardware inside. Much better than previous all-in-one solutions I've seen before.

 

 

The Z1 will hit in April, with a starting price of $1,899. The stock model will include a Core i3-2120, integrated HD 2000 graphics, 250GB of storage and a DVD writer. The unit can scale all the way up to the quad-core Xeon E3-1245 or E3-1280, various NVIDIA Quadro GPUs including the Q4000M, up to a 2TB 7200RPM HDD, 600GB 10,000RPM HDD or 300GB SSD, depending on what you like, and a Blu-ray writer.

 

All configurations do share these specs:

 

A 27-inch 2560x1440 LED-backlit IPS display

Up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 ECC RAM

An HD 1080p 2.0-megapixel webcam

Four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports

Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0

DisplayPort in/out, SPDIF and audio jacks

Memory card reader

SRS Premium Sound w/ dual-cone speakers

One PCIe x16 slot, three miniPCIe slots

A choice of wired/wireless keyboard and mouse

A selection of various Windows/Linux OSes

Dimensions of 23" (H) x 26" (W) x 16.5" (D)

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The Pirate Bay removes torrents from site, now uses Magnet links, UMAD, RIAA/MPAA?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 10:21 am

'Oh snapz!' is something our VGA editor, Shane Baxtor likes to say when something like this happens - so, it felt oh so appropriate to use it in this news. The Pirate Bay have just posted on their blog informing their loyal users that Magnet links are now default when wanting to download something, here's the quote:

 

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Hey all!

 

Quite some time ago we decided to not host torrent files anymore. In following with that decision, we decided to make Magnet links the default option for the Download buttons!

 

We've just changed places on the links. Magnet is now default, Download torrent is now where the magnet links used to be. The reason is the same as always: Magnets are now good enough to use, and it's not as easy to block as .torrent files. Also it saves us a huge amount of bandwidth!

 

So go ahead, magnet away!

 

Do you know what this means? The current court proceedings against The Pirate Bay just got that much harder. This means that the 'illegal' files that are downloaded, are distributed amongst the downloaders. This makes the target turn away from The Pirate Bay and onto tens of millions of downloaders around the world.

 

So, unless the MPAA and RIAA want to start arresting millions of people around the world, they're kinda stuck. In shark infested waters, without a life jacket, or a flare gun, while a pirate ship sails around them, laughing manically.

Intel releases the Core i7-3820

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 15, 2012 9:18 am

Intel have introduced the third member of the LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E family in the form of the Core i7-3820. The chip joins the ranks with the current chips, i7-3960X and i7-3930K.

 

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The new Core i7-3820 has a clock speed of 3.6GHz, has just four cores with four hyper-threaded cores (versus the six-of-each on the two other SB-E chips), 10MB of L3 cache, Turbo Speeds of 3.9GHz, a max overclock multiplier of 45x, a TDP of 130W and a price of just $294.

 

This new chip is the Sandy Bridge-E chip, on a budget. AnandTech give three reasons why you'll want the Core i7-3820:

 

  1. You need PCIe 3.0 today and/or you need more PCIe lanes than a Core i7-2600K can provide.
  2. You need tons of memory bandwidth for a particular application.
  3. You want a 2600K but you need a platform that can support more memory (32GB+).

 

Yep, that's enough convincing for me. Looks tasty indeed.

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