While not yet confirmed, rumour is circulating that Microsoft is planning another bundle deal for its 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, said to start arriving in stores as early as today. The new bundle will apparently come with five games as opposed to the usual two. People are suggesting it could be an early jump on the upcoming holiday season, but that's not likely this soon.
The titles rumoured to be included (in the form of download tokens) are pretty sweet choices, if true. We've got word of Alan Wake, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Fable 3, and Gears of War 2. You would have to take into account the almost 30GB of space it'll eat from your 250GB drive, however, but with some 200GB remaining I doubt that will bother many folks.
The bundle is also said to include a single wireless controller and wired headset and will apparently sell for $299. At that price it would be quite awesome value really, given all the aforementioned games included.
No matter how much you try to convince people that "the more memory, the better" when it comes to graphics cards is a somewhat fuzzy statement, the idea of having your card crammed with as much memory as possible is just too hard to pass up for some folks, hence add-in partners sometimes going a little overboard in this respect.
On that note, it seems NVIDIA card partner Point of View is looking to break some kind of record with a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti offering, packing it with not 1.5GB, not 2GB, but a whopping 4GB (!) of memory - equating to 4 times the amount on the reference model.
Such a large increase in memory would be questionably logical on a high end model, but on a mid range card with only a 128-bit memory interface, it does very much seem overboard indeed. It also needs to be mentioned that the memory used isn't the usual GDDR5, PoV took a shortcut here and went for DDR3, clocked in at 1066MHz. Meanwhile, the core runs at 900MHz, with its 192 CUDA cores operating at 1900MHz.
The card is now available for pre-order in Europe at 113.
Despite everyone turning their noses up at it in a world now filled with acceptance only to iOS, Android, or [insert any other mobile OS], Nokia is still keeping Symbian alive with another update, Symbian Belle.
Nokia has officially disclosed details on the update today and said it will debut this quarter on three new smartphones, the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701.
Some of the primary advantages to the update include an increase to the number of home screens possible (from three to six), redesigned widgets that come in five different sizes, a pull down menu and a taskbar for easy access to notifications. Improvements have also been made to the platform's web browser along with single-tap NFC sharing and pairing being possible.
Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 16 is now online for your reading pleasure.
The highlights of this month's issue include a day spent with world renowned overclocking champion, KINGP!N, a trip to EVGA headquarters to see what's going on behind the scenes there of late, and some words shared from Massman regarding the situation with famous overclocker Chew who recently chose to exit the overclocking community.
Pro also gives arguably the best GTX 580 on the market the full going over, MSI's GTX 580 Lightning, and there's a 4-way SSD shootout to help you make the wonderful jump from mechanical to solid storage.
Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.
Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.12.265.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!
Processor brand and model
Hard drive size and speed
Amount of memory (RAM)
At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.
If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.
Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - HP TouchPad Tablets - Status Change!.
Offer: If you've been trying to get a legitimate order of a HP TouchPad, you might be in luck today. HP Home has just updated their status from "Out of Stock" to "Coming soon." HP Home is supposed to more in stock today, so keep on refreshing that page!
HP TOUCHPAD 16GB 9.7" TABLET SALE - $99.99 Shipped Free!
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GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
Gearbox may have dropped the ball with the gum-chewing, ladies man and macho man himself, Duke Nukem Forever. But, don't think for a second that's the way they go. Gearbox are tweaking and working on Aliens: Colonial Marines right now and by the looks of the trailer below, they've hit the nail on the head. There's no HUD, the constant beeping of motion trackers and poorly lit environments which are set to scare the hell out of you at every corner.
Acer has posted their first loss in the history of the company, and has also said it will be impossible to break even for the full year. Acer has been a force to be reckoned with in the low-cost notebook market, but the iPad has cut into PC sales more than expected and has hurt their profits, bad. Acer has since refocused on mobile devices to drive growth a first half that saw the departure of its chief executive following a row over the company's strategy and a series of cuts to its shipment forecasts.
Acer shares were down 2.92-percent on Wednesday, ahead of the earnings announcement. Chairman J. T. Wang told an investor conference that the second-quarter was a "correction period" and the losses were more than expected as Acer cleared up excessive inventory and made severance payments for senior management resignations. Wang said "Today I have to say, trying to break even this year becomes impossible."
Yesterday's rumor of Samsung purchasing HP's PC division got people excited, it would be one of the only companies capable of destroying the juggernaut that is Apple, but Samsung have today confirmed that they are not acquiring HP's PC division. Samsung have come out and said it has "no intention of taking over [HP's] personal computer business." It's also worth noting that HP hasn't confirmed plans to exit the PC market just yet. Invetec, another electronics maker, believes that HP is simply extending a feeler and will respond accordingly.
Will the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple be the energy shot that HP needs?
Microsoft are pumping away at Windows 8 and it is not only bringing big UI changes to Windows 8 but another area they've put their magic on is the file management and this should make copying, moving, renaming and deleting files easier than ever before. One improvement in Windows 8 is the ability to view all copy tasks in a single window. This is a much more efficient design and will be welcome on all desktops.
From the single window a user will be able to pause or resume copy operations and will also get a detailed rundown of speeds achieved in each individual task and what the task is up to at a particular time (compete, paused, etc). Another feature exposed today is the redesigned Conflict Resolution dialog window, this window pops up on the event of file name collisions. The revamped window shows [in a much clearer fashion] where everything is located, the time/date and size of the file and gives check boxes and options of what to keep and what action to take.