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RumorTT: Apple MacBook Pro set to receive Kepler goodness

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 2:04 pm

Going along with the rumor that the Apple lineup of computers will be receiving an update at WWDC, a blurry picture has hit the webs that is purported to be of the 15-inch MacBook's logic board. We can't promise anything, but we should find out later today if this is the real deal as we are just hours from an Apple Keynote.

 

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The picture seems to indicate an NVIDIA 650M as the next GPU destined to be in the MacBook Pro lineup. It's not unreasonable, but a bit unexpected after last year's high-profile switch to AMD graphics. But, then again, Apple doesn't really have any sense of loyalty or sentiment so this shouldn't matter much.

 

There have been several juicy rumors ahead of this upcoming Apple Keynote and we will be sure to let you know the full story of what does actually occur at the speech. Hopefully we see a complete refresh of the Mac Line, though I'm suspecting a new iPod Touch in the works since it's been a while since the last version released.

Upcoming animated film gets powered by Valve's Source engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 6:28 am

Valve's Source engine arrived in 2004 and has powered some truly great games such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike: Source, and more. Now the game engine is stepping over into movies where it will be used in the upcoming movie 'Deep'.

 

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Deep is a small-budget animated movie, utilising the Source engine as its a low-cost solution for real-time rendering and editing. Thanks to the partnership between the developer and film producer, Deep could be the first movie released on Steam. Deep is an animated film set in the post-apocalyptic landscape of World War III, where the remaining few members of mankind huddle together in abandoned ship hulls, struggling to survive.

 

Deep has a budget of a shave under $19 million. This could be a step in a very interesting direction for Valve, and Steam.

RIM drops the 16GB PlayBook, 32 and 64GB versions survive the chop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 5:30 am

RIM has been having very public issues lately, and it seems this has steamrolled into their tablet, PlayBook, getting one of its models discontinued. Research in Motion have cut the 16GB model, as it will be removed from inventory lists after the current stock held by retailer's is gone.

 

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A RIM spokesperson said that the company:

 

Remains committed to the tablet space and the 32GB and 64GB models of the BlackBerry PlayBook continue to be available from our distributors and retailers around the world.

 

RIM's tablet has been having issues, not getting even close to Apple's iPad in terms of numbers. For every PlayBook, 19 iPads are shipped. That must hurt, real bad.

Hawken to receive MEK-FU controller, requires three hands and a university degree to use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:31 am

Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.

 

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MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.

 

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Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.

Google co-founders to face US antitrust regulators for questioning

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 3:18 am

It looks like the lads that co-founded Google are in hot water once again, where they'll have to appear before US antitrust regulators for questioning. Larry Page and Sergey Brin have reportedly retained counsel, and are expected to give depositions before the Federal Trade Commission sometime over the coming months.

 

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What is it all over? Well, the issue boils down to whether or not Google have been unfairly using its position as the world's dominant search engine in a manner biased in favor of its own products, as well as whether Google has increased advertising rates for its competitors.

 

Google of course maintains that users are free to visit Google's competition, which the search giant says is "only a click away" thanks to the nature of the web.

Apple's iOS 6 confirmed for WWDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 2:23 am

We know it's coming, but now we have some pretty strong and undeniable evidence that the next-generation mobile operating system from Apple is nearly here in the form of iOS 6. The news comes from a banner being put up at Mascone West in San Francisco, where Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is being held.

 

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The banner also confirms Apple's move toward a silver theme for iOS, a change from the current blue theme. Workers started hanging out the banners two days ago now, and before this, the only thing Apple have said about WWDC and iOS is that they would discuss the "future of iOS" at the event.

 

What are you hoping iOS will deliver?

RumorTT: Apple to update the entire Mac lineup, more details at WWDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 1:15 am

Apple are rumored to be refreshing their entire Mac lineup in the very near future, with more details arriving during the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). 9to5Mac reports the Cupertino-based company are looking to update "at least four" of the five Mac families.

 

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The MacBook Pro looks like the most obvious choice for an upgrade given the injection of Ultrabook's at Computex. We should see a slimmer MacBook Pro sans the DVDRW, and hopefully that Retina-powered high-res display. The MacBook Air would most likely receive the same treatment, with the iMac getting a good injection of extras, too.

 

I'm expecting to see the MBPs getting upgraded to third-generation Core processors from Intel, 8GB minimum RAM, SSD by default, Retina display and of course, Thunderbolt. It will be interesting to see what is announced at WWDC... not long to go now, folks!

E3 Best of Show awards

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 9, 2012 8:14 pm

I've been taking my time and thinking these awards over carefully. You can't just run around tossing out Best of Show awards everywhere or they start to mean nothing. With that said, I've put much consideration into these and will only be giving them out in a few key categories.

 

Best upcoming game of E3 has to be given to Crysis 3. I know I have awarded them other awards this E3 and that is because it is such an amazing game. Period. Feel free to argue, but I was there and saw with my own eyes the beauty and quality that Crysis 3 is already sporting, and it doesn't even release until February 2013.

 

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Most innovative game of E3 needs to be awarded to an IndieCade game called Tickleplane. It may not have the best graphics or the most in-depth story line, in fact it has none, but the controls of the game are so different that it wins the award. They take a while to get used to, but once you do, the game is a great time waster.

 

Best new piece of hardware has no other option but to go to Nintendo. The WiiU, as opposed to my original thoughts, is a great new console, albeit probably more suited for younger and older (read: kids and 40+) audiences. While it seems as though it won't win much favor with hardcore FPS players, it certainly innovates console gameplay yet again.

 

I could write plenty more about why the WiiU should win this award, but the shorter version is that no one really offered any competition to it on the hardware front.

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Clevo stand featured oh-so-many products, some were quite heavy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 9, 2012 11:01 am

Computex 2012 - A good friend of mine asked me to check out the Clevo stand, so we stopped by and they were surprisingly quiet, which was good for us to walk around and snap a bunch of pictures. Clevo's P270WM had some insane specs, sporting a third-generation Core i7 Extreme Edition, X79 chipset, NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 675M (in SLI!!) GPU, 16GB memory support, 17.3-inch Full HD display, 3 x HDD support, and more. No wonder this beast was so heavy.

 

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Clevo's P370EM was specced nearly as good, same processor, but Intel's HM77 chipset, an option of AMD's Radeon HD 7970M GPU, or GTX 675M SLI, the same Full HD display, but just two HDD support, but ca be cranked up to support 32GB of RAM.

 

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