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NVIDIA releases new GeForce 326.80 Drivers, enables SHIELD streaming

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:05 pm

This morning, NVIDIA released version 326.80 of its Game Ready GeForce Drivers. NVIDIA says that the update offers the best gaming experience for Splinter Cell Blacklist. The company is also recommending the driver update for all those who are running the Windows 8.1 preview. Additionally, NVIDIA says that the new GeForce R326 drivers also provide performance increases for a number of games. The following is a list of key performance increases and feature additions. Users can download the update at Source #1 below.

 

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Performance Boost - Increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains:

 

GeForce GTX 770:

  • Up to 15% in Dirt: Showdown
  • Up to 6% in Tomb Raider

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MyDigitalSSD launches massive discount promotion on Amazon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:29 pm

This morning, MyDigitalSSD announced a massive discount on some of their popular mSATA SSD products via Amazon. Our own Chris Ramseyer has talked about SSD prices rising due to NAND flash shortages, so when hot deals come around, we want to share them with you.

 

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Customers are able to pick up a MyDigitalSSD BP4 50MM mSATA SSD in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacites starting at just $34.99, with the most expensive drive at just $159.99, a discount of $20 off the regular price! So head over to link #1 to claim your discounted SSD from MyDigitalSSD today, and hurry as the deal is only good as long as supplies last.

LeakedTT: New images of iPhone 5C surface showing new colors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:12 pm

More attention has been paid to the iPhone 5C's plastic housing in the form of leaked images than any other phone before it. Today, a couple of new photos have surfaced that show off two new color hues that we have not seen before. The two new colors appear to be of what could be a pastel colored line of iPhone 5Cs, but more than likely they are just early prototypes used to test color hues on the upcoming device.

 

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We do know that the iPhone 5C will be offered in a range of colors, and that it will most likely replace the iPhone 5, with the upcoming iPhone 5S becoming the new flagship for Apple. Either way, if industry analysts are correct, we will know much more about both devices on September 10 when the Cupertino-based company is expected to hold a launch event.

Google begins mashing up Waze and Maps for mobile

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:03 pm

Today, Google is showing off the first round of integration between its Maps for mobile service and the recently acquired Waze traffic data startup. Now in both the Google Maps for Android and iOS, users can select the traffic tab and see notifications of accidents, construction, road closures, and other incidents reported by Waze users. This includes the reporting of roadblocks as well as locations of police patrol cars.

 

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On the flipside, the Waze app now supports Google Search, and Google has granted access to Street View and satellite imagery. With Waze users reporting over 1 million accidents and blockages per month, the addition of Waze incident reports to Google Maps is a substantial improvement to the service. "I think it will have a pretty big impact," said Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps. "A big fraction of GMM users will see these."

 

"We are cross-pollinating as much as possible," McClendon said of his team and the Waze U.S. unit, which moved to Mountain View a couple weeks ago while the company's engineering group remains in Tel Aviv. "We're learning a lot both ways; it's a very strong meeting of the minds."

Launch day game list released for Xbox One, lots of heavy hitters

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:03 pm

This morning, Microsoft officially released the list of games that will be available on launch day for the Xbox One. The list contains 23 titles of some of the biggest series that will debut this fall. The genres range from first-person shooters to RPGs and casual games such as Peggle 2 and Zoo Tycoon. I have listed out all of the "Day One" games below.

 

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  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

 

Additionally, Microsoft announced that all pre-order versions of the Xbox One in Europe will come bundled with a free FIFA 14 download. I'm sure for some of our friends across the pond, that is incentive enough to preorder their copy of the next-gen console.

G.Skill unveils Ripjaw series high-performance DDR3 SO-DIMM modules

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:04 pm

Today, G.Skill announced the launch of a new addition to its Ripjaws series of RAM. Dubbed the G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 SO-DIMM, the new addition is designed for users who want to get the most out of their laptops. G.Skill says the new SO-DIMM Ripjaws modules are built using only the highest quality components and that every module is validated using G.Skill's rigorous burn-in test.

 

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These new SO-DIMM modules are designed with performance and power efficiency in mind. Requiring only 1.35V, the new SO-DIMM Ripjaws consume less power, which in turn causes them to generate less heat than typical, higher voltage SO-DIMM memory modules. This allows your laptop's battery life to increase while its operating temperature lowers, which increases system stability.

 

G.Skill says that their 1.35V SO-DIMM Ripjaw kits are compatible with laptops and PCs that are equipped with Intel's 3rd and 4th generation Core i3,i5, and i7 processors that support 1.35V DDR3 SO-DIMM memory. Like all other G.Skill RAM, the Ripjaw SO-DIMM modules feature a lifetime warranty for added peace of mind.

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HTC One set to make its way to Verizon's network on August 22

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:20 am

Verizon's network is set to get HTC's flagship smartphone, the HTC One, this coming Thursday, August 22. The announcement came in a Tweet from Verizon's official Twitter account this past Friday. The tweet says that the One will be available online and in stores for $199 on a two-year contract.

 

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Verizon is admittedly quite late to the game by only debuting the One now. Additionally, there was no announcement of the rumored blue version of the HTC One that was said to be a Verizon exclusive, so I guess we can debunk that rumor. All of the specs appear to be the same and nothing has changed. We are left wondering why it took Verizon so long to launch the HTC One on its network.

GIGABYTE launches new AMD based G1 Sniper A88X gaming motherboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:35 am

Today, GIGABYTE announced the launch of a new AMD motherboard to their G1-Killer line of high-end gaming motherboards. The new G1 Sniper A88X boasts many of the features we have come to expect from GIGABYTE's legendary green and black premium line of motherboards.

 

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With the ability to support both FM2 Trinity and Richland APUs and the upcoming FM2+ Keveri processors, this new offering is sure to become a hit among the AMD gaming community. Featuring what appears to be two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, 4 DDR3 DIMM slots, and 6 SATA ports, this motherboard has room for even the most expansive gaming systems.

 

The most impressive feature, however, lies within its audio configuration. Much like the Intel-based Sniper 5, the G1 Sniper A88X features an upgradable operational amplifier (op-Amp) that allows users to custom tailor their audio output to their specific taste. Additionally, all the USB power connectors are gold plated, with all power sources isolated for a truly noise free environment.

 

Furthermore, the motherboard's audio circuit features electrostatic shielding between all analog audio components, high-quality Nichion solid capacitors, and a Realtek ALC898 audio processor that is shielded by a gold-plated cover.

SpaceTT: Nova in Delphinus brightens to magnitude 5.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:07 am

What a treat! I get to write two SpaceTT posts in one day! Stargazers across the northern hemisphere are witnessing a rare occurrence happening right before our eyes. A nova in the constellation Delphinus has brightened over the last couple of days to a magnitude 5.0 and has allowed naked eye viewing of the astronomical phenomenon.

 

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In the upper left-hand corner of the image above, you can see Nova Del 2013 appearing as a large star shining brightly in a sea of fainter stars. What you are actually witnessing is a binary star system in which the larger star is having its hydrogen stripped off by the much smaller white dwarf star. As is fresh layer of hydrogen grows thicker and more dense, the lower layers erupt in a runaway hydrogen-fusion reaction. As the reaction takes place, the star grows much hotter and brightens in the night sky.

 

To get an idea of how large this explosion is, one can simply imagine what a hydrogen bomb the size of the Earth would look like. The nova was discovered on August 14 by astronomer Koichi Itagaki of Yamagata, Japan, around 2PM EDT. It was originally listed as a magnitude 17 in brightness, and has since grown 100,000 times in brightness. The event will most likely only last for a few more days, so if you have clear, dark skies, you might just be able to see it with your naked eye. Tossing in visual aid from binoculars or a telescope will greaten one's chance at observing the nova.

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Dell dumps standalone XPS 10, only offers it with keyboard dock now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:31 pm

As sales of Windows RT-based devices continue to decline, Dell has announced that it will no longer be selling the standalone version of its XPS 10 tablet. The Windows RT-based device first saw signs of trouble when the company slashed its price to $299 back in May, but that deal is no longer available as users are only able to pick up an XPS 10 in a bundle version that includes a keyboard dock.

 

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This keyboard dock increases the price by more than $179, bringing the total price up to $479.99 for either the 32GB or 64GB model. A version with integrated LTE can be had for $579.99. Industry analysts suspect that Dell has nixed the standalone version in hopes of promoting the XPS 10 as more of a productivity device over a content delivery package.

 

In my opinion, Windows RT will never catch on as its lack of x86 compatibility is a major drawback for anyone wishing to use the tablet for anything other than simple Office functionality or Internet browsing. With Microsoft writing off $900 million on its Surface RT inventory, this is just another nail in the coffin for Windows RT.

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