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Diablo III release date will be May 15th

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 4:21 pm

Blizzard has announced that Diablo III will be released on May 15th. This is the 3rd chapter in Blizzard's critically acclaimed game. Starting May 15th, Diablo III will be at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. It will also be available as a digital download in the above mentioned regions, as well as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil via Blizzard's Battle.net website.

 

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Available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh, Diablo III will come with a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version. A special alabaster-white Collector's Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD, will include the full game on DVD-ROM, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo III soundtrack CD, a 208-page Art of Diablo III book, and a 4 GB USB soulstone (including full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction) and corresponding Diablo skull base, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

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Poll Results - Which company made the best desktop performance RAM in 2011?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 3:44 pm

Our latest poll had almost 3,300 people who answered, Which company made the best desktop performance RAM in 2011?

 

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It all started with G.Skill taking a clear lead early in the game and then Corsair shot right up hitting around 45% of the votes. At the end of the game Corsair won this round with 38% of the votes and G.Skill got in second with 30% of the votes.

 

Third place went to Kingston and further behind in a tied fourth place was Crucial and Mushkin each with 5% of the votes.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you about... Your thoughts on TweakTown version 2012 (i.e. our new design!) Let us know! Go here to vote!

Thursday Morning Roundup for March 15, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 2:24 pm

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

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Noctua NF-F12 PWM - Overclockers Club

Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid Cooler - Pro-Clockers

Antec Three Hundred Two Midtower Case - Legit Reviews

Silverstone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower Chassis - eTeknix

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler - Hardware Heaven

NZXT Phantom 410 Crafted Mid tower - Pro-Clockers

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Deal of the Day: 18.4" Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 notebook - $999 Shipped FREE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 1:23 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 18.4" Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 Laptop PC w/ i7-2630QM, 8GB RAM, 1920x1080, NVIDIA GeForce GT555M, USB 3.0, FireWire - $999 Shipped Free! Includes $200 Microsoft Store Credit!

 

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Considered the best big screen laptop by Computer Shopper, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 will certainly turn heads with its ginormous 18.4" display running at Full HD 1920x1080 resolutions. Not only that, it also has a detachable touchpad that serves as a remote! Check out the specs:

 

2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad Core Processor

18.4" LED-backlit Full HD (1920x1080) Screen w/ Edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass

NVIDIA GeForce GT555M w/ 2 GB Graphics Memory

8GB DDR3 1066MHz System Memory

750GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive

4x Blu-ray Disc/DVD SuperMulti DL Drive

1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0 w/ eSATA, HDMI, FireWire

8-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (up to 5.5 hours)

802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth

Detachable Touchpad Remote Control

 

This is not just a desktop replacement. This configuration much more powerful than most desktops out there. Right now you also get a FREE $200 Credit on Future Microsoft Store purchases!

 

18.4 INCH ACER ASPIRE ETHOS AS8951G-9600 LAPTOP PC W/ INTEL CORE I7-2630QM DEAL

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Mobile App of the Day: Pixlr-o-matic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Pixlr-o-matic.

 

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Add retro effects to your photos in a snap!

Awarded 2011's "Best App Ever" award for the Best Photo Editing App on Android by 148apps.com

 

You can add fun retro effects to your photos in a snap and transform your photos into cool looking vintage images. Editing is as easy as one, two, three with Pixlr-o-matic to add effects, overlays and borders. So many options to choose from, there are more than 2,000,000 possible finishes to make your photos look spectacular!

 

Features:

✓Color overlays help you adjust the mood - amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades

✓Lighting effects add drama, sparkle or a grunge look

✓Finish off your photo process with the right frame - pick a border style that fits you

✓Want it all in a single swipe? Try the randomizer and we'll select an effect, overlay, and border for you.

✓No camera required! Select a photo from your gallery and start applying effects. If your device has a camera, you can also snap a new picture from within the app

✓Share your vintage image directly with your friends through Facebook or imm.io

✓Export your finished image back to your gallery. Images can be saved in high resolution, depending on the resolution of the original image

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Download of the Day: Firefox 11

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 11:21 am

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 11.

 

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We've had previous Download of the Day's where we've offered beta versions of Firefox, but today marks the official 11.0 release of Mozilla super-popular web browser, Firefox.

 

The complete list of changes is bigger than my Christmas wish list, so if you want to check it out, click here.

 

If you want to get straight into the nitty-gritty and download Firefox 11, then click here.

Firefox heads into 2012, where version numbers will play a smaller role, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 10:21 am

Mozilla used to be the browser, until Chrome came and pushed them to the side and stole their lunch money. Mozilla had a plan for version 11 of Firefox, which they wanted it to be "lighter and faster", where this theme will continue through 2012 with something the team calls "Project Snappy".

 

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Other than sounding like a lobster thats still alive trying to snap at your fingers, Mozilla has discussed its success throughout 2011, and what 2012 will hold for the company. Mozilla have been fighting for the #2 browser spot over Chrome for the past six months, where Chrome pushed past Firefox for the first time in December last year. Mozilla thinks that branding could have a big deal of how they'll keep strong this year, where version numbers might take a back seat for once:

 

Version numbers will play a lesser and lesser role for users, but they will still matter to web developers, IT administrators and similar. The reason for having major version number bumps (e.g. version 6 to 7, 7 to 8, etc) is that new versions have had cases of non-backward compatible APIs, and the version number have been there to signal that it is not a minor release or maintenance update.

 

From a branding perspective, it will likely more go into being just Firefox, and that versioning will be more transparent.

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NVIDIA charts: GEFORCE GTX 680 is up to 40% faster than Radeon HD 7970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:29 am

Ah, NVIDIA charts. The memories are flooding back now, it feels like so long since I've seen them, but they're back, and in force. NVIDIA's latest charts are for their 28nm-built, Kepler-based NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680, caps intended.

 

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If the above charts are true, which most of the time they are not because it's really just a closed-world internal test by NVIDIA themselves, then we're looking at an amazing 40-percent increase over the AMD Radeon HD 7970 in some tests. 15 tests were used, from 7 games/benchmarks. All benchmarks were run with AA, then again without AA.

 

The one test that got my GPU juices flowing was the Battlefield 3 test with 4xAA, look at those improvements. If only I had the time to play Battlefield 3, I'd probably get 1 or 3 of these new GEFORCE GTX 680's. In the end, it looks as though that crown AMD have graced on their head, is about to get a can of whoop ass thrown at it. Green Team, unite!

EA is considering a subscription model for future Battlefield titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 8:26 am

VentureBeat has asked EA's game chief, Patrick Soderlund, whether they would consider switching to a subscription-based delivery system for future titles, with Soderlund replying:

 

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I think it's fair to say that we're looking at that. Like all other companies, we're looking at how we can maximise our investment in this and get the most out of our investment and get more people playing this product. That may take us to different places, but we're not really talking about where that is yet.

 

Soderlund didn't give an indication as to what form a subscription-based model would take on, but considering Call of Duty introduced their Elite service that offers paid subscribers regular DLC drops months ahead of normal users, its not that far out of the question. Soderlund also added that EA sees Battlefield 3 as a full-time on-going service for its customers. He's quoted:

 

We look at it as a 24/7 service. We have people in Stockholm and North America and other parts of the world that are on this every single hour of every single day. 365 days a year. We have an operations team at DICE to look at telemetry data. How are people playing the game, how can we improve the experience? Are they having problems? Are servers down? Are they up? All that stuff.

Internet Explorer 10 is touch-friendly, loves Metro

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 7:26 am

Microsoft is continuing to show off their latest features in its upcoming Interent Explorer web browser, where they've displayed the touch-friendly Metro interface, as well as the web browsers enhanced security. The trend of Google's Chrome browser, is to reduce the browsers interface so that it takes up less and less of the screen, which frees up more space for the Web content itself, which personally, I love.

 

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Windows 8's Metro design does the same thing, where it puts much more focus on the content itself. Metro Internet Explorer 10 is a continuation of this train of thought, where there's no visible interface at all, which leaves only the Web page itself visible. The app bar, is displayed by swiping from the top or bottom of the screen, or right-clicking the mouse, contains the tabs, address bar, and more.

 

The Metro-infused version of Internet Explorer, according to Ars Technica, feels "slick" and comfortable using both touch and mouse and keyboard interaction. The tile-based favorites view and tab thumbnails are both said to be good, too. Security-wise, Internet Explorer 10 will sport a new Enhanced Protected Mode. Protected Mode is the name that Microsoft gives to its sandboxing technique. It was introduced into Internet Explorer 7 on Vista, where it creates a separate, low-privilege process for running JavaScript and rendering HTML.

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