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Intel's Broadwell CPUs might feature up to 18 cores, yes eighteen!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 7:35 am

Intel's current consumer CPUs have a maximum of 12 threads, with the LGA2011 socket maxing out right now. But, it looks like Intel's upcoming Broadwill CPU will feature up to 18 processing cores.

 

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We shouldn't expect Broadwell until sometime in 2015, so we have a while to wait yet. Intel's upcoming 14nm process will power most of this advancement, with the 18-core Broadwell-EP or EX Xeon chip being based on the shrunken tech. We should expect an 8- or 10-core part for the desktop/workstation market, while a 12- or 16-core part will reach the enterprise market.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is prepped for a March 25, 2014 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 6:43 am

Prepare your mice, as Blizzard has announced the launch date of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. March 25, 2014 is the day, with the click-fest launching on both the PC and Mac.

 

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The Standard Edition will let you play the game, costing $39.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition will be priced at $59.99, including a spectral hound minion for Diablo 3, a treasure goblin pet for World of Warcraft, and portraits for StarCraft 2. There's also the Collector's Edition which is priced at $79.99, and includes everything the Digital Deluxe provides, as well as an Angel of Death mouse pad, art book and behind the scenes Blu-ray/DVD.

EA slapped with class action lawsuit over Battlefield 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 5:44 am

We all know that Battlefield 4 is a jumbled mess right now across pretty much every platform its on, so it comes as no surprise that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against EA.

 

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The law firm claims that EA issued "materially false and misleading statements" regarding the quality, and playability of Battlefield 4. The lawsuit highlights the PS4 version of the first-person shooter, claiming that "players of Electronic Arts' games were being subjected to multiple glitches and significant crashes when attempting to play Electronic Arts' titles on PS4."

 

The bigger problem is that this is the second lawsuit the firm has slapped EA with, with the first an investigation to find out if EA misled investors regarding Battlefield 4's projected impact on company revenue. This is still an on-going case, something we'll be keeping an eye on.

Steam Holiday Sale begins! Prepare your wallets!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 4:37 am

It's that time of the year again, when Valve unleashes its Steam Holiday Sale. Some of the biggest games of the year are on sale, starting with Batman: Arkham Origins with 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99.

 

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Dishonored, is down from $44.99 to $11.24 - a huge 75% off! BioShock: Infinite receives even more discount, with 81% off, dropping its price from $99.99 to just $19. There are plenty of other games to choose from, such as Dead Island at $4.99, down 75% from its original price of $19.99. There will be new sales everyday, and we'll continue to remind you over the holidays!

Another Battlefield 4 patch for the PC, fixes CrossFire/SLI issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 am

Ali Hassoon, a producer at DICE, has teased through his Twitter page that a new patch is being rolled out to the PC version of Battlefield 4. The new patch should fix up the issues that the last patch caused, with issues that broke SLI and CrossFire for multi-GPU users.

 

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Hassoon said: "PC Patch will go live tomorrow morning, fixes issues with SLI & Crossfire and some other fixes, patch notes to be posted in the control room." I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this patch, so it will fix up my SLI issues.

Two teaser trailers for Transcendence released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 2:05 am

Something that has just popped up into my radar in the last few minutes, is Transcendence. Transcendence is Wally Pfister's directorial debut, which stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.

 

 

There are two trailers, the one above which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the one below, which is narrated by Depp. Transcendence is based around the idea of artificial intelligence (AI), where work is done to create a sentient machine that 'combines intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotion.'

 

 

The full synopsis makes it seem very, very intriguing:

 

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Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can... but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power-to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Thecus becomes first OEM to offer RAID 50 and RAID 60

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 8:55 pm

Thecus has unveiled new NAS devices that are the industries first to support the new RAID 50 and RAD 60 storage formats. Thecus says that the new devices offer significant advances in performance and fault tolerance for small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.

 

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RAID 50 support has been built into the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850, N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000 N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60. Each device also features optional 10GB Ethernet cards, and with a maximum capacity of 24TB in the largest device, there is more than enough room for your business to expand.

 

"SMB and Enterprise firms have long been looking for a NAS solution that leverages the latest innovations to combine reliability, performance and cost effectiveness in a single device. By being the first to bring RAID 50 and RAID 60 to the NAS device market, we believe we have finally met this growing demand," said Florence Shih, General Manager at Thecus. "We're already seeing great interest from our SMB and Enterprise partners."

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BitFenix launches the all new Comrade PC chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:44 pm

BitFenix has just announced the launch of a new budget friendly PC chassis that incorporates high-end features at a wallet friendly price. The all new Comrade by BitFenix is sleek, stylish, and features that same ultra-modern minimalistic design that BitFenix is so famous for.

 

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The Comrade is featured in Midnight Black or Arctic White, and has enough room to house three 3.5-inch hard drives alongside three 2.5-inch SSDs. Room for extra long video cards up to 300mm in length is provided and USB 3.0 front ports make file transfers quick and easy. The interior has been powdercoated to ensure a premium feel that is normally seen in more costly high-end cases. Tool-free drive bays, and removable dust filters are also featured.

Researchers indicate MacBook webcams can be compromised

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University confirmed it's possible to turn on a laptop's web camera without turning on a light that informs users the camera is on. Just a few years ago, it didn't seem possible to hack a webcam like this, but it's something consumers need to be somewhat vigilant about.

 

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The team focused on Apple MacBook and iMac models available before 2008, but said the exploit can be used on a variety of different models. Although Apple initially opened up communication with Johns Hopkins University to discuss the problem, there reportedly haven't been any further updates.

 

Using a Remote Administration Tool (RAT), for example, works around the computer's security and remotely controls the computer webcam.

 

For users worried about being remotely spied on, security researchers recommend simply placing a piece of tape over your web camera when it isn't in use. It may seem like a rather archaic method, but is successful in case the camera has been compromised.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring notification settings

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 5:42 pm

Microsoft is still internally testing the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade, but rumored leaks indicate notification settings and a voice-based assistant app are expected.

 

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Notification settings will be accessible when a user swipes from the top of the screen, and a long swipe pulls up a full history of notifications. Additional details regarding how the notification settings would work still haven't been leaked - and don't expect Microsoft to say anything. Meanwhile, Microsoft is reportedly working on a similar voice-featured app similar to Siri on iOS and Google Now on Android, though additional details are unavailable.

 

Despite the Apple iOS and Google Android mobile operating systems dominating the market, Microsoft is seeing gains with its phone OS. As Android and iOS remain relatively flat, the Windows Phone OS market share reached four percent by the end of Q3 2013, according to research company Canalys.

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