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MechWarrior Online gameplay footage from GDC 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9:25 am

Footage was shown to attendees of GDC 2012 for MechWarrior Online, and it looks as beautiful as ever. Most things that made the original PC-exclusive game so good, like heat management, system/limb damage, and the way that different types of weapons behave, are all intact.



The game is looking incredible (well, as a fan of MechWarrior, of course I think that), but it just does. The game will be pretty hectic in multiplayer, and should prove for some insane matches online. Being a PC-exclusive, free-to-play game is going to help it, a lot.


If you don't already know, MechWarrior Online features the graphics powerhouse engine that is CryENGINE 3 and hits in Summer 2012. Until then, you better get your trigger fingers ready, because I'll be on the battlefield waiting for you and your Mech. Bring. It. On.

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Only in Japan: Final Fantasy III for Android, and seriously, only in Japan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:27 am

Final Fantasy fan? Android device owner? RPG fan? Well, even if you are all of those things, you'll still need to live in Japan to get the Japan-only app store for Android, where Square Enix have released Final Fantasy III. Japanese exclusivity means you cannot get this game anywhere else.




The game is selling for 1,400 "points" through Square Enix's pricing system, which works out to around $17.87. There's no word on whether the developer will release the game to other regions, but in the mean time, you can play the game right now if you're in Japan.


Based somewhere else and want to play it? Only your tears will keep you warm at night. Weird for Square Enix to release it in Japan only, when we live in an open market these days with Android Markets and App Stores all over the world. Sigh.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 slides through the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:28 am

Samsung's upcoming iPad competition, Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 is currently walking through the halls of the FCC. Right now, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 has no official US sponsor, but the unit submitted to the FCC sports radios compatible with AT&T's 3G service.




The upcoming tablet is the third 7-inch model offered to us by Samsung in less than twelve months, it will sport a dual-core 1GHz processor, a PLS-based 1024x600 LCD rather than the better-looking AMOLED found in the Tab 7.7.


Camera-wise, we should expect a 3-megapixel rear-snapper, and VGA camera on the front. The UK will get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.7 first, and should go worldwide in the coming months. Will you get one? Is it good enough to grab versus the new iPad? Only time will tell.

GAME goes up for sale, no trade-ins, and no 1UP's left

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 6:22 am

It was only a little over 24 hours ago that we reported that game retailer, GAME, had "two weeks to turn its fortune around", but it seems those two weeks were a bit of a stretch. It's now being reported that The Game Group PLC is losing share prices, and fast. Dropping from 62p per share of last year down to a catastrophic 1.28p per share yesterday.




In response to this, the group has now placed their entire business up for sale, desperately looking for a buyer. GAME owns 610 stores in the UK alone, with 6,000 staff, as well as another 4,000 staff and 663 more stores across the world, with brands such as ScoreGames, Centro Mail, GAME, Gameplay, and Gamestation. The board has said:


It is uncertain whether any of the solutions currently being explored by the board will be successful or will result in any value being attribute to the shares of the company ... It has not been possible to source new products from a number of suppliers.


There's also a March 25th date of doom floating around for the troubled group, where their second-quarter rental payment is due. If a deal cannot be struck between now and then, the firm may collapse and go into administration. In the words of Hicks from Aliens, "That's it man, game over man, game over!"

Google update Google+, usher in new design, still no iPad app in sight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 5:25 am

Google have just rolled out their new design for the Google+ mobile site, and now pulls it more in line with the designs of the Google+ apps for both Android and iOS devices. iPad users should be quite happy, in some ways, with this new update, as they've been waiting for a native app for Google+ for a while now.




The new UI includes a visual refresh, and includes some new features to make it easier to use Google+ with the mobile browser. One of the biggest improvements is that now individual posts can be reshared with the click (or touch?) of a single button. Google+ rolled out some major localization just a few days ago, which made the service available in more than 60 languages including Zulu and Icelandic.


One thing still missine is an actual native iPad app for Google+. Right now, we have an iPhone app, Android app (of course) but the iPad-based users have to upscale the app, which doesn't look too good at all. A Google spokesperson has said that there is "no update" on the availability of an iPad app.

Microsoft show off advances in touch screens, want to reduce input lag from 100ms to 1ms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 4:24 am

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group have released a video showing off their work on reducing input lag for touch screens. Microsoft have said that most touch-sensitive devices have a response lag somewhere between 50 and 100ms. But, their new screen technology reduces this to not just 25, or 10, or 5, but 1ms.


For larger touch-based surfaces like Microsoft's Surface, input lag can be a huge problem. The input delay becomes especially perceptible when drawing or quickly moving objects on the screen with your fingers. This issue has prompted Microsoft engineers to look into other ways of improving touch screen input lag deficiency. Microsoft haven't revealed how the technology actually works, but the video below demonstrates how their research may greatly improve the touch-based user experience.



Assistant director at Microsoft Applied Sciences, Paul Dietz, compares most flavors of input lag from 100ms, 50ms, 10ms and 1ms devices, by dragging an object around with a single finger. Between 100ms and 10ms the difference is quite substantial, where from 10ms to 1ms, is big, but not as big as the jump from 100ms to 10ms. You can definitely "feel" how the 1ms looks/feels right when being compared to the higher input lags of 50, 100ms.

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Apple's new iPad gets its first on-video look, makes you want it that much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 3:20 am

Apple's new iPad is all that is really talked about these days, I personally think that an alien ship could land tomorrow in the middle of the White House lawn, or an earth-splitting 10-magnitude earthquake could happen on March 21/22 and it just wouldn't matter: because the new iPad is here.



After that's all said and done, one of the first video unboxings of the new iPad is here, where some folks over in Vietnam have claimed they have their hands on their retail version of the new iPad and have video evidence to prove so. The video above is your proof, and it looks great.


Not much can be understood, as I only speak English, but I have eyes and my eyes were greeted with the new iPad, and that's all I have to see. The video is just a tease of the flood of reviews, unboxings, and thoughts on the new iPad over the next week or so.

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NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 sports two 6-pin PCI-Express connectors, has a TDP of roughly 190W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 2:14 am

More details are arriving for NVIDIA's soon-to-arrive GEFORCE GTX 680, and these new specs are quite interesting. Fudzilla's source are saying that the new GTX 680 will sport two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors to provide a total TDP of around 190W.




Higher performance per watt is expected from not only users of the card, but NVIDIA, too. Considering the card features 1536 shader units, 2 (or 4GB) of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6GHz, a reported 'very high' GPU clock, we should expect very good things from the GTX 680. Performance is said to be in the area of AMD's Radeon HD 7970, where it wins in some benchmarks, and loses in others. These results are from NVIDIA, so we'll have to wait for some real-world testing.


The GPU itself is said to be around 300mm² in size, too. Price-wise, we should expect a US$549 price, but that is to be expected. NVIDIA is launching a card with more performance than the GTX 580, with much better performance per watt numbers. We should expect some competition in pricing, but that comes down to GPU flavor from other companies such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, etc as well as heated up competition from the already-released HD 7970.

First look at Battlefield 3's 'Close Quarters' expansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 1:11 am

We reported about the upcoming themed downloadable expansions for Battlefield 3 just last week, and now we're seeing some footage from the first one to be released, 'Close Quarters'. The video below shows some absolutely frantic in-your-face action, which should please fans of indoor combat, more along the lines of Call of Duty.



It's a far cry from the original Battlefield titles where it was mainly outdoor combat, but would please the fans of Call of Duty. Close Quarters seems to have some pretty amazing destructibility built into its environments, which should make for some amazing combat. But I'm two minds about it, personally. On one hand, I love what Battlefield 3 has done for the series, pushing it in a new direction, but at the same time, it feels like its not the same Battlefield I experienced when Battlefield 1942 first came out.




Close Quarters is released in June, with the above video showing off Ziba Tower. One thing I think should be banned from this map is the use of rocket launchers, I can see the rocket spam now... it will be insane.

Instagram co-founder says Android version is "better than our iPhone app"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 12:05 am

Instagram is huge, I have so many friends who post their picture of the day on my Facebook wall, and to be 'cool', I've always wanted to get in on this, but, I have an Android phone. Instagram's co-creator, Kevin Systrom, used a presentation at South by Southwest's technology conference to showcase the Android-based version of Instagram.




The version shown was a closed beta, but should support multiple screen resolutions and should 'run very quickly'. Systrom did hint that there could be some features that the iOS version doesn't include, where he said to the audience "in some ways, it's better than our iPhone app".


Systrom didn't give a timeframe for when the app will hit Android, other than it is coming "really soon". Systrom also reiterated his view that Instagram had kept an iOS-exclusive app since launch its launch in 2010 in order to focus on the basics of scaling the platform, as well as coping with the insane number of users.

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