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Sony says the PSP2 "is as powerful as the PlayStation 3"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 12:50 am

Sony have put their balls on the line here, by claiming that the PSP2 is a high-end portable equivalent of the PS3. The games on the PSP2 are set to be a large step away from the current handheld games on Android and Apple devices.

 

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Sony have come out and said to licensees that the PSP2 "is as powerful as the PlayStation 3." This is a bold statement and if Sony do make dreams come true, it's going to shake the handheld gaming upside down.

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Minecraft passes the 1 million mark in sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 12:08 am

Minecraft is something I've personally never gotten into but it's good to see an indie game reach an amazing 1 million in sales! Especially if you consider the game is still in beta status and people purchased it even in alpha form.

 

 

In it's alpha stage the developers were charging €10 for a copy where the price has increased to €15 for the beta. The final game will cost €20. For Minecraft to have reached 1 million in sales before the final release, it's an amazing achievement, especially when it has relatively basic graphics and it isn't another FPS.

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Victorinox crams 256GB SSD into Swiss Army knife

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 8:08 pm

Back when I was a kid you could do things at school that you get you arrested and expelled today. Take for instance in kindergarten I once took my Swiss Army knife for show and tell. The teacher let me carry it all day and only asked after show and tell that I let her keep it until after school. Today carrying a knife to school would bring the swat team to class. One thing my knife lacked that modern Swiss army knives like the new Victorinox Secure SSD has is data storage.

 

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Back in the early 80, we didn't know what an SSD was. My mom's office still had a big punch card machine they used. The cool knife has a knife blade naturally, a knife with scissors, a nail file/screwdriver and more. This is what MacGyver needed to smuggle files out of secure locations.

 

The SSD takes up most of the space in the knife and looks more like a normal flash drive than the SSDs I think of. It has 256GB of storage space and you can get it in smaller 64GB and 128GB flavors too. The drive even has an e-Paper display that lets you label the drive. Pricing for the line is unannounced; the 256GB version will not be cheap.

Hack uses Kinect and Wii controls to play Call of Duty on PC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 7:00 pm

Geeks are great believers in taking hardware that was designed for one purpose and using it for as many other cool things as possible. Take the Microsoft Kinect. The motion control system has been hacked for all sorts of uses since it launched and none of the other uses are things that Microsoft would have envisioned.

 

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Microsoft has hinted that it would bring support for Kinect to the PC but for now that support is up to hackers like Demize2010 on YouTube. This dude took a Kinect and the remote and nunchuk from his Wii and hacked them all together to allow the movement, aim, and shooting in CoD on the PC with the Wii controls. The Kinect was then used to access other commands using gestures.

 

You can see from the video after the jump that when he wants to lean to look around a corner, he just leans in real life. Other things are activated by motion as well. This is a really cool hack that uses a couple of things that would be cool on their own, matched up they rock even more.

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Sony may be able to ban hacked PS3s even if you don't connect to PSN

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 6:04 pm

Sony has gone militant in the fight to keep people from doing what they want with their own PS3 consoles. Sony wants to prevent anyone from hacking their console or offering hacks for the devices and has taken to a legal assault on Geohot and other hackers that have offered ways to bypass the PS3 security for installing software that isn't approved.

 

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Some though that if you applied a hack to your console to be able to install unapproved software and never accessed the PSN that Sony had no way to catch the user. Apparently, that is not correct. One user going by NeoGAF has noted that he port sniffed his console and that at start up the PS3 contacted the Sony servers.

 

Apparently, the contact gave enough details that Sony could tell just from the device being connected to the web that it had been hacked. This information could then reportedly be used to ban the console or to force software updates to plug the security hole. Sony has already said it will offered updates to plug the holes Geohot and others are using on the PS3 now for their hacks.

KFA2 NVIDIAGTX 460 goes wireless

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 5:02 pm

I like for as much of my stuff to be wireless as possible in most instances. I am not a big fan of wireless gear for gaming, but for just working on my work computer or for use with an HTPC machine in the living room, wireless is the way to go. The only thing that we generally need wires for no matter the brand is a video card. KFA2 has a new video card that cuts those wires that might be perfect for gaming away from your hot PC or in the living room.

 

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The video card is the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 and it has five antennas on the back of the card making it look more like an add-in WiFi card than a video card. Those antennas are responsible for shooting that video out to your PC screen rather than having to use a cable. The interesting part is that the card still supports all those important features the GTX 460 series is known for.

 

The card has 336 cores, a graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock or 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 1800MHz. The card has 1024MB of RAM and the memory interface is 256-bit. The card has SLI support and supports 3D vision as well. A WHDI receiver for connecting to your display is included.

NVIDIA and TSMC ships billionth GPU

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 4:24 pm

NVIDIA has a lot of GPUs on the market in all sorts of categories form entry-level chips inside notebooks and netbooks to high-end GPUs that are aimed at the gaming market for desktop users. One of the things that all of the NVIDIA GPUs has in common is that NVIDIA designs the parts and TSMC builds them for NVIDIA.

 

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NVIDIA and TSMC have announced today that they have shipped the one billionth GeForce graphics processor. I feel like that announcement should come with a photo of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his lips. NVIDIA reports that just about every major PC maker in the world uses its GPUs. It has taken big green 12 years to hit the billion shipped mark and the company is already looking forward to its second billion.

 

"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."

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Download of the Day: OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC9

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 3:24 pm

Our Download of the Day today is OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC9.

 

OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.

 

Great software

 

OpenOffice.org is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.

 

Easy to use

 

OpenOffice.org is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice.org straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice.org is probably available and supported in your own language.

 

... And it's free

 

Best of all, OpenOffice.org can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.

 

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 13, 2011 7:28 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 13th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Video'ed @ tbreak

- TechSpot PC Buying Guide: 2011 Kick Off @ Techspot

- Maingear 13.3" Clutch 13 Ultraportable Notebook @ Hot Hardware

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS RoG Maximus IV Extreme (P67) Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven

- The State of Intel Desktop Motherboards @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition @ tbreak

- AMD HD 6950 Video Card @ Overclockers.com

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