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SteelSeries launch the SRW-S1 Steering Wheel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 10:14 am

SteelSeries have today announced the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel. The SRW-S1 is SteelSeries first peripheral in this particular category and comes from their partnership with the creators of Simraceway, Ignite Technologies, who also co-designed the wheel.

 

 

The SRW-S1 is a handheld, hybrid racing controller that combines the features and functions of the usual high-end wheels, but with the portability and convenience of a joypad. The SRW-S1 sports a motion-sensor for steering and a patent-pending throttle and brake paddle system for a fully simulated driving experience without the need for floor pedals.

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Seagate CEO says drive production won't return to pre-flood levels until at least the end of 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 9:26 am

The on-going flooding problem in Thailand is only getting worse for the technology industry, with hard drive pricing skyrocketing past what most people would have been able to dream of two weeks ago. People are expecting pricing to rebound soon, but they are wrong, very wrong.

 

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Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo was talking to Bloomberg, where he labels "nonsense" estimates that drive production will return to "pre-flood levels" by next summer. He adds:

 

This is going to take a lot longer than people are assuming, until the end of 2012 at least. And by then, demand will have gone up.

 

Another year of inflated prices, where they could really go anywhere from here? Not good for consumers, or those companies who are building cloud-based super servers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, etc.

Modern Warfare 3 makes $775 million in five days, sets new five-day record for an entertainment product like a boss

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 8:29 am

Well... Activision has just come out and announced that the latest Call of Duty entry, Modern Warfare 3 has set a new five-day record for an entertainment product by grossing more than $775 million. This achievement breaks previous records set by the last COD titles, which took in $650 and $550 million over their first five days.

 

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Considering that even the biggest Hollywood movies don't even come close to achieving a $300 million five-day record, MW3 walks into the room, shoots all of those Hollywood movies dead, grabs a cigar out of their bleeding carcass, sits down, throws its legs up on the table and smokes that cigar, like, a, boss. Battlefield 3 may be the 'better game', but Modern Warfare 3 has shown that it still cements itself into history, yet again.

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Ivy Bridge-E to hit Q4 2012, will be compatible with LGA2011 and X79

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 7:23 am

If you're just getting over this week's launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge-E CPUs, you might want to hold your breath just a little bit longer. Less than a week since its launch, Sandy Bridge-E is now sounding old with its successor taking shape over at Intel, with a release date for Q4 2012.

 

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That's not the good part, the good part is that according to a leaked internal slide scored at XFastest, Ivy Bridge-E will be compatible with today's Intel X79 platform, and LGA2011 socket. This makes a SB-E upgrade that much better, as 12 months from now you can just buy an Ivy Bridge-E CPU, slot it in and away you go. You might need a BIOS flash to get there, but it makes a SB-E upgrade not so scary.

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Rambus loses $4 billion antitrust lawsuit again Micron and Hynix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 6:01 am

Well, it's finally settled. Rambus was dealt with a pretty big defeat on Wednesday, as a San Francisco jury rejected its claim in a $4 billion antitrust lawsuit against Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor. The IP licensing company lost more than 60-percent of its market value following the ruling, where investors' fear that the company won't be able to sustain its business model.

 

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If you didn't know, the case revolved around allegations that Micron, Hynix and others had engaged in price-fixing to keep Rambus' RDRAM memory technology from gaining widespread adoption. If you remember, Intel used RDRAM with the Pentium III and 820 chipset, as well as the Pentium 4 and 850 chipset. If you remember that, you'll also remember how it was quite expensive at the time and DDR ram was just too much of a bully for RDRAM to take off.

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GOG will eventually offer newer games, wants to combat against Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 5:21 am

Good Old Games (GOG) have been a great pillar in the PC community for offering those old games we used to absolutely love and adore, and selling them at a decent price with a no-fuss, DRM-free digital platform which is also set to get that much better.

 

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GOG managing director Guillaume Rambourg revealed at the CD Projekt Red Investor's Day conference in Poland today that their business plans for 2012 and 2013 were to include the addition of not-so-dated games. GOG's goal is to become the number two digital game dealer. Did you notice EA's Origin wasn't even thought of there?

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More Apple iPhone 4S dramas, 'No SIM card installed' messages now appearing for some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 4:16 am

I don't know what to think about Apple right now, the once seemingly invincible company is now having so many issues with the iPhone 4S. First off we had the initial launch and screen quality issues, then battery life issues, then a fix for the battery life issues which caused different issues again.

 

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Today, we have reports of a 'No SIM card installed' message coming up for some users. It's affecting all different carriers, across the world, even Sprint and Verizon Wireless users aren't immune to the issue. There are some reports of the problem being resolved with a new SIM being installed, while others believe its the SIM reader itself.

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The PlayStation 3 turns five today, no cake smash pictures unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 3:19 am

Cake smashes at kids birthday parties look so awesome. My daughter turns one in March next year and we're going to have one. I'm so excited. Why didn't Sony do this with the 5-year anniversary of the PS3? A giant PS3 cake and have various devs and management smash it up. I need to work for their PR department, ha. This week is definitely the week of anniversaries and birthdays! First up we had the Xbox's 10-year anniversary, and Intel's 40-year anniversary of their first microprocessor, the Intel 4004. Today, Sony stands on the podium with the PlayStation 3 turning five today.

 

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Five years since the PlayStation 3 launch. I still remember the pre-launch buzz, dual-HDMI, 1080p, this, that. Then it launched and people were selling PS3 consoles on eBay for ridiculous prices, or selling just the empty box and getting suckers to purchase it in the craze of the launch.

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New Skype release on both Mac and Windows allows Facebook-to-Facebook calling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 2:16 am

July saw the new feature from Facebook of Skype-powered video calling. Today Skype are happy to announced their partnership with Facebook has reached another milestone, the release of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows.

 

 

The new Beta allows Facebook-to-Facebook calling from within Skype itself, with the new feature being the latest example of how Skype is removing communication barriers and making it much easier to connect with friends, family and business colleagues. Skype's aim is about personal connections with people. They're on a mission to connect over one billion people and Skype's continued partnership with Facebook definitely brings them a few steps closer to that goal.

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JB Hi-Fi's Direct Import, online-only store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 1:51 am

The Australian retail market has always been a funny thing, something available online for say $19.99 (like the t-shirt I'm wearing) is $49.99 here in stores, if not more. It's ridiculous and it seems that even a powerhouse retailer like JB Hi-Fi is feeling that pinch.

 

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Today they very quietly launched an online-only direct sales model, at first just selling DSLR cameras and accessories. These prices won't be offered in-store, with only the online store the only way to take advantage of the super-cheap pricing. The store is dubbed "direct import" and offers DSLR camera, lenses, flashes and grips. Funnily enough, it's undercutting its own bricks and mortar JB Hi-Fi stores in the process.

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