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Battlefield 4 PC system requirements aren't harsh at all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:31 am

The next-gen consoles are nearly here, with most people thinking that the minimum requirements on PC games were going to go through the roof: think again. DICE and EA have just released the system requirements for Battlefield 4, which aren't too bad at all:






  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit (with KB971512 Platform Update)
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 3870 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Graphics Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB




  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • Processor: AMD six-core CPU or Intel quad-core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB


Tackling the minimum requirements, which requires a very weak CPU in today's terms, and a relatively basic GPU. The recommended specs aren't that much higher, but it would look much better with a faster, more capable GPU. The weird thing here is that EA and DICE are actually recommending Windows 8 as a recommended requirement - what the?

What to expect from Apple's big iPhone event today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:30 am

The new iPhone should be unveiled today, with Apple unleashing the iPhone 5S to the world, but what should we expect? Between the iPhone 5 being released and today, we've seen some truly amazing smartphones released, with pretty much all of them being based from Google's mobile OS, Android.




What can Apple do to get customers back? They can't just unleash the iPhone 5S with the same 4-inch screen and not-even-HD 1136x640 display, can they? Well, I think they can. We should expect Apple to not shift from the 4-inch 1136x640 display from the iPhone 5... which is a disappointment. What will we see? I think we'll see an evolution of the iPhone, not a revolution, which is something we should be used to from the 'S' release of an iPhone, and from Apple as a company.


We should see the iPhone 5S feature the A7 processor, which should provide some more performance and hopefully improved battery life, which is something most people complain about on the iPhone 5. The fingerprint sensor is something I don't think we'll see - but is something we've heard quite a bit on lately. iOS 7 will most likely be the second biggest change to the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5, but is that worth your money? Probably not.

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SK Hynix fire not as bad as first thought, one plant re-opened

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:07 am

If you didn't tune in to our first Podcast, you might want to check that out here, where we had Jim Handy from Objective Analysis on the show talking with us about the SK Hynix factory fires.




SK Hynix provided an update today, where it has said that the fab that was damaged by the fire is still being evaluated, but the second fab has been re-opened. The company said in a statement: "Our plan is to resume normal operations with full production capacity in the shortest time by ramping up operations in stages as soon as the damaged facilities are replaced."


Handy says that this seems to contradict earlier reports from the company, where it said it would see operations resumed quickly so that production volume wouldn't be impacted in the long-term. SK Hynix has said that it has inventory in Korea, where they said: "We will continue to make every effort to minimize the impact on supply with our inventories of finished products and completely processed wafers as well as production support from our headquarters."

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Germany looks for NSA spy equipment at US consulate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 3:28 am

Germany has really been pushing against the United States after the NSA revelations from whistleblower and NSA analyst Edward Snowden. The country has pissed the Americans off by sending a helicopter to look for listening posts at the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.




The helicopter flew over the consulate twice, hovering just 60m above the building itself, where German staff took high resolution photos of potential surveillance equipment on the roof. They didn't find any listening posts on its August 28 flight, but Spiegel magazine definitely had something to say: "The message to the American friends was meant to be: 'Stop. Germany strikes back!"


Personally, I don't know what the German's were thinking - it's the NSA, they wouldn't just have an iPhone on top of the US consulate listening in on conversations. They'd have terminals within the consulate hacked, or microphones underneath or behind items within the consulate itself.

HTC continues to slide, August revenues don't impress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 2:32 am

HTC has been on the downward spiral for quite sometime now, but its latest revenue report for August is quiet disappointing. Even with the HTC One smartphone being a success, the company only made $443.3 million, which is 16% lower than July's numbers.




Even worse, it's the worst they've seen in six months with reporting that August's numbers are 45% lower than it was at the same time last year. The problem now is bringing the numbers up going into September, which would require a 60% increase in sales which simply isn't going to happen. Do you think HTC will make it until 2014? I see the company being acquired by a bigger player such as Google, rolling it into its Motorola business.

Carl Icahn retreats from Dell takeover battle, says he is done

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 1:46 am

Carl Icahn has called it quits and given up his fight to take control of Dell Computers. Icahn announced his intent to cease his fight to take over control of Dell in a newsletter he sent out to shareholders earlier today. This leaves the door wide open for Dell CEO Michael Dell to finally take the company private after 14 long months of Icahn's blockade.




Michael Dell, along with private equity firm Silver Lake, will come together to purchase all outstanding shares of the company for $25 billion in an effort to take it private. Dell has agreed to pay $13.75 per share, issuing a one-time dividend to shareholders in exchange for a modification to the way votes are tallied. This new method will ensure that only votes that are actually submitted will count towards the final tally, thus giving Dell and Silver Lake control of the company.

LeakedTT: Xbox One Dashboard footage spotted in the wild

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 1:15 am

Earlier today, leaked footage of the upcoming Xbox One's Dashboard surfaced. This is a first look that we've had of the console's finalized UI since it was announced months ago. In the video below, you'll see a very Windows 8-esque interface with Live Tiles everywhere. This makes sense since the system runs a modified version of Windows 8.



While we've seen all of this before, seeing it on an actual console away from the confines of a scripted Microsoft event shows us how well it truly operates. Everything appears to flow smoothly and I have to be honest, the user interface looks much nicer than I ever expected. Additionally, the video shows off a very brief demo of RYSE: Son of Rome. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22, and it will retail for $499.

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Intel launches its Intel SSD Professional Family of SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 12:55 am

Just when you thought the storage world was going a little quiet, Intel has come to the table and thrown everything on the ground to announce its new Intel Solid-State Drive Professional Family, which includes the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series.




The new drives are geared toward business-class clients, and are engineered specifically for "easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced performance." The Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series has some nifty features, where it can protect your data from unauthorized access with its enterprise-grade security features.


These security features include hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and industry-standard Opal key management protocols. Intel has designed the new Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series SSDs to work with its Haswell-based fourth-generation Core processors with Intel vPro technology.

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Newegg wins another battle against patent troll Erich Spangenberg

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 12:47 am

Today, Newegg announced that it has won yet another battle in its ongoing fight against the notorious "patent trolls" Soverain Software and TQP Development. Newegg says that on September 4, 2013, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated an additional claim made by Soverian Software LLC on its "Shopping Cart" patent.




Additionally, the court denied Soverain's request for a rehearing of the initial January 22, 2013 decision that invalidated the balance of the asserted claims. As a result of this decision, Newegg says that all patent claims asserted by Soverain have been held invalid for being no more than obvious variations of old patents held by CompuServe technology.


Newegg says that it is looking forward to going to trial later this year against TQP Development LLC, a shell company affiliated with the notorious patent troll Erich Spangenberg. Newegg says that it hopes that Spangenberg will allow the patent to be tested by the court system this time around and feels that it will be the end to the "shopping cart" patent for good.

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Magma set to showcase new Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis at IDF

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 12:16 am

IDF 2013 - Today, Magma announced that it will showcase its PCI Express Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, which begins tomorrow in San Francisco, California. Magma will be demonstrating its Express Box 1T and Express Box 3T at the company's booth (#182) at the Moscone Center from September 10-12.




"Magma is honored to be invited to this year's IDF," said Tim Miller, president of Magma. "Our technology is a market leader. Our technology is a platform for Thunderbolt equipped devices and participating in IDF presents an opportunity to continue to expand the awareness of Thunderbolt by OEMs and consumers alike."


Magma develops and manufactures PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. Magma's ExpressBox™ line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from low-end single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, highly reliable, available and serviceable (RAS) chassis specifically designed for mission critical environments.