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PlayStation 3 system software hits v4.10, includes improved browser, PSN account is now called "Sony Entertainment Network Account"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 2:10 am

Sony have just announced through their PlayStation Blog that they've released a new system software update which brings the PlayStation 3 to v4.10. Included in v4.10 are some minor changes, but one surprising one, too.

 

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The new system software update requires you to accept a change in Sony's Terms of Service (ToS), and in an "effort for more unity" between PlayStation Network (PSN) and other Sony Entertainment Network services, all "PSN Accounts" will now be named "Sony Entertainment Network Account".

 

This change is by name only, and does not change the PSN in any form. Games can still be played online, and access to the latest downloadable games and add-ons are still available. System software update v4.10 includes an improved PS3 Internet Browser, with improved display speed. More details on the firmware can be found, here.

Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Bundle & Game arrives April 3rd

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 1:08 am

We've talked about the Kinect Star Wars bundle before, when it was teased at last years Comic-Con, but now, we're closer than ever to having the Kinect Star Wars Bundle in our hands. Included in the bundle is "Kinect Star Wars", where the game teasing "With no controller in the way you can live out the ultimate "Star Wars" fantasy".

 

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There are five dynamic modes available, Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate. Also included, and only announced today by Xbox 360 and LucasArts, are new additions to the game, including:

 

New experiences within Jedi Destiny Mode, including:

 

o Space battles: As you travel the Galaxy to face an evil that threatens to undermine the fabric of the Republic, you'll engage with forces of the Empire in intense space battles

 

o Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders: Pilot iconic Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders on your epic journey

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PowerColor's new HD 7970 steps in front of the camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 11:59 pm

PowerColor have teased everyone on their Facebook page with a glimpse of their new AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU. Nothing more than it's "our new HD 7970 design posing for the camera" has been said from PowerColor.

 

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What we can see though, are multiple video outputs, looks like the new HD 7970 from PowerColor sports dual DVI, HDMI, and dual DisplayPort. The card is still a dual-slot card, with two big fans on the front of it and a decently thick heatpipe design behind it.

 

More information on this bad boy as it comes. I do like the black/blue design of it. Reminds me of getting a bruise. This could could be powerful enough to punch the lights out of other HD 7970s, and give them... bruises? We'll find out soon enough. Hopefully our VGA editor is out of hospital by then, but I'm sure he's enjoying his Razer Blade gaming laptop too much, eh? ;)

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 12:13 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 8th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive - eTeknix

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive - ThinkComputing.org

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB - ocaholic

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

Azza Fusion 3000 Full Tower Chassis - OCIA.net

Antec Eleven Hundred - Neoseeker | Hardware Heaven

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Techreaction.net

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Deal of the Day: Netflix - One Month Free Trial! Instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want! for February 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 11:14 am

Our Deal of the Day is Netflix - One Month Free Trial! Instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want!

 

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Netflix is awesome. Instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want! Watch right on your TV via an Xbox 360, PS3, Wii or any other device that streams from Netflix. You can also watch instantly on your PC or Mac too. Try it free for one month! If you do decide to keep Netflix, it's only $7.99 a month.

 

ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL NETFLIX OFFER

 

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Download of the Day: Skyrim Creation Kit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 10:24 am

Our Download of the Day is the Skyrim Creation Kit.

 

When we created Skyrim, we set out to make the largest, most engrossing role-playing game we had ever attempted. Now it's about to get a whole lot bigger, thanks to our amazing modding community.

 

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Mod-makers have a long history with Bethesda Game Studios, bringing to life new quests, locations and characters, as well as making changes to game from subtle tweaks to full-blown overhauls. With the Creation Kit, the same tool we used to create Skyrim, there's almost no limit to what can be accomplished - and we're putting that power in your hands.

 

Best of all, access to the Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit is free for anybody with a Steam account and a copy of Skyrim.

 

With the Skyrim Workshop, finding and installing your favorite mods is easier than ever before. Mod-makers will also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading mods directly to Steam.

 

Finding and Installing Mods

 

Ready to begin a whole new adventure? Finding mods for Skyrim is as simple as visiting the Skyrim Workshop in the Steam Community. Here you're able to browse the most popular, newest or highest-rated mods of all time, as well as searching for specific content via tags such as "Armor", "Quests", "Dungeons", and more.

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Mobile App of the Day: Google Chrome for Android Beta (Android 4.0 only)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 9:24 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome for Android Beta (for Android 4.0).

 

In 2008, we launched Google Chrome to help make the web better. We're excited that millions of people around the world use Chrome as their primary browser and we want to keep improving that experience. Today, we're introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you've come to love about Chrome to your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet. Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices.

 

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Speed

With Chrome for Android, you can search, navigate and browse fast-Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

 

Simplicity

Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you're holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.

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RumorTT: Galaxy S III sports quad-core chip, is just 7mm thin and is coming in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 8:19 am

I've only had my Samsung Galaxy S II for a few months now, but I now know what true love is. According to South Korea's Electronic Times News, the next-generation Galaxy S will be one of the thinnest smartphones ever released, and will arrive in May.

 

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Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III is said to be just 7mm thick, which is roughly 1.5mm thinner than the already super-thin Galaxy S II, 2.3mm thinner than the Apple iPhone 4S and just a hair thinner than Motorola's Droid Razr. The way Samsung were able to achieve this 7mm profile? They reportedly used components that are 10- to 20-percent thinner than standard parts, including the printed circuit board, connectors and miscellaneous chips.

 

The Galaxy S III is said to sport a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE-powered, HD Super AMOLED Plus screen, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Separate rumors of the Galaxy S III say it will feature a 12-megapixel camera and 64GB storage.

Paradox: 95% of our revenue is from digital distribution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 7:23 am

Paradox CEO, Fred Wester, is a man of important words. He has revealed the amazing growth of his companies digital distribution revenue. In his own words, he has said:

 

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My own experience of digital distribution is that we made 1.5 percent of our revenue from digital distribution in 2006, while the digital number in 2011 was over 95%.

 

Did you see that? From 1.5-percent of their revenue, to a whopping 95-percent, in just 5 short years. In these 5 years we've seen retailers go from selling tonnes of retail boxed games, to the App Store opening, the Android Market arriving and more. Steam is generating more and more income, and other digital distribution methods such as GOG, and Origin.

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Skyrim Creation Kit goes live, start creating your own mods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 6:20 am

Ever wanted to create a mod for Skyrim? Come on, we know you have. Today you can. Bethesda have released their Creation Kit, which really lets Skyrim loose, and sets the boundaries to virtually infinity, and beyond.

 

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The Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit are free for anyone with a copy of Skyrim and a Steam account. Finding mods for Skyrim is as simple as visiting the Skyrim Workshop in the Steam Community. From there, you can browse the most popular, newest or highest-rated mods of all time. On top of this, you can specifically search for content via tags such as "Armor", "Quests", "Dungeons", and so on.

 

Creating your mod is a litter harder, of course, you'll need to install the Creation Kit, from the Tools section of your Steam Library. If you run into any problems, the wiki over at http://www.CreationKit.com is an amazing resource for modders of all skill levels. When you've polished your mod and want to unleash it to the world, just choose "Upload plugin and archive to Steam", from within the File menu of the Creation Kit.

 

You'll be asked to name your mod, add a description, content tags and a thumbnail. Once your upload is complete, the Creation Kit will notify you.

 

Go forth, Skyrim fans! Mod, mod, mod!

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