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The US has filed paperwork to extradite Kim Dotcom from New Zealand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 11:28 am

The US is hungry for blood over the MegaUpload debacle, and now US prosecutors have filed papers that seek the extradition of Kim Dotcom, founder of MegaUpload, along with three colleagues, who are charged in the US with allegedly running a criminal enterprise responsible for online piracy of copyrighted goods.




The extradition papers jumped over the pond on Friday and found themselves on the desk of the North Shore District Court in Auckland, New Zealand, confirmed by the country's Ministry of Justice's spokeswoman said on Monday, according to PCWorld. It was decided on Wednesday by the High Court of New Zealand, Auckland Registry that Dotcom could stay free on bail, after government prosecutors acting on behalf of US authorities appealed a February 22 decision of the District Court to grant Dotcom bail.


The judge has said that he understands the extradition hearing won't take place until August, and also observed that for Dotcom "to be incarcerated for another six months awaiting the extradition hearing, the risk of flight has to be a real one". Dotcom has an electronic monitoring device monitoring his every move, which was one of his bail conditions, which has reduced the risk of flight, he said. He added:

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Samsung deny Galaxy S III launch in April, simultaneously break my heart

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 10:33 am

Samsung have denied the rumors of a possible launch of their upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone in April, where ZDNet Korea reported the news after speaking with Samsung's marketing and ad agency, Chiel Worldwide, where rumors were spreading that the Galaxy S III would hit next month.




Samsung went directly to Twitter and denied said allegations, where they've stated that once they've decided on a launch date, they would notify the world through Twitter first. Korean website, MT, confirmed Samsung's side of the story, stating that Samsung have not yet decided on a launch date. They also reported that Samsung is planning on introducing a yet unknown, unnamed, LTE-sporting Android-based handset in April, with it not being the Galaxy S III.


Samsung's Galaxy S III is getting some serious air time, it seems, as it would be the biggest competitor to the unannounced Apple iPhone 5 (or whatever it debuts as). Samsung would want to keep it pushed back as long as possible, so they can attack the iPhone 5 closer to its launch.


Samsung, Y U NO RLS Galaxy S III in April?

Gigabyte unveils two new Ultrabooks, and a gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 9:33 am

CeBIT 2012: GIGABYTE have just waltzed into CeBIT, holding three new devices under their arms. Enter the brand new U2442 Ultrabooks, as well as the P2542G gaming notebook. The two U2442 Ultrabooks come with separate specs, the first of which, the U2442N sports an Ivy Bridge-class Core i5 or i7, in a nice 18.5mm thick (at its narrowest point) and starts at 1.49Kg (3.3lbs).




The second one in this line, the U2442V trades in the standard voltage CPUs for ULV ones, but keeps the same 14-inch 1600x900-pixel display. Both of the U2442 Ultrabooks sport GeForce GT 640M GPUs with 2GB of memory, up to a 750GB hard drive, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and Thunderbolt connections.


The gaming laptop from GIGABYTE is quite interesting, sporting a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-capable display, an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, GeForce GT 660 w/2GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, THX-certified, dual-woofer sound system, and HDMI out, as well as the usual USB outputs. Throw me one of those gaming notebooks, GIGABYTE!

Android apps broken free of their 50MB limit, new app size limit is a whopping 4GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:24 am

Until now, Android applications have had to meet a strict 50MB size limit. Google have said that every megabyte you add to this limit, makes it harder for their users to download, and get started with their app, or games, or both.




Today, Google have increased this once puny 50MB limit to 4GB. Google also advise that the size of your APK file will still be limited to 50MB to ensure secure on-device storage, but you can now attach expansion files to your APK. Details on this are:


- Each app can have two expansion files, each one up to 2GB, in whatever format you choose.

- Android Market will host the files to save you the hassle and cost of file serving.

- Users will see the total size of your app and all of the downloads before they install/purchase.


Google also state that on most newer devices, when you download an app from the Android Market, the expansion files will be downloaded automatically, and that the refund period won't start until the entire download completes. This is great for people with slower net connections, where it could take them a few hours to download a 1-4GB file, and in that time, the refund period could run out.

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Hawken gets an new gameplay teaser, free-to-play Mech combat has never looked better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:28 am

We've talked about Hawken a few times now, and to keep you up to the latest, Hawken is a free-to-play Mech Combat FPS that will arrive on 12/12/12 and is bought to you by Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment.



The latest trailer shows some in-game, beautiful multiplayer mech combat. The game is looking insanely fun, and it's quite unbelievable considering it's free-to-play. Hawken hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, the only thing to make it better would be some cross-platform play.


Maybe Hawken 2 will step it up a bit, and go from free-to-play to being on all three platforms, as well as the Steam Box, Wii U and Android/iOS-powered devices, where we can get some seriously slick new features (with the tablets being used as in-mech controls? Adhesive, listen up!).

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Non-HTC devices can now enjoy Beats Audio app, unofficially

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 6:29 am

The XDA-Developers are great people, today their latest project brings the HTC-exclusive Beats Audio app to non-HTC smartphones. The port is done through a flashable ZIP file that allows users to get the bass-heavy equalizer on their non-HTC phones.



This trick should work on most Android versions and smartphones, with a special version existing for the Galaxy S II. Aw. Just like other hacks, the install is always at the users risk. But when it works, which is said to be most of the time, it works well.




HTC is continuing to keep Beats processing as an advantage to buying HTC-branded smartphones, but the company did offer an olive branch in making public APIs and letting Beats work within any app, but these just let developers write their own apps to use the audio support, and not throw it on other phones.

ASUS tease ROG Maximus V motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 5:32 am

Intel's 7-series chipset is only a month away, but the PC motherboard industry is seeing some huge movement, with ASRock and GIGABYTE both teasing us with some new boards, and now we have ASUS joining the ranks.




ASUS are teasing with their Republic of Gamers-based board, the next-gen Maximus V board. It seems as though ASUS have the ROG Maximus V ready, and should sport the latest Intel Z77 chipset. The board will most likely come in three flavors: Extreme, Formula and the micro-ATX-based Gene.


Full pictures, and more details should be made available this week, so a little patience is needed. Personally I run a ROG-based board and love it. Never had a single hiccup on it, whatsoever. The new Maximus V board should be a delight to see, and I'm excited to see where ASUS can take their new ROG board.


After typing up this news, I stumbled across some the Maxishine forums, where they've shown the ASUS ROG Maximus V GENE mATX-based board, and boy does it look pretty. It definitely sports Intel's Z77 chipset, which in turn supports Intel's 3rd-generation processors. We now have some details on the board:

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Diablo III could see an April 17 release, D3's game director neither confirms, or denies this

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 4:34 am

Diablo III could be released next month, folks. So get your mouse, keyboard, souls and chairs ready, dump your girlfriends (or boyfriends), wifes, and say goodbye to your children. You'll be gone for quite some time, hopefully, by April 17, according to mmorphitalia (Italian).




They've claimed that Activision Italy has informed retailers that the region should expect Diablo III on April 17, which has prompted some retailers to put up pre-order boxes. is one of the retailers that initially ran with the April 17 release date, but have since changed this date to just "2012".


Game director for Blizzard, Jay Wilson, chimed in by answering questions regarding the rumored release date through Twitter. He was asked to confirm or deny the date, where he tweeted that he "cannot debunk or confirm" the proposed April 17 release date. This has of course riled up the entire Internet. Wilson did add one more nugget of info through Twitter, where @ChrisFW asked to comment on how close an announcement is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being not even close, and 10 being imminent.


Wilson replied with a '9'.

AMD sells GloFo shares to ATIC for a cool $425 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 3:31 am

Just three years after spinning its semiconductor manufacturing arm into a separate entity called GlobalFoundries (or, GloFo), AMD is now giving up the remaining shares they hold of the company to Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).




The deal was announced late-Sunday, which includes a $425 million payment by AMD to GloFo over two years, as well as a renegotiated wafer pricing deal. This year, both firms have agreed on a fixed water pricing under a "take or pay" arrangements. On top of this, they've also established a framework for wafter pricing in 2013, as well as agreeing that AMD's additional 2012 quarterly payment obligations specified in the 2011 amendment, totalling $430 million, will be waived.


Still, AMD continues to be one of GlobalFoundries' key customers, with the breakup giving AMD more flexibility in sourcing its chips. It also gives GloFo a better position to diversify its customer base. One of the first things to come from this newly-formed deal, is that AMD are now no longer bound by an exclusive arrangement to manufacture their 28nm-based APUs at GlobalFoundries, something that has been rumored since November due to a slow, low-yield production ramp.

Halo 4 gets its first tease, 343 Industries talks it up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 2:33 am

Ah, Halo. I have fond memories of the hours upon hours that I pumped into the original game when I grabbed the midnight-launched Xbox in my home town. It's hard to believe how much the Halo franchise has grown since then, and how now left the proud parents Bungie, and gone into the hands of 343 Industries.




343 Industries along with Microsoft Studios are proud to show off Halo 4. The first proper sequel to Halo 3, not taking into consideration ODST and Reach. Halo 4 will be released this fall, and the above video shows off some of the game, the new armor that Master Chief sports, as well as some new built-for-multiplayer maps that will be included.


Master Chief's armor has been redesigned for the new game, which looks nice and slick. The video continues with the Halo 4 team talking about how amazing the new game will be, and shows off that the multiplayer side of things has a story-based reason behind the reasoning of huge amounts of spartan's going at it all over the galaxy. Multiplayer maps will not just be lifted from the single-player campaign, and are designed specifically to allow for balaned gameplay.

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