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NVIDIA unveils new free-to-play bundle for GeForce GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 7:30 am

AMD is kicking some serious ass with its Never Settle bundles, offering some of the hottest games on the market for free with the purchase of a Radeon GPU. Now its competitor is offering something similar, with NVIDIA giving away $75 worth of in-game currency to some of the hottest free-to-play titles on the market.




These titles include Warframe, Neverwinter and Marvel Heroes. NVIDIA is extending the promotion out to new purchases of GeForce 700M-series-powered notebooks, or desktop GeForce GTX 650 GPUs. The deal starts now, and lasts until the end of the year. Purchasing one of the above notebooks or GPUs, you'll receive $25 in-game currency to each game.


This doesn't quite compete with AMD's offer, but this is for the lower-end of the market, and not its GTX TITAN range of GPUs, for example.

Intel's Haswell-based NUC shown off at PAX Prime 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 6:32 am

We loved the Intel NUC when we looked at it, but we always need more power, speed and features. This is something Intel is working on, where they were showing off a new Haswell-powered NUC at PAX Prime 2013.




The new NUC is dubbed Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB. Intel will be releasing the Intel NUC kits under the Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB, which will be released later this year. Intel looks to be dropping Thunderbolt from the next-gen NUC units, which is a shame.


The Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK featured a Core i5 4250U processor, which runs at 1.3GHz but can be pushed up to 2.6GHz with Turbo enabled, and is a dual-core part with 3MB of smart cache. Intel HD Graphics 5000 is included, with the entire processor coming in with a TDP of just 15W, which is just incredible.


Most of the refreshed NUC units have USB 3.0 ports, which is very good to see, something I missed on the original Intel NUC unit when I reviewed it, here. You can be sure we'll have reviews of the new Intel NUC when it is released later this year.

RumorTT: Intel to release 'K' series of SSDs, would be overclockable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 5:26 am

We heard about Intel allowing 'overclocking' on its SSDs, but now we have a little more proof. The chipmaker was showing off some SSD overclocking to PAX attendees, but Legit Reviews thinks that Intel will release a 'K' series SKU of SSDs that would be overclockable.




This would fall in line with Intel's current K series of processors, such as the Core i7-4770K, which can be overclocked. If Intel do indeed unleash a K series of SSDs, the chipmaker would unlock the 'dials' on the SSD which would give users the ability to increase clock speeds on the controller frequency as well as the NAND flash memory bus frequency.


Intel has already added overclocking features to their Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, or XTU. The drive Intel were using at PAX was a prototype SSD made for overclocking, so we're not talking about anything official right now. So, let's get into what it can do, at the moment, and what people saw at PAX.

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LG is back on the tablet scene with the G Pad 8.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 4:34 am

LG has been out of the tablet scene for quite a while, but just days before IFA, the South Korean giant has just unveiled the G Pad 8.3. What should we expect from LG's slick-looking slate?




Well, we have an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 WUXGA (Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array) display, a 4,600mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 SoC (1.7GHz quad-core processor), and 2GB of RAM. All of this arrives in a slate that is just 8.33mm thick, and weighing just 338g. LG has sprinkled some software enhancements on the G Pad 8.3 in the form of QPair and QSlide.


QPair will let you receive messages and calls from Jelly Bean-powered smartphones on the G Pad 8.3, which is a nice feature, while QSlide lets you run three apps on-screen at once. LG has also provided KnockOn, which allows you to just tap the screen twice to wake the slate up. LG will be shipping the G Pad 8.3 in Q4 of this year, with 16GB on-board flash as the minimum storage. It'll arrive in either black or white, with pricing to be unveiled in the near future.

Microsoft, Google sue government over transparency, ironic, isn't it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 1, 2013 3:22 am

I really don't know what to think on this one, but during a blog entry by Microsoft General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith, the company said how negotiations with the government over mission "... to publish sufficient data relating to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders" have failed. Microsoft and Google will now continue with litigation to seek permission from the FISA court.




NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has caused quite the tech storm, with most tech companies now asking the government to give them permission to disclose the extent of their cooperation so that customers and foreign governments can make informed decisions about just how trustworthy their services are. We should hear more on this in the coming weeks.

Tactical Intervention stealths into open beta form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 7:35 am

If you haven't heard of Tactical Intervention yet, you may have heard of the developer's other game that he co-developed: Counter-Strike. Ring any bells? Yeah, thought so. Well, Tactical Intervention has just smashed into open beta.




This means you can get into the game and start playing now, with the client found in the Steam store weighing in at 4.1GB. Tactical Intervention will be fully released on September 12, best of all, as a free-to-play title. Grabbing TI now will be beneficial in the way that you won't have to download the entire client once it hits the full version.


Publisher 1337 Games has also revealed that two new maps will appear in the final version of the game, the first "Monaco" and the second "Airport."

RumorTT: Galaxy Note III to drop on September 16, debuts at IFA 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 6:33 am

We should see Samsung's Galaxy Note III to debut at its IFA presentation on September 4, but according to a leaked document from Three UK, we should expect the phablet to launch on September 16.




The image was leaked to Engadget, and is from Three UK, which also shows some other device release dates. This includes Sony's "Honami" smartphone, or the Xperia Z1, which according to the document would be released on September 24. This could be incorrect, which is why we've heavily labeled it as a rumor, but I don't think this would be too far off the mark to be honest.

Doctor dons Google Glass, live streams a knee surgery to colleagues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 5:31 am

An Ohio-based surgeon has used Google Glass to live stream a knee surgery to his colleagues, a great demonstration on how the wearable device would change the medical world as we know it.



Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was performing knee surgery on a 47-year-old patient's injured knee ligament using Glass. Kaeding wore Google Glass during his procedure in order to show his live point-of-view to people at a remote location. His colleagues and several medical students watched the surgery, live, and from Kaeding's point-of-view from different locations within Columbus, Ohio.




Kaeding said in a news release: "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Glass' potential for the medical world goes far beyond the operating theater, as it can be used for remote observation and collaboration with colleagues anywhere in the world.

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Google working on its own smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 4:29 am

Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs back in 2011, who is working with the company on a new smartwatch. WIMM Labs released the WIMM One smartwatch a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android, so this could be the future for Google's smartwatch.




The WIMM One featured its own micro app store, that included apps such as a calculator, compass, photo gallery and an app that treated the smartwatch like a remote control for your Android device. Twelve months ago, WIMM Labs stopped sales of its WIMM One smartwatch, deleted its Twitter account and posted the following note on its website:|


During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit.




We of course know that this is because Google scooped the company up, now we just have to wait for the Mountain View-based giant to show its hand, pun intended.

We check out the Omni Virtuix at PAX Prime 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 3:41 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - We got our first chance to take a look at the Omni Virtuix, a new virtual reality item designed to be used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Combining the two really takes you into the game and into another world. There are still a few bugs to be worked out, but the premise of the device is pretty awesome.



The system requires special shoes, or shoe attachments, a kinect sensor, sensors, and the Virtuix itself. Right now, your motion is just tracked as controller inputs, so you can theoretically map your walking to any key you want and type by walking. At $499, the system could be combined with the Oculus Rift and the entire VR set would set you back less than $1000. Could this get gamers into better shape?

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