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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is coming, will feature over 50 characters to fight with

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 10:33 am

Fighting fans will love this, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arriving in September on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, according to publisher Namco Bandai, where they announced the news at a Las Vegas event today.

 

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The game will feature a bunch of extra characters in addition to the 44 that are featured in the arcade version. No names have been mentioned yet, but Namco has confirmed that we should expect over 50 fighters in total. But that's not the best bit, we can expect to have a bunch of game modes made available in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

 

We can expect 1-on-1, 2-on-1, and 2-on-2, as well as a new Fight Lab feature that will help beginners learn the ropes, and get their skills up by versing a customizable bot fighter. This will get people into the game much quicker, or you could just be like me and button mash until you own it. What's the block button? I don't use it.

Resident Evil 6 will arrive in a $1000-plus Premium Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 9:31 am

Resident Evil fan? Like collecting Collector's Editions? Well, you might want to put away some of your money, now, because Capcom are going to start waving an insane Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition right under your nose.

 

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The upcoming Premium Edition of Resident Evil 6 will include a copy of the game, four different Resident Evil 6-branded tablet covers (which come in a Chris, Leon, Jake and Secret version), as well as a Leon leather jacket. An actual replica of the in-game jacket that Leon wears, which comes in small, medium, large, and extra large.

 

But, the pricing here is the kicker - ¥105,000 or US$1,293. Wow. Just wow. The Premium Edition is being made through Capcom's online site, e-Capcom. There is a sprinkle of good news here before you shut up and give Capcom your money, is that they generously offer free shipping. Thanks, Capcom.

Desktop-bound Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPUs won't arrive until Q3 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:16 am

Intel wants to push out Ivy Bridge rollouts throughout the year, and not just dump everything onto the table at once. This means that we won't see Core i3 Ivy Bridge-based processors until Q3, even after most people had hoped to have seen them introduced in June.

 

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When Intel does launch the Core i3 desktop models, we should expect to see a top-to-bottom release of: 3.4GHz Core i3-3240, the 3GHz Core i3-3240T, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3225, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 and the 2.8GHz Core i3-3220T. All five models sport 3MB of shared L3 cache, two cores and hyper threading.

 

The standard models are rated at 55W TDP, with the T models destined for all-in-one systems, and are rated at 35W TDP. The exception here is the Core i3-3225 which features Intel HD graphics 4000, with the four other models being filled with Intel HD graphics 2500. Intel is set to add support for AES to the new Core i3 models. No pricing has been mentioned, but it should fall close to the price of the Sandy Bridge-based CPUs out now.

Apple working on iTunes 11, supports iOS 6 as well as future devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:24 am

We all know its coming, but according to 9to5Mac sources, Apple are recently began internally seeding the next major release of iTunes, iTunes 11. Work on iTunes 11 reportedly began before the release of iTunes 10.6, and the development of the new version 11 product is said to focus on under-the-hood changes, rather than cosmetic changes - a good sign.

 

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But, Apple does develop different portions of products in separate groups or at separate times, which means the final version we will see, could be different, and thus, could sport a refreshed UI. Apple is working on iTunes 11 for it to support iOS 6-based devices, as well as future Apple devices. Apple usually releases new versions of iTunes to coincide with new OS's and mobile devices.

 

One of 9to5Mac's sources does note that we could expect another 10.x release, with support for iOS 6, and then iTunes 11 would arrive later on in the year. iTunes 11 is said to include more iCloud integration.

Intel confirms 75 new Ultrabook designs are on their way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:28 am

Intel have talked about this before, where they've said that there'll be 75 new Ultrabook designs floating out into the wild throughout the year, but now we have Intel reiterating the fact. Pricing of the new systems should kick off at $699, which is $100 cheaper than the cheapest machine available now.

 

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Intel's general manager for the PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, says that some of the new designs will sport Windows 8 and touchscreens. Yay. This means that a bunch of the new Ultrabooks won't land until after the Windows 8 launch, but with Intel investing large sums of time, effort and most of all, cash, into Ultrabooks, we should only expect good things. The cash injection? Just $300 million.

 

Skaugen has said:

 

I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook. Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark.

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HP slides Ivy Bridge CPU into EliteBook 8470p business notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 5:26 am

HP's EliteBook 8460p business notebook is looking to be succeeded by HP's EliteBook 8470p. The new model shares the same 14-inch display, and bead-blasted aluminum/magnesium construction, but the new 8470p is said to have Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor inside.

 

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HP is expected to put on offer multiple Intel Core processors, with one of the prototypes running a 1.7GHz Core i7, according to leaked specs posted on Laptop Reviews. HP's latest business notebook is also expected to sport the 9-cell accessory battery that the 8460p used. This claimed a very, very impressive 32 hours of run time.

 

Filling out the EliteBook 8470p we have integrated Intel graphics, USB 3.0 ports, up to 8GB of RAM, multiple storage options, and a choice between 1366x768 and 1600x900 display resolutions. No pricing has been set, or launch details.

Google+ gets design overhaul, layout, navigation and features have been updated

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:25 am

Google have just flicked the switch on various changes to their social networking site, Google+. Google+ has received a total overhaul, including layout, navigation and feature changes. There's now a new navigation ribbon on the left side of Google+ which includes draggable icons for your profile, photos, hangouts and other Google+ apps.

 

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Google are also pushing the sharing of large photos and videos, from anywhere on Google be it YouTube, search, and more. Google also decided to give Google+ a new Hangouts page, meaning you don't have to set them up specifically or bump them into your stream.

 

Also included is a Twitter-like trending box in the upper right corner of your homescreen, this ties in with the full-network-trending Explore page. This new fresh dab of paint could give Google+ another injection of users, but I'm guessing it will just keep the same users interested longer, as Google continue to hand-mould their social networking site into something wonderful, and more useful. I really need to use Hangouts more, we should do a TweakTown hangout one time soon!

WD uses magical shrinking ray, starts shipping 7mm HDD for Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 3:30 am

WD have just unveiled a new, 7mm tall 2.5-inch HDD that will slide straight into your already-thin Ultrabook, and other skinny devices. WDs new super-slim drives are capable of taking a shock of 400Gs, which is impressive as itself, but we're also impressed by the new single-platter WD Scorpio Blue drives being made available in both 500GB and 320GB capacities.

 

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The drives still slot into the standard 9.5mm slots, making them perfect for virtually all small machines. Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for WD client storage products says:

 

Consumers want thin and light personal computers, but the limited storage capacity of SSD-based notebooks forces them to pick and choose what files to bring from their library. With the release of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm mobile hard drives, WD is able to offer capacity, reliability and data-protection features combined with excellent power management all in a slim form factor perfect for thin and light notebooks.

 

The new 7mm 2.5-inch drives also set an industry record for the lowest power consumption. WD puts this down to "Advanced power management features and algorithms optimize the way the drive seeks data, which significantly improves power consumption".

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Hands-on gameplay impressions of Hawken from PAX East 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 2:31 am

The crew over at Pixel Enemy had some serious hands-on time with Adhesive Games' free-to-play mech game, Hawken. They spent just over 20 minutes with the game, and uploaded a video onto YouTube so we can all check it out.

 

 

There are some seriously cool sequences in this game, and it just makes it want it more and more. The video does have an audio issue, where there are a few minutes that the gameplay footage audio overpowers the commentary, but it passes.

 

What do you think? Will you play this? It is free-to-play after all.

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Flashback Removal Tool hits the web, find out of your Mac is infected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 12, 2012 2:09 am

If you haven't already heard, Mac-based users have been hit by quite the virus scandal over the last few days in the form of "Flashback". In case you're wondering if you're infected, F-Secure are now offering an AppleScript that you can download, and run.

 

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The tiny bit of software checks your Mac for Flashback, and if it finds it, removes it. Apple reportedly has a tool on its way too, but that's not here yet and F-Secure's is. If you want to check your system and feel a bit more secure, you can grab it here.

 

I just ran it on my MacBook Pro, and I'm clean. I didn't think I'd be infected, I was pretty confident, but I'm the kind of person who would rather be safe than sorry. Run it even if you don't think you're infected, and pass this news onto any of your Mac-based friends and family. Your enemies, well, I'll leave that devious decision to you.

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