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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:14 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - March 4th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable @ Tech Report

- Apple iPad 2 vs The Droid Tablet Army @ Megatechnews

 

Video/Monitor

 

- PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 LCS @ Overclockers Club

- Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000 @ Benchmark Reviews

- Zotac GTX 560 Ti @ TechReaction

- HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB @ RWLabs

- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II 1 GB @ Techpowerup

- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition @ Hot Hardware

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Download of the Day: Picasa 3.8 Build 117.38

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 9:40 am

Our Download of the Day today is Picasa 3.8 Build 117.38.

 

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

 

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.

 

The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

 

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Deal of the Day: Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 8:32 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Dented Box Special - Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!.

 

Offer: Great price on this dented box special from Logitech. Get the Logitech X-540 5.1 speaker system for just $41.99 + $9.42 shipping. There are some features I love about the X-540 like the LCD monitor clip so you can mount the center speaker to your monitor, a control pod w/ headphone jack, and matrix mode to transform older 2-channel sounds to all 5 speakers!

 

Use coupon code: logi_x540_3311 for the discount. Expires 03/06/2011.

 

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Epic teases with next-gen Unreal Engine 3 effects at GDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:30 am

The GDC is pumping out some great content today with Epic Games using the show as an opportunity to show off some updates to their Unreal Engine 3. The engine is now capable of DirectX 11 tessellation, subsurface scattering on characters, depth of field with bokeh effects for lights, fully modeled hair, and a new reflection effect that add a veneer of realism to the rain-soaked streets depicted.

 

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The results of these additions are some very impressive looking screenshots, but for now the updates are near useless until we get some DX11-based next-gen consoles. The second we get next-gen consoles, I feel there will be an absolute explosion of graphics, right now we're very much held back. The tech and software is there, it's just a matter of time.

Valve announce Steam Guard, increased account security for gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 1:04 am

Valve have today announced Steam Guard, a new Steam and Steamworks feature designed to provide increased security for gamers. Steam Guard allows users to link account management options to a specific machine, an extra measure to prevent unauthorized access. Steam guard can be set up to notify you if any PCs attempt to log into your account.

 

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Steam Guard will also take advantage of upcoming Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT), an encrypted, hardware-based feature available with the new 2nd Generation Intel® CoreT and Intel® CoreT vProT processors. Gabe Newell, president of Valve has said "Account phishing and hijacking are our #1 support issues. With Intel's IPT and Steam Guard, we've taken a big step towards giving customers the account security they need as they purchase more and more digital goods."

Unigine release Heaven 2.5 benchmarking suite, also Professional Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 12:46 am

Unigine have been hard at work lately and are finally back to release the latest version of their benchmarking suite, Unigine Heaven. One of the industry's first DirectX 11 compliant 3D graphics benchmark applications.

 

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Version 2.5 of Unigine Heaven includes a few new tricks - it's split into two variants: a free "basic edition" that gives most of Unigine Heaven's functionality to customers, overclockers and gamers; and a paid "professional edition" that gives data-logging, specific-functionality to aid professionals such as analysts and reviewers, priced at US$495. The professional outing also includes technical support.

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Over 41 million Sony PlayStation 3's sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2011 12:39 am

During the PlayStation Network Analysis panel at GDC, SCEA digital distribution manager Pierre Gravereau announced some platform stats to attendees, revealing that worldwide sales for the PlayStation 3 console sat at over 41.6 million.

 

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More than 80-percent of consoles are connected to the internet and from those users, 70 million PSN accounts (obviously some people use duplicate accounts, one for proper play, one for OMFG HACKS YOU *enter all profanity here*). gravereau boasted the success of PSN in 2010 by saying that the PlayStation Store saw increases of 60-percent compared to 2009 whilst Sony saw a 70-percent spike in revenue.

GDC 2011: IGF & GDC Awards- Minecraft FTW

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2011 11:50 pm

Minecraft cleaned up last night at both the International Games Festival (IGF) and Game Developer's Choice Awards (GDC), winning no less than 5 different categories, including the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Best Downloadable Game. Indie sensation Minecraft, developed by Mojang, has enjoyed a huge success in mainstream and independent gaming communities alike.

 

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