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Samsung unveils industry's first 1TB mSATA SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 3:03 pm

Today Samsung announced the launch of the worlds first mSATA SSD featuring a capacity of 1TB. The all new 840 EVO mSATA 1TB SSD boast a performance of 98,000 random reads and 90,000 random write IOPS with a sequential read speed of 540MB/S and write speeds of 520MB/s.

 

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"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."

 

Samsung's new 840 EVO mSATA SSD line features the company's advanced 128Gb NAND flash memory that is based on 10nm fabrication processes. This extreme density allows Samsung to pack in 16 layers of 128Gb chips for a total capacity of 1TB. Samsung says that the new 1TB mSATA SSD is just 3.85mm thick and weighs only 8.5 grams.

Bitcoin price stumbles down nearly 30% over the weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:11 am

Just 10 days ago we reported that Bitcoins reached over $1000 in value each, which at the time was a meteoroic 4000% increase, year-over-year. Now? The digital currency has dropped to around $800 each, from their peak at $1200 just days ago.

 

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Few thought that Bitcoins would reach parity with gold, some thought there was no end in sight, but you can't dispute the fact that the digital currency has stumbled, with no exact science or past on how it will react. Will it go down to $100 each? Will we see another country completely embrace it and see it skyrocket past $2000?

 

With China's central bank refusing to consider Bitcoins as legal tender, the drop in price quickly happened. But, the Chinese government didn't put an all-out ban on the digital currency, with all citizens still able to use Bitcoins legally. The central bank's refusal to use them is what hurts the most, as it could spread quickly throughout the world.

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Thief reboot will look better on the PC, winks at next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 3:31 am

The upcoming Thief Reboot from Eidos Montreal will be a little special on the PC, even with the next-gen consoles having a air guitar competition over in the corner.

 

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Eidos Montreal's Art Technical Director, Jean-Normand Bucci, said: "The new consoles are very strong, very powerful. They allow for much more than what a console gamer is used to. The gap between PC and next gen has massively reduced for sure. The new consoles and high-end PC offer better frame rate, higher resolution, and many new features along with DX11 support", when talking with DSOGaming.

 

When Bucci talked about the PC version of Thief, he said: "The PC version will support all the graphical features of the next-gen consoles with numerous improvements, including even better anti-aliasing, higher resolution shadows, and support for multi-monitor. Thief on PC will also be amongst the first batch of games that support AMD's new Mantle API for high performance graphics."

 

Bucci also teased that Thief for the PC will also include field of view (FOV) and mouse sensitivity options - something that I personally don't think should be highlighted, but default in this day and age - where he stated: "We don't apply acceleration or smoothing to our mouse-based camera controls--we want you to have direct control of Garrett's POV."

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EA donates $1.65 million to charity from its Origin Humble Bundle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 2:32 am

Say what you want about EA, but any company that donates a large sum of money deserves praise. This even includes the recent issues with Battlefield 4, and SimCity, just to name a few, with the latter title seeing a CEO replacement.

 

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The publisher's COO, Peter Moore, tweeted the picture above this week, where he presented a $1.65 million donation to the American Cancer Society. Shortly after the Origin Humble Bundle went on sale, Moore said that EA could "do better". It would be nice to see EA do this on a regular occasion from its giant-selling games, it could speed up the customer satisfaction it has lost in the recent years.

Star Citizen's team will continue to grow as the game expands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 1:26 am

Just like the crowdfunding continues to grow Star Citizen into an unleashed space combat sim beast, the team behind it will also grow as time goes on. The brainchild of Cloud Imperium, and Star Citizen, has said that his team is continuing to expand as the project's needs skyrocket.

 

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Roberts said: "We're expanding wide as well as deep, so we don't just bring on people to handle new components like the boarding actions. We also add to existing teams so that they can do more as well." Roberts also said that Star Citizen is still lifting off in 2015, with an alpha version of the game to be released late next year.

The Division's gorgeous 'Snowdrop Engine' detailed in new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 11:46 am

If there's a game that will make me buy a next-gen console, it will be The Division. The Division's graphics engine, the "Snowdrop Engine" has been detailed in a new video during the VGX show last night.

 

 

It looks absolutely incredible, with some truly jaw dropping detail in virtually all areas. There's the truly next-gen procedural damage, which chips away properly at cars, lights, buildings, and everything else. Dynamic weather and lighting effects, a day/night system which looks gorgeous and so much more. The trailer is above, and it needs your attention, now.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition headed to next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 10:37 am

During VGX, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was confirmed for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We heard rumors of this, but it has now been confirmed. The new version of the game will be "re-built specifically" for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

 

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The Definitive Edition of the game will feature all of the DLC from Tomb Raider, a digital art book, six outfits for Lara, and a digital comic. What I don't get, is why it needs to be "re-built specifically" for the next-gen consoles, if it was released on PC - which is a platform that completely outstrips every console on the market.

 

Unless, the developer is going to crank the graphics up even more - but I don't see that happening. Hopefully I'm surprised, though. What do you think? What do you expect from the Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider on the Xbox One and PS4? Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition hits the next-gen consoles on 1/28 in the US, and 30/1 in Europe.

Telltale Games teases it is working on a Game of Thrones video game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 8:38 am

We did hear a rumor about this a few weeks ago, and it looks like it was true: Telltale Games is working on a video game based on HBO's hit show, Game of Thrones.

 

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We've already seen Telltale Games' runaway success video game adaption of The Walking Dead, but now we'll see an episodic series of Game of Thrones to be released in 2014. Telltale is working with HBO on the game, which should be similar to the TV show, instead of George R. R. Martin's original A Song of Ice and Fire books.

 

Telltale Games' CEO, Dan Connors, said: "We'll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great. We're just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters - who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world."

Check out the new trailer to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:30 am

I'll admit it: I haven't played any of The Witcher games, but damn do they look gorgeous. During VGX, CD Projekt Red showed off its latest and greatest trailer to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which you can check out below.

 

 

Impressive, right? This is all in-game driven, and it looks incredible. You've just watched the premiere trailer for the game, with this set to be one of the biggest releases of 2014.

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Samsung teases 'Just for you' video, is this the Galaxy S5?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:31 am

Samsung Taiwan has just released a 22-second video, titled 'Just for you'. In the video, the South Korean giant teases a few things: 'Just fit' with a smartphone (the Galaxy S5 I'm guessing) and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

 

 

We also see 'Just simple' with a thin, nice-looking smartphone, 'Just elegant' which teases the beauty of the new device, 'Just fast' with LTE capabilities, and finishes with 'Just for you' and that it is 'coming soon'. There's nothing to go on here, apart from that 22-second tease. I think we're seeing the first marketing tease for the upcoming Galaxy S5, but this could be something else entirely, too.

 

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One thing to note, is that the Galaxy Gear is showing a date of December 9 - should we expect a bigger tease, or better yet, an announcement in just a days time?

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