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Sony and Panasonic go for next-gen optical storage which holds 300GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 5:33 am

Sony and Panasonic are finally coming to their senses, announcing a new basic agreement with the goal of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs.




Their objective? Expand their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Sony and Panasonic are hoping to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies that each company excels in, with their targets aimed on a 300GB optical disc by 2015. Both of the Japanese companies will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other details regarding this new standard.


It's not known if the new standard will continue with Blu-ray or not, but I think we're going to see a move from this standard after all of these years.

The 'Cheese Box' update for Cut the Rope adds 25 new levels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:55 am

If you're a Cut the Rope addict, you might want to prepare yourselves for the "Cheese Box" update, which will add 25 more levels to the physics-based puzzle game.





The 25 new levels will feature cheese-filled backgrounds, if you're into that kind of thing. Since Cut the Rope launched in 2010, it has had 15 updates, with the latest Cheese Box update seeing you use mice to catch and carry food. The trailer above should give you a good idea of what to expect.

Gamers add $1 million to DotA 2's 'The International' prize pool

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:24 am

The world's largest DotA 2 championship tournament, The International, kicks off on Friday with group stage play and has quite the prize pool: over $2.7 million.




An extra $1 million has been added thanks to the sales of virtual items within DotA 2 by fellow gamers, so the prize pool could increase in the coming days. The DotA 2 Interaction Compendium has been on sale for nearly three months now, and allows gamers to make predictions for the tournament, as well as create fantasy teams within DotA 2.


Each sale is worth $10, with $2.50 of each sale going toward the tournament's prize pool, which has now passed $2.7 million. Valve have helped out here, with stretch-goal incentives that have seen six of the seven teams claiming thus far. The latest provides Compendium owners a new immortal item, as well as the other five perks unlocked up until now.

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Saints Row IV has been refused classification in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 3:54 am

Australia has only just adopted a new R18+ classification for games, and at the first strike, they slam the ban hammer down on one game already: Saints Row IV.




The Classification Board "unanimously determined that Saints Row IV is classified Refused Classification." In the full words of the Classification Board: "In the Review Board's opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted."




The original case saw Saints Row IV being put under the microscope because of its "alien anal probe" weapon, which the Board considered too close to sexual assault. Deep Silver are submitting a "safe" version of Saints Row IV, with Deep Silver stating they were "reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence."

Microsoft files DMCA Takedown with Google against itself

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:39 am

Last week during a team effort to combat piracy, a company working in conjunction with Microsoft filed a DMCA takedown request with Google which included 6 URLs from Microsoft itself. Yes, that means Microsoft filed a DMC takedown notice against itself on the grounds of copyright infringement. The links were generated by automated software and show how flawed the system truly is.




The software used to automate the process often hurts many more innocent webmasters than it does copyright infringers, and false triggers like this are far less rare than anyone would ever expect. In the past, Microsoft has accidentally filed DMC takedown request that targeted the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, TechCrunch, Wikipedia, BBC News, Bing, Google, and so many others that I could write all night and never get to the end of the list.


The takedown requests are becoming so frequent that in the past Google might have received 225,000 DMCA takedown request per week, but just over a year later they are receiving between 3.5 and 4.5 million requests every week. Google can not simply read every request and check for validity and as a result, the first half of 2013 saw Google erase 100 million links from their search engine all because an automated copyright crawler thought they might be infringing on someone's copyright. That number is double the amount of links Google removed in all of 2012 and several times more than in 2011.

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Cubitek unveils new silent mini-ITX aluminum chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 12:37 am

Today, Cubitek Co. announced a new solid aluminum, silent mini-ITX chassis that was designed around a minimalist theme. Dubbed the Cubitek Mini Center, this super small form-factor chassis features passive cooling which allows a footprint so small that it can be tucked away into any niche you may need to fill.




Cubitek says that "the Cubitek Mini Center has an advanced passive cooling design and strategically placed ventilation further aided by the heat dissipating aluminum construction.This translates to silent performance when connected to the TV or sitting on the desk in the office. The brushed aluminum exterior on the front and sides of the Mini Center give this Mini-ITX chassis a minimalistic, elegant feel. The front and sides are not interrupted by anything such as button, lights or ventilation as to add a classical style to whatever room the Mini Center is in. "


With a footprint of just 7.8-inches x 9.8-inches x 7.8-inches, the Mini Center has room for two 2.5-inch SSDs or one 3.5-inch HDD and up to two VGA cards each up to 180mm in length. CPU coolers 85mm and shorter will fit inside as well as a full sized ATX PSU. USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports are available up front as well.

Cooler Master announces CM 690 III, a refined successor to the 690 II

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 12:02 am

Today, Cooler Master announced the successor to its hugely popular CM 690 series of cases. The CM 690 III brings to life the third generation of one of the company's most popular PC chassis legacies. The 690 III retains the series' iconic sleek curved mesh styling, while the overall exterior takes design cues from its predecessors as well.




The interior is where you really begin noticing the major differences. Most notably is that the new 2.5-inch HDD cage designed for those with extreme SSD setups. Cooler Master says that with this new design, users can now fit up to ten SSDs inside or seven SSDs and three 3.5-inch HDDs. The SSD cage has the capacity to fit up to five 2.5-inch drives, while the HDD cage can handle an additional three 3.5-inch HDDs or three 2.5-inch SSDs. An additional two SSDs can be placed in built-in brackets behind the motherboard.




The mid-tower case also features support for graphics cards up to 423mm in length (with the removal of the SSD cage) and it supports CPU coolers up to 171mm tall. Cooler Master has also updated the ODD trays to feature a new tool-less system dubbed EZ-Tray. The 690 III can also support liquid cooling solutions with room for two simultaneous 240mm radiators in the top of the case as well as in the front. An additional 120mm radiator could also be installed in the rear. For those who prefer fans to handle the system cooling duties, the case is capable of supporting a total of nine fans with three of them being as large as 200mm. The CM 690 III will be available later this month and no pricing information was disclosed.

15 new screenshots from GTA V surface, shows off more in-game scenes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 29, 2013 11:02 pm

At the moment, it appears that the entire gaming world is waiting on Grand Theft Auto V to release, and if everything stays on schedule, the game will be in consumer's hands just 50 days from now on September 17. We have seen the action from the trailer, we have seen the official screenshots, and today we are getting a glimpse at 15 more official gameplay images.




Interestingly enough, we see that the game is still promoting its fictional 80's band Love Fist which we first saw make an appearance in GTA Vice City and then in San Andreas. We also see that the main characters are still able to base jump from tall structures and that running from the cops on ATVs looks to still be as fun as it ever was. We also get a glimpse at some new military style helicopters that are most likely user controllable as well! RockStar, if you are listening, please port this game to PC, I do not want to have to buy a console just to play one game.

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ASUS will launch new smartphones in US in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 29, 2013 10:33 pm

In an interview with All Things D, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said that his company will be launching its smartphones in the US in 2014. Shih said that his company has been busy talking with carriers and building the relationships that will be necessary for the company to succeed in the US smartphone market.




"For the phone, frankly speaking, we are still the latecomers," Shih said in an interview after Google's Nexus 7 launch last week. "We are making progress. I think next year is more reasonable." This news could mean that ASUS could be bringing the hybrid 7-inch Fonepad to the US along with its companion, the Padfone. Both devices combine to transform into a true phone / tablet mashup and is actually where we get the term "phablet" from.


This would fall inline with the company's Transformer Book Trio, which combines Android and Windows 8 into a tablet, laptop, and desktop all-in-one device. Shih closed out the interview by saying, "I think we are going to have something even more revolutionary for this series."

The Old Reader to follow Google Reader to the grave

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:32 pm

When Google first announced plans to shut down its popular Google Reader service, the web was set ablaze with millions of users scrambling to find a new RSS reader to call home. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, three big names arose out of the noise and offered up awesome solutions to this new found problem.




Digg announced that it would begin building an RSS reader, while RSS reader veteran Feedly welcomed Google refugees with open arms. Finally, The Old Reader started to get major attention as it kept things simple and truly felt like the old Google Reader we were all about to lose. Unfortunately, it appears that the developers behind The Old Reader were flooded by the massive influx of users and as a result, were overwhelmed by the issues that come along with running a project used by millions of people daily.


Today, the developers behind The Old Reader announced that they will be closing all public access to the site in two weeks and will only be allowing a select number of users access to the private site. Currently, new user registration has been disabled and the site is not accepting any more new user accounts at all. Current users have two weeks to export their feed's OPML file that can be used to migrate to another service. I have posted the full release from the developers below.

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