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Max Payne to slow-mo dive onto iOS, Android devices this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 8:26 am

Rockstar proved themselves on the mobile market with their port of Grand Theft Auto III, where they provided the full Grand Theft Auto experience, including cut scenes and their iconic radio stations, in the mobile version of GTA III.

 

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Rockstar Games wants to hit the same note with Max Payne Mobile, where the full bullet dodging craziness finds its way into the mobile world. iOS-based users with an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4, and all generations of the iPad will be capable of playing it.

 

Android-based users won't know where they stand until April 26, when the full device compatibility list will be available. I think I might pick this up for the new iPad.

Samsung dubs their flexible AMOLED display 'YOUM'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 7:29 am

'YOUM'. This is the name of Samsung's flexible AMOLED technology, in which both the name and logo have been sent for trademark registration in the United States. This means that YOUM-sporting devices could soon be seen in the wild, and flexed, in the wild.

 

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YOUM is Samsung's next-generation ultra-thin screen technology, with the unique characteristic of being able to be bent, Samsung says its even unbreakable. YOUM was showcased before it had a name at CES last year, where they were teasing a 4.5-inch screen with a thickness of 0.3mm and a resolution of 800x480 (WVGA). Samsung have demonstrated the concept of using it for an e-book reader, camera, video chat and even augmented reality and 3D visuals on tablet PCs.

 

We should see things like watches, smartphones and tablets built from this technology. A flexible watch connected to the Internet, Facebook, e-mail, etc would be quite cool and would definitely sell to the hipsters, and technology fans alike.

DriverTT: NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:32 am

NVIDIA have posted some new 300-series GeForce drivers, with the release of GeForce 301.24 beta. These new drivers are actually compatible with "all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs". Previous 300-series drivers only worked on the new GEFORCE GTX 680 GPU. These new drivers add support for features with the GEFORCE GTX 680, including Adaptive Vsync, NVIDIA's Frame Rate Target scheme, and an option to enable FXAA through the control panel.

 

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The new GeForce 301.24 beta driver also offers performance improvements for single- and multi-GPU setups. Also on offer are new features for NVIDIA Surround Vision setups:

 

  • Add a fourth accessory display for access to email, web, or other applications while you game.
  • Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode.
  • Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display.
  • Enable bezel peeking to temporarily peek behind the monitor bezels when using bezel-corrected resolutions.
  • Add or remove resolution settings from the list of Surround resolutions.
  • Full center display acceleration for single-wide display modes.

 

The 301.24 beta also adds a bunch of new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. SLI support has been baked in for Alan Wake, and Valve's upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

 

You can grab the GeForce 301.24 beta drivers here.

Swiftech release Komodo HD7970 waterblock, wants to help your Radeon HD7970 be more awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 5:57 am

AMD Radeon HD 7970 owner? Lover of overclocking? Been waiting for a waterblock? Well, Swiftech may just have the product for you. Swiftech have released the Komodo HD7970 waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GPU.

 

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The waterblock covers the full-length of the card to protect its fragile components, and features an enhanced thermal design, illuminated bridge, and a comprehensive packaging including a single-slot PCI bracket and back-plate, which makes the Komodo HD7970 the most sophisticated full-cover waterblock offered by Swiftech to date.

 

It doesn't stop there though, there are also companion accessories on offer, where you can grab optional CrossFireX bridges and adjustable connectors for multiple card configurations. Gabrian Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman & CTA says:

 

We took our sweet time to release this product, but in the end I think the result was worth the wait!

RIM employee that was stabbed at BBM party dies of wounds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 5:33 am

We reported on this as it happened, where a RIM employee was stabbed at a party for BlackBerry Messenger, has died from his wounds. Philip Sherriff, one of RIM's UK employees, died on Sunday. His attacker is believed to be Ashley Charles and has already been charged with attempted murder.

 

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What motivated Charles to stab Sherriff is not known, and the court hasn't made this clear, either. RIM has said in a statement through Twitter, where they gave condolences:

 

Our thoughts are with his family and those close to him and we ask for the respect of their privacy at this difficult time.

 

Our thoughts go out to Sherriff's friends, family and colleagues. Such an avoidable, yet unescapable event where a life was taken when it didn't need to be. Let's hope they find closure, and justice, soon.

Former Intel engineer, newly-hired AMD employee, pleads guilty to stealing sensitive Intel documents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 4:29 am

Biswamohan Pani, a former Intel engineer and newly-hired AMD employee has plead guilty to fraud that is centered around the theft of sensitive Intel documents. The stolen information is considered to be worth approximately $1 billion, which includes chip-related design and manufacturing data.

 

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It's thought that Pani intended to use the information for career advancement, but AMD has denied any knowledge of Pani's wrongdoing, and has fully cooperated with federal investigators. Pani had previously worked at Intel's Hudson-based chip making plant located in Massachusetts before submitting his resignation on May 29, 2008. Pani's last day at Intel was June 11, but little did Intel know he had actually begun working at AMD on June 2, while simultaneously retaining access to Intel's network.

 

It is thought that during this time, Pani had been downloading sensitive documents that held information on Intel's manufacturing and chip designs. Corporate espionage and intellectual property theft, in the form of trade secrets, schematics, or other proprietary information can be extremely lucrative in the right hands. Investigators have found no links between Pani and AMD.

Continue reading 'Former Intel engineer, newly-hired AMD employee, pleads guilty to stealing sensitive Intel documents' (full post)

Microsoft to drop Windows Vista, Office 2007 mainstream support, XP's head arrives on the chopping block in two years time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:28 am

We all knew this day was coming, mainstream support for Windows Vista will end on April 10 with Office 2007 receiving the same fate today. Windows XP and Office 2003 will enjoy another two years before being cut.

 

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Microsoft divides its support lifecycle in two stages: "Mainstream" and "Extended". Within Mainstream, software receives the full range of free security updates, stability improvements, bug fixes, and occasional new features. Within the Extended phase, only security updates are made available, though companies with paid support contracts can receive other fixes.

 

Currently, Windows XP and Office 2003 are in their "Extended" support phase, which ends in 2014. Once this hits, they'll cease receiving even security updates, leaving anyone still running that software open to whatever malware the Internet throws upon them. Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be in Extended support from now until April 2017.

Epic Games are working on a PC-exclusive game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 2:40 am

Epic Games seem to be getting back to their roots, developing a game for PC, and exclusive to the platform. Creative lead Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski and president Mike Capps announced during the PAX East panel "we might be working on a PC-only title".

 

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CliffyB took the mic and said "Let me say that again: we are working on a PC game." After the panel, Epic Games president Mike Capps told Joystiq that the unannounced PC project is currently underway, and the current plans are to keep the game exclusive to the PC platform.

 

Excited? I am. Let's just hope they keep it exclusive to the PC, and push the engine as far as it can go. Release a next-gen Unreal Engine-based game, and release it with the next Unreal game. That would be, well, unreal. Excitement is now forming within my body.

RumorTT: Grand Theft Auto V is coming in October, according to a developer's CV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 2:21 am

Big time rumor here, but according to a Rockstar North developer's CV, the upcoming sure-fire-hit Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in October. Since the news popped up on the Internet, the developer's CV has been removed and Rockstar are yet to comment.

 

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We all know its coming, we all know its on its way, but how long until it launches? Rockstar's other big AAA release is Max Payne 3 which is due in just over a month's time. Rockstar would have enough of a gap (nearly six months) in AAA releases, which is fine in my books.

 

Just give me the games already, give me Max Payne 3 and I'll play that for a month or so and then give me GTA V. Just make it run at over 20 fps unlike the original, and I'll be happy. I do have to admit, I put this as a rumor because I don't see it coming out this year. If anything, I'd be impressed if Rockstar pushed it back and unleashed next-gen GTA upon us with next-gen consoles, and showed us a ported version for current-gen consoles. Now that, would be very, very cool.

Samsung is planning to open up retail stores, in Canada

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:10 am

Samsung's national head, James Politeski has revealed in an interview that the company is planning to launch their own, fully self-run stores in Canada. He told Canada.com that the company will have dedicated stores at parts across the country, and like Sony and Apple, will have specific designs and train staff itself, but Samsung would outsource the actual management to unnamed companies.

 

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Politeski didn't reveal whether the new Samsung retail stores would have their own service areas, which for Apple, have been very successful. Locations weren't given, either, but hints have suggested the first store would arrive in Yorkdale Mall, West of downtown Toronto. The mall is noteworthy in the way that it was the home of Apple's first retail store in Canada.

 

Samsung will want to have their own stores to push their own branded products, by staff who are trained in only Samsung products. Compared to bigger retailers such as Best Buy where they've been blamed for damaging brands by burying products in large display sections, have employees who don't have much technology experience, or knowledge in that particular brand.

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