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Download of the Day: GPU-Z v0.5.6

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 3:06 pm

Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z v0.5.6.

 

TechPowerUp released a new version of GPU-Z, version 0.5.6. GPU-Z is our popular graphics card information and diagnostic utility that gives you technical details of the graphics hardware installed in your PC, and lets you monitor fine details such as clock speeds, temperatures, and voltages.

 

The new version adds preliminary support for some of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce Kepler family GPUs. It also adds support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 CUDA cores, which will be launched this 29th. Support is also added for AMD Radeon HD 6320, FirePro V9800, FirePro V4900, GeForce GTX 460 V2 (GTX 460 based on GF114), Quadro NVS 420, Quadro NVS 450, and Quadro FX 380 LP. A small bug related to incorrect shader reading on "Blackcomb" is fixed.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 0.5.6

 

• Removed PowerColor hardware giveaway

• Added support for ATI Radeon HD 6320, ATI FirePro V9800, AMD FirePro V4900

• Added support for GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores, GeForce GTX 460 v2, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 450, NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 LP

• Fix for incorrect shader reading on Blackcomb

• Added basic detection for NVIDIA Kepler GK107

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EA's Black Friday sales, Battlefield 3 is just $29.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 12:19 pm

It's EA's turn for some Black Friday/Thanksgiving sales. With 50-percent off over 200 games, on all platforms, inclusive of new releases. Battlefield 3 is available for just $29.99! Black Friday sales from EA also include 10-percent already reduced Collection Packs of the hottest EA SPORTS, The Sims and racing games.

 

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$30 is discounted from Need for Speed: The Run, and there's plenty of other specials being run. The deals run until 25th of November, so if you want to get in on the Black Friday EA sales, get in now!

Microsoft's Black Friday deals: $100 Kinect, free Windows Phone and discount on games and Office

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 11:24 am

Microsoft have some pretty decent Black Friday sales, with the Microsoft Store retail site putting up a page teasing their lineup of upcoming Black Friday sales, which start at 12am Pacific time Friday. A few highlights are a Samsung RC512 laptop sporting Windows 7: $499, normally $799!

 

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Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle has $200 off, Kinect Sensor Bundle (with Fruit Ninja, Gunslinger and Kinect Adventures) is just $99, down from $149 and also included in the Black Friday sales is a free Windows Phone with a two-year service contract.

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Europe has ruled that ISPs can't be forced to block pirate sites, NZBs and torrent users cry pirated tears of joy.nzb

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 10:27 am

This is some good news for those who are based in Europe, your ISP cannot be forced to monitor or block you from using the Web. A European court has ruled that record labels and film studios can't use the courts to instruct your broadband ISP to track or try to block you.

 

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The European Court of Justice ruled:

 

EU law precludes the imposition of an injunction by a national court which requires an Internet service provider to install a filtering system with a view to preventing the illegal downloading of files.

 

ISPs have been the magnet of blame shifting from record labels, film studios and other owners of copyrighted music, movies or media, where they've tried to steer governments into making ISPs responsible for piracy. They've tried to argue that ISPs should record what you're doing online, and if they notice you downloading illegally accessed copyrighted material, courts should order the ISP to boot you off the Internet.

Bing is feeling festive, offers free Xbox LIVE Gold for the Thanksgiving weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 9:28 am

Bing have started the weekend's festivities by making Xbox LIVE Gold this Holiday weekend free. All you need to do is sign into Xbox LIVE from Thursday November 24 through to Sunday November 27 and you'll receive free access to movies, sports, music, online multiplayer gaming and more with Xbox LIVE Gold.

 

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If you've cracked out the festive booze and plan on having a belly full of delicious food, you can throw up the Netflix app and check out some movies, or you could start up the ESPN app and hit up some sports channels.

 

After the 27th, you might be too used to it and sign up for some Gold access, surely that's not what Microsoft are after, though? It's good to see some free love from Microsoft, but what of those who already have Gold? Microsoft should add three free days onto your account, that's what I would do if it were my decision. But I'm cool like that, ya know.

Alibaba.com, China's largest e-commerce firm experiences slowest growth in nearly two years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:43 am

China's largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba.com, posted an 11.9-percent rise in quarterly net profit, which is their slowest growth in nearly two years, which has led to Alibaba.com raising conerts due to a weak trade outlook coming from debt worries in Europe and the US.

 

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Alibaba.com's third-quarter results missed analysts forecasts and were attributed to a weak macroeconomic climate that led to a slower pace of customer additions. Dick Wei, an analyst with JPMorgan says:

 

They are focusing on the quality of suppliers and also improving the overall quality of products that they are offering, such as some of the newer services to help buyers to check the quality of products before they are shipped. If you look at customer growth, there are no new initiatives and growth is not that top priority at this point," Wei said. "Revenue will pick up again later in 2012 or 2013.

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RumorTT: Microsoft working on not one next-gen Xbox 720, but two?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:01 am

This is something that would make quite a lot of sense, and actually be quite good for customers and gamers alike. Industry sources are pointing toward two new Xbox consoles being launched sometime in 2013, which should give Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plenty of time to get their 28nm manufacturing process working like a charm.

 

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Microsoft is said to be working on an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation hardcore gaming console. Multiple price points aren't anything new for Microsoft, as that's what they do with the 360 with multiple packages. Different hard drive sizes, limited edition bundles, game and accessory bundles.

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Steam's Autumn Sale, 23 - 27 November, day two, L.A. Noire is just $44.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 8:01 am

Today is the second day in Steam's Autumn Sale, which games like Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle, Red Orchestra 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum, Fallout: New Vegas, Rift and more on special. Let's start with Monkey Island SE Bundle, 66-percent off from $14.99 to $5.09.

 

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Red Orchestra 2 is 50-percent off down from $39.99 to an impressive $19.99, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum with 66-percent off, down from $29.99 to $10.19, Fallout: New Vegas has an impressive 75-percent off marking it down from $39.99 to just $9.99.

 

There are a few other games on special, Rift has 75-percent off bringing it down from $29.99 to $7.49 and lastly, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition which only launched last week has an amazing 50-percent off taking its original price of $89.99 to $44.99!

Piracy, the reason Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will not be coming to PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 7:26 am

Is this the change we're seeing in console development? They do a sloppy job on the PC version, sales are bad and they just blame piracy? Surely a stable-minded developer wouldn't think that way, well, think again. Ghost Recon Online is set to be a free-to-play game, and is a 'response' to piracy and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that has plagued previous Ubisoft games.

 

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Ghost Recon Online producer, Sebastien Arnoult has said:

 

We are giving away most of the content for free because there's no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you're asking for. We've listened to you - we're giving you this experience. It's easy to download, there's no DRM that will pollute your experience.'

 

We're adapting the offer to the PC market. I don't like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60's worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we're adapting our model to the demand.

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Google is adding gamepad support to Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 6:48 am

Google's popular Chrome browser is having some new functionality baked in early next year, with plug-and-play support gamepads and more on the way. Google developer advocate, Paul Kinlan, revealed the news earlier today at Develop Liverpool.

 

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The new features are due in Q1 2012, with gamepad support, camera and microphones, all without the need for plug-ins, Kinlan even hinted at the possibility for augmented reality games and player tracking. Another feature planned is WebRTC, an open-source video chat application that will run in the browser, with no plug-in required.

 

This is technology that could support an OnLive-style cloud-based gaming service, so we could see some very interesting things in the near future.

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