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Good Old Games renames themselves to just 'GOG', now offers newer titles, as well as a new site design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 7:35 am

Good Old Games offer some insanely cool stuff, and in this post-PC world (let's face it, consoles and casual gaming are the dominant force now), and have thrown a bunch of new things into the mix. First up we have Good Old Games renaming themselves to just 'GOG', which makes sense really... GOG are now offering newer titles instead of just the older titles we all know and love.

 

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This means that we will see AAA new titles, as well as more partners for GOG, with new partners and developers joining every month. GOG have also just rolled out a new website layout, which sports a more modern look, which I think looks quite swish. It's very clean, and very easy to navigate. GOG now offer their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts at the footer of each page so you can get your social networking fix with GOG anytime you like.

 

GOG are also offering a new, faster than ever GOG.com downloader - this is only a good thing, folks! The new downloader integrates support for downloading game patches, goodies, and notifications to keep all of the GOG users up-to-date on changes on the games they've purchased, replies to forum threads, or PMs.

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Samsung has shipped over 5 million GALAXY Note smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 6:25 am

Samsung's 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone has been doing surprisingly well for the South Korean-based company, having shipped over 5 million units in just five months. This is quite the achievement considering its one of the larger screened smartphones on the market today.

 

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5 million units shipped, and the 5.3-incher doesn't even include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this is quite the achievement for Samsung. We should expect Samsung to released their Premium Suite of apps, as well as Android 4.0 in the near future.

 

Until then, the GALAXY Note is still an amazing looking phone. I personally wouldn't mind checking it out, but I'm waiting for some Ice Cream Sandwich lovin' before I get into that gorgeous 5.3-inch display. I really should stop dilly dallying and just get one, shouldn't I?

Coby ships new Android 4.0-based tablets in both 7- and 9.7-inch sizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 5:36 am

Coby has begun shipping a few new Android 4.0-based tablets, after they were first introduced earlier this year at CES. The two new models arrive in 7- and 9.7-inch and will have the names of Kyros MID7042-4 and Kyros MID9742-B, for the 7- and 9.7-inch tablets, respectively.

 

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Both tables sport 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processors, with 1GB of RAM, front-facing cameras, HDMI output, 8GB of internal storage with microSD for expandable storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The 7-inch model sports a 16:9 capacitive touchscreen with an 800x480-pixel screen, where the 9.7-inch ramps it up to 1024x768-pixels.

 

The MID7042 is available right now for $179, and the MID9742 sells for $100 more at $279. Coby expects to offer 8-, 9-, and 10-inch models later this spring.

Apple's Newsstand makes $70k per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 4:34 am

People are spending up big on Apple's Newsstand app, where a study of Apple's App Store for iPad during just the month of February from market research firm Distimo shows that the top 100 publications raked in more than $70,000 a day. This is just absolutely huge, considering that the revenue is from the United States alone, and is led by News Corp.'s The Daily, followed by The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazine.

 

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Apple don't disclose what individual app makers and content providers earn on ints store, but Apple provide 70-percent of each sale to the content creators, holding back 30-percent for themselves. Publishers can also let existing subscribers view digital editions of content, to which they've already subscribed to. But, they're not allowed to link to outside Web sites where subscriptions can be struck outside of Apple's App Store, that's a naughty no-no.

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GEFORCE GTX 670TI and GTX670 to hit late-April, or early-May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 3:33 am

According to 'Gibbo' on the Overclockers.co.uk forums, we should expect the new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670Ti and GEFORCE GTX 670 to launch late-April, or early-May. These two GPUs will be placed into price segments aimed at AMD's Radeon range of GPUs.

 

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The GTX 670Ti will replace NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580, and take on the HD 7950 3GB. The GTX 670 on the other hand, replaces the GTX 570 and should be slightly faster, too. The GTX 560Ti and 560 are not expected to be replaced with 600-series GPUs until much later into 2012.

 

The low-end 520/550 cards will reportedly be rebranded into the 600-series, where we should expect the usual same card, re-boxed as 600-series GPUs. Gibbo also mentions the dual-GPU NVIDIA beast, which we should expect to arrive as the GEFORCE GTX 690, and "can be released when NVIDIA desire to do so". The roadmap that Gibbo is coming from says that the GTX 680 is the fastest single-GPU card, but a faster single-GPU card is expected later this year.

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EVE Online in-game currency can now buy you a GeForce GTX 560 GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 2:23 am

An experimentation through EVE Online will allow players to trade in-game currency for real-life gear, such as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560. Players can use 20 PLEX (Pilot License Extension, an in-game item that gamers can earn and use to pay for monthly subscriptions for EVE Online) to purchase a GeForce GTX 560.

 

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PLEX can be purchased using in-game currency called Interstellar Kredits, and can be traded amongst players. A single PLEX is equivalent to 500 million Interstellar Kredits, which can be purchased for roughly $10 in real-life money. This means 20 PLEX is roughly equal to $200, slightly less than what a decent GTX 560 retails for. But, for a game like EVE Online, how long would it take you to build up 500 million Kredits in order to purchase a single PLEX?

 

A long time. Any hardcore EVE Online player might have built up a bunch of Kredits, but for newbies, it might take a while. But instead of grinding away for nothing - a GeForce GTX 560 as a light at the end of a tunnel is a goal many cash-strapped gamers would love. At the moment, the deal will be initially limited to just 100 GPUs, one card per account, to test the market. Just as this news was hitting the Internet, the value of a single PLEX went up, substantially.

LG will ship their first ultra-thin OLED TV in May, will start from $7,928

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 1:11 am

It looks as though May will be the month that LG launch their ultra-thin 55-inch OLED TV, if everything goes to plan. The awesomely thin OLED TV will have an asking price of $7,928.91. Not bad, I guess. We should expect the TV to be the same that LG showed off at CES recently, which means it will be less than 0.5cm thick, and under 17 pounds in weight, as well as sporting 3D tech.

 

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LG have also teased of "futuristic features", where I bet you've just rolled your eyes, but they might actually work quite well, hopefully: 3D motion and voice gesture controls. Yep, thats it. Hopefully they're not laggy and buggy, but personally, I think first-generation OLED TVs are going to have great picture quality, but the separate "exclusive" features that the companies throw on them won't work too well, but, time will tell and there's only 8 or so weeks left to find out.

 

 

OLED should be quite the breakthrough in not only picture quality, but response times. Typically, LCDs have a response time slower than 20ms, where OLED smashes this with response times of less than 0.01ms. You know what? I'm excited. I really am. I'm after a new TV this year, and I really want to get an OLED. Price doesn't bother me, as there's a corner that I can sell my body at.

Single-slot Galaxy GTX 680 pictured

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:37 pm

It looks like we're not quite done with news about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680. As our review showed, the card is pretty amazing and is still efficient while being amazing. Pictures have surfaced of a Galaxy-brand GTX 680 which is cooled by a single-slot cooler. This is made possible by the amazing efficiency of the new Kepler architecture.

 

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195w TDP is pretty high to be handled by a single-slot cooler, so frequencies should be expected to be reference or below. This device certainly will be nice for smaller, mid-tower PCs or for a cramped PC in which you want to run SLI. No release date or specifications have been released. For all we know, this could be a prototype that never sees the market.

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Facebook employees paint giant 42-foot QR code on roof

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Modding | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:29 pm

When Mark Zuckerberg announced his intentions for a "Space Hackathon" to customize Facebook's new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, I'm sure he didn't expect this. Employees took him at his word and at 8PM the night of the Hackathon, 5 employees climbed to the roof with tar paint and set off painting a giant 42-foot QR code on the roof that could be used to rick-roll viewers of satellite imagery.

 

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By midnight, about a total of 30 people had joined in, but they would be unable to see if it worked until daylight. The next day, they flew "frankencopter" over the roof to gain aerial imagery of the hack. When it returned, they were excited to see that it worked. This just goes to show that the huge corporation is still young at heart. You can scan the picture above to see. I promise, it won't rick-roll you!

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RumorTT: Google Drive coming as soon as April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 9:26 pm

Google has been leading the way with cloud-based productivity apps such as Google Docs and and the rest of the Google Apps suite. The one thing Google hasn't provided though, is a competitor to Dropbox and other online cloud storage services. This seems like one of the areas Google could excel in, especially with how many servers the search giant has.

 

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Rumors have been floating around regarding Google Drive for years. They first emerged in 2006, and have come and gone since. Sources are now saying that the official announcement is due in the first week of April. Sources say that the free service will offer 1GB of online storage with charges for more. In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB free and you can get more through referrals and promotions.

 

It reportedly will come with a desktop client and a web interface similar to Google Docs. Additionally, the sources are saying that Google has built an API around the service which could theoretically be used in conjunction with Android Apps. This comes at a time when mobile phones are doing more than ever, storing video, music, and pictures. Being able to offload them to online storage would reduce the need for high capacity phones.

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