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Samsung's Galaxy Victory specs leak out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 5:30 am

A complete list of specifications for Samsung's upcoming well-named Galaxy Victory have leaked out. The new phone looks to be a mid-range device, but doesn't lack too many of the higher-end features or specs.




Samsung's Galaxy Victory sports a 4-inch 800x480-pixel screen, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU from Qualcomm, 4G LTE support, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front facer, and Google's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI thrown on top.

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Pirate Bay co-founder gets arrested in Cambodia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 4:33 am

Pirate Bay co-founder, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, has been arrested in Phnom Penh after the Swedish government had made a request for his detention to the Cambodian.




A spokesperson for the Cambodian police has said that Cambodia doesn't have an extradition treaty with Sweden. Kirth Chantharith told the AFP:


We don't have an extradition treaty with Sweden but we'll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case.


Warg was arrested as he didn't show up for the start of his one-year jail sentence for copyright violations. Fellow Pirate Bay co-founders, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde both turned up for their hearings, and in return, received reduced jail sentences. The Pirate Bay have also displayed a new message on their website, stating that they are not responsible for the sharing of copyrighted content, or materials:


Only torrent files are saved at the server. That means no copyrighted and/or illegal material are stored by us. It is therefore not possible to hold the people behind The Pirate Bay responsible for the material that is being spread using the tracker. Any complaints from copyright and/or lobby organizations will be ridiculed and published at the site.

Apple now chasing the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, adds them to their patent battle arsenal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 3:30 am

It looks as though Apple is getting thirsty for more Samsung blood, as they've amended their complaint with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, where the Cupertino-based company has added two versions of two Galaxy phones.




The first of which is the Galaxy Note, followed by the Galaxy S III. This case was lodged back in February, and is separate to the current Apple vs. Samsung case that saw the ban of a heap of Samsung smart devices.


This case takes aim at the Galaxy S III, it's Verizon-based version, the Galaxy Note, as well as the recently-released Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The total number of devices Apple are going against with just Samsung now stands at an incredible 21. According to Apple, Samsung has "continued to flood the market with copycat products".

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 650 gets spotted, could be mistaken for a midget

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 2:22 am

NVIDIA have had a great time with Kepler, top-to-bottom they have a great line up of GPUs on offer, and this line up is about to grow with another member, the GeForce GTX 650.




The GeForce GTX 650 sports the same GK107 silicon as the GeForce GT 640, but the GTX 650 sports faster GDDR5 memory. The reference board looks pretty much identical to that of the GT 640's, apart from the GTX 650 featuring a black PCB and 6-pin PCIe power connector.


Even with the new power requirement, it has the same typical power draw as the GT 640: 65W. Filling out the specs, we find that the GTX 650 sports 384 CUDA cores, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface with 1GB of total memory.

Windows 7 passes Windows XP in OS market share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 1:27 am

We all know just how great Windows 7 is, but Microsoft's OS from yesteryear, Windows XP, has still enjoyed being the OS market share king, until now.




With the latest market share data in hand, Net Applications says that Windows 7 has passed Windows XP completely in OS market share. Windows 7 now enjoys 42.72% of the OS market share pie, leaving XP with 42.52%. We're not talking much, but its enough to claim the #1 spot.


Windows 7 will most likely be the Windows XP to Windows 8 when its released. Windows 8 will be great, but it won't have the same push that 7 did. It will be strong on smart devices, but until the screen tech gets cheaper (bigger screens, higher resolutions, touch compatible), that push won't be there for the end user.

Gigabyte's Z77X-UP7 used by HiCookie to reach new Ivy Bridge world record: 7.112GHz!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 1:04 am

Gigabyte did promise some amazing things with their latest motherboard, the Z77X-UP7 and now they're being delivered. OC genius HiCookie has pushed a Core i7 3770K to 7.112GHz!



Yes, you read that right, over 7GHz on this Z77X-UP7 board. There's even a video to prove it, above. The overclock was achieved using some LN2, but we know that an overclock this high wouldn't be possible without the use of that type of exotic cooling.




What do you think of this news? 7.112GHz is an impressive thing to see, and considering the board is pretty fresh out of Gigabyte's oven, we should expect more things out of the Z77X-UP7 in the near future!

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes gets some in-game footage, next-gen consoles better watch out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:25 am

At first glance, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes just sounded like an open-world game on a next-gen engine dubbed 'Fox'. But, in reality, it's looking bloody impressive.



Usually, we see CG bits from MGS titles, and when the game comes out, it looks great, but never as close to the CG we see beforehand. The Fox engine is completely next-gen and incapable of being run on current-gen consoles. Konami showed it off on PC, but the game will eventually hit next-gen consoles.


After watching it, you can see its running in 1080p, with anti-aliasing cranked up, with all of the bells and whistles. It's not completely mind-blowing, but it really does completely blow the current-gen console graphic capabilities out of the water. MGS: Ground Zeroes will hopefully look even better than this, as this would be a very early build of the open-world stealth shooter/adventure game.

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OMGTT: Black Mesa Source will be released in... 12 days!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2012 1:14 pm

We may not have an idea on what the developmental status of Half-Life 3 is, but today's Half-Life related news should make you very happy. Fans of the franchise may have heard of a little thing called Black Mesa Source, and if not, you should definitely check it out.




Black Mesa Source is a fan-remake of Half-Life, and has been in development for quite a while now. But in the last couple of hours, a release date surprisingly hit the Internet, and has excited a number of fans. Black Mesa Source will be released on September 14, just 12 days from now!!


One of the better things about it, is that it will be free, and should give people a taste of Half-Life after years of nothing Half-Life related at all. The other thing that BMS will do is make you want Half-Life 3 just that trailer load more.

Razer goes 2.0, unveils the new Razer Blade gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 2, 2012 12:13 pm

The original Razer Blade gaming notebook hit the airwaves with some pretty big words behind it, being hailed as the "world's first true gaming laptop". It was impressive in some parts, but quite disappointing in others.




Razer have stepped up though, and introduced the new Blade, faster, better, stronger and best of all, cheaper. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has talked of the new Blade, where he said that the new Blade is the result of feedback not only from customers, but reviewers, too.


Razer have baked in some more powerful hardware this time, switching from the underwhelming NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M GPU to the GTX 660M, as well as throwing out the old Core i7-2640M with a new third-generation Core i7. Razer haven't stopped there, they've also changed the original 250GB SSD with a 500GB SATA drive and 64GB SSD, the wireless tech has been updated, fans are quieter, the USB ports are now 3.0, too.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note II gets thrown into the ring of benchmarks, can definitely handle itself

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:05 am

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note II has been benchmarked already, with the 5.5-inch smartphone keeping its own against the flagship Galaxy S III from the same South Korean-based company.




The original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note sported a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, but the Note II's processor has been beefed up with a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, and it performs admirably.


Engadget have compared the Note II to the original Note and its dual-core processor, it simply cleans the floor with it in every benchmark, and so it should. So if you're looking to upgrade from your Note to the Note II, this might just be enough to push you over the edge.

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