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GOG will eventually offer newer games, wants to combat against Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 5:21 am

Good Old Games (GOG) have been a great pillar in the PC community for offering those old games we used to absolutely love and adore, and selling them at a decent price with a no-fuss, DRM-free digital platform which is also set to get that much better.

 

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GOG managing director Guillaume Rambourg revealed at the CD Projekt Red Investor's Day conference in Poland today that their business plans for 2012 and 2013 were to include the addition of not-so-dated games. GOG's goal is to become the number two digital game dealer. Did you notice EA's Origin wasn't even thought of there?

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More Apple iPhone 4S dramas, 'No SIM card installed' messages now appearing for some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 4:16 am

I don't know what to think about Apple right now, the once seemingly invincible company is now having so many issues with the iPhone 4S. First off we had the initial launch and screen quality issues, then battery life issues, then a fix for the battery life issues which caused different issues again.

 

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Today, we have reports of a 'No SIM card installed' message coming up for some users. It's affecting all different carriers, across the world, even Sprint and Verizon Wireless users aren't immune to the issue. There are some reports of the problem being resolved with a new SIM being installed, while others believe its the SIM reader itself.

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The PlayStation 3 turns five today, no cake smash pictures unfortunately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 3:19 am

Cake smashes at kids birthday parties look so awesome. My daughter turns one in March next year and we're going to have one. I'm so excited. Why didn't Sony do this with the 5-year anniversary of the PS3? A giant PS3 cake and have various devs and management smash it up. I need to work for their PR department, ha. This week is definitely the week of anniversaries and birthdays! First up we had the Xbox's 10-year anniversary, and Intel's 40-year anniversary of their first microprocessor, the Intel 4004. Today, Sony stands on the podium with the PlayStation 3 turning five today.

 

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Five years since the PlayStation 3 launch. I still remember the pre-launch buzz, dual-HDMI, 1080p, this, that. Then it launched and people were selling PS3 consoles on eBay for ridiculous prices, or selling just the empty box and getting suckers to purchase it in the craze of the launch.

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New Skype release on both Mac and Windows allows Facebook-to-Facebook calling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 2:16 am

July saw the new feature from Facebook of Skype-powered video calling. Today Skype are happy to announced their partnership with Facebook has reached another milestone, the release of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows.

 

 

The new Beta allows Facebook-to-Facebook calling from within Skype itself, with the new feature being the latest example of how Skype is removing communication barriers and making it much easier to connect with friends, family and business colleagues. Skype's aim is about personal connections with people. They're on a mission to connect over one billion people and Skype's continued partnership with Facebook definitely brings them a few steps closer to that goal.

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JB Hi-Fi's Direct Import, online-only store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 1:51 am

The Australian retail market has always been a funny thing, something available online for say $19.99 (like the t-shirt I'm wearing) is $49.99 here in stores, if not more. It's ridiculous and it seems that even a powerhouse retailer like JB Hi-Fi is feeling that pinch.

 

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Today they very quietly launched an online-only direct sales model, at first just selling DSLR cameras and accessories. These prices won't be offered in-store, with only the online store the only way to take advantage of the super-cheap pricing. The store is dubbed "direct import" and offers DSLR camera, lenses, flashes and grips. Funnily enough, it's undercutting its own bricks and mortar JB Hi-Fi stores in the process.

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Max Payne 3 Design and Technology Series: Creating a Cutting Edge Action-Shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 1:14 am

Up until now, I've been living out Max Payne 3 in my head. The last game, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne was released nearly 10 years ago, in 2003. As a console-created-then-ported-to-PC game, I'm not expecting that much. But, this new video is definitely getting me excited.

 

 

The only problem is that they've tweaked the aiming system, Max Payne 3 has been made to 'create an accurate, responsive and realistic third-person shooter as possible', Max Payne 3 targeting and shooting mechanics have been finely tuned. They've combined the precision of a first-person shooter, with a connection to the character that is normally given to the third-person shooter. The video goes into great detail of what Rockstar have achieved, and Max Payne 3 is coming along very nicely.

 

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As the man talking in the video says that, you can see Max aiming between two enemies, in a straight line, left to right. It just feels simple, console-y and not frantic like the original Max Payne games were. But sweet baby jesus does it look good! Graphics, animation, body movement, it's all good! I don't want to spoil too much, but check it out!

The next, Next Gen of WarpDrive Pictured, WarpCache?

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2011 10:22 pm

The WarpDrive has been a really good product for LSI and datacenter owners. The product has been so successful the successor has already been announced and production is ramping up quickly for a Q4 or early Q1 launch. That information has been public for the last month or so, released at IDF.

 

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LSI is already working on an even newer product, one that they don't really want to talk too much about. So without an official name I'm going to designate this one WarpCache.

 

The LSI MegaRAID controllers have two distinct add-ons. We've covered them both in the past, FastPath, an IOPS accelerator and CacheCade, an HDD cache system fed by solid state drives. By placing an SSD or an array of SSDs in front of the HDDs to hold hot data the data can be read at the pace of SSDs. This also reduces wear on the traditional platter based drives.

 

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LSI WarpDrive 2 has the IOPS Power of 100 HDDs

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2011 9:52 pm

LSI's first WarpDrive product featured 300GB of extreme SLC flash attached to several SandForce SF-1500 controllers. This product is designed for data center use and allows 42U racks of servers with traditional HDDs to be shrunk down to half rack sizes. The saving in power reduction alone is quite significant but once you factor in the reduction in overall footprint things really get interesting.

 

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Announced just a few weeks ago at IDF, the second generation WarpDrive is just about ready to hit the market. WarpDrive 2 can now be scaled up to 1.6TB, a massive increase from the 300GB first edition. We're told that production is now ramping up and to expect some big announcements soon.

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BitFenix Spectre Pro cooling fans exclusive video preview

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 17, 2011 4:30 pm

We shot this video a little while ago now, but today BitFenix is releasing its new range of Spectre Pro and Spectre Pro LED cooling fans.

 

 

You may well be familiar with the Spectre series of cooling fans from BitFenix, but today they up the stakes with the "Pro" series which improve over the old series with better performance and looks in mind.

 

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There is a whole bunch of fans including 12cm, 14cm, 20cm and 23cm and they come in a range of colors including black (non-LED), white, blue and red. Watch the video above as David from BitFenix explains the new fans in detail.

Acer A701 tablet packs NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1920x1200 screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 17, 2011 2:32 pm

Acer! Where have you been all my life! Notebook Italia have found listed on Acer's support site, the Acer A700 and A701. The main features of these are NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip as well as a beautiful 1920x1200 display resolution.

 

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The benefits of the high-resolution are endless, 2x scaling is an important feature of this. With graphic elements and icons requiring a blow-up, it helps that the resolution is high enough to support the image quality, as the image can just be doubled with no filtering required. Let's hope that Acer and Google have worked together to iron out the issues of the 2x scaling, though.

 

Most high-res Android-based phones feature borders to the icons to make them feel like the right size, because scaling would make them look blurry. The new Acer tablet screen size is not specified, but we're expecting 10-inch or thereabouts.

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