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Two men guilty of murder over a used Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 5:34 am

The second hand gaming business can obviously be quite serious, with two North Carolina men found guilty of murder over a used Xbox 360 console. In Christmas of 2009, Justen Jarel King and Christopher Andrew Alexander headed to the house of Jason Lee Smith and roommate Emanuel Gantlin in Fayetteville, NC.




Gantlin had purchased an Xbox 360 console from Alexander, but now wanted the console back. So Alexander took King with him and headed to Smith's home, found the Xbox 360 and then started to disconnect the cables from the TV.


King pulled out a gun, cocked it, and it fired - hitting Smith in the chest. Smith didn't survive the shot to the chest and died. Both King and Alexander have pleaded guilty to second degree murder with King sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, while Alexander will see 10 years behind bars.

GeForce 310.33 beta drivers arrive, offer speed increases of up to 15%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:27 am

AMD might Never Settle, but it doesn't mean NVIDIA will settle, either. NVIDIA have a new batch of beta drivers out which offer up to 15% more performance on certain GPU and software setups, as well as offering some new and updated profiles.




When compared to the GeForce 306.89 WHQL drivers, the new GeForce 310.33 beta drivers offer some improvements in most of the latest games, as shown in the table above. On top of these performance improvements, the new 310.33 beta drivers also include new or improved ambient occlusion support for Cross Fire, Dragon Nest, Meng San Guo, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Darksiders 2, and MechWarrior Online.


New or updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles are also included with GeForce 310.33 beta including Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Dishonored, FIFA 13, Hitman: Absolution, Need for Speed: Most Wanted XCOM: Enemy Unknown and more. The new beta drivers also include some Windows 8-specific fixes, the first of which caused a forced reboot on pre-release versions of Windows 8, with the other causing a "Hardware Test Failed" error when running the 3D Vision Setup Wizard on Mitsubishi's WD-6039 monitor.

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Telstra set to scoop up Adam Internet for $50 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:46 am

In a surprising move, Telstra have reportedly just purchased Adelaide-based Adam Internet in a deal that could be worth $50 million. The telco announced this morning that they had entered into an agreement to acquire the Adelaide-based ISP, but didn't disclose the exact amount of money on the table.




Adam Internet currently employ 200 staff and have over 80,000 customers, who should be all unaffected by the deal. Adam Internet would continue to operate as a stand-alone subsidiary of Telstra. Adam Internet's executive chairman, Greg Hicks, will stay on as a consultant to the company for twelve months if the deal goes through. Hicks said that Adam and Telstra "shared customer service philosophy was a pivotal reason behind today's announcement". He adds:


This agreement will help cement a strong future for the Adam brand, our people, and our customers and represent the next stage of Adam's growth. Adam will continue to provide excellent value-for-money broadband that doesn't compromise on service. The message for potential new customers is that, with Telstra behind it, Adam will be expanding nationally.

Iron Man 3 trailer is here - Stark hits rock bottom, again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:32 am

When the first Iron Man came out, I remember it as being a breath of fresh air for comic book movies. It's not like they had become stale, with X-Men and its sequel doing really well at the box office between a slew of other comic book-based heroes, but Iron Man felt fresh.



The sequel really dived down a bit, offering more action than the original, but the final battle was lacklustre. The Avengers kicked arse, and offered a bunch of the Marvel heroes in the same movie. The original two Iron Man flicks were directed by Jon Favreau, but the third Iron Man is directed by Shane Black who has worked with Downey Jr on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


The trailer above shows that we're in for some huge action set pieces, and as usual, the life of Tony Stark is grim, more so than the previous two Iron Man movies. I loved that trailer and I'm very amped for Iron Man 3 next year.

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Apple and its struggle with secrecy: leaks aren't coming from the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 12:00 am

On the heals of today's release of the iPad mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, Mac mini, iPad 4, and iMac, we're reminded that Apple can still keep a secret--sort of. Before today's event, rumors were running rampant regarding the upcoming iPad mini. As the event neared, people caught word that a 13-inch MacBook pro with Retina would be coming and an update for the Mac mini was inevitable.




However, I didn't see a single rumor regarding an iPad 4 or iMac being talked about at today's event. But they were. Maybe it was because nobody cared about those as much as the other products. Or maybe, Apple still has some skills when it comes to security and secrecy. It's a battle that Apple has been fighting for a long time, and it seemed as though they were losing as the iPhone 5 came with basically zero surprises at launch.


ArsTechnica talked to a couple of Apple employees on the condition on anonymity and found out some really interesting stuff. According to the employees, the security is just as tough as it was with Steve Jobs, if not more so now with Tim Cook. However, the leaks aren't coming from the US-based teams.


"Apple's security practices are targeted at making sure US employees don't leak stuff, but everything comes out of China now," one employee told Ars. "I think Apple's secrecy mode is really outdated."

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Apple's iPad Mini event now available to watch online

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 9:18 pm

If you're not an Apple fanboy or at least have a somewhat interest in Apple products, then today probably was not the day to be following the Internet as all everyone has been talking about all day have been sprinkled in Apple praise or disdain.




Regardless on what side of the fence you're on, it's always entertaining to see what Apple has up their sleeves and that's exactly what we saw today as a slew of new Apple products like the new Mac Mini, 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display and, of course, the 4th generation iPad and iPad Mini.

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LeakedTT: Check out pictures of HTC's new 5" DLX smartphone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 9:02 pm

Here's the HTC DLX. HTC DLX, meet Verizon, the carrier who we believe you will be operating on. The HTC DLX (pronounced Deluxe) will be the first HTC One smartphone to make it to big red. They had passed on the original three devices, announced back in February, and many consumers haven't been happy with the choice.




This device marks HTC's first product that will come with a 5+ inch screen. 5 inch phones, or as I refer to them, tablets, are increasingly becoming the normal screen size for devices, which is interesting considering for a while there, everything and everyone was focused on becoming thinner and smaller.


The new device is said to feature a full 1080p HD screen that reportedly looks extremely good. The back will feature a 8 or 12 megapixel camera. It's supposedly running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It's got 16GB of storage and a non-removable 2500mAh battery.


This is reported to launch around Thanksgiving, though there has been no official confirmation from HTC or Verizon.

Zynga lays off employees in Boston, Austin offices; The Ville and Bingo teams affected

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 8:04 pm

While the world focused on all of the Apple news that was announced today, Zynga had other priorities, like shutting down its Boston office, laying off 2/3s of its Austin office and cutting team members responsible for working on The Villa and Bingo.




According to Justin Maxwell, former Zynga employees were given two hours to clean out their desks and may have be forbidden to speak about their short-noticed exit from the company.

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Borderlands Legends for iOS leaked; Coming in October

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 7:22 pm

Borderlands 2 has been available on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 for over a month now, but with Gearbox Software already releasing a new piece of DLC last week, we're sure many of you are still fighting across Pandora looking for loot and to kill Handsome Jack. But what if you could take everything you love from Borderlands with you while you're on the go on your mobile device? Then I'm sure you'll be one of the millions of people around the world who will be excited to hear Borderlands is coming to iOS very, very soon.




According to an ad that was leaked in Borderlands 2's digital strategy guide, it looks as though a Borderlands-inspired iOS game is currently in the works called Borderlands Legends. Better yet, the ad says the game will be "coming in October" which means the game should be released very soon.

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Apple stock takes a dive after today's press event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Apple's stock has interestingly not fared their press conference today very well, though it seems to be now making a recovery. Hot on the heals of the new iPad mini's announcement, and various other products, Apple's stock price has plummeted down to $619.63 at the time of writing. This is a loss of 2.25 percent.




It's not exactly clear what caused the drop in stock price. The new products seem to be rather revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary, though it could be a bunch of upset iPad 3G owners that are causing the misery for Apple's stock. I know I would be upset if I had purchased a brand-new device that was replaced only 6 months later.


It's definitely a good idea to keep an eye on Apple's stock today, because, even as I am writing this, it is rebounding some. However, the stock price is still below where it was before the announcement.

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