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ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 680 gets listed on e-tailer website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:25 am

GPU season, here we come! One of the first online store listings of NVIDIA's GEFORCE 680 is here, with the ZOTAC-branded card making an appearance on the Dutch-based online store, ComCom.nl. The card is priced at 426.20€ excluding taxes, and 507.18€ inclusive.

 

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The store is accepting orders, with shipping dates between 2-5 weeks. There's no limit on how many you can purchase, so if you want to hit up the reported 3-way SLI maximum, get on it. While you're at it, I'll take three of them too, just because you love me. The ComCom listing actually lists some specs too:

 

Core speed - 1006MHz

Memory speed - 6008MHz (effective)

RAM - 2GB

Display connectivity - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 is coming, will arrive next month to lay the smack down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:31 am

Team Green haven't even started waving the winning flag from their upcoming GEFORCE GTX 680 (it still feels weird typing it in ALL CAPS), but AMD are beginning to knock at NVIDIA's wall, and the cracks are falling to the ground.

 

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If we rummage through the cracks and debris on the ground, we'll find news of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU monster, Radeon HD 7990. The new card is codenamed New Zealand, and is set to launch shortly after NVIDIA plants their GEFORCE GTX 680 flag into the ground. It's rumored that AMD are awaiting final benchmarks of the GTX 680 before they launch its competition.

 

There's no set date, numbers or more details, except for 'it should be here in early-April'. You can be sure that NVIDIA isn't just sitting on their hands, and they should counter with a dual-GPU Kepler-based card. Oh boy, graphics wars are on again, peeps!

Most people can't tell the difference between the new iPad and the iPad 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 8:24 am

Our unboxing video preview of the new iPad should be up shortly, and the full review should be up in the next week or so - with the below news something I totally agree with. You really can't tell the difference between the new iPad, and the iPad 2.

 

The Next Web have done this, where they actually set up a test with the new iPad and the iPad 2 set up side-by-side. Could anyone tell a difference between the near-identical iPads? Let's see:

 

 

Spoilers ahead! Virtually every single person guessed that the iPad 2 was the new iPad. Wow. Am I surprised? After my initial impressions/unboxing video - you'll see that my impressions were the same. Apple's marketing is just so powerful, they can pull this off and no one is going to really care. People will line up, buy the new iPad, and be happy.

 

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Can they tell the difference between the screen? Probably not, but as long as they are happy with their purchase, that's all that matters.

Sony have a Tegra 3-powered tablet on the way? Already waving goodbye to their Tablet S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 7:29 am

Sony's Tablet S and dual-screen Tablet P were released not long ago, featuring NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). Now it seems that Sony are working on their next-generation tablet, which should sport NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. The new doesn't stop there, as it seems that a developer has run Nenamark 1 and the results have been unearthed by Japanese site, Ambelo.

 

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If the news is true, it's called the Sony V150, according to the specifications of the Nenamark benchmark. The new Sony tablet rocks the quad-core Tegra 3, and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display resolution seems to be the same as the Sony Tablet S, at 1280x752. The device was tested just once, and scored a total of 59.70.

 

Now we just have to decide, or hope, that this is something new from Sony and will make an appearance soon. In a sea of tablets with higher resolution displays such as the newly-released iPad, or ASUS' Transformer range.. it's strange to only sport 1280x752. Maybe it will hit a different price point ($350 and lower), we should know soon enough.

Pre-crime detection system being trialled in U.S., Tom Cruise is not involved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:24 am

Minority Report fans, check in, please. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has started up a new initiative, Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), where it aims to use sensor technology to detect cues "indicative of mal-intent", as defined by the DHS, as intent or desire to cause real harm, "rapidly, reliably, and remotely". They would use it to, "fight terror".

 

 

What is the FAST system capable of? Well, it has the features to monitor physiological and behavioral cues without contact. This means it is capable of capturing data such as your heart rate and steadiness of gaze of passengers that are about to board a plane. With said cues, FAST can then run through algorithms in real-time to compute the probability than an individual is planning to commit a crime.

 

According to the science journal, Nature, the first round of field tests for the program was completed at an "undisclosed location" in the northeast several months ago, where in lab tests, FAST reported a 70-percent accuracy rate. Not too damn bad for what would be a first-gen attempt/device.

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PayPal unveils 'PayPal Here' service, sports a free card processing app and card reader

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 5:23 am

PayPal have had the thirst for business for quite sometime now, and aren't just content with staying online, and so they should be. The company revealed their latest PayPal service: PayPal Here.

 

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With PayPal Here, the service includes a free card processing app, as well as a unique triangle-looking thingo that attaches to most Android and iOS-based devices. From here, you can swipe a credit card at literally any location in the world, as long as you have Internet access.

 

This isn't something new in itself, but PayPal's transaction fee is: just 2.7-percent with no monthly fees. The 2.7-percent is universal to boot, which means you could use any card you like, including American Express, and you'll be charged just 2.7-percent of the total. At the moment, mobile card processing pioneer, Square, charges a universal 2.75-percent transaction fee.

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Lenovo wants to be the first out of the gate with a Windows 8 tablet, could release one as early as October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 4:29 am

It is being reported that Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to release a Windows 8-based tablet, according to insiders at the company, says The Verge. Lenovo reportedly want to release a Windows 8 tablet as soon as Microsoft unleash Windows 8, and they believe it will happen in October.

 

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The yet-unnamed tablet would sport an Intel-powered chip, but specifications beyond "it'll use an Intel chip" are unknown. CNET believe we could see Lenovo release their first Windows 8 tablet, IdeaPad Yoga, which is a prototype device that first popped up at CES 2012, which I was very impressed with. It sported a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1600x900 with 10 touch points.

 

What makes the Yoga stand out from the crowd is its flexibility (see what I did there?), where its display can flip over, letting the user either opt to use it as a full-blown notebook, or a full-blown touchscreen tablet. It's electronic heaven!

LeakedTT: Battlefield: Evolved, also Boxart for the upcoming DLC packs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 3:26 am

Bit of old news now, but I didn't even notice this until it was liked by a friend of mine on Facebook. According to MCV, we should expect a title called 'Battlefield: Evolved' later this year, what it'll be, right now, is unknown.

 

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My guess is we'll see the DLC packs released, and then bundled all in one super Battlefield pack, which will be 'Evolved'. Another thing that has been uncovered, are the reported covers of each Battlefield 3 DLC, Close Quarters, Armored Kill and End Game, which you can see above. What do you think?

 

In regards to End Game specifically, there are no details of it other than what DICE General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has said:

 

Only a few people in Stockholm actually know what this is.

Another major earthquake to happen on 22nd March?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 am

This is something that I've been looking into for over 2 years now, and is mainly considered a "conspiracy theory". Conspiracy theories are interesting, until you start to find patterns, and facts, and science. These things cannot be just proven false, because what does the information mean if it's right here in front of you?

 

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We have had, strangely enough, a 188-day cycle of earthquakes for quite some time now. Going back just 2 years, we've had:

 

9/15 - Fiji - 7.3

3/11 - Japan - 9.0

9/4 - NZ - 7.1

2/27 - Chile - 8.8

 

These events are scarily, 188 days apart. "Terral" is someone who is quite famous on YouTube and various conspiracy sites, where people like to rip him apart when he's wrong. But, we can't deny these earthquakes, and the fact they're happening 188 days apart. What he expects to happen, is the Earth's axis to actually shift five to six inches... which is quite the big event.

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Prometheus International Trailer... Ridley Scott has it in the bag

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 am

I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, with James Cameron's outing, Aliens, my favorite. But, it all started with Alien, that was the grand daddy of these movies, and cemented them as an amazingly detailed, intricate world.

 

 

Ridley Scott was given another opportunity to visit the universe, with "Prometheus". With this outing, Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, where a team of explorers discover a clue to what they think is the origin of mankind, but in reality, it is not. From there, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

 

That sounds just a little exciting, doesn't it? The previous teasers and trailers have not excited me as much as this one. The only thing I can say after watching that, is I have goosebumps.

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