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Apple updates Mac notebook lineup

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 5:47 pm

Apple today has announced updates to its line of Mac notebooks. First up to receive a refresh was the MacBook Air which will now feature an Ivy Bridge dual-core up to 2GHz. It will additionally sport up to 8GB of 1600MHz RAM and 60% faster graphics along with up to 512B of SSD storage. 11" starts at $999, 13" at $1099, both are shipping today.

 

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The MacBook Pro has also received a refresh today and will now sport Ivy Bridge goodness. The 13" will retain the dual-core version and the 15 will get the quad-core. It will feature up to a 2.7GHz quad with 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, USB 2 and 3, and the 13" will sport a 1280x800 display. The 15" gets a 1440x900 display. Both are shipping today.

 

Alongside the refreshed MacBook Pro line, Apple announced a new 15.6" model that sports a 2880x1800 Retina display. This model also sports a quad-core, is .71" thick, and under 4.5lbs. It's "the most beautiful computer we have ever made." Comes with up to 768GB of SSD and features a 650M. The price? You don't want to know. $2199. Starts shipping today like the rest.

Crytek to change focus to big budget free-to-play games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:34 pm

Sources around the web are indicating that Crytek, the studio behind the hit series Crysis, is moving towards producing free-to-play games with pay-to-play budgets. This means that Crysis 3 is likely the last retail title we will see from the Crytek team. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli let the cat out of the bag to Videogamer.com.

 

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Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience.

 

What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we're working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development.

 

These free-to-play games will be serious, online games that are near console quality. Budgets should be in the range of $10-30 million which will produce some great quality games. Crytek has already teamed up with Trion on one of these games to create a free, online FPS game called Warface. We reported on the game, which is live in Russia and in closed beta in China, from E3.

Intel says Android not properly prepared for multiple cores

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 3:28 pm

Intel recently released their Medfield Atom chip in smartphones and have had limited success. At first blush, it appears tests are proving the single core chip is the same as multicore ARM chips in both performance and power draw measurements. Usually, to increase performance, more cores are thrown at the problem.

 

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However, this time Intel believes that won't help as they are saying that Android isn't properly prepared to utilize multiple cores efficiently. Moreover, Intel thinks that these optimizations for multiple cores could and should come from the System-on-a-chip providers such as Texas Instruments or Qualcomm.

 

Intel's Mobile and Communications Group General Manager, Mike Bell, had this to say:

If you are in a non-power constrained case, I think multiple cores make a lot of sense because you can run the cores full out, you can actually heavily load them and/or if the operating system has a good thread scheduler. [...] So as we move to multiple cores, we're actually putting a lot of investment into software to fix the scheduler and fix the threading so if we do multi-core products it actually takes advantage of it. [...] The way it's implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think - frankly - some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it.

RumorTT: Apple MacBook Pro set to receive Kepler goodness

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 2:04 pm

Going along with the rumor that the Apple lineup of computers will be receiving an update at WWDC, a blurry picture has hit the webs that is purported to be of the 15-inch MacBook's logic board. We can't promise anything, but we should find out later today if this is the real deal as we are just hours from an Apple Keynote.

 

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The picture seems to indicate an NVIDIA 650M as the next GPU destined to be in the MacBook Pro lineup. It's not unreasonable, but a bit unexpected after last year's high-profile switch to AMD graphics. But, then again, Apple doesn't really have any sense of loyalty or sentiment so this shouldn't matter much.

 

There have been several juicy rumors ahead of this upcoming Apple Keynote and we will be sure to let you know the full story of what does actually occur at the speech. Hopefully we see a complete refresh of the Mac Line, though I'm suspecting a new iPod Touch in the works since it's been a while since the last version released.

Upcoming animated film gets powered by Valve's Source engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 6:28 am

Valve's Source engine arrived in 2004 and has powered some truly great games such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike: Source, and more. Now the game engine is stepping over into movies where it will be used in the upcoming movie 'Deep'.

 

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Deep is a small-budget animated movie, utilising the Source engine as its a low-cost solution for real-time rendering and editing. Thanks to the partnership between the developer and film producer, Deep could be the first movie released on Steam. Deep is an animated film set in the post-apocalyptic landscape of World War III, where the remaining few members of mankind huddle together in abandoned ship hulls, struggling to survive.

 

Deep has a budget of a shave under $19 million. This could be a step in a very interesting direction for Valve, and Steam.

RIM drops the 16GB PlayBook, 32 and 64GB versions survive the chop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 5:30 am

RIM has been having very public issues lately, and it seems this has steamrolled into their tablet, PlayBook, getting one of its models discontinued. Research in Motion have cut the 16GB model, as it will be removed from inventory lists after the current stock held by retailer's is gone.

 

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A RIM spokesperson said that the company:

 

Remains committed to the tablet space and the 32GB and 64GB models of the BlackBerry PlayBook continue to be available from our distributors and retailers around the world.

 

RIM's tablet has been having issues, not getting even close to Apple's iPad in terms of numbers. For every PlayBook, 19 iPads are shipped. That must hurt, real bad.

Hawken to receive MEK-FU controller, requires three hands and a university degree to use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:31 am

Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.

 

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MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.

 

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Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.

Google co-founders to face US antitrust regulators for questioning

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 3:18 am

It looks like the lads that co-founded Google are in hot water once again, where they'll have to appear before US antitrust regulators for questioning. Larry Page and Sergey Brin have reportedly retained counsel, and are expected to give depositions before the Federal Trade Commission sometime over the coming months.

 

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What is it all over? Well, the issue boils down to whether or not Google have been unfairly using its position as the world's dominant search engine in a manner biased in favor of its own products, as well as whether Google has increased advertising rates for its competitors.

 

Google of course maintains that users are free to visit Google's competition, which the search giant says is "only a click away" thanks to the nature of the web.

Apple's iOS 6 confirmed for WWDC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 11, 2012 2:23 am

We know it's coming, but now we have some pretty strong and undeniable evidence that the next-generation mobile operating system from Apple is nearly here in the form of iOS 6. The news comes from a banner being put up at Mascone West in San Francisco, where Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is being held.

 

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The banner also confirms Apple's move toward a silver theme for iOS, a change from the current blue theme. Workers started hanging out the banners two days ago now, and before this, the only thing Apple have said about WWDC and iOS is that they would discuss the "future of iOS" at the event.

 

What are you hoping iOS will deliver?

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