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Halo: Spartan Assault arrives on Windows Phone and Windows 8

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 5:03 pm

With the new Xbox One just around the corner and the upcoming Xbox TV series directed by Steven Spielberg announced, Halo fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the next installment in the Halo game series. Today were finding out that game is here... Well, sort of.

 

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Unfortunately, the next Halo game is not for the Xbox One, but rather for Windows Phone and Windows 8 touch-enabled devices. Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Studios, appears to be a top-down RTS style shooter. While this is sure to disappoint some fans, it is only natural for Microsoft to try and capitalize on Halo's popularity by bringing a version to touchscreen devices.

 

"In a nutshell, it's a top-down twin stick arcade-style action shooter," explained Dan Ayoub, executive producer at 343 Industries. "Really, [its] a brand new way to play Halo." The game does appear to be a major part of the Halo timeline and fills in the gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game will also have a companion comic book series called Halo Initiation which further details the saga of Sarah Palmer.

 

343's Kevin Grace:

 

What we've got right now has been designed for a single player experience. There are multiplayer components in the challenges and leader boards -- so you can challenge your friends and get that level of interaction -- but for this story and this particular game, it's just single player.

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Apple begins offering in-house broken iPhone screen repair, costs just $149

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 4:02 pm

This morning, Apple has began offering in-store screen replacements for its iPhone 5 as part of a move to lower repair cost. A screen replacement will cost customers $149 with or without AppleCare+. Apple says that the repairs are available for cracked or broken displays as well as screens that experience multi-touch issues.

 

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This change comes after rumors first surfaced last month during a town hall session where Apple revealed that it would begin in-house repairs that would effectively save the company approximately $1 billion per year. The $149 pricing plan falls in line with AppleCare+ pricing which cost $99 up front and $49 for each replacement.

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We get Classified Clearance to check out latest EVGA video cards

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 3:12 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - With new video cards being released over the recent weeks from NVIDIA we get a chance to sit down and check out the latest offerings from EVGA to find out just what they're doing with the new high-end single GPU models from NVIDIA.

 

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As you'd expect the focus was on the new GTX 700 series and EVGA showed off four of its main models which starting from the left included the new EVGA GTX 780 Hydro Cooler which of course carries with ti that massively mean looking water block.

 

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Moving across to the right we found ourselves looking at one card that extremely excites us; the upcoming GTX 780 Classified. Designed in house the new Classified model is due to offer some extreme performance and even more extreme overclocking capabilities with improvements in a number of areas. While final clock speeds for the model haven't been set yet, It's safe to say that most users of the upcoming model will probably be firing up EVGA Precision and trying to get even more performance out of the card.

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Intel and SoftKinetic tease built-in Kinect-like devices for notebooks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 3:01 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - During Intel's keynote earlier today at Computex, the chip making giant alluded to the arrival of embedded 3D-depth cameras arriving on its devices in the second half of 2014. This technology is the same as Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox.

 

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SoftKinetic, a Belgian company, is apparently showing off a notebook that has their own Time-of-Flight 3D-depth camera molded into the lid. At the moment, the hardware looks a little large, but not too large to be featured on laptops in the 13-inch range and larger.

 

We're hoping to get a hands-on of the device very shortly. What do you think about an embedded Kinect in your laptop? While it would be awesome for gesture-based control, I do not see gaming with the device being that big of a deal. If we begin seeing the device embedded into smart TVs then the sky is the limit.

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Patriot fill mobile devices gas tank with new Fuel+ Chargers

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 2:47 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Expanding the line up of products, Patriot today showed off it's latest devices to hit in the form of the Fuel+ mobile rechargeable batteries. Carrying the same name throughout the three chargers that took our fancy included the 1500mAh unit designed or Apple users thanks to the built-in Lightning connector; something that we're still not really seeing from a lot of companies.

 

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This particular unit simply sits on the bottom of your device and has the ability to not only charge your device but also be charged at the same time. You can see we've got quite a small foot print to the device due to the smaller 1500 mAh battery but for people who want to make sure they've got enough power during the day. It's a great little option.

 

If you're looking for something a little larger in terms of power and flexibility the below units might be just what you're looking for with options of 2000 mAh and 3000 mAh for single USB ported units and larger 5200 mAh to 9000 mAh options for dual USB port options.

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EVGA show off Z87 motherboards and remind us of X79

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 2:32 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - This morning we got the chance to head over to the EVGA Suite at the popular Grand Hyatt to check out some of the latest offerings that the company was going to be offering us in the coming months. Working hard recently to become a competitor in the extremely tough motherboard segment we saw EVGA show off a number of upcoming motherboards based on the new Z87 chipset that was just released by Intel over the past weekend.

 

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The first board we saw was the upcoming Z87 Stinger based on the Mini-ITX form factor which we saw sitting in the new Mini-ITX barebone system that EVGA had just launched. In Typical Mini-ITX fashion there's not a whole lot to the motherboard due it's small nature. Looks wise it's pretty nice, though, with the black PCB and red highlights which is very typical EVGA.

 

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Moving away from the Mini-ITX based board we had a look at two of the larger options from the company which include the Z87 FTP which is the more mainstream board while users looking for something a little more powerful will indeed be eyeing off the Z87 Classified.

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EVGA expand their line up with mITX barebone and new PSUs

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 2:10 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - This morning we got the chance to head over to the EVGA Suite at the popular Grand Hyatt to check out some of the latest offerings that the company was going to be offering us in the coming months. Entering and saying hello we then got taken over to the upcoming power supplies that EVGA plan to launch soon which will expand the lineup they already have on the market.

 

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Expanding the already known SuperNOVA series EVGA sees the new 1300G2 and 1000P2 added to the lineup which already increases a strong lineup of units. The new 1300G2 is a 80 Plus Gold Rated unit that sits between the current 1000G2 and NEX1500 units. The 1000P2 on the other hand is a 80 Plus Platinum rated 1000 Watt unit. A new lower budgeted 500B model is also coming that carries the 80 Plus Bronze rating and of course comes in at 500 Watt.

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Sony unveils new Xperia M smartphone, falls somewhere between mid- to low-range based on specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 2:03 pm

Sony has just introduced the latest handset in its continuously growing Xperia line of Android devices. The new Xperia M is a mid- to lower-end smartphone that offers users a decently equipped device for a great deal.

 

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The Xperia M features a 4-inch 854x480 display and is powered by QUALCOMM's Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. A 1750mAh battery is incorporated, while a five-megapixel Exmor sensor handles your photographic needs.

 

The phone does feature ClearAudio+ as well as the company's Stamina-Mode which significantly extends battery life. Sony says the Xperia M runs Android 4.1 out of the box and includes NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Unfortunately, there will be no LTE version, but the phone is HSPA+ 3G compatible. Sony says the Xperia M will be rolled out in July with a dual-SIM version following shortly thereafter.

Corsair strap us in for some high-speed memory clocks

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 1:41 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - While hanging out with Corsair a fair bit yesterday afternoon at the OC Main Event hosted by Intel and Themselves, we decided to head over to the Grand Hyatt Suite to see if they had anything else they could show us. Walking into see a cloud of LN2 greet us we headed over to Jake to see what exactly was going on.

 

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Using an ASUS ROG Haswell motherboard we got a chance to check out the upcoming 3200MHz DDR C11 kit coming from Corsair under the Vengeance Pro label. On display at 3201.8MHz DDR the CL 11-14-14-36-2T kit from Corsair will indeed be for users who are looking for the most extreme out of the box performance.

 

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ASUS' PowerPad will power your PC from a simple, tiny battery that doubles as a smarphone charger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 1:09 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - I'm really loving ASUS' innovations at this year's Computex, and something that caught my eye was their new Power Pack, which we have a video on, below.

 

 

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The Power Pad plugs into the front of your ASUS PC, and when the power is removed from the PC (during a blackout, or someone kicks your cord out) the Power Pack kicks in and runs your PC. Better yet, it doubles as a smartphone and tablet charger with its two built-in USB ports. ASUS, this is the kind of stuff I love you for, truly. What are your thoughts on this? A battery within a PC, who would've thunk it?

 

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