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Thursday Morning Roundup for March 22, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 11:26 am

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 22nd, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card tested with Catalyst 12.2 - TweakTown

Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Ultimate Video Card - TweakTown

Sapphire HD7850 Overclock Edition - KitGuru

XFX R7850 Black Edition OC - LanOC

 

Motherboards, CPUs & RAM:

 

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

Preview: Biostar TZ77XE4 T Overclocker - ocaholic

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Mobile App of the Day: Baconit for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 10:35 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Baconit for Windows Phone.

 

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Baconit is a modern metro Reddit app for Windows Phone. Baconit fully supports Mango, and provides a beautiful, clean, fast, and easy interface to reddit.

 

"We're pretty sure that Baconit is the best Reddit.com app on the Windows Phone Marketplace today." - WP Central

 

Features Include:

 

* Beautiful, fast, animated interface

* Pinning of subreddits and stories with nightly updating

* Beautiful live tiles with full images from subreddits

* Full screen endless image viwer mode show images for all subreddits

* Instant loading of any subreddit / reddit url / or search

* Message inbox with automatic updates

* Unread message / karma live tile

* Endless subreddit scrolling

* Ability to post / edit / and delete stories and comments

* Real-time formatting preview in post submit

* Manage local and account subreddits

* Submit links / images to reddit

* Hide and save stories

* Reddit profile support

* Windows Phone share picker support

* Great light theme support

* Fast app switching / multitasking

* And much, much more...

 

Reddit is the web's best source for news, events, politics, technology, gamming, humor, and much more. With Baconit, the user is able to easily and quickly browse all of the information on reddit with a quick, clean, and beautiful metro inspired interface.

 

Join our subreddit here: http://www.reddit.com/r/baconitWP

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Deal of the Day: ASUS 13.3-inch U36SD Ultraportable laptop - $599 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:22 am

Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 13.3-Inch Asus U36SD Ultraportable Laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 640GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, Webcam, Wireless-N, and 2 Year Warranty for $599 with FREE Shipping!

 

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The Microsoft Store has a great price on the 13.3" ultraportable Asus U36SD laptop at $599 with FREE shipping after $400 instant discount. This laptop is just 19mm thick (0.74") and weighs in at just 3.66 lbs. It features a 2nd gen 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5-2410M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 to 2.9Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M video, Intel Wireless Display WiDi, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, 0.3MP webcam, HDMI out, 10/100/1000 networking, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty. Ends 4/8/12 or while supplies last.

 

ASUS U36SD-RBK5 ULTRAPORTABLE LAPTOP DEAL

 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic gets another free weekend, for newcomers only

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 8:26 am

If you haven't gotten into Star Wars: The Old Republic yet, this may be your chance. The SWTOR team writes:

 

…we are excited to announce that individuals who did not take part in the first Weekend Pass Free Trial will have another opportunity to live out their very own Star Wars™ saga, for free, with the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial! Participants in the previous Weekend Pass Free Trial and any other free trials are not eligible for this upcoming Weekend Pass Free Trial period.

 

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If you want to get in on the action, the free weekend starts on Thursday 22nd March at 12:01AM CDT or 5:01AM GMT, through until Monday 26th March at 2:00AM CDT or 7:00AM GMT. The same limitations as the first free weekend still apply, level caps and chat exclusions. But, it makes up for it by being FREE.

 

If you want to know more about the free weekend, check out this link.

UK government announce new game industry tax breaks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 7:22 am

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (say that ten times fast), who is kind of equal to the US Secretary of the Treasury announced that the government would make tex credits available to UK-based video game developers in the next budget. Andrew Eades, CEO of UK developer Relentless Software, said in a statement released by The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA):

 

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UK developers have been competing on an uneven global playfield. Today's decision by the government to back TIGA's tax break campaign will help ensure that we can remain competitive in the global market.

 

We were nearly here before, back in 2010, when the current UK government cancelled plans for gaming industry tax breaks when they came into power in 2010. Critics have said that the cancellations of these tax breaks were pretty catastrophic for the UK gaming industry, where they caused studio closures, impeded the nation's ability to compete internationally, and have caused a brain drain of talent seeking better jobs in countries like Canada.

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Netflix iPad app gets Retina Display upgrade, will have HD video soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 6:28 am

Apple's latest iPad has a gorgeous screen, but there's going to be an issue for a while until app developers upgrade their apps to the appropriate 2048x1536 resolution that the new screen outputs. Netflix is the latest one to do this, upgrading their app to version 2.1.1.

 

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The new version adds high-res artwork, but also fixes for VoiceOver, improved playback on external displays and a few other little tweaks. Netflix's Twitter account is also promising that HD video streaming is coming soon. The new update should please some people, but as usual, not every person can be happy with updates.

 

For those with older iPads, nothing really changes... most of the time, that is. Streaming-only customers have reportedly lose the ability to even view or rate DVD-only titles in the new version 2.1.1 of the Netflix app. This is strange, but I expect a new version to slide onto the iTunes App Store shortly, well, hopefully.

LeakedTT: More Samsung GALAXY S III teasing, this time it looks like a new press image

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:22 am

Technology-wise, there is nothing I want more than Samsung's GALAXY S III smartphone. Just over twelve hours ago, we reported on the latest leakage of the Samsung GALAXY S III image, where it was teased in a VISA ad. Interesting, eh?

 

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The latest image (above), is reportedly the "official press photo" of the GALAXY S III. We should expect a 12-megapixel camera with an LED flash and some nifty features such as slow motion, time-lapse, as well as full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as an insane 60fps recording. Front-facing camera is still a 1.3-megapixel snapper. If the display is the reported 4.8-inch, we should expect that 1920x1080 display to give us 313 pixels pier inch (PPI).

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Did the Mexican Government know there was going to be a big earthquake on March 20th?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:19 am

It was only a few days ago now that I posted that I expected a sizeable earthquake to happen on March 22, and within 48 hours of this date, a 7.9-magnitude (downgraded to 7.4) an earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico. Right now you're thinking, well, that's weird... but that's not even the interesting part.

 

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The interesting part is that the government of the state of Chiapas, had actually prepared for a massive drill of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake, for 12:00 of that day. Just 180 seconds later, an actual, real, 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit. Luckily, as far as reports go now, there have been no casualties, but what is that for a coincidence? Could we even call it a coincidence? The government of the state of Chiapas, had massively prepared for this drill, which was reportedly a reason to test the response capability of the State System of Civil Protection and General Population in the even of a large-scale disturbing phenomenon.

 

Then we have the El Heraldo, which reported the following on March 2nd, 2012:

 

As part of preparations for the next megasimulacro March 20, state authorities of Civil Protection (CP) performed exercise tests before a cabinet to simulate the response to a contingency situation, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the scale Richter.

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RumorTT: Apple could put a 4.6-inch screen into new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:57 am

The latest rumor for the next-generation iPhone is that Apple could use a 4.6-inch display. This is a huge leap in screen size considering the current iPhone, and every iteration since the first one, has featured a 3.5-inch screen. After using the GALAXY S II, the iPhones screen is just... way too small. A 4.6-inch display would look magnificent on the new iPhone.

 

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It's being reported that Apple would keep its shorter, but wider ratio, and would use LCD instead of AMOLED. There's always this persistant rumor that the late Steve Jobs objected to a larger screen, as it would fragment design of the apps, look and feel of the iPhone. But seriously, the iPhones screen is just too small to combat against bigger screens.

 

I'm guessing the following: we'll see a new, bigger iPhone. It'll either be called 'the new iPhone' (like the new iPad is called just 'iPad'), or the iPhone 5. The new iPhone will most likely arrive around the time, or be exclusive with iOS 6. iOS 6 is going to be required to combat Android 5.0 'Jelly Bean'. On top of that, the GALAXY S III is going to be the new iPhones biggest competition.

Far Cry 3 gets a new trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:29 am

The new trailer for Far Cry 3 is here, and it does not look too bad at all. The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but they're not crap either. It looks like some Michael Bay-style fun, where you can roam the island just seriously effing things up as you go.

 

 

The new trailer shows off a fair amount of new stuff, which I don't really want to spoil. Ah, let's do it anyway. The video is above, so spoiler territory from here on out: we see some cool action set pieces with hang gliders, helicopter trips where a rocket slams into you and takes you down, a fair amount of jet-skiing with sharks swimming around you. It looks luscious, it looks like Far Cry.

 

We are starting to see some serious limitations of technology here, where bloom is used heavily, as well as low-res textures. Imagine a next-gen Far Cry, with a truly next-gen engine and next-gen tech/console. Oh boy. Far Cry 3 drops on September 7th on multiple platforms.

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