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EA is considering a subscription model for future Battlefield titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 8:26 am

VentureBeat has asked EA's game chief, Patrick Soderlund, whether they would consider switching to a subscription-based delivery system for future titles, with Soderlund replying:

 

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I think it's fair to say that we're looking at that. Like all other companies, we're looking at how we can maximise our investment in this and get the most out of our investment and get more people playing this product. That may take us to different places, but we're not really talking about where that is yet.

 

Soderlund didn't give an indication as to what form a subscription-based model would take on, but considering Call of Duty introduced their Elite service that offers paid subscribers regular DLC drops months ahead of normal users, its not that far out of the question. Soderlund also added that EA sees Battlefield 3 as a full-time on-going service for its customers. He's quoted:

 

We look at it as a 24/7 service. We have people in Stockholm and North America and other parts of the world that are on this every single hour of every single day. 365 days a year. We have an operations team at DICE to look at telemetry data. How are people playing the game, how can we improve the experience? Are they having problems? Are servers down? Are they up? All that stuff.

Internet Explorer 10 is touch-friendly, loves Metro

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 7:26 am

Microsoft is continuing to show off their latest features in its upcoming Interent Explorer web browser, where they've displayed the touch-friendly Metro interface, as well as the web browsers enhanced security. The trend of Google's Chrome browser, is to reduce the browsers interface so that it takes up less and less of the screen, which frees up more space for the Web content itself, which personally, I love.

 

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Windows 8's Metro design does the same thing, where it puts much more focus on the content itself. Metro Internet Explorer 10 is a continuation of this train of thought, where there's no visible interface at all, which leaves only the Web page itself visible. The app bar, is displayed by swiping from the top or bottom of the screen, or right-clicking the mouse, contains the tabs, address bar, and more.

 

The Metro-infused version of Internet Explorer, according to Ars Technica, feels "slick" and comfortable using both touch and mouse and keyboard interaction. The tile-based favorites view and tab thumbnails are both said to be good, too. Security-wise, Internet Explorer 10 will sport a new Enhanced Protected Mode. Protected Mode is the name that Microsoft gives to its sandboxing technique. It was introduced into Internet Explorer 7 on Vista, where it creates a separate, low-privilege process for running JavaScript and rendering HTML.

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RumorTT: 15-inch MacBook Air to launch next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 7:23 am

We've had a few RumorTT's on this bit of news over the last few months, where we've heard there'd be a 15-inch MacBook Air-style Pro model, where Apple would set the new MBA series against the onslaught of Ultrabooks, and that it was near production.

 

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Now there's fresh rumors that the new 15-inch MacBook Air could ship next month, according to a vendor source at CU Exposed, a UK expo which had its spring event yesterday. Electricpig describes the vendor as a "premium Mac accessory maker," and "a key player in MacBook docking solutions". It's rumored that the new MacBook Air would throw the Ethernet port and optical drive away.

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Archos show off G10 xs tablet series, just 7.6mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 6:21 am

Archos have teased the world today with their upcoming G10 xs series of tablets. The tablet was unveiled at a show in Paris, where even now, not much is known about the tablet. But, we do know it'll measure in at just 7.6mm thick, which beats even the new iPad in terms of thinness.

 

 

This measurement is increased to just 11mm when its paired with its companion keyboard dock, like the ASUS Transformer range. We should expect these tablets to hit retail sometime this year, where it'll compete against the Transformer Prime, not only in style and features, but price.

 

No mention has ben made about the tablets OS, but we should expect Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be baked into it, price-wise we should expect to pay between 200 and 400 Euros, depending on the configuration. The video above doesn't show much, except for some quick glimpses and lots of lens flare.

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Prestigio Multi 9.7 tablet sports IPS display, Android 4.0 and is just 199 Euros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 5:19 am

CeBIT's show has revealed a tasty new tablet that hits in just a couple of months time from Prestigio. Prestigio's Multi 9.7, is you guessed it, a 9.7-inch tablet that sports an IPS-based display. The tablet also features a fingerprint-resistant rubber back.

 

 

Software-wise, we're looking at Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is not too bad considering it's a "low-end" device. The specs aren't too bad for a low-end device, where we have 8GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD, a single-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 chip and 1GB of RAM.

 

According to Notebook Italia, the tablet arrives in Italy in May for €199. At the moment there's no news whether it'll jump across the pond. In the video above, skip to around 1:30 to see the tablet in action. It's great to see Android 4.0-based tablets hitting in decent quality (IPS display).

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DriverTT: NVIDIA GeForce 296.17 for Windows 8, other versions of Windows receive 296.10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 4:27 am

NVIDIA have just released a fresh set of drivers, where we have them split into two variants. First off, we have the GeForce 296.10 which is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 users, where it boosts SLI performance in a few titles: Blacklight: Retribution, Dirt 3, Dishonored, Dungeon Defenders, F1 2011 and rFactor 2.

 

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The update also includes improvements or adds 3D Vision profiles for Dear Esther and Deep Black: Reloaded. Support for the newly-released GeForce GTX 560 SE is included, as well as a bunch of bug fixes for various applications when running single or multi-GPU configurations. As a bonus, the 296.10 are WHQL-certified. You can grab those, here.

 

Windows 8 and NVIDIA user? You're in luck! NVIDIA have simultaneously released the GeForce 296.17 drivers specifically for Windows 8. These drivers add full support for the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.2 as well as 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products for over 600 games, Blu-ray movies and photos. You can grab the 296.17's here.

The new iPad reviews are glorious, reviewers are falling in love

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 3:09 am

Apple's third-generation tablet, the new iPad, is getting some seriously glowing reviews. A few big tech sites have gotten their hands on the Retina Display-sporting iPad and have given it the once over, with some pretty powerful quotes below:

 

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The Verge:

 

Yes, this display is outrageous. It's stunning. It's incredible. I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you hold this in your hands, or maybe it's the technology that Apple is utilizing, or maybe it's the responsiveness of iOS - but there's something almost bizarre about how good this screen is. After the launch event, I described the screen as "surreal," and I still think that's a pretty good fit.

 

Let's be clear: the new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad's market position as the dominant player and product to beat.

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Google+ gets updated photo management, now includes an album organizer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 2:19 am

Google have added another notch to their social networking belt by updating their Google+ service, where it now handles photos better. Google have added an album organizer, which can sort, reorder, move and delete photos, if you wish.

 

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The organizer can be access by the top level icon above the photos themselves, and once in the organizer, the images can be rearranged by ascending or descending upload date. The photos can also be reordered by selecting, dragging, then dropping them into a new position. Once selected, multiple images can be easily pulled into a different album or deleted from an album in bulk.

 

The Google+ changes apply to the desktop web version only, with iOS and Android users having a totally different interface.

Sony Xperia S now sports the PlayStation Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 1:21 am

Sony only just launched the Xperia S, but it didn't launch with PlayStation support before it hit retail shelves. But, the placeholder link on the Xperia S app drawer now loads a webpage where the PlayStation Store and PS Pocket app can be downloaded. The same good news applies to Xperia S's Japanese counterpart, the Acro HD, which launched in late-February.

 

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Before you can do any of this, you'll need to enable non-Market applications by going into Settings, then Applications, then run "Let's start PS store" in the app tray. After that, download the two apps, which will then let you buy and play the games. At the moment, Android Central is reporting that they can see around 12 titles available on their review unit, but some of them are only playable on the Xperia Play.

 

Of course, in order to receive access to the above-mentioned goods, you'll require a PlayStation Network or Sony Entertainment Network account. Sony also plan to being PS certification to all of its 2012 phones, including the Xperia P, U, Ion and the recently-announced Xperia Sola.

NVIDIA Kepler is here, at least in Acer's latest Ultrabook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 15, 2012 12:34 am

NVIDIA's Kepler GPU may not be available for the desktop yet, but Acer has let their latest Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire Timeline M3, go on sale, and the company has decided to lift the embargo early for the mobile part. Yippee!

 

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This Ultrabook marks the first time NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs have been included in an Ultrabook. Acer's Aspire Timeline M3-581TG is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook that sports a full-sized keyboard. The M3 still sits within the constraints of Intel's Ultrabook restrictions, but still packs quite a huge punch in terms of performance.

 

Acer's M3 features an Intel Core i7-2637M (1.7GHz dual-core, 4MB of L3 cache), 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 3-cell Li-Polymer battery, and the standout feature: NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640M 1GB. The GPU in question is known as the GK107 which sports 384 cores and operates at up to 625MHz. When idling the GPU clocks down to 135MHz, with the standard clock rate sitting at 405MHz, while it can scale up to 625MHz, when needed.

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