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Metro: Last Light is doing incredibly well, has shifted more units in a week than the original game did in three months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 1:29 pm

It looks like Metro: Last Light is turning into a success, with both digital and US retail sales doing extremely well. Deep Silver, the publisher of Metro: Last Light, haven't provided exact numbers, but have noted that across all platforms Metro: Last Light is on, the game has sold more copies in one week than Metro 2033 did in three months.

 

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Not only that, but in the United States, Last Light has sold more retail copies in the first week than its predecessor has managed since it was released three years ago. Metro: Last Light has stood on top of the charts for the past four weeks in a row in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

 

Have you played Metro: Last Light? This news of its success makes me think I should play it.

Windows 8 market share reaches 4.27%, Windows 7 is still the OS king

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 12:33 pm

To tell you the truth, I haven't bothered with Windows 8 and I know I'm not the only one. It looks like I'm not alone, as Net Applications' latest numbers show that Windows 8 still isn't doing too well out in the wild, but its numbers are improving.

 

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During May, Windows 8 gained 0.43% of the OS market share, rising from 3.84% to 4.27%. In the same month, Windows 7 actually gained 0.13%, shifting from 44.72% to 44.85%. In December, Windows 8 gained 0.66% of the worldwide OS market share, and has seen similar numbers in the months following the end of 2012.

GIGABYTE walk us through their new BIOS being featured on Haswell motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 12:01 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We visited GIGABYTE's HQ last night and were greeted to their new ultra compact PC, the BRIX. The fun didn't end there, as well as a tease of their upcoming BIOS for their Haswell-based motherboard range.

 

 

As you have probably seen in the video above, the user interface is gorgeous. GIGABYTE have packed the new-look BIOS with some serious details, which give you a run down of what your system is doing temperature wise, and much more. The background is customizable, so you can actually chuck in your own pictures if that's what you want to see. The entire UI runs in 1920x1080, which is something I think I can get used to.

 

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GIGABYTE should win many more fans over with their new-look BIOS, on top of their boards looking incredibly sexy yet again.

Oculus VR co-founder killed, was a bystander who got hit by a car in a police chase

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 11:00 am

The co-founder and developer of Oculus VR, Andrew Scott Reisse, has been killed in a police chase in California. Reisse was not part of the police chase, but was unfortunately hit by a car at a crosswalk when police stopped to investigate suspicious activity a couple of blocks away, which lead to his death.

 

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After the police pulled three suspects over, including 21-year-old Victor Sanchez, who fired at police and then fled in a white Dodge Charger. Their car hit several other cars and went through multiple red lights, with one of the red lights being where Reisse was unfortunately crossing, and he was hit. All of the suspects were eventually apprehended and are currently in police custody with an investigation ongoing.

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Hands on with GIGABYTE's new ultra compact PC, the BRIX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 9:39 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the GIGABYTE HQ last night to take a look around, and we got to experience some hands on goodness with their latest BRIX PC. What is GIGABYTE BRIX? Check out the video below and find out.

 

 

GIGABYTE's BRIX PC is similar to the Intel NUC, something I personally reviewed a little while back now, but this thing is smaller, lighter and better equipped. Where Intel's NUC was obviously made and built by Intel, this new BRIX has a custom-made motherboard by GIGABYTE. Also running around inside the BRIX is an Intel Core i3-3227U processor, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots and m-SATA is ready for your storage. Connectivity is something GIGABYTE's BRIX has in spades, sporting both HDMI and DisplayPort output and when it comes to networking, the BRIX has you covered.

 

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We have Gigabit ethernet as well as a Wi-Fi card inside. Filling out the connectivity side of things, we also have two USB 3.0 ports, one on the front and one on the back of the BRIX. We have more images of GIGABYTE's BRIX, which you can check out in the image gallery.

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Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active show the device in black this time with AT&T branding

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 12:33 am

Pictures of the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S4 Active have surfaced online. This time, however, the device has surfaced in black and with AT&T branding, suggesting that the device will be making its way to AT&T in the United States. Take a look for yourself:

 

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Actual specifications aren't known, but the rumors suggest that it will make use of a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM. The display is reportedly a 1080p panel. The rear-facing camera is rumored to be 8MP. The Active is rumored to be dust and water resistant, making it a great "life companion" for those who lead an adventurous lifestyle.

 

We still fully expect to see this device unveiled at Samsung's June 20 event in London. We'll have full coverage of the event, so you'll be able to read about all of the new devices right here on TweakTown.

Kim Dotcom wins another court battle, gets access to seized property from 2012 raid

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2013 12:05 am

Kim Dotcom has won another legal battle in regards to the raid on his mansion back in January 2012. New Zealand's High Court ruled that the warrants used during the raid were illegal. This is good news for Dotcom as it means the police must return all non-relevant assets to Dotcom.

 

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Police will also be required to provide copies of all evidence they've used in the prosecution of Dotcom, which means Dotcom should get access to all evidence collected during the raid. The High Court also demanded US officials destroy any copies of information that contained data irrelevant to the case.

 

Dotcom isn't completely in the clear as of yet. He still faces a hearing in August that will determine if he will be extradited to the US. If extradited, he will face charges of piracy for his part in Megaupload.

DirecTV has reportedly bid $1 billion for Hulu

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 31, 2013 11:32 pm

Next-day TV streaming provider Hulu has been seeking a buyer. Reports of several interested companies have popped up over the past week or two and now DirectTV has reportedly offered $1 billion for the company. DirecTV would be competing with Yahoo, Time Warner Cable, and possibly others for the company.

 

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Bloomberg reports that there are at least two other unknown companies that have offered at least $1 billion for Hulu. Hulu's board of directors are reportedly entertaining at least seven buyout offers. They plan to narrow their focus to three of four offers in a few weeks.

 

DirectTV's stock has fallen 3 percent to $61.19 on the news.

LinkedIn the latest web company to add two-step verification

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 31, 2013 11:05 pm

LinkedIn is the latest web property to join the growing crowd of companies that have implemented a version of two-step authentication. Two-step--or two-factor--authentication make accounts more secure by requiring more than just a password. Users often have to have access to their cell phone to log in on an unrecognized account.

 

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In LinkedIn's case, users will be required to input a code sent via SMS to log in on an unrecognized device. LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira notes, "Most Internet accounts that become compromised are illegitimately accessed from a new or unknown computer. When enabled, two-step verification makes it more difficult for unauthorized users to access your account, requiring them to have both your password and access to your mobile phone."

 

Twitter and Apple both recently added two-step verification. For Twitter, it might have been too little, too late as they had already suffered from a number of high-profile hackings, including one of the AP's account that led to a rapid drop in the Dow Jones from a fake tweet.

Microsoft tries to boost Surface RT sales by offering free keyboard cover with purchase

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2013 10:28 pm

Now is a great time to get a deal on the Surface RT with keyboard cover. Microsoft, clearly in an attempt to boost sales, is offering a free keyboard cover with purchase of a new Surface RT tablet. The promotion starts today and runs for an undetermined amount of time. Microsoft did note that it is a limited time offer, but didn't specify how limited.

 

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This represents a fairly good deal. The Touch Cover normally sets you back $100 with a purchase, or $119 by itself. The Type Cover sets purchasers back $129.

 

Sales of the Surface RT tablet have been less than ideal for Microsoft. Bloomberg reported back in March that Microsoft had only sold around 1.5 million Surface tablets, with around one million of those believed to be the Surface RT. That number is around half of what Microsoft was expecting.

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