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Xigmatek gets ready for battle with MIDGARD II mid tower

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 2:13 pm

Xigmatek have a new weapon ready for battle in the highly competitive mid tower chassis market; the MIDGARD II. The new case gets the all-black treatment inside and out and gives support for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full sized ATX motherboards.

 

Measuring 221 (W) x 473 (H) x 488 (D) mm and weighing in at 7.18Kg, the case sports a soft and elegant "leather-coating" on both the top and front panels and provides three external 5.25" drive bays with tool-free holders along with an additional Slim-ODD bay. The I/O panel positioned on top of the MIDGARD II gives 1x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. Further to this is a built-in docking station on top that supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA based drives.

 

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Internally there are six drive bays that will accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives and provide anti-vibration rubber. Xigmatek has made sure to consider those using water cooling and includes four holes to route your tubing at the rear of the chassis.

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Download of the Day: Macrium Reflect 5.0.4118

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 12:57 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 5.0.4118.

 

A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.

 

• Don't compromise your data integrity with second best

Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.

• Simple step by step operation

Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.

• Automate the process

With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.

• Restore individual files and folders

Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.

• Recovery

In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.

 

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Deal of the Day: Viewsonic VA2448M-LED 24" LED Backlit Full HD LCD Monitor - $139.99 Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 12:02 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Viewsonic VA2448M-LED 24" LED Backlit Full HD LCD Monitor - $139.99 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: Great price for this Viewsonic VA2448M-LED 24" LCD Monitor. It features a Full HD 1920x1080p resolution, LED backlight, built-in speakers, DVI-D, 5ms response, and more!

 

Get it from BUY.COM

 

Alternatively, you can also get it for the same price at AMAZON

 

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Skyrim is said to have nearly unlimited quests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 11:11 am

With Skyrim being released (and early for us Australians - available now at JB Hifi), we have news from Skyrim director Todd Howard that Skyrim's Radiant Quest System will procedurally generate a near infinite number of quests for players.

 

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Howard says "the vibe of the game is that it's something that you can play forever." Skyrim's Radiant Quest System can randomly generate new tasks based on your progress within Skyrim. For example, an innkeeper might request that you hunt for bandits in a place you haven't found yet, or an aspiring alchemist could request that you collect 10 undiscovered flowers for his work. Howard claims that the options are endless.

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Kingston reveal entry-level, budget SSDNow V series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 10:50 am

Kingston have just announced a new range of Solid State Drives that are set to target consumers in the entry-level, budget segment. They come in the form of the SSDNow V series, with the SSDNow V200 bringing value and performance to consumers who are looking for an inexpensive upgrade option to boost their computer (desktop or notebook) performance.

 

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The SSDNow V200 features the SATA 6Gbps interface and is nearly twice as fast as the previous V100 SSD drives. It's also priced lower than the SSDNow V100 drive, which makes it one of the best price/performance SSD solutions on the market.

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WoW is down 800k subscribers in the last 3 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 10:27 am

World of Warcraft once commanded the ability to brag that it had 11 million users at its peak, but it has dropped considerably over the past three months alone by losing 800,000 subscribers. Over the past year, the MMORPG has lost a crazy 1.7 million subscribers.

 

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WoW's seven-year anniversary is coming up, as well as Mists of Pandaria being announced, should spark some subscribers. Maybe pulling the older ones who have "retired" from World of Warcraft back into the loot and grind fest, or bring in some fresh blood. Maybe the releases of AAA titles such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are pulling the faithful users away?

 

What about you? Have you quit? Are you still grinding away waiting for the next expansion pack to be released into the wild? Or have you left the green pastures of the MMORPG world for some FPS action?

Apple v Samsung, Apple must show Aussie Carrier Contracts to Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 9:28 am

Apple are now required to provide Samsung with contracts to Australian mobile phone carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone as ruled by Judge Annabel Bennet. The ruling is in relation to an assertion in Samsung's patent lawsuit against Apple carriers are obliged by the terms of the contract to subsidize iPhone sales.

 

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Samsung are still waiting for the source code for the iPhone 4S firmware, which will support its case that Apple are infringing on their patents for wireless transmissions. Apple has handed in over 220 pages of documents in relation to the source code but Samsung have said that the source code disclosure wasn't enough because a single file was missing.

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Ultrabooks to have 43% of the laptop market by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 8:20 am

Ultrabooks are set to account for 43-percent of worldwide notebook shipments by 2015, just four short years away, despite the devices have only just started hitting the market. An Ultrabook is designed as being a notebook that is very light and thin, at under 0.8-inches.

 

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Feature-wise, they sport more tablet-orientated hardware such as instant-on activation, always connected wireless links, SSDs and batteries capable of delivering more than eight hours usage from a single charge. IHS iSuppli research has led to these results and predictions for 2015, where they said in a press release:

 

Ultrabooks will represent 43 percent of global notebook PC shipments in 2015, up from 2 percent in 2011 and 13 percent in 2012. Following their first year of shipments in 2011, Ultrabook penetration of the notebook market will increase rapidly, rising to 28 percent in 2013 and to 38 percent in 2014.

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Xbox.com will receive Metro UI before Xbox Live dashboard update arrives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 7:31 am

Microsoft are set to roll some changes into their Xbox.com site over the next few days in anticipation for the upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard update. "My Xbox" will be replaced by a forward-thinking "Social" area, which will feature Metro UI styling. This new Social section will also give Xbox.com users the ability to be the first to try the new Beacons feature, which lets you mark games you want to play with others, making it easier to find friends who want to play the same game.

 

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Microsoft have baked in a bunch of other extras such as the ability to search the Zune video catalog and buy movies and TV shows directly from your browser. At the top of the replacement of 'My Xbox', which is now "Social", will be the ability to be taken directly to the Social page when visiting Xbox.com.

 

At the top of the Social page, there will be a group of tiles that you might find familiar, this is the new Metro UI. This is where Microsoft will have Xbox LIVE events, preview articles with all of the latest details on the hottest new items on the Marketplace, new video and game releases, Gamer Spotlight, and more. To the left of these are quick links which display how many friends are online, and how many messages you currently have.

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Infinity Ward recycle buildings from Modern Warfare 1 in Modern Warfare 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 6:48 am

My readers will know I'm a lover of FPS titles, and I used to be the biggest fanboy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I loved it. I must have played hundreds and hundreds of hours of multiplayer and just never got sick of it. Today, my good friend Sean posts a link to a YouTube video on my Facebook wall titled "Infinity Ward recycles buildings on MW3 straight from COD4."

 

I wasn't surprised by the title, but thought I'd take a look. I thought it would just be a building that some eagle-eyed gamer has noticed... but no, it's a massive building, from my favourite COD4 map: Pipeline. The entire building is copy/pasted directly into the single-player campaign of Modern Warfare 3.

 

 

How ridiculous can this be? Is it laziness? Is this how Activision pumps out yearly releases of COD? Surely with hundreds of millions in production budgets across multiple studios with one of the biggest game-related companies in the world, could hire some extra peons to code up a map in a 1 - 2 year development cycle. Take a look for yourself, I think it's a joke, personally. Not a funny-ha-ha joke, but a slap-in-your-face, joke.

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