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Battlefield 3's social networking features explained

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 12:59 am

Battlelog is currently experiencing a love/hate relationship with gamers - some love it, some hate it. But the below trailer shows that there's more to Battlelog than just a server browser and front end. Battlelog expands on the franchise's history of stats tracking, combining it with new social networking features that look like they're ripped right out of Facebook. Another major benefit of Battlelog is that its free, absolutely free. Where the competition (Call of Duty) charges a monthly charge to use the "Elite" service.

 

 

Battlelog displays so many options its hard to list them all here, but stand-out displays show different stats on weapons, accuracy, awards, time spent on weapons, win/loss ratios, you're able to comment on games after you've played them (great feature!) which makes Battlelog a serious addition to the Battlefield 3 universe. Battlelog can be used on not only the PC, but consoles and even mobile devices.

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Dell working on an ultrabook for a January launch?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 6:42 pm

With the Ultrabook market really starting to heat up in the laptop realm it's no surprise to hear through the grapevine that apparently Dell is also looking to jump on the Ultrabook bandwagon and produce one of its own. CNet News have said that they have been in touch with industry sources familiar with Dell's plans, and that it's looking like Dell will release its Ultrabook somewhere around the time of CES early into the New Year.

 

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If that launch time is true, it is not likely it will run Ivy Bridge as the first Ivy Bridge ultrabooks aren't slated for release until next spring - it will more than likely pack a 17W Sandy Bridge CPU not unlike the first wave of ultrabooks gracing us this fall. However, there is also a marginal possibility that it could be a paper launch, meaning it would be an Ivy Bridge based Ultrabook coming in at a more aggressive price point, but not being launched in the flesh until the Spring of 2012.

Samsung's new Series 7 23-inch All-In-One arrives

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 5:34 pm

Samsung has just launched its latest all-in-one PC to market in the US which it dubs the Series 7. It is a 23-inch sized offering that is based around the Sandy Bridge platform and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The LED backlit, 23-inch touch-enabled display is quite thin at just 16mm, giving a native 1920x1080 resolution and can be tilted by up to 90 degrees.

 

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Meanwhile, the base that holds all the components is quite low-profile, giving a Core i3 or i5 processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, Intel IGP, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, slot-in optical drive, 4 Watt Harman stereo speaker setup, 1.3MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a USB 3.0 port as well as four USB 2.0 ports.

 

The base model will set you back $999 USD, while the higher spec'd model comes in at $1,199. The wireless keyboard and optical mouse shown in the picture is bundled with both models and they are said to become available on October 10th.

Sega uploads new 11 min gameplay video of Aliens: Colonial Marines

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 4:22 pm

A big fan of the Alien movie franchise and also happen to be an avid FPS gamer? - Then no doubt you're pretty pumped about Gearbox Software's upcoming title, "Aliens: Colonial Marines", in which the events of the game are set after those of the film, Alien 3.

 

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We've seen a few tid bits in the form of short trailers and impressive detailed screenshots over the past few months, but there's definitely been nothing as awesome as the new 11 and a half minute gameplay video that's just been posted on YouTube by Sega.

 

Sit back and check this out! :-

 

Razer give more than meets the eye with new Transformers product line

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 3:44 pm

In snapping up a license from Hasbro Inc. Razer has just rolled out a bunch of new Transformers 3 themed gaming peripherals in a new Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition series. There's four versions of the "Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse" available that each represent one of the following Transformers legends; Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Shockwave with red, yellow, grey and purple color schemes, respectively.

 

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The DeathAdder: Transformers themed mouse will set you back $59.99 US.

 

Also a part of the new Transformers 3 line of products is the "Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse Mat"; a dual sided mouse mat with differing gaming-grade surfaces (SPEED, and CONTROL) on an abrasion-resistant hard coating. The SPEED enhanced side is embossed with an image of Optimus Prime, while the CONTROL side has you looking at Megatron.

 

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New beta release of MSI Afterburner has a hefty change log

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 2:30 pm

Do you overclock your graphics card via software? Chances are these days you're most likely using MSI's own Afterburner for it, seeing as it's one of the most complete, useful tools around these days for not only GPU overclocking, but other various things like video capturing, temp monitoring, setting profiles for different scenarios etc.

 

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With that said, you may like to know that the folks over at the Guru of 3D have released a new updated version of it to the public, albeit in beta form. The changelog is quite extensive, though, with a ton of fixes, tweaks and additions that should have you quickly wishing to update to this 2.2.0 Beta 8 build.

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Google's first "Chrome Zone" store opens in London

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 12:59 pm

Google has just opened the doors to its first retail store, dubbed the "Chrome Zone" store which is situated in London. To make this possible, Google has partnered with the Dixons Group comprising Currys and PC World, and as such, the first outlet is located inside the Tottenham Court Road branch of PC Worlds.

 

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With similiar eye catching, flashy interior designs like what we're all used to with Apple, Google is making a push with retail stores primarily at this time to help people get hands on with its Chromebook to see exactly what it's all about, as well as making a more informed decision on their potential purchase with the help of experts at the store to give any advice they may seek.

 

Google said in a statement, "The Chrome Zone is designed to be as open, colourful and user-friendly as possible, and there are seating areas for shoppers to enable them to try out Chromebooks in comfort."

Download of the Day: Skype 5.5.0.119

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 8:06 am

Our Download of the Day today is Skype 5.5.0.119.

 

Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

 

The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don't even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear.

 

Additionally it doesn't just work on Windows. Skype is also for Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even file transfers work between different platforms like a charm.

 

• Skype calling - Skype has all the features of an ordinary phone so it's even easier to manage your calls.

• Video calling - see who you are talking to at the same time as speaking to them.

• Add Skype and SkypeOut contacts - Add contacts who use Skype and those who use ordinary phones so you can call more people.

• Organising groups - group contacts under certain names and share them with your contacts so they can talk to them too.

• Basic chat and emoticons - when it's not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts.

• Group chat - for when it's easier to chat or Instant Message (IM) all your friends at once.

 

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Deal of the Day: 2TB Western Digital Elements External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 7:12 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 2TB Western Digital Elements External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Staples has the Western Digital Elements 2TB external USB 2.0 hard drive with 1 year warranty for just $79.99 with FREE shipping.

 

2TB WESTERN DIGITAL ELEMENTS WDBAAU0020HBK EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

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Google Chrome to overtake Firefox by the end of 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 3, 2011 2:00 am

Chrome is very popular, and this popularity is winning them some serious users, with Firefox set to lose its title as the second most popular browser globally to Google, as soon as the end of this year. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still way, way ahead of everything else right now with stats from September 2011 showing that Internet Explorer holds 41.7 percent market share, Firefox holding onto 26.8 percent and Chrome slightly behind at 23.6 percent.

 

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If we view the data over the last year, we see just how quick Chrome is jumping on Firefox's heels and also how many users are leaving Internet Explorer. In October 2010, Chrome had just 12.4 market share, Firefox sitting on 31.2 percent and Internet Explorer had almost half, at 49.2 percent. IE has lost 7.5 percent in a single year, where Chrome added 11.2 percent. If this trend continues, Chrome should be on top of Firefox before the end of the year.

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