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Skyrim 1.3 patch is out, Kinect play with Skyrim is also shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 6:24 am

Bethesda have been very quick on patching their dragon-slaying, you-can-do-everything RPG, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They've released Patch 1.3 which brings general stability improvements, optimized performance for Intel's Core 2 Duo processors and resolves the following problems:

 

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Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles

Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly

Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes

Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading

Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate

 

The fun doesn't stop there, though. Bethesda have also discussed another incoming patch coming next week which brings support for 4GB Turning (Large Address Aware). This let's Skyrim address up to 4GB of memory instead of the current cap of 2GB.

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Twitter redesigns, will rollout shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 5:42 am

Twitter today are introducing a new version of Twitter, they've simplified the design to make it even easier to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new.

 

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This new design will be on both Twitter.com and mobile phones, so that you have a similar experience no matter the platform you're on, anytime, anywhere. They've also updated TweetDeck so that it's consistent with the new version of Twitter.

 

There are now four new tabs that bring you instantly closer to the things you care about, visit fly.twitter.com to learn more about these in detail. The new Twitter should rollout over the coming weeks, but you can see the new just-updated versions of mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for iPhone, and Twitter for Android. Twitter are working on other apps, like Twitter for iPad, and will release news when they arrive.

Treyarch prepping new Call of Duty game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 5:33 am

Say what you want about Call of Duty, but it's a near unstoppable juggernaut of a game. Graphically, Battlefield 3 may better it, but it doesn't stop the production of yet another COD game being thrown into production.

 

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Even during the Infinity Ward drama, they managed to pump out a game - even if it may have included virtually the same graphics and even some buildings that were featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Through all of this, Treyarch have job offerings, which would lead us to believe there will be another COD game coming out in 2012.

 

A number of positions are open, including a Gameplay Combat Designer and a Scripter. During the production of COD: Black Ops, studio head Mark Lamia said the team is, "100-percent Call of Duty studio." There are no details on the new game, but expect it to be virtually the same as what we have now, but a new campaign, maybe some new modes and hopefully by then COD: Elite for PC is fully-featured and alive.

Zynga goes all-in with Google TV, brings Texas HoldEm Poker app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 4:25 am

Zynga is bringing popular its very popular poker app, Texas HoldEm Poker, to Google TV. Google TV will be the first set-top box platform to support the game, and with 30 million active monthly users across all platforms (Yahoo, Google+, Facebook, iOS and others), you can see why.

 

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Google TV has been capable of supporting the app, as they support Flash-based websites which means you can already play Zynga games such as Texas HoldEm Poker already, but Zynga have said that the Google TV version announced today is "especially optimized for playing poker from the comfort of your own couch."

 

I think it's a great move. Imagine the future, playing poker from your own living room - with real money. I can see it now, motion controller based gaming, with Poker... using hand gestures for check, raise, all-in.

Lunar Eclipse this Saturday, visible in Australia and parts of Asia, won't be seen against until 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 4:14 am

Want to see something you won't be able to see again for another three years? Well, be outside on Saturday and you'll see a lunar eclipse. It will only be visible from Australia and in some parts of Asia.

 

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The entire moon will turn red, as it falls behind Earth's darkest shadow. Sydney Observatory's Geoffrey Wyatt says:

 

People will see the shadow of the earth moving across the moon, and for 52 minutes witness the usually milky white moon turn a blood-red rusty colour.

 

This is the second total lunar eclipse this year, with the previous one in May. Wyatt says that the east coast will be the one of the best places on Earth to see the eclipse. It is set to start at around 11:30pm on Saturday, and last for around three hours.

 

Thank you to my wife for reminding me of this news!

HP to have another sale of Touchpad's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 2:31 am

Did you miss out on the original HP Touchpad sale? Well, don't dwell, it's your lucky day. HP have sent out a release to employees this week, letting them know that the sale will start on December 11 at 6PM, on HP's eBay store.

 

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Well, isn't that a coincidence. Former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman is now the HP CEO. Nice work. You'll be able to grab refurbished 16 and 32GB models for $99 and $149, respectively. There's also an added bonus, the chance to grab a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard bundle for $79.

 

Each buyer is limited to two Touchpads, but that's better than nothing, right?

Zalman to enter the GPU market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 1:44 am

This is a bit unexpected, but a good move for Zalman. They have just announced their entry into the GPU market with the shipping of Zalman-branded GPUs to start shipping on December 13.

 

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Zalman's first entry will be AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series GPUs, in three different models: Zalman HD6870-H , H-Zalman HD6850 and HD6770 Zalman-H. As you can tell from the model numbers, they are HD 6870, HD 6850 and HD 6770 GPUs. Nothing high-end yet, but I'm sure Zalman are just putting their toes into the water, for now.

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Apple's appeal rejected! Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be on sale before Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 1:13 am

It's over! The dust has settled and Apple have walked away with their tail between their legs, with Samsung walking out victorious. The High Court just now rejected Apple's leave to appeal.

 

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This means Samsung can have their Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Australian retailer shelves before Christmas. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Wi-Fi only model will start at $579, and the 32GB model with 3G built-in will go for $729.

 

Below is a statement from Samsung:

 

As the High Court has today rejected Apple's leave to appeal, Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased to announce the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 will be available in stores in time for the Christmas shopping period from a RRP of $579 (16GB WiFi variant) and a RRP of $729 (16GB 3G variant).

 

Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today's judgment by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple's request to appeal the decision of the Full Court.

 

The Full Court of Australia decision on November 30 clearly affirmed our view that Apple's claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.

Thursday Morning Roundup for December 8, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 4:17 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 8th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- TR's Christmas 2011 system guide @ Tech Report

- Viako Mini Letter ML55 H61 WIFI PC @ Madshrimps

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Z68 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- ASUS Rampage IV Formula @ Ocaholic

- ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Z68 LGA 1155 Motherboard @ Bigbruin

- ASUS Rampage IV Formula (BF 3 Edition) @ tbreak

 

Memory

 

- GeIL Enhance CORSA 1600MHz CL9 8GB DDR3 @ Vortez

- Crucial Ballistix 6GB DDR3 2133 MHz RAM Triple Channel Kit @ Techwarelabs

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Thought the Saw movies were over? Well, Lionsgate want to play a game...

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 2:49 pm

Saw when it came out, was great. It was something different amongst a sea of the ageing horror genre, which has been stabbed, murdered, and raped behond Hollywood comprehension. While the Saw series ran kind of stale, you can't deny the twist endings and pure horror of those traps.

 

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Saw 3D was the most expensive of the series thus far, it did receive a nice bonus in the box office due to 3D, but it failed to live up to expectations. This is why Saw didn't make an appearance this year, and why Paranormal Activity 3 was the only major horror Halloween release.

 

But, there will be more games to be played with Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns speaking to CNBC Tuesday about the potential merger with Summit Entertainment and has let this bit of information out onto horror fans ears (or eyes?):

 

I'm sure, some day, you'll see Saw back in the picture.

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