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Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet arrives, in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 11:14 am

If you want an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is your only real choice. Well, so you thought. An Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet has surfaced in China, and looks to be a Xoom clone.

 

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It uses dated hardware, but still runs Android 4.0.1. The device is a 10.1-inch tablet, and sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, dual cameras, GPS, HDMI, a 7000 mAh battery, and a 3G SIM card slot.

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RumorTT: Dragon Age multiple game to be powered by Frostbite 2.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 10:29 am

Our second gaming nugget today, is that role-playing, dragon-slaying franchise Dragon Age, is going multiplayer. But the news doesn't stop there. Warriors won't just be attacking other warriors, dragons will reportedly be playable in Dragon Age multiplayer.

 

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This would give gamers a chance to go head-to-head with dragons that have better attacking than swords, such as fire-breathing, flying, etc. This is all according to an insider of Kotaku's, so pinch that salt, please.

 

The game will apparently be powered by Frostbite 2, which powers the amazing Battlefield 3 and supposedly, even in early form, the game apparently looks stunning. Multiplayer is said to be an arena-based affair, featuring player versus environment (PvE) elements as well as the player-vs-player (PvP) as well as humans fighting dragons.

 

Show me some videos!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a GO, stick together, team

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 9:24 am

A few quick gaming nuggets today! Firstly we have the news of the long-awaited Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta beginning today. It was delayed for a little while there, but some good news for CS fans out there today!

 

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The game is still aiming for an "early 2012" release, and it should be good to go then too if the beta has lifted off today. If any of our readers have gotten into the beta, please do let us know what you think by commenting below. Personally, I'm hesitant with CS:GO, I really expected a next-gen FPS, with the same feel of "freshness" that Counter-Strike first introduced all those years ago.

 

I wouldn't mind some real-time destruction, making for much more frantic shoot outs and battles. One can only wish.

Weekly Giveaway: OWC Mercury Electra 6G 240GB SSD and iPad GripStand's

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 9:19 am

This week we have teamed up with the folks over at Other World Computing who are giving away an OWC Mercury Electra 6G 240GB SSD, a NewerTech NuGuard GripBase / GripStand Bundle for the Apple iPad and a NewerTech NuGuard GripStand 2 / GripBase Bundle for the Apple iPad 2.

 

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OWC Mercury Electra 6G 240GB SSD

 

When only the fastest and most reliable Solid State Drive on the market today will suffice for your data storage and backup, look no further than the OWC 240GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD.

 

The Mercury SSD line features industry leading SandForce® DuraClass™ Technologies:

 

- DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (SSD).

- Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.

- Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.

- Intelligent "Recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.

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Google releases Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for x86 chipsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 8:28 am

Google's Android dev team have just released Android 4.0.1/Ice Cream Sandwich for x86 chipsets, which has been a promise of theirs to open Android up to both Intel and AMD-based systems.

 

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Of course, with any new release, its not fully stable with many bits missing such as sound, camera, ethernet, and hardware acceleration for Intel chips. Included and working however is, Wi-Fi, sound, and hardware acceleration for AMD chipsets. If you'd like the instructions on how to download the source code, check below [or over the page]:

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Windows 8 will have support for some seriously large HDDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 7:23 am

As always, the MSDN blog has a long, but interesting read on large disks and large sectors in Windows 8 and goes into lengthy detail of how the upcoming OS will handle such things.

 

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I will note, that in the article, they state that from a recent IDC market research report, that they estimate the maximum capacity of a single hard disk will reach 8TB in 2015. But, does this take into consideration the flooding in Thailand? I don't know. Impressive to think though, 8TB in a single disk. Imagine losing all that data. Eep.

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Blowing Stuff Up: I/ITSEC 2011 Day 2

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 7:09 am

With several of our meetings out of the way, Day 2 at I/ITSEC turned into a festival of weapons. Since we are talking about real simulators built to train military troops all over the world we are talking about real weapons. I don't mean tasers or those girly weapons either. M60s and M16s baby!

 

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What is the easiest way to take an M60 to the battle? You mount it on an Hummer.

 

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Our sponsor for this trip, AVADirect built the computers that run this simulator and several others like it. This system isn't just about shooting things with the big gun, the driver has to drive the Hummer in the virtual world. The passengers don't get a moment to relax either, they are armed with M16 rifles that also shoot a fast laser burst that registers on the computer. The most amazing thing is your shots fired are tracked and you have to change magazines and charge the weapons when you run out of virtual ammo.

 

Click on the link to see a lot more!

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Thermaltake unleash Commander MS-I Snow Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 6:28 am

Thermaltake have just outed a new case, dubbed Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition, which sports a brand-new "snow look", which allows it to "move its way through a snowy battlefield."

 

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The case comes with extra-long VGA support, which means it can house some of the largest GPUs on the market such as AMD's Radeon HD 6990 or NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590. Cable management is of course a key feature, the case also sports a 12cm blue LED fan, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, 9 drive bays and more.

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Radeon HD 7000 Series to be unveiled on December 5, get your red flag and join the red team party

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 5:19 am

To tell you the truth, I've been holding back my excitement on AMD's new GPUs for a while now. I was a huge fan of the HD 5000-Series, it just completely outperformed Fermi in virtually every way. Sure, it wasn't the fastest in every test, but it had great temps, great overclockability, great noise levels, and to me, was a better card to launch onto the market than the GTX 400-Series.

 

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But, now we have AMD's first true new graphics architecture since the HD 2000-Series. Dubbed Graphics Core Next, or GCN, the new Radeon HD 7000-Series will be the first to feature the new technology, which is set to have a much bigger focus on GPGPU functionality than any ATI or AMD GPU previously, which should at least keep up with NVIDIA's CUDA, or beat it.

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RumorTT: Apple set to pit new MacBook Air series against ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 1, 2011 4:28 am

This rumor has made the rounds before, but now we have some more information on what Apple plan on doing with their new MacBook Air line. It looks like they'll want to be competing directly with the ultrabooks that are set to start taking over the world in 2012.

 

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The new Air range will come in 11.6-, 13.3- and 15-inch sizes and is set to compete directly with PC-based ultrabooks, according to information by gathered DigiTimes from upstream supply sources. DigiTimes' sources state that upstream players have already started early production runs of the new MacBook Air models and that the 15-inch model in particular will combat the ultrabooks.

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