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Max Payne 3 to arrive on PC with four DVDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 7:00 am

Rockstar released the Max Payne 3 requirements a month ago now, and we were teased with a 35GB install requirement. Well, it looks like the game will ship on four DVDs according to the game's Indian distributor, E-Xpress Interactive. Four DVDs seems excessive, so does a 35GB install.

 

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I'm looking forward to seeing the game running on a high-specced PC, to see if that 35GB is worth it. Four DVDs is just ridiculous, and this is why I love digital distribution. But what about those who don't have the Internet speed, or download cap, to suck down 35GB of data?

 

Is this the future of gaming? With the recently announced Unreal Engine 4 and it's jaw-dropping screenshots, we are definitely looking at a huge expansion in how much data comes with a game because of textures, sounds, and everything in between. We're going to need some seriously powerful compression methods in the near future. Whatever happens, Max Payne 3 will be a day-one purchase for me. What about you?

Samsung wants to settle war with Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 6:28 am

The war between Samsung and Apple has been epic, but isn't it about time they settled it? Samsung Electronics' mobile division chief, JK Shin said over the weekend that they are still seeking to resolve differences in its international patent war with Apple.

 

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Shin told reporters at the Seoul airport shortly before his departure for the US:

 

There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing.

 

When asked about the prospects for the company's memory chip business, Shin said that the 4G chip shortage was expected to drag on until Q4 of this year.

Unreal Engine 4 screens are amazing, Epic also has a 'responsibility' to push next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 6:04 am

Here we are, folks. The beginning of next-gen gaming, hopefully. Epic have taken the curtains down from the first screenshots of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4, and boy do they look freakin' insane. Epic have also spoke of their "responsibility" to make sure next-gen consoles from both Microsoft and Sony can support the kind of eye candy that UE4 can push out.

 

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Epic ran the Unreal Engine 4 demo on a PC, cough, with a single NVIDIA Kepler-based GEFORCE GTX 680. Epic design director Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has said:

 

There is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of our engine team and our studio to drag this industry into the next generation. It is up to Epic ... to motivate Sony and Microsoft not to phone in what these next consoles are going to be. It needs to be a quantum leap. They need to damn near render Avatar in real time, because I want it and gamers want it--even if they don't know they want it.

 

We will get to see the engine in action at E3 in a couple of weeks time, with our own Trace Hagan attending in-person.

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NVELO asks users to comment on Dataplex Intrusion

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: May 22, 2012 5:46 am

NVELO has gained several design wins in 2012 with their Dataplex SSD Caching software. So far Corsair, Crucial and OCZ have paired Dataplex with all of their SSD products used to cache Hot Data on mechanical HDDs.

 

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The software works as advertised, but all is not perfect in SSD Caching Land. Dataplex has a nasty DRM feature that will shut the software down if you change two components in your system. Many of us had to go through these hassles years ago with some video games. It was annoying then and it is just as annoying now.

 

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Over the last month reviewers started to receive their OCZ Synapse Cache, Corsair Accelerator and Crucial Adrenaline products. Easily the number one complaint in many of these reviews had to do with the limits placed on the user by NVELO's Dataplex software.

 

We've already touched on the two hardware ID change limit before shutdown but if you want to remove your Dataplex software and install it and the caching drive in another system, well good luck with that. You will need to contact support for a new key or remember to jump through the Dataplex hoops of uninstalling the software after disabling the software.

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Foxconn to spend $210 million that would be used exclusively by Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 5:25 am

Foxconn are close to getting their cheque book out and writing a fat one for Apple to the tune of $210 million for a new production line that would be used by Apple, exclusively. The new investment would pave the way for the project to start in October in Hua'an City, part of the Jiangsu province in China, reports the China Daily.

 

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The new plant will be of a decent size, measuring 40,000 square meters, and should hire 35,800 new employees. This is great for the local economy. The annual output of the new plant is set to be between $949 million and $1.1 billion, with the import and export value sitting at around $55.8 million.

 

35,800 new employees might sound good, but the Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park that is dedicated to making iPhones employs 120,000 people, while the Shenzhen-based plant employs an insane 200,000 people.

Facebook shares tank, early investors 'dislike' this

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 4:11 am

Facebook shares went live last week, at $38 per share, but they took a sharp dive today right down to $34.03, and 11-percent drop from the $38 starting price for the record-setting IPO. Friday's issues were blamed on technical difficulties, as traders had failed or delayed transfers.

 

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Monday on the other hand, had analysts confirmed that Facebook and its banking partners, mostly Morgan Stanley, had overvalued the stock. 48 hours before the IPO went live, companies had decided to increase the number of shares sold by close to 25-percent, up to 484 million. A number of large investors are said to have received more shares than they expected.

 

Was the Facebook IPO launch a quick money grab? Overvalued stock, tonnes of press, too many shares and a very quick drop of 11-percent are all signs to me. It'll be interesting to see how the social network goes over the coming days, weeks, and months.

HTC handsets stealth past US Customs, laughs at ITC ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2012 3:35 am

Even though there's a ban on HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE handsets entering the United States, they're still leaking through the cracks and arriving anyway. An update on HTC's corporate website has said that some handsets are passing Customs inspections, even though there's an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on the devices entering the US.

 

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The update arrived yesterday, and states that "each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customers" and would then be released after the inspection had been completed. The update doesn't mention which handsets got through, or how many.

 

The ITC placed restrictions on importing the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE after courts determined that HTC had violated Apple patents in relation to messaging and browser apps. Both company's have been forced into settlement talks, which will start on August 28 this year.

Yahoo sells half the shares it owns in Alibaba, rakes in $7.1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 2:50 am

Yahoo have been having a hard time lately, with increased competition from Google and others, and have just announced today that they have reached a deal to sell part of their stake in China's biggest internet company, Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.

 

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The deal will have Alibaba buying back half of Yahoo's 40-percent stake in the group for a nice $7.1 billion. Alibaba will wave $6.3 billion in cash in front of Yahoo, as well as $800 million in Alibaba preferred stock. Alibaba are also required to buy back a quarter of the remaining shares at the price of a future IPO, or alternatively, allow Yahoo to sell them in the expected public offering in the near future.

 

This deal now pits Alibaba Group's worth at around $35 billion. Alibaba CEO Jack Ma said in a statement to Bloomberg:

 

The transaction will establish a balanced ownership structure that enables Alibaba to take our business to the next level as a public company in the future.

 

Alibaba is doing extremely well, with rumors that Alibaba's CEO owns a 7.4-percent share in the group, and is readying an initial public offering. Industry insiders are predicting that the Chinese online shopping industry will grow by 42-percent this year alone.

Upcoming games based on Frostbite 2 engine from DICE will require 64-bit OS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 2:03 am

DICE's Frostbite 2 is still to this day one of the best game engines on the market, but it looks like the developer is ready to amp things up a bit. DICE posted a tweet earlier today where they've teased that they will have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will only work on a 64-bit operating system.

 

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DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson is the man behind the tweet, and has recommended that Windows 8 would be a great upgrade when it arrives if they're still running a 32-bit version of Windows. This is only for those who have a 64-bit CPU, some people rock a 32-bit OS with a 64-bit CPU, which of course you'd need both a 64-bit OS and CPU to run the 64-bit-only Frostbite games.

 

At the moment, it's hard to know which upcoming game could use the 64-bit-only Frostbite engine. Could it be Battlefield 4? Mirror's Edge 2? Battlefield: Bad Company 3? It could be any of those games. Right now, the only 2013 Frostbite title confirmed is Command & Conquer: Generals 2.

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Spotify launches in Australia and New Zealand

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 1:52 am

Spotify says "G'day" to Australia. In other words, Spotify is now available for use in Australia. This should make a good number of Australians happy, including our very own Anthony Garreffa. Spotify is launching three versions including Spotify Free, Spotify Unlimited, and Spotify Premium.

 

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"Spotify is a game changer," says Kate Vale, Spotify's Managing Director Australia and New Zealand. "This is a revolutionary new music service that's free, simple, and provides lightning-fast access to one of the world's biggest music libraries. We hope Australian music fans will love Spotify as much as they do across Europe and the US."

 

Spotify Free is, as the name suggests free, and is ad supported. Spotify Unlimited costs $6.99 a month and gives users ad free access to Spotify a user's PC. Spotify Premium is $11.99 a month and provides the same features as the two prior and also allows users to listen to Spotify on the go on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.

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