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Dead Space 3 gets 17 minutes of gameplay treatment

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:27 am

I don't finish many games, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the Dead Space series, and the third outing in Isaac Clarke's work is nearly here - with the game shipping February 2013. Visceral Games, the developers behind the game, have teased us with a 17-minute video of Dead Space 3.



The video is narrated by Dead Space 3's Creative Director and Senior Audio Artist and give an insight into how some of the game is made, and how the audio immerses the player in the environment. The core gameplay doesn't seem to have changed all that much - which is a good thing, as Dead Space, and its sequel, were both great games.


Dead Space 3 drops in February 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. I might add that the series is quite awesome on a triple-monitor setup - and works pretty much flawlessly.

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Google's Driverless cars get approved in California

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 9:22 am

It was only last month that Google's self-driving cars hit 300,000 test miles without an accident, and now we're looking at California getting the self-driving cars hitting their roads. California governor, Jerry Brown, signed a new law that will see the cars hit Californian roads.




The new law signed in will see trials of the self-driving cars on California's roadways, with one condition - there has to be a licensed human in the driver's seat to take over in the case of an emergency. Brown said at the signing ceremony at Google's Mountain View-based HQ - "today we are looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality".


Google did some modifications to a Toyota Prius, which sports video cameras, radar sensors, a laser rangefinder and detailed maps - using all of this data to drive itself. Google's self-driving vehicles also sport a failsafe mechanism that allows the driver to take control by grabbing the steering wheel or pressing the brakes.

Apple's release of iOS 6 has seen a drop in satisfaction from iPhone users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 8:26 am

Apple released iOS 6 last week, just ahead of their iPhone 5 and since then we have seen an absolutely mind-blowing 100 million iOS device owners update to iOS 6. According to mobile customer research firm On Device, iPhone satisfaction with users on iOS 6 is lower than it is with users on iOS 5.




A survey of 16,000 US iPhone owners was conducted by the firm, where they've said that customer satisfaction average dropped from 7.75 (iOS 5) to 7.65 (iOS 6). On Device CEO, Alistair Hill, says that the company has "always seen an increase in device satisfaction as consumer upgrade their mobile operating system from one version to another", and that it is unusual that iPhone satisfaction decreased with iOS 6.


The drop is tiny, so it's nothing to write home about - but it is something to consider. The iPhone, and its reception, has usually increased, as On Device have found - but with iOS 6 it has dropped. Could it be that people expected more? The whole Google Maps app debacle? Something else entirely?

Intel's upcoming Haswell platform could spell the end of some motherboard manufacturers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:19 am

Normally a DigiTimes report is preceded with the words "RumorTT", but this seems more serious, and more real than most of DigiTimes' reports as it makes a lot of sense. Intel is preparing the launch of their next-generation Haswell-based processors for sometime in 2013, and they'll baked into tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and servers - nearly every segment of the market.




But, Haswell is designed by Intel to integrate functions such as power phase control - something overclockers use, into the CPU itself. This is of course worrying motherboard makers, as the overclocking market is a big thing right now, and a lot of players have boards designed purely for overclocking in mind. We're talking of nearly all big players - Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, ASRock. This won't spell the end of their businesses, but it will most likely see a change in direction of how we see them sell their boards, and what features will set them apart from the others.


Intel won't push these changes into Haswell straight away, but will instead bake more chipset functions into the CPU over time. Right now, we're seeing motherboard players changing gears and pushing USB-based features, Thunderbolt, BIOS firmware features, and more in order to not feel stale, or similar to similarly priced motherboards from competitors.


Are the days of feature-laden motherboards coming to an end?

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Samsung expects to see strong Galaxy Note II numbers, what iPhone 5?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 6:28 am

The iPhone 5 may have launched last week, but Apple's biggest competitor and threat, Samsung, aren't worried of the Cupertino-based company's latest product when it comes to their launch of the Galaxy Note II.




Samsung's original Galaxy Note sold more than 10 million pretty quickly, but it looks like the company is not worried of the Note II's sales when it comes to the iPhone 5.


J.K. Shin, head of Samsung's mobile business has said that the Note II will sell three times faster than the previous Note did in the first three days - something he stated at a briefing in Seoul. Samsung's Galaxy Note II goes on sale in 128 markets through 260 operators, starting yesterday in South Korea. Samsung's Galaxy Note range of phones are the company's second best-selling phone, with the number one spot going to their Galaxy S range of smartphones.

Facebook Groups ushers in Dropbox file sharing abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 5:30 am

Facebook felt like it really hit a brick wall a few months ago, where it seemed to stand still (for me at least) on its feature set. Not anymore, we're seeing huge strides in the social networking sites abilities, with the latest news that Dropbox are rolling out a feature with Facebook that will let you share your Dropbox files directly to Facebook Groups.




To share with your Facebook group, click 'Add File' on the group's page. Once you choose to link Facebook to your Dropbox account, you'll be able to search through your Dropbox and select what you'd like to share. Docs, photos, and videos shared from Dropbox will show up on the group's wall and can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet.


This feature is definitely something suited for businesses, where they can share files quickly and painlessly. It saves having to have a web browser tab open with Dropbox, and shifting between Facebook and the cloud storage site. But then there is the biggest question of all: are you comfortable sharing business-type files on Facebook?

AMD Trinity Preview roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:43 am

AMD's new Trinity APU architecture has had its preview today - with a slew of previews to keep your eyes, and maybe wallets happy. AMD's Trinity APU is built from a 32nm manufacturing process and sports 1.303 billion transistors. They come in a variety of models, speeds and specs - with the A10-5800K at the top of the hill, followed by the A10-5700, A8-5600K, A8-5500, A6-5400K and finally, the A4-5300.




Here's a roundup of some of the reviews that have just hit:




PC Perspective

Legit Reviews

Google's Chrome for Android is now fully compatible with x86-based devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:30 am

Google's Chrome for Android browser is very popular, with those rocking Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above getting access to the great app. News has now hit that the Chrome for Android has been updated and is now completely compatible with x86-based devices.




This might not mean much to most people, as the chips inside most smart devices aren't x86-based, but for Intel chips on Android devices, this is huge news. It also shows that Google is willing to work on the compatibility of their apps, not just for their own benefit, but for the benefit of other devices on the Intel platform.


We should see more support for the Intel platform as it grows, but it's really jus tin its infancy now. Chrome for Android is a pretty big deal, especially with its abilities of syncing up with your desktop- or notebook-based Chrome, syncing all of your settings, passwords, and more.

ASUS' Transformer Prime, Infinity to both receive Jelly Bean updates in the US and Canada very shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 3:27 am

ASUS' Transformer Infinity and Transformer Prime tablets are both set to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates in the US and Canada over the next 72 hours or so. Android Central have had confirmation from ASUS' Gary Key on the news.




The version number hitting the slates is, which is just a fancy number for Android 4.1. There aren't any further details than what we have here, but the new update hitting the Transformers will cease support for Adobe Flash, and the Prime's Wi-Fi direct has been removed.


If you're running a Transformer Prime or Infinity, sit by your tablet because Jelly Bean is about to hit it - and it is a delicious OS.

Google updates YouTube for Android - provides preloading to Froyo, Gingerbread, as well as YouTube TV queuing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2012 2:36 am

If you're still rocking the older Froyo- or Gingerbread-based Android devices, and an avid YouTube user, then you will be delighted to hear that Google have just pushed out a new version of their YouTube for Android app that gives these older versions of Android some features that Ice Cream Sandwich and above versions of Android devices have enjoyed since June.




These features include the preloading feature that was baked into the ICS and above devices' YouTube apps, which will let you preload videos from your subscriptions or watch later list, where they'll precache while you're on Wi-Fi and plugged in so you don't need to wait for buffering - which can be annoying.


The initial Watch page has changed a little, the Channel Store features more channels, and you can now queue up videos to player later on any YouTube-powered TV once you've paired it with your mobile device.

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