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Grand Theft Auto V hinted for December release, according to Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 5:33 am

It has been previously reported that Rockstar would only launch one game this year, and that game launched today in the form of Max Payne 3. But, with the phenomenal reaction the third-person, slow-mo shooter has received, why would Rockstar want to wait? Strike while the iron is hot, right?

 

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Well, according to Internet retailer Amazon, Grand Theft Auto V could be released as soon as December of this year. This is coming from Amazon listing GTA V for pre-order, giving gamers something to aim for in terms of a release date. If it is made available in December, it would be perfect for the pre-Christmas rush.

 

Why December, though? Well, if we look at October and November, they're both filled with some insanely large titles such as Assassin's Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, Halo 4, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Waiting a month would let players finish their game/s of choice, and snap up Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V (in my opinion) would sell as much as those games, if not more. Exciting news anyway you look at it!

New Tomb Raider game has been delayed until next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 5:00 am

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that their reboot of Tomb Raider has been delayed until 2013. Head of Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, said that the studio had two aims when it decided to make a new Lara Croft title, firstly to create a "modern" Tomb Raider, and secondly, to make the "best game of our careers".

 

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It's the second goal that has caused them to delay the reboot, from its original Autumn release date, to sometime in Q1 of 2013. This delay will fly right past the lucrative Christmas shopping season. Gallagher adds:

 

We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. believe that this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

 

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Showing it off at E3 means that the company at least has some solid code to display, and with E3 only weeks away, we'll see it soon enough.

Diablo III launch was met with errors, but the game is oh-so-awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 4:29 am

Diablo III launched last night, and for some, it was OK and working. For others, Error 37 plagued many. The various server load issues stopped people from creating characters, starting the game, joining others, or launching into the game at all.

 

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My game launched with one issue where I couldn't create a character, I logged out, logged back in and I was ok. The game crashed a few times, but I put that down to my NVIDIA Surround setup, and requiring new NVIDIA drivers. The game is delicious. Sexy. Addictive. Awesome. It's PC gaming, and it's here, right now.

 

But there's a new error on the block, Error 3003 which says "Unable to connect to the service or the connection was interrupted". This is the problem with Internet-required games, is that if there are any server-side issues, like most people have experienced with Diablo III, then it pisses a lot of people off. Let's hope it only gets better from here, shall we?

Apple's next-gen iOS 6 teased in developer's usage logs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 16, 2012 4:27 am

9to5Mac is reporting that earlier today an unnamed app developer informed the site that users accessing its software had been identified as running iOS 6 by analytics. Adding fuel to the iOS 6 fire is that other unidentified developers polled have also seen traces of the new iOS 6 since, wait for it, late-April. This means people in the wild, or people within Apple, are testing out iOS 6, right now.

 

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Keeping in mind that prior to the 2011 Apple World Wide Developer's Conference, versions of iOS 5 were spotted in the same fashion. When enabled in an application, iOS apps can send data to developers, this data is mostly used for application improvement, and to track metrics of users in regards to which device along with which version of the iOS are being used.

 

But, it can all be a game, too. It's possible for someone to jailbreak a device, to spoof, or fake, an iOS or device revision metric passed onto a developer, but this is probably not what has happened, as iOS 6-based devices are known to be under active development.

Team Immunity smashes into Diablo III for 48 hours straight, all LIVE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 4:11 am

Diablo III is here, and whilst a lot of you probably aren't even reading this because you're raiding dungeons and levelling up characters, here's some very cool news. Team Immunity from Australia is live streaming their event in HD playing Diablo III non-stop.

 

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There are a bunch of gamers at the RedBull HQ in Sydney, Australia, right this very second, who are taking shifts to get their time on the mouse and keyboard to slay baddies in Diablo III. Oh, what's that? You want to see it, sure - there's a live stream link, right here!

Avira Antivirus cripples Windows machines with latest update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: May 16, 2012 3:57 am

A new update by German anti virus company Avira has brought millions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 PCs down better than a virus does. The update which has been downloaded millions of times around the world is falsely identifying important Windows processes and preventing them from running which also is keeping them from booting.

 

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The update brings the software to version 8.2.10.64 and the anti virus definitions to version 7.11.30.24. This problem is only occurring for users of the paid version of Avira due to the fact that ProActiv isn't included in the free version and it is what is creating all of this mayhem. AntiVirProActiv now detects the following and more as malware:

 

  • windows/system32/dllhost.exe
  • windows/system32/explorer.exe
  • windows/system32/iexplorer.exe
  • windows/system32/notepad.exe
  • windows/system32/regedit.exe
  • windows/system32/rundll32.exe
  • windows/system32/taskeng.exe
  • windows/system32/wuauclt.exe

 

The update is also blocking other Microsoft software and components along with third party applications. This poses a major issue for the numerous corporate users of Avira, along with home users. Avira has posted an update which should fix the issue, but this is quite the embarrassment. I imagine that many people will reconsider their use of Avira after this catastrophy.

GM to stop advertising on Facebook saying it doesn't work

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2012 10:31 pm

GM has announced that they will be pulling $10 million in ads from Facebook as they say they don't work. This comes at a bad time for Facebook as they are about to launch their IPO. GM's marketing executive have apparently been reviewing GM's advertising and found that the paid ads are worth the money. They will, however, continue to use the free advertising on Facebook.

 

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GM currently spends somewhere in the neighborhood of $40million on Facebook advertising, though only $10 million of that goes to paid Facebook ads. (These are presumably annual figures) The other $30 million goes to upkeep on the company's Facebook page, along with paying for promotions and giveaways which don't appear to make Facebook any money.

 

This $10 million isn't much in terms of the $3.7 billion that Facebook brought in last year in advertising. However, GM is the third largest advertiser in the United States, so the fact of them pulling their advertising may cause other companies to reexamine their strategies to see if Facebook is really worth it.

 

Business Insider's Jim Edwards points out that Facebook has a much lower clickthrough rate than Google does. This could be due to the different medium that Google is compared to Facebook:

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Flickr plans to increase size of pictures based on browser window size

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2012 9:32 pm

The photo sharing site Flickr is set to improve a major feature. Flickr is moving to something they are calling a "liquid layout" which will change the layout to match the size of the browser window viewing the site. The layout will focus on showing high-res images as large as it can on the main photo pages along with the usual information around the side.

 

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The image above is what it used to look like. The image below is what the new "liquid layout" will look like for someone with a large monitor. The pictures were originally 500px wide as the site launched when 800x600 was the norm. In 2010, this was increase to 640px. Now they have selected a range of sizes so that images won't have to be upsampled.

 

This redesign is just one of many that the aging site is in need of. The site promises many more over the coming year. Next is speed: "Now that the algorithm is complete, we need to work on the performance," said Flickr developer Ross Harmes in a Flickr code blog post. "The first time you go to a liquid photo page, we have no choice but to adjust the page width on the fly. But every other photo page you visit will have the dimensions stored from the last page, and the page will be rendered with the correct width from the start."

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Kodak kept a secret nuclear reactor underground for over 30 years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2012 8:32 pm

Kodak, in recent times, has not been doing very well, but apparently they have managed to keep a secret for over 30 years. Back in 1974, Kodak acquired a small nuclear reactor and has been maintaining the device in an underground bunker for over 30 years. The nuclear reactor was filled with 3.5 pounds of weapons-grade enriched uranium and was kept in a bunker with 2-foot thick concrete walls.

 

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Incredibly, it seems as though very few people knew of the reactors existence. The reactor is one of only two ever made and known as a Californium Neutron Flex multiplier. The bunker in which is was located is in Rochester, New York and seemingly never caused any sort of problem through radiation leaks or other ways.

 

Apparently, Kodak used the device to conduct years of research. It was also used to check materials for impurities and to perform neutron radiography testing. Kodak continues to claim the device is safe and couldn't explode since it wasn't a power plant. The device had been mentioned in some research papers, but was never publicly announced.

 

Incredibly, it would appear that Kodak never alerted the local police or fire departments that the reactor was located there or even existed. The company decommissioned the reactor with the help of federal regulators six years ago. The uranium plates were placed in protective containers and removed in November 2007.

NVIDIA announces Tesla K10 and K20, GK110 makes an appearance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2012 7:34 pm

Today NVIDIA has announced a new line of graphics cards for professional applications. The new Tesla GPUs are called the K10 and K20 and are designed to perform exceptionally for high performance computing (HPC) scientific and technical applications that use GPU-accelerated computing. These Tesla's were designed to be high performance and extremely power efficient.

 

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Kepler is three times as efficient as the Fermi architecture which had established itself as a new standard for computing when released 2 years ago. The Tesla K10 features two GK104 chips which produce 4.58 teraflops of performance and 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. The K10 is optimized for oil and gas exploration and the defense industry.

 

The Tesla K20 is where the GK110 makes its first appearance. The K20 is the new flagship product for the Tesla line of GPUs and provides three times the compute performance of any Fermi-based Tesla product and supports the Hyper-Q and dynamic parallelism capabilities. The K20 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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