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First look at Battlefield 3's 'Close Quarters' expansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 1:11 am

We reported about the upcoming themed downloadable expansions for Battlefield 3 just last week, and now we're seeing some footage from the first one to be released, 'Close Quarters'. The video below shows some absolutely frantic in-your-face action, which should please fans of indoor combat, more along the lines of Call of Duty.

 

 

It's a far cry from the original Battlefield titles where it was mainly outdoor combat, but would please the fans of Call of Duty. Close Quarters seems to have some pretty amazing destructibility built into its environments, which should make for some amazing combat. But I'm two minds about it, personally. On one hand, I love what Battlefield 3 has done for the series, pushing it in a new direction, but at the same time, it feels like its not the same Battlefield I experienced when Battlefield 1942 first came out.

 

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Close Quarters is released in June, with the above video showing off Ziba Tower. One thing I think should be banned from this map is the use of rocket launchers, I can see the rocket spam now... it will be insane.

Instagram co-founder says Android version is "better than our iPhone app"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 14, 2012 12:05 am

Instagram is huge, I have so many friends who post their picture of the day on my Facebook wall, and to be 'cool', I've always wanted to get in on this, but, I have an Android phone. Instagram's co-creator, Kevin Systrom, used a presentation at South by Southwest's technology conference to showcase the Android-based version of Instagram.

 

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The version shown was a closed beta, but should support multiple screen resolutions and should 'run very quickly'. Systrom did hint that there could be some features that the iOS version doesn't include, where he said to the audience "in some ways, it's better than our iPhone app".

 

Systrom didn't give a timeframe for when the app will hit Android, other than it is coming "really soon". Systrom also reiterated his view that Instagram had kept an iOS-exclusive app since launch its launch in 2010 in order to focus on the basics of scaling the platform, as well as coping with the insane number of users.

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ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Ivy Bridge motherboard unboxing video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 2:31 pm

Earlier on today I did an unboxing video of the brand new and upcoming ASRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboard. This new board based on Intel's Z77 Express Ivy Bridge chipset is due out soon and comes with plenty of features packed in such as ASRock XFast 555 technology (XFast LAN, XFast USB, XFast RAM), Lucid VirtuMVP, Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect and much more.

 

ASRock told us to say that this board supports 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core processors and not "Ivy Bridge" processors, but at this stage of the game we're going to say Ivy Bridge, because we all know what we are talking about here.

 

 

ASRock's Z77 Extreme6 motherboard features a stylish and attractive gold and black color scheme which looks really great. The PCB is black and gold comes into the theme by way of the gold touches on the coolers as well as the Japanese golden caps. The board includes three PCI Express x16 slots for up to three-way SLI and CrossFireX support. ASRock does claim that the board can support Quad SLI, which it can, but only by way of using two dual-GPU video cards such as the GeForce GTX 590.

 

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There are a total of four DDR3 DIMM slots which provides dual-channel memory performance all the way up to DDR3-2800 with the aid of overclocking, so you should be able to expect some good memory performance which is something ASRock has focused on for a while now...

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for March 13, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 11:35 am

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 13th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W - BCCHardware

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

CM Storm Trooper - Hardwareoverclock.com

Seasonic SS-350M1U Modular 80Plus Gold Power Supply - PC Perspective

BitFenix Shinobi XL - techPowerUp

 

Motherboards & CPUs:

 

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - PureOverclock

MSI Big Bang XPower II - Legit Reviews

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Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, Core i7, 8GB RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 shipped FREE!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:29 am

Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Pavilion dv6t Quad 15.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel Core i7-2670QM, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray - $749.99 Shipped Free! .

 

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HP has a new $400 off coupon code is good on the powerful and popular HP Pavilion dv6t Quad, dv7t Quad, and ENVY Laptops! Here is an awesome configuration for the dv6t Quad for $749.99:

 

  • 2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad Core 2.2GHz to 3.1GHz
  • 15.6" High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366x768)
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
  • 8GB DDR3 System Memory
  • 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone
  • HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN

 

This is a fantastic price for the bestselling HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition laptop PC!

 

HP PAVILION DV6T QUAD EDITION I7-2670QM BLU-RAY LAPTOP DEAL

 

Use coupon code: NBG8662 for the $400 off discount. Expires after 800 uses or on 03/17/2012.

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Mobile App of the Day: TuneIn Radio Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:33 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is TuneIn Radio Pro.

 

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Browse and listen to radio -- live, local and global.

Listen to the world.

 

TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local and global radio from wherever you are. Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 1.2 million on-demand programs for you to choose from. The TuneIn Radio Pro app for Android puts this entire experience in the palm of your hand with the added benefit of recording what you're listening to (requires memory card).

 

Important Update: This new version of TuneIn (5.3) includes Car Mode, which lets you listen to your favorite music, sports and news simply by speaking a command into your Android phone or tablet. This update also includes extra large buttons for easy viewing and control.

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iTunes 10.6 has the option to sync 192kbps, 256kbps quality audio to devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:30 am

Apple's just-released iTunes 10.6 sports the ability for users to option higher quality audio conversion bitrates when syncing songs to iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Before iTunes 10.6, users were given the option to down-convert higher bitrate songs to a crappy 128kbps level.

 

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This allowed more songs to be synced to devices, but some users would rather higher quality audio, than savings to their device's storage capacity. With iTunes 10.6, users now have two options: to down-convert audio to quality levels of 192, or 256kbps, giving users three options of bitrate when syncing music to their mobile device.

 

iTunes purchases are encoded at 256kbps, but CD rips are at 320kbps, this means that the new setting allows people the option to reduce the quality slightly down to 256kbps when syncing to a mobile device, whilst keeping the higher quality 320kbps rip stored on their main desktop or notebook.

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The upcoming Alienware M17X R4 will offer both GeForce 600-series and Radeon 7000-series GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:31 am

If the Razer Blade gaming notebook wasn't enough to get your juices flowing, some new details of Alienware's upcoming notebook should. We should expect three options with the new Alienware M17X R4 gaming notebook, a GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 660M or Radeon HD 7970M. Not bad at all if you ask me.

 

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On top of this, there are also three different display options on the Alienware M17X R4. All there are 17.3-inch models, but we have a 1600x900 resolution screen, and then two 1920x1080 options. The first of which is just the standard 2D screen, while the other is a 3D, WLED backlight option. Whether this supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology, or AMD's 3DHD technology is another question.

 

There's also the option of color between red and black, and interestingly, the laptop is said to sport eDP (embedded DisplayPort) instead of LVDS for LCD communication. eDP is said to reduce the wiring footprint, and offers higher speed. We should also expect to see Intel's Ivy Bridge processor options in this laptop, too. Now what I want to know is, where and when can I get one of these bad boys?

Apple releases Safari 5.1.4, brings a bunch of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:31 am

Even on my 2011 Edition MacBook Pro, I still use Chrome, but Safari is loved by millions across the world. Today Apple updated Safari to version 5.1.4 which includes a bunch of updates and fixes. From things like improved JavaScript performance, to screen dimming issues when watching HTML5 video.

 

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The full list of stuff baked into Safari 5.1.4:

 

  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Improve JavaScript performance (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the "Remove All Website Data" button

 

You can download Safari 5.1.4 here.

Nokia set to release Windows 8 tablet, will arrive in Q4 2012, and in quite low numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 4:50 am

It's being said that Nokia and Microsoft will team up to enter the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch, Windows 8-based tablet which is set to be based on Qualcomm's dual-core chip, according to DigiTimes. The device would be released in Q4 of this year, at the earliest.

 

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The sources have said that Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics, where the first batch out of the factory would contain just 200,000 units. Just 200,000 units, is something people should be stuck on. This seems like a "let's just test the market out first", or are Nokia scared of the constant onslaught that is the iPad.

 

This is now shown as a move of Nokia joining WoA (Windows on ARM) and we should expect Microsoft to gain strength to compete with not just Apple and their iPad, but also the upcoming Android 5.0-based tablets that will hit the market at around the same time.

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