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PC gaming hardware market is going well, predicted to generate $23.6 billion in sales by the end of this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2012 7:01 am

According to the latest reports and numbers from Jon Peddie Research, predictions are being made for PC gaming hardware sales, where the research group are predicting total sales of $23.6 billion and by the end of 2015, this should grow to $32 billion.




They cite strong demand which will fuel growth over the coming years, especially in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries where systems, accessories and upgrades are expected to get close to $4.7 billion this year, and $7.7 billion by 2015.


JPR also expects to see the average selling price for some components to drop in 2013, as competition heats up. This is always good news for end users, with unit shipments expected to rise, which will smash any dip that would otherwise show up as a result of the lowered prices. These numbers should have confidence in them, as this year we're expecting some truly kick-ass titles such as Diablo III, Max Payne 3, and more.


By next year, we should have Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and Borderlands 2. We shouldn't forget Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, either.

The Expendables 2 debut trailer, Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, Norris, and more in the same movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 4, 2012 6:24 am

The Expendables was an all-out 90s action star lover's wet dream, it featured a bunch of muscled-up, washed-up action stars, together again, kicking ass on the big screen. The Expendables 2 amps this up by putting more stars in it, for longer, and introducing more 90s old-school action.



The Expendables 2 features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all in the same movie. Yes, I'm out of breath too from excitement.




The trailer doesn't show much, but the bit with Willis and Schwarzenegger in the hybrid, bitching, is hilarious. This movie has nothing to do with technology, but what tech fan doesn't want to see a movie like this? It's the opposite of movies like Transformers, and has some great 90s action stars. The Expendables 2 opens on August 17.

RumorTT: Next iPhone to be thinner, taller, sport 4-inch screen as well as a new dock connector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 4, 2012 5:58 am

iLounge are reporting they've received information for the next-generation iPhone, that it would sport a 4-inch display by increasing height of the device. In order to accomodate the tallet screen, the body of the next iPhone will also become slightly taller. We should also see a 20-percent (or so) reduction in thickness. They go on, adding:




What we've learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm-a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist's rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.



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Samsung's GALAXY Note flies past 2 million sales in South Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 4, 2012 5:11 am

Samsung have proudly announced that their tablet/smartphone mash-up, the GALAXY Note, has sold two million units since its launch five months ago. The GALAXY Note smashed past the two million mark in the shortest period of time for any Korean LTE phone to date.




Samsung's GALAXY Note is set to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update shortly, where it'll bring a slew of new features to the 5.3-inch tablet/smartphone mash-up device. Before it was released, most people thought it was a gamble pushing a device of this size onto the market. It was met with mixed reactions when it was announced, as it walks a fine line between smartphone and tablet. But, the huge reception it was received not only in South Korea, but the world, has shown that Samsung were right to gamble on a device like this.


Worldwide numbers are also quite impressive, where back in March, Samsung had announced it sold two million GALAXY Note's, as well as shipping over five million units across the world. These numbers would've grown by now, and should continue to do so when the ICS update hits.

Microsoft to drop the "Windows Live" brand when Windows 8 arrives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 4, 2012 4:27 am

Microsoft's next-generation operating system, Windows 8 is nearly here and with it will bring changes to Microsoft's "Windows Live" platform. The Redmond-based company has decided to retire the "Windows Live" brand once Windows 8 arrives.




This means that Windows Live-based services such as Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Calendar, and Windows Live Mail will be known as Messenger, Calendar and Mail, respectively. Services such as Hotmail will continue to run normally, but Microsoft wants to unify their services under a singular "Microsoft account". This seems like a wise idea.


What happens to accounts? Well, it seems like they'll be merged over onto the new system, with the same Microsoft account capable of being used for signing into Windows 8 and will be used for Xbox Live, Zune, and more. This is what Microsoft wants its services and products to look like under Windows 8:



The Elder Scrolls Online MMO has been announced, hits PC and Mac in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2012 3:24 am

It has been a long time coming, but we're finally hearing about The Elder Scrolls Online, which will be unveiled in the June issue of Game Informer. The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, where the game merges the exploration of rich worlds that the Elder Scrolls franchise is known for, with the scale and social aspects of an MMORPG.




The Elder Scrolls Online is set 1000 years before the events in Skyrim take place, as daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull of Tamriel into his demonic realm. Game director and MMO veteram Matt Firor says:


It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made - and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.

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Samsung GALAXY S III vs. GALAXY S II video comparison

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 4, 2012 2:16 am

Samsung released their flagship GALAXY S III smartphone today, and while we can perve at the pics, drool over the specs, and shout "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" at the screen, it's still nice to see how the smartphone compares to its predecessor, the GALAXY S II.



Our friends over at Netbook News have done this in the form of a video comparison of the two GALAXY-branded smartphones. Netbook News throw a GALAXY S II up against the GALAXY S III and give their quick impressions, showing us the screen, how thick it is, and heavy it is versus each other.




We should see more of these videos over the coming weeks, and I've already reached out to SamsungMobileUS via Twitter to see if I can one for myself personally before I fly off to Computex this time next month. I wouldn't mind using the camera on the phone while I'm there, and I would feel like a hipster having the latest gear in my pocket and hands.

DICE committed on giving "12-18 months of value" for Battlefield 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2012 1:21 am

While there's been yet another Call of Duty announced in the form of Black Ops 2, but Battlefield 3 is still pumping away. We should receive Battlefield 3's first expansion in June which will begin an entire new world of Battlefield 3 fun.




During a recent interview, DICE's Patrick Bach said that the studio is focusing on giving players between 12 and 18 months of value in Battlefield 3 through DLC and expansions. Whilst speaking to VG24/7 regarding Battlefield 3's upcoming DLC, Close Quarters, Bach said:


We make sure that if you're a Battlefield player, there should be plenty of Battlefield for you to spend your days on. And again, we are focusing on giving you 12-18 months of value for Battlefield 3 and the expansion packs we're releasing.


Are you excited? I'm sure this is great news for Battlefield 3 fans.

False Alarm: EA is not disabling Rock Band app on iOS, blames message on error

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2012 11:37 pm

As I reported yesterday, users of the iOS Rock Band app received a message that they would no longer be able to play the game and thanked them for 'rocking out with us.' Users, of course, flipped out and started posting bad reviews on the app and demanding their money back across a plethora of online communities.




The developers of Rock Band were caught off guard by the message, so they redirected all questions to EA Mobile. Apple additionally directed questions to EA, who remained quiet in the face of it all. EA has finally come out with a statement blaming the message on an error and that the game would still be playable.


Rock Band for iOS will remain live-the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible.


The app itself has also received a similar message in the same manner of the last message. If you're confused how the message got in there by error, you're not alone. I'd like to take this moment to throw out the possibility that EA was indeed shutting the game down, but has reversed the decision due to all of the public outcry.

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K|ngp|n achieves 1442MHz with EVGA GTX 680 on air

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 3, 2012 10:04 pm

Overclocking guru K|ngp|n has managed another incredible feat. It wasn't too long ago that he managed to take an NVIDIA GTX 680 up to 1957MHz with the help of some extreme cooling. This time he has managed to push an EVGA GTX 680 up to 1442MHz on basic air cooling alone. That is quite the feat and proves just how great the Kepler architecture is.




K|ngp|n used an EVGA GTX 680 SC, which features a default frequency of 1058MHz (1124MHz at Boost). He pushed 1.212V through the core of the GPU to achieve this feat. That voltage is at the very top of the voltage limit set by NVIDIA. The memory was also overclocked to 1812MHz which is also a big improvement.


Of course when you are running a card like that, especially at those clocks, you need a strong system to run with it so that it doesn't bottleneck. In this case, K|ngp|n used i7-3960X CPU (overclocked to 4.98GHz)and memory clocked at 1245.7MHz (2490MHz effective). This achieved a 3DMark 11 scoring of P12745.

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