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Apple's new Mac Pro will begin shipping on December 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 8:36 am

Apple's new, sleek Mac Pro will begin shipping just before the end of the year, on December 30 to be precise. Many people have already slapped down their cards for the new Mac Pro, with some of their cards begin charged, and order statuses changed to "Preparing for Shipment".




Preparing for Shipment would lead us to believe that nothing can be changed now, as it is being prepped to be delivered. There are some users reporting that their delivery dates are stating December 27, so we could see people receiving their new Mac Pro machines a little earlier than December 30, and as a nice, slightly late Christmas present.

RumorTT: EA to ease fans' problems with BF4 with free DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 6:34 am

It looks like EA could be fanning gamers' rage with this latest rumor: free Battlefield 4 DLC. The DLC would be given out to those who already own the game, but the problem is, what about people like myself, who have already purchased Premium, which includes all of the DLC.




Considering DICE has reportedly stopped working on the DLC for Battlefield 4 until the game is working, this comes at a bad time for EA. The company is battling lawsuits over the first-person shooter, so it will not be a great Christmas for EA by any measure.

Steam Holiday Sales: Amnesia, Borderlands 2, and much more on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 5:36 am

Every day that passes brings another slew of games on sale through the Steam Holiday Sales. Today we have Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on sale, down 50% from its original price of $19.99 to $4.99, and ArmA III down 40%, from $59.99 to $35.99.




If that doesn't tickle your gaming fancy, we have Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition down 50% from $79.99 to $39.99, or how about Splinter Cell: Blacklist down 50%, from $69.96 to $34.96. We also have games like Trine 2: Complete Story down a massive 90%, from $19.99 to a piddly $1.99.

RumorTT: GTA V to be released on the PC early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 5:21 am

I know, I know, we've posted so many rumors about Grand Theft Auto V hitting the PC, but we can't just stop because what if one of them is true? This one seems to have more credit, but of course, here's some salt - use it wisely.




The latest rumor is courtesy of a couple of Amazon customer service representatives, who have said GTA V is coming out in March next year. According to the Amazon support reps, GTA V will hit the US on my birthday: March 12. One of the Amazon reps said that the announcement of GTA V hitting the PC will happen on 12/24. If this is true, we should hear something in the next 24 hours.

ROCCAT releases first major update for Power-Grid

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 3:00 am

With over 250,000 downloads and well over 1000 positive ratings in the Apple Store and Google Play, Power-Grid is quickly becoming a huge success. Over the weekend ROCCAT released the first major update to its Power-Grid application, and two new major features were added.



Up first is a new Grid that turns your smartphone into a fully functional track pad and lets users control the mouse or a character in much the same way they would from a track pad on a laptop. Additionally, users can now control the LED back-lighting on the Ryos MK Pro. The lighting sequences that are possible when using Power-Grid are nothing less than spectacular, and honestly quite mind blowing.


Finally, the update brings in an entirely new SDK, which is something I am sure developers will love to hear. "Releasing the Ryos MK Pro Grid is the first step towards combining Power-Grid with ROCCAT hardware. You remember our Phobo keyboard concept? Well, we've been working on that and I can promise you a mind-blowing solution for 2014," says René Korte of ROCCAT.

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Sapphire unveils new Radeon R9 270X Dual-X 4GB model

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 2:00 am

Today Sapphire Technology unveiled a new variant of its R9 270X GPU. The new R9 290X Dual-X 4GB GPU features the same specifications of its previous counterpart, except the new 4GB model features double the RAM. Sapphire says that they have updated the card with 4GB of RAM to meet Battlefield 4 recommended specs.




The R9 270X Dual-X 4GB features 4GB of GDDR5 RAM that has been clocked in at 5.6GHz across a 256-bit wide interface and is capable of cranking out a bandwidth of 179GB/s. The card is a non-reference design, and features Sapphire's Dual-X cooling solution which helps the card remain budget friendly while managing to keep things cool. The new card is expected to retail between $220 and $230.

Hulu hits 5 million subscribers, plans more original content

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 12:30 am

Hulu has just surpassed the 5 million subscriber mark and is well on its way to passing the $1 billion in revenue milestone in 2014. That amounts to an increase in revenue of more than 300-percent since 2009, with this news, Hulu has announced that it will be bringing more original content to the service in 2014.




Industry analyst attribute Hulu's success to the wide range of devices it is available on which include, Roku, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Chromecast, and many of the so-called Smart TV's on the market today. Hulu now has more than 86,000 TV episodes on its service which are from more than 2,900 TV series, and with more coming in every day, Hulu will only continue to grow.

LG G2 Mini pops up in new benchmark results, features slower CPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 11:00 pm

If there is a single definitive trend for smartphones in 2013, I would have to say that it is the "mini" version of flagship phones. Both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One both have Mini variants, and now LG is rumored to be planning a shrunken version of its flagship G2 as well.




Today a mini version of the LG G2 has surfaced in the form of a leaked benchmark result that shows the phone being branded as model number LG-D410 and running Android 4.4 KitKat. Interestingly enough the new micro G2 will feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, which is almost half the power of the 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 used in the full size G2. Additionally, screen resolution on the 4-inch device will be a messily 960x540 pixels, something far from even 720p.

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ReportTT: Kim Dotcom ratted out Megaupload rivals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 9:30 pm

The US Department of Justice has just released a new batch of evidence against the infamous Kim Dotcom. Last week the US Government filed a 191-page document outlining its case against Dotcom that included evidence such as emails, Skype transcripts, and other information.




Perhaps the biggest disclosure is that Dotcom had seeded information on, identified, and helped locate individuals who ran rival file sharing sites to Megaupload. Dotcom even went as far as contacting payment services to inform them of his competition's illegal activities. As all of this occurred, Megaupload thrived as its watched many of its biggest competitors fold under and their traffic slowly trickle into its service.

Seagate Technology set to acquire Xyratex LTD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 8:00 pm

Today Seagate Technology announced that it has agreed to buy Xyratex, a HDD testing equipment manufacturer. The deal will see Seagate acquiring all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction that is valued at $13.25 per share, for a total of about $347 million.




Xyratex is one of the leading manufacturers of hard disk drive testing equipment, and this acquisition strengthens Seagate's vertically integrated supply and manufacturing chain. The buyout also strengthens Seagate's portfolio by adding Xyratex's enterprise storage systems and high-performance computing business to Seagate's already impressive holdings.

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