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Valve Corporation is now worth $3 billion, Gabe is worth $1.5 billion or more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 7:29 am

Forbes has a nice article out, where they've stated that Valve co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell is one of the richest people on the planet, with an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion, he ranks in at 854th out of 1,226 global billionaires.




Newell made his debut on Forbes' list of world billionaires, as Valve had a smash-hit 2011. Valve had massive success in both in-house developed games such as Portal 2, but as a game distributor, where Steam doubles its sales for the seventh straight year, and now features over 40 million users.


With the "most conservative estimates", Valve's enterprise value sits at more than $3 billion, and because Newell owns more than 50-percent of the company, he is worth in excess of $1.5 billion. The privately-held Valve Corporation are hush-hush when it comes to revenues, and Newell himself doesn't comment on his personal finances. So, Forbes consulted with video game industry insiders, equity analysts, investment bankers, and technology analysts to figure out just how much Valve is worth.

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Manli enters the tiny PC market with Manli Elite

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 6:28 am

Manli, one of a bunch of companies who are part of the PC Partner group from Hong Kong have shown off some seriously slick looking gear at CeBIT. The hardware in question is Manli's latest mini PC, dubbed Manli Elite. Manli Elite is similar to Zotac's ZBOX systems, but features upgraded hardware, and a different design.




Manli Elite has the same motherboard as Zotac's ZBOX mini AD10, but the Elite sports an upgraded AMD E450 APU, versus the ZBOX's older E350. On top of this, the Elite features two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort out, HDMI out, an eSATA port, GbE, a memory card reader, audio jacks, and built-in 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi.


Inside the Elite itself, is room for an internal 2.5-inch HDD, and a single SO-DIMM slot for memory. The Manli Elite does look very nice, featuring a simple, yet nice design. Manli are also offering an optional media center remote with the Elite and pre-configured models with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD are to be made available in selected markets.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 with 2560x1600-pixel screen to be announced tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 5:58 am

Just as Apple release their third-generation iPad, new rumors are surfacing that the official announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 11.6 might happen as soon as, well, tomorrow! The new tablet is said to sport an insane 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of, what for it, 2560x1600. Blowing Apple's 2048x1536 resolution right out of its tree.




The rumor is based on an "unnamed source" close to the matter, who has confirmed to Pocket-link that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6 will be announced tomorrow at an event in Texas. Samsung had mentioned earlier that it will be making a "special announcement" at the event in question tomorrow, so let's cross those fingers and toes, ladies and gentlemen.


Samsung would most likely feature the Galaxy Tab 11.6 with their Exynos 5250 chip, sporting a dual-core 2GHz processor, which is built on the more power-efficient, 32nm-based technology. This would definitely be a one-up for Samsung, to rub the salt in the wound of Apple. Just when I was coming to the point where I thought I'd get myself the new iPad... maybe I'll have to get both?

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 and 7870 OC Edition Video Card Unboxing

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 5:49 am

Yesterday we gave you our first video unboxing of the MSI Z77A-GD65 from the Taipei Test Lab and today we bring you another involving two AMD Radeon 7800 series video cards from Sapphire. Lately we have been very impressed with the cooling solutions Sapphire has used on its video cards and from what we have seen today, this trend looks to continue here. In the video above we cover both the Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Edition as well as the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC Edition video cards.



The 7850 OC Edition features an impressive looking dual fan cooler with a single heatpipe which exhausts hot air out the back of your case. The bundle is rather impressive too including a card to join the Sapphire Select Club, quick installation guide, DVI to VGA connector, molex to PCI Express power connector, mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter, HDMI to DVI connector, CrossFire bridge and a HDMI cable.




Next up in the video above is the 7870 OC Edition which in many ways is quite similar to the 7850 OC Edition, just bigger in all ways - the cooler is pretty much the same except it is bigger just like the retail box. The bundle is exactly the same as the 7850 video card expect it comes with an additional Molex to PCI Express power connector since the video card calls for it with its higher power draw requirements since it is of course a faster video card.

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Valve say they have no near-term plans for Steam Box, dreams across the world crushed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 5:37 am

Rumors started floating around last week, thanks to The Verge, of a possible Steam Box from Valve. We all dreamt about it, and thought it could really change the gaming scene as we know it, but today those dream are crushed, as least in the short-term.




Kotaku spoke to Valve's marketing director, Doug Lombardi, where he has been quoted:


We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on. We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount. All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware.


But, Lombardi did reduce to flat-out say whether Valve isn't working on a console. Stephen Totilo from Kotaku asked - "What you're saying is, there's definitely nothing coming any time soon, nothing at GDC or E3, but what you're not ruling out is the possibility that, hey, maybe some day Valve would make hardware", to which Lombardi responded with just "I think that's accurate".

NVIDIA is pissed: they want proof that the new iPad beats Tegra 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 4:36 am

Apple is NVIDIA's kryptonite right now, making more sense because NVIDIA has lots of green in their logo and products, and their Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip is codenamed "Kal-El", being Superman's Kryptonian birth name.




Well, Apple have caused quite the stir when it comes to the new iPad, their third-generation tablet. Apple have claimed that they have a four-fold increase in performance over NVIDIA's Tegra 3, but couldn't verify the authenticity of such a bold claim. NVIDIA representative, Ken Brown, told ZDNet that it was "certainly flattering" to have Apple reference the company, but there were "so many issues" to hash out with Apple's claims.


The other problem to remember is, Apple have their own OS, their own hardware, on their own product. NVIDIA ship chips to other companies, such as ASUS, and then require game developers to code specifically for Tegra 3 to see a huge leap in performance. Apple require the same, developers to make new products for the new iPad. Considering the new iPad is, well, very new, how could Apple have let developers have enough time to make a game that scales on the new A5X chip?

IBM's Holey Optochip is capable of 1 terabit per second transfer speeds, holey transfer speeds, Batman!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 3:26 am

IBM have reached quite the milestone, with researchers at the company demonstrating a prototype optical chip that is capable of transmitting up to 1 terabit of data per second. Engineers managed to built the Holey Optochip using readily available components, meaning that the chip could actually be manufactured in high volumes for commercial implementation sooner, rather than later.




IBM created the Holey Optochip as part of their continued efforts to use light rather than electronics over wires to transmit huge amounts of data. Surprisingly, the Holey Optochip was created using a standard 90nm-based CMOS chip, which they then drilled 48 tiny holes through the back of it.


What this allows is for 24 receiver and 24 transmitter channels, with each capable of moving 20 gigabits of data per second. This results in a product that can move 960 gigabits (nearly 1 terabit) of data per second. For this next bit, I hope you're sitting down: this means you could transfer 30,000 HD movies in 60 seconds. 30,000 in 60 seconds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-i9100 models) to get Ice Cream Sandwich updates on March 10th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 2:35 am

Samsung should start pushing out their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update to their Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) models on March 10. Yes, we're that close. The update should be pushed out via Kiez, and should sport Samsung's TouchWiz UI.




The first and only version to get the ICS update (for now) is the global version of the Galaxy S II, the GT-i9100. According to Samsung's notes, we should expect Face Unlock, Android Beam, and data usage included. On top of this, multi-tasking and some apps will be "improved".


Samsung's site also states that because of "ICS OS feature", Flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS won't be supported. The update should roll on to individual carriers, and their own GS II variants over time, after a fair amount of testing. I for one, cannot wait and I'm anxiously sitting here waiting to get my first lick of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich.

NVIDIA intro new GeForce logo, brings sexy back, yeah!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 9, 2012 1:25 am

NVIDIA has had their current GeForce logo for quite a while now, and most of you won't remember how long, so here we go: since the introduction of the GeForce 8800 GTX. Even I forgot how long it had been until now.




Pictured above, is the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX logo, and as we can see, there's some serious capitilization there to emphasize the name itself, so instead of saying "NVIDIA GeForce GTX", it'll be the "NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX". If this were a forum or Reddit, people would be telling NVIDIA to turn off their caps lock, because they're shouting.


The new GEFORCE GTX logo is NVIDIA's new way of pointing out that these graphics cards are for serious gamers, with the GPUs starting at around $150, going all the way up to the dual-GPU GK110 card that we should see in the coming months. I love it, personally. It looks 'new', compared to the older logo, and feels very 2012 for some reason.


Nice job, NVIDIA.

Thecus N2200EVO and N4100EVO NAS Unboxing Video

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 8, 2012 2:56 pm

Thecus sent us over a video they made unboxing the new N2200EVO and N4100EVO NAS devices which have only just been released onto the market recently.



The Thecus rep on the video above tells us that "EVO" stands for evolution and is what these devices stand for with plenty of new features. The N4100EVO supports up to four 3TB drives providing a brilliant 12TB of storage to store all of your po... sensitive data, videos and so on. Soon Thecus will begin supporting new 4TB drives hence providing a maximum capacity of 16TB, which is surely going to last even the most extreme downloader quite some time.




The N2200EVO is a cut-down version compared to the bigger N4100EVO NAS and it supports two hard drives with up to 6TB of storage capacity. Thecus claim that the N2200EVO is completely silent, which is something pretty major for a NAS device, as most tend to make quite an audible amount of noise.


We should have both these new NAS devices in for review soon where Chris Ramseyer will put them through their paces in a full TweakTown review.

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