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Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 28, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 2:23 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 28th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive - Hardware Canucks

Plextor M3 256GB SATA III - PureOverclock

Plextor M3 Pro 256GB (PX-256M3P) - TweakTown

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB - eTeknix

XFX Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition - HT4U.net

Gigabyte HD 7770 OC - t-break

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition - Neoseeker

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Epic to license Unreal Engine 3 for FBI sim, other government 'serious games'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 1:55 pm

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 powers some pretty great games, such as Gears of War 3 and Mass Effect 3. But now, some lucky FBI cadets are going to be getting to use it for a new crime scene sim as part of their training. This is coming about through a newly launched Unreal Government Network. Today Epic announced a long-term licensing agreement with Virtual Heroes.

 

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Virtual Heroes is a interactive learning simulation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of this licensing agreement sees other agencies and units of the United States, and its allies, using the technology. Already, several games are in the works. The FBI has their multiplayer crime scene simulator and a "top-five defense contractor" and a "national laboratory" are using Epic's tech for custom-made model "integrations and visualization."

 

Additionally, Virtual Heroes and Duke University are developing an anesthesiology training application for Army physicians. Along these same lines, a HumanSim platform, which is aimed at medical education and training, is also in development.

Download of the Day: FinalWare AIDA64 v2.30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 pm

Our Download of the Day is FinalWare's AIDA64 v2.30.

 

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AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

The change log is below:

 

  • Enhanced UPS support
  • Revamped Desktop Gadget
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Haswell" APU and Intel "Lynx Point" PCH
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Penwell" SoC
  • Intel 520 and Intel 710 SSD support
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series and nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

 

You can download AIDA64 v2.30 here.

LeakedTT: HTC One X, the Snapdragon S4-sporting smartphone gets leaked benchmarks, smashes the competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 11:28 am

Well, well, HTC. Your new phone is looking like its shaping up to kick some behind, isn't it? Thanks to some leaked benchmarks, it looks as though the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip is coming together well.

 

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Thanks to an AT&T employee from the Android Central forums who has a pre-release version of the One X, and has dumped some benchmarks on the Internet for all of us to get jealous over. When comparing the Snapdragon S4-based HTC One X versus the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it simply kicks its ass. The HTC One X scores 4952 against the Nexus' 2600 or so.

 

The North American HTC One X is set to receive Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 which is a dual-core chip, where international releases will see NVIDIA's 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 SoC. On paper, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 does look pretty impressive, but Qualcomm's 28nm process on the Snapdragon S4 is bloody impressive. I'm now wanting to see how one of these bad boys does in real-world testing.

Opera release Mini 7 for Android, also proud that they now have 160 million monthly Opera Mini users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 10:30 am

Opera Software have launched their latest Android-based web browser, Opera Mini 7 for Android, after they previewed the browser at this years Mobile World Congress. This is perfect timing, as just weeks ago Android's 'robot' browser had overtaken Opera to stake claim to the top mobile Web browser for the first time.

 

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The new release should help propel Opera into some new, uncharted territory as they're already able to brag they have an insane 160 million monthly Opera Mini users now, which is up from the already-great 140 million back in November of 2011.

 

The company also released Opera Mobile 12 for Android recently, which is more of a full-fledged mobile web browser compared to the cut-down Mini. Opera Mini uses the company's proprietary server compression technology to compress content before it gets to your phone, where it renders the websites on Opera's servers before hitting your phone.

NVIDIA tease new Kepler tech demo "New Dawn", she's never looked this good!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 9:29 am

At NVIDIA's GeForce Kepler event (sadly, I was not invited), NVIDIA reportedly stunned people at the event by showing off a smooth-running Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 "Samaritan" tech-demo, which ran on a single GeForce Kepler-based GPU. Previously, the demo required three 500-series NVIDIA GPUs to run.

 

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But, Samaritan isn't Kepler's official tech demo, the official tech demo is a next-generation Dawn demo dubbed "New Dawn". New Dawn is a retake on the Dawn tech-demo, which blew the industry away when it hit nearly 10 years ago now. At the time, Dawn was impressively detailed, but the environment around her, was not.

 

 

This time around, NVIDIA focused on environmental elements such as realistic physics simulation, improved hair animation, and of course, much more detail. NVIDIA has a bunch of new tools at their disposal on the Kepler GPUs, such as a level of tessellation that was simply impossible to render not only on their generations ago GPUs, but on their competitors GPUs. NVIDIA could be ready to dump this on NVIDIA.com and GeForce.com at any minute now.

 

The above picture is from the 2003-based demo, where the video is a sneak peak at the New Dawn tech demo.

Apple get sued by Australian consumer watchdog, ACCC, says 4G iPad is misleading in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 8:17 am

In the words of Nelson from The Simpsons - "HA HA". What a great start to this news, as much as I love Apple (I'm rocking along with the new iPad and I've been loving it so far, there are issues, but it's overall a nice product) the 4G iPad is a huge misleading mess in Australia. When I went down to grab mine, you could see 4G signs and talk of it around the store, and it's just simply pathetic.

 

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Apple are now finding themselves in a pickle in Australia, where Australian consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accused Apple of misleadingly calling its new iPad as 4G-capable. The ACCC have said they will be applying to the Federal Court of Melbourne for an order against the company and is moving for the court to impose fines and injunctions against sales.

 

The ACCC is saying that labelling the new iPad as 4G-capable is misleading to customers in Australia. Yes, 4G LTE networks are available here in Australia, but they run on an entirely different band to what the iPad is compatible with. 4G services in Australia provided by Telstra run on the 1800MHz frequency band, which makes them completely unusable on the new iPad. The new iPad only works on the 700MHz or 2100MHz frequency bands for its 4G LTE connectivity.

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Good Old Games renames themselves to just 'GOG', now offers newer titles, as well as a new site design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 7:35 am

Good Old Games offer some insanely cool stuff, and in this post-PC world (let's face it, consoles and casual gaming are the dominant force now), and have thrown a bunch of new things into the mix. First up we have Good Old Games renaming themselves to just 'GOG', which makes sense really... GOG are now offering newer titles instead of just the older titles we all know and love.

 

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This means that we will see AAA new titles, as well as more partners for GOG, with new partners and developers joining every month. GOG have also just rolled out a new website layout, which sports a more modern look, which I think looks quite swish. It's very clean, and very easy to navigate. GOG now offer their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts at the footer of each page so you can get your social networking fix with GOG anytime you like.

 

GOG are also offering a new, faster than ever GOG.com downloader - this is only a good thing, folks! The new downloader integrates support for downloading game patches, goodies, and notifications to keep all of the GOG users up-to-date on changes on the games they've purchased, replies to forum threads, or PMs.

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Samsung has shipped over 5 million GALAXY Note smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 6:25 am

Samsung's 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone has been doing surprisingly well for the South Korean-based company, having shipped over 5 million units in just five months. This is quite the achievement considering its one of the larger screened smartphones on the market today.

 

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5 million units shipped, and the 5.3-incher doesn't even include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this is quite the achievement for Samsung. We should expect Samsung to released their Premium Suite of apps, as well as Android 4.0 in the near future.

 

Until then, the GALAXY Note is still an amazing looking phone. I personally wouldn't mind checking it out, but I'm waiting for some Ice Cream Sandwich lovin' before I get into that gorgeous 5.3-inch display. I really should stop dilly dallying and just get one, shouldn't I?

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