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Google intros new algorithm update, impacts 35% of searches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 6:24 am

Google completed their Caffeine web indexing system last year, which allows them to crawl and index the web from fresh content quickly on an enormous scale. Google have just announced that they're making quite a significant change to their ranking algorithm that impacts roughly 35-percent of searches and better determines when to give you more up-to-date relevant results for these varying degrees of freshness.

 

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Obviously, in today's world, information is power. But information can be from today, last week, the last minute, or thirty years ago depending on the search terms. Google's algorithm needs to be able to work out if a result from a week ago about a TV show is recent, or if a result from a week ago about breaking news is too old.

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Another day, another HDD drama unfolds, Apple threaten suppliers with 'extreme pain'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 5:33 am

Well, this is beginning to get interesting. Apple are positioning themselves nicely right now, trying to secure HDD stock and supply. The story unfolds as an explanation of how business works, which helps explain Apple's position. Explaining it as a purchasing system, which creates huge advantages for the biggest, cashed-up companies, such as Apple.

 

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Each buyer has a certain amount of money (and power) and can place big orders that the supplier could not ignore. So if the buy says "Forget everyone else you are dealing with, I want to order 1.2 million units in 2011 and I'd like them dropped off with me at the rate of 100,000 a month, but I won't be buying them until I sell them...Oh, yes, and I won't pay for them until 3 months after I sell them", then the supplier has no choice buy to drop their pants and bend over. (KitGuru's words, but they were so good I had to use them).

 

Dell have been doing this for years and countless other companies, too. Both sides are aware of the practice, and are compliant with it. But, throw in a massive reduction on supply and the rules are changed, completely. The supplier now has the power and with demand so high everywhere else, it [the supplier] has the power to 'give a story' to its regular customers, while they shop around for massive profits.

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Zynga to release CastleVille in the next few weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 4:36 am

Zynga's next entry in their "Ville" franchise, which includes FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille, is CastleVille. The latest game allows players to built mini-empires from castles, craft art and armor and trade, and defend your kingdom in a medieval world. The game was created by the Zynga Dallas team, which was part of Zynga's acquisition of Bonfire Studios.

 

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The game starts off by letting you choose your character and build your look. Zynga Dallas director Bill Jackson says that this is the most expansive character building feature to date, with dozens of looks to choose from. The games objectives is for you to build the castle of your dreams and transform the the unexplored land into your own kingdom. There are many characters you'll meet along the way, who are all involved in the storyline of the game.

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Call of Duty Elite delayed on PC, will not launch with the game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 3:38 am

You would think that a company the size of Activision would not let this happen so close to launch, especially since Elite was announced so long ago now. Alas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elite will not launch on PC with the game, and will be released sometime after the game itself.

 

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This is due to the developers saying the PC is "insecure", where they're worried people will hack the system. Those statistics can't be hacked, it would cause the world to implode and would be equal to the consequences of dividing by zero! Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny says:

 

We're as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It's really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1. We're working our butts off to make it happen, but we won't release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it's meant to be. The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can't give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.

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Dead Island developers trademark "Dead World"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 2:31 am

Earlier this week, Dead Island developer Techland filed a trademark for something called Dead World. The name was logged on the 28th of October, and potentially refers to "computer game software and electronic software programs."

 

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Could we be looking at the expansion and sequel to the hit game, Dead Island? Dead World would be pretty cool. Eurogamer reached out to Techland and a spokesperson for the company told Eurogamer "Techland is not going to comment on [the trademark filing] at this time."

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Sony's Q2 losses were because of the PS3 price drops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 1:45 am

Sony have just posted their financial results for Q2 of the current fiscal year, where they've noted significant losses in profit for its Consumer Products & Services, which is where the PlayStation products live and breathe. Sony explained that the loss was due to a number of factors, including the deterioration in the cost of sales ratio as a result of the price reduction on the PlayStation 3 earlier this year.

 

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Other factors that led to losses, were the decline in sales of the video game business, LCD televisions and foreign exchange rates. But, during the quarter, Sony sold a total of 3.7 million PlayStation 3 units compared to 3.5 million in the same quarter of the last fiscal year. The PSP also saw a spike in sales, up to 1.7 million units compared to 1.5 million year-on-year. PlayStation 2 sales dropped from 1.5 million to 1.2 million.

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Heavy Rain: Director's Cut ships November 8th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 12:49 am

I was a huge fan of Heavy Rain, it wasn't a perfect game, but it was a very, very good game. Next week, it's being re-released as "Heavy Rain: Director's Cut". In addition to the original game, it will include DLC, the original soundtrack, bonus videos, and more. Better yet, it will only be $29.99!

 

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Heavy Rain: Director's Cut starts shipping on November 8th in the US. Here is a list of all the great content fans can look forward to:

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Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand gameplay and premiere trailer!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2011 12:03 am

If the TweakTown powers that be would allow me to do it, this post would simply say "Wow" followed by the trailer... but, we'll discuss it is a bit first. Battlefield 3 is obviously out and the first DLC Pack for it comes in the form of Back to Karkand. Back to Karkand features four of the most loved maps from Battlefield 2: Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman and my personal favorite, Wake Island.

 

 

The expansion pack also sports new weapons, vehicles, persistence, and the return of the classic Conquest Assault. Better yet, those who pre-ordered will get Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand for free... yep, no extra charge. Those of you who didn't pre-order can purchase it on the same day for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points.

 

The trailer is just awesome, I really wish the Battlefield 3 trailers were done in that way, it just looks... amazing. What I'd like to know is what is this "enhanced destruction" about, is it more than what we experience in Battlefield 3? If so, why? Is this something they'll switch on with an update to BF3? I hope so.

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App of the Day: Oink (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 7:00 pm

Our App of the Day today is Oink for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.

 

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Location based apps such as Foursquare are all the range on smartphones thanks to the introduction of GPS on the phone.

 

Kevin Rose's Milk Inc. has just taken the covers off their first app, Oink. Yeah, like the pig "oink" "oink". It uses your location to find nearby places and instead of checking in, you rate products and services offered by those nearby stores, restaurants and so on.

 

Be careful of your first "oink" notification, it scared the crap out of me. Heh!

 

Oink is an easy way to rate and rank the things around you. Instead of just rating places, you rate the items inside. You could easily find the most popular items on a menu and see if a friend has tried anything there. Then if there's something you like, it's just a single press to rate it and share it with friends.

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MSI packs some serious punch into micro ATX sized X79 motherboard

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 4, 2011 4:20 pm

We've seen quite the frey of final revision X79 motherboards being readied up to coincide with the big Sandy Bridge-E launch in just a little over a week from now, but MSI's X79MA-GD45 has just been exposed and should peak interest for many particularly due to one bold attribute - it is built around the Micro ATX form factor.

 

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I bet you're already thinking of how cool it would be to have so much power hiding inside a nice compact mATX chassis for your gaming pleasure. The board doesn't disappoint in the features dept. either and should be quite the solid board with the use of MSI's Military Class III components all round.

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