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Battlefield 3 will not be available on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 1:43 am

Like most, I hated Steam when it came out. But, it has turned into one of the best digital distribution methods on the market and I personally do not buy any games anywhere else. News has surfaced that EA will not be offering Battlefield 3 through Steam, but their own digital distribution service, Origin. EA's Seeson Mahathavorn said in a statement:

 

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EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

For more on our policy to offer games to any major third party download service, please read here: http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7372195.page

 

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iOS 5 beta 5 now available, get it while it's hot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 1:19 am

iOS 5 is building momentum and it seems every week there's a new beta that is popped out of the oven and into the proverbial mits of developers around the world. Today is no different with beta 5 of iOS 5 available. At the moment there is not much information on it apart from the release notes mentioning the possibility of multiple iCloud accounts, whether this will make it to the final release is another question.

 

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Enjoy!

App of the Day: GLMPS (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 7:28 pm

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

 

GLMPS pronounced "glimpse" is a brand new app to the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch which brings a cool new way of taking photos. It captures the first few seconds before a photo is taken - those special moments when people are preparing for the shot and when crazy and fun things can happen.

 

You are even able to see your and others video in the app since GLMPS makes use of Flash and it makes good use of social connections to find your friends. This one is worth a shot for sure and it's free.

 

A video clip is automatically captured with every picture you take - the result is a creatively packaged glimpse of the moment that can be shared with friends & family in real-time.

 

Lovingly designed and built by people who believe it should be simple to share moments that matter.

 

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Nokia's N9 MeeGo smartphone coming late September?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 3:48 pm

Dates have been shifting around quite a bit lately, but the latest indication of when the Apple iPhone 5 will launch looks to be September 23. A little more concrete shows that either way, this is also the launch date for Nokia's MeeGo powered N9 smart phone, at least in Sweden it looks like it. A countdown page on Nokia's swedish webpage gives the hint, but it doesn't necessarily mean it applies to all the markets getting the N9, though it's becoming safer to assume most markets should have it by late September.

 

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Running back over the N9, it is Nokia's first MeeGo device, featuring a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display (running 854x480 res). It has a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 1GB of RAM, between 16 and 64GB of built-in storage, rear facing 8MP Carl Zeiss equipped auto focus camera and dual LED flash allowing for 720 video recording, and front facing camera for video calling.

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Village Instruments promises Thunderbolt equipped external graphics card enclosure

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 2:32 pm

A company by the name of Village Instruments has become the centre of attention for many folks as of last week when CEO, Hubert Chen wrote an open letter to Facebook in efforts to guage Mac customer interest in an external PCI-E graphics card enclosure that would connect via the Thunderbolt IO interconnect.

 

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His promise was that if there were 50 or more people to have commented in return showing interest in a product like this, the company would begin developing the device. It's not surprising to find out that a little over a week later, there wasn't only 50 positive comments made toward the idea, but now well into the hundreds.

 

Chen has since confirmed development would begin soon. We can only assume at this point that it will be at least partially similar in construction to Village Instruments' existing ViDock product (pictured), although it is limited to the ExpressCard interface which is only capable of around 2.5Gb/s. Thunderbolt should prove to be much more suitable for a device like this with its 10Gb/s of bandwidth on tap.

ICY DOCK EZ-DOCK MB881U3-1SA Giveaway via Facebook

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 1:40 pm

Everyone loves getting stuff for free and ICY DOCK are making that possible from today with their latest giveaway contest.

 

Up for grabs is their MB881U3-1SA 2.5" & 3.5" SATA & IDE USB 3.0 HDD Adapter with Docking Stand, which you can learn more about here.

 

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All you have to do to be in with a chance to score this freebie is to spend a short amount of your time by heading over to ICY DOCK USA's fan page on Facebook and clicking on the Sweepstakes tab. From there you just "Like" the page followed by entering a couple short lines of requested info. That's it.

 

The contest runs until the 31st of this month where ICY DOCK will be choosing the winner at that time.

GIGABYTE arms up with the G1.Sniper 2 Z68 motherboard

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 12:14 pm

GIGABYTE has extended its enthusiast class G1-Killer series of motherboards today with the launch of the Z68 chipset based G1.Sniper 2.

 

Like the original G1.Sniper based on the aging X58 chipset, the new model looks similar at first glance with the same black and green color scheme going on. But apart from the improved 'locked and loaded' heatpipe cooling system onboard, the simalarities don't extend much beyond that point.

 

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Designed for "extreme gaming", this motherboard has had pretty much everything thrown into it, including future Ivy Bridge support with its PCI Express Gen 3 setup (the first implementation from GIGABYTE), ready and waiting for upcoming PCI-E 3.0 cards requesting additional bandwidth.

 

The board boasts a 12-phase power setup, GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 design, a couple PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (backward compatible with PCI-E 2.0/.1 of course) enabling 2-way SLI or CrossfireX, and also LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization support for dynamic switching between the built-in graphics and discrete graphics, resulting in reduced overall power consumption.

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Download of the Day: TightVNC 2.0.4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 9:36 am

Our Download of the Day today is TightVNC 2.0.4.

 

TightVNC is a free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

 

TightVNC can be used to perform remote control and administration tasks in Windows, Unix and mixed network environments. It can be very helpful in distance learning and remote customer support.

 

TightVNC provides these features which are otherwise absent in standard VNC:

 

• File transfers in versions for Windows.

• Support for video mirror driver (Windows 2000 and above).

• Scaling of the remote desktop (viewer for Windows and Java viewer).

• Efficient "Tight" encoding with optional JPEG compression.

• Enhanced Web browser access.

• Support for two passwords, full-control and read-only.

 

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Deal of the Day: Logitech Revue With Google TV for $99.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 7:52 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Logitech Revue With Google TV for $99.99 with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Logitech just dropped the price of their Revue with Google TV and apps including Netflix, Pandora, etc down from $249.99 down to just $99.99 with FREE shipping. This 1080p capable box comes with a wireless keyboard, or you can download an app to control it from your smartphone. It also includes 802.11b/g/n wireless and HDMI input/output.

 

LOGITECH REVUE GOOGLT TV DEAL

 

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Friday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 6:31 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 5th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS F1A75-V PRO vs ECS A75F-A vs Gigabyte A75-D3H @ tbreak

- ASUS P8P67 Sandy Bridge LGA1155 ATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- Biostar TA75A+ Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe Motherboard @ Neoseeker

- MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) - don't forget Intel's P67 @ Au-Ja.de

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200 W PSU @ Techpowerup

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