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Infinity Ward recycle buildings from Modern Warfare 1 in Modern Warfare 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 6:48 am

My readers will know I'm a lover of FPS titles, and I used to be the biggest fanboy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I loved it. I must have played hundreds and hundreds of hours of multiplayer and just never got sick of it. Today, my good friend Sean posts a link to a YouTube video on my Facebook wall titled "Infinity Ward recycles buildings on MW3 straight from COD4."

 

I wasn't surprised by the title, but thought I'd take a look. I thought it would just be a building that some eagle-eyed gamer has noticed... but no, it's a massive building, from my favourite COD4 map: Pipeline. The entire building is copy/pasted directly into the single-player campaign of Modern Warfare 3.

 

 

How ridiculous can this be? Is it laziness? Is this how Activision pumps out yearly releases of COD? Surely with hundreds of millions in production budgets across multiple studios with one of the biggest game-related companies in the world, could hire some extra peons to code up a map in a 1 - 2 year development cycle. Take a look for yourself, I think it's a joke, personally. Not a funny-ha-ha joke, but a slap-in-your-face, joke.

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Adobe Flash for mobile is dead, that is all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 6:29 am

Adobe has just killed Flash for mobiles, which is sure to hit Android-based users. But, from the flames, other companies will benefit such as iSwifter, who makes a product for the iPad that allows Flash-based games and video to remotely run on a proxy server and then be sent down to the mobile device.

 

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Until now, iSwifter has focused their energies on the Apple iOS market, but it has had an Android-based app nearly ready for months now. iSwifter founder Rajat Gupta has said "our target market literally just doubled, we had actually predicted this day now for over a year."

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Amazon acquires Yap, will compete against Apple's Siri

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:47 am

Amazon have loved Apple long time, oh come on, you know I was joking. Amazon wants to take a chunk out of Apple and by doing so, it needs to compete. They've got various tablets to address this, but nothing to address Siri on the iPhone 4S. Until today.

 

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Amazing have acquired Yap, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company. It was reported that Amazon was interested in the company's speech recognition technology so that it could compete directly with Apple's Siri, the voice-controlled assistant that people seem to love.

 

Until just recently, Yap's servers were being used by Sprint and other carriers to convert voicemails to text. It was also shipped on a bunch of Sprint's Android-based handsets, and Yap even featured as an iPhone app. On October 20, Yap voicemail was discontinued.

 

We should hear more on Yap from Amazon in the coming weeks.

Telstra to sell iPad 2 at retail stores from next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:43 am

Telstra are set to join Vodafone in the direct retail sales of Apple's tablet, the iPad 2. Telstra will directly retail Apple's iPad 2 from November 15, with monthly plans beginning from just $49. The iPad 2 will be available through Telstra Business Centres, Telstra Shops, online or over the phone at 132 200.

 

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Telstra will offer the Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad 2, in 16, 32 and 64GB sizes, on two-year contracts and pre-paid data plans. Starting with the 16GB iPad 2, it will cost $0 upfront on $49, $59, $69 and $99 plans. Monthly data caps are 1, 4, 8 and 15GB, respectively.

 

The 32GB variant of the iPad 2 will also cost $0 upfront, with monthly costs of $54, $64, $74 and $104 with data allowances the same as the 16GB model. Finally, the 64GB model will come with an upfront cost of $24 and monthly pricing of $57, $67, $77 and $107 per month. Data allowances remain unchanged once again.

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XFX spruces up its Pro-Series PSU line with three new high powered units

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:14 am

XFX has just let us know they've added a few new high powered power supplies to their "Pro-Series" line-up. These include new 1250W and 1050W 80Plus Gold rated models, and a 1000W 80Plus Platinum rated unit.

 

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All three new models are fully modular and include a whole host of useful technologies such as EasyRail, HybridFan, SolidLink and much more - all of which are covered in good detail via XFX's Pro-Series PSU product pages.

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HTC Edge set to be the first quad-core smartphone, sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 3:10 am

HTC Edge is set to be the world's first quad-core smartphone, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Edge is set to be a premium handset, incorporating the latest mobile technologies.

 

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Edge will be a 4.7-inch smartphone that is just 10mm thick, and will sport a 1280x720 resolution. It will also contain 1GB of RAM, a backlit 8-megapixel rear-racing camera with a 28mm, f/2.2 lens. The biggest thing the Edge can brag about is that it sports an AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from NVIDIA which is set to pump out quad-core at 1.5GHz each.

 

Storage-wise, we should see it increased to 32GB and Bluetooth 4.0 is included, on top of this we have Beats Audio with the package. Edge is also rumored to include the rollout of the new or improved HTC content services, such as the HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore and the HTC Play gaming hub, finally, the HTC Watch movie portal will reportedly begin to offer HD fare. Edge could also be one of the first to sport HTC's Sense 4.0.

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EA president mentions Battlefield 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 2:12 am

This is something that isn't surprising, but EA president Frank Gibeau has been talking about Battlefield 4. Twitter user Brandon Winfrey posted that during a keynote at the University of Southern California, where Gibeau reportedly said "There is going to be a Battlefield 4."

 

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This is pretty obvious considering the success the Battlefield franchise has had, and just how amazing Battlefield 3 has been. When Gibeau was asked about the statement, a rep for EA told IGN the following:

 

Frank was speaking broadly about the Battlefield brand - a brand that EA is deeply passionate about and a fan community that EA is committed to.

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Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell, gets leaked details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 1:08 am

Ivy Bridge isn't even here yet, and we're seeing details on Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell. Haswell will be a brand new architecture based on a 22nm fan process which will be matured by Sandy Bridge's successor, Ivy Bridge. This is Intel's "tick-tock" product development model, where we see a "tock" being a new x86 architecture, and a "tick" miniaturizes it to a newer silicon fabrication process.

 

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If Intel's 22nm process all goes to plan, Haswell has an ETA of Q2 2013, with Ivy Bridge taking the lead from Q2 2012 until then. Haswell will feature an all-new socket, LGA1150, which means it will not be compatible with LGA1155 boards. The reason behind this is that Intel have implemented drastic changes in the pin map of the package.

 

There has been a major change with the component arrangement in the platform that is affecting Haswell's pin map, more specifically, it's Haswell's higher bandwidth chipset bus, rearranged PCIe pins (with FDI pins), rearranged power pins, and miscellaneous pins. It also throws away the separate power domain for the integrated graphics controller.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for November 9, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:49 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - November 9th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Puget Systems Serenity Core i5 Silent HTPC @ PC Perspective

- Intel Ultrabook Running Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 @ NGOHQ

- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet Sneak Peak @ Legit Reviews

- Sony VAIO VPC-L231FX/W @ TechReviewSource

- ASUS Unveils the Prime, the World's First Quad-Core Android Tablet @ PC Perspective

 

Motherboard

 

- MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard @ PCStats

- Biostar TA990FXE AM3+ @ Techpowerup

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Download of the Day: Firefox 8.0

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 2:52 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 8.0.

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

 

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

 

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

 

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

 

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

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