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EA gets exclusive rights to develop 'Star Wars' games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 10:29 pm

In a move that will likely upset numerous Star Wars fans, Disney has entered into an exclusive, multi-year deal with Elextronic Arts. The deal provides EA exclusive rights to develop future Star Wars games based upon the franchise Disney acquired from LucasFilms for over $4 billion.

 

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According to EA's Frank Gibeau, all of EA's future games will be "entirely original." They will feature new stories and gameplay, though they may occasionally borrow from the films Disney is working on. DICE, Visceral, and BioWare will be the game developers behind these new games.

 

Gibeau said that all future Star Wars games would be based upon the Frostbtie 3 engine, which will be powering Battlefield 4. Disney has retained the rights to publish titles in the "mobile, social, tablet, and online game categories."

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Google stock pulls an Apple, closes at record high of $861.55

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 6, 2013 10:03 pm

Google's stock is sure doing well, especially in light of Apple's recent stock values. Today's closing of $861.55 sets an all-time high for Google's stock and ushers in the question as to whether or not Google is going to be the next Apple. After hours trading has brought the stock price up to $863.50.

 

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These recent gains have resulted in Google's market capitalization eclipsing that of Microsoft, placing the company in second place behind Apple. Analysts have put a price target of $1,000 for the company's stock. But, will it make it that high? Or will Google's stock go the way of Apple's?

 

We'll have to wait and see. However, Google seems to be spending more money on the innovation side of things, creating new markets and products such as Glass. These should ultimately help keep the company on top.

GameStop ends PlayStation 2 trade-ins as of June 1, used stock to be sold 'for several months'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 9:28 pm

If you still want to trade-in your aging PlayStation 2 game console, now would be the time to do it. Ahead of the PlayStation 4 launch, GameStop has confirmed that they will stop accepting PlayStation 2 games, accessories, or consoles for trade-in. The hard deadline is June 1, so you better get all your old gaming equipment to GameStop soon.

 

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We can confirm that as of June 1st we will no longer be accepting the PS2 console or its related product for trades. We know that the 12 year old system is a popular one and for many gamers, GameStop is the only place to find a great selection of its games. We will still offer a wide selection of the PS2 hardware, accessories and games in many of our stores and online for several months, based on remaining stock from trades.

 

We are very excited about the upcoming PS4 and are making room in our stores for it and other new platforms expected this fall.

 

PlayStation 2 sales will end, according to the spokesperson's statement, several months after June 1. I imagine they'll keep selling PlayStation 2 equipment up until they are completely depleted of stock.

 

Sony is expected to release the PlayStation 4 in time for the holiday season, most likely delivering the product to market sometime in November. GameStop wants to be clear of its older PlayStation 2 gear in order to make room for the new games and accessories that will launch alongside the PlayStation 4.

Google Drive updated to allow sharing directly from Google Drive folder via desktop app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: May 6, 2013 9:01 pm

Google has updated their Google Drive app to allow sharing directly from the Google Drive folder. To share a file currently in your Google Drive folder, all you have to do is right click on the file, go down to Google Drive, and select "Share...". It really couldn't get much simpler than that.

 

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The update is available in both the Windows and Mac versions of the software and will be coming to a desktop system near you in the coming days as it rolls out. Of course, if you aren't already using Google Drive's desktop app, you can download the nifty syncing software directly from Google (source link #2)

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Curiosity panoramas depict area around where rover is working, are things of beauty

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 6, 2013 8:32 pm

I know I'm not the only one on the TweakTown staff that loves space. I also believe many of our readers happen to be space fans following Curiosity's journey on Mars. We now have three stunning panoramic images stitched together from over 60 raw images taken by the rover. These panoramas allow a wider field of view so you can get a better sense of where Curiosity is working.

 

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Ken Kremer, creator of the panoramas:

I chose these scenes because they vividly tell the story of what NASA seeks to accomplish with Curiosity in the search for signs of life on Mars as well as tell the science story of the entire mission at a glance - one panorama is worth a thousand words, so to speak.

 

The images are stunning and really give a good idea of what the red planet's horizon looks like. In two of the three panoramas, Mount Sharp rises majestically in the background. This was done on purpose, according to Kremer, because it's "a dramatic backdrop as well as being the rover's ultimate destination."

 

Maybe these pictures will help encourage people to sign up to live in the Mars Colony.

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EA's The Sims 4 is coming to Mac and PC in 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 8:03 pm

The Sims is a pretty popular game and EA has just announced that it will be getting another installment. The Sims 4 will be released sometime in 2014 on both Windows and Mac computers. Details regarding the new game are rather scarce, though now that it has been announced, we should start to hear more.

 

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We do know that EA is planning to go back to the series' "roots." There is also word that The Sims 4 will feature an extensive offline single-player experience, likely due to some of the backlash from the recently released SimCity. If you'll recall, SimCity launched with always-on DRM and suffered many launch issues.

 

EA and Maxis teased that the Sims' eyes would play a big roll in The Sims 4. They released the above image along with an FAQ entry that says, "They say that the eyes are the window into the soul. Let's just say that these eyes are a window into the future of The Sims 4."

Intel debuts Silvermont microarchitecture, features higher performance, lower power draw

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 6, 2013 7:31 pm

Intel has announced the new Silvermont microarchitecture that, as you would expect, brings with it increased performance and decreased power draw. The new architecture will rely on Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process to realize these performance gains and power draw reductions.

 

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Silvermont is aimed at a wide variety of applications that need low-power CPU's. This means we should see Silvermont showing up in smartphones, tablets, and even datacenters once it is released. Silvermont offers up to three times the performance of current generation Atom processors while consuming five times less power.

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Adobe to move entire Creative Suite to subscription based service, will ditch retail sales and further CS Suite updates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: May 6, 2013 6:30 pm

Adobe has announced that it will be moving its Creative Suite of products from a retail business model, and into a cloud based subscription model that will let users subscribe to the service for a monthly fee and will completely do away with retail packaging, downloads and apparently Creative Suite altogether.

 

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Adobe has decided to rebrand the new subscription service as the Adobe Creative Cloud and will still feature all of the same programs professionals have grown to love. This will also end the yearly release cycle for program updates, and subscribers will simply get the updates as they come out.

 

If you want my personal opinion on this, I feel that Adobe is making a major mistake here and the push to the cloud is being fueled by one thing and one thing only, piracy. With a cloud based service, Adobe can keep a more firm hold on its programs and prevent pirates from downloading and installing the program illegally.

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Microsoft says next-gen Xbox Always-On DRM will not affect Blu-Ray playback or single player gaming

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 6:04 pm

There has been more controversy and drama created over Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console featuring Always-On DRM. We have even seen one employee resign after he went on a ranting tirade on Twitter about the subject. Such a touchy topic has led to a lot of bad publicity for the Redmond, Washington based giant, and today we are finally hearing some official words on the topic from Microsoft.

 

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In an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next-gen Xbox, the company has seemingly began shooting down the idea of always-on DRM for certain aspects of the system.

 

"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."

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Buffalo begins shipping high capacity DriveStation DDR USB 3.0 hard drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 6, 2013 5:32 pm

Earlier this morning Buffalo announced the release of its DriveStation DDR, a new step forward in the external USB hard drive market. The DriveStation DDR is a USB 3.0 external drive that features a massive 1GB of DDR3 RAM cache for faster transfer speeds.

 

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Buffalo says that the DriveStation DDR is capable of transfer speeds up to 408MB/s, which is 2.3x faster than the average USB 3.0 transfer speed. The DriveStation was first unveiled at CES 2013 and was shown off in a sleek black finish. The drive includes Buffalo's Backup Utility, EcoManager, SecureLock for drive encryption, and RAMDISK which creates a RAM disk on Windows based PC's.

 

Hajime Nakai, chief executive officer at Buffalo Technology, said:

 

"Buffalo has developed the perfect solution for consumers that demand fast storage performance, but don't want to sacrifice drive capacity. We designed and built the DriveStation DDR to deliver the performance of an SSD coupled with up to three terabytes of storage, giving consumers the best of both technologies at an affordable price."

 

The DriveStation DDR comes with a limited three year warranty and is available now at select retail partners, for an estimated street price of $139.99 for the 2TB version and $179.99 for the 3TB version.

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