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Tomb Raider gets official NVIDIA support in new driver release, after a week of issues

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 2:42 pm

March has been a roller coaster ride for gaming companies, with major games like Sim City and Tomb Raider experiencing major issues on launch. Tomb Raider was all but playable on NVIDIA GPUs up until now. The GPU architecture giant has finally been able to release an official driver update that fixes most issues with the latest installment from Crystal Dynamics.

 

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On the company's official blog, they stated:

 

GeForce gamers have come to expect an awesome Day 1 experience. But in the case of Tomb Raider, that didn't come to pass. We hadn't received the game in time to assure them of this - which was disappointing for them and for us.

 

But our software engineers, like our GPUs, are the best in the industry. And they've been working closely with Crystal Dynamics since the game's release to help improve the experience for GeForce gamers.

 

So, in conjunction with a game patch that Crystal Dynamics released earlier today, we recommend that GeForce users update to the just-posted GeForce 314.21 drivers (Source #2 below). They'll provide major gains in reliability and performance in the game - delivering an average of 45% and up to 60% performance improvements (as measured with GeForce GTX 680 at 1920-1080 and 2560-1600 resolutions).

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Cisco wins another battle in the patent troll wars against VirnetX

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 2:02 pm

Patent trolling seems to be the new get rich quick scheme for this decade. Every week we see news of a new lawsuit being filed, or hear word of a case being won or lost down in Tyler, Texas. This week we lead off with news of Cisco winning its battle against the notorious patent troll VirnetX.

 

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VirnetX is a simple 14 man operation that seemingly has one goal: Hunt down possible patent infringements and sue the pants off of the other party. Earlier last year, the company filed suit against Cisco, saying that the networking giant was infringing on some of its VPN patents.

 

Most of the time VirnetX wins its cases, but today Cisco has dealt a crushing blow to the company when a judge ruled that Cisco was in the clear. Losing the case cost VirnetX a cool $27 million as well as seeing its stock plummet a whopping 40 percent just minutes after the verdict.

Microsoft will end support for Windows Phone 8 in July 2014, no successor announced yet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 1:31 pm

After less than a year of being on the market, we now know the end of life timeline for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has just unveiled the support cycle date for its current mobile operating systems. Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 are both set to expire in 2014.

 

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Microsoft has unveiled its plan to end support for Windows Phone 8 in July of 2014, and Windows Phone 7.8 will see its support end later that year in September. This puts both products on an 18 month life-cycle from the time they started appearing on devices.

 

Microsoft has made no promise of updates to the next version of Windows Phone for existing hardware either which has sparked some backlash towards the Redmond based company. While no official successor has been announced, a safe bet would be that a mobile version of Windows Blue will replace Windows Phone 8 and we could see an official release by this coming holiday season.

RumorTT: Panasonic could leave the plasma TV business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 10:38 am

According to a Reuters report, Japanese electronics giant Panasonic could leave the plasma TV business, as part of downsizing their television operations over the next three years starting in the next fiscal year.

 

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Panasonic have already begun selling assets to raise funds, even selling real estate to improve their financial position. Panasonic's TV business generated more than $10.5 billion in sales during the peak 2009/2010 period, but is estimated to earn less than half of that amount going into the 2015/2016 period according to the Nikkei newspaper, not citing any sources unfortunately. A Panasonic spokesperson has said:

 

We are considering a number of options regarding our TV business. But nothing has been decided yet.

Lenovo unveils their ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook, ships next month for $949

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 8:36 am

Lenovo have just unveiled their latest ThinkPad, the T431s. Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s is a 14-inch Ultrabook, sporting a 1600x900 matte display backed up by 250 nits of brightness. Inside, we have Intel HD graphics, a 720p front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM (upgradeable to 12GB), a 47WHr sealed battery, an optional backlit keyboard, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for both Wi-Fi and WWAN connections.

 

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Diving in deeper, we find Intel's Core i5-3337U processor clocked at 2.7GHz, with an upgrade to a Core i7 available. A full-sized Ethernet port is available, while VGA makes a weird appearance, too. A 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack is here, two USB 3.0 ports, a 4-in-1 SD card reader and a 320GB 5400RPM mechanical HDD resides inside for storage - with the option to upgrade to a super-fast SSD. It'll ship with your choice of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

 

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No touchscreen is here yet, but Lenovo have said that future T431s models might feature touch panels. The trackpad has lose its physical buttons, with a custom-built alternative at play from Lenovo and Synaptics that reportedly took two years to work on. The T431s' trackpad supports some 20 different gestures. Lenovo's latest Ultrabook will start at $949 and will be in stores next month.

Saints Row IV trailer arrives, teases its release for August 20, 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 7:34 am

Can you believe we're already up to a fourth Saints Row game? Well, the developers behind Saints Row, Volition, have unveiled the trailer to Saints Row IV, showing off a bunch of content in the game. Check it out below:

 

 

There you have it, if you thought the previous Saints Row games were crazy, this is going to set the bar much higher. It looks like Saints Row had babies with a bunch of other games, like GTA and Crackdown, and that is definitely not a bad thing at all. Saints Row IV gets released on August 20, 2013 in the US, and three days later on August 23 for the rest of the world.

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TimeSplitters Rewind is coming to PC, powered by CryEngine 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 6:36 am

Crytek have authorized a new TimeSplitters game headed to PC, powered by the company's CryEngine 3. TimeSplitters Rewind is a fan-made game, including the help of members of the original TimeSplitters team from Free Radical Design.

 

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TimeSplitters Rewind will include multiple modes and challenges taken from the original three TimeSplitters games, all polished in CryEngine 3. There will be online play for 8-16 players, as well as bots. CryEngine 3 doesn't support split-screen, so that's off the table for the moment. A demo of TimeSplitters Rewind is due for December.

3D-printed guns are on their way, Defense Distributed receives federal firearms license to manufacture them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 4:35 am

Defense Distributed has received a federal firearms license, with company head Cody Wilson announcing this would allow his company to manufacture and sell the group's guns. The news comes from Defense Distributed's Facebook page, where they uploaded a photo of the license with a note saying "The work begins!"

 

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Wilson has said that the Type 7 license he received will allow him the same rights as other manufacturers, where he adds: "I can sell some of the pieces that we've been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport." Wilson will be required to, of course, keep records on what his company makes and sells, but he doesn't have plans to sell anything until he receives a supplemental license to make a broader range of firearms.

 

Defense Distributed seem to be the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to 3D-printed gun companies, successfully testing 3D-printed rifle lowers and high-capacity magazines.

Battlefield 4 image emerges, confirms present day setting

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 3:32 am

Battlefield 4 will be officially announced later this month, on March 26 at the Games Development Conference 2013 (GDC), but for now we have the first image of the game. The image, below, confirms that the next-gen, first-person shooter will take place in the present day.

 

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As you can see, the image shows off a soldier and various vehicles pushing through a city, which is in the background. Battlefield 4 continues on its predecessor's color scheme, of orange, black and blue - which is definitely not a bad thing. DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson said last summer: "We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful."

 

Something I'm looking forward to seeing is the unlocking of the potential of the graphics engine to be used, Frostbite 2. Frostbite 2's engine in Battlefield 3 was only utilized to a reported 30%, with Battlefield 4 pushing that right up to 80% with improved dynamic lighting and tessellation, among other goodies.

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RumorTT: Leaked specs on Nexus 5 "Megalodon", would be a smartphone powerhouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 2:34 am

Android and Me have received an an image from an anonymous source, claiming that they work for Google, telling them the image below is the real deal on the Nexus 5. Their source claims that the Nexus 5 would be released later this year, October to be precise, and that they are evaluating several prototypes from different manufacturers.

 

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One of these prototype's is LG's, who made the Nexus 4, and is going under the codename of "Megalodon". Megalodon looks like a serious powerhouse, but before we get into them we will state that this is a serious rumor, and half of these specs are most likely not correct:

  • 5.2" OLED Display with 1920x1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
  • 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
  • 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
  • Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
  • Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)

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