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Carmageddon Reincarnation joins in on the Kickstarter funding bandwagon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2012 7:19 am

I've got to say this first: I played Carmageddon for over one hundred hours, easy. My brother and I spent countless hours within the amazing world of this game, and I'm excited to see what they can do with today's technology. But, news is coming through that Stainless' Carmageddon reboot, Carmageddon Reincarnation, has begun development.




Stainless had funding, but have reached out to the wonderful world of the Internet, and in particular, Kickstarter, to get additional funds. This is what seems to make the most sense as the company seemed to have funding, but now they're looking at Kickstarter. We should have more concrete info on this soon. But, the game is already at $78,000 of its $400,000 goal. One contribution was $10,000 in a single hit. This backer will be flown to the UK and have their likeness applied as an in-game character - very cool.


Stainless have been quoted:


We're a modest-sized indie developer (around 50 trapped souls), and we've already invested well over a third of a million dollars getting the rights back and beginning design and prototyping. This represents all of our profits from our other work - but we think it's worth it. We currently have a small team working on the project - but without some sort of dedicated funding, that can't continue indefinitely. We can't put this game into full production without a sizeable team dedicated to it. So we need a pile of CASH to get the game made.

The 'new iPad' was actually Apple's 'Plan B'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2012 6:32 am

We've all seen, read about, heard about, or touched the new iPad, but was this really Apple's best? Not according to Raymond Soneria, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies. Soneria thinks that the new iPad is not the device that Apple originally intended on releasing.




Soneria said in an interview with CNET that the third-generation iPad was meant to be thinner, featuring a new display from Sharp, which supposedly featured "IGZO" technology. Soneira said:


The plan was to use this new technology called IGZO from Sharp - a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements a lot smaller. There's no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody else.


But, it has been reported that Sharp's IGZO technology wasn't available at the time for the third-generation iPad, so Apple had to go with their "Plan B". Another reason behind the plan B is that Sharp could not keep up with the manufacturing demand that the new iPad would've ushered for the company. What the new iPad has been, is nothing short of amazing, but it goes to show that we could have so much more, but are given a device to just shut us up.

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Portal 2's DLC 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2012 5:24 am

It's finally here! Valve's have announced that the free Portal 2 update 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' is now available for download. Did we mention it's, uh, free? Yep! If you already own Portal 2, you now own this.




Perpetual Testing Initiative is available for both PC and Mac, and lets players "easily create, share and play Portal 2 puzzles". The DLC pack sports a simplified Puzzle Maker which makes the creation of Portal 2 maps that much easier.


The Puzzle Maker can also directly publish maps to Valve's Steam Workshop, where everyone else can browse, vote on, and select to play them.

Micron the first to announce DDR4 DRAM module, DDR4-2400, DDR4-3200 is on its way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 9, 2012 5:16 am

Micron have announced that they have begun shipping the very first engineering samples of "fully functional DDR4 DRAM modules" in DIMM form factor to their major customers. Micron expects to have DDR4 ready for mas production by Q4 2012, where fast adoption of the new DDR4 tech will be scooped up by key industry players next year.




DDR4 focuses on reducing power consumption, while at the same time offering a performance increases over DDR3. The memory was developed in conjunction with Taiwan's Nanya, where they've used Micron's 30nm process node.


The new sticks, 4 Gigabit, 512MB DDR4 x 8 memory chip is offering memory densities up to 8GB for a single DIMM. This means we're looking at DDR4 hitting us with systems capable of 32GB of RAM in the mainstream, with 64GB and 128GB hitting up the high-end. Micron plan on making the memory chips with x8, x16, and x32 solder connections, which should reach clocks from 2.4-3.2 billion transfers per second, or "effective GHz" as the memory vendors like to say.

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Fujitsu, Lenovo both unveil DisplayLink-based USB 3.0 port replicators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 9, 2012 4:01 am

With Ultrabooks slimming down not just in size and weight, but also port options, port replicators are going to be the new in-thing. Fujitsu and Lenovo have both unveiled two new DisplayLink-based USB 3.0 replicators, and first we'll tackle the Fujitsu model. Both models sport DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset, the DL-3900, which offers dual display connectivity.




Fujitsu's USB 3.0 Port Replicator PR08 has some great features, where they've added DisplayPort connectivity which means you can throw a 2560x1600 display on it, without an issue. The port replicator also features a DVI-I port that can be used with an adapter to give D-sub support. Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (not at full speed, obviously), and audio jacks for 2.1- and 5.1-channel audio.




Lenovo steps in with their ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock which sports two DVI ports, five USB 3.0 ports (again, not at full speed), Gigabit Ethernet and audio ports. Lenovo's product has an MSRP of US$179.99 and should hit on May 15, where Fujitsu kindly left out pricing and availability information.

Upcoming mobile Ivy Bridge CPU pricing has been unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2012 3:16 am

On June 3, Intel plans to launch some cheaper dual-core Ivy Bridge-based CPUs, prices of these new chips will range between $225 and $346. We're also looking at two Core i7 options, the first being the Core i7-3520M which clocks in at 2.9GHz with a turbo frequency of 3.6GHz, 4MB of L3 cache, a 35W TDP and pricing of $346.




The second Core i7 offering, the Core i7-3667U retains the same L3 cache, but mixes up the clock speed to 2GHz, with a turbo frequency of 3.2GHz, but we have a big change in the TDP, just 17W, it also retains the same $346 pricing.


The three Core i3 offerings are split into 2 options, one of them with a 17W TDP, the remaining two with 35W TDPs. The first one, Core i5-3320M has a clock speed of 2.6GHz, turbo at 3.3GHz, 3MB of L3 cache and a price of $225, the second, Core i5-3360M has a frequency of 2.8GHz, turbo up to 3.5GHz, the same L3 cache amount, but a price of $266. The final Core i5-3427U has a clock speed of 1.8GHz, turbo at 2.8GHz, 3MB L3 cache, and a 17W TDP, its price is set at $225.

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Faster Wi-Fi is on its way, 802.11-2012 promises 600Mbps, 3.65-3.7GHz, mesh networking

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: May 9, 2012 2:21 am

The Wi-Fi (802.11x) has been revised multiple times over the years, where we've seen 802.11b, g, n and smaller changes like 802.11a, but the IEEE standards committee is now looking at a pretty major revision to the standard dubbed 802.11-2012.




802.11-2012 is said to stand out from the 802.11x crowd by operating within a range of 3.65 and 3.7GHz. At the moment Wi-Fi usually operates at around 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies. With the 2.4GHz frequency absolutely saturated by most consumer devices, and 5.8GHz becoming more and more popular, using a new area of the spectrum will give customers not only the change to avoid interference, but a serious injection of speed.


802.11-2012 is expected to hit 600Mbps throughout, with the PHY (physical layer) and MAC (software layer) components of the new wireless standard to be reworked in order to provide that insane speed. These changes will allow allow for new additions such as "mesh" networking, direct-link setup, changes in security, broadcast/multicast/unicast data delivery and additional network management features.

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Blizzard prep StarCraft II expansion, 'Heart of the Swarm'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2012 1:28 am

Blizzard are set to throw some improvements and long-awaited new features into StarCraft II, all before the release of their first expansion, Heart of the Swarm which is coming later this year. One of the best additions to the game will be the ability to resume multiplayer games from a replay file.




StarCraft II requires the Internet to plan, and there have been many games lost due to connections dropping from It may not seem like a big issue, but when there's money involved with tournaments, this can be quite a big deal. Players have been dealing with this issue from day-one, so a resume feature is going to be big, big news for SCII players.


The new replay system has another ace up its sleeve, where it has the feature to allow more than one person to view the same file, a feature that the original StarCraft has, and until now is still missing from its sequel. StarCraft II, like Diablo III, is set to receive Global Play. At the moment, users are restricted to their region which prevents them from playing with friends across the pond. Alternatively, you have to purchase another copy of the game. After the new patch, you won't need to do that anymore.

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Google is set to test its self-driving cars in Nevada after receiving nation's first license

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 8, 2012 11:31 pm

If you see a car with a red license plate and infinity symbol, steer clear as that car is one of Google's self-driving cars driving itself around. Drivers of Nevada will soon be driving through Las Vegas with the likes of cars that no longer need them. Just do Google a favor, don't honk at any cars with said red license plate.




"It gets honked at more often because it's being safe," said Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow. But, after proving itself in test drives through Carson City and Las Vegas, the vehicle has received a license to drive itself around, with a few learners restrictions. The vehicle will be required to have two people in it at all times.


One person is required to sit in the drivers seat to take control in case a glitch occurs. The other person is required to monitor a computer screen which displays its planned route and keeps tabs on traffic lights and road hazards. The driver can stop autonomous mode with a push of the brake pedal or a movement of the steering wheel.


"They're designed to avoid distracted driving," Breslow said. "When you're on the Strip and there's a huge truck with a three scantily clad women on the side, the car only sees a box." Breslow believes that these cars will be available in 3 to 5 years and at that point they will feature a green license plate.

The Pirate Bay warns against copies of its site which charge for access

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 8, 2012 10:35 pm

In the wake of a UK court ordering UK ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, many sites have popped up as proxies to allow access to the site. The site is actually happy that sites are helping people access The Pirate Bay even when the sites copy its index. However, they aren't so happy when the copy charges users for access.




The idea of charging for access to The Pirate Bay is in direct contradiction to what they stand for. As such, when these copy sites use their index and charge for access, they aren't the happiest website on Earth. "We've noticed at least 3 sites that are tricking users to buying access or similar. We do not condone this behaviour, The Pirate Bay is a free service!" says an official blog post.


So, there are a couple of messages to take away from this. One, beware of illegal torrent sites that are illegally copying blocked illegal torrent sites. Two, if you are behind the blockers, make sure you are using a good proxy to access a free service. "Take care and don't get tricked. There's a war going on. It's the mafiaa against the people. Let's make sure that the people win."

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