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NVIDIA announces GeForce Experience Cloud Service for Quality Presets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 5:17 am

NVIDIA had quite the day yesterday, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang proudly announcing the kick-arse GEFORCE GTX 690, based on two Kepler GK104 GPUs. But, that wasn't the only big news, another thing Team Green announced was the 'GeForce Experience'.




What is that? It does sound like a trip in a fighter plane, or some really cheesy porno, but it's actually a cloud-based service with the promise of simplifying the configuration of games based on your hardware. This means that depending on your particular hardware configuration, including the CPU, RAM, storage speed and of course, the GPU, the NVIDIA tool will set the optimal in-game settings and resolution.


This is a huge step for NVIDIA, but they're confident that they have the personnel and testing systems in place to push this forward. How it'll work is pretty simple: when a user opens a game for the first time, they'll be prompted with a screen that shows the default of current game settings side-by-side with the settings recommended by NVIDIA's GeForce Experience.

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Huge drop in US iPhone app downloads, over 30% in March alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 4:27 am

This comes at quite a surprise, but daily US iPhone app downloads have dropped, considerably, with a 30-percent month-over-month drop. This is up from the 6.35 million in February to just 4.45 million in March, according to mobile marketing firm Fiksu.




Fiksu also says that it was the second straight month of decline in the course of their tracking, with a drop in January to February, but no where near as severe. January saw downloads topping 6.79 million, so a drop to 6.35 million is less than 10-percent. But a 30-percent drop the month after? That's something worth noting.


Fiksu also states that the drop is most likely due to two trends: first, the iPhone 4S is no longer a new device, so owners may be less concerned with downloading new apps. And secondly, Apple has decided to crack down on third-party marketers using bots to download apps and inflate chart rankings. This would make sense as with fewer bots, app traffic may now be coming down from its inflated numbers, down to reality.

'Evil is Back', Diablo III's latest TV spot is deliciously evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:27 am

If you don't want to have to sit through Family Guy tonight to catch the latest Diablo III TV spot 'Evil is Back', then you might want to watch the 30-second advertisement below.



Well, that looks just a little awesome, doesn't it? The TV spot doesn't really show anything about the game itself, but right now Diablo III anything is good. Diablo III arrives for PC and Mac on May 15. If you didn't play the beta, or participate in the open beta weekend, then you've missed out.




I'm an old school Diablo fan and the latest game is great. It does have its problems, but what game doesn't? For me, a beta that works perfectly, no glitches, no crashes, no BSODs, no CTODs, and 3-screen support out-of-the-box, you've sold me, Blizzard. The full game should be even better, and I hope to play with you when it hits! Add me!

Ivy Bridge's heat problems persist, even with the removal of its IHS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:15 am

Last week, we reported on the Ivy Bridge high temperatures, and whether it was because Intel used TIM instead of solder on the IHS, but now things seem to have changed. A PC EVA forum member has used a Core i7 3770K processor, slapped a Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler and Prolimatech PK-1 thermal grease, and has tested the chip with and without the IHS on to see if there was a difference with thermal performance.


They used AIDA64 Extreme Edition for idle and load average temperature monitoring, with Prime95 smashing the CPU to generate load. Testing was done at 4.5Ghz with 1.2V on the core. The results?




As we can see, even with the cheaper thermal paste and the IHS layer removed, the cooling performance is relatively unchanged. This also allows a 5-percent margin of error. This is another piece of evidence to show that the heating performance is nothing to do with the IHS, by most likely something to do with Ivy Bridge's revised manufacturing process. This means that an Ivy Bridge should reach lower stable 24/7 clock speeds than a Sandy Bridge chip, but offer it with lower power consumption numbers.

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Australian Government looks into the ridiculous "Australia Tax", the cost of tech and games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:04 am

Being based in Australia is good for a few things, our pay over here for jobs is quite good, public health is amazing, and countless other things. But the things that I like to spend my hard-earned cash on, tech and games, is ridiculously priced compared to the rest of the world.




The Australian government is now going to be looking into this, where all major computer and software publishers will be sent invitations to defend their pricing policies at a Federal Parliament inquiry. MP Ed Husic has been campaigning for fairer local pricing, and welcomed the inquiry, saying:


People here scratch their heads trying to work out why they get fleeced on software downloads. When the Productivity Commission asked IT companies why they charge so much for downloads, even they found the answers were not persuasive.


With the strength of the Australian dollar, most people expected things to drop in price, but, they didn't. No one really seems to care, as I can walk into most retailers in this country (and in particular, my state: South Australia) and electronic and gaming retailers are usually quite busy with customers. But, with the great Aussie dollar, most gamers (like myself) are buying and importing games from overseas.

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Telstra unleash Ice Cream Sandwich upon the GALAXY S II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 2:29 am

Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived on the GALAXY S II with Telstra, and there's only a few steps between your old Gingerbread life on the GSII and your new Ice Cream Sandwich-rocking life. Do it now!




You'll need to visit this website if you want to do it, as there's a few steps you'll have to do. If you're still running the older Android 2.3.3, you'll need to upgrade to 2.3.6 before you can upgrade to ICS 4.0.3. Other than that, have at it!


It can be done OTA (over-the-air), or you can chose to upgrade it through Kies. This method would require that you backup all personal data, just in case. Before any update, I would suggest backing up personal data, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Apple and Samsung to have settlement talks on May 21-22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 1:29 am

Apple and Samsung have been at it for a while now, but it's beginning to heat up considerably. Both companies are now being ushered into a room together with their judge mediating settlement talks between the two popular companies.




Both Apple and Samsung, as well as their CEOs and chief counsels, are expected to meet up on the mornings of May 21 and 22 in a San Francisco court rather than the full trials' San Jose venue. Both sides will also have to produce statements by May 9 stating how likely they think their chances are of winning the trial.


But right now, there's absolutely no way one could guess which way this is going to go. Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that he prefers to settle when he can, but still argues that companies should stop copying, implying that legal action might not stop without a promise of changes from GALAXY-branded maker, Samsung.

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Digital Storm integrates Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs into their award-winning line of gaming PCs and Laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 30, 2012 12:32 am

Digital Storm have just let the world know they've baked Intel's 22nm-built Ivy Bridge CPUs into their entire line of gaming PCs and laptops. This means that Digital Storm future customers (as of now) will receive systems with the world's most advanced processor in their machine.




With the help of Ivy Bridge, Digital Storm's systems just get, well, better. Because Intel's latest chip runs cooler and delivers higher performance when compared to Sandy Bridge CPUs. Digital Storm's Director of Product Development, Rajeev Kuruppu says:


We've tested Ivy Bridge in every one of our systems and we've measured extraordinary overclocks at 4.8GHz at unbelievably low temperatures across the board. With the addition of Intel's latest chipset, our entire line of gaming PCs and laptops offer customers the utmost in computing power.

NVIDIA unveils the GEFORCE GTX 690, dual-GPU Kepler heaven is nearly here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 29, 2012 6:59 am

We've all been salivating at the mouth for it, well, maybe not you, but I sure have. What are we salivating for? NVIDIA's answer to the question "who is your Daddy?" Well, their answer? The GEFORCE GTX 690.




Kepler has had an interesting launch, where NVIDIA just dumped the GTX 680 onto the market and pretty much said "have at it, everyone" and it was a great contender to the already fast Radeon HD 7970. But how good does the dual-Kepler GTX 690 need to be? Usually we get two decent cards with built-in SLI, but NVIDIA have opted for dual GTX 680s for the GTX 690.


This time round, we get two fully enabled GK104 cores bursting at the proverbial seams. NVIDIA are also setting some high targets on performance per watt, where NVIDIA are able to leverage the GK104's cores onto a single GPU without having to worry about it requiring super-cooling, or sucking down serious power. The GEFORCE GTX 690 also has something else high-end up its sleeve, it's price. It will launch at $999, but did you really expect this beast to be cheap? Didn't think so.



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Support Huntington's Disease research and enter a raffle for a custom computer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:56 pm

Today has been a 'Friday Feel Good Day.' As reported earlier, TigerDirect teamed up with a Corsair and EVGA to make that computer that is being auctioned off on eBay. It's not the only charity build that's currently going on. Custom Case Modder Will Lyon has built a cool "Arctic Cat" themed case that he is now selling raffle tickets for. The proceeds from the raffle ticket sales go to support Huntington's Disease.




As originally posted by Will Lyon:


Help support a great cause and get a chance to win this custom rig built buy me. This rig includes lots of time and parts graciously donated by many great people and great companies! Huntington's Disease is a (currently) incurable and debilitating genetic disorder. You can help the HDSA to further their research and try to find a treatment or cure for this horrible disease. I personally am also giving away myr Arctic Cat computer to one lucky person who donates! All donations received will go go to the Huntington's Disease Society of America. The funds will enable the HDSA to continue their ongoing efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for Huntington's Disease. Just like with any other disease-related research they need all the help they can get! Me wife's best friend's mother died from Huntington's....[/quote]

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