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New BioShock Infinite trailer reveals the Boys of Silence

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 1:28 am

The latest trailer for BioShock Infinite has hit the Internet, showing off some of the new enemies, the "Boys of Silence". These characters just look downright terrible, in a good way. Their faces are hidden behind a huge helmet-like object on their head that resembles a bell.



Their ears are super-powerful, which makes up for them being blind. So they cannot see you, but their super-powerful ears will pick up noises to track you. Within the game, you can make two decisions when you come across them: firstly, tip-toe around them and try to dodge them without them hearing you, or secondly, full on confrontation, where they'll call out for backup and you better be ready to fight!




These new enemies definitely look cool and will give BioShock Infinite the edge to the run-of-the-mill first-person shooters that we've been experiencing for the past few years. I wasn't too excited about this game at first, but the more I see, the more I love. These new enemies are unique - which is great in a bland FPS world.

HTC One S smashes Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji benchmark, is number one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 21, 2012 12:13 am

I'm beginning to think that HTC named their latest smartphone One S for a reason, it has just smashed every single other smartphone in Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji, cementing themselves into the number one position with the best scores for the benchmark.




If we look at the top 10 devices, 7 of them are Samsung-built devices, with the Pantech Burst sliding into #8, and OPPO Find 3 with #10. Samsung fill out everything else but #1. The closest device is Samsung's Galaxy S II I777 which scores a minimum, maximum and average frame rate of 41, 44 and 43, respectively. HTC One S scores 49, 49, and 49, respectively.


Kicking the shiny butt off Samsung's closest smartphone. This is a sure win for HTC, something that people should definitely be checking out when they want to purchase a new smartphone. Considering that HTC's next phone to be listed in the benchmark is their Velocity 4G at #17, this is a huge win for HTC.

WD manages 2TB on a 2.5-inch USB drive

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:27 pm

With SSDs seeming to become the norm with Ultrabooks and the like, it makes sense that more and more people will need a portable hard drive that has vast amounts of storage. Previously, you would only a thumb drive to move small files from one computer to another, but since SSDs are expensive for any sort of storage, our needs have become increasingly large to the point where thumb drives can't keep up. Let me introduce you to the Western Digital's next-generation My Passport.




Before this launch, 2TB drives relied on the larger 3.5-inch drive. These larger drives require more power than a 2.5-inch drive and often couldn't be powered solely over a USB port. To achieve this, the size of the device is up slightly to a total thickness of 21mm versus the 19mm of the 1TB and 750GB models, and the 15 mm of the 500GB model. No performance numbers have been quoted regarding the new drives, but it features USB 3.0 and the case comes in a range of colors as long as you don't want the 2TB model, which seems to be limited to black. It comes with a suggested retail price of $250 for the 2TB model. The 500GB-1TB flavors will ring up between $130 and $200, according to WD.

MSI HD 7970 hits 1800 MHz Core, 7.70 GHz Memory

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 10:33 pm

Today has been a video card news pot of gold. First we had the GTX 680 pictures, then the GTX 680 review, then the HD 7990 specifications, and now this. Swedish proverclocker Elmor managed this feat with a MSI R7970 Lightning card, which is a non-reference variant on the AMD HD 7970. So, for all of those people out there that thought MSI was making too big of a deal of its product design, maybe its time to think again. After all, look at what this card was capable of doing!




That picture isn't photoshopped. What you can see there is a MSI 7970 running with an 1800 MHz Core clock and with a 7.70 GHz Memory clock. It required 1.7v and liquid nitrogen to achieve. The massive clocks yielded a memory bandwidth of almost 370GB/s and a 3DMark 11 performance score of P15035. The rest of the test-bed consisted of an Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition six-core chip clocked at 5207 MHz, with 4 GB (4x 1 GB) DDR3 memory clocked at 2314 MHz, and MSI Big Bang XPower II motherboard.

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RumorTT: AMD prepares 7990 in response to GTX 680, specifications here

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:23 pm

Today has been a day strictly about video cards, or so it seems. We now have a good idea what AMD's upcoming 7990's specifications should amount to. We also know basically what the nVidia GTX 680 is capable of. So, AMD needs to fire back with something to top it. Well, they hope that the 7990 is just the thing. Unfortunately, it may also eclipse the nVidia 8800 Ultra as the most expensive graphics card ever to be released in the process.




The rumored specifications of the HD 7990 will in essence be 2 x HD 7970 downclocked, Crossfire'd and cramped into a single GPU board. This means it will feature 48 CU covering 4096 SP and 256 TMU. It will have 6GB of total vRAM. It's clocks will be 850 MHz core and 5 GHz memory. An educated guess would place it at a TDP of ~375W and require two 8-pin power connectors. It is set to release in early April and regain the crown as the single fastest GPU. Well, at least until nVidia fires back with a dual-GK104 chip, possibly called the GTX 690.

Free apps drain battery quicker than paid apps study says

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:32 pm

A Purdue University study has shown that free mobile apps on average drain the battery quicker than the paid equivalents. The Indiana-based university researchers found that the third-party advertising services use up to 75% of the app's power drain. Take for example Angry Birds: the game itself only used 20% of its total power draw, 45% was used to find the user's location to provide targeted ads, with the remaining 35% powering said ads.




Additionally, the study went on to find another problem called a "3G tail" which is where the 3G connection is left open for up to 10 seconds after a download is completed. This results in a needless loss of power and opens up the possibility for extra data charges for the user. I understand the need for advertising to maintain free development, but battery optimization really needs to take a priority when you see numbers like this.

nVidia GTX 680 review- beats 7970, GTX 590 in most benchmarks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:37 pm

UPDATE - our own TweakTown full review of the NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 is online right here.


Today has been a busy day regarding the upcoming nVidia GTX 680. A review of the card has been published on Tom's Hardware (since removed), even though the card hasn't even been launched. The card officially launches this Thursday, March 22nd. Take a look at its performance! Generally, it beats out the 7970, and comes close to the dual-chip cards of the previous generation, ie the GTX 590 and the 6990.




Additionally, the card had an overall lower draw the 7970, yet it still managed to beat it. It appears that nVidia has a winner here with Kepler. It even manages to beat the dual-chip cards in a few benchmarks! I can't wait to see the flagship version of Kepler, which has yet to be talked about. I think most gamers should be happy with the 680, however, since it is such a great card. But enough of my blab, I'm sure you would like to see the results!

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Pictures of a retail GTX 680 have been leaked

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:30 pm

That's right, you read the title right. We have in our digital possession 3 pictures of a yet unreleased retail Gigabyte GTX 680 graphics card. It would appear that Gigabyte has followed nVidia's reference board design for this card, opting to use the stock cooler. The only thing that is a visible change is the futuristic sci-fi art on the cooler shroud.




Earlier today we reported on another store listing the GTX 680 for sale. I commented on how, with all of these store postings, that the release of the GTX 680 must be coming soon. These pictures confirm just that. We have proof of a retail packaged GTX 680 meaning these are probably on the way to retail stores now. The first images of a retail GTX 680 have appeared online thanks to forum member "ironman86." They show that the card does in fact use two 6-pin power connectors. The source has promised us benchmarks, and we will try to get them posted as soon as he does. In the meantime, take a look at the rest of the pictures.

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More GTX680s appear on the web, available for "Add to Wishlist"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:28 pm

It seems like everyone is jumping the gun trying to sell a card that doesn't even technically exist yet. Yes, I know it will exist at some point, but until it's released, it doesn't exist as far as I am concerned. The latest posting comes in the form of two cards being listed for sale at $578.20 on One card is by eVGA and one is by MSI.




With all of these slip ups, we have to be getting close to release date. We just have to be! The new postings don't really give us any sort of extra information that we don't already know, other than a possible selling price and what speed MSI's factory overclocked card is going to be running at. In case you're curious, that speed happens to be 1056Mhz. The MSI listing is here, and the eVGA listing is here.

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Apple not only patent troll, Samsung and RIM sued by Varia Holdings Inc.

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 4:15 pm

This is just getting ridiculous. First, Apple sues for its "Slide-to-unlock" patent, and now Varia Holdings Inc. sues for a patent regarding using a menu to select an emoticon instead of typing it character-by-character. I mean, really? How did this even get a patent in the first place? Take a look at the picture below. "It is known that for many users, their email and instant messaging communications... often involve the use of emoticons, such as the 'smiling face' or the 'sad face,'" the patent says. "However, few email or instant messaging applications offer any assistance to a user to enter and use emoticons in their communications."




If this patent is true, they need to be suing more than just Samsung and RIM. Microsoft Live Messenger, AIM, and Skype all have menus for emoticon selection. So why just these two companies? It appears they have the most infringing devices. The lawsuit claims a long list of Samsung phones infringe along with Blackberry's Bold, Curve, Pearl, and Storm. If you would like to read the patent for yourself, you can view it here.

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