Electronic Arts announced yesterday that they would be pitching in to the relief effort in a very big way. '
All of our compassion goes out to the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging time, and EA is mobilizing to support people living through this incredibly devastating situation.
EA claims they have modified in-game transactions allow users to connect directly to fundraising and contribution efforts for Japan. Though they weren't specific on which games, the post mentioned Battlefield Heroes, Playfish, Pogo, The Sims, Ultima Online and Fifa Ultimate Team as games that were developing fundraising solutions.
This seems to imply that players making in-game transactions will, instead of paying EA, will contribute to the Japan relief effort, and still net their virtual good. In exchange for contributing directly to Japan, EA will double the value of whatever item/good/benefit the player purchase and match the donation (up to $50k) to the American Red Cross.
The latest happenings from around the web - March 18th, 2011
- MSI CX620 3D Laptop @ tbreak
- MSI GX660R Gaming Laptop @ Hardware Heaven
- Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE @ Planet3DNow
- GIGABYTE G1-Killer Assassin X58 LGA1366 Gaming Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- Kingston HyperX PC3-2133 CL9 @ XSReview
- G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133 8GB RAM @ Overclockers Club
Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.43.
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.
SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).
SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.
SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
SpeedFan can handle:
almost any number of South Bridges
almost any number of hardware monitor chips
almost any number of hard disks
almost any number of temperature readings
almost any number of voltage readings
almost any number of fan speed readings
almost any number of PWMs
Deal of the Day: Xbox 360 Console 4GB w/ Kinect Bundle - $299.99 Shipped Free! Includes Dance Central FREE!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Xbox 360 Console 4GB w/ Kinect Bundle - $299.99 Shipped Free! Includes Dance Central FREE!.
Offer: What an awesome deal here! You get:
- Xbox 360 4GB S Console
- Kinect Sensor
- Kinect Adventures Game
- Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller
- FREE Dance Central Game ($48 value)
There seems to be a theme over the recent months with military style gaming gear. We've got the latest Killer series from Gigabyte and the new ASUS P67 Sabertooth that sports what essentially looks like a massive heatsink over the whole motherboard.
Expanding upon much loved series like the Ripjaws and RipjawsX, we see the new Sniper series which aims at the gaming and modding enthusiast. Available in black and metallic green, this unique gun styled heatsink makes it the next weapon of choice in your PCs arsenal.
Available from next week we'll see kits ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 1866MHz DDR with a default voltage ranging from 1.25v to 1.6v. With 8 different speed kits hitting the market that offer support for AMDs AM3 chipset and Intels P55, P67, H61, H67 and X58, there's going to be a set for you.
Keep an eye out for a review on the new series as G.Skill has confirmed they've pulled the trigger on sending us a kit of the new series.
Make sure you check out the full press release to have a look at the speeds and timings G.Skill will be offering us.
If you're not too
drunk busy to read this (got a text from a friend that was 4 car bombs deep by 10am- she's very Irish), there's still time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your thumbs, via the SPD edition of Angry Birds: Seasons.
This St. Patrick's day bundle commemorates the Irish holiday by painting over the Angry Birds world in stereotypes. Players will delight to find pots of gold, giant green hat with gold buckles, and an Irish-themed instrumental thats as genius as it is annoying. I'm surprised the birds and pigs aren't all drunk.
(Please play responsibly)
iOS Download is $0.99, find it here, or just watch this gameplay video provided by Rovio.
The drink that allows most of us to study for exams or keep going despite knocking back four sake bombs in a row has launched a widespread augmented reality marketing campaign for their 12-Packs. Utilizing racing celebrities like Cole Whitt and Kasey Kahne as spokespeople, Red Bull has launched Red Bull Augmented Racing, an iOS app allows you to design a racetrack with all 12 of the cans.
All the player has to do is find a fairly open space and arrange the 12 Red Bull cans in the shape of what, ideally, is a bird's eye view of a racetrack. With their iPhone, the user loads the Red Bull app and proceeds to "track" the top of each can. The application then creates a racetrack using the relative positions of the cans, which the user can then race and subsequently upload to the Red Bull site and/or Facebook. Players compete by racing for best times in various user-created tracks, including those created by Kahne and Whitt themselves.
For Cole Whitt's promotional video, and more information about the experience including how to download, go here.
I'll admit, the "track construction" element is pretty awkward. You need to be prepared to put every can back in the box or plan ahead and do this at a party or study group session where 12 cans of Red Bull would be...
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is off and running with 2.35 million downloads in its first 24 hours. The non-beta version was released this past Monday at 9PM PST, so for that first day people were acquiring IE9 at a rate of about 27 downloads per second. That's around twice the downloads of the IE9 Beta, and a whopping four times the amount of downloads for the release candidate.
Though Microsoft is totes psyched (and they should be) about this turn of events, the record holder for most downloads in 24 hours has been rock solid for almost three years, and that blue ribbon will remain with Mozilla's Firefox 3, released June 17 of 2008.
Mozilla is poised to release Firefox 4 next tuesday, and already enjoys a very large percentage of worldwide browser market share, according to this graph from StatCounter:
Internet Explorer still has the lead, but not by a steady enough margin for it to be...
The latest happenings from around the web - March 17th, 2011
- ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ Pureoverclock
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard @ Techwarelabs
- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra Motherboard (PB-CI7S42P67) @ Kitguru
- Lucid Hydra Performance Review on the AMD Platform @ PC Perspective
- nVidia mid-range match-up, what should you buy? @ Kitguru
- Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up @ Hot Hardware
We have teamed up with GIGABYTE this week to giveaway a P67A-UD4-B3 P67 Express motherboard. It features the new B3 revision P67 chipset from Intel that solves issues to do with the SATA ports.
Get ready for a mind blowing media experience when you upgrade to a GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard. Every component on GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 motherboards is designed and engineered to deliver exceptional performance and clarity for your computing needs.
Powered by the Intel® P67 chipset with support for 2nd Generation Intel® Core processors, GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 enjoy uniquely developed technologies such as Maximum Power Delivery technology, Dual CPU Power technology and Ultra Durable 3 design just to name a few, that ensure a reliable and enjoyable computing experience.
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.