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Nintendo to launch full-blown app store for Wii U

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 4:35 am

Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii U, is only a few months away from our grubby little paws. With this thought, The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a "full-blown app store" for the system.

 

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At the moment, Nintendo mainly use repositories that act as "light" app stores: The DSi Shop for its portables, and the Wii Shop for the current Wii console. Most of the apps found on the 'stores' are just quite basic, and don't serve customers what they want like the Android Market and App Store on the smartphone/tablet devices.

 

The Wii U's as-yet-unnamed store will definitely offer more, proferring a wider variety of apps, according to a person familiar with the matter. Wii U owners will be able to use apps that operate on the Wii U itself, such as MLB.TV, and others that run independently on the Wii U's controller. Considering that the Wii U's controller is a beast in itself, sporting a 6.2-inch touch screen, one can imagine the possibilities it can bring to the table.

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Chrome gobbles up more market share, now beating Firefox in browser wars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 3:21 am

Whilst a Google Chrome engineer says that Firefox is not a competitor, but a partner, it all comes down to competition and numbers. Right now, Google Chrome are ahead of Firefox in browser share market numbers. Chrome had an amazing year in 2011.

 

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Chrome went from a 15-percent marker share, to 27-percent in December, 2011. Chrome ended 2011 two points above Firefox, who had 25-percent, down from 31-percent twelve months ago. Google haven't been able to replicate this success in their Android browser, which gets slapped around by Apple's mobile Safari across all iOS devices, with 52-percent to 16-percent for Apple and Google, respectively.

 

The real beast to beat is Microsoft's Internet Explorer which currently holds 39-percent of the browser market. If Chrome keeps going up like it does, I don't see that being a problem for 2012. I use Chrome, and love it. My entire life is synced into Google. Mobile, browser, syncs, e-mail, everything. I'm sure a lot of others are like me, too. Best of all... it's free!

Monday Evening Roundup for January 2, 2012

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 3:12 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 3rd, 2012

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ Mainboard @ XBit Labs

- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks

 

Video/Monitor

 

- Dell S2330MX 23" LED Monitor @ Hardware Canucks

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Graphics Cards from Palit and MSI @ XBit Labs

- AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix

- Does AMD have a 2304 stream processor GPU in waiting? @ PC Perspective

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Paranormal Activity 4 will haunt you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 2:26 am

I fondly remember the first Paranormal Activity, I followed it for a while and had an early viewing of it and loved it. It wasn't the best horror movie, but it did what it was made to do: be super cheap on budget, be a decent movie and compared to Avatar, made a crap tonne of money-to-budget ratio.

 

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According to a Paramount press release, there's a fourth Paranormal Activity coming out this year. Now, the second one (to me) was the peak of the series, I have a newborn at home now and those scenes are just... powerful. I mean, what would you do? If it were you? The third one, while good in explaining the back story, just didn't have enough scares.

 

A fourth one, I'd love to know what direction it would take. Here's the press release from Paramount:

 

In 2012, Paramount's release slate highlights include "World War Z," a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and "The Dictator," starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind "Borat."

RumorTT: AMD Radeon HD 8970 coming soon?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 1:22 am

We posted a leaked Sapphire document yesterday and something I noticed were the black lines drawn through some of the details, mainly the stream processors on "Toxic ZX" and "Da Original" where it seems they had SP counts of 2304.

 

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2304 is much higher than the 2048 stock, and according to PC Perspective, if this card were to come out, with the SP's running at 1225MHz, we could expect another 35- to 45-percent increase over the stock HD 7970.

 

If this were true, this could be a product AMD are keeping back from us all, waiting for NVIDIA to strike with their Kepler hammer. AMD have always been great at moving to another, smaller process and maybe this time with how good the 7000-series cards are, they struck gold. Decided to keep the treasure map to the true power of these cards, and if they've gotten there now... we could expect an AMD Radeon HD 8970 if it's true.

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Pre-CES 2012 preview of Thermaltake coolers including Frio Extreme

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 4:37 pm

Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of some new cooling products from the Taiwanese company.

 

 

Starting off in the air department we have the Frio Extreme which is similar in design to past Frio series air coolers from Thermaltake, but the Extreme version which will come out sometime in Q1 2012 takes things to a whole new level being able to provide up to 250 watts of CPU cooling ability.

 

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Included on the cooler are two 120mm cooling fans and two aluminum heat blocks with six heatpipes. This cooler also comes with a new fan controller attached to it which allows you to adjust the fan speed in a small little black unit.

 

Next up we have a range of water cooling products from Thermaltake which will also be displayed at CES and go on sale by the end of Q1 2012. It is the Water 2.0 series including the Water 2.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Pro and the Water 2.0 Extreme. Some of these coolers are based on similar designs that are already out on the market since now Thermaltake and other companies use the same design as provided the same supplier.

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Download of the Day: AIMP 3.00.976

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:54 pm

Our Download of the Day today is AIMP 3.00.976.

 

AIMP is a free audio player with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with multiple playlists immediately, allows creation of bookmarks and also has a playback queue.

 

• Crystal-clear sound, technology of reproduction essentially differs from Winamp and WMP

• Sensitive equalizer

• A maximum of functionality from a minimum of resources

• The minimal consumption of system resources

• Multilingual support

• Support of set of formats of audio

• Adjustment of global and local hot keys (patterns from WinAmp and WMP)

• Flexible options of the program and various covers will allow you to make A.I.M.P. completely individual

• Support of plug-ins with which help it is possible to expand opportunities of the program

• The audioconverter codes music from the most different formats in wma, mp3, wav, ogg

• Plus many more !

 

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Deal of the Day: Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping!.

 

Offer: Get the Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 plus Free Budget Shipping. You can play a huge variety of different disc formats from BD, BD-R/RE, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, & even CD, CD-R/CD-RW, and file formats from AVCHD, AVI, MP3, & more! Easily play back MKV files from your USB flash drive, even. This is a great price, and the reviews most places I read were good. Definitely worth checking out for the price. Expires 1/3/12.

 

TOSHIBA BDX1200 BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER DEAL

 

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Taiwan foundries to cut prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 12:26 pm

The world may be going through some changes, and I really think we're just beginning to scrape the surface of a real GFC, but Taiwanese foundries are talking about slicing prices by 10- to 15-percent for wafters built on mature node processes.

 

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These wafters have lower production costs, so the foundries are passing on the savings to you and me, the customer. The move is said to build consumer confidence in building their inventory after a shaky 2011 in the U.S. and European markets. DigiTimes reports that although there is slow demand for mature process manufacturing, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) continues to see orders build up for the advanced 28nm technology (such as the great Radeon HD 7970 from AMD), according to sources at non Taiwan-based chip suppliers.

 

This is only a good thing, savings on technology. It also allows vendors to buy cheaper, and pass those savings onto the customer, too. All we need now is a drop in the mid to high-end range of GPUs and I'll be happy. Give me some HD 7970's for under $500 AUD and I'll be a happy chappy.

Spotted: Gigabyte's Radeon HD 7970, sports custom-design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 11:26 am

The first picture of a non-reference design AMD Radeon HD 7970, which comes from Gigabyte. The GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked card, which makes use of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB and custom-design triple-fan WindForce cooler.

 

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The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses a 2oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, and more. The cooler sports a combination of heatsinks and aluminum fin arrays to feed heat from the GPU, memory, and VRM to its copper heat-pipes and ventilated by three fans.

 

Gigabyte make use of a non-reference design, using non-reference cooling assembly, but most likely a reference design PCB, except, it's red. No details on clock speeds or pricing yet.

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