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Nintendo, Sony and EA have all reversed decisions in supporting SOPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 7:22 am

I must've somehow missed this in the hoopla that is New Years, but I'll make it quick. Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics have all followed by example of Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance by kicking the ass of support for SOPA.

 

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This is a good move, as they all know that the land of Internet people will be at their doors with pitch forks if they continued support for the Stop Online Piracy Act. All three of the companies did not make a comment on why they reversed their decision to support SOPA, but the pitch fork image I have in my head does it for me.

 

Keep in mind that not all of Sony land took their support away, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Nashville all still appear on the SOPA list. Let's wait to see how this bill goes, let's all collectively hope that it does not pass.

TV makers are looking for more profits, but on thinner TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 6:26 am

Welcome to 2012, where the end of the world is higher TV prices. This is what TV manufacturers such as LG want to bring, after being hit by profit declines over the years, this year will start with even thinner and lighter TVs in the hopes of sparking new customer interest and driving the average TV price, higher.

 

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LG said on Friday that it plans to sell a 55-inch TV that is just, wait for it, 3/16 of an inch thick and only weighs 16.5 pounds. Samsung are expected to unveil a similar TV at the industry's biggest trade fair, Consumer Electronics Show, in just a few days time in Las Vegas.

 

Both companies have yet to discuss the thing we rub between our fingers as a gesture for... money. Of course, this new technology is expected to have a nice premium. NPD DisplaySearch estimates the new 55-inch TV models will begin at around $8000 in Q3 2012, and fall below the $4000 mark by the end of 2013 as sales volume increases and companies find new ways to manufacture the TVs less expensively.

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Space Quest II remade and released for... free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 5:29 am

If you're like me, you'll have very fond memories of the original adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, Full Throttle, Maniac Mansion and Space Quest. I remember pumping hours upon hours into Space Quest with my brother and now I have just found out that the game has been 'remade'.

 

 

The team over at Infamous Adventures has re-built the classic game and whilst Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge wasn't the best in the series, it's great to see these games being re-released for today's gamers. Whilst it won't show you "kill!" or "take cover, you've been shot", or "100 points, you're a good gamer, *pat on back*", it is a great old-school adventure game.

 

Infamous Adventures' reproduction features "hand-drawn backgrounds, hand animated characters, a full voice pack featuring over 4,000 recorded lines and a whole lot of extras," according to their website. What's better, the game has been re-polished or that it has been released for free? You choose not just one, but both and enjoy the game!

 

Be sure to ensure you meet the system requirements: the PC version requires 1MB of RAM.

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Grand Theft Auto III on Android, iOS gets user mods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 4:24 am

And people say Consoles aren't ruining the PC industry. On consoles, it's virtually impossible to mod games like the PC has allowed since the birth of it and now we have smartphones and tablets, with mods being allowed into games such as Grand Theft Auto III.

 

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GTA III on the iOS, Android smartphones and tablets came out a few weeks ago and now there are users who have discovered that modding the port of the game on iOS and Android is just like modding the PC version, it just requires files to be added to the directory on the SD card.

 

What this allows is the usual custom cars, and a souped-up taxi like the video shows above. If someone is familiar with modding the PC version, modding the iOS and Android versions are no different, it even uses the same directory structure the PC install does: sdcard/android/data/com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3/.

Google pulls "Official" Siri for Android app from the Android Market, slaps developer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 3:16 am

App developer "Official App" posted up an app on the Android Market late last year (December 28th to be precise) called "Siri for Android". The app was sneaky enough to even use Apple's own Siri icon for the app.

 

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Google were quick to pounce on it, and not only removed the app, but removed the entire catalogue of apps from "Official App". This wasn't before 1000+ people downloaded the app, though. Considering the developer is named "Official App", it could dupe people into thinking that they are in fact, "official".

 

People can download the app, and it makes both Google and Apple look like fools. These are the issues Google face with little-to-no-checks on their own marketplace, where developers don't need to face application approval and have the power to launch copyrighted or trademark infringing applications within minutes.

Only in Japan: Prevent car theft, by scanning your butt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 2:32 am

Yes, that title is correct, no typos, no mistakes. A unique car seat has been built in Japan (no way!) and includes sensors within the cushion of the seat which measure your weight, posture and butt shape, and lock down the cars engine if the seat decides its not your sexy ass.

 

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The seat was developed by a group of researchers at Tokyo's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology. It uses a system of 360 sensors to measures the pressure people apply on it. The information used is then aggregated to show data like the highest point of pressure, area of contact on the seat and other factors, which point toward a 98-percent chance of correctly identifying the driver.

 

STOMPer HotSeat wrote:

 

Researchers in Japan have designed a car seat that uses sensors to measure a person's weight and ass-shape. The technology stops the car from starting for anyone other than the owner, thus preventing theft. Who needs face detection these days? People might start cloning butts to steal cars, though...

Sapphire are preparing 6 non-reference AMD Radeon HD 7970's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:28 am

First off, Happy New Year! I hope you're all enjoying your festivities, while here in South Australia it has been a blistering 41C (over 104F) for the past 2 days straight and it is currently 43C right now. Joy! Onto the news! Our GPU editor sent this to me, and at first I thought it was tease, because he loves to do that to me. But, it was not, it was news that had floated onto the great world wide web.

 

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Sapphire's leaked document, which reveals their non-reference AMD Radeon HD 7970's that they are currently baking in Sapphire ovens. Sapphire have an amazing six cards that will be non-reference, all ranging in features, speeds and more. One of them is the "Atomic RX" which goes from the original 1000MHz Core speed to a whopping 1335MHz. It sports the usual 3GB of RAM up from the 5500MHz stock speed, to 5735MHz. Output-wise, we have 2 x MiniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1.4a and 1 x Single Link DVI.

 

There is also an "Atomic WC" which seems to be identical, but a water-cooled version. The other models include "Toxic 3G" which has a GPU clock of 1125MHz and 5600MHz RAM, "FLEX 6G" which as you guessed, has 6GB of RAM and 6 x MiniDisplayPort outputs with GPU clocks of just 925MHz and 5500MHz RAM, "VaporX 3G" which should have Sapphire's awesome VaporX cooler, with GPU clocks of 1010MHz and 5500MHz RAM. The final two are the Dual-Fan 3G with 925MHz Core and 5500MHz RAM and finally, the stock "Da Original" with 925MHz GPU clocks and 5500MHz RAM.

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Friday Morning Roundup for December 30, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 2:54 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - December 30th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Dell Inspiron One 2320 @ TechReviewSource

- ASUS K53T Review: Mainstream Llano Offers Inexpensive Mobile Gaming @ PC Perspective

- How To Build A Windows Home Server @ Hardware Heaven

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte X79 G1.Assassin 2 @ Pureoverclock

- ASRock A75M-ITX Motherboard @ Kitguru

- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard @ PCStats

- GA-Z68XP-UD5 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion

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Download of the Day: Free Download Manager 3.8 build 1173

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 1:42 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Free Download Manager 3.8 build 1173.

 

Free Download Manager? It is a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free download accelerator and manager. Moreover, FDM is 100% safe, open-source software distributed under GPL license.

 

FDM offers these features:

 

• BitTorrent support

• Upload Manager

• Flash video downloading

• Portable (USB stick) mode

• Audio/video file preview and conversion

• Download acceleration

• Resume broken downloads

• Smart file management and powerful scheduler

• Adjust traffic usage

• HTML Spider: Download whole web pages or even whole web sites with HTML Spider.

• Simultaneous downloading from several mirrors

• Zip files partial download

• Active spyware and adware protection through active communication among users

• Multi language support

• Plus many more features!

 

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Deal of the Day: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1MP Digital Camera for $246.95 & Free Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 12:51 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Abes of Maine - Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1MP Digital Camera for $246.95 & Free Shipping!.

 

Offer: Abe's of Maine has the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1MP digital camera for only $246.95 & free shipping! This camera is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, and freezeproof. It records high-definition movies in AVCHD format, and includes an active outdoor scene mode, which means you can take it with you anywhere. This is a great price, too, but it ends 1/5/12.

 

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TS3D 12.1MP WATERPROOF DIGITAL CAMERA DEAL

 

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