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Monday Morning Roundup for August 8, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 9:57 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 8th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASRock A75 Pro4 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 @ Sin's Hardware

- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard @ Kitguru

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- Antec HCG-620 High Current Gamer Series Power Supply @ HiTechLegion

- Enermax SpineRex Full Tower PC Case @ RWLabs

- NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid Tower Case @ Vortez

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Rochard, a PSN-exclusive side-scrolling platformer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 8:13 am

Rochard is a PSN-exclusive side-scrolling platformer which features the ability to manipulate gravity through the use of the G-Lifer (a gravity device used to easily move weight objects around, ala Half Life 2) and is crucial to your success. Rochard is packed to the brim with puzzles, action, humor, great music, excellent level design as well as a story rich of twists. Rochard features 5 long chapters, a cartoonish visual style with humor and personality. Incredible items able to influence gravity and grab, swing and throw objects to solve puzzles or get rid of enemies.

 

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Rochard also features a soundtrack by Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen from Poets of the Fall, mixing southern rock/blues and 80's inspired electronic music. Protagonist John Rochard is voice acted by Jon St John and finally, Rochard is powered by the Unity engine and the developers say that this is the most advanced use of the engine yet.

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Telstra launch Australia's first commercial 4G/LTE device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 7:07 am

Telstra have announced today that they are launching their 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology on August 29, ahead of the national launch of 4G-based services expected later this year. Telstra switched on its first 4G base stations back in May based on the LTE technology. 2000 Telstra USB 4G mobile broadband modems would be made available to business and enterprise customers who live in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from August 29.

 

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Thodey has been quoted:

 

Telstra's 4G-enabled network is the next generation in mobile broadband and is set to offer Australians an even faster mobile connection. The commercial pilot will give some of our customers a taste of the faster speeds, greater capacity and quicker response times that can be available for mobile services on 4G ahead of our national launch in major capital cities and selected regional centres later this year.

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The Internet turns 20 today, legally allowed to drink next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 3:38 am

On August 6, 1991, British engineer and computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) unveiled a project for organizing information, which would later result in it turning into what we use today as The Internet. He dubbed it the World Wide Web and posted a short summary on the alt.hypertext newsgroup.

 

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The World Wide Web is really just a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. Within this, users can obviously access text, images, videos and other multimedia web pages. Navigation of these web pages occurs via hyperlinks. Berners-Lee is now the Director for the World Wide Web Consortium and back in March of 1989, he used concepts from earlier hypertext systems to write a proposal that would essentially become the World Wide Web.

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iPhone 5 to feature superslim Omnivision 8MP camera?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 3:14 am

Could the new iPhone feature an 8-megapixel camera? It seems the rumors from months ago of the next-generation iPhone featuring an 8-megapixel camera could turn out ot be true. The iPhone 5 could use an 8-megapixel camera that is 20-percent slimmer than any other 8-megapixel camera in commercial use today. Omnivision have built a new camera which is only 4.7mm in heigh, reduced from 6.5mm included in the current 4.5-megapixel camera used in the iPhone 4.

 

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Senior product manager at Omnivision, Per Rosdahl, released a statement regarding the new camera saying:

 

With our new OmniBSI-2 architecture, we have further miniaturized our pixels while delivering a 20 percent improvement in peak quantum efficiency in all color channels, a 35 percent improvement in low-light sensitivity and a 45 percent increase in full-well capacity in an extremely compact and power efficient package. This 1.1-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel enables the next generation of miniaturization in mobile cameras, and is key to the high-resolution smartphone camera roadmap.

Battlefield 3 will not be available on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 1:43 am

Like most, I hated Steam when it came out. But, it has turned into one of the best digital distribution methods on the market and I personally do not buy any games anywhere else. News has surfaced that EA will not be offering Battlefield 3 through Steam, but their own digital distribution service, Origin. EA's Seeson Mahathavorn said in a statement:

 

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EA offers games, including Battlefield 3, to all major digital download sites. In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content. We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

For more on our policy to offer games to any major third party download service, please read here: http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7372195.page

 

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iOS 5 beta 5 now available, get it while it's hot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2011 1:19 am

iOS 5 is building momentum and it seems every week there's a new beta that is popped out of the oven and into the proverbial mits of developers around the world. Today is no different with beta 5 of iOS 5 available. At the moment there is not much information on it apart from the release notes mentioning the possibility of multiple iCloud accounts, whether this will make it to the final release is another question.

 

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Enjoy!

App of the Day: GLMPS (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 7:28 pm

Our App of the Day today is GLMPS for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.

 

GLMPS pronounced "glimpse" is a brand new app to the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch which brings a cool new way of taking photos. It captures the first few seconds before a photo is taken - those special moments when people are preparing for the shot and when crazy and fun things can happen.

 

You are even able to see your and others video in the app since GLMPS makes use of Flash and it makes good use of social connections to find your friends. This one is worth a shot for sure and it's free.

 

A video clip is automatically captured with every picture you take - the result is a creatively packaged glimpse of the moment that can be shared with friends & family in real-time.

 

Lovingly designed and built by people who believe it should be simple to share moments that matter.

 

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Nokia's N9 MeeGo smartphone coming late September?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 3:48 pm

Dates have been shifting around quite a bit lately, but the latest indication of when the Apple iPhone 5 will launch looks to be September 23. A little more concrete shows that either way, this is also the launch date for Nokia's MeeGo powered N9 smart phone, at least in Sweden it looks like it. A countdown page on Nokia's swedish webpage gives the hint, but it doesn't necessarily mean it applies to all the markets getting the N9, though it's becoming safer to assume most markets should have it by late September.

 

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Running back over the N9, it is Nokia's first MeeGo device, featuring a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display (running 854x480 res). It has a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 1GB of RAM, between 16 and 64GB of built-in storage, rear facing 8MP Carl Zeiss equipped auto focus camera and dual LED flash allowing for 720 video recording, and front facing camera for video calling.

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Village Instruments promises Thunderbolt equipped external graphics card enclosure

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 5, 2011 2:32 pm

A company by the name of Village Instruments has become the centre of attention for many folks as of last week when CEO, Hubert Chen wrote an open letter to Facebook in efforts to guage Mac customer interest in an external PCI-E graphics card enclosure that would connect via the Thunderbolt IO interconnect.

 

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His promise was that if there were 50 or more people to have commented in return showing interest in a product like this, the company would begin developing the device. It's not surprising to find out that a little over a week later, there wasn't only 50 positive comments made toward the idea, but now well into the hundreds.

 

Chen has since confirmed development would begin soon. We can only assume at this point that it will be at least partially similar in construction to Village Instruments' existing ViDock product (pictured), although it is limited to the ExpressCard interface which is only capable of around 2.5Gb/s. Thunderbolt should prove to be much more suitable for a device like this with its 10Gb/s of bandwidth on tap.

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