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New Max Payne 3 screenshots for October 6, 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 9:15 am

Some new screenshots of the upcoming Max Payne 3 have surfaced online, the three screenshots accompany some interviews from GameSpot and IGN over the past week. The screenshots show some melee action (it looks like Max can fly-kick!), some dual-wielding action in fat, bald Max form as well as the old-school Max we're all used to. It looks as though we might get some flashback action, or maybe some form of memories or dreams? There's Max with hair, in his old-school clothing as well as the fatter, older, balder Max.

 

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Whatever it is, I can't wait. The new screenshots look insane. I can't wait for some gameplay footage.

Raging about RAGE on PC? Well, look inside for some fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 9:00 am

It was just yesterday I was posting about the negatively reviewed, RAGE from id Software, but today is another day and there are some things you can fix if you'd like to read below. RAGE suffers from tearing, massive texture pop-in, and just a total lack of graphical options to tweak and adjust. For the once great id Software to fall to their knees for some of that console pie... it's just very, sad.

 

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But, if you've picked up the title and want to get things running smoother, there are some things you can do. First of all, if you're an AMD Radeon user, you can grab the latest RAGE-optimized Radeon drivers here. If you're an NVIDIA user, you can grab the green team Battlefield 3 driver (which also optimizes RAGE) if you click here.

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FCC requires that all mobile phones have GPS by 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 8:00 am

The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans that it requires all mobiles phones to sport GPS chips embedded, by 2018. The goal is to improve 911 services by increasing location tracking and accuracy to better assist during emergencies. Most smartphones already sport GPS by default, but a number of platform feature phones still rely on cell tower triangulation for location services, a process that is not as accurate as GPS.

 

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The FCC notes that without the ruling, there should be 85% of mobile phones packing GPS, the plan also includes all VoIP-based products, too. This new plan is just a few months ahead of the FCC's previous announcement of a five-step action plan to improve deployment of next-generation 911 (NG911). NG911's plan is to include the ability for users in distress to send texts, photos and video streams directly to 911 operators, all of which would considerably speed up and improve rescue efforts. No date is set for NG911 as of yet.

Uncharted 3 will require online pass if purchased second hand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 7:00 am

If you're going to not grab Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on launch day like I am, then you will have to be prepared to purchase an online pass to access the game's multiplayer content. Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed that all future Sony titles will require the single-use pass.

 

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Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality. We will provide further information in the future.

 

The quote above sums it up quite well. Also, this isn't the first time we have seen a Sony title with the "PSN Pass", Resistance 3 was Sony's first title to require it. This just follows the footsteps of EA, THQ and Ubisoft, all of which have introduced an online-pass-based scheme.

Want to control your Xbox with your Windows Phone? You just have to wait a little bit longer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 6:00 am

Windows Phone owner? Xbox 360 owner? Well, your worlds about to collide in a way you never thought. Microsoft have shown a video where they've shown off the Xbox Companion App where you can Find, Learn more about and Control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360. Xbox Companion gives you instant access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog of games, movies, music and TV shows.

 

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Learn more about what you're watching, listening to, or playing: once you've found an touched the movie tile, the Xbox companion app takes you to an info page which has all the related details about the movie you've selected. Once there, you can select an actor, once in the actors details, you can be taken to other movies starring that actor. From there, you can learn more about their other movies. Once the content is selected and the play button nis pressed, the Xbox Companion flips into "controller mode" and from here, you can navigate your Xbox, or control video playback. The controls are virtually instantaneous - reportedly as fast as using a controller or a TV remote.

 

The Xbox Companion will be a free download for Windows Phone customers, and should be available soon.

RumorTT: Ultrabooks to sport 2560x1400 HD panels?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 5:00 am

RumorTT is back! RumorTT was taking a holiday on a Jamaican beach, sipping cocktails and sunbathing all day - because, its a boss and a ladies man. But, RumorTT is back into full swing with a pretty juicy rumor that Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks might sport 2560x1400 displays. This would be a huge gain for users who work with photographs, documents or many windows all at once. During last months IDF, there were a bunch of interesting disclosures and strategic directions unveiled, especially when it came to Intel's mobile product expansion.

 

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What is the most interesting from that, is that 13.3-inch panels with a resolution of wait for it, 2560x1440 pixels could make their way onto Ultrabook screens by near year. Even the next-gen iPad which is rumored to have a 2048x1536 display is indeed available, but very expensive. With similar pixel density, a 2560x1400 13.3-inch screen would not be cheap, either. If we do see these super high-res panels on Ultrabooks, expect them to be expensive.

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Portal 2 DLC gets released, for free, Valve also cut 50% off the game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 4:00 am

Valve did promise to release free downloadable content for Portal 2 and have followed through with that promise today by releasing the new gear for Portal 2 across all platforms, PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The new DLC is called "Peer Review" and continues the co-op story as players navigate P-Body and Atlas through a fresh set of test chambers, which would have been constructed by the ever-so-evil AI, GLaDOS. The DLC also contains a single-player and co-op "Challenge Mode", as well as leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with your friends.

 

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There were a fair amount of complains with how short the campaign was in Portal 2, but this update (as well as future DLC) should help the community continue their fanboy love for Valve and Portal. Despite the complaints about the length of the game, the user score on Metacritic has actually improved over the last few months and the game has reportedly sold over two million copies. The fresh DLC is readily available and is free of charged on all supported platforms, even the PS3 and Xbox 360.

 

On top of the free DLC, Valve have also sliced Portal 2's price in half with a single copy of Portal 2 now available for just $14.99 and two-pack for just $27.49. A bundle pack of Portal 1 and 2 is going for a crazy $17.49, so if you haven't gotten yourself into Portal, now is a great time to do so!

GeForce LAN 6! NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang and Battlefield 3's visual architect, Johan Andersson will be there

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 3:00 am

NVIDIA are set to host the upcoming GeForce LAN 6 Gaming Event which will have a few celebrities included, such as NVIDIA CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo man himself, Jen-Hsun Huang as well as Battlefield 3's Lead Designer and Visual Architect, Johan Andersson who will be at GeForce LAN 6 to talk about the "making of" Battlefield 3. There will be plenty of contests, workshops and other goodies for attendees.

 

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GeForce LAN 6 will be held between October 14 - 16, 2011 on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, in Alameda, California and will feature 48 hours of non-stop PC gaming, fun contests, amazing prizes and special stage presentations. For those who can't make it, NVIDIA will post video footage from the event on GeForceLAN.com.

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Google update Google Docs for Android, works even better on your tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2011 2:00 am

Google released Google Docs for Android earlier this year and many people including myself have loved being able to access, edit and share docs on the go. Google have today updated the app which makes Google Docs better than ever on your tablet. It sports an entirely new design which mirrors the GMail app for Android tablets (which is gorgeous) and has been customized to make the most of the larger screen space on tablets.

 

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The layout includes a three-panel view, which allows navigation not only through filters and collections, but allows you to view your document list and see document details, all at once. In the picture above, you can see the detail panel on the right side, which shows a thumbnail to preview a document and its details before opening it. From the panel, you can see who can view or edit any document.

 

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These new features are now available in 46 languages on tablet devices sporting Android 3.0+ (Honeycomb) and above. The app is available right now from the Android Market.

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