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NVIDIA releases optimized BattleField 3 GeForce driver in beta form

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 2:18 pm

Just 3 days after hearing from NVIDIA about their plans to provide a GeForce driver that would be optimized specifically for the big blockbuster FPS we're all hanging out for, BattleField 3, today the green team decided to make available a BETA version of the driver to support users running the current open-beta release ahead of launch.

 

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NVIDIA promises that the GeForce 285.38 BETA driver should see to increased performance in the game of as much as 38% as well as adding SLI profiles and a bunch of bug/stability fixes and image quality enhancements. In other words, this is the crème de la crème when it comes to optimized gameplay in the most talked about FPS of the year.

 

If you're wondering if your particular GPU setup will cut it for the game whether you use optimized drivers or not, you can run NVIDIA's BF3 GPUAnalyzer here that will give you the lowdown and whether or not an upgrade is in order.

 

The 285.38 beta drivers are available for download via this link folks.

Google throws Chrome 15 into beta, Chrome 16 hits dev channel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 7:40 am

Google have released Chrome 15 and 16 to beta and dev channels respectively. Just a week after the first stable build of Chrome 14 hits the sticky webs of the Internet, Google throw more versions into the mix. Available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, Chrome 15 beta brings a redesigned New Tab page that makes it easier to manage your apps, bookmarks and most visited sites. Chrome 15 includes the ability to drag and drop apps to rearrange them, create new sections with custom names and delete apps by dragging them into a trash can on the bottom right of a page.

 

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Navigation between various sections such as Most Visited, Apps and Bookmarks is easier and Chrome will now remember your selection the next time you open up a new tab. On top of the new whiz bang additions, Chrome Web Store items can now be installed inline by their verified site, Omnibox History can now be synced alongside your other browser data with Google Sync and the Javascript Fullscreen API is enabled by default.

 

Chrome 16 on the other hand (only available on Windows and Mac OS) enabled the long-awaited multi-user feature by default. This allows you to switch between various in-browser user profiles. The pre-release beta also consists of an updated V8 engine (3.6.4.0) and various bug fixes.

AMD FX-8150 to take on Core i7-980X and 2600K, pushes them up against a wall and mugs them of their price-performance crown

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 6:00 am

AMD's Bulldozer is set to enter the construction site shortly, and these new benchmarks are leaned heavily in their favor. It looks as though a set of leaked press slides of the AMD FX Processor found their way into the grubby hands of DonanimHaber ahead of the official launch with AMD claiming huge performance leads over rival, Intel. AMD claims that their FX-8150 processor is aiming to take down Intel's Core i7-980X in game tests and even passing it in some DirectX 11 titles.

 

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It's performing on the same level as the Core i7 2600K in several popular CPU benchmarks such as WinRAR 4, X.264 pass 2, Handbrake, 7Zip, POV Ray 3.7, ABBYY OCR, wPrime 32M, and Bibble 5.0. The AMD FX-8150 benefits greatly from the FMA4 instruction set that is lacking in Intel's Sandy Bridge. In the OCL Performance Mandelbrot test, the FX-8150 thrashes the 2600K by as much as 70%.

 

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Samsung pushes past ten million Galaxy S II smartphones sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 3:26 am

The Samsung Galaxy S II launched in April and since then have sold 10 million units. It's not near the iPhone numbers which are sitting at 20 million units (oh btw, thats in Q2 alone!) but impressive nonetheless. Five million Galaxy S II units have been sold since July, which is impressive in itself. This means that in eight weeks the Galaxy S II sales have doubled. Keep in mind that the sales haven't even made a dent in the US.

 

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Nice work Samsung, I love the Galaxy S II. It's a beautiful phone.

Google Drive spotted in presentation, includes desktop and mobile sync apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 2:00 am

Google has had cloud-storage rumors for a while now but it seems we're edging closer to seeing it unveiled. It was spotted at a Google-backed presentation, with an image of Google Drive sitting amongst a Google Docs section. Google Drive is expected to include desktop and mobile syncing apps to make it very, very useful as a cloud storage app rather than hide it within Docs as an extra. Google Drive is also reported to support folders and other utilities.

 

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As for what platforms it'll support, this is unknown right now. Obviously Android would be their number one priority and iOS could be a second favorite. No ETA is rumored, although it's hinted to be "coming soon". This would make sense as Ice Cream Sandwich launches in the next two months, having built-in cloud storage for the mobile OS would be quite nice indeed.

 

Google Drive has been in development for as far back as 2007.

Battlefield 3 recommended specs are only good for medium settings, hmm, upgrades?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 1:34 am

Neo said it in the Matrix Reloaded, "hmm, upgrades" and now I think he was referring to the release of Battlefield 3. DICE Community Manager, Daniel Matros, has come out and said that the PC built around the Battlefield 3 recommended system requirements is only able to run the game at Medium settings. This came about after a Twitter-based question and answer session where Matros stated that "recommended is usually medium".

 

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He was also asked if a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 would have enough power to run the game at Ultra settings with Matros saying if you were aiming for that level of detail from the Frostbite 2 engine, you'll probably want to have two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI. There was no mention of the resolutions Matros was referring to but after looking at the videos, screenshots and now the Twitter question and answer session, one thing is for sure: Battlefield 3 is going to push your PC.

 

But this time, not because it's unoptimised. It's because it is a true next-gen game with next-gen graphics, sound, physical movement and destruction. I'm guessing Medium settings would look better than consoles with High and Ultra just looking uber-amazing. Bring it on.

Weekend Roundup for September 25, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 25, 2011 6:04 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 25th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS P8H67-M EVO Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ECS A75F-A AMD FM1 @ Techpowerup

- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard @ Madshrimps

- Three LGA1155 Mainboards from ASUSTeK on Intel Z68 Express @ XBit Labs

- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra and Pure Platinum H67 Mainboard @ Technic3D

 

Audio/Media

 

- Compro VideoMate U680F @ Tech-Reviews

- Uebo M50 Mobile 1080p Media Player @ Megatechnews

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App of the Day: Google+ 1.0.4.2326 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 24, 2011 7:34 am

Our App of the Day today is Google+ 1.0.4.2326 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

 

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Sure, Facebook has got all the attention of the web this week with all its announcements during its F8 Developer Conference, but Google+ is still kicking along.

 

This week it went live to the public and reportedly added 10 million new users in one day as a result. Google has recently updated its Google+ iOS app to version 1.0.4.2326 which adds Mobile Hangouts and Messenger (formerly Huddle).

 

Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are

 

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

 

Features:

* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.

* Visit the stream to get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.

* Messenger is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

* Mobile Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 9 friends while you're on the go.

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Amazon unveiling its "Kindle" tablet on Sep 28th?!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2011 5:04 am

Word came out just yesterday that Amazon is preparing to hold a press event in New York City on the 28th of September for an unveiling of sorts.

 

The event will take place at 9am on said date, but it can only be speculated at this time as to what little trick, or tricks they have up their sleeve. The most likely purpose of the unveiling however is to officially introduce its long-awaited "Kindle" (name yet to be confirmed) Android running tablet.

 

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There's been a number of rumours floating around about it for several months now, but we were recently given more of an idea on what to expect when TechCrunch said it managed to get hands on with it. It was said in this report that it will hit shelves in late November at $250US.

Friday Afternoon Roundup for September 23, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 23, 2011 4:30 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - September 23rd, 2011

 

Systems

 

- ZOTAC ZBOX Plus - Media PC @ Techwarelabs

- The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard Dock @ Futurelooks

- MSI GT780 Gaming Laptop @ Madshrimps

 

Motherboard

 

- Zotac A75-ITX WiFi vs ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboards @ Hardware Heaven

- Layout and Design: ASUS Crosshair V Formula @ Ocaholic

- MSI Z68A-GD80 Motherboard @ Neoseeker

- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX @ Ocaholic

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