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Watch Dogs delayed on all platforms until spring 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 10:05 am

One of the most anticipated games of this year, Watch Dogs, has been delayed until spring of 2014. Ubisoft announced in the last 24 hours that its open-world title will not be launching this year, citing that it wanted more development time.

 

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Ubisoft said "Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we've made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014. We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience."

 

It's disappointing that Watch Dogs has been delayed, but let's hope that the increased development time gives us an even better game. It might give Ubisoft more time with the next-gen titles to squeeze some more performance and increased graphics, which will filter over to the PC so we all benefit.

Apple officially announces October 22nd event, begins sending invites

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:08 am

Apple is preparing to hold what many expect to be its final launch event for 2013 in just a few days. Today the Cupertino based company began sending out invitations to press and partners for a launch event being held on October 25th in San Francisco.

 

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The invitations read "We still have a lot to cover," leading us to believe that we will see the rest of Apple's refreshed products launched including the iPad 5, new MacBook Pro's and even the all new Mac Pro. OS X Mavricks should finally be released as well, with some insiders speculating that a new Apple TV, and a smartwatch may be unveiled as well.

Corsair launches new Graphite Series 230T PC Chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 12:11 am

Today Corsair released yet another well designed chassis to its Graphite Series of PC cases. The Graphite Series 230T is a mid-tower chassis that combines dramatic, angular styling, while retaining the builder-friendly features that Corsair chassis are famous for. Corsair says that the new case is designed for multi-GPU setups, and light watercooling builds.

 

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The all new Graphite Series 230T has expansive storage configurations as well as air and watercooling setups. The case features room for four 2.5-inch drives alongside four 3.5-inch drives. Three 5.25-inch bays are present as is dual LED lit 120mm front fans, and a rear 120mm fan. Up top is room for two additional 120mm or 140mm fans or a single dual radiator. The bottom of the case also features room for dual fans.

 

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"Our Graphite Series cases are designed to be visually exciting, with a design aesthetic that reflects their superior performance and quality," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. "The Graphite Series 230T exemplifies this, making it a great platform for gaming PCs, graphics design workstations, or any application where high performance and high style both matter." The 230T will retail for $79.99 and is available now.

Rovio shows off Angry Birds Go, a Mario Kart-like racing game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 10:57 pm

Rovio's Angry Birds franchise is arguably one of the most popular video game series of all time, and a newly released video is showing that Angry Birds is not slowing down anytime soon. Today Rovio released a new teaser video for the upcoming Angry Birds Go installment into the series.

 

 

This time, the birds are not being launched through space, or into buildings made of stone and glass. In this new installment, bird and pig alike don their racing gear and hit the track for a fun-filled, and very Mario Kart racing experience. The video shows that the game is based around downhill go-kart racing in which you can use power ups to knock your opponents out of the race. Rovio says that we should see the all new Angry Birds Go launch later this year on December 11th.

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Cooler Master launches the all new HAF Stacker series of PC chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 9:55 pm

Today Cooler Master announced the all new HAF Stacker series of PC chassis, and to kick things off the company released three new PC cases that are connectable and configurable. The HAF 915F and 915R are both mini-ITX cases that support extra long GPUs and even water cooling. The HAF 935 is a full-tower chassis that is stackable with the 915 cases and supports the latest extreme performance hardware.

 

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The HAF Stacker series is anchored by the HAF 925 which is your typical full-tower HAF case from Cooler Master. The chassis features all the standard features we have come to expect from the HAF line, but what makes this case unique is its ability to be stacked on top of, and/or have other cases stacked on top of it. This is accomplished by Cooler Masters new patent pending rail system that is said to be inspired by the accessory rail found on many military rifles.

 

This is something I have waited years for and I feel that a modular system like this is something everyone else has been hoping for as well. TweakTown's own Chad Sebring published his review of the HAF Stacker 915F this morning and Cooler Master has just launched a pretty cool micro-site based around the HAF Stacker line.

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Yahoo updates Flickr again, makes main images 25-percent larger

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 8:51 pm

Just a few months ago, Yahoo announced that it had completely redesigned Flickr in an attempt to make the service more modern and user friendly. Yahoo has once again updated its image hosting and sharing service and has focused on making individual photos as large as possible.

 

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Alongside the large photos, Flickr has moved all of the extra info, additional images, and relevant information off to the left hand sidebar. This really cleans things up and makes navigation easier than ever. Additionally, the new layout really speeds things up, which is something many Flickr users had complained about since the redesign was launched.

 

"With the new photo experience the image is about 25% bigger than on the previous photo page," Flickr said in a blog post. "You'll see more pixels, get a cleaner view without any elements on the top or the bottom of the screen, so that photos can really be the center point."

T-Mobile ending grandfathered data and voice plans, pushing new rates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 7:49 pm

Many cellular customers around the country are currently on voice and data plans that are no longer offered by their carriers. This type of plan is known as a "grandfathered" plan, meaning that the contract was signed before changes were made, and perpetuated by both the customer and the carrier for years since the plan was stopped being offered.

 

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Often times, these plans are costly to a cellular company's business model, and it appears that T-Mobile is looking to dump them as fast as possible. Today T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be laying to rest all plans that are considered to be "grandfathered in." A spokesperson for the company told Engadget that customers affected by the closure of legacy plans will be offered new plans with similar or even better features at the nearly the same pricing point.

 

T-Mobile's full statement can be read below:

 

Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity. Simple is better, which is why we're reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We're giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price.

Microsoft says Xbox One will not run AMDs Mantle API

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 6:49 pm

During the GPU14 event in Hawaii a few weeks back, AMD touted its new Mantle API as being the great unifier between consoles and PCs and would allow more pc games to see "console like performance and optimization." This really struck a nerve with many PC gamers as they feel that the consoles should catch up to the faster PC gaming market rather than the PC being dumbed down to console levels.

 

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Many of us in the industry assumed that this meant that Sony and Microsoft would be using the Mantle API to power its consoles which run AMD APU processors. Unfortunately that does not appear to be the case. In a recent blogpost, Microsoft said that its upcoming Xbox One console will not run AMD's Mantle API, but would feature the company's own Direct 3D 11.2 API. Additionally, AMD has also pointed out that Mantle will actually be exclusive to the PC.

ASUSTOR launches online accessory store for its products

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 5:48 pm

This morning ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new online accessory store for its products. The new store was implemented after ASUSTOR realized that many of its customers had little to no local access to its products and accessories. Going the extra mile, the company has decided to offer free shipping on all orders, something it feels will make its customers very happy.

 

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The store also allows customers to compare products via a new comparison table function, and users can also quickly find accessories by searching using keywords. I navigated the website for a few minutes this morning and am quite impressed to be honest. As a former web developer, the site seems very responsive, snappy, and well laid out.

LSI announces VMware support for LSI Nytro XD Acceleration solution

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 15, 2013 4:52 pm

VMworlds 2013 - LSI announced today that its Nytro XD Application Acceleration Solution now features integrated support for VMware Software. The combined solution utilizes a PCIe flash card with intelligent, host-based caching software that has been designed specifically for virtualized environments.

 

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"With a relatively small investment in PCIe flash storage, the Nytro XD solution delivers an incredibly cost-effective method for improving application performance and VM density for existing storage infrastructures," said Robin Wagner, senior director of marketing, Datacenter Solutions Group, LSI. "For key applications such as databases and virtual desktops, the ability to intelligently cache hot data in low-latency PCIe flash storage accelerates access to data and helps enable faster boot times and greater business productivity."

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