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Space Quest fan game, Vohaul Strikes Back, a fan-made feature-length sequel to Space Quest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 3:22 am

Team VSB, a bunch of peeps who have built a feature-length Space Quest game called "Vohaul Strikes Back" is now available, and best of all: for free. Vohaul Strikes Back is a labor of love, with nearly 10 years of work going into the game.

 

 

It's also the first original Space Quest game of this scale since the official Space Quest 6 which was released all the way back in 1995. Vohaul Strikes Back doesn't include a voice pack, but Team VSB are working on one. If you'd like to help the team out with the voice pack, you can reach them through their forums.

 

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You can check out their website here, and download the game (again, for free!) from here. I'm quite enjoying the amount of love these old-school adventure games are getting, now if we can just get updated Full HD versions of my favorite FMV games such as Night Trap, Under a Killing Moon and others, I'd be in nostalgic heaven.

CES Unveiled was a wash; check out what we found to be more worth your time!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:49 am

So as Cameron and Chris talk me into running through CES Unveiled, I found myself packed in a room with hundreds of people, just after what should have been the biggest tip off of the night. As we passed through the doors, there was a lady handing out iPhone cases to everyone who wanted one. Once we passed through the doors you see food, a bar at each end of the hall, and what seemed to be an iHall.

 

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With select few displays showing convection cook tops, some radar detectors, and the most impressive of the whole room was the ice block that chilled the Vodka for the Martini's that were given away to keep us in the room longer. I realize it was an open bar, and that is all fine and great for us who were in the room, but poor Cameron had to drink his Jack and Cokes with Coke Zero of all things, as regular Coke was something the bartender seemed to have no concept of!

 

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After fighting your way through tons of people and getting slammed by bags from every angle as you try to squirm your way through the masses, I for one was left underwhelmed at what was actually being displayed to kick off the event. Most of my time speaking with others was spent looking at the nuances of the new convection cook tops, as it was seriously the biggest draw to me personally in the room, as I don't own any Apple products. For those that do, there were a couple of cool devices to mix with your iPhone and iPads, but again, enough is enough with the iGadgets.

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Fusion-io ioDrive II and ioCache Emerge - Get a Towel First

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:45 am

CES 2012 - Even in lusty Las Vegas there are few things sexier than an ioDrive. Today we spotted a duo we haven't seen in the flesh before. These ladies wear a little more cloths than the first generation ioDrive we reviewed a couple of years ago.

 

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Here we have the ioDrive II sans the drool that we had to wipe off before the photo was taken. We're going to have to get back in contact with the masters of IO and see how she dances on our PCIe pole at home.

 

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Next up to take the stage, the lovely ioCache 600GB. You have to watch out for this one, her IO appetite is more than what you can provide.

OCZ Enters the Thunderbolt Market

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:28 am

CES 2012 - Thunderbolt is getting big this year even though it's mainly a MAC thing right now. OCZ isn't going to stand by and watch the pretenders take up the whole market early so they are jumping on board the Thunderbolt train early.

 

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This device is a little thicker than the Enyo we loved last year. No word on performance just yet but I'm sure we're already in line to try one out when they become available and we're up to the challenge. The Enyo was and still is one of the fastest USB 3.0 products on the market and the Thunderbolt version could outperform it by a large margin now that technology has progressed.

Parrot shows off AR.Done 2.0, includes 720p HD camera, autonomous video-recording

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:19 am

CES 2012: Parrot have just flown into CES 2012 with an upgraded AR.Drone 2.0 and while flying around the Las Vegas Convention Center, they've let out some information and specs on their next-gen AR.Drone.

 

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AR.Drone 2.0 features an upgraded 720p HD video-recording camera, a revamped app with updated flight controls and features, as well as revised hardware and reinforced hulls. The smartphone-controlled UAV is definitely flying into next-gen territory and I want one, quite bad. Parrot have also included some other tweaks to the AR.Drone 2.0.

 

Included new features allow easier control, on top of its usual sensors, AR.Drone 2.0 sports a 3D magnetometer which allows it to auto-orient based on its front camera and the position of the smartphone you're using. Additionally, Parrot have added a "pressure sensor" which allows the unit to fly higher than the previous models, up to six meters. Even though Parrot have baked in these new features into the AR.Drone 2.0, it is said to maintain the same flying time as its older brother.

 

AR.Drone 2.0 flies into your hands in "Q2 of this year" and should hit the same $300 price point, too.

OCZ Shows Enterprise at Storage Visions and PCIe 3.0

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:18 am

CES 2012 - OCZ is getting off to an early start choosing to attend Storage Visions this year. OCZ it seems is moving away from SandForce a bit although they did display a SF based R4 dubbed 16x16.

 

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Internally in the company the R4 16 lane 16 SF-2000 controller is called the 16x16 and it looks to be very fast. It uses 16 PCIe 2.0 lanes so you know it has the legs to get off the ground. After that the 16 SandForce controllers kick in, at that point the enterprise card should take flight.

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Steam had a huge 2011, 100% sales growth, 5 million simultaneous users during Holiday Sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 1:12 am

Valve just released their 2011 growth data for Steam, and during 2011 the platform grew to offer over 1,800 games to more than 40 million accounts. Year-over-year unit sales increased by more than 100-percent for the seventh straight year, and during the 2011 Holiday Sale, Steam's simultaneous user numbers ballooned to over 5 million players at once.

 

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If you're a storage fan, get this: Steam doubled the amount of content delivered from 2010, to serve over 780 Petabytes (with a P!) of data to gamers around the world. To sustain this demand for bandwidth, the Steam infrastructure more than doubled its service capacity and a new content delivery architecture was deployed to improve user download rates.

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Acer unveil Aspire S5 Ultrabook, includes Thunderbolt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 9, 2012 12:24 am

CES 2012: Acer started their CES unveiling with quite the bang, showing off its second ultrabook, the Acer Aspire S5. The Aspire S5 is due for a Q2 arrival, is just 15mm thick and weighs under 1.35kg.

 

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It sports an Onyx Black magnesium-aluminum alloy cover, a 13.3-inch LCD screen, chiclet keyboard, an Intel Core processor, a solid state drive, and a MagicFlip I/O port panel, which includes HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectors. Thunderbolt, on an ultrabook? Very good news for 2012 products.

 

Acer also include their Green Instant On technology which provides super fast booting and resume, and the Always Connect solution which enables users to 'manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere'. At the moment, there's no details on Aspire S5's pricing.

Facebook giving away 200,000 sets of Timeline business cards, for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 11:31 pm

Facebook in their quest to take over the world, are giving away Timeline personal cards for a limited time and while supplies last in an effort to help users promote their profiles and a new partnership with moo.com.

 

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200,000 sets of 50 cards each (5,000 per day) are being given away for free, on a first come, first serve basis. In order to get your Timeline business cards, follow these steps:

 

1. Visit your Facebook Timeline profile.

2. Click the About link under the basic personal information section.

3. Navigate to the Contact Info section and mouse over the small business card icon.

4. You should see a message from Facebook that says, "We've partnered with moo.com to make it easy to print your very own set of custom business cards. The first box of cards is on us."

5. Click Print Cards to proceed.

 

Before typing this news, I tried it myself and they're sold out today. At only 5,000 per day, it's going to be next to impossible to order them. It may seem like a gimmick, but customizable Timeline cards could be a great way to network with new contacts.

Hands-on with new silent ioSafe Solo G3 fire and waterproof hard drive

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 11:19 pm

CES 2012 - We ran into the CEO of ioSafe Robb Moore here at CES 2012 in Las Vegas at the Storage Visions show where he gave us a hands-on introduction of their newest baby, the Solo G3.

 

 

This is a fairly similar model to the previous Solo models you've seen from ioSafe in the past, but this time a whole load of holes have been added to the navy green colored unit that allows the unit to get by without the need for a cooling fan. Robb noted that this makes the product ideal for noise sensitive installations such as in music studios and such. The Solo G3 also added USB 3.0 for faster backups.

 

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The folks over at ioSafe have been known for some pretty wild CES demonstrations to showcase the toughness of their units and this year apparently will be no different. Without giving away too much, Chris and I are going to be treated to some sort of thunderbolt demo on Day 2 of CES (this coming Wednesday) to help introduce their new product with Thunderbolt interface. Think actual bolts of electricity - we'll do our best to capture it all on video.

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