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Windows 8 Pro OEM will let users downgrade to Windows 7 or Vista if they don't like Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:25 am

It seems that if a consumer were to purchase new PC with Windows 8 and not like it, Microsoft are offering a downgrade to the OS to Windows 7 or Vista. Of course, there is small print, and this has also happened before, with Windows 7 Pro, which allowed a downgrade too.

 

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The software license agreement for the version of Windows 8 Pro that will arrive as an OEM on new PCs says: "Instead of using the Windows 8 Pro software, you may use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business."

 

I think we're going to see more than a handful of people downgrading if the offer is there, it's also a nice sales tactic. If a customer was weary of the new touch-friendly Windows 8 Pro, they could always be offered a Windows 8 Pro-based PC that would allow for the downgrade, which would be a nice cushion to fall on if you didn't like Windows 8.

 

Windows XP isn't included in the list of operating systems that can be downgraded to, the downgrade only allows you to go back down the OS ladder as far as Vista.

Nokia Lumia wireless charging pad gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 3:21 am

Earlier today we reported about Nokia's upcoming Lumia 920 smartphone, and touched on its wireless charging with our news. Now the Nokia Lumia wireless charging pad has been snapped on camera, thanks to the mysterious @evleaks from Twitter.

 

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The pictures show a hockey puck-like surface, that would wirelessly charge the Lumia 820, and Lumia 920 smartphones from Nokia. More details on the charger are currently unknown, but we should hear more from the event coming on September 5.

 

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Are you excited for a world with wireless charging? Just imagine, years from now we'll be wirelessly charging personal devices like this and not even thinking twice. RIght now, it seems like a dream.

Resident Evil 6 gets leaked over a month early

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 2:29 am

If you're a Resident Evil fan, you might want to book a ticket to Poland, as Resident Evil 6 is available on gaming shelves in the country. More specifically, the city of Poznan, Poland, where a local retailer has the PlayStation 3 version up for sale.

 

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NeoGo was lucky enough to pick up a German-branded copy of the game, more than a month ahead of its official street date of October 2. Rafal Baranowski or NeoGo told Joystiq:

 

I was shocked when I heard the store offers it and rushed to check it out. I will play deeper into the game over the weekend, but please note that we do not plan to make tons of videos. ... Capcom would kill us.

 

I can imagine the teasing on forums right now "I have RE6. U JELLY BRAH?!"

PAX will be a 4-day event next year, PAX is also coming to Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 1:50 am

Penny Arcade proprietors, Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins during a Q&A session that the PAX show is coming to Australia. They didn't stop with the good news there, also announcing that PAX Prime would last an extra day next year, increased up to a 4-day event.

 

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Another thing that has been teased, is that PAX might drop by the UK in the near future, and it's something that Penny Arcade are definitely thinking about. Someone from the UK asked Krahulik, to which he responded "we want to go there".

 

There's no news on the UK event, but I'm guessing that if the Australian event goes well, we should see a PAX UK event, too. You can be sure that we will probably cover the PAX AU event, so keep checking back!

EA are working on '3 to 5 new IPs' for next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 1:25 am

We've been hearing a lot about next-gen consoles recently, which means we should start seeing much more about them in the near future, and that's a good thing. President of EA labels, Frank Gibeau, is confident of the next-generation of consoles.

 

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Gibeau admits that EA stumbled with the current generation of consoles, but is confident that they have what it takes to transition over to the next-generation. EA will push through "a big investment" this year, which will go into technologies that will be baked into the next series of consoles, with EA saying that they have a few new IPs that they're working on.

 

Gibeau told Bloomberg "we've already started three-to-five new intellectual properties that we're going to launch in that first 24 months on the new-gen". The Presidents label admits that while technology is a big part of that, the process begins with the game and building out from there, adding:

 

What I think what you have to first do is start with the technology and the hardware that is coming out - what it does really, really well - and understand what's gonna drive innovation there. You start from the game out and you build enough games and enough diversity in your brands to come out with a really strong portfolio that you can sustain for multiple years.

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Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse released for $99, designed by BMW

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 9:21 pm

Thermaltake has again partnered with BMW to design PC components. This time, they have designed a new mouse to complement the also BMW-designed Level 10. Under the same namesake, the Level 10M is a gaming mouse and comes with a price tag quite a bit lower than its case brethren. At only $99, it's probably the cheapest thing you can buy that has been designed by BMW.

 

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The mouse was actually unveiled at the beginning of 2012, but it has just seen its release August 27, 2012. Even though it hasn't shown up on NewEgg or Amazon, the press release says that the device is available online and in brick-and-mortar stores for a recommended price of $99. Not too bad of a price tag.

 

The cool design is immediately noticeable. As opposed to what a "normal" mouse looks like, the Level 10M has a hollow body and the palm rest appears to hover above the sensor. The palm rest can be raised, lowered, and adjusted side to side by the turning of a screw. It features 7 keys and the DPI can be turned all the way up to

Assassin's Creed 3 will get new multiplayer content every month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 7:32 pm

If you're a fan of the Assassin's Creed series but felt the multiplayer wasn't quite good enough, then you are in for a treat. Ubisoft has been hard at work on the multiplayer side of things for the upcoming Assassin's Creed 3 and the result is that players will receive monthly updates to the content in the form of files and videos.

 

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The team behind the multiplayer aspect have been given the right to develop some of the story line and this is sure to affect the lore. You see, Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product that allows people to relive "the past in HD." You play as a customer looking forward to doing just that.

 

"As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you'll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year," Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

 

Furthermore, the multiplayer environment will have more of an effect on battles. They will feature dynamic weather, which can severely cut down on visibility, and bottles and axes and such that can be used to get special environment kills. It also features two new game modes to keep things fresh: Domination and Wolfpack.

Nokia to launch Lumia 920 September 5, will come with wireless charging, 32GB storage, and 8-megapixel camera

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 5:44 pm

Finally a Windows Phone device to get excited about. On September 5, Nokia and Microsoft will be holding a joint press conference to announce the Nokia Lumia 920. However, we're going to steal some of their thunder by giving you the details ahead of its launch. Thanks to a leaked picture last week, we know what the device will look like.

 

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Well, with a little investigative work, The Verge has managed to figure out more details about the upcoming device. According to their sources, Nokia plans to include wireless charging in the device, something we've been promised from companies for years. Thankfully, someone is finally doing it as now everyone else will be forced to follow or be left out.

 

Nokia is also including 32GB of internal storage with the device, which will allow you to store lots of music, or pictures and video taken with the 8-megapixel camera. The device will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch HD display. As for the PureView, Nokia is marketing it as such, even though it doesn't have the 41-megapixel one from the 808 PureView handset.

Intel releases more CPUs, updates prices on a couple old ones

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 4:43 pm

Intel has expanded the choices available when shopping for a new mobile or desktop CPU. In addition to new chips, Intel has dropped the prices on some of its existing line up. Unfortunately, some of the new chips Intel released today are still based upon the older Sandy Bridge architecture.

 

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Now, that wouldn't normally be a problem, except the model number is i3-3xxx, where the 3 stands for the Ivy Bridge generation. The chips are bottom barrel chips that most people wouldn't be buying, but the fact exists that there are Sandy Bridge chips, according to my sources, that are being marketed under the i3-3xxx brand.

 

The desktop update is pretty mundane. They added a CPU here and there, and dropped the prices on some others. It's the mobile market where the really interesting things are happening. Intel has released a new flagship mobile chip, the Core i7-3940XM, that rings in at $1,096. For that you get four cores, HyperThreading, and 3.0GHz of speed.

 

The full list of changes can be seen in the image. If it has a (SB) notation, it means it is based off of the Sandy Bridge silicon.

Bruce Willis vs. Apple, actor to fight the company over his right to leave his iTunes library in his will

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 3, 2012 11:30 am

Our music collections are all precious to us, and now that they're going mostly digital, these tracks can't be passed to a friend, or family member in the case of your death. DRM, is hell, after all.

 

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Die Hard actor, Bruce Willis, is worried that his extensive music collection on iTunes will revert its ownership back to Apple in the case of his death. Willis wants to leave his iTunes library to his three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Willis' lawyers are reportedly looking into the possibility of setting up "family trusts" to act as legal holders of the downloaded music, but Willis is also prepared to consider taking Apple to court over his iTunes library.

 

Solicitor Chris Walton, told the Daily Mail:

 

Lots of people will be surprised on learning all those tracks and books they have bought over the years don't actually belong to them. It's only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one. The law will catch up, but ideally Apple and the like will update their policies and work out the best solution for their customers.

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