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Microsoft job opening for "exciting new" PC RTS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 6:59 am

This could be the beginning of something exciting, or eventually end up as nothing. But a job posting on Microsoft's careers website was seen by crimsonheadGCN of NeoGAF, where the job is a community manager position for a "new online PC Real Time Strategy game". Exciting, huh? The job posting is as follows:




Are you a passionate gamer with a deep understanding of social media and online communities? Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a web-savvy community manager with editorial and PR experience to drive engaging and innovative end-to-end user experiences for an exciting new online PC Real Time Strategy game. As a web and community PM, you will work closely with Team leads, Marketing and PR on strategic initiatives within our communities, and help evangelize our Game's story to the world.


Could we see a new Age of Empires game? Possibly a World of Warcraft competitor? Or something completely new? Whatever it is, let's hope that something good comes from it. Curious? Want to apply? Sure, click this link.

Google Chrome 17 beta hits, includes speed and security improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 5:56 am

Google on their quest for the best web browser in the world, have yet another version that has hit the beta channel that is designed around improving two of Chrome's key aspects: speed and security. The first change in Chrome 17 beta is the ability for pages to start loading in the background before a user has even finished typing a URL into the Omnibox address and search bar.




Dominic Hamon, a software engineer at Google explains: "If the URL auto-completes to a site you're very likely to visit," he explained when announcing the browser update. The pre-rendering makes the full site show up almost instantly, according to Google. Google have also introduced an extension to its Safe Browsing technology, which protects users against malicious downloads by analysing executable files, including Windows .exe and .msi files, for known malware.


With this new extension, Chrome will issue a warning if a certain file appears to be malicious and will also alert the user if a file is downloaded from a website with a poor reputation for hosting malware-infected files. What this does, is protect users from the "social engineering" type of threat, such as anti-virus products being offered online, but it's still up to the user to proceed with the download or discard it.

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Sony quits consumer OLED display business, temporarily?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 5:24 am

Let's keep going with some display news, shall we. The industry, customers and everyone in between have been excited for the next-generation OLED display technology for not only consumer TVs, but computer monitors and should roll out this year.




LG are set to show off some OLED TVs at CES over the next few days, and Sony were also due to intro some OLED TVs to consumers. But, Sony kept their face mangled and the wind changed, so now they have to live with the following consequences: their OLED plans have been shelved, according to The Daily Yomiuri. Sony will only continue to sell the technology to corporate customers like broadcasting companies, as well as associated research and development into better displays.


The reason for dropping the consumer market is said to be due to poor business performance in this area, with Sony cutting back on capital investment, which in turn reduced its price competitiveness with its Korean-based rivals such as LG and Samsung. It's a strange move indeed, but maybe Sony see the market not being strong in 2012. There's sure to be a number of investment, banking and debt problems throughout this year and the last thing people are going to spend their money on is some next-gen OLED displays.

LG Cinema Screen LCD HDTVs, now just 1mm bezel, also lets two viewers share one TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 4:40 am

Just when I'm looking to upgrade my TV, LG have announced a new TV. LG have of late been pushing their 3DTVs as Cinema 3D, but now they're introduced some new 3DTVs that include a 1mm thin LCD bezel called "Cinema Screen".




LG claim that this brings the experience closer to the theater, but that's not the only cool feature this new range sports. LG have also announced it will throw in Dual Play, which uses polarized glasses to allow two different players only view their perspective on the full screen at once in games that support it.


President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company, Havis Kwon, chimes in with:


The 3D experience is still evolving and we at LG intend to push the limits of what 3D can deliver. With our 2012 CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, we have been able to take a significant step forward, thanks to a series of new and upgraded 3D features led by the CINEMA SCREEN Design.


You may remember this kind of technology, as Vizio have "Versus" and Sony have the same tech in their PlayStation 3D display. CES should be a very, very good time for screen technology. I wonder if I'll see something I want and will wait for, or whether it will drop the prices of the current 65-inch screens I've been looking at. Although, a 1mm thin bezel is damn sexy indeed.

ASUS confirms some goodies, Windows 8 ARM tablet, 3G Transformer Prime and new 10-inch tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 4:08 am

CES is upon us, and whilst our boss Cameron is over there, one problem: he forgot my ticket. It must've been lost in the mail, and I'll forgive him... this time. Ha. Onto the exciting ASUS News. ASUS were barely able to contain their CES excitement, and at a press event in Taipei, Vice President and General Manager of the Eee Systems Business Unit, Samson Hu, let loose the ASUS tablet road map.




ASUS confirmed they will be launching an ARM-powered, Windows 8-based tablet that will hit at the end of this year, there is a 3G version of the Transformer Prime confirmed for a March release and also includes a more powerful GPS module. Netbook News are expecting ASUS to unveil a 7-inch tablet, which should be the ASUS Memo as well as a high-resolution 10-inch tablet. The excitement doesn't stop there though, two new 10-inch tablets were announced for 2H 2012, but no additional details were provided.


ASUS also gave some projections for 2012, with sales expected to reach the 6 million mark. ASUS are also expanding their Android Tablet division from 300 to 400 employees. Right now, ASUS have 150 developers and engineers working on the new Windows 8 tablets. As you can see from the increase in employees, ASUS are really pumping some energy into the tablet market, which in my opinion, is a very smart move indeed.

30-story building built in China, only took 360 hours, timelapse video included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 3:10 am

This is something truly amazing, Xian Min Zhang sent in a video to Gizmodo of his company's latest project, a 30-story tall, 183,000-square-foot hotel built in just 360 hours. 360 hours is just an amazing 15 days. What is more impressive is that it's not just a simple hotel built, there are some great features built-in.



The hotel was built near the Dongting lake, in the Hunan Province, China, by Broad Group, a Chinese construction company who specializes in sustainable architecture. The building uses prefabricated modules (with a +/- 0.2mm precision in the fabrication process) mounted on a steel structure, with diagonal steel bracing.


What impressed me the most, are the following features of the building: it can resist a 9-magnitude earthquake (and was tested by the China Academy of Building Research), which is claimed to be five times more earthquake-resistant than conventional buildings. It is also five times more more energy efficient, with 6-inch thick glass curtain wall insulation and four-paned windows with built-in shades, a heat recovery system and 3-stage filtration air conditioning process that actually purifies indoor air to be 20 times (!) purer than the air outside.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime gets torn down, stands naked in front of the camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 12:31 pm

AnandTech have a great article in which they've stripped apart ASUS' latest tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. They were researching the GPS issue, and got to the point where they'd rather tear it apart to take a look instead.




In order to tear it apart, you hold it in landscape position with the camera at the top, and notice the Prime is held together by a bunch of plastic snaps across the top/sides and adhesive along the bottom. AnandTech reckon the best way to get it open is to separate the display from the aluminum chassis using a plastic opening tool along the top and sides. Tools required would be a heat gun to warn up the glue to get the bottom to pry apart. Of course, there's always a risk with doing something like this, so use caution.


AnandTech didn't find any surprises in the Prime, noting that there's a 32GB Hynix e-NAND (eMMS controller + MLC NAND in a single package) device on-board as well as a single 1GB Elpida LPDDR2 DRAM. To check out AnandTech's teardown, clicky your mouse over here.

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AMD gets sued by Quanta, due to faulty laptop chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 11:31 am

AMD may have had a successful Radeon HD 7000-series launch, but 2012 is not starting off well for their laptop division. Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that manufactures laptops for companies such as HP, Dell, Acer, and others, is suing AMD for an alleged breach of contract.




Quanta Computer are claiming that AMD chips used in laptops made for NEC were defective. No specific models have been mentioned, but both AMD and ATI are mentioned in the report, meaning that the complaints could cover GPUs, CPUs or, both. The problem that Quanta have with the chips is heat tolerance issues in a particular laptop line, but again, no models are mentioned.


Quanta claims that it "has suffered significant injury to prospective revenue and profits" and they are suing for breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, civil fraud, and interference with a contract.

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MSI launch Big Bang-XPower II motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 10:29 am

MSI have officially released their flagship motherboard based on the X79 Express chipset, taking the LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. MSI have dubbed the board Big Bang-XPower II and boy does it have some great features.




The board sports support for PCI-Express 3.0, 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire technologies, 8 DIMM slots that can handle an insane 128GB of RAM, 22-phase PWM design with Hybrid Digital Power, dual 8-pin CPU and single 6-pin VGA power connectors to reach Xtreme Power Design as well as the introduction of MIL-STD-810G certified Military Class III components.


This board is aimed squarely at overclockers, super high-end gamers and those who simply want the best in motherboards. The color scheme of the board looks slick too, as well as the magazine-looking heatsink that just looks amazing. Because the Big Bang-XPower II has a 22-phase PWM design with Hybrid Digital Power, it can deliver up to 770W output, 2.4 times the reference 9-phase design.

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NVIDIA to showcase Tegra, GeForce, 3D Vision and automotive tech at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 9:29 am

NVIDIA will of course, be attending CES 2012 and they will have two booths to accommodate all the goodies they'll be showing off. On the list are Tegra, GeForce, 3DVision and automotice "goodness". The main booth located in the Las Vegas Convention Center's (LVCC's) South Hall will feature all of the gadget demos.




The second, ourdoors in the LVCC Central Plaza, will sport the automotive tech, including a "recently unveiled supercar that NVIDIA has never before shown to the public". NVIDIA haven't stopped there, they'll also be giving away a bunch of ASUS' recently launched NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablets through their Facebook page.


NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang will also kick off NVIDIA's annual press conference, and if you want to catch a live webcast of the press conference, you'll need this link. Seven days after the webcast, a replay will be available.

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