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Deal of the Day: Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 & Free Budget Shipping!.

 

Offer: Get the Toshiba BDX1200 Blu-ray Disc Player for $74.99 plus Free Budget Shipping. You can play a huge variety of different disc formats from BD, BD-R/RE, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, & even CD, CD-R/CD-RW, and file formats from AVCHD, AVI, MP3, & more! Easily play back MKV files from your USB flash drive, even. This is a great price, and the reviews most places I read were good. Definitely worth checking out for the price. Expires 1/3/12.

 

TOSHIBA BDX1200 BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER DEAL

 

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Taiwan foundries to cut prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 12:26 pm

The world may be going through some changes, and I really think we're just beginning to scrape the surface of a real GFC, but Taiwanese foundries are talking about slicing prices by 10- to 15-percent for wafters built on mature node processes.

 

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These wafters have lower production costs, so the foundries are passing on the savings to you and me, the customer. The move is said to build consumer confidence in building their inventory after a shaky 2011 in the U.S. and European markets. DigiTimes reports that although there is slow demand for mature process manufacturing, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) continues to see orders build up for the advanced 28nm technology (such as the great Radeon HD 7970 from AMD), according to sources at non Taiwan-based chip suppliers.

 

This is only a good thing, savings on technology. It also allows vendors to buy cheaper, and pass those savings onto the customer, too. All we need now is a drop in the mid to high-end range of GPUs and I'll be happy. Give me some HD 7970's for under $500 AUD and I'll be a happy chappy.

Spotted: Gigabyte's Radeon HD 7970, sports custom-design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 11:26 am

The first picture of a non-reference design AMD Radeon HD 7970, which comes from Gigabyte. The GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked card, which makes use of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB and custom-design triple-fan WindForce cooler.

 

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The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses a 2oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, and more. The cooler sports a combination of heatsinks and aluminum fin arrays to feed heat from the GPU, memory, and VRM to its copper heat-pipes and ventilated by three fans.

 

Gigabyte make use of a non-reference design, using non-reference cooling assembly, but most likely a reference design PCB, except, it's red. No details on clock speeds or pricing yet.

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Diablo entered our hearts, minds, souls and mice, 15 years ago today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 10:25 am

15 years. Fifteen years. It has been that long since Blizzard's crazy click-your-mouse-until-your-finger-drops-off Diablo came out and has since then, turned into one of the most successful PC franchises, ever.

 

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It was originally released on December 31, 1996, when I was just 13 years old and turns 15 today. Blizzard seem to be going on this celebration of 15 years with, well, nothing at all. You'd think with Diablo III to be [hopefully] released this year, there'd be more fan fare.

 

Diablo was the creation of Dave Brevik and Max and Eric Schaefer whilst they worked at Blizzard North. All three of them resigned in mid-2003 under interesting circumstances and went on to found Flagship Studios. From there, we had Hellgate: London which was the only game released and after that Max and Eric started Runic Games and released Torchlight.

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Sony starts the new year with updated Tablet S pricing, now starts at $400 for 16GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 9:21 am

Sony have kicked off the new year with some new pricing on their 9.4-inch Tablet S. They've dropped the price by $100 which now puts the 16GB model at $400 and the 32GB model at $500.

 

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This price drop follows a temporary $50 price cut, which Sony announced on December 15th. This makes the tablet another $50 cheaper, which just cannot be complained about. With the new pricing, it takes it out of competition with ASUS' Transformer Prime and Apple's iPad 2.

 

It now fights alongside fellow warriors such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the original ASUS Transformer, as well as both Toshiba Thrive tablets.

 

With the updated pricing, will you grab a Sony Tablet S?

RumorTT: God Of War IV to feature co-op, arrives late 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 8:24 am

In the January 2012 issue of UK magazine PSM3, they suggest that the fourth major instalment in the PlayStation-exclusive God Of War series is coming at the end of this year and will feature online co-op play.

 

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Co-op has been popular lately, with Resistance 3, Dead Island, Gears of War 3 and Portal 2 all sporting the amazing feature. Not that it's new, but it seemed to disappear when next-gen consoles and their seemingly watered-down games started coming out.

 

GoW IV's development news is nothing new, but the co-op nugget is. GoW IV will see players breaking out of Hades, with the two protagonists will be a dearly-departed Kratos and his equally undead brother, Deimos. I hope to see some more on this soon.

Nintendo, Sony and EA have all reversed decisions in supporting SOPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 7:22 am

I must've somehow missed this in the hoopla that is New Years, but I'll make it quick. Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics have all followed by example of Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance by kicking the ass of support for SOPA.

 

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This is a good move, as they all know that the land of Internet people will be at their doors with pitch forks if they continued support for the Stop Online Piracy Act. All three of the companies did not make a comment on why they reversed their decision to support SOPA, but the pitch fork image I have in my head does it for me.

 

Keep in mind that not all of Sony land took their support away, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Nashville all still appear on the SOPA list. Let's wait to see how this bill goes, let's all collectively hope that it does not pass.

TV makers are looking for more profits, but on thinner TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 6:26 am

Welcome to 2012, where the end of the world is higher TV prices. This is what TV manufacturers such as LG want to bring, after being hit by profit declines over the years, this year will start with even thinner and lighter TVs in the hopes of sparking new customer interest and driving the average TV price, higher.

 

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LG said on Friday that it plans to sell a 55-inch TV that is just, wait for it, 3/16 of an inch thick and only weighs 16.5 pounds. Samsung are expected to unveil a similar TV at the industry's biggest trade fair, Consumer Electronics Show, in just a few days time in Las Vegas.

 

Both companies have yet to discuss the thing we rub between our fingers as a gesture for... money. Of course, this new technology is expected to have a nice premium. NPD DisplaySearch estimates the new 55-inch TV models will begin at around $8000 in Q3 2012, and fall below the $4000 mark by the end of 2013 as sales volume increases and companies find new ways to manufacture the TVs less expensively.

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Space Quest II remade and released for... free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 5:29 am

If you're like me, you'll have very fond memories of the original adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, Full Throttle, Maniac Mansion and Space Quest. I remember pumping hours upon hours into Space Quest with my brother and now I have just found out that the game has been 'remade'.

 

 

The team over at Infamous Adventures has re-built the classic game and whilst Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge wasn't the best in the series, it's great to see these games being re-released for today's gamers. Whilst it won't show you "kill!" or "take cover, you've been shot", or "100 points, you're a good gamer, *pat on back*", it is a great old-school adventure game.

 

Infamous Adventures' reproduction features "hand-drawn backgrounds, hand animated characters, a full voice pack featuring over 4,000 recorded lines and a whole lot of extras," according to their website. What's better, the game has been re-polished or that it has been released for free? You choose not just one, but both and enjoy the game!

 

Be sure to ensure you meet the system requirements: the PC version requires 1MB of RAM.

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Grand Theft Auto III on Android, iOS gets user mods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2012 4:24 am

And people say Consoles aren't ruining the PC industry. On consoles, it's virtually impossible to mod games like the PC has allowed since the birth of it and now we have smartphones and tablets, with mods being allowed into games such as Grand Theft Auto III.

 

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GTA III on the iOS, Android smartphones and tablets came out a few weeks ago and now there are users who have discovered that modding the port of the game on iOS and Android is just like modding the PC version, it just requires files to be added to the directory on the SD card.

 

What this allows is the usual custom cars, and a souped-up taxi like the video shows above. If someone is familiar with modding the PC version, modding the iOS and Android versions are no different, it even uses the same directory structure the PC install does: sdcard/android/data/com.rockstar.gta3/files/gta3/.

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