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Intel says we should expect Haswell-based Ultrabooks starting at $599

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 10:33 am

At the Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) 2013 last week, Intel teased the world that we should expect new Ultrabooks in the near future based on their fourth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as Haswell.

 

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Better yet, they'll start at just $599. The news came from Senior Vice President and GM of Intel's PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen, who told an audience of top Intel parts that new Haswell-based Ultrabooks would not only arrive at cheaper price points, but with more compelling features. Skaugen said that early Ultrabooks were "just a retrofit of what was already on the market," but has promised that Haswell-based Ultrabooks will require touch-screen support and faster SSDs, high-resolution displays, voice and facial recognition technology and finally, "all-day" battery life.

 

Skaugen had some interesting things to say about Haswell and the future of Ultrabooks, where he said "we designed this chip from the ground up for the Ultrabook. You'll truly be able to leave your [Ultrabook] battery pack at home."

Havok unveils their free 3D game development engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:40 am

Havok have done the world of mobile game development some good today, announcing that their graphics engine, Physics and Animation suites, and their award-winning AI tools will now be free for "leading" mobile platforms.

 

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This is all thanks to their new Project Anarchy initiative, where Havok being the team behind some of the technology built into today's biggest games such as Assassin's Creed, Halo, Skyrim and by some of the biggest game developers like EA, Bungie and more. The download includes game samples and tutorials for would-be game developers, as well as a complete online community to "encourage free sharing and collaborative development of extensions and customizations by the community."

 

Havok's Project Anarchy will launch later in the spring with more details to follow in the coming weeks.

North Korean leader uses Logitech Trackman Marble, is the best Logitech advertising ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:03 am

Here I am, going on about my night, when our GPU Editor Shane Baxtor messages me on Facebook alerting me to the latest breaking news - what mouse North Korean leader Kim Jong-un uses, and if you didn't know - it's the Logitech Trackman Marble.

 

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The photo has floated onto the Internet as Kim Jong-un was inspecting the "latest combat and technical equipments" on a metal box with the help of a bunch of aides at all sides, rocking the Logitech Trackman Marble of all things. This picture definitely looks like the North Korean leader is rocking some seriously slick next-gen technology.

 

I mean, it's a consumer keyboard and mouse - so if he isn't a tech savvy person (which I'm sure he's not) then there's probably some HP desktop machine inside of that green monstrosity which his aides have cleverly skinned with a theme from Windows XP. North Korea have been saying they have nuclear missiles that could strike the US, but I'm sure it might be a little hard to aim with that Logitech Trackman Marble, dear leader.

ADATA puts their SSDs on a diet, gets them down to just 7mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:38 am

ADATA have just announced the release of some new SSDs that are lighter and thinner than their predecessors. The models replaced were just 9.5mm thick, but these new drives are an astonishing 7mm thick.

 

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The standard thickness for 2.5-inch drives is 9.5mm, so getting them down to just 7mm with no loss of performance, capacity, or durability is a credit toward ADATA. The new SSDs come with 2.5mm plastic holders, so that you can continue to use them with existing 9.5mm drive slots.

AIDA64 version 2.85 released, includes AMD Radeon HD 8000 series support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 7:34 am

FinalWire have released AIDA64 v2.85, which includes the usual slew of improvements and added support. This time around, we have support for AMD's Radeon HD 8000 Series of GPUs, AMD's A-Series "Richland" APU, and NVIDIA's latest and greatest GeForce and Tesla GPUs. The detailed new features and improvements:

 

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  • Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for AMD A-Series "Richland" APU
  • Improved support for AMD "Kabini", "Temash" and "Kaveri" APUs
  • Improved support for Intel "Haswell" and "Valleyview" processors
  • Preliminary support for AMD "Beema" APU
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Avoton" SoC, "Crystal Well" CPU, "Haswell-E" CPU, "Haswell-ULT" SoC, "Ivy Bridge-E" CPU, "Lynx Point-LP" PCH, "Wellsburg" PCH
  • Preliminary support for DDR4 memory modules and GDDR5 system memory
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series and nVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan

 

You can grab AIDA64 Extreme Edition and AIDA64 Business Edition from the AIDA64 online store.

Battlefield 4 gameplay trailer is here, check out the 17-minute video showing off 'Fishing in Baku'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:44 am

EA and DICE have officially taken the wraps off of Battlefield 4, where it has been completely and utterly announced to the world. EA have confirmed it is indeed launching in Fall 2013, and will be powered by Frostbite 3, not Frostbite 2 as previously thought.

 

 

Today, we have a 17-minute gameplay demo unleashed upon us, which I'm about to check out once I click the submit button on this news. Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label has said:

 

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We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store. It is thrilling to witness peoples' reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they'll talk about for days. That's the beauty of Battlefield.

AMD looking to the cloud for the future of gaming with their Radeon Sky series of GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:31 am

AMD are striking while the iron is hot with GPU news today, first we just heard about the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, and now we're hearing that AMD are entering the cloud gaming business.

 

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They'll be entering this business with a new range of graphics cards, the Radeon Sky series. These cards will come in three flavors, the Radeon Sky 900, Radeon Sky 700 and Radeon Sky 500. They'll come with varying amounts of stream processors, RAM, and memory bandwidth. These new GPUs are designed to power servers for cloud gaming.

 

The Radeon Sky 900 will feature two Radeon GPUs, providing it with 3584 stream processors, and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM for each GPU. Its siblings, the Radeon Sky 700 and Radeon Sky 500 will feature 1792 and 1280 stream processors, respectively, as well as 6GB of GDDR5 and 4GB of GDDR5, respectively.

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AMD unveils their dual-GPU beast, the Radeon HD 7990

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 4:29 am

NVIDIA have already entered the dual-GPU arena with their GeForce GTX 690, and have taken the crown once again with their Titan GPU, so AMD have been sitting out of the GPU spotlight for a while now.

 

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This might all end with the unveiling of their Radeon HD 7990, their dual-GPU behemoth. GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, Matt Skynner, held up the card for the world to see, saying: "This is the first public showing. We're not saying much about it other than it's two series-7900 GPUs on a single card, and it's whisper quiet."

 

AMD's Radeon HD 7990 will be a full-sized, dual-slot card, which was expected. The heatsink and fan design runs down the entire card, with no less than three fans keeping the two GPUs cool. We should hear more on this card in the coming weeks, and I'm sure a proper unveiling before, or at Computex in Taipei in June.

Flipboard 2.0 is here, CEO says it's "the most epic release we've ever done"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:34 am

As a big lover of Flipboard, this news comes as a nice surprise to me, with Flipboard 2.0 now here. Flipboard CEO, Mike McCue, told The Verge that Flipboard 2.0 is "the most epic release we've ever done."

 

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The biggest change allows readers to pretty much be their own editor-in-chief, by allowing you to "flip stories" within the app, or in a browser through a bookmarklet, into their own magazines. Other users can then subscribe to those magazines, and whenever a magazine's owner adds something new or changes something, it updates subscribers' versions as well.

 

Each magazine from there has the option of being private or public, and over time users will be able to co-edit magazines. The future is looking flippingly good for Flipboard.

Battlefield 4's trailer leaked early, come check it out (in low quality for now)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 2:50 am

We've just shown you the first screenshots of Battlefield 4, so how about an early look at the trailer that has been leaked? 'Circus Maximus' posted a comment on our BF4 screenshot news, pointing us in the direction of the leaked trailer for BF4.

 

 

The trailer features a weirdly placed Rihanna song, and so many quick cuts it's not funny. It'll be great to see it in actual detail from the 17-minute gameplay video we should receive in the coming days - which the trailer states will arrive soon.

 

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What are your thoughts on the trailer? I need to see it in 1080p to really make a judgement on it, but for now it definitely has my trigger finger itching.

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