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Skyrim Creation Kit goes live, start creating your own mods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 6:20 am

Ever wanted to create a mod for Skyrim? Come on, we know you have. Today you can. Bethesda have released their Creation Kit, which really lets Skyrim loose, and sets the boundaries to virtually infinity, and beyond.

 

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The Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit are free for anyone with a copy of Skyrim and a Steam account. Finding mods for Skyrim is as simple as visiting the Skyrim Workshop in the Steam Community. From there, you can browse the most popular, newest or highest-rated mods of all time. On top of this, you can specifically search for content via tags such as "Armor", "Quests", "Dungeons", and so on.

 

Creating your mod is a litter harder, of course, you'll need to install the Creation Kit, from the Tools section of your Steam Library. If you run into any problems, the wiki over at http://www.CreationKit.com is an amazing resource for modders of all skill levels. When you've polished your mod and want to unleash it to the world, just choose "Upload plugin and archive to Steam", from within the File menu of the Creation Kit.

 

You'll be asked to name your mod, add a description, content tags and a thumbnail. Once your upload is complete, the Creation Kit will notify you.

 

Go forth, Skyrim fans! Mod, mod, mod!

Heat could be the key to making hard drives hundreds of times faster

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 5:20 am

Well, this is interesting: physicists have reportedly discovered a new method of recording data onto hard drives, where the fruits of their labor could see mechanical-based hard drives jump in speeds, up to hundreds of times faster. Heat is the key.

 

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A hard disk drive is a magnetic storage device, which, unlike magnetic tapes, allows random access. The recording surface of a hard drive consists of hundreds of billions of tiny portions that can be magnetized in a particular polar direction to represent 0s or 1s. Recording data flips the direction, which is currently done using an external magnetic field.

 

A team of researchers led by Thomas Ostler at the University of York, UK have discovered that a short burst of heat can do the job much faster. This is where things get karazay. Up until now, it was thought that heat could only assist in remagnetisation when used in conjunction with a magnetic field. This knowledge base has changed: zapping a magnet with a laser for less than one trillionth of a second, momentarily raising the temperature by over 800-degrees Celcius, can have the same effect.

 

It is said that using this new method could lead to hard drives that are capable of recording terabytes of information per second, which is hundreds of times faster than today's technology.

RumorTT: NVIDIA Kepler GPU lineup leaked!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 4:34 am

Salt, here take it. Let's get onto the goss! Leaked information has floated up from the depths of the Internet from Lenzfire, where they've published some specifications for the upcoming GeForce 600-series. I'll say it again, here's your salt.

 

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This news has me excited. Lenzfire's sources claim that NVIDIA's Kepler GTX680 should be up to 45-percent faster than AMD's fastest Radeon HD 7970 GPU. The interesting part here is that the GeForce GTX680 is said to have just 2GB of RAM, compared to the 7970's 3GB, and is still 45-percent faster. What helps here is the GTX680 reportedly has twice as many stream processors, and backed up by the entire Kepler range being PCI-E 3.0 compliant.

 

The GeForce GTX680 will reportedly launch with a $649 price, so for just $100 more, you're getting a Team Green card that is 45-percent faster. This could be some very dangerous news for AMD. On a different note, specs of a dual-GPU Kepler-based card are here too.

 

Keep in mind, that the specs, whilst impressive... could be dominated quite early into their life as AMD are already working on their revised GCN-based HD 8000-series of GPUs. This could be why AMD jumped the gun and released them ahead of NVIDIA.

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Google release Chrome for Android Beta, just for Android 4.0 devices for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 4:12 am

Google have released Chrome for Android Beta, exclusive (for now) for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Exactly like the desktop-based Chrome, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but also sports seamless sign-in and sync, so you can take your personalized web browsing experience anywhere you go.

 

 

Chrome for Android Beta is built for speed, so when searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so that pages appear to load instantaneously. Chrome for Android is built from the ground up for mobile devices, where Google have reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen smartphone, as they do on the larger-screen tablet.

 

Privacy is a big deal for Chrome, and Chrome with Android Beta is no different. Chrome for Android Beta includes the famous incognito mode for private browsing as well as fine-grained privacy options.

 

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Syrian President's e-mail password: 12345. How is this known? Anonymous, of course

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 3:21 am

12345. Such an amazingly hard password, something that no one else on Earth has probably ever used. Well, except for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Anonymous broke into the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs, where they gained access to 78 inboxes of Assad's staff, according to a report from Israeli daily Haaretz.

 

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The password '12345' was associated with several of the e-mail accounts. Victims of Anonymous' latest attack were Mansour Fadlallah Azzam, who is the Minister of Presidential Affairs, as well as Bouthaina Shaaban, who is Assad's media adviser.

 

Haaretz obtained, and published one e-mail that included documents intended to prepare al-Assad for his December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters. In the interview, he said that the Syrian government was not killing its own people:

 

We don't kill our people. No government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person.

The Amazing Spider-Man theatrical trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 2:48 am

I've been waiting for this new Spider-Man movie for a while now, where it completely reboots the franchise and takes a different "untold story" when compared to the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man movies. This one is directed by Marc Webb, and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and more.

 

 

The trailer is above, in all its 1080p glory and looks, well, amazing! The various teasers and smaller trailers haven't shown off anywhere near as much material. We get to see some special FX, the big bad, more Spider-Man, Peter, back story, and more.

 

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We even see the cocky Spider-Man, which is more in line with the comics, another great thing to see. The Lizard is the big reveal here, which is shown gloriously as a tease in the trailer. The scope of the film looks bigger than shown before, I thought it would start off as a slower paced movie, but with the police scene by itself, it seems we're in for a fair amount of action, which is great. Check out the trailer, now!

Motorola is the new Apple, wants royalties from Xbox, Windows 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 2:17 am

Motorola is currently fighting Microsoft in a German court over some patents, where the court is inclined to side with Motorola. This could see Microsoft pay Motorola royalties of 2.25-percent in sales of Windows 7, and Xbox 360, among other products. The news comes from Florian Mueller, an intellectual property analyst who tracks worldwide patent disputes in his Foss Patents blog.

 

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Mueller is quoted:

 

A short summary of today's trial (technically four trials, but organized as one because of overlapping issues) is that the court is inclined to rule, with a decision scheduled for April 17, 2012, that Microsoft Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, the Windows Media Player and the Xbox 360 infringe on those two patents.

 

The two patents in question relate to a video compression and decompression technology, covering methods for reducing the amount of bandwidth required for video that is streamed online. It is said that Microsoft violated the patents which are used in its technologies and software including Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Windows Media Player and the Xbox 360.

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Germany-based Caseking acquires Overclockers UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 1:41 am

BREAKING: Germany-based computer hardware retailer, Caseking, have just acquired British-based Overclockers. Overclockers UK have had a long-standing achievement of being one of the biggest sellers of computer hardware in the UK.

 

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They've been in a band of just a few, with companies such as Ebuyer, Scan Computers International, Novatech, and Aria PC in selling PC hardware. Overclockers UK have been around since 1999, and have had their HQ in Newcastle-under-lyme.

 

The takeover involves 40 members of staff who currently work for Overclockers UK, but at the moment it is not known what the acquisition has in store for both Overclockers UK and its employees. The value of the deal is not exactly known either, but it is estimated to come in at 'less than €50 million'. The deal took place on February 1, 2012, and as you probably have guessed, both companies have been quiet about it.

US firm Space Systems/Loral wins NBN contract worth $620 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 1:25 am

US-based Space Systems/Loral has won a $620 million contract that involves two satellites which will provide high-speed broadband to areas in remote Australia. The announcement was made just moments ago in Canberra by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, as well as NBN Co chief Mike Quigley.

 

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Loral Space and Communications, a California-based group, will launch two satellites which will provide the high-speed Internet by 2015 under the national broadband network (NBN). If you didn't already know, the NBN Co is the federal government-owned enterprise who is in charge of rolling out fibre optic cable broadband to 93-percent of Australia's 13 million homes, schools and businesses by 2021.

 

If the fibre optic network is not available to you, the fixed wireless technology and satellite technology will be used to 4-percent of premises, and 3-percent of the remaining premises, respectively. Stephen Conroy said in a statement:

 

This will ensure high speed broadband is delivered to Australia's remotest towns, such as Calvert in the Northern Territory and Bandya in Western Australia.

AMD's chief sales officer, Emilio Ghilardi leaves

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 1:00 am

We all know AMD has and still is, going through some troubling times, but there is hopefully some light at the end of that bulldozed tunnel. The bad news continues today with the exit door opening for its chief sales officer, Emilio Ghilardi.

 

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AMD announced the departure just after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, where current CEO Rory Read will take over Ghilardi's sales responsibilities in the meantime, there is a search for a replacement. Ghilardi had worked for AMD since 2008, and started as senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Just a year later he was promoted to chief sales officer.

 

It's not known what move is next for AMD, when they're set to adopt an "ambidextrous" strategy when it comes to using chips from other companies. The next few months should be some interesting times from the underdog, whether we see them move into areas where they aren't fighting the big bad, Intel. It could be a smart move, where you can't win, go into a market where you have more chance, and less competition. Sounds good to me.

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