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TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.6.9 released, supports the Radeon HD 7790 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti with GPU Boost

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:36 am

AMD and NVIDIA are about to heat up the sub-$200 GPU market with their Radeon HD 7790 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti with GPU Boost, respectively, and to meet these new GPUs is a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z, version 0.6.9.

 

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GPU-Z now also supports the HD 8870M, GeForce GT 415 and GT 750M. For NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs, the DirectX feature-set value is now fixed. You can download GPU-Z 0.6.9 here.

Three South Korean TV stations and two major banks hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:18 am

Things are heating up in South Korea once again, with South Korean authorities investigating a major attack on multiple fronts. Three TV broadcasters and two major banks were attacked, with the South Korean army raising their alert levels thinking that North Korea are behind the attacks.

 

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Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were taken down, as well as two major banks; Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. Some of the computers that were infiltrated had files deleted, according to the authorities. A police official has said: "We sent down teams to all affected sites. We are now assessing the situation. This incident is pretty massive and will take a few days to collect evidence."

 

The banks are back up and running, but the TV stations have said they don't know when they'll be fully operational again, with some workers at the stations not able to boot their systems back up. South Korean military hasn't been affected, but they've raised their state of readiness in response. Police and government have both declined to speculate on North Korea's involvement, but the North have threatened the South more than once now, stating they would attack both South Korea and their major ally, the United States after they were slapped with United Nations sanctions for their nuclear test back in February.

Noctua announce they're providing free mounting upgrades for Intel's Haswell processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:36 am

Intel's Haswell platform is just months away, and cooling expert, Noctua, have announced that they are continuing their great tradition of offering customers their SecuFirm2 mounting kits for Haswell, free of charge. Yes, free.

 

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Newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell out of the box, but older models are now included with the new NM-i115x, with no cost to the consumer whatsoever. In order to get yourself the NM-i115x, all you have to do is provide proof of purchase (which can be a photo, scan or screenshot of your invoice) of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA115x motherboard or LGA115x CPU. The mounting kits are compatible with most Noctua coolers released since 2005, and will be available at retail stores for a low service charge.

HTC One gets delayed, suppliers no longer think HTC is a 'tier one company'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:00 am

If you were savings those clams for the HTC One, you have a little while longer to save as HTC's smartphone has been delayed because suppliers don't think the company is a "tier one company" anymore. This means that component companies only want to work with the undeniable champions of the industry, such as Apple and Samsung.

 

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An HTC executive talked with the Wall Street Journal, saying:

 

The company has a problem managing its component suppliers as it has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year's unexpected slump in shipments. HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer.

 

If HTC aren't a tier one company, does that mean we only have two tier one companies at the moment? This means that we might see more of these delays going into the future, if companies are going to pick and choose who they want to dish out their supplies to.

AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers released, improvements for SimCity and Far Cry 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 7:31 am

If you're a Radeon user, you might want to check out AMD's latest goodies in the form of the Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers. The new drivers provide some performance improvements in both SimCity and Far Cry 3, as well as improve the latency performance issues in Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution.

 

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Here's a full list of what you can expect:

  • Improve performance in Sim City 5 up to 16 percent
  • Improves performance in Far Cry 3 up to 5 percent
  • Improves latency performance issues seen in Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
  • Resolves slight corruption seen in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for CrossFire and single GPU configurations

 

Download the AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers for Windows, right here.

Microsoft allows companies to buy bulk numbers of Surface tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:17 am

Microsoft's Surface tablet might not be doing too well in the consumer market, but the enterprise and government purchasing departments will have no problems buying them in bulk. The Redmond-based software giant is reportedly happy supporting big clients.

 

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The process is now much easier to purchase bulk numbers on the Surface tablets - be it the normal Surface, or Surface Pro - where "commercial customers" can opt-in for an Extended Hardware Service Plan that boosts support to three years for North American buyers. Microsoft isn't stating exactly who is eligible for this, but their order system most likely centers around bulk orders of their devices.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator to receive 3D makeover

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:18 am

Fresh from the conversion of Director Alex Proyas' i, Robot, Twentieth Century Fox will next set their sights on converting the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi hit Predator to the third dimension later this year, according to Schwarzenegger fansite TheArnoldguys.

 

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Any 3D Blu-ray release will likely employ the same 3D conversion as afforded to i, Robot; a new algorithm created by JVC which significantly reduces the amount of manual roto-scoping utilised in top-of-the-line 3D conversions such as Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Titanic. Subsequently, this method is substantially cheaper to perform but leads to less impressive results, as my review of i, Robot shows.

Continue reading 'Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator to receive 3D makeover' (full post)

Nexus 4 makes a reappearance in the UK Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:09 am

If you've been itching to get one of the Nexus 4 smartphones and you're based in the UK, you've been out of luck, until now. Both the 8GB and 16GB versions are in stock for 239 and 279 pounds, respectively.

 

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They might sell out quick, so if you wanted one you might want to pull the trigger on it, well, now. You can get the Nexus 4 8GB here, and the Nexus 4 16GB here.

Swype beta 1.4.9 is out, includes a bunch of bug fixes and improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 4:02 am

If you're a Swype user, you might have noticed there was an update today, if not - you might want to do it now. The latest update is in beta form, pushing up the version to beta 1.4.9. The new update includes a bunch of bug fixes and various improvements:

 

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  • Advanced Language Models added for Hindi and Belgian Dutch
  • Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
  • Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
  • Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
  • Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
  • Fixed an issue where default Android voice input ('mic'/'microphone') icon displayed instead of Dragon logo
  • Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
  • Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office
  • And many more bug fixes and improvements!

 

Swype isn't in the Google Play Store, so you'll have to grab it here.

NVIDIA mobile roadmap updated, Logan and Parker will feature Kepler and Maxwell GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 3:07 am

NVIDIA have been doing quite well in the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) department lately, with Tegra 2 and 3 making big splashes in mobile devices across the world. Tegra 4i is nearly here, but what is coming next? Well, NVIDIA have updated their mobile roadmap at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference.

 

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The next SoC we should expect from NVIDIA is codenamed "Logan", and the one after that was previously said to be "Stark", but is now "Parker". Both will use NVIDIA's CUDA technology, with Logan featuring a Kepler GPU and Parker running a Project Denver 64-bit ARM-based CPU as well as packing a next-generation Maxwell GPU. Logan should reach us early 2014, with Parker not being baked into devices until sometime in 2015.

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