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GTA V sitting on Amazon, ready for your pre-order

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:52 am

We've heard rumor upon rumor about Grand Theft Auto V, but we are getting closer to the reported March 2014 release date. Now there's news from Amazon's French and German stores, who have pre-orders up for GTA V.

 

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There's not much else on this report, but we are closer to wrapping up the first month of 2014, and shifting into February. Grand Theft Auto V for the PC is going to be a big deal when it happens, and it really perplexes me that Rockstar is playing its cards so close to its chest - come on Rockstar, give us some love - announce it already!

Free-to-play FPS, Crossfire, made $950 million in revenue in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:34 am

You thought free-to-play games made nothing? Think again: Tencent's free-to-play first-person shooter made $950 million last year. This is quite the sum of money, considering Riot Games' League of Legends only managed $624 million.

 

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The remaining top 10 popular free-to-play titles were from developers Nexon, Electronic Arts and Blizzard. Nexon's fantasy title, Dungeon Fighter Online, made $426 million in revenue, while World of Warcraft made $372 million. For EA, Star Wars: The Old Republic made $138 million, after the developer's decision to shift away from its subscription-based model.

 

Super Data Research, the company behind these numbers, noted that the digital free-to-play market grew by 45% in the US last year. With free-to-play titles making $2.9 billion total, with earnings from subscription-based titles dropping 21%, to just $1.1 billion.

Sixense will show off 3D printing solution at 3D Printer World Expo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:28 am

It looks like Sixense is ready to show off its 3D printing chops at the 3D Printer World Expo next month, where the "global leader in motion tracking and 3D modelling" will show off its MakeVR solution.

 

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Sixense will tease show goers with MakeVR, as it will be the first public showcasing of the technology. On February 5, following the show itself, a Kickstarter will open for MakeVR, too. MakeVR is hoping to combine the real, and virtual worlds, where it will allow users to use their full potential to create, share, buy, trade and print 3D models.

 

Amir Rubin, co-founder of Sixense, explains: "With MakeVR we're enabling everyone to more easily and affordably create models in 3D. Coupled with the emergence of so many great new 3D printing solutions, this will catalyze the entire market. 3D Printer World Expo offers the perfect stage to showcase MakeVR, and we're looking forward to feedback from the leaders in 3D printing industry at the show."

Alienware will release new Steam Machines 'every year'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 7:29 am

Alienware has confirmed that it will be releasing new Steam Machines each year, because of the lack of upgrade options on its SteamOS-powered console. Frank Azor, Alienware's General Manager, talked with TrustedReviews, where he said: "Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year."

 

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The Dell-owned company won't let you upgrade its Steam Machines, with Azor stating: "There will be no customisation options, you can't really update it." He did add: "The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive."

 

There will be some configuration options for customers upon purchase, but there will be no upgrades after. Azor states: "There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that. If you actually want to customise your Alienware Steam Machine, maybe change your video card out or put in a new CPU, you would be better off with the standard Alienware X51. This particular product is restricted in its upgrade options."

Gabe Newell has no problem with EA's Origin on Steam Machines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 6:37 am

During a recent Reddit AMA, Valve god Gabe Newell had something interesting to say about Steam Machines, and EA's Origin service. "We're trying to make it as open as possible," said Newell, continuing: "If EA wants to put Origin on it, that would be fine, etc... (trying to pick an example of something that people think we would prohibit)."

 

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One of the big hurdles of Steam Machines in the market, would be to cut themselves off from the world, and not accept competitors' digital distribution or gaming services on its devices. But as we can see here, Newell is all for it - a totally open platform.

 

I think we're seeing the beginning of something very special here, a true living room PC. All we need are some awesome games like Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and more, and we'll be in gaming heaven.

Jamaican bobsled team raises $30,000 in dogecoins, needs John Candy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 4:29 am

The cash-strapped Jamaican bobsleigh team is in dire need of funds to reach the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and it looks like they might get there thanks to the crypto-currency, dogecoin.

 

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A fundraising campaign was put together following news over the weekend that Team Jamaica had qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2002. Winston Watt, who leads Team Jamaica, spent his own money transporting the team to training sessions, but didn't have enough funds to make it to Russia.

 

Watt then opened a PayPal account, hoping to raise the $40,000 or so required to attend. Dogecoin founders, Liam Butler, Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus, all happen to be fans of the Jamaican bobsleigh team, with Butler telling the Guardian: "As someone who grew up in the '90s, Cool Runnings was the ultimate feel-good movie about underdogs out of their element achieving their dreams. When I was about seven years old, my best friend and I had a billy-cart that his dad built. When we would start our run down his driveway, we would shout out the catchphrase from the movie: 'Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time!"

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Patriot unveils two FUEL Active portable batteries for the outdoors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:29 am

Patriot has just unveiled its new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, destined for the outdoors. Patriot's new line of FUEL Active chargers come in two styles.

 

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Starting with the FUEL Active 6000, which features a 6000mAh battery, a dedicated 2.5A port, and integrated micro USB cable that provides 1A of current. The Patriot FUEL Active 6000 is also protected from the harsh environments of this world, with it arriving in a sturdy plastic housing, with integrated dust caps that cover the included connectors.

 

Moving onto the FUEL Active 2000, which is built-in a high impact element-resistant housing, and a bright LED flashlight that will help you out when you're camping, or out in the dark. The FUEL Active 2000 comes in a choice of four colors, too.

 

Patriot are selling the new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, with an MSRP of $19.99 and $69.99 for the FUEL Active 2000, and FUEL Active 6000, respectively.

NVIDIA rumored to launch GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, GTX 790

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 2:16 am

The New Year is here, but where are my New GPUs from NVIDIA? Well, it looks like they - yes, they, plural - could be very close. VideoCardz.com is reporting that we should expect two new high-end GPUs from NVIDIA: the GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, and the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790.

 

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Starting with the GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, which should be the same GPU found on the GTX 780 Ti, but it would feature higher double precision computing, in other words: more CUDA cores. We should see this GPU arrive with 6GB of VRAM on board, twice as much as the GTX 780 Ti features, something that is quite important to NVIDIA these days with 4K here.

 

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We should expect the GTX TITAN Black Edition to feature 2880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPS. The price on the GPU will be around $999, and we should hear more information on it shortly.

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LogMeIn ends free accounts, now charging $20 per PC per year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 1:40 am

Bad news for anyone reading this who has taken advantage of LogMeIn's free remote access service over the last few years as today the company announced that free accounts are no longer being offered. For users who bought LogMeIn Ignition for iOS or Android, the company will offer discounts and a "gentle" transition to the subscription service.

 

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Users have about a week to decide if they will buy into the new $20 per PC per year subscription model, or if they will jump ship and move to a competitor. LogMeIn Centeral, Cubby, and Join.Me are unaffected at this time, but there is no word on whether or not that will change in the future.

Toshiba completes acquisition of OCZ, launches new subsidiary

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 12:33 am

Today, Toshiba announced that it has completed the acquisition of OCZ Technology's SSD assets and has closed the deal worth $35 million. This is the final chapter in the long-running saga that was OCZ Technology, and the culmination of months of speculation, rumors, and sharp downfalls of one of the pioneers of consumer SSD storage.

 

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"The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba's commitment to this high-growth area," said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba's Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. "Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in realizing this strategy."

 

In the deal, Toshiba purchased OCZ Technology's enterprise and client SSD business which already has a massive customer base. Toshiba has kept the OCZ name alive but has founded a new subsidiary named OCZ Storage Solutions and will operate independently of Toshiba while continuing to provide high-performance enterprise and client level solid state storage devices. OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to maintain its established world-wide sales channels and its company headquarters will remain in San Jose California.

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