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Assassin's Creed designer: Watch Dogs is 'the path for the future'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:36 am

Assassin's Creed has turned from a small IP, into something that really drove sales for current generation consoles, but now an Assassin's Creed IV designer has come out and talked up Watch Dogs.

 

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AC IV designer, Jean-Sebastien Decant has said that Watch Dogs could be what defines the next-generation consoles, with the open-world game helping to define the new consoles, like Assassin's Creed did for the Xbox 360 and PS3. During an interview with Games Reactor, Decant said: "Watch Dogs is kind of showing us the path for the future. I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players. More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."

LSI Introduces 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID Controllers and DataBolt Expanders

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:10 am

LSI has announced the release of their new 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controllers and their revolutionary new DataBolt expanders at their annual AIS summit. AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) is LSI's yearly meeting that plays host to the brightest minds in storage technology.

 

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The needs of the datacenter are constantly expanding, and the move to the 12Gb/s SAS specification is required to keep up with the ongoing flood of data. The ability to use faster interconnects, along with lower latency, helps to allow the acceleration of big data and cloud computing.

 

In a recent TPC-H test, LSI found they were able to sustain a 60% increase in performance and userload during the test. The speed hike also enabled a big reduction in job completion time and better resource utilization. This is just one of many applications the new 12Gb/s SAS controllers will excel in.

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LSI Announces Axxia 4500 Product Family

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:00 am

At LSI's annual AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) LSI announced the release of the Axxia 4500 family of communications processors for enterprise and datacenter applications. The switch from 40nm Power PC processors to a four-core 28nm ARM Corex A15 brought power efficiency and expanded functionality to bear. The series gains a 20% power advantage from the move to the ARM Cortex A15 architecture, along with a bump from 1.3 to 1.6ghz.

 

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The CoreLink CCN-504 coherent architecture, along with the QoS aware interconnect, allows the addition of the LSI Virtual Pipeline technology for quick reconfiguration of the processors for optimal configuration on a packet-by-packet basis.

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Amazon will be giving one last chance to pre-order a Xbox One; 8am ET

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 5:43 am

One last chance to pre-order your Xbox One! Amazon will be releasing a last batch of Xbox Ones tomorrow morning on the 20th at 8am Eastern time/5am Pacific time. Amazon mentions supplies will be limited. Amazon's one click pay option will come in handy here, so make sure you have it set up because it might just be a race of who hit the buy button the quickest.

 

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Games shouldn't be a problem, many retailers have most titles and accessories for the Xbox One available for purchase right now and they shouldn't be short in demand. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a Xbox One from Amazon's last batch your console should be at your doorstep on launch day, Friday the 22nd.

Dropbox gets updated again, includes small, but great changes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 5:30 am

Another day, another Dropbox update, with today's update including a trio of new features. We have a new notifications feed, which will give you quicker access to recent activity, and more. The full change log states:

 

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  • New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
  • Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
  • New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)

 

All you have to do is let your Dropbox app automatically update, or grab it from the App Store or Play Store, depending on your device.

RumorTT: Command and Conquer reboot to be resurrected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:31 am

Most people were disappointed to hear that EA stopped the development on a reboot of the Frostbite-powered Command and Conquer, but is all lost? It looks like the company could bring it back, which would be great.

 

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CNCNZ saw a post on EA's official customer service help site, that hinted toward the company reviving the C&C brand with a new development studio. EA has apologized to any of Victory Studios' alpha testers, also promising to refund any money gamers spent on the project. But, it's the last bit of that post that brings the most hope:

 

For those of you who bought The C&C Ultimate Collection, your early access to the beta will be honored once production of this title resumes under a new studio. We would like to thank you for your time and interest in Command & Conquer, and we look forward to sharing the news with you when production resumes on this title in the future.

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Twitch live game streaming won't be available at launch for Xbox One

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:40 am

Microsoft announced that the Twitch live game streaming feature won't be available at launch. It will be delayed until "the first part of 2014." Sony's PlayStation 4 has had Twitch since launch. The people at Microsoft are saying they are working on it so it can meet expectations of the community. Although there will be a delay for the Xbox One version, it will however support instant switching and you will be able to use Twitch with the Xbox One's Snap feature.

 

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Xbox Wire Blog: "We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too. We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."

Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 M.2 NGFF Spotted

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:31 am

It's turning into a good night in the Secret Bunker away from the Secret Bunker. After some surprisingly early pics and even a few benchmarks, we now have the first picture of a SF3700 in M.2 form factor.

 

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M.2 is the official name for this form factor and 2280 can run both SATA and PCIe specs depending how the host interface is configured. LSI tells us SF3700 is optimized for low power consumption, up to 1800 MB/s and 150K IOPS performance. Officially the time frame is broad, 2014 but will these exciting new models come in the first or second half is what we want to know for sure.

Exclusive: LSI Analyst Day concludes, more SF3700 pics

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:13 am

LSI Analyst Day is wrapping up but media is barred from attending since we have all of the secrets. While the regular cast and crew are entertaining the Wall Street crowd we made a line straight to the goodies room in our plain cloths.

 

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Security thought we were with the display setup crews...cameras and all.

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Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe 2.0 tested, 1800 MB/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:06 am

With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.

 

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This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.

 

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It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.

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