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Thermaltake Level 10 GT COD case mod video at Taipei Game Show 2012

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sat, Feb 4 2012 7:05 AM CST

We hunted high and low for hardware at the Taipei Game Show earlier today when we were there, but being a game show, it was obviously dominated with a strong gaming focus. Along side the Razer Blade eyes-on video we just posted, one of the other really hot bits of hardware was the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case mod by Brian Carter.

Brian named it the "COD" and it follows a really kick-ass Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 theme with a motorized and spinning gun at the front of the case, a rocket launcher at the top and on the side panel you'll find the medic kit for your war wounds as well as an ammo pack to keep on killing.

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Back in the day we would just had some neon lights to our cases and call it a day when it came to case modding, nowadays they are doing crazy good stuff like this. I love it!

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AMD's future products to include ARM cores, also steamrolling toward mobile market

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Fri, Feb 3 2012 3:21 AM CST

AMD's client roadmap has revealed Hondo, a 4.5W APU with 1-2 low voltage Bobcat cores as well as an on-die DX11 GPU built on a 40nm process. Windows 8 will be the OS to receive some of AMD's Hondo lovin'. AMD is wanting to get serious of entering the sub-2W market, with mobile being a very important path for AMD.

AMD's future products to include ARM cores, also steamrolling toward mobile market | TweakTown.com

AMD has talked about being "ambidextrous" when it comes to architectures, implying that AMD's future products will include chips with ARM-based CPU cores for markets where it makes sense. AMD have also said they will take advantage of all sorts of ecosystems, including Windows 8 and Android.

The AMD 2013 Client Roadmap unveils some interesting things indeed, with 2013 mobile chips "Kaveri", "Kabini", and "Tamesh" being three new APUs to be introduced. Kaveri will sport 2-4 "Steamroller" CPU cores, as well as a GCN-based GPU with HSA Application support. Kabini will feature 2-4 "Jaguar" cores backed up by a GCN-based GPU, and finally, Tamesh sports 2 "Jaguar" CPU cores, and a GCN-based GPU.

Desktop wise from AMD, we should expect the second-generation FX CPUs codenamed "Vishera" which will include 4-8 "Piledriver" CPU cores, "Kaveri" APU which will sport 2-4 "Steamroller" CPU cores, GCN-based GPU, HSA Application support and finally, "Kabini" which is identical to its mobile counterpart, sporting 2-4 "Jaguar" cores, and a GCN-based GPU.

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Alan Wake arrives on PC February 16, "looks absolutely beautiful"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Feb 3 2012 2:23 AM CST

Alan Wake on PC has finally gotten a firm release date, just two weeks from now. February 16th is the day you should buy some batteries for your flashlight, and it has a decent price of just $30. Remedy have been putting a nice amount of polish on Alan Wake for PC, where it includes not just improved graphics, but multiple monitor support, and 3D.

Alan Wake arrives on PC February 16,

Remedy's CTO, Markus Mki has said:

We've done our best to do justice to the PC version and do things the way they should be done for PC. The PC version looks absolutely beautiful. We're bringing the game to life in a whole new way.

What can you expect in the PC version? Check out this list:

- Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before

- Refined and fully configurable mouse and keyboard support (or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!)

- A wide selection of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios

- Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs

- Additional options our fans have sought after, such as field of view adjustment as well as "hide HUD".

- Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode

- Works with NVIDIA NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D

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Apple spotted browsing around for TV parts, shall we call it iBrowsing?

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Fri, Feb 3 2012 12:22 AM CST

Apple don't have a TV on the market, where their biggest competitor in the smartphone market, Samsung, sure do have that market with their fist around it, tightly. The latest coming from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, has said that the Cupertino-based company has been checking out the TV component supply chain, in preparations of entering the TV market.

Apple spotted browsing around for TV parts, shall we call it iBrowsing? | TweakTown.com

Munster wrote in a note to clients today:

In January we spoke with a major TV component supplier who has been contacted by Apple regarding various capabilities of their television display components. We see this as continued evidence that Apple is exploring production of a television. This latest data point follows January 2011 meetings in Asia that led us to believe Apple was investing in manufacturing facilities for LCD displays ranging from 3.5" mobile displays to 50" television displays.

Now I'm beginning to wonder. A consumer walks into a store that sells a bunch of different branded TVs, as well as Apple products. Said customer sees a 50-inch Apple TV for, I'm guessing here, $3999 and sees a 55-inch Samsung OLED TV, which makes the Apple screen look like a 640x480 CRT, and is $3499. Which would the customer buy?

The scary answer? Most like Apple, because of that darn attractive picture of fruit on the front. Go, Apple, go.

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Battlefield 3 DLC to be revealed next week

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Feb 2 2012 10:19 PM CST

In a conference call with EA's Vice President of Investor Relations, it was said to analysts:

You're going to hear some announcements from us on Battlefield actually as early as next week in an event we've got in New York. We've got plans for all of our major franchises to turn them into more of as we're seeing with FIFA and with Battlefield more as games for service that have constant flow of downloadable content.

Battlefield 3 DLC to be revealed next week | TweakTown.com

The rumor of an 'all-American DLC' has come from some YouTube comments where they've stated:

I have a source telling me that there will be an all American DLC, based on New York City, Miami, New Jersey, and I think it was San Francisco.

Now, with Frostbite 2, this would be an amazing thing. It would look truly gorgeous, and give us a change to the current maps we have in Battlefield 3/Back to Karkand. Inner-city NYC fights would be amazing, with destructible environments and what not. Give me "enhanced destruction" that we saw in B2K, but amplified, and I'll get back into BF3.

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Crackle has launched an Xbox Live app, gives US, UK, Canadian and Australians access to TV shows, movies, for free

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Feb 2 2012 9:23 PM CST

I've never heard of Crackle until now, so I've just pushed that rock up off my back and thrown it to the side for now. Crackle is part of Sony Picture Entertainment's video entertainment network, and now gives UK, US, Canadian, and Australians access to a bunch of TV shows and Hollywood movies, all for free.

Crackle has launched an Xbox Live app, gives US, UK, Canadian and Australians access to TV shows, movies, for free | TweakTown.com

For free! Free, as in, nothing? Well, Crackle is ad-supported, but it's not a direct competitor of paid-for video-on-demand services such as Netflix, which is also available on the Xbox Live hub, but instead Crackle offers a range of old movies, TV shows and animated series.

Phil Lynch, VP Digital Networks and Games at Sony Pictures Television says:

Crackle is the single best multi-platform source of free, ad-supported Hollywood films and television series. By our continued emphasis on cross-platform distribution, we are bringing an unparalleled viewing experience directly to Crackle's largest demographic of 18-34 males through their Internet-enabled devices. We are thrilled to be part of Xbox LIVE's entertainment expansion.

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Lake Vostok, Antartica: Russian scientists have been radio silent for 5 days

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Thu, Feb 2 2012 7:26 PM CST

First off, some back story. This will end up as a mini-editorial, but some of you will find this very interesting. Lake Vostok is a large (10,000km2), presumably fresh water body located under some 4km of ice in East Antarctica. The lake is not some little pool of water, its a gigantic, 250km long and 50km wide.

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Because the lake is under kilometres of frozen ice, it has been untouched by todays technology and hence, the hands of man. The contents of this secret under-the-ice lake, have not seen the light of day for more than 20 million years. Because of this long period of pure isolation, it is believed that the water inside Lake Vostok could contain new, never-before-seen lifeforms, and unique geochemical processes.

For the past five-plus years, Russia and the United States have been seeking to probe Vostok in order to discover its underlying secrets from this pure, pristine body of water. The problem associated with such an untouched body of water is that as soon as it is discovered, tested and exposed, we would have contaminated it in multiple ways. Because of its long period of isolation, it cannot be explored without the introduction of the outside world, i.e. us.

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RumorTT: Apple iPad 3 to sport quad-core A6 chip, available in LTE

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Thu, Feb 2 2012 4:28 AM CST

We started the day off with a RumorTT about the iPod Nano, and toward the end of the news posting day, another RumorTT is here, about the iPad 3. I did originally say that it was weird posting a RumorTT piece about an Apple product that wasn't an iPhone or iPad... but mere hours later, here we are.

RumorTT: Apple iPad 3 to sport quad-core A6 chip, available in LTE | TweakTown.com

A "source claiming to be in possession of an iPad 3 prototype" provided BGR with images that contained juicy details on Apple's next-generation iPad. From the above photo, which contains the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can see tonnes of information on the iPad 3.

First, J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2) are two different models, not different devices. A single iPad 3, available in Wi-Fi-only and another that sports GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also spotted in the photo is the first news of the chip being slapped into the iPad 3: an A6 processor with the model number S5L8945X. To compare this to previous Apple chips, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the Apple A5 is the S5L8940X.

The new A6 should be a quad-core device, making this one of the fastest tablets on the market, now able to compete with Tegra 3-equipped devices such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, and it will be the most powerful iOS-based device to-date.

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The Pirate Bay founders' get sentences finaled, face jail time

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Feb 2 2012 3:18 AM CST

This has been going on for quite a while now, but just a few moments ago, Sweden's Supreme Court handed down its decision to not grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. What this means is that their previously determined jail sentences and fines handed out to Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrm will stand.

The Pirate Bay founders' get sentences finaled, face jail time | TweakTown.com

During the original 2009 trial, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrm all had their sentences decreased, but ordered to pay increased damages that added up to millions of dollars to be handed over to the entertainment company plaintiffs.

The three men filed for a hearing of their case at the Supreme Court, which happened today, and their request was denied. This means that the previously-given sentences now stand, and are final. Peter Sunde aka Brokep, will face 8 months in prison. Fredrik Neij aka TiAMO, is looking at 10 months. Businessman Carl Lundstrm has just 4 months behind bars. They are all still required to pay a combined $6.8 million in damages.

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Facebook files $5 billion IPO, 'likes' it

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Feb 2 2012 2:18 AM CST

Facebook has finally, after all this time, speculation and rumors, finally reached their status of hitting an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It raised $5 billion, less than the previously speculated $10 billion.

Facebook files $5 billion IPO, 'likes' it | TweakTown.com

In their S-1 filing, Facebook also mentioned they would begin selling public stock as soon as possible. On top of the IPO news, they released some statistics on Facebook, which are very mind-blowing: Facebook now receives 845 million active users per month, 100 billion friendships, 2.7 billion likes and comments per day, as well as 250 million photos being uploaded every day.

We also found out that Facebook has been profitable for three years now, with revenue of $777 million on profit of $229 million in 2009 alone. Revenue grew 154-percent to $1.974 billion in 2010, and another 88-percent in 2011 to $3.711 billion. Facebook earned $1 billion last year, and are sitting on cash reserves of $3.908 billion.

What would you say Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg earned? Well, a salary of $483,333 in 2011, with a $220,500 bonus for the first half of the year, and $783,529 in other compensations (with $692,679 spent on chartered airplanes). This pay "reflected the impact of his performance in leading our product development efforts, our success in growing Facebook's global user base and developing strong developer and commercial relationships."

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