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Crytek's CryENGINE 3 gets licensed for Digital Visualization Projects

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mon, Nov 28 2011 4:33 AM CST

Crytek GmbH have in the last few days announced that they closed a licensing deal for CryENGINE 3, its proprietary real-time development solution, with Crystal CG, a world-leading digital image service provider.

Crystal CG is dedicated to providing customized solutions that use 3D digital visualization technologies and have worked on a few widely-recognized projects such as the "Grand opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics" as well as the "London 2012 Olympics mascot promotional film" as well as a number of various visual communication projects.

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Click 'like' on Facebook, and receive 15 years in jail, in Thailand

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mon, Nov 28 2011 3:26 AM CST

Well, this certainly is something to be careful of! Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face some serious jail time for charges of lese-majeste, or insults to the kind, queen, heir or regent.

Click 'like' on Facebook, and receive 15 years in jail, in Thailand | TweakTown.com

Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Minster, Anudith Nakornthap, says that even though Facebook clicks of 'like' or 'share' are only done to show support for messages, they could actually violate laws that carry sentences of between 3 and 15 years for each charge.

Wow.

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Intel preparing to replace low-end named Celeron with Pentium?

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Nov 28 2011 2:30 AM CST

It looks as though Intel is preparing to retire the Celeron name and replace it with Pentium. Intel's Pentium name has been with us for over ten years now, and debuted as the high-end of processors for notebooks and desktops when it first stepped into the limelight.

Intel preparing to replace low-end named Celeron with Pentium? | TweakTown.com

Intel has positioned the Pentium line between the high-end Core range and the low-end Celeron range, but are reportedly aiming a new processor for its Pentium line in the server market. The new processor is the Pentium 350 and it is aimed at low-end servers. The Pentium 350 is a dual-core part, featuring 3MB cache and a low power draw of just 15W.

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Christian Bale is done with Batman, filming complete

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Mon, Nov 28 2011 12:24 AM CST

Christian Bale's stint as the masked crusader, Batman, is finished. The filming of Batman - The Dark Knight Rises has wrapped, and while speaking to the Philippine Daily Enquirer, Bale said:

Christian Bale is done with Batman, filming complete | TweakTown.com

I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and Chris - that will be the end of that Batman era.

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Gabe Newell discusses piracy, says it's not about price

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Nov 27 2011 10:25 PM CST

PC gamers have had a great week, with 95-percent of them accused of being pirates, and just bagging them out in general and blaming piracy for lack of sales. But Good Guy Game Newell has come through with a treasure map of where to find success in digital distribution [I hope you get the pun there, it was intended].

Gabe Newell  discusses piracy, says it's not about price | TweakTown.com

Gabe tackles the issues of claiming that lowering prices for games will make piracy go away, and he also takes on companies that seek to fight piracy by inconveniencing consumers. He says:

We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy, piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the U.S. release and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend sees four-digit queues

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sun, Nov 27 2011 9:25 PM CST

I'm sure some of you pulled out your Lightsabers for the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend just gone, and I've been hearing nothing but great things about it, but now we have some news on just how successful it was. Bioware had invited practically everyone to play in their MMORPG, so that they could stress-test their servers to see how they went with hundreds of thousands online at once.

Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend sees four-digit queues | TweakTown.com

Most servers had queues on them all weekend, with a few of them with queues of over 1000 gamers waiting to get in. Other beta testers and Twitter posts indicated even higher numbers on the queue, so you would think that it would be a limited server issue, right?

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RumorTT: NVIDIA's 28nm Desktop GPU roadmap revealed - no high-end GeForce card until 2H 2012?

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Sun, Nov 27 2011 6:58 PM CST

We have a juicy rumor today from Japanese website 4Gamer and VR-Zone in the form of a roadmap for NVIDIA's upcoming 28nm Kepler GPU line-up for desktops. Kepler's rollout will be bottom-to-top, starting with the mainstream GK107 chip in Q2 2012.

RumorTT: NVIDIA's 28nm Desktop GPU roadmap revealed - no high-end GeForce card until 2H 2012? | TweakTown.com

High-end parts such as the GK110/GK112 will not see the light of day until later in the year. All Kepler GPUs will be manufactured on TSMC's 28nm process, use GDDR5 memory and include support for DirectX 11.1 that will be included in Windows 8.

We should see the GK107 mainstream part in Q2 2012, which features 128-bit memory, and should land in notebooks first, with a desktop release shortly after. GK107 also only supports PCI-Express 2.0. GK106 is set to be the mainstream performance part, replacing the current NVIDIA gem, the GeForce GTX 560. This should sport a 256-bit memory bus, with a release sometime in late Q2 2012.

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BlackBerry launch in Indonesia ends in a riot

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sat, Nov 26 2011 4:20 AM CST

The company behind BlackBerry, Research In Motion (RIM) had a scheduled smartphone launch event in Indonesia, but had to cancel the event early. Thousands of people turned up to get their hands on the latest BlackBerry smartphone, but rumors began to spread like wildfire that the new phone had sold out, after which chaos broke out.

BlackBerry launch in Indonesia ends in a riot | TweakTown.com

RIM had chosen Indonesia as the first country to receive the new Blackberry Bellagio, known as the Blackberry Bold 9790. Indonesia is a hot spot for Blackberry handsets, which is why RIM set up a special event at the Pacific Place mall in Jakarta to celebrate the event. RIM also offered a 50-percent discount to the first 1000 people to purchase the smartphone, which resulted in a line formed 24 hours before the event.

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Leaked Ivy Bridge performance sneak peak, does it out bridge Sandy Bridge?

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sat, Nov 26 2011 3:19 AM CST

Personally, I think we're at the edge of where we'll see more performance from CPUs as games become more reliant on GPUs, console ports and better coding. Why would we require 12-cores at 4GHz each? When will it end?

Leaked Ivy Bridge performance sneak peak, does it out bridge Sandy Bridge? 8 | TweakTown.com

Well, Intel's Ivy Bridge is the next step for Intel, coming spring 2012. Chinese website Coolaler has gotten their mits on an engineering sample of Intel's 22nm-based Ivy Bridge platform. They've scored a quad-core chip, and have some screenshots of CPU-Z and Task Manager (without HyperThreading enabled).

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Apple and IBM supplier workers in China strike

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sat, Nov 26 2011 1:20 AM CST

er 1000 workers based in Shenzhen, China have gone on strike against their employer Jingmo Electronics Corporation (JEC), which supplies goods for companies such as Apple and IBM.

Apple and IBM supplier workers in China strike | TweakTown.com

According to China Labor Watch (CLW), a New York-based watchdog for labor rights in China, and an advocate of ethical consumerism, "the motivation behind the strike was the factory's decision to make workers work nightly overtime."

CLW adds that the workers had been asked to work from 6pm to midnight and sometimes even up to 2am on top of the usual four to four and half day shifts from 7am to 11:30 or 1pm to 5pm. CLW adds "commonly worked anywhere from 100 to 200 hours of overtime a month," but the factory actually refused to let them put the hours in at the weekend because under Chinese labor law JEC would have had to double their wages.

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