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Thursday Morning Roundup for November 25, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 7:05 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 25th, 2010




- ASRock Vision 3D Blu-ray MCE HTPC @ Benchmark Reviews

- How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101 @ Hot Hardware




- Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks Unboxing Video @ eTeknix

- XFX Radeon HD 5970 2GB Black Edition @ RWLabs

- Sapphire Mini Projector 101 @ XSReviews

- Arctic Sound P531 USB Gaming Headset @ ASELabs

- ASUS GeForce GTX 580 @ Pureoverclock

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Activision deny plans to charge for Call of Duty multiplayer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 7:00 am

Rumors are beginning to surface again of Activision implementing a subscription based model for their kinda popular Call of Duty. Supposedly Activision is waiting until the backlash will have less of an effect from the current sales of Black Ops.




There are claims that the subscription will begin with cheap membership that provides virtual goods such as special weapons and armor. This would of course increase to more expensive subscriptions that would give access to map packs which would then lead to eventually offering (when the time is right) they will then offer an "all access pass" to play games like COD, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2.

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Sandy Bridge Pentium processor details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 6:04 am

Well, the Pentium name has been very strong for Intel - even with the Core ranges being popular, there are still people who ask for an "Intel Pentium" and Intel must know this.




These new Pentium's won't be the top end parts, but they are named Pentium nonetheless. Expreview has a diagram of the new chips, with a tonne of information and specs to get all nasty with.

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Sony looking to bring holographics and 3D same-screen multiplayer to PS3

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 4:26 am

Think that just being a 3D gaming platform is enough for Sony and their Playstation 3? No way. Mike Hocking, SCEE studio director, stated in an interview with Develop that Sony is looking towards using new techniques to expand 3D gaming.





"We also have techniques like holographics for the PS3 that I think will be very interesting for the future 3D games," stated Hocking. But single player 3D gaming is not the only thing in Sony's pipeline. Hocking continued on to add, "we have some new technology that we've shown to developers that uses 3D techniques, it allows two players to play full screen multiplayer games but without each being able to see the others view, and they have been massively keen on them." Split-screen 3D multiplayer is an interesting concept; we'll probably have quite a wait before we see it in action, though.

New browser extension allows you to "Like" tweets

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 3:50 am

You can't say you didn't see this coming, right? Developer Jesse Stay won Kynetx's Facebook App contest with a browser extension that allows you to add Facebook's familiar "Like" button to Twitter.




The browser extension, bearing the name "TwitterBook," uses Facebook's "Like" button iframe code to add the button when you hover over a tweet. "Liked" tweets show up on your profile and allow you to share your favorite posts. The developer is also working on a way to add a "Post to Facebook" checkbox to the Twitter update box. Check the Source Link to grab the extension and give it a test drive.

Intel's Oak Trail platform enters production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 3:28 am

Intel's upcoming Oak Trail platform may sound like a nice walking spot to get your trainers worn in, but it's actually not - ready for an early 2011 launch with mass production underway is what it is.




Oak Trails Atom Z6XX series system-on-a-chip (codenamed Lincroft) is designed for lightweight portable computing devices, like tablets. There are countless manufacturers wanting to enter the tablet market next year - with Oak Trail being a possibility in a number of them.

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Real life Portal gun to be auctioned off for Child's Play charity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 3:19 am

Haven't heard of Portal? Valve's super-duper awesome sauce Portal shooting FPS? Well, if not, Steam have a sale if you're interested - it might be on sale there over the next five days, if you do know what it is - the real life replica is being auctioned off for charity.




Harrison Krix's used his own two hands to create a handmade replica of the gun in 2009 and now has an updated model. How do you get your grubs on it? Well, at auction - it's for a good cause too, it will be held on December 7th - at a Child's Play Charity event in Seattle.

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Next-gen Gran Turismo 6 might not be on PS3?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 2:30 am

I bet when you read that title you thought it was going to Microsoft's Xbox 360 console - didn't you? HA! Well, Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi told Eurogamer that he "doesn't know" if the next-gen Gran Turismo title will be on the PlayStation 3 of the next-gen of console hardware.




He went on to say "10 years ago it was easier to predict what would happen three years in the future," he said in an exclusive interview at the official GT5 launch event in Madrid. "Nowadays no-one knows what happens in the future. In three years, we don't know what will happen."

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Pleco Chinese Dictionary iPhone app now handling real-time image translations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 2:23 am

Pleco 2.2 has arrived at the Apple App Store - after dealing with various launch day bugs last week it's finally out and ready to do your Chinese translation for you.




The Pleco Chinese Dictionary is now available in the app store with version 2.2.1 - supporting both full screen handwriting input and live camera-based character recognition. Pretty amazing stuff!

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Internet Explorer 9 Beta gets updated

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 25, 2010 2:09 am

The Internet Explorer 9 Beta has proven to be a fairly popular item, racking up over 10 million downloads in the six weeks since it was rolled out. Many of you with the beta may have noticed an automatic update yesterday to the program.




The IE9 update from Microsoft addressed some issues that users have been having with the browser crashing. Microsoft wasn't specific on that front, only stating that the update "improves the reliability of Internet Explorer 9 Beta in various scenarios." The feedback bug on 64 bit machines was also addressed, which affected users with Windows Live Essentials 11 installed.