Adobe set to release Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 in early Oct

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | Sep 21, 2011 11:12 AM CDT

An announcement from Adobe today lets us know that significant new versions of its Flash Player and AIR platform are on the verge of release, Flash Player 11 and AIR 3; these both scheduled to become available to the masses early next month.

The new browser plug-in of Adobe Flash promises massive performance improvements over the 10 release using full hardware acceleration. Adobe also rolls in full, native 64-bit web browser support which should make the switch over to 64-bit web browsing less of a problem with there already being HTML5 and Java 64-bit plugins available.

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Here's a detailed rundown on all the new goodies coming with the new versions :-

- Accelerated 2D/3D Graphics: Full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics enable 1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2.

- 64bit support on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

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ASUS' slim and sexy U46SV ultra-thin reaches the U.S. market

Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Sep 21, 2011 9:58 AM CDT

ASUS' sexy U46SV ultra-thin laptop has been spotted in the U.S., with a pre-order listing now up over at ExcaliberPC. Having been out in Europe for a short while already, it's been quite the popular little number at its respective price point and certainly catches one's eye with its champagne-colored brushed aluminum casing.

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With a price tag of $879 in the states at the aforementioned etailer, the U46SV-DH51 measures just 1.08-inches thick and is based on Intel's Huron River platform. It sports an LED-backlit display running at 1366x768 and is powered by a Core i5-2410M processor (2.3GHz) with 4GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, 3-in-1 card reader, GeForce 540M 1GB graphics, 0.3MP camera, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, SonicFocus audio, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 8-cell battery.

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Diablo 3 Closed Beta is officially a go, the thrash-clicking of a million mice can be heard worldwide

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 21, 2011 12:10 AM CDT

Diablo 3 has been in a "friends and family" beta for quite a while now, but today that changes. Blizzard have announced that the closed beta test for the game has officially begun, with the first wave of invitations being sent as we speak. More beta invites will fly out over the course of the beta, so refresh your e-mail inbox every 35.2 seconds!

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The closed beta test of Diablo 3 has players fighting their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes. Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter are all up for play and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing co-operatively with other adventurers. You'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers and other key characters from Sanctuary and try out the game's skill and crafting systems.

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Homefront 2 development goes to Crytek

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 21, 2011 12:00 AM CDT

Homefront creator KAOS Studios shut down during the summer and it left fans and THQ wondering what would happen to the sequel without its developer and especially after its cliffhanger ending. THQ has now hired Crytek to develop the sequel which is expected to be out in 2014 for PC and console platforms. Crytek only recently launched their DX11 upgrade for Crysis 2 to spruce up the console-ported games graphics so we should see the next Homefront game get a visual polish to define it well.

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Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games from THQ says:

Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent. Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand.

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Battlefield 3 beta begins next week, excitement is at an all-time high

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 20, 2011 10:46 PM CDT

Battlefield 3's open beta begins on September 29. Yes, you read that right - it's nearly here. Those who pre-ordered through EA's Origin service will have access to the beta 48 hours before the rest of the people who didn't pre-order. Those who purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also get access to the beta. EA also say that "ORIGIN WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE BETA INSTALLATION AND RUN THE GAME AND THEREFORE NECESSARY TO PLAY." Not my caps, that's EA's work.

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NVIDIA: Kal-El to pack fifth 'companion' core

Kal-El has had a lot of news since it was first announced, but now NVIDIA have said it will not only arrive sometime in Q4, but it will sport a fifth core which is a "companion" core. This is built using a "special low-power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. NVIDIA calls this approach "variable symmetric multiprocessing" and it basically allows it to use this extra core for handling low overhead tasks such as e-mail syncs, social media syncs, etc.

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Each core is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that is individually enabled and disabled based on the workload or task, but all five can't run at once. The low-power 'companion' core runs at a lower voltage than the other four cores and is only used when the performance state requested by the OS/apps isn't higher than a predetermined threshold. Once the threshold is reached, the low-power core is disabled and the high-performance A9 cores take over, enabling between 1 and 4 cores as needed.

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Shogun Bros. tweaks up its 2-in-1 gaming mouse + game pad

Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Sep 20, 2011 8:24 AM CDT

Peripherals maker Shogun Bros. has just outed a tweaked version of its Chameleon X-1 2-in-1 peripheral - a one of a kind peripheral in that it doubles up as both a gaming mouse and a game pad. The new X-1's outer body is completely rubberised helping improve grip, while its internals have been improved to make the unit more efficient in power usage (as it is also wireless, using a USB nano receiver and requiring just a single AAA battery).

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The button sets are also said to have been given some tweaking, with better tactile feedback and a more ergonomic layout. The X-1 has a 1600dpi optical sensor, 16 buttons total with 2 analog sticks and force feedback support when set to 'gamepad mode'. It is available in three color options of Essential Purple, Graphite Grey and Passion Red and is set for release at the beginning of next month at $59.99 USD.

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ColorFire intro Xstorm HD 6850 X2, sports 4GB of RAM

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 20, 2011 6:57 AM CDT

Colorful have unleashed a Radeon card under their ColorFire brand dubbed, ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB. If you didn't already guess what it was from that ever so elusive name, it's a dual-GPU graphics card sporting two Radeon HD 6850 GPUs with a total of 4GB of memory. But that's not all, the designers of this card are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts, apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces are plated with silver. Silver being one of the best conductors, you can see why this card looks exciting.

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ColorFire argue that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance and also helps with cooling. Next up we have DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an effective, yet old-school way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors) and are angled for easy access. A pair of jumpers near the display output connectors allows the user of this card to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each with different clock and voltage profiles.

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Two new iPhones this year, iPad 3 delayed until 2012

J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz expects that two new iPhones will launch this fall, with the iPad 3 delayed into 2012. This speculations comes from conversations with industry insiders and was detailed in a note to clients, according to reports. The iPhone 5 is reported to sport a lighter, thinner form factor as well as packing a larger display and an 8-megapixel camera. It is also rumored to be both GSM and CDMA-capable, making it a "world-mode" smartphone. It is expected to not include LTE connectivity.

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The second rumored phone is reportedly going to be the iPhone 4-plus and will launch alongside the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4-plus is based on the current-generation iPhone but will feature a few improvements. This handset could target the mainstream price point and focus on the China market, but it's reported to not be exclusive to that region.

The iPad 3 is said to be delayed until 2012, mostly because Apple is currently dominating the tablet market. While they're ahead, why not push further? Why wait just because you "dominate" the market. The iPhone market will only peak with Android phones coming in from left, right and centre. These lawsuits against Samsung aren't doing Apple any favours.

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Thermaltake expands eSports chassis lineup with Overseer RX-I full tower

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 19, 2011 9:44 AM CDT

A bold new full tower chassis has entered Thermaltake's eSports line-up today dubbed the Overseer RX-I. It boasts quite the head turning design and will no doubt gather much of a love or hate relationship straight off the bat. Features wise, it is decked out to quite the extent and should attract a lot of buyers at its €102 ($140 odd U.S.) price point.

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Running dimensions of 535 (H) x 220 (W) x 580 (D) mm, the steel case weighs in at 10.3Kg and features an all-black paint job, inside and out. Its top mounted I/O panel gives a couple USB 3.0 ports as well as 2 x USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and headphones + mic ports. There are four exposed 5.25" bays up front as well as five tool-free 2.5/3.5-inch bays internally and a couple pre-drilled holes at the rear for water cooling setups.

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