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Far Cry 3 trailer is mature, game arrives in September

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Feb 15, 2012 11:22 pm CST

The Far Cry 3 trailer is below for your viewing pleasure, and the game is shaping up to look good. The trailer below is pre-rendered CG, so there's no in-game graphics or gameplay shown, but what is shown definitely looks cool.

The storyline, from the trailer at least, does not look too bad at all. It looks as though you and two friends are on an island together, enjoying yourselves, having fun, drinking, what not. You get captured, one of your mates gets killed, and you escape, barely. There's a bit of running-through-the-jungle Lost style, as well as gratuitous amounts of swearing, which seem really forced.

The game is due in September, so the wait is not long now. It will hit multiple platforms, but at the moment it's unknown of the PC will get anything extra. If previous games and ports are anything to go by, I doubt the once PC-exclusive Far Cry will receive a better-than-usual PC port. Wake me up when the graphics get as good as the pre-rendered stuff in that trailer. Oh yeah.

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Leaked images of BlackBerry 10 OS, looks swish

By Anthony Garreffa | Operating Systems | Feb 15, 2012 10:28 pm CST

Leaked images have floated onto the surface of the waves of the Internet in the past 24 or so hours of Research in Motion's next-generation BlackBerry 10 Operating System, and boy do they look nice. BlackBerry 10 OS will sport home screen "widgets" which will allow you to call up apps and mini-apps, video chat capability, improvements to the e-mail clients design, just to name a few.

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CrackBerry.com are behind the images, where they've reported they received a 14-page presentation featuring BlackBerry 10-powered BlackBerry's from "a tipster". Of course, we have to question whether these images are indeed legit, but they do seem to be. BB 10 OS is shaping up to look quite swish, and it seems RIM have worked hard at this latest OS.

RIM aren't just dressing to impress, either, it seems they are baking in some useful features such as a clock icon that continues to show the time of the day, but also what time the alarm will go off. It is the detail in the little things that make it stand out. Another feature showed off in a screenshot is RIM's Universal Inbox, which is thanks to The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which RIM acquired back in 2010.

Razer second wave of Blade gaming laptops sells out

By Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Feb 15, 2012 10:07 pm CST

When Razer first unveiled the "world's first true gaming laptop", they had people in a flurry of excitement. It then arrived, and promptly sold out of its first wave of stock, and only just a few days ago got their second wave of stock, which they again, promptly sold out of.

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Razer are telling people through their Facebook page that they expect more stock to arrive on February 29th, and those who are signed up for the notification e-mail, will receive one as soon as stock is back at the Razer HQ. Razer are still one-upping the competition by continuing to offer the Razer Orochi Blade Edition to those who purchase the Blade gaming laptop.

If you want to check out some initial impressions of the Razer Blade by our own amazing Cameron Wilmot, check that out here. Whilst it doesn't do much for me, the laptop is popular on its own merit, in the form of selling out, twice.

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Acer Iconia Tab A510, Tegra 3-powered, 18 hours of battery life, arrives in March

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 15, 2012 09:23 pm CST

Details on Acer's forthcoming tablet have arrived, and boy are they surprisingly impressive. Acer will intro the Iconia Tab A510, which was teased at CES just recently, in March, in Europe at least. The biggest point of this tablet is that it sports a huge 9800 mAh battery, which has a super-impressive 18 hours of use off of a single charge.

This is an impressive feature, and something it will surely let Acer brag about when comparing it to the competition. Even with that battery life, it's not like Acer chopped down specs, it is still powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3, so we're looking at a 1.3GHz quad-core chip here. On top of that, it sports the usual 10-inch 1280x800 pixel display.

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Price-wise, we would expect something expensive, but it has been priced well, too. We should be looking at 399 Euro, or $527. Filling out the Iconia Tab A510 in specs is 1GB of RAM, 32GB storage, a microSD card slot, the usual Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, a 5-megapixel front-facing cam and weighs in at just 675g. Of course, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the gem in regards to software on this bad boy.

Mass Effect 3 PC Demo is now available

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Feb 15, 2012 08:24 pm CST

Mass Effect 3 is set to be one of this years biggest titles, and with EA's new Origin digital distribution service to kick-start it, it should be a big change for the game itself. Little did I know, that a PC demo had arrived for Mass Effect 3.

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So now that the excitement is building for the demo you've just found out about, how about I throw you another surprise? On the 17th of this month, the multi-player gets unlocked and lets you try it out however you want. Wait, there's more! If you have a Battlefield 3 online pass activated you can play it, well, right now!

I'm not able to test it right now, but if you're keen to try it out, comment below and let us know your thoughts on the game! Graphics! Sound! Acting, gameplay, mechanics, all of it. Remember that Mass Effect 3 launches with four-player co-operative play. Something that old-school PC gamers will enjoy.

Grab the demo, here.

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RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 to attend Mobile World Congress

By Anthony Garreffa | Operating Systems | Feb 15, 2012 07:28 pm CST

During CES 2012, Research in Motion (RIM) announced the PlayBook OS 2.0 would arrive "next month", with that next month being February. At the end of this month, Mobile World Congress starts up and we should see quite the flurry of announcements and unveilings, one of which should be RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0.

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RIM's Senior Brand Manager, Jeff Gadway, has assured PC Magazine that they're sticking to their promised timetable, and PlayBook OS 2.0 will ship "very soon". Very soon, and MWC seem to line up quite well, and RIM should have a decent presence at the show.

PlayBook OS 2.0 will arrive as a 400MB update, and brings a bunch of important features to the OS, including an Android App player, a native e-mail client, calendar, and contact apps. We should hear and see more about PlayBook OS 2.0 in the coming weeks, or when MWC hits.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 15, 2012

By Anthony Garreffa | Roundups | Feb 15, 2012 09:25 am CST

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 15th, 2012.

First up, we've had the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPUs. We have a news post on that already, so I've compiled those links at the bottom of today's roundup.

Storage:

HighPoint 2720SGL RocketRAID Controller Review - Amazing 3GB/s Recorded With 8 Crucial C400 SSDs - The SSD Review

Peripherals:

Cyborg R.A.T.7 Albino Edition Gaming Mouse - eTeknix

Rosewill Second Generation Mechanical Keyboard Review: RK-9000, RK-9000BR, RK-9000BL, RK-9000RE - PC Perspective

ROCCAT Kone[+] Laser Gaming Mouse - techPowerUp!

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Download of the Day: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.45.3

By Anthony Garreffa | Software | Feb 15, 2012 07:35 am CST

Our Download of the Day is DAEMON Tools Lite 4.45.3

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With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or so called "disc image" files, which run directly on your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types. Use CD/DVD image converter to have one format images in your Image Catalog!

1. Emulate virtual CD/DVD-ROM/HD DVD and Blu-ray drives

DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Start working! Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn't it? Yes, but it is much faster!

2. Create a disc image

With DAEMON Tools Lite [Commercial] you can create ISO and MDS image files from original discs inserted in physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray drives. Or use images you have created earlier with other program. DAEMON Tools products work with variety of image types.

Key features

creates *.iso and *.mds images;

emulates up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives;

performs image mounting and unmounting;

supports *.b5t, *.b6t, *.bwt, *.ccd, *.cdi, *.cue, *.nrg, *.pdi, *.isz;

offers powerful command line interface.

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Poll Results - What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

By Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | Feb 15, 2012 07:11 am CST

Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?

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Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.

So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Which company made the best SSDs in 2011? Let us know! Go here to vote!