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Gigabyte Touch BIOS video, touching your BIOS in places it shouldn't

By: Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 23:37 CDT

Gigabyte have today released a video showing off their new Touch BIOS, it's innovative and user-friendly and available on all Gigabyte Z68-based motherboards. The BIOS has not really changed much in the past few, oh I don't know, decades... but there are a few companies with different takes on what they think the BIOS should be (or at least, how it should look and feel). Gigabyte have taken a path that brings familiarity to the concept in the form of an icon-based user experience. Take a look at the below video and see what you think.

 

 

The touch navigation obviously has requirements of a touch-enabled monitor plus Windows 7 in order to work. Mouse navigation is supposed with any monitor along with Windows XP/Vista and 7.

Need for Speed: The Run teaser trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 22:30 CDT

EA has released a teaser trailer for an upcoming Need for Speed game dubbed "Need for Speed: The Run". No gameplay footage obviously, but just a tease of things to come from this new game. The description does sound cool though:

 

It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads.

 

Royal Wedding Live Stream breaks records, doesn't include two kisses

By: Anthony Garreffa | Online Video | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 20:17 CDT

The Royal Wedding went off without a hitch yesterday and (sadly) I watched it live. I guess I had to, I have been reporting on it, talking about it and knew it'd break records or have some huge newsworthy stuff about it within seconds of it happening so here we are. Livestream has reported it broke a record for the most concurrent viewers on Livestream.

 

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The livestream of William and Kate (now Catherine?) topped 300, 000 concurrent viewers at 6 am on Friday morning. CEO Max Haot had expected "at least 2 million" unique viewers by the time the broadcast was done. Livestream had various partners for it's coverage; Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight.

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Samsung Google Chrome OS Netbook Leaked

By: Trak Lord | Laptops | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 17:41 CDT

Finally! After what seems like a very long time of little press or word from Google as to when Chrome OS netbooks would start hitting the shelves, Engadget discovered, interestingly enough, a bug report for the Samsung version on the Chromium Google Group.

 

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The bug report lists components and implementations like a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550, SanDisk SSD P4 (size TBA), and 2GB RAM, a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card, Bluetooth, WiFi, webcam, and a Synaptics touchpad. (Code)Named "Alex", this Samsung notebook will most likely launch in the next couple months. Then again, Google I/O is in two weeks, so who would be that surprised if the official announcement came then?

 

Bug report, photo courtesy of Engadget

First Portal 2 DLC Will Be Free

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 17:22 CDT

Hot off the presses of the announcement yesterday that Valve will offer Portal 2 downloadable content this Summer, we learn today that it will be free!

 

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The DLC will contain new test chambers, leaderboards, challenges, and the ever-intriguing "more". Release to be announced, but it will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Let's hope the PlayStation Network is up by then.

Marvel Announces MMO In The Works: Excelsior!

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 16:52 CDT

Due most likely to popularity of MMO's like DC Universe and Marvel's own Superhero Squad Online, Marvel and Gazillion Entertainment are banding together to provide what will most likely be an insanely entertaining MMORPG.

 

From Gazillion's website:

 

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Smash frost giants with Thor's® Hammer. Unbalance Ultron™ by slinging Captain America's® shield. Explore a remote and hostile jungle as Storm™.

 

Leave behind your everyday life and live as a renowned Marvel Super Hero™ including all of his or her abilities. Become powerful, famous, well-respected, feared by evil-doers, and relied upon by the citizens of a grateful, persistent online world.

 

Gazillion is already responsible for Marvel Superhero Squad, an online game marketed toward younger gamers and fans of the comic books. Marvel Universe, however, will be more along the lines of traditional, mature online gaming experiences. And unlike its main competition, DC Universe, players will be playing not as custom-created original superheroes, but the Marvel Comics characters themselves. Playable characters already announced include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolverine and Nova, but according to IGN, the game will launch with more playable Marvel characters than any other game in the history of Marvel video games.

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MySpace Gets $100 Million For Sale Sign

By: Trak Lord | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 16:06 CDT

After recent troubles affecting the social network turned news & entertainment site, MySpace is on NewsCorp's chopping block. Or rather, on a table at a garage sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, NewsCorp expects around $100 Million for the site, which comes to an 84% loss for the network they paid $580 Million to acquire back in 2005.

 

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NewsCorp evidently hopes to at least scrap the site for parts, so to speak, as they will be accepting offers for select components of MySpace. Reported parties interested in purchasing MySpace (though God knows why) include THL Partners, Redscout Ventures, Criterion Capital (owner of social network Bebo, Chinese Internet holding company Tencent, and even MySpace co-founder Chris De Wolfe.

 

Isn't that kinda like a furniture craftsman buying back his own work at an antique auction?

Twitter Exceeds 200 Million Users, Nips At Facebook's Heels

By: Trak Lord | Social Networking | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 15:48 CDT

Yesterday at the Guardian Activate conference in New York, Twitter Vice President of International Strategy Katie Stanton confirmed that there are now over 200 Million registered users on Twitter. She commented that over 70% of Twitter traffic comes from outside the US, with around 25% in Japan alone. Also remarkable -but not altogether surprising- is that 40% of Twitter traffic comes from mobile phones.

 

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Stanton noted:

 

Twitter isn't so much a triumph of technology, it's a triumph of humanity - connecting those stories and connecting those voices.

 

Stanton also noted that because the founders of Twitter (Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey) wanted the service to be accessible even in parts of the world with very weak mobile capability. This makes sense as Twitter was an invaluable resource for news, status updates, and communication during both the Egyptian Revolution and Japanese Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami events of this year.

 

Given their growth rate, it is quite possible that Twitter will catch up to Facebook within the next two years, especially considering that many people use both for different reasons. It is clear that Twitter is going to hang around for a while- I for one cannot be happier. Brevity is the soul of instantly accessible knowledge- embrace the short form and sign up.

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Brink: Get SMART Series: General Gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 @ 9:00 CDT

Yesterday I posted up the two new videos from the "Get SMART" video series for Brink, titled, The Basics and Objectives. Today, a new video has been released and is dubbed "General Gameplay", the video shows off as the title suggests, general gameplay from Brink. Not long until the release and the steady stream of videos is keeping future Brinkers (am I the first one to use this word??) happy.