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Activision exploits Modern Warfare 3 by featuring Pepsi sponsorship, eat Dorito's and drink Mountain Dew to receive Double XP

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm CDT

I don't understand the point of this, and it crosses some very questionable lines for Activision, but to steal Battlefield 3's thunder; it requires thinking outside the square. Activision have teamed up with Pepsi and have announced a promotion called "Rank Up XP". What Rank Up XP offers is, whatever Pepsi products you buy, Mountain Dew and Doritos, players can redeem codes found in the packaging for Double XP time in Modern Warfare 3. A 20 oz gets you 15 minutes whilst a 12 pack gets you 45, and so on.

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No, I'm not kidding around. The problem with this is, the XP in Call of Duty is a form of currency. Currency in the game buys you weapons, perks, attackments, killstreaks and so on. For a game that is already over-priced, a re-hash of the older titles, no new graphics engine or technologies built in, charging for the "Elite" service, on top of your monthly Xbox Live membership (PSN is free), this is just a step in the direction of overboard.

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Activision are willing to exploit fans even [more] through this promotion. Considering that Activision sold $360,000,000 worth of copies in 24 hours of the last COD title... do they really need to cash in with this type of exploitation? What do you think?

MeeGo goes into hibernation, comes back in 2012 as Linux-based Tizen OS

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm CDT

MeeGo lives on! It breathes another day thanks to the Linux Foundation with their announcement that it'll be replaced with Tizen, a Linux-based, open-source OS. Samsung and Intel are collaborating to lead the development of the platform, with the LiMo Foundation - a consortium of companies including Panasonic Mobile Communications, NTT DoCoMo and SK Telecom among others. Tizen is said to support HTML5 and WAC-based apps and will be designed to run across a wide spectrum of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-car infotainment systems.

MeeGo goes into hibernation, comes back in 2012 as Linux-based Tizen OS | TweakTown.com

The MeeGo project, seems to be on-board with the initiative, promising to "make sure that users of MeeGo can easily transition to Tizen", while assisting Meego developers as well. Tizen is expected in Q1 2012, with the first Tizen-powered devices set to hit the market in the middle of 2012.

L.A. Noire will hit PCs in November

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm CDT

L.A. Noire has enjoyed much success on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now PC gamers will be able to get their hands dirty in the 1940s-based crime drama adventure game. L.A. Noire is headed to PCs in November with US gamers being able to grab it on November 8 and it's released in Europe on November 11, for $49.99. No word on the Mac edition yet, but Mac-based users will be able to access the game via OnLive.

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It's received a name change also, now dubbed L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, the package includes all of the downloadable content previously released on consoles. It also includes support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision and will be controllable with either a mouse and keyboard, or a gamepad. System requirement wise, it's not too bad:

· Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive for PC or Mac

· Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz

· RAM: 2GB to 8GB

· Hard drive space: 16GB

· Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB

· Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible

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Samsung Mobile UNPACKED 2011 event being held on October 11, Ice Cream Sandwich to debut?

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

Samsung is holding an event on October 11 that could be used as the unveiling for Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS. Not only will Samsung executives be attending, but AllThingsD are reporting that Android chief himself, Andy Rubin, could be making an appearance at the event. The event is taking place in San Diego and features Samsung Mobile's standard "unpacked" name, but notes that it is the "Google Edition".

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The obvious conclusion from this would be that we'll see the new version of Android shown off, and with Samsung doing the best in the market out of all Android smartphone makers, this would just make perfect sense. Ice Cream Sandwich is set to unify the phone and tablet versions of Android into a super-powerful, take-on-the-world mobile OS.

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games talks of the future of gaming tech

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm CDT

Tim Sweeney; you might know this man as the founder of Epic Games and as the father of games such as Unreal, Gears of War and the mind behind the Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine 3 for example, powers a slew of todays AAA titles such as Gears of War, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Mass Effect. IGN interviewed Tim and asked him some interesting questions, one that perked my interested regarded the next-gen Unreal Engine 4, which Tim says is due sometime around 2014:

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games talks of the future of gaming tech | TweakTown.com

I spend about 60 percent of my time every day doing research work that's aimed at our next generation engine and the next generation of consoles. This is technology that won't see the light of day until probably around 2014, but focusing on that horizon enables me to do some really cool things that just aren't practical today, but soon will be. Some of our most productive work in the industry was on the first Unreal engine back in 1996, when I wrote a software vendor with a bunch of new features that hadn't been seen before. I feel like that's what I'm doing now on Unreal Engine 4 in exploring areas of the technology nobody else is really yet contemplating because they're still a few years away from practicality. But I see a huge amount of potential there and so it's very, very fun work.

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Coolermaster intros CM Storm Trooper, the force is with this one

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Sep 28, 2011 at 2:00 am CDT

Coolermaster have today launched what they say is a "truly magnificent feat of engineering into an arean that represents the future of warfare; the Trooper full-tower chassis". It includes an ultra-strong carrying handle which allows gamers and enthusiasts alike to transport the case with ease. It also includes full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages.

The CM Storm Trooper exterior features a damage-resistant rubberized coating that is said to protect the case from transport. The front panel connections and controls provide the user with the ability to make on-the-fly changes to fan speed and case LEDs, whilst USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and audio connections are also provided. To finish the exterior off, they've included a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD X-dock that makes mounting drives as easy as loading in a Blu-ray or DVD.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to debut in the US on October 2

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 28, 2011 at 12:00 am CDT

Samsung are set to launch their 8.9-inch, Honeycomb-powered tablet on October 2. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is skinnier than the iPad 2 and weighs in at just 470g. It sports an 8.9-inch Gorilla Glass screen, powered with a 1280x800 WXGA display. It also packs an NVIDIA Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and plays back 1080p video while recording in 720p.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to debut in the US on October 2 | TweakTown.com

Connectivity wise, it has USB, Wi-Fi, HSPA+ (21Mbps) and Bluetooth 3.0. Storage we have 16, 32 or 64GB as well as sporting a microSD slot if you want some extra space. The versions hitting the shelves next week will be the Wi-Fi-only models, $469 and $569 for the 16 and 32GB models respectively. No word on a UK release as of yet, with the US leading the way.

Apple confirms October 4 'Let's Talk iPhone' event

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm CDT

Apple has sent out invitations to the media to attend the iPhone 5 introduction on October 4. All it says is "Let's Talk iPhone", it shows app icons that reflect the date, the 10AM Pacific start time, its location at Apple's 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, and the phone focus. It's presumed, although not official, that the permanent CEO Tim Cook will lead the event. The iPhone 5's design could still go two ways, a total redesign with a larger screen and a thinner body, or the conservative route with an "iPhone 4S"-type model.

Apple confirms October 4 'Let's Talk iPhone' event | TweakTown.com

But, we should still see a dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and quite possibly, 64GB of storage and a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip. We should also see finished version of iOS 5 at the show, with Android-like notification bar and improved lock screen, true independence from a computer and cloud syncing through iCloud and iTunes Match. On top of this, Twitter integration, reminders and an improved camera app.

Firefox 7 launches, uses 20 to 50% less memory

Anthony Garreffa | Internet Browsers | Sep 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

Mozilla posted Firefox 7 up on the web on Tuesday, in Linux, Mac OS X and Windows flavors. The new release is part of their fast track schedule with it focusing more on running faster and more efficiently than before. Firefox 7 uses 20 to 50% less memory and also cuts back on memory leaks and waste from Javascript. Closing tabs now directly removes those tabs from memory and leads to more resources free as time goes on.

Firefox 7 launches, uses 20 to 50% less memory | TweakTown.com

The other changes are not as noticeable, such as the address br now eliminates the URL from the current page and highlights the primary domain to simplify spotting fake sites. Bookmark and password syncing now occurs more frequently and the renderer now supports CSS3's Text Overflow and web load time analytics for developers. Windows-based users now get hardware acceleration of HTML5 Canvas pages.

Firefox 8 is expected within six weeks, with Mozilla saying they might return to a slower, major milestone-type release schedule, but that change won't happen before Firefox 8 is upon us.

Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" begins its rollout

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Sep 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm CDT

Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango has began rolling out to phones across the world. This is just the start and the ramp up of delivery will increase gradually, with Microsoft hoping to make the update to most customers within 4 weeks. Today Microsoft roll Windows Phone 7.5 out to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models and countries.

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Mango won't make it to everyone right away and Microsoft are doing this to contain quality issues. Microsoft aren't just delivering a new operating system, but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This "firmware" is necessary so your phone and apps work with all Mango features. So the update is not just a one-size-fits-all, but a tweaked update to each and every phone.

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