Assassin's Creed 3 will get new multiplayer content every month

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Sep 3, 2012 2:32 PM CDT

If you're a fan of the Assassin's Creed series but felt the multiplayer wasn't quite good enough, then you are in for a treat. Ubisoft has been hard at work on the multiplayer side of things for the upcoming Assassin's Creed 3 and the result is that players will receive monthly updates to the content in the form of files and videos.

The team behind the multiplayer aspect have been given the right to develop some of the story line and this is sure to affect the lore. You see, Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product that allows people to relive "the past in HD." You play as a customer looking forward to doing just that.

"As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you'll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year," Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

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Intel releases more CPUs, updates prices on a couple old ones

Trace Hagan | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sep 3, 2012 11:43 AM CDT

Intel has expanded the choices available when shopping for a new mobile or desktop CPU. In addition to new chips, Intel has dropped the prices on some of its existing line up. Unfortunately, some of the new chips Intel released today are still based upon the older Sandy Bridge architecture.

Now, that wouldn't normally be a problem, except the model number is i3-3xxx, where the 3 stands for the Ivy Bridge generation. The chips are bottom barrel chips that most people wouldn't be buying, but the fact exists that there are Sandy Bridge chips, according to my sources, that are being marketed under the i3-3xxx brand.

The desktop update is pretty mundane. They added a CPU here and there, and dropped the prices on some others. It's the mobile market where the really interesting things are happening. Intel has released a new flagship mobile chip, the Core i7-3940XM, that rings in at $1,096. For that you get four cores, HyperThreading, and 3.0GHz of speed.

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Bruce Willis vs. Apple, actor to fight the company over his right to leave his iTunes library in his will

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 3, 2012 6:30 AM CDT

Our music collections are all precious to us, and now that they're going mostly digital, these tracks can't be passed to a friend, or family member in the case of your death. DRM, is hell, after all.

Die Hard actor, Bruce Willis, is worried that his extensive music collection on iTunes will revert its ownership back to Apple in the case of his death. Willis wants to leave his iTunes library to his three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Willis' lawyers are reportedly looking into the possibility of setting up "family trusts" to act as legal holders of the downloaded music, but Willis is also prepared to consider taking Apple to court over his iTunes library.

Solicitor Chris Walton, told the Daily Mail:

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RumorTT: Nexus 7 3G could be here in 6 weeks time

One of the things that the Nexus 7 didn't have going for it, was that it didn't sport Internet capabilities when not near a wireless network. But, for $199, can you really complain that the Nexus 7 lacked 3G? No.

Rumor now has it that ASUS are set to launch a 3G-capable Nexus 7 tablet, and it could launch just 6 weeks from now. Adding 3G to the tablet might bump the price up, but by how much? $30? $50?

How much would you be willing to pay for a 3G-enabled Nexus 7? If it were 4G-enabled, I might have picked one up and thrown a pre-paid 4G SIM inside, now that would be sweet.

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Possible redesigned Apple earbuds to be included with the new iPhone

Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Sep 3, 2012 3:28 AM CDT

It looks like there might be some new, redesigned earbuds in those new iPhone boxes. MacRumors has posted some news, along with a photo and video regarding the redesigned earbuds.

The video shows off the new earbuds, comparing them to the old ones that were included with the current-gen iPhone 4S:

In my hands are the new earphones for the iPhone 5 that is about to come out - Apple's next generation of iPod [sic]. These will replace the current earphones that are on the market. These are manufactured at Phax Co factory in Vietnam. They have the appearance of a horse's head, not like earbuds. When they are worn, they have a much smaller profile. They have the appearance of a fully integrated, single unit - there's no part that looks like it would come apart - not like earbuds; the integrated design is characteristic of Apple products. Here I have the old earphones for comparison. The new ones are much smaller; when they are worn, they do not hurt the way earbuds do. You can see on the old ones the surface is a separate part that looks like it can be detached - not like the small surface of the new one. The old earphones were mostly made in China, with some in Vietnam. But the new ones are clearly made in Vietnam. (Reading from the wires): "Designed by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam."

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Australian billionaire Clive Palmer set to built full-sized Titanic replica, doesn't involve Leo

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 3, 2012 2:29 AM CDT

Clive Palmer, an Australian billionaire, is set to spend quite a bunch of cash on building a full-sized replica of the Titanic. Now, you're probably thinking a replica, would be a 1/100, or 1/1000 scale model, but this is the real deal, the real size of the original Titanic.

The design of the replica is being completed in Europe, with the construction of the ship to begin toward the end of this year in China. Palmer has said that the Titanic 2 will keep 98% of the original Titanic design, with the 2% in changes reserved for building in modern standards and regulatory requirements. Palmer says:

You'll have the exact same cabins as the original Titanic. If you want to go in third class, eat potatoes...dance around in circles with an Irish band, you'll be able to do it.

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Samsung's Galaxy Victory specs leak out

A complete list of specifications for Samsung's upcoming well-named Galaxy Victory have leaked out. The new phone looks to be a mid-range device, but doesn't lack too many of the higher-end features or specs.

Samsung's Galaxy Victory sports a 4-inch 800x480-pixel screen, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU from Qualcomm, 4G LTE support, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front facer, and Google's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI thrown on top.

A full list of specs:

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Pirate Bay co-founder gets arrested in Cambodia

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 2, 2012 11:33 PM CDT

Pirate Bay co-founder, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, has been arrested in Phnom Penh after the Swedish government had made a request for his detention to the Cambodian.

A spokesperson for the Cambodian police has said that Cambodia doesn't have an extradition treaty with Sweden. Kirth Chantharith told the AFP:

We don't have an extradition treaty with Sweden but we'll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case.

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Apple now chasing the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, adds them to their patent battle arsenal

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 2, 2012 10:30 PM CDT

It looks as though Apple is getting thirsty for more Samsung blood, as they've amended their complaint with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, where the Cupertino-based company has added two versions of two Galaxy phones.

The first of which is the Galaxy Note, followed by the Galaxy S III. This case was lodged back in February, and is separate to the current Apple vs. Samsung case that saw the ban of a heap of Samsung smart devices.

This case takes aim at the Galaxy S III, it's Verizon-based version, the Galaxy Note, as well as the recently-released Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The total number of devices Apple are going against with just Samsung now stands at an incredible 21. According to Apple, Samsung has "continued to flood the market with copycat products".

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes gets some in-game footage, next-gen consoles better watch out

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 2, 2012 7:25 PM CDT

At first glance, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes just sounded like an open-world game on a next-gen engine dubbed 'Fox'. But, in reality, it's looking bloody impressive.

Usually, we see CG bits from MGS titles, and when the game comes out, it looks great, but never as close to the CG we see beforehand. The Fox engine is completely next-gen and incapable of being run on current-gen consoles. Konami showed it off on PC, but the game will eventually hit next-gen consoles.

After watching it, you can see its running in 1080p, with anti-aliasing cranked up, with all of the bells and whistles. It's not completely mind-blowing, but it really does completely blow the current-gen console graphic capabilities out of the water. MGS: Ground Zeroes will hopefully look even better than this, as this would be a very early build of the open-world stealth shooter/adventure game.

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