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Gateway NV Series gets refreshed, now packing AMD Vision technology

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Mar 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm CDT

Gateway are rolling out some new AMD Vision equipped notebooks shortly which deliver 'enhanced performance capabilities for mobile computing'. The cream of the crop is the Gateway NV51B05u which sports an AMD E-series processor E-350 with Vision Technology and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, both of which allow a user to have a perfect 1080p HD experience and to play casual games - all for just $469.99.

Gateway NV Series gets refreshed, now packing AMD Vision technology | TweakTown.com

The Gateway NV Series feature a decent ingredients list, full-sized keyboard, 15.6-inch HD widescreen with UltrabrightT LED-backlit display, three USB ports and a HDMI port.

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Heavy Rain will not get a sequel, for now?

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 21, 2011 at 8:00 am CDT

The news is grim for fellow Heavy Rain fans with developer Quantic Dream not interested in making a sequel to its multi-BAFTA winning PlayStation 3 crime saga. Quantic Dream studio boss David Cage confirmed the news at the BAFTA ceremony in London last night where the game picked up multiple awards.

Heavy Rain will not get a sequel, for now? | TweakTown.com

Heavy Rain won awards for technical innovation, story and music - Cage also revealed that Quantic Dreams next game while "still very dark" will explore new territory. He goes on to say:

"We created the genre," he insisted, referring to Heavy Rain's brand of interactive storytelling.

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AT&T are set to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm CDT

The swipe of AT&T's ultra-platinum-super-crazy credit card can be heard the world over with news appearing today that AT&T has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approx. $39 billion.

AT&T are set to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion | TweakTown.com

The agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that gives it an ownership interest in of approximately 8-percent. The deal also allows a Deutsche Telekom representative to join the AT&T Board of Directors. The deal is meant to be sealed, awaiting regulatory approval within the next 12 months.

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Microsoft and ASUS tease with the Eee Slate

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mar 20, 2011 at 11:00 am CDT

Microsoft are still trying to throw some bait into the ever-growing tablet market and now partnered with Asus might be able to at least attract some customers to a Windows-based tablet. Enter the ASUS Eee Slate, a 12.1-inch, Core i5-powered, Windows 7 equipped tablet that comes with a Wacom digitizer and dedicated house in its side to slide the stylus into.

Also supplied is a Bluetooth keyboard in the box which lead Microsoft to describe the Eee Slate as a device that is "very PC" and "not very PC". Some of the videos below will make more sense of that, check them out for a look at the upcoming Eee Slate.

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Volition says PC gaming is still worth investing in

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 20, 2011 at 10:00 am CDT

Volition have come out and said that they still love themselves a bit of PC gaming lovin' even with the onslaught of other developers blaming piracy on PC for lack of sales. The THQ-owned studio has taken a different approach to it with Volition studio manager Eric Barker saying:

Let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't.

Volition says PC gaming is still worth investing in | TweakTown.com

He continues with:

Some people say PC is dying. Some people say PC is the future, PC is the most variable, because it depends on what you've got under the hood. For us, the key thing was making sure the PC version was done in-house.

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Samsung announces T-Mobile Sidekick 4G - text messages itself, LOL

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mar 20, 2011 at 9:00 am CDT

Ah, Sidekicks - you were ever so awesome for your text messaging abilities, but on came the iPhone and really smashed the whole "let's have two phones, shall we" mantra that I had. T-Mobile has announced an Android-powered Sidekick that is coming from Samsung 'later this spring'.

Samsung announces T-Mobile Sidekick 4G - text messages itself, LOL | TweakTown.com

The Android-powered Sidekick 4G runs an Android 2.2-based OS, has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3 megapixel cam and a touchscreen 3.5-inch WVGA screen. Nice specs for a Sidekick device. It includes Samsung Media Hub and Qik video calling. Other features included are DriveSmart (which locks out texting while driving for the text messaging obsessed) and Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text.

Microsoft tease us with the future of video gaming

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 20, 2011 at 8:00 am CDT

Microsoft have shown off its goal for its next-generation gaming platform, the video below is dated from May 2010 so it's quite a bit old now but it shows the direction Microsoft have in mind for their ever-growing gaming platforms. The video shows off some concepts and principals of what the WGX (Windows Gaming Experience) team hopes to achieve. We see a blend of Windows, Xbox and mobile platforms being merged into one.

The video shows off some Kinect action and gives a bit of hugging action toward PC too, remember Microsoft being quoted as "doubling down" on PC gaming. The companies WGX team which is comprised of all gaming-related attempts between Microsoft platforms has been quite hard at work, obviously. Let's hope that this work goes toward something new and exciting.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mar 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm CDT

Rumor has it that NVIDIA has delayed the launch of their dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 until March 24, a two day delay on the previous release schedule of March 22. I don't know if it's just me, but I've checked my Steam purchase of Crysis 2 today and noticed before posting this news that Crysis 2 will not unlock until March 24.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games | TweakTown.com

Coincidence? I don't know. But NVIDIA have seemingly delayed the GTX 590 for two days while using this time to collect the tears of fanboys into a few bottles and play AMD drinking games with them. Every time they read an article or piece of news that says "AMD" or "Radeon", they take a shot of your tears. Boom.

Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer: Good Effect on Target shows off insane graphics and environmental destruction

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm CDT

Another two minutes of in-game footage from the single player campaign of Battlefield 3 has hit the tubes of the internet. The footage shows a squad of US Marines on a rooftop moving from cover to cover trying to escape rounds being fired from a Sniper on a building opposite them.

The footage shows off the prone movement (yay!) and the extreme attention to detail the graphics provide to the realism of the Battlefield 3 world. The destruction is once again shown off with a soldier (from the players point-of-view) firing a rocket into the building, eliminating the sniper. I'm more pumped for this game than anything else in 2011.

Sony Implements Direct Donation In PlayStation Store

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm CDT

An hour ago, Sony announced they were joining the relief effort in Japan through a direct contribution interface within their PlayStation Network.

Sony Implements Direct Donation In PlayStation Store | TweakTown.com

PSN users can find the donation page under "Aid Japan", listed under New Releases on the PlayStation Store. For your donation in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50, Sony is offering a free PlayStation 3 Theme (around $3 value). All of the donations go directly to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund via the American Red Cross.

With a multitude of ways to get involved, there is no reason you shouldn't take advantage of at least one of them.

Full text of the blog post is below:

It's been over a week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, inflicting serious loss of life and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Japanese people, together with support and compassion from the global community, are beginning what will be a long recovery process.

Sony Computer Entertainment's headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we've heard firsthand of the disaster's impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, "Is there any way I can help?"

Sony Group is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donations of radios, batteries and other equipment that can be used in the relief efforts...

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