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OCZ acquires Indilinx for $32 million

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Mar 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm CDT

OCZ have just shaken the storage world by acquiring fabless SSD controller provider, Indilinx. The purchase is being financed with $32 million in OCZ common stock. OCZ gains substantial IP from Indilinx, including approximately 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction.

OCZ acquires Indilinx for $32 million | TweakTown.com

Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group has said:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 design leaked, removes Whoop-Ass tattoo for "barely street legal" tattoo

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mar 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm CDT

NVIDIA is expected to launch the dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590 later this month (rumor has it, March 22nd to go side-by-side with Crysis 2) and another bit of info has leaked out. The GTX 590 is known to include two GF110 cores with all CUDA cores enabled (512 per GPU, 1024 total).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 design leaked, removes Whoop-Ass tattoo for barely street legal tattoo | TweakTown.com

It will include 3GB of GDDR5 memory and is powered via dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors with a TDP rated at 365W. Mentioned in the above slide is that the GTX 590 includes a 12layer, 2oz copper PCB, a 10-phase GPU power system and an on-board PCIe bridge chip. Cooling wise, the GeForce GTX 590 is expected to use something similar to the Radeon HD 6990.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 shown off in 12 minute video, picks up the tab at the bar to seduce you

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mar 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm CDT

The first video of Samsungs upcoming iPad 2 competition, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is out and is titled "One day with The New Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1," has been posted on YouTube. It's 12 minutes of hands-on footage and is bought to you by AndroidHD. This is not an official video, with that being discovered subtly by the video's description.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT LCD display with a 1280x800 resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, weighs in at 1.23 pounds (599 grams), features a SIM slot, 3.5mm jack, BlueTooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11. It uses Samsung's proprietary charging cable and doesn't have a USB or HDMI port. Galaxy Tab 10.1 does however feature dual surround-sound speakers, an 8MP rear-racing camera with Auto Focus which is capable of capturing 1080p video, a 2MP front-facing camera and is set to become available in 16 and 32GB versions.

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Futuremark releases 3DMark Vantage v1.1.0

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Mar 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm CDT

Futuremark have surprisingly released a new version of 3DMark Vantage, v1.1.0 - included in the update are some significant changes. The Basic Edition, which used to cost $6.95 is now free. Users are open to put their GPUs through all four of the main tests, view their scores online and compare their scores with others on the ORB.

Futuremark releases 3DMark Vantage v1.1.0 | TweakTown.com

Other changes include display scaling which has been added to improve display compatibility. By default a PhysX processor won't accelerate Cpu tests. The Futuremark SystemInfo component has been updated to detect the latest hardware - be it, CPUs, GPUs, etc.

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AMD mobile GPU roadmap for the next two years, leaked

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Mar 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm CDT

Wimbledon, Heathrow, Chelsea and Thames - these are the codenames of AMD's next-generation mobile GPUs. The 28nm-based GPUs are expected to be released over next 12 months or so with the first three, Heathrow, Chelsea and Thames set for production starting Q4 2011 with a release of November 2011. Wimbledon behind them with a release sometime in Q2, 2012.

AMD mobile GPU roadmap for the next two years, leaked | TweakTown.com

APU's have changed the market and thus, the releases feel this love. The 28nm product lineup shows a redefinition of the categories - "Value" is gone. In its place will be the mainstream/performance GPU, Thames. Thames uses a 128-bit memory bus and has twice the performance of the 2011-based "Seymour" mobile GPU (which is the Radeon HD 6400M). The thermal envelope on Thames will be 15 - 25W which is quite a bit higher than the 10W associated with previous entry-level mobile GPUs.

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Zynga gamers raise $1 million for Tsunami relief in Japan

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm CDT

Zynga has joined tsunami relief efforts by giving gamers the option to donate through in-game donations through virtual goods in their Zynga games such as FrontierVille, FarmVille and CityVille.

Zynga gamers raise $1 million for Tsunami relief in Japan | TweakTown.com

In 36 hours, Zynga gamers have donated more than $1 million toward relief efforts. Zynga chose to partner with Save the Children to raise money for its Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children Emergency Fund. Zynga representatives said that the campaign was created in less than 24 hours and is the largest charitable campaign in company history.

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Twitter Turns 5 on 3/21/11

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm CDT

Five years ago this week, what would be the very successful Social Media site Twitter blossomed into existence. March 21, 2006 saw the world's first tweet.

Twitter Turns 5 on 3/21/11 | TweakTown.com

You only get one!

To commemorate Twitter's fifth birthday (5 years in this social media ecosystem is an eternity), Twitter posted a plethora of interesting stats regarding then and now:

[From Twitter's Blog]

#tweets

3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.

1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.

50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.

140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.

177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.

456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).

6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day.

#accounts

572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.

460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.

182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

#employees

8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

Hasbro & Jagex Announce Transformers MMO

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm CDT

This morning, Hasbro (King of Toys) and Jagex, creators of RuneScape, announced a strategic development agreement on releasing a Transformers massivley-multiplayer-online-game.

Hasbro & Jagex Announce Transformers MMO 77 | TweakTown.com

CEO of Jagex Games Studio Mark Gerhard said in a press release,

"TRANSFORMERS is one of the most iconic brands in the world and we are delighted to team up with Hasbro in order to bring our shared vision to reality. There is a huge appetite for an online TRANSFORMERS game and we will utilize every bit of our development and publishing expertise to deliver a dynamic and action-packed game that TRANSFORMERS fans will find irresistible."

Damn straight you will, Mark. The backlash from a shitty Transformers game is going to be a lot worse than the backlash for a shitty Transformers Film.

Get excited though- the game debuts sometime in 2012 (hopefully before the world ends).

I am absolutely riddled with DINOBOT fever. Here's hoping.

Hasbro & Jagex Announce Transformers MMO 08 | TweakTown.com

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Delays Net Frustrated Gamers Product Premiums

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm CDT

Thought the iPad 2 lines/delays were a travesty? Quit whining, you knew it was going to happen anyway. Instead, imagine for a moment that you had pre-ordered one of the most acclaimed fighting game's amazing sequel back in January and had still not received it by mid-to-late February? Wouldn't you expect that benevolent game-making enterprise to give you something for your troubles?

Despite initial shipping issues back in February, Capcom has been very generous in its apologies (check out the 3rd entry down in that last link), according to recent Capcom blog post:

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Delays Net Frustrated Gamers Product Premiums | TweakTown.com

We've been working on this for a while now and some of you may have thought we'd forgotten about you.

We've put together something we hope will help make up for the delayed delivery of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. A free copy of the really tasty Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Signature Series Strategy Guide by BradyGames! It's 400 pages of full color MvC3 goodness.

We're still working out the logistics but look for more information coming to the email address you used to place your order.

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indiePub Announces SXSW Independent Propeller Awards

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mar 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm CDT

SXSW just had its first game dev competition, offering a $50,000 Grand Prize (It's no Seumas McNally, but still nothing to sneeze at) sponsored by the online and independent gaming development community, indiePub, who is in turn sponsored by Zoo Entertainment Inc.

indiePub Announces SXSW Independent Propeller Awards | TweakTown.com

Feel free to check out the press release below, but you might want to know that ALL OF THE WINNING GAMES ARE PLAYABLE at indiepub.com

Cincinnati, Ohio - Online independent gaming community indiePub, sponsored by video game publisher Zoo Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOG), today announced the winners of South By Southwest's (SXSW) first ever video game development competition, the Independent Propeller Awards, held during SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade, the gaming portion of SXSW Interactive.

Selected from 150 submissions, the Grand Prize winner received a $50,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity for a publishing deal with indiePub, in cooperation with Zoo Publishing. In addition, subcategory winners were offered a supplemental $25,000 prize in the categories of Best Art, Best Audio, Best Design and Technical Excellence, and both the Intel AppUpSM developer program and Unity Technologies sponsored awards recognizing innovation and development.

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