Sony will be the last to announce their next-gen console, PlayStation 4 probably won't make it until sometime between 2013-2016

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 30, 2012 10:15 PM CST

According to the leader of Sony's French gaming division, Sony will most likely be the last to announce its next-generation console. Philippe Cardone, CEO of PlayStation France, told Le Point that they are in no rush to reveal details on their next-gen console.

This is fuelling rumors that Sony aren't even at a prototype design stage for the PS4, which means it can't be shown off to developers or at gaming events such as E3. Sony claims that there is "no pressure", but considering that Sony's console ranks third behind Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, you would think they would be out of the "meh" stage and into the "we need to have another console out in 2 years, max."

With the Wii U launching this year, Microsoft's next-gen Xbox launching next year, Sony will be in a lot of trouble. Wii U won't have the best graphics, but once the next-gen Xbox comes out and stomps all over the PS3 in terms of functionality, features, and graphics... what will Sony do? Sit back and let Microsoft take all the glory? Sony needs to let the PS4 prototypes loose to companies, now.

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Spotted: Single fan non-reference design Sapphire Radeon HD 7950

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 30, 2012 9:55 PM CST

Pictures of Sapphire's non-reference, single fan Radeon HD 7950 have floated onto the surface of the web and it looks quite interesting indeed. It's reported that the single fan model will most likely stick to AMD's reference clock speeds of 800MHz core, 1250MHz (5GHz GDDR5 effective) speeds.

The PCB is Sapphire's usual sexy blue color, with the cooler quite compact and as previously mentioned, just a single fan design. Display output wise, we have two mini-DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI. It has also been reported that the maximum factory overclocking permitted by AMD to AIB (Add-in Board) partners is 900MHz for the core, and stock memory clocks.

Does this card cater to your needs? A single fan, non-reference HD 7950 is quite good for those who want to build HTPC's. Will you get one?

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Man takes some cash out from ATM, also receives a dead mouse

Anthony Garreffa | Current Affairs | Jan 30, 2012 3:23 AM CST

It was only a few weeks ago that we reported about a mouse carcass dissolving in a can of Mountain Dew, but another mouse story has found its way onto the wonderful Internet, and this time it's a bit more interesting.

Gholam Hafezi went to an ATM to take out 700 Swedish Kronor when:

I got my 700 kronor but I never got the receipt. At the same time, I saw a cord that was jamming the ATM slot.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines gets a new cinematic trailer, has also been delayed

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 30, 2012 2:14 AM CST

A new trailer has for Gearbox Software and SEGA's new Aliens-themed, Aliens: Colonial Marines is out, this time it's a cinematic trailer. The trailer features a decent music track in the background as well as a tease of things to come.

Watch it above, but if you want to just read about it, then don't blame me for spoilers: The trailer shows off a couple of different floors of a structure, where we can see marines lock 'n' loading, preparing to fight an onslaught of near-unkillable aliens.

Acid drops through the levels, through the metal and lands on a nasty looking alien. It of course opens its mouth and reveals its second chomper. Anyone who is an Alien/s fan and says they're not excited about this, needs to be checked out. Let's hope Gearbox do well with this game.

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Nintendo: "we will launch the Wii U in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia in time for the year-end sales season"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 30, 2012 1:24 AM CST

Nintendo have released their Corporate Management Policy Briefing/Third-Quarter Financial Results Briefing, and after sifting through the numbers, I've found some juicy information on their next-generation console, Wii U.

Nintendo have confirmed they will show off the final unit and discuss details at the upcoming E3 2012 event, which is held in Los Angeles in June. After E3, Nintendo will organize an opportunity in Tokyo where they can showcase the same things to Japanese wholesalers and financial analysts who can't make it to E3.

They tease launch timing saying that it will be between the E3 show and the end of the year, with Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata confirming this by saying:

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Scratch 'n' Sniff... jeans, raspberry scented jeans are here

Anthony Garreffa | Wearable Computing & Fashion | Jan 27, 2012 6:20 AM CST

I remember winning spelling tests, or just doing a good job on some homework in school and getting scratch 'n' sniff stickers. It made me feel like I'd been awesome, and can prove it by sniffing my stickers. Well, now you can sniff... your jeans.

Naked and Famous Denim have created a pair of scratch 'n' sniff jeans, where the effect of the smell is created using a coating of micro capsules that hold a bit of 'perfume' which is baked into the surface of the jeans. Scratch the jeans and the scent is released.

The raspberry scent still comes through, even after the jeans have been washed. Imagine a "new jeans smell", where you could possibly not wash your jeans for months at a time. I'm sure there's plenty out there that would love this feature. Myself, I prefer my jeans washed. Raspberry smell could come in handy, though.

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RumorTT: Xbox 720/Next to have Blu-ray, Kinect 2, won't play used games

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jan 27, 2012 4:25 AM CST

The rumor mill is going crazy at the moment with news on Microsoft's upcoming next-generation Xbox console. A games industry source has told Kotaku that the next-generation Xbox will have support for Blu-ray, expanding its disc capacity for games from DVD's 9GB to between 25 and 50GB of data.

A "reliable source" of Kotaku's has also stated that Microsoft intend on incorporating some form of anti-used game system as part of the next-gen Xbox. At the moment it's not clear whether this would not allow you to install a copy of a friends' game, that they've already used, on your console. If so, this would stop the renting of games, second-hand sales, and more.

Another hot rumor is that the the next Xbox will ship with the next-gen Kinect, which would sport an on-board processor, which was originally intended for the Kinect, but didn't make it into the final design. A Microsoft rep told Kotaku:

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OMGTT: PowerVR are making a PC comeback, releasing PCI-Express GPGPU card that provides real-time ray-tracing

Wow. I remember the PowerVR days so fondly. Yes, they didn't make the same impact as 3dfx did in the day, but I remember as a young PC gamer, wanting their hardware so bloody bad it hurt. I remember getting my Dad to import me a 3dfx card (Orchid Righteous 4MB Voodoo card for those who would remember) and it being THE BEST THING EVER.

PowerVR cards were always something I never had, and now there's news they're returning to release a discrete GPU card, in the complete opposite of what they used to do. Imagination Technologies are the team behind it, and last year, they acquired Caustic Graphics.

Caustic Graphics are a San Francisco-based start-up who were (before the acquisition) working on an accelerator that would make real-time ray-tracing, a reality. They managed to make two generations of products which were more technology demonstrators than real-world products, but their FPGA chips worked.

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Obama thinks Americans should support the 'next Steve Jobs'

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Jan 26, 2012 1:21 AM CST

President Obama did what he does best at his State of the Union speech, talked. Obama can say a lot, and not really mean it. He comes across as this beacon of light that is going to introduce change, but nothing really changes. He allows no reform, employs half of Wall St, ex-bankers and ex-CIA to be his left and right-hand men and women.

Anyway, he has laid out his plans for an economic recovery where he references the technology sector and said:

An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country.

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VLC gets encrypted Blu-ray playback capabilities thanks to a 'hack'

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Jan 25, 2012 11:14 PM CST

VLC was one of the first open source media players to be capable of playing back encrypted DVD's, and it has now become the first to bring Blu-ray playback capability, too.

But wait, playback of unencrypted Blu-ray ISOs and folder structures has been possible without menus since the version 1.2 release of VLC. The biggest change are the AACS keys database, and how to get it integrated with the VLC installation.

The AACS keys will never be an official releases of VLC, as it enables copy protection circumvention. But, this is definitely a great move for not just VLC, but Blu-ray.

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