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Sony unveiling full 3D gaming support on PS3 with 20 titles scheduled

By Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Jun 15, 2010 08:22 am CDT

In further support of their range of 3D capable LCD TVs, Sony is readying up the PS3 for 3D and will officially unveil the technology for the console at its E3 press conference in a matter of hours from now. There will be a decent batch of 3D ready game titles available for download straight off the bat including Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, Pain and MotorStorm Pacific Rift (a demo).

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The Fight: Lights Out which was first demo'd at GDC with Sony's Move controller is also said to be on the list of available titles with 3D support. In a press conference earlier today SCEA president Jack Tretton stated that there will be 20 games in total built for 3D over the next year alone.

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Bit more substance on GTX 460 existence

By Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Jun 15, 2010 07:20 am CDT

The folks over at EXPreview have managed to get a closer scoop on all the important bits about NVIDIA's (supposed) upcoming entry level GTX 400 series card in the GTX 460. The reality of this card is still unconfirmed, but info and images are indicative of its soon to be existance in the market.

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A Chinese leaked screenshot reveals all the important numbers including the memory interface, clock rates and more. We're looking at a card with 336 CUDA cores and 768MB of GDDR5 memory connected to via a 192-bit interface.

Stock clock rates appear to be set at 675/1350/1800MHz for the core, shader and memory, respectively; surprisingly higher than the GTX 465. But with lesser memory bandwidth and capacity, performance is expected to fall a little lower, but not by much!

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Fraps now supports big reso Eyefinity setups

By Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Jun 15, 2010 06:18 am CDT

The popular video recording and FPS counting app Fraps has just been given a fresh update with the ability to now record beyond resolutions of 2560x1600, in turn also supporting those of you making use of Eyefinity setups across multiple monitors.

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There's also several fixes and improvements made for version 3.2.3, as listed below :-

- Fixed crash when loading Fraps under WinXP with 6-core CPU

- Fixed crash when enabling monitor DWM option on some configurations

- Fixed Fraps altering error flag on calls to GL SwapBuffers

- Fixed sound input switching at startup on XP systems

- Fixed counter appearing in VS2010

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Shuttle's ION 2 equipped XS35 nettop barebone coming in Q3

By Steve Dougherty | Computer Systems | Jun 15, 2010 05:42 am CDT

Shuttle's ION 2 powered XS35 nettop barebones was demo'd as far back as January of this year, but to this day is yet to reach market. Apparently Shuttle decided to go back to the drawing board and make some adjustments to the chassis design which will make it run quite a bit cooler and this contributes to the waiting time somewhat.

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Now Shuttle is talking about a Q3 launch date. Internal specs will remain much the same as the model unveiled in January; an Atom D510 dual-core 1.66GHz CPU, NVIDIA GT218 assistance with D-Sub and HDMI outputs, a spot for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, multi-card reader, optical drive, LAN and five USB 2.0 ports.

Chieftec rolls out Nitro series power supplies

By Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 15, 2010 04:44 am CDT

Chieftec has decided to take another splash into the PSU pool with its new Nitro series. These power supplies should be good candidates for those on a budget wanting enthusiast class features and standards without paying a premium.

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The Nitro series is quite a large family with 10 units in total. They are broken into two catagories; the lower end with 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W non modular variants and upper scale 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, 950W and 1.2KW modular variants. These power supplies are 80 Plus Bronze compliant, with the 1.2KW version being the exception with 80 Plus Silver compliance.

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Active Media makes a real USB Key Flash Drive

By Steve Dougherty | Storage | Jun 15, 2010 03:48 am CDT

Active Media has managed to stand out from the masses once again in the overwhelmingly large Flash Drive market with this new Ultra-Slim Key Shaped USB Drive :-

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It may only be good for USB 2.0 speeds, but the design is kinda funky, shaped exactly like a key and measuring only 3mm thick which will allow it to blend in perfectly on your set of keys for practicality.

Active Media is now shipping the Ultra-Slim Key in capacities of 4 and 8GB with respective pricing of $12.95 and $21.95 through Amazon and at their webstore.

Microsoft not interested in giving 360 3D support right now

By Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Jun 15, 2010 03:06 am CDT

3D this, 3D that; as time goes by the push for 3DTV in the household looks to be cementing itself deeper and becoming a new standard. There are several early adopters already in the way of 3D-enabled displays and Blu-ray player updates. Even Sony is getting all serious about it with firmware updates for the PS3.

But how about Microsoft and its more beloved than ever Xbox 360 (thanks to a little known add-on called Kinect)? - Well, in Microsoft's opening press conference at E3 they made no mention of making 3D a standard feature on the 360 and were 100% focused on Kinect.

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This is not to say they've turned a blind eye on 3D, but apparently their reasoning for not showing interest in it at this time is due to slow adoption rates. Microsoft don't feel 3D support would be demanded enough on a whole and would rather leave the decision up to game developers to implement it for their specific titles.

In the future as 3DTV grows Microsoft promises to take notice and add support. "We closely and constantly evaluate consumer trends. If there is demand, we've demonstrated in the past that we are able to quickly dedicate resources to respond to consumer interest."

Download of the Day: FileZilla 3.3.3

By Steve Dougherty | Software | Jun 15, 2010 02:38 am CDT

Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 3.3.3.

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

• Easy to use

• Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

• IPv6 support

• Available in many languages

• Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB

• Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue

• Bookmarks

• Drag & drop support

• Configurable transfer speed limits

• Filename filters

• Network configuration wizard

• Remote file editing

• Keep-alive

• HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support

• Logging to file

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Starbucks WiFi will be free starting July 1st

By Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jun 15, 2010 02:02 am CDT
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Starbucks has made an announcement that will make their customers more excited than their double-shot espressos: Starting July 1st, the Wifi will be free. Not only free costwise, but also free of registrations, giftcards, and all of the hoops that had seemed to be growing lately just trying to get online while enjoying your cup of coffee.

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Deal of the Day: Dell ST 2410 24 Inch Widescreen 1080P LCD Monitor for $189 with Free Shipping

By Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Jun 15, 2010 01:58 am CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell ST 2410 24 Inch Widescreen 1080P LCD Monitor for $189 with Free Shipping.

Offer: Features DVI-D with HDCP, 5ms response time, 250cd/m2 brightness, 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 1920x1080 resolution a large comfortable to view 24" screen. Coupon doesn't stack, but your price is lower by $10 than their current promotion. Use ocupon code: C$89669RN2SH31 (expires 6/19/10 at 6:00 AM CST)

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