Midway Games Files Bankrupcy

Zac O'Vadka | | Feb 15, 2009 8:36 PM CST

Game Publisher Midway games has filed bankupcy under Chapter 11 according to Register Hardware. Most of you will remember Midway brought us the landmark titles "Spy Hunter, NBA Jam, and of course, Mortal Kombat.

Midway's debt became overburdening in December when majority shareholder Sumber Redstone sold his 87.2% stake in the company. The change in ownership caused repayment clauses to kick in allowing creditors to request more than $150 million in outstanding notes that weren't due until 2025.

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Apple Claims Jailbreaking Violates Copyright

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 13, 2009 2:02 PM CST

Apple has filed a motion with the US Copyright office claiming that the very act of Jailbreaking an iPhone is a violation of copyright and seeking a ruling under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

I am not at all surprised that this is happening in the US as it is one of the few places that Apple still has a very strong single carrier hold on the iPhone.

However the Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a counter motion asking that Jailbreaking be given an exclusion saying it represents fair-usage to owners of the iPhone.

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Microsoft Accuses Adobe of Unfair Practices

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 13, 2009 12:36 PM CST

In what has to be a very ironic turn of events Microsoft is actually accusing another company of interfering with consumer choice and free competition.

It seems that Adobe is bad mouthing Silverlight 2 and claiming that AIR, Along with Adobe Media Player, Tweetdeck and Twhirl are much more popular.

The problem is that the download numbers Adobe are pointing to are from bundled downloads (are you listening Mitchell Baker). Adobe has been pushing AIR and other applications on anyone downloading Acrobat Reader. Unsuspecting downloaders have AIR and AMP forced on them with no method to opt out of the installation. This does sort of make for skewed numbers as I am not sure how many people would actively download those products on their own.

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Microsoft offers up reward for Conficker author

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 13, 2009 12:26 PM CST

Yesterday Microsoft put up a $250,000 (US) reward for information leading to the arrest of the Conficker Virus author.

The Conficker Virus has infected an estimated 12 million systems worldwide and continually updates itself by contacting a seemingly random string of fake domain names.

According to a statement by MS the Conficker is being viewed as a criminal attack, as such a monetary reward is being offered to help apprehend the people responsible.

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iPhone gets a new Matte Back Plate

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 13, 2009 10:14 AM CST

More Apple news this morning, this time we see what may very well be a new back for the future iPhone.

The pictures popped up on MacRummors and appear to show a next gen iPhone with a matted and slightly textured back plate. Although no one can verify the authenticity of these images they appear to have come from China where the iPhone is assembled.

The initial image was posted by iPodObserver, they were responsible for showing the early back plate images of the iPhone 3G.

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EVGA gives its SLI owners better support

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 12, 2009 8:56 PM CST

EVGA is now giving its registered NVIDIA SLI graphics card owners a free treat, something EVGA refers to as the SLI Enhancement Patch. As many of you know, for SLI to work in an optimized state for various games and 3D applications, "SLI profiles" at the software level are required. As these are unique to many game titles and the like, updating the profiles listing is required and this is something NVIDIA don't get onto straight away.

EVGA gives its SLI owners better support

EVGA combats this by releasing the first build of its SLI Enhancement Patch (02.11.09) which is designed to be used in conjunction with NVIDIA's ForceWare 182.05 driver suite and is exclusive to EVGA card owners. It offers optimized support for the latest game releases such as Burnout Paradise and the Necrovision demo we mentioned earlier today.

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ZOTAC first to design non-reference GTX 285

Steve Dougherty | | Feb 12, 2009 8:40 PM CST

NVIDIA has recently given permission to its partners to modify its reference GTX 285 graphics card and ZOTAC was quick to act with this first non-reference model spotted over at Expreview today.

ZOTAC first to design non-reference GTX 285

While the clock speeds remain the same at a core/memory/shader of 648/2484/1476MHz, the actual PCB has had several physical changes made to the location of key components. One significant change is the decision to move the vMem circuit which powers the 16 memory chips next to the NVIO2 chip and SLI connectors. The MOSFETs are also arranged differently and the vGPU circuit consists of six phases while the vMen circuit uses two.

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AMD's Phenom II AM3 has memory problems

Sean Kalinich | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Feb 12, 2009 6:44 PM CST

*** Edit 12 February***

It seems that AMD's AM3 Phenom II has a memory problem. The problem rears its ugly head when you have more than one DDR3-1333 (or greater) module per channel. If you have all four slots on your new AM3 board filled you could encounter "unreliable operation".

The Phenom II's memory controller has two 64-bit wide memory channels that when combined (in ganged mode) offer an effective 128-bit wide controller. On most mainboards this means you have four memory slots (2 slots per channel). For the time being AMD is not recommending using more than 2 modules (one per channel) for any DDR3 clocked at 1333 or above. If you have more than 2 modules the AMD quick fix is to change the speed to 1066 and adjust the timings to help overcome the speed loss.

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New Pine View Atom will have DX9 graphics

Sean Kalinich | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 12, 2009 2:46 PM CST

It looks like the new Atom with the Integrated GPU will still only be a DX9 part.

The GPU that will be going side by side with the 32nm Atom pineview will be none other than the GMA950, the same underperforming GPU that you find in the 945GSE chipset but shrunk down to 45nm and with a higher clock.

The new Pineview, although it will not have the most amazing graphics will feature an IMC (Internal Memory Controller) that will be paired up with the GPU. This will allow up to DDR2 800 memory.

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Blu Ray movie and player prices dropping

Sean Kalinich | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Feb 12, 2009 11:28 AM CST

Looks like the Movie industry finally wised up to a few things. One of the first is that people do not want to spend $30+ on a movie regardless of the resolution.

In an article over at PCworld they take a look at the new trend in BluRay pricing. It seems that now your high end titles are around $20 with many titles being offered at just $10.

This is great news and coupled with the sub $200 BluRay players that have hit the market will open up BluRay Hi-Def to more consumers than ever.

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