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News Archives for June 2012

New Dishonored Trailer has to be Seen

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 01:42AM
Author: bp9801

One of the more interesting games in development would have to be Bethesda and Arkane's Dishonored. This futuristic assassin game is shaping up to be like no other, with guns, swords, powers, stealth, and mystery all wrapped up into one first-person adventure. E3 is right around the corner, but Geoff Keighley and GameTrailers TV showed off a world exclusive trailer for Dishonored that you just have to see. The music is fairly haunting throughout, but there is a ton of action and intrigue included in it. We start off by seeing a young girl, potentially the Empress, but soon the footage shows off a little bit of everything you can do in Dishonored. There also appears to be a plague outbreak ravaging the city, as quarantine zones and swarms of rats are featured at various points. The enemies on the stilt walkers should present some interesting challenges, but hopefully you have the right power to take them out, like seen in the trailer. There is plenty more to the new trailer, so be sure to kick back and watch it below.

Dishonored arrives October 9th for the PC, PS3, and 360.


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Check Out the Brand New Tomb Raider Trailer

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 01:47AM
Author: bp9801

The new trailer for Tomb Raider was teased earlier this week, and it was shown off just hours ago on GameTrailers TV. Crystal Dynamics' new Tomb Raider game tells the origin of how Lara Croft became the hardened explorer we all came to love. This time a teenage Lara Croft has to learn how to survive on an island populated by murderers and wild natives, and the trailer starts off with our heroine in peril. Lara is suspended upside down in some kind of wrapping and she has to figure out how to escape it. Once she manages to do that, her fall proves less than ideal as a piece of metal stabs through her side, which elicits a scream of pain. Lara cannot waste more time than necessary to remove it before she is on the move again to get out of the cave. I will not spoil any more of the gameplay shown in the trailer, as you will just have to watch it below to see how Lara Croft manages to survive. I will say that Tomb Raider is looking mighty impressive already and should have everyone on the edge of their seats once released.

Tomb Raider arrives on March 5th, 2013, for the PC, PS3, and 360.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 04:52AM
Author: Nemo

Welcome back to the roundup as we wrap up another week of reviews from around the Web. Mechanical keyboards seem to be quite popular these days gauging by the number of reviews we've seen lately. Today's candidate is the Filco Majestouch-2 Ninja which doesn't do away with the key legends entirely - it has positioned them on the the front of each key. Today's roundup also includes another headset in the Corsair Vengeance lineup with a review of the Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 wireless model. We also picked up a couple of storage-related reviews for you to check out with a solid state drive from CoreRise and a 2.5" enclosure from Hornettek.

Input Devices
Filco Majestouch-2 Ninja – Cherry MX Brown @ XSReviews

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
Hornettek Shark USB 3.0 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
Podcast #204 @ PC Perspective


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Inflammation, Aging and Cancer All Linked to One Gene

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 04:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A future with a failing body is not something anyone looks forward to, so researchers are looking for ways to control the process. We already have medications and treatments so senior citizens can stay active with each passing year, but researchers are still working towards a way to stop or completely reverse the aging process itself.

Studies have discovered that as people age, the telomeres at the ends of their chromosomes fall off. Preventing this from happening inhibits aging, but can also cause cancer, which is an unchecked and uncontrolled mutation of normal cells. Researchers have known that inflammation is also connected to aging and cancer, but did not know how these three, seemingly unconnected, things were intertwined. Those at NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine have discovered that the link is through the AUF1 gene.

This gene controls inflammation by turning off that natural response before septic shock can occur. What the researchers discovered is that AUF1 also triggers the activation of telomerase, an enzyme that repairs telomeres, or kills cells by not activating, to repair the telomeres. This one gene regulates inflammation, can prevent accelerated aging, and prevent cancer by not activating telomerase. The researchers' next step is to examine the human population to see if mutations of the AUF1 gene are linked to different diseases.


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EA's Dead Space 3 to Debut in E3 2012

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 06:35AM
Author: edwardquilo

News of Dead Space 3's existence have been simmering for a while now thanks to a few leaked tidbits, but EA will finally be announcing the action/horror hybrid during next week's E3.  While Dead Space 3 footage will be shown at EA's press conference, a few intriguing screenshots of the game have also been released. Among these are Isaac and a second character sporting blood-stained winter clothing (with glowing red-eyes to boot). It has been heavily speculated that the third installment of the Dead Space franchise will feature some form of co-op gameplay, and if these images are any indication, Isaac will indeed be fighting abominations with an ally throughout the game's frosty campaign. A teaser for the Dead Space graphic novel was also released recently, and may have a connecting storyline with Dead Space 3. Be on the lookout for the Dead Space 3 live stream on June 4, 1:00 pm PDT. 

 


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As the Universe Expands, the Less We Can Learn

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 06:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Cosmology is an interesting science. It is a combination of astrophysics and history because every time you peer at the farthest objects in the Universe, you are looking back in time. By studying the objects we can see now we can also determine what they were like before we could have viewed them. Unfortunately, even though the passage of time means we can view more of the Universe, our ability to figure out what everything was like pre-observation is being diminished by more recent interactions. Researchers at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics decided to crunch the numbers and find when the optimal time for viewing the Universe would be.

The answer, unsurprisingly, is in the distant past when the Universe was only a half billion years old. This is the same time that the first stars and galaxies were forming, which is not a coincidence. Stars and galaxies are massive structures and their formation requires the original structure of the Universe, left by the Big Bang, be destroyed. It is like the reverse of Humpty Dumpty, in that the pieces once made into the egg, cannot be broken the same way again.

Though the optimal time to observe the Universe has passed, it is not impossible to study the prehistoric Universe. Radio observatories can explore the 21 cm emissions from 13 billion year old hydrogen gas to learn what regular optical observatories cannot. However, there will still come a time when objects are so far away, and the Universe is expanding so fast, that light from those objects will be unable to reach us, ever.


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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Announced

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 12:07PM
Author: bp9801

GameTrailers TV was a wealth of exclusives last night and this one is no different. Konami announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 last night with a stunning CG trailer. Now, for anyone who has not played the first game, there are some mild spoilers shown in the trailer, so you may just want to skip on by. For everyone else, the Lords of Shadow 2 trailer shows what becomes of Gabriel Belmont and a dark secret in the family's history. There is a massive battle that unfolds, although it is pretty one-sided thanks to some special abilities. We do get what appears to be the trademark whip, although it looks a little deadlier than usual. The end has another spoiler involving a certain character, but you will just have to watch and find out.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will launch next year for the PS3 and 360.


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Recovering From Spinal Cord Injury Possible

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 12:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

One of the most amazing characteristics of the brain is its plasticity. After even some severe traumas, like having a hemisphere removed, the brain can adapt and move functions around to continue functioning. In the past it has appeared that only the brain was plastic because the spinal cord would not adapt in a similar way to injuries. Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have changed that though and given rats with severe paralysis the ability to walk again.

The first step of the experiment was to 'wake up' the dormant part of the spinal cord found beneath the injury. This was accomplished with a special chemical solution that replaced neurotransmitters normally released by the brainstem in order to stimulate dormant neurons. Next the researchers used electrodes to stimulate the spinal cord further, making it ready to operate.

The brain is not the only controller in the nervous system. Other networks of neurons, including the spinal cord, are able to respond to external stimuli, which is what causes involuntary motions. The researchers placed the rats on a treadmill and discovered it could walk. The spinal cord was taking in the information of the treadmill moving beneath it, and responded by having the legs move. This involuntary action was truly great to see, but the researchers, inspired by this success, decided to go a step further.

A new rig was created for the rats to use, but instead of a treadmill, the rats were gently suspended, to put all of their weight on their hind legs. With a chocolate treat at the end of the rig, the rats wanted to move forward; to voluntarily walk with their previously paralyzed legs. The rats got their chocolate, even when it required that they walk up steps.

The spinal cord, after being reactivated by the chemicals and electricity, grew new connections around the lesion that originally caused paralysis. The connection between the legs and the brain may not have been as strong as it would have been without the lesion, but it was enough for the rats to walk. It may be some time before we see humans benefiting from a similar treatment, but now we know complete recuperation of voluntary movement is possible.

 


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Soul Sacrifice Confirmed for North America, but Still No Release Date

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 02:18PM
Author: ClayMeow

Three weeks ago, I reported about Keiji Inafune's upcoming PS Vita game, Soul Sacrifice. Best known as the creator of Mega Man, Inafune wanted to bring "true fantasy" to video games, where great power requires great sacrifice (you can read the previous news post for all the details). At the time, only a Japan Winter release was mentioned. Today, a debut trailer was released along with the official announcement that Soul Sacrifice will be coming to the PS Vita in North America as well! If you've been on the fence about getting the PS Vita, Soul Sacrifice may be the game to push you over.


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Gamma-Ray Beams Show a Recently Active Milky Way

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 02:50PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When compared to our knowledge of other galaxies, like the Andromeda Galaxy, researchers know very little about our own Milky Way. This is because we are inside of our galaxy, which makes it very difficult to see the structure of the Milky Way. Still, we do know some things, including that ours is not an active galaxy, but apparently it was not too long ago.

Many of the spiral galaxies we have observed are not just simple disks as two blobs or bubbles of matter spew out above and below the main structure. These bubbles are being blown by the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy. Even though the common mental image of a black hole is something that just devours everything around it, much of the mass that falls towards a supermassive black hole does not enter it. Instead it gets flung out into space above and below the disk of the home galaxy. Sometimes instead of just matter being shot out from a galaxy's center, gamma rays are ejected. Unlike the matter though, these high energy photons keep in a tight shape and look like a search light peering through the Universe.

Galaxies with a feeding supermassive black hole at their center are called active galaxies and they are continually making these gamma ray beams and bubbles of matter. The Milky Way is not generating these two structures though, which means it is not active, but millions of years ago it was. Researchers at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered an after-image of two gamma-ray jets coming from the center of our galaxy. These jets are about 27,000 light years long, which matches an old bubble previously discovered, which adds support for the conclusion that our galaxy was active recently.

This is the first time such jets have been found coming from the Milky Way. The researchers estimate it required at least 10,000 solar masses of matter to fall into the black hole to create these jets.


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Guardians of Middle-Earth Receives a Trailer

Posted: June 1, 2012 @ time: 08:06PM
Author: bp9801

Guardians of Middle-Earth was just announced on Wednesday, but last night GameTrailers TV had the exclusive first trailer for it. This Lord of the Rings MOBA will appear on the PS3 and 360 this Fall as a downloadable title, and features over 20 characters from the Lord of the Rings universe. The trailer is pure CG and simply sets up the 5v5 battle format, but that does not mean it is low on thrills. Gandalf, Legolas, Thráin, and possibly Aragorn and Galadriel do battle against the Witch King, Gollum, an Uruk Hai, and two others, with spectacular results. Near the end, a new challenger approaches that should change the face of battle, but the game's logo appears before we see how this ends. Like I said, this trailer is pure CG so there is no actual gameplay, but Guardians of Middle-Earth still looks interesting. We just have to see how this MOBA take on the Lord of the Rings universe plays out for the console crowd.


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New NVIDIA Drivers are Windows 8 Certified

Posted: June 2, 2012 @ time: 11:40AM
Author: CheeseMan42

AMD recently announced that it will be ending the monthly release of GPU drivers. NVIDIA has now announced that its latest drivers, the R302, have been Windows 8 certified. This comes shortly after the official preview release of Windows 8 and the Windows Hardware Quality Labs. The R302 drivers will be available early next week for Windows 8 only, with other users still using the R300 drivers. The R302 drivers support all features of the Windows Display Driver Model v1.2, as well as NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products.


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ECS Announces A85F2-A Motherboard

Posted: June 3, 2012 @ time: 09:24AM
Author: CheeseMan42

ECS has announced a new motherboard built around the AMD A85X chipset with support for FM2 socket CPUs, the A85F2-A. The board is a standard ATX sized board with two PCIe x16 slots, three PCIe x1 slots, and two PCI slots. The board supports up to 64GB of DDR3 memory and seven 6Gb/s SATA ports with support for a variety of RAID options. Also included are six USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, and Gb Ethernet. The board also features A/V options with HDMI, DVI, and eight channel HD Audio.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:13AM
Author: Nemo

Welcome back to another week of reviews and articles from our affiliates around the Web. Let's first take a look at a prebuilt machine from DV Nation aptly named the RAMRod as it comes with quite of bit of storage including 64GB of G.Skill RAM, a RAID 0 array, OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIE SSD and more. Computer Ed takes a look at the Corsair Vengeance M90 and K90 keyboard/mouse combination. We also have reviews on the MSI R7770 Power Edition, the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB solid state drive, a Samsung Chromebook and more.

Cooling
Phanteks PH-TC14PE Red Heatsink @ Frostytech

Gaming
Max Payne 3 IQ & Performance Preview & Reviewers Guide @ [H]ardOCP

Input Devices
Vengeance K90/M90: The MMO Connection @ Computer Ed

Notebooks
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review: Taking A Second Look At Chrome OS @ PC Perspective

Prebuilts
DV Nation RAMRod PC Review - A Storage Powerhouse @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers

Video
MSI R7770 Power Edition @ Neoseeker


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Connecting Matter and Light for Quantum Computing

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 06:31AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Researchers are diligently working towards making quantum computers a reality but there are many hurdles for them to overcome. One of these is finding a way to transfer information from a piece of matter to a photon. While particles, in this case ions, work well for storing information, photons, the quanta of light, are the preferred media for transmitting information, because they travel at the speed of light. Researchers at the University of Innsbruck have developed a new means to create an entangled photon ion pair which may help bring quantum computers and quantum networking to the present.

The researchers' new device holds a calcium ion in a Paul trap, which is placed between two mirrors. A laser is then aimed at the ion, to excite it enough to emit a photon of its own. Properties of this photon are entangled with properties of the ion, because the ion emitted it and left its fingerprint, as it were. The photon then bounces off the two mirrors about 25,000 times, causing it to interact with the ion many more times, and become more entangled, until it finally escapes into an optical fiber.

Other devices have been made that will entangle an ion and a photon but this new device surpasses them as it offers very high precision and efficiency. By carefully tuning the frequency and amplitude of the laser that stimulates the ion, the researchers can tune the entanglement between the ion and photon to whatever they wish. Also, while the probability of successful entanglement for this specific device was not given, the researchers are confident a similar device could achieve an efficiency of over 99%.


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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Striking August 21 with $15 Price Tag

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 11:54AM
Author: ClayMeow

Earlier in the year, we posted that the newest game in the Counter-Strike series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), would be launching this summer. Today came word of an official launch date — August 21, 2012. CS:GO will be available for download on that date for all three platforms (Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade). But aside from the date, the best news is probably that of the price — a mere $15. Indie-pricing for an established franchise is certainly a nice surprise and hopefully that means a higher adoption rate — something very important for a multi-player game.


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Solving a Solar Cell Problem

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 12:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While people are interested in solar power as a way to provide clean power, researchers are interested in solar power because of its many limitations. Solar panels are not cheap to make, not very efficient, are fragile, and many designs require toxic or rare materials. Each of these issues makes it harder to implement solar power in a meaningful way, but researchers at Northwestern University have solved a problem with one design that may overcome the limitations of other designs.

Grätzel cells are cheap and environmentally safe solar cells that have the disadvantage of leaking. Unlike most other solar cell designs, this one utilizes a liquid electrolyte to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity. Unfortunately the liquid can leak out and actually corrode the solar cell, which prevents the cell from lasting more than eighteen months. The Northwestern researchers solved this problem by replacing the traditional liquid with a liquid that dries into a solid, similar to how paint dries.

The new dye is made of cesium, tin, and iodine (CsSnI3) and is actually poured into the cell, where it then envelopes millions nanoparticles. These nanoparticles have a precise diameter of 20 nm to maximize their surface area. The more surface area coated with the dye the more sunlight can be collected. As the solar cell achieved 10.2% efficiency, which is the highest efficiency for a solid-state cell using a dye sensitizer, this strategy appears to have worked.

Technically though, this is not a Grätzel cell, because certain elements of the design deviate too much from that design. However the successes here may enable new successes with other solar cell designs that will be high efficiency, cheap, and safe for the environment.


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PlayStation 3 Version of Diablo III Coming Soon?

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 12:19PM
Author: ClayMeow

Way back in January, we reported that Blizzard executives confirmed they were putting together a team to port Diablo III over to the consoles. Though nothing official has been announced, a Diablo III PS3 listing has been spotted on German retailer Redcoon's site, priced at €66.66 with a USK (ESRB) rating of 16 and over. Diablo III set quite a few PC gaming sales records, so it should be no surprise that Blizzard would want to get the game out to even more gamers. Besides, it was clear from the beginning, with all its simplifications, Blizzard was trying to create a game that catered to the console crowd.


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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Officially Announced

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 12:54PM
Author: ClayMeow

Next year, gamers will once again get to play as one of their favorite covert operatives, Sam Fisher. Slated to launch Spring 2013, Ubisoft showed off Splinter Cell: Blacklist at Microsoft's 2012 E3 Press Conference earlier today. Ubisoft didn't simply show off some fancy cinematic, but rather actual gameplay footage, and it certainly looked pretty sweet, featuring the ability to plan a series of executions. In development at Ubisoft Toronto, with help from Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai, Blacklist will allow gamers to once again assume to role of Sam Fisher as he tries to prevent a series of terrorist attacks aimed at the United States, known as "The Blacklist." The game will feature Kinect voice control for the Xbox 360 version, with the game also being developed for PlayStation 3 and PC. The attached screenshots are courtesy of All Games Beta.


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Quantum Computers to Model Quantum Mechanical Experiments

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 01:18PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A good way to learn about something is to open it up and take a look at all of the parts. Sometimes the thing cannot be opened up with a conventional tool though, so you have to smash it open. So is the case for particle physicists that try to understand the most basic building blocks of the Universe. Using massive accelerators, like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, particles are given massive amounts of energy before ramming headlong into a target. At the moment of impact the particles are smashed to pieces which are caught by special nets for study.

Building, maintaining, and operating a particle accelerator is not easy though, but the physics involved is far too complicated for the best supercomputer to handle. Researchers at NIST and the California Institute of Technology have looked past the modern supercomputer to the future's quantum computers.

Quantum supercomputers use phenomena like superposition and entanglement to store and process information in ways no classical computer can. Instead of only considering one solution to a problem at a time, a quantum computer can consider multiple or even every solution to a problem in parallel. The researchers are taking advantage of this ability by creating an algorithm that will be ready to run on the first practical quantum computer, no matter the technology behind it.

This could hugely advance our understanding of the Universe by allowing experiments that could take years to complete at an accelerator to be done within a simulation, where energy levels and other variables can be perfectly controlled. Fortunately, increasing the complexity of the simulation this way does not also make the problem so difficult that a quantum computer, and the researchers' algorithm, cannot handle it.

For the time being, the algorithm only addresses a specific kind of particle collision, but with quantum computers potentially decades away, we may see other, more advanced algorithms developed before they can be utilized. Eventually we may see the standard model, which dominates modern particle physics, being tested with this or a similar algorithm.

 


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Connection is Power in Ubisoft's Newly Unveiled Watch Dogs

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 04:53PM
Author: ClayMeow

At Ubisoft's 2012 E3 Press Conference just moments ago, all the usual suspects showed up — Assassin's Creed III, Far Cry 3, etc. It wasn't until the very end that the company decided to surprise the crowd with the unveiling of a brand new IP — Watch Dogs. The premise is in its tagline: Everything is connected. Connection is power. Taking place in the present day, a Central Operating System (ctOS) controls everything in a city, providing centralized control over subway lines, traffic lights, surveillance cameras, and electricity grids. In gameplay footage shown to close out the press conference, the player seemingly has complete control over the ctOS, able to hack into practically anything in this open world game. Need to cause a diversion? Simply hack the traffic lights and cause an accident. Watch the Introduction Trailer and Game Demo below and be amazed. Not just amazed at how good this game looks, but amazed at how they were able to keep this a secret. It's merely day one of E3, but Watch Dogs is already a strong contender for Best in Show.


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Patriot Reveals EP Pro SDHC/SDXC Card

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:10PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Patriot has announced the EP Pro series of flash storage, designed to accommodate the demands of high definition video and photography. The new cards are capable of read and write speeds of 90MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively, when used with UHS-I compatible devices. When used in conjunction with these devices, the EP Pro cards will be able to achieve speeds up to five times faster than standard SDHC cards. The cards will be available in capacities of 16GB and 32GB for SDHC and 64GB and 128GB for SDXC. Product Manager Meng J. Choo stated that “The EP Pro delivers the enhanced performance needed for multimedia enthusiasts who use advanced capture techniques such as burst photography and full 3D videography.” The flash storage cards will begin shipping on July 16.


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Defect Ridden Nanotubes May Improve Fuel Cells and Batteries

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Different materials behave differently, from nonconductive neon to highly conductive copper, and it is this variety of properties which enables a variety of technologies. Unfortunately it also limits many technologies when only one material has the required properties. Platinum is an excellent catalyst and is used in many devices, from fuel cells to catalytic converters. It is also quite rare, making it so expensive that some technologies cannot see widespread use. For this reason researchers are constantly looking for a new, cheaper catalyst, and researchers at Stanford University may have discovered one.

Carbon nanotubes are already well respected for their high conductivity, but normally are not useful as a catalyst. Placing imperfections in a nanotube's wall can make it a better catalyst, but this impairs its conductivity. The Stanford researchers got around this issue of mutual exclusivity by using two single-walled nanotubes, one inside the other.

With the appropriate chemicals, the researchers were able to cause the out nanotube to unzip and have nitrogen atoms attach to them, without disturbing the inner nanotube. The nitrogen atoms, along with iron atoms left over from the seed crystals that grew the nanotubes, makes the outer wall an effective catalyst, while the inner nanotube conducts electricity as needed to keep the catalyst working. If this design operates nearly as well as platinum we may see several devices drop in price, and some new technologies brought to market. For example, lithium-air batteries which can achieve an energy density 10 times greater than modern lithium ion batteries require a very efficient and cheap catalyst.


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ECS Adds GTX680 to Black Series

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:23PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ECS has announced a new video card based on the NVIDIA GTX680 GPU, the GTX680 Black Series. The card has gone through the new ECS Nonstop Certification process which put the card through a battery of tests designed to deliver the best product to the consumer. The tests subjected the card to stress tests that go well beyond the industry standard. The card features a five heatpipe cooler with two fans to help keep the card running cool while under heavy loads from gaming. A tweaking utility from ECS is available to allow users to change the memory speed and GPU clock. The card uses the PCI-E 3.0 interface, 2GB of DDR5 memory, and a GPU running at 1040MHz. Up to four displays can be connected using dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections.


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Patriot Announces Viper 3 Memory

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Patriot has announced the Viper 3 series of DDR3 memory, featuring four different sets of memory. Each set will have different features as well as colors. The Black Mamba and Venom Red are classified as "High Performance," and will be available in June and July, respectively. The Sapphire Blue is Intel XMP 1.3 certified, which means it would be a great choice for Intel based systems. All three of these sets will be available at frequencies of 1600MHz, 1866MHz, and 2133MHz at 1.5V. The Jungle Green set is billed as "Eco Friendly" and will only require 1.35V for operation, with frequencies of 1600MHz and 1866MHz. The Sapphire Blue and Jungle Green sets will also be available in July. The Viper 3 series will be available in capacities up to 32GB using 4GB and 8GB sticks.


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Gigabyte Announces Ultra Durable 5 Technology

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 05:58PM
Author: Nemo

Computex 2012 is ready to kick off in Taipei this week and Gigabyte has released its latest Ultra Durable 5 technology in time for the opening of the show. The new technology features high-current capable components designed to deliver better quality power for improved performance and cooler operation.

Part of the Ultra Durable 5 technology consists of IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier, when combined with Gigabyte's double layer copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, allow the new boards to run up to 60°C cooler when compared to traditional boards.

The IR3550 PowIRstage ICs are a single chip design with peak efficiency up to 95% which translates into cooler operating characteristics. Greater efficiency also means the technology can run cooler and deliver more power - all of which translates into greater overclocking capabilities. Gigabyte will be offering the new Ultra Durable 5 technology on three Intel X79 Express chipset motherboards (models GA-X79S-UP5 WIFI, GA-X79S-UP5 and GA-X79-UP4) as well as three Intel Z77 Express chipset boards (models GA-Z77X-UP7, GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and GA-Z77X-UP4 TH). Gigabyte did not disclose pricing or availability.


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Corsair Unveils New Products in Time for Computex

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: Nemo

You have to love the days leading up to big trade shows like CES in January and Computex in Junes because that's when the manufacturers schedule releases of new products. One thing I do not like is loosing the little end caps off of USB drives. Corsair is releasing its line of Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 drives that eliminate that problem. As you can tell from the name, these new drives feature a capless design with a sliding retractable USB plug. The new drives all offer the faster USB 3.0 interface and are compatible with the older USB 2.0 standard. The Flash Voyager Slider drives come in 8GB ($12.99USD), 16GB ($17.99USD), 32GB ($29.99USD) and 64GB ($64.99USD) and are available immediately.

The AX1200i Digital ATX power supply is the next new offering and Corsair is billing it as the "world’s most advanced modular power supply". You probably picked up on the fact that it is a modular power supply, but what makes this unit special is that it features digitally controlled power circuitry that enables it to deliver power with exceptionally low ripple and noise characteristics. It is also 80 PLUS® Platinum certified with energy-efficiency of up to 92% which translates into less heat and lower fan noise. The unit also comes with Corsair Link technology which includes real-time monitoring of temperature, current draw, and power efficiency, as well as the ability to adjust the speed of the internal 140mm fan. You can also tailor the unit to your specific need by switching from the default single +12V rail configuration to a multi-rail setup. Pricing is expected to be $349.99 USD and will be available beginning in August 2012.

Corsair is also updating its HX line of power supplies to include 80 PLUS Gold certification, providing up to 90% energy-efficiency. That allows the units to operate in a fanless mode at low loads which will result in reduced noise levels. The new Professional Series HX range is available in 650W, 750W, 850W and 1050W wattage ratings at the same prices of the older models and will also be available in August.

Corsair's next offering is a lineup of Dominator Platinum DDR3 memory modules consisting of binned ICs with high overclocking potential. The new modules will be available in dual- and quad-channel kits in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities and speeds up to 2800MHz, and all of the modules support Intel's latest XMP 1.3 profiles. The Dominator Platinum modules also feature a user-swappable light pipe which lets enthusiasts tailor the downwash lighting color, DHX heat spreaders for enhanced cooling and Corsair Link support. Corsair has an even dozen different part numbers listed for the Dominator Platinum series and reports immediate availability through its worldwide reseller network.

The last set of products to be introduced are the Neutron Series GTX solid state drives. These new drives are the first consumer SSDs to use the LM87800 6Gb/s SSD controller from Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD) and will be offered in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The Neutron Series GTX SSDs use toggle NAND flash memory with 90,000 random read and write IOPs. They are also capable of producing sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write. The standard Neutron Series drives (notice the missing 'GTX' in the moniker) come in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and can provide up to 90,000 random read IOPs and 85,000 random write IOPs with sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 370 MB/s write. Corsair says the new drives will be available in July with pricing to be announced at that time.


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LEGO The Lord of the Rings Game Gets a Trailer - With Voices

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 08:06PM
Author: bp9801

A new LEGO video game will be on the way soon, this time set in The Lord of the Rings world. Traveller's Tales is once again at the helm of LEGO The Lord of the Rings, and unlike the past LEGO games, this one actually has voices. There is still a good amount of humor, as evidenced by the new trailer for the game, but the voices should help to add another dimension. The voices will be the selling point, at least for me, because hearing Frodo cry out for Gandalf or Aragorn leading a battle charge will really put you into the moment. There will be puzzles to solve, foes to defeat, and hopefully items to build as you journey from The Shire to Mount Doom. All three movies will be represented in the LEGO game, so it will be interesting to see how much humor is used in place of the darker moments.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings will be out this Fall for PlayStation 3 and Vita, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, DS, and 3DS, and PC.


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PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale Confirmed for Vita - with Cross-Play

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 08:21PM
Author: ClayMeow

Last week, I reported on some evidence piling up that suggested Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale was coming to the PS Vita, figuring that an official announcement would be made at E3. Well, during Sony's 2012 E3 Press Conference, that's exactly what happened. Not only will the game be available on both the PS3 and PS Vita, but it will also support Cross-Play, allowing gamers to play with or against each other regardless of the system they use. The E3 trailer also unveils two new heroes, Uncharted's Nathan Drake and BioShock's Big Daddy, joining the previously confirmed Kratos, Parappa, Fat Princess, Colonel Radec, Sweet Tooth, and Sly Cooper. The addition of Big Daddy is especially noteworthy, as that's not a Sony character, so the potential roster of all-stars is even larger than originally thought. No official release date has been mentioned, simply that it's scheduled for later this year.


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Zotac Releases GeForce GT 640 Graphics Card

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 08:26PM
Author: Nemo

Zotac has introduced a new member of the GeForce 600 series to its product lineup with the arrival of the GT 640, a mainstreaam card for those wanting to add dedicated graphics based on NVIDIA's Kepler architecture on a budget. With 384 processor cores and a core clock speed of 900Mhz, the GT 640 uses the PCI-E 3.0 interface and incorporates the NVIDIA Surround to drive three displays via a mini-HDMI connection and pair of dual-link DVI outputs. The general features include:


 

  • 384 processor cores
  • Engine clock: 900 MHz
  • 2GB DDR3 memory
  • Memory clock: 1782 MHz
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • DVI-I, DVI-D, and mini-HDMI outputs
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • NVIDIA® SMX architecture
  • NVIDIA® Surround ready
  • NVIDIA® Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • DirectX® 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
  • OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
  • Hardware-accelerated Full HD video playback
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass included

Zotac has not announced the availability date yet, but you can expect the card to be offered at just under $100USD.


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E3 Trailer for Assassin's Creed III - Bloody Impressive

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 09:11PM
Author: bp9801

E3 is kicking off with a bang today, with a plethora of game announcements and trailers bombarding our senses. Ubisoft showed off a new Assassin's Creed III trailer today that is impressively bloody (and bloody impressive). Watching it makes you almost wish for live-action footage, but I suppose we can settle for computer generated. The British and the American forces are squaring off on a battlefield, with a bald eagle watching from a vantage point. Our protagonist Connor starts to talk, and as the eagle flies through the trees we see Connor making his way into a camp. Finding a horse to ride, Connor makes for the battlefield to help change the outcome. The American forces watch from a distance, seemingly impressed with everything Connor can do, until they lend their firepower to his. Connor finds the British commander and unleashes an arrow at his mark, who reveals a surprising secret when Connor moves in for a killing blow.

Assassin's Creed III will arrive on October 30th for the PC, PS3 and 360.


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DmC: Devil May Cry Trailer Shows a Different Game than Past Versions

Posted: June 4, 2012 @ time: 11:18PM
Author: bp9801

The new DmC: Devil May Cry is certainly nothing like the Devil May Cry first seen on the PlayStation 2. Even Devil May Cry 4 with the new protagonist still followed the familiar formula of the previous games, but DmC: Devil May Cry is a decidedly different beast. Sure, you play as Dante once more and graphically the game is the best in the series, but it is the appearance and attitude of Dante that sets this one apart. DmC: Devil May Cry features a much younger Dante (in a parallel universe) with a far more snarkier attitude than before, but his fighting skills are just as good as ever. The new E3 trailer gives a look at what to expect from Ninja Theory's entry into the DMC world, and I have to say it looks good. The action is certainly there, but this new take on Dante may not appeal to everybody. Still, it does look fun.

DmC: Devil May Cry launches on January 13th, 2013, for the PS3 and 360. A PC version will follow at a later date.

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Quantic Dream Shows Off New Game at E3 - BEYOND: Two Souls

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 12:14AM
Author: bp9801

Quantic Dream is a studio that likes to push the boundary of what exactly a video game can be. Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) and Heavy Rain are both masterfully crafted titles with a great narrative, but neither one is what you could call a traditional video game. There are characters to play as, sure, but these are games that play more like a movie than anything else. At Sony's E3 conference earlier, Quantic Dream showed off its brand new game - BEYOND: Two Souls. BEYOND is the tale of a girl, Jodie Holmes, and her extraordinary powers thanks to an invisible entity called Aiden. Quantic Dream has cast Academy Award nominee Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes, with some impressive motion capture to accurately portray her face. Everything you do determines the fate of Jodie, and Quantic Dream is making sure an emotional connection is made to the character. BEYOND: Two Souls looks amazing already, and yes, this is a video game, but we will have to wait until a solid release date is announced before getting our hands on it.


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NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 680M Notebook GPU

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 12:56AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA has taken the wraps off its new notebook GPU, which will be the new flagship model. The GeForce GTX 680M is the fastest, most advanced notebook GPU ever thanks to its Kepler architecture. The GPU has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 1800MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1344 CUDA cores, and a core frequency of 720MHz. The GTX 680M will help deliver the best performance possible for all the latest games, including 3D titles thanks to 3D Vision 2 and 3DTV Play. There will also be Adaptive V-sync, advanced AA modes, PhysX support, and even CUDA support to bring the 680M in line with its desktop brothers. NVIDIA Optimus technology allows you to switch to the integrated GPU so you can save on battery life outside of gaming, ensuring you will not have to worry about straying from the outlet. Alienware's M17x and M18x will make use of the GTX 680M, with the M18x including single and SLI configurations. The GPU will also appear in the MSI GT70 gaming notebooks and machines from Ava Direct, Maingear, and Origin. The notebooks should be available by the end of June.


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Star Wars 1313 Gameplay Footage Revealed

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 02:37AM
Author: bp9801

Last Thursday, LucasArts took the wraps off its brand-new Star Wars 1313 franchise with a sneak peak at the game. More information, including the first gameplay footage, would be revealed during E3, and luckily for us E3 is going on now. LucasArts showed the first gameplay footage of Star Wars 1313, and I have to say, it looks terrific. The character models are highly detailed and move just like real people thanks to the full body motion capture being employed. We see our bounty hunter watch a holographic display of the ship descending down to Level 1313 on Coruscant before he turns and the camera reveals the ship itself. It bears a striking resemblance to a Corellian Corvette, but the Star Wars 1313 logo appears before we get a good look.

Afterwards we get to see a harrowing experience our character goes through thanks to his manic companion, but again the logo appears before any more is shown. Next we get some footage of the combat in the game that starts with a bang, and shows some of the fun gadgets bounty hunters get to use. Only bits and pieces of gameplay were shown from the E3 demo, so I hope more can be seen during the convention. So far it is looking great and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Star Wars 1313 is played from a third-person perspective, which will make cutscenes all the more fluid. LucasArts is designing the game to be a mature take on the franchise, complete with the M rating, and should be a new way of approaching the world of Star Wars. The game footage in the trailer below is entirely from the game's engine, so nothing is a cinematic here. The best news from the gameplay footage reveal is everything shown is from the PC version, so at least that system is confirmed. Other systems and a release date will have to wait until later in the year.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 05:18AM
Author: Nemo

We have a short list of reviews today. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC is a factory overclocked offering with a 1006MHz core clock speed and a dual fan cooling solution. The Clar1tyOne Earbuds EB110 sport a $130 price tag, but does the sound justify the price? Check out the review to find out. Finally, we have a wireless mouse from Genius that does away with batteries and uses capacitors to store a charge. No more environmental waste from used batteries with this mouse.

Input Devices
Genius DX-ECO Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
Clar1tyOne Earbuds EB110 @ LanOC Reviews

Video
GALAXY GeForce GTX 670 GC Video Card @ [H]ardOCP


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Thermaltake Premiers New Level 10 Products

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 05:51AM
Author: Nemo

Thermaltake is unveiling a pair of new products at Computex 2012 this week, both of which are members of the company's Level 10 product lineup. We have seen a pair of Level 10 chassis with the OCC review of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT and the Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition. Thermaltake is announcing the Level 10 Silver Edition Gaming Station, the next chapter in the Level 10 story. As an offspring of the original Level 10 design introduced between Thermaltake and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the Level 10 Silver Edition is restricted to 300 builds worldwide and each case is individually numbered and sport a limited badge to let everyone know this is a special edition.

Themaltake also announced the Level 10 M Mouse Series with the centerpiece being the Level 10 M Mouse Red Edition. The new series features such design innovations as 3D Steering Axis Movement, solid Aluminum base and air-Through Ventilation System. There are three additional colors : Diamond Black, Iron White, and Military Green that were introduced at CeBIT 2012 earlier this year.


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Excitons Condensed Into Matter Wave

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 07:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Key to the operation of computers and many other electronics are semiconductors. The atoms of these materials normally hold onto their electrons, but if enough energy is fed to them, an electron can be popped up to a conducting energy band. When this happens a positively charged hole is left where the electron was, and the movement of the hole is just as important to the operation of semiconductors as the movement of the electron. Understanding these holes and excitons, the quasiparticles that represents an electron-hole pair, has been difficult though because of how short lived excitons are. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have taken a big step toward studying excitons by successfully trapping them in a condensate.

Excitons are easily created by firing a laser at a semiconductor. Normally however the electron and hole recombine very quickly, which the researchers overcame by using a laser capable of flinging the two quanta far away from each other. To keep the exciton from recombining, the researchers used coupled quantum wells, which trap the electrons and holes in different layers of an alloy. Using an electrostatic trap, the researchers then grabbed the excitons at the end of an electrode that was cooled to just 50 milli-Kelvin, or 0.05 K. At this temperature the waveform of the trapped excitons cohered and condensed into a single matter wave.

When condensed like this, even though there are multiple particles involved, they all act as one. This has been achieved before as atoms were chilled into Bose-Einstein condensates, but this is the first time any subatomic particle has formed such a condensate. While the potential of repeating this experiment with other subatomic particles is something many researchers are going to be interested in, the ability to carefully study excitons is sure to excite researchers as well.


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Alan Wake 2 Clues Point to Possible Reveal

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 08:55AM
Author: edwardquilo

Alan Wake is set to return for another perilous round of supernatural adventures, if these recent hints are any indication. The domain name alanwake2.com has just been updated by Remedy, which could imply a possible sequel announcement at this year's E3. Further adding fuel to the fire is Remedy's Sam Lake, who tweeted a cryptic message that said: "It's all true. It will happen again, in another town, a town called Ordinary. It's happening now." An included link connects to a blog with ambiguous associations to the Alan Wake storyline, which concerns its writer seemingly on the verge of a mental breakdown. Remedy has proven its mettle the original Alan Wake and its spin-off American Nightmare, so here's hoping the rumored sequel does make its way to gamers soon. 


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Assassin's Creed III PS Vita and PlayStation 3 Bundles En Route

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 09:49AM
Author: ClayMeow

Nestled snuggly in the middle of its 2012 E3 Press Conference, Sony announced the addition of two limited edition bundles. The first is a PS Vita bundle, which includes a limited edition "crystal white" Wi-Fi only PS Vita, the recently announced Assassin's Creed III: Liberation video game, and a 4GB memory card. Liberation is a PS Vita exclusive featuring the series' first female protagonist (see announcement trailer below). In addition, this is the first and currently only bundle to include the Wi-Fi only model instead of the 3G/Wi-Fi model. The second bundle is for the PlayStation 3, which includes the 320GB PS3 system, along with Assassin's Creed III and PS3-exclusive DLC. No pricing for either bundle has been listed yet. The bundles are expected to be available on October 30 to coincide with the release of both games.


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Advanced Graphene Bolometer Created

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 11:55AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When a material is heated, its electrical properties, such as resistance, can change. This effect it utilized in a class of devices called bolometers, which measure the change in resistance due to the heating of electrons. Bolometers are used for a variety of applications that require infrared observations, including astronomy, chemical analysis and security. Now researchers at the University of Maryland are turning to graphene to advance the technology.

Graphene is an atom-thick plane of carbon, but in this case the researchers are using bilayer graphene. Researchers have known for some time now that graphene reacts quite well to a wide range of light frequencies, stretching from terahertz radiation, through infrared, and into the optical range. This is in part because graphene does not have a band gap. Normally semiconductors are used in bolometers, because when light strikes a semiconductor, an electron is excited to a higher energy. However, semiconductors have a band gap separating the conducting and non-conducting energy levels of the electrons. This means only photons with enough energy to push an electron past the band gap are absorbed. Graphene has no band gap, so all photons can be absorbed.

There are some issues with using graphene in a bolometer though, such as heat not affecting the resistance of graphene. The researchers overcame this by placing the graphene in an electric field, which not only increased the material's resistance but also made it highly dependent on temperature. When cooled to just 5 K, the bilayer graphene bolometer was as sensitive as modern bolometers, but operated thousands of times faster, thanks to graphene's extraordinarily high electron mobility.

However there are still challenges to overcome, including the fact that the graphene is only absorbing a few percent of the light that hits it, and that this device's resistance is still higher than similar devices. The researchers are confident these can be overcome though and that we may see graphene bolometers in the future.


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PlayStation Move Racing Wheel Unveiled at E3

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 12:08PM
Author: bp9801

Sony has unveiled a new accessory for PlayStation Move owners that ensures racing fans are taken care of. The PlayStation Move Racing Wheel gives you the best possible control in all your favorite racing games, but it is more than just a plastic wheel. A Move controller sits in the middle of the Racing Wheel while there are face buttons on the right side and a directional pad on the left. The Racing Wheel will vibrate whenever you come into contact with other racers (or the wall) to help add another level to the motion experience. Sony has incorporated paddle shifters on either side for an accurate racing experience, plus the Racing Wheel can have the arms pulled out to better mimic the handlebars of a motorcycle. You can twist the grips for throttle just like a real motorcycle, so it looks like Sony is catering to all racing fans.

The PlayStation Move Racing Wheel will be available this Fall for $40 and will work with Gran Turismo 5, MotorStorm Apocalypse, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, BurnOut Paradise, Little Big Planet Karting, and plenty more.


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Dynamic Channels to Improve Multi-Hop Networks

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 12:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When covering a large area with a wireless network, multiple nodes may be needed. These nodes will receive and retransmit signals to each other as needed, in order to get a transmission where it needs to be. When a particularly heavy bandwidth user is on the network though, the system may become unbalanced and cause performance to drop. Some new techniques have been developed recently to address this problem, and now researchers at North Carolina State University have created an algorithm to optimize the system further.

To prevent one user from interfering with the performance of the network, technology has been developed to separate the communication band into different channels. At first these channels had to be all the same size, but recently the technology has advanced to allow the channels to have various sizes. This allows a bandwidth-heavy user to utilize their own channel while everyone else is on different channels.

To further improve this technology, the North Carolina researchers developed algorithms that allow the size of the channels to change to fit the applications of the users. This way if the amount of bandwidth or channel width, a user needs changes, the network can adapt to maximize overall performance for every user.


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GeForce GT 600M Powered Ultrabooks at Computex

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 12:59PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Having an Ultrabook with a new dual core Ivy Bridge CPU is nice, but without a powerful GPU in there as well, it just won't be as much fun. NVIDIA has your back though with its GeForce GT 600M series of mobile GPUs in the new Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks from Gigybyte, Acer, and Asus.

The 13 inch Asus UX32 features a GT 620M to drive its 1920x1080 screen. Powering Acer's M5-481TG 14 in screen is a 640M LE while the M5-581TG, with its 15 in screen, gets the 640M. The U2440N from Gigabyte has a 630M inside for its 1366x768 screen, while the U2442N gets the lineup-topping 650M for its 1600x900 screen.

Naturally all of these laptops feature NVIDIA's Optimus Technology to keep your battery lasting as long as possible.


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Wii U Will Support Two GamePads at Once

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 01:20PM
Author: bp9801

When Nintendo debuted the Wii U last year, the new tablet controller, dubbed the Wii U GamePad, raised more questions than Nintendo could answer at the time. One of the main ones was just how many GamePads could be used at once, which Nintendo seemed to indicate only one would work at a time with the console. All the footage shown was just of one GamePad and Wii Remotes, but today at E3 Nintendo announced two GamePads can be used at the same time on a Wii U. It is unknown if there will be any limitations with the two GamePads being used at the same time, but at least we know two can be used. Nintendo is not talking much more about it, as even on the E3 show floor the Wii U stations only have one GamePad. Hopefully more information will be revealed later, including the all important price and release date of the Wii U.


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Spire Shows Off New Product Line at Computex

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 04:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Spire is using the currently running Computex 2012 to show off its new SpireX2 product line, billed as its "gaming brand." Some products that will be featured are CPU coolers, cases, silent fans, and PSUs. The full product line is available for viewing on the company website. For anyone lucky enough to be at Computex, stop by booth N1009a in the Nangang Exhibition Hall upper level to take a look.


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South Park: The Stick of Truth Revealed at E3

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 04:45PM
Author: CheeseMan42

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were on hand during the Microsoft E3 event to show off the new game South Park: The Stick of Truth. In the game, you create a custom character and join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny as they fight to save the town from notable South Park villains, including the Crab People. It was announced that the game will have full support for the Kinect, and it was also revealed that there are already three DLC packages planned that will hit the Xbox 360 first. There are also a number of items that will be available in game for those that preorder the title. The game is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment and will release on March 5, 2013 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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Steel Series Announces Several New Gaming Peripherals

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 06:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Steel Series has long been making gaming peripherals and accessories that feature designs from popular games, including StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3. Yesterday it announced that it would be releasing several new designs for Guild Wars 2, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, World of Warcraft, and Major League Gaming. Steel Series partnered with ArenaNet to develop a Guild Wars 2 headset, mouse, mousepad, and keyboard. The headset is white with over the ear red ear cups. An in-line microphone is included on a red cable and can be plugged into either side of the headset. This will also allow for two headsets to be plugged in and listening to the game simultaneously. The mouse has a dragon design right where your hand will rest and also has red illumination options. The seven buttons can be used to create macros through the Steel Series Engine software. Several designs will be available on the QcK mousepad. A keyboard is currently being designed and will be released later this year. The headset has an MSRP of $99.99, the mouse will cost $69.99, and the mousepads will be $14.99 each.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also receive a headset design, adding a camouflage pattern to the Siberia v2 headset that is already available. Leather ear cushions ensure that the headset will be comfortable during extended periods of use, and a nearly ten foot cord allows room to move around. A retractable microphone will allow for easy communication with your teammates. A CS:GO mouse will also place a custom design on the Kana mouse which features six buttons and up to 3,200 CPI. A Dota 2 Kana mouse will also be available that features the Dota 2 logo, and it will be bundled with a Dota 2 QcK Mini mousepad. The headset will cost $99.99, the CS:GO mouse will retail for $59.99, and the Dota 2 bundle will cost $64.99.

A new wireless mouse was developed in conjunction with Blizzard Entertainment that will be targeted at World of Warcraft players. With 11 programmable buttons via the Steel Series Engine, this new mouse follows the industry trend of throwing more buttons at the MMO crowd. The included laser sensor is capable of up to 8,200 CPI and can be adjusted on the fly. A docking station doubles as a charger and receiver and features a design similar to that of the mouse. The Lithium Ion batteries will last up to 16 hours and take just one hour to fully charge. The mouse will be available in the third quarter of this year at the price of $129.99.

Major League Gaming will also be getting some love from Steel Series in the form of an MLG Edition Sensei Gaming Mouse, which will be the official mouse of MLG. This mouse will have an on board 32-bit ARM processor to allow the ExactTech calculations to be done on the mouse. The laser sensor goes up to 8,200 CPI with a Double CPI option that can take the CPI number up to 16,400. Steel Series CMO Kim Rom said “The professional gamers that compete in MLG tournaments and the competitive players who watch competition streams that are practicing towards getting to tournaments in person and ultimately play to win, are who we have built this co-branded mouse for.” Gamers will be able to get their first look at this mouse at the MLG Spring Championships this weekend in Anaheim. Preorders will be taken and the mouse will become available in August at a price of $99.99.


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The Last of Us Looks Amazing in E3 Gameplay Footage

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 06:37PM
Author: bp9801

One of the highlights from Sony's E3 conference last night had to be Naughty Dog's upcoming The Last of Us. This third-person, post-apocalyptic survival horror game stars Joel and Ellie, an unlikely duo in this hellish setting. Joel is a "ruthless" survivor while Ellie is a 14 year old girl who remembers almost nothing about how the world was before. This does not mean she lacks any insight, and as you will see in the E3 gameplay footage of The Last of Us, helps prove her worth while trying to survive. Ellie can help out Joel to ensure he stays alive, especially if Joel is under attack. The video below shows a world crumbling away to nature, and Joel and Ellie have to find a way to get to a bridge and out of the city. I will not say a whole lot more as you simply must watch the footage to see just what Naughty Dog has in store for life after Uncharted.


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Feast Your Eyes on the Soul Sacrifice E3 Trailer

Posted: June 5, 2012 @ time: 07:27PM
Author: ClayMeow

Ever since information on Keiji Inafune's new PS Vita game, Soul Sacrifice, was revealed last month, I've been eagerly waiting to hear and see more and more. Last week, I reported that the game was confirmed for North America. Though Soul Sacrifice was curiously not included in Sony's 2012 E3 Press Conference, Sony thankfully released an E3 Trailer today. The trailer combines cinematic and actual gameplay, giving us a further glimpse into this "true fantasy" game world, including the previously mentioned Golam Book. The gameplay sections show gigantic creatures, superb animations, and some really nice special effects for our viewing pleasure.


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