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Nvidia Halting Nforce Chipset Development

Submitted by: Beren @ 08:05 PM | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

Nvidia has announced it will cease development of future Nforce hardware until its suit with Intel is settled sometime in 2010. Intel has alleged that a previous chipset agreement between it and Nvidia does not apply to the Core or Nehalem series of processors.


Hackers Target Xbox Live

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:50 AM | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | (url: http://www.intern...)

As next-generation gaming consoles go online, some of the same problems that have faced consumer and enterprise IT networks are surfacing.

At a session during the SecTor security conference, Chris Boyd, director of research at Facetime security labs, detailed the myriad methods by which gamers and in particular, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox 360 users are under attack by cyber criminals.

"Though the Xbox doesn't have the number one market share, it is the top target for hackers," Boyd said. "Xbox Live has 17 million plus subscribers and that service requires payment."

Xbox Live provides a number of online products and services to gamers. According to Boyd, Xbox Live gamer accounts are now an established commodity on the black market.


CoD:Modern Warfare 2 Delayed for PC

Submitted by: Beren @ 01:56 AM | Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | (url: http://www.rockpa...)

Activision has delayed the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 it seems, pushing the multi-platform game back by two weeks on the PC, but not on other platforms.

The game will now be released on November 10th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but has been pushed back until November 24th

Category: PC Gaming | 60 Comments
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Review: AMD HD 5850

Submitted by: Beren @ 07:43 AM | Thursday, October 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.hardoc...)

As a very happy owner of a 4850 from the last gen I am obviously very interested in the 5850. Looking at the specs the 5850 look to be even closer to the 5870 then the 4850 was to the 4870. So anyone looking for a midrange part to kick some serious arse this is the ticket.

Category: Hardware | 9 Comments
Tags: 5850 amd ati gpu review

Review: AMD HD 5870

Submitted by: Beren @ 07:36 AM | Thursday, October 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.hardoc...)

The first DX11 card to hit the shelves. A very impressive card that has me drooling and thinking buying one shortly. Check out this review to see for yourself.


Microsoft Security Essentials Released

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:52 PM | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | (url: http://www.micros...)

Microsoft's new antimalware solution, Microsoft Security Essentials, is now available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Category: Software | 49 Comments
Tags: free microsoft

The Witcher 2: Gameplay Video

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:52 AM | Friday, September 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.euroga...)

CD Projekt boss Marcin Iwinski has revealed The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

He presented an alpha build of the game in an internal, "confidential" demonstration video. Luckily for us, the internet was peeping (via Kotaku).

The bread and butter Witcher experience, which went on to sell 1.2m copies (on PC only), returns. Mutant monster-fighter Geralt, therefore, is back and swishing his sword at toothy enemies and toothy harlots. Graphics, combat, magical powers and dialogue will all be overhauled, however.


Console Gaming = Lag

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:22 AM | Monday, September 7, 2009 | (url: http://www.euroga...)

In basic terms, controller latency is very easy to define. It's the time, usually measured in frames or milliseconds, between pressing the button on your controller and the appropriate action kicking in on-screen during gameplay. The longer the delay, the less responsive the controls, and the more unsatisfying the game can feel.

In-game latency, or the level of response in our controls, is one of the most crucial elements in game-making, not just in the here and now, but for the future too. It's fair to say that players today have become conditioned to what the truly hardcore PC gamers would consider to be almost unacceptably high levels of latency to the point where cloud gaming services such as OnLive and Gaikai rely heavily upon it.

The average videogame runs at 30FPS, and appears to have an average lag in the region of 133ms. On top of that is additional delay from the display itself, bringing the overall latency to around 166ms. Assuming that the most ultra-PC gaming set-up has a latency less than one third of that, this is good news for cloud gaming in that there's a good 80ms or so window for game video to be transmitted from client to server.

Category: Console Gaming | 40 Comments
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OnLive Opens Beta Program

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:19 AM | Thursday, September 3, 2009 | (url: http://www.onlive...)

And, Im very excited to say that we are now opening the OnLive Beta to outside gamers who signed up on our website. Its not too late to sign up if you havent already. We are very much looking forward to hearing from gamers all about their experience with the OnLive Service.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about OnLive Beta and how we are rolling it out.

One of the key challenges that OnLive technology addresses is providing a high-quality, fast-response gaming experience over a wide range of situations: different speeds/locations/types of broadband services, a variety of different PC and Mac configurations, several kinds of input and display devices, etc. So, a major focus of OnLive Beta is to test as many of these different situations as we can.


Ebay Sells Skype

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:00 AM | Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.comput...)

EBay plans to announce a deal to sell its Skype voice-over-IP service to a group of private investors, The New York Times reported on its Web site, citing people briefed on the company's plans.

The deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, the report said.

Several investment groups are likely involved in the purchase, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Silver Lake Partners, the report said. Andreessen Horowitz is run by partners Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, and Ben Horowitz. Andreessen is also a member of eBay's board of directors.


Tribes and InstantAction: Updated - March 17, 2009

Submitted by: abc @ 10:01 PM | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | (url: http://blog.insta...)

Remember Tribes? The original jetpack shooter? Yeah, you probably know what game I'm talking about.

Well Tribes is coming back! We have obtained the IP for the entire Starsiege Universe including Tribes 1. We'll be showing Tribes 1 off at GDC this next week in San Francisco, so if you will be there, be sure to stop by our booth and check it out.


You know you want to read it all ...
blog.instantaction.com/2009/03/tribes-and-instantaction.html


Man hurt by 'exploding iPhone'

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:33 PM | Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | (url: http://tech.yahoo...)

A French security guard said Tuesday he had received a faceful of glass when the screen of his iPhone exploded, the second such reported incident in France.

Yassine Bouhadi, a 26-year-old supermarket watchman from the southeastern town of Villevieille, said he was typing a text message on Monday afternoon when the screen exploded.

Bouhadi, who says he was hit in the eye with a glass shard, said he was "very angry" and planned to consult a doctor and file suit for damages.


Xbox 360 at 54.2 percent failure rate

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:44 AM | Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | (url: http://www.joysti...)

The latest issue of Game Informer contains a surprising statistic for anyone who's ever loved and lost their Microsoft-branded home console according to their survey, in which over 5,000 console owners participated, the Xbox 360's current failure rate due to the Red Ring of Death, E74 or other hardware failure is 54.2 percent. They also calculated the relative death toll for PS3s due to the Yellow Light of Death (10.3 percent) and Wiis, due to ... well, we're not actually sure what color the Wii's light turns to upon its demise (6.8 percent).


Sony announces specs for 2TB Memory Stick XC

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:19 AM | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | (url: http://www.sonyin...)

Sony has finalized specifications of Memory Stick XC, which was also known back during CES 2009 as Memory Stick Format Series for Extended High Capacity. At that time, Sony had mentioned that this new Memory Stick would have 2TB maximum capacity, but details were rather scarce. A new page on Sonys oss-formats.org website has listed all of the details for the Memory Stick XC, which is really exciting especially considering that the form factor for these new flash cards are (on paper) the same as pre-existing memory sticks, which means that these high capacity juggernauts are most likely backwards compatible.

Category: Hardware | 6 Comments
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Microsoft and Yahoo: Search partners

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:06 AM | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | (url: http://money.cnn....)

Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google's dominance in online search.

Under the 10-year deal, searches on Yahoo.com will be powered by Microsoft's new Bing search engine. Yahoo, in turn, will be responsible for attracting premium advertisers.

Microsoft will pay Yahoo 88% of the revenue it gains from searches on Yahoo's sites. Microsoft will also have the rights to integrate Yahoo search technology into its own existing Web search platforms.

Yahoo said the revenue sharing agreement will increase its operating income by about $500 million annually.