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Battlefield Heros Covertly Launches

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 03:09 PM | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | (url:

EA has finally launched Battlefield Heroes, the free-to-play, ad-supported, cartoon online shooter. Although it missed a summer 2008 launch, the games been out in beta form for some time.

DICE designed Battlefield Heroes to be accessible to anyone, opting for cartoon visuals that can scale well on most old hardware. The game client is small and runs through the EA online website. Players can use real-world currency to purchase a variety of in-game items and bonuses, including the ability to "level up faster [or] get Valor Points (VP) faster," new clothes, "ultra exclusive limited-edition items," and special emotes.

ArmA II Demo Released

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 02:19 PM | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | (url: http://www.firing...)

Bohemia Interactive has released a demo of the military simulation Arma II.

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Microsoft Unveils Win 7 Pricing, Upgrade Program

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:25 AM | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

Starting Friday, consumers who purchase a PC with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate at participating retailers will get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it becomes available. The offer will run until Jan. 31, 2010.

For those waiting until the October 22 release date, a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade will cost $119.99 and the full package will retail for $199.99.

The Windows 7 Professional upgrade will cost $199.99 and the full system will be $299.99. For Windows 7 Ultimate, the upgrade version will retail for $219.99 and the full version will set you back $319.99.

Microsoft said these prices are about 10 percent less than what they charged for Vista the Home Premium upgrade version of which retailed for $129.99 at launch.

Bethesda Parent Company Purchases id Software

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:09 AM | Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | (url: http://www.giantb...)

ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Fallout 3 publisher Bethesda Softworks, has acquired id Software, according to a press release issued this morning. Said release states that no changes will be made to the way id operates, and that John Carmack will continue to serve as the company's technical director.

Microsoft: Windows 7 Will Launch Oct. 22

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:57 PM | Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

Windows 7 is scheduled for an October 22 release, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday.

Microsoft will also provide a "tech guarantee" upgrade option for those using older versions of the Windows operating system.

The release to manufacturers (RTM) is expected in late July, a spokesman said.

Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of Microsoft's OEM division, is expected to provide more details during a Wednesday morning keynote at Computex in Taipei. Microsoft will also post additional information on its Web site after the speech.

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Hulu Desktop Now Available

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:35 PM | Thursday, May 28, 2009 | (url: http://www.hulu.c...)

Hulu Desktop is a lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that's optimized for use with standard Windows Media Center remote controls or Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu's entire library with just six buttons. For users without remotes, the application is keyboard and mouse-enabled. Hulu Desktop is a downloadable application and will work on PCs and Macs. It will initially launch as a beta product during which we plan to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service.

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Curt Schilling (38 Studios) aquires Big Huge Games

Submitted by: Ezlpo @ 02:15 AM | Thursday, May 28, 2009 | (url: http://www.bluesn...)

Maynard, MA, May 27, 2009 38 Studios (38 Studios | World Domination Through Gaming), an entertainment and original IP creation company, today announced the acquisition of Big Huge Games (BHG) from publisher THQ Inc. The acquisition is a critical step in 38 Studios strategy to deliver a broad range of entertainment products centered on its original fantasy IP, codenamed Copernicus. The purchase of Big Huge Games includes all of the companys proprietary IP, tools, technology, assets, and works-in-progress. Specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Vista Service Pack 2 released

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:58 PM | Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | (url: http://www.theinq...)

Although the Service Pack hasn't made it to Windows Update yet, you can now grab the official downloads from Microsoft's Download Center. The installer includes Service Pack 2 for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, resulting in a 348.3MB file for 32-bit version - and a 577.4MB file for 64-bit version.

Despite the massive file size, however, there's not much to get excited about. The update mainly includes all of the bits and bobs that have been released since Service Pack 1, although this doesn't include Internet Explorer 8.

Introducing Firefox "Jetpack"

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:27 PM | Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | (url: http://labs.mozil...)

Today were announcing the launch of Jetpack, a Mozilla Labs project to explore new ways to extend & personalize the Web.

In short, Jetpack is an API for allowing you to write Firefox add-ons using the web technologies you already know.

Specifically, Jetpack will be an exploration in using Web technologies to enhance the browser (e.g. HTML, CSS and Javascript), with the goal of allowing anyone who can build a Web site to participate in making the Web a better place to work, communicate and play.

Most importantly, from a user perspective, Jetpack will allow new features to be added to the browser without a restart or compatibility issues, resulting in little to no disruption to the online experience.

Hulu Streams up 490 %

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:30 AM | Friday, May 15, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

t appears that ABC made a wise choice when it decided to put its content on Hulu. Total streams on the video site increased 490 percent year-over-year, according to Thursday data from Nielsen.

Hulu recorded 373.3 million video streams in April 2009, up from 63.2 million in April 2008.

Google-owned YouTube was still at the top, with about 5.5 billion streams last month. That is an increase of 35.5 percent from last year.

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Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:33 AM | Thursday, May 14, 2009 | (url: http://www.eweek....)

Security researchers at Damballa report shutting down the command and control server of a botnet built by a Trojan bundled with pirated copies of Windows 7 RC. The Trojan is believed to have infected thousands of users.

Attackers pushing pirated, malware-laced copies of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system have been actively trying to build a botnet.

According to researchers at Damballa, attackers hid a Trojan inside of pirated copies of the operating system and began circulating them on BitTorrent sites. Damballa reported that it shut down the botnet's command and control server May 10, but by that time infection rates had risen as high as 552 users per hour.

Apple Patch Day: 67 Vulnerabilities Fixed

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 03:41 PM | Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | (url: http://blogs.zdne...)

On the same day Microsoft shipped a bundle of patches for gaping holes in its PowerPoint software, Apple followed suit, dropping a monster Mac OS X update to correct 67 security vulnerabilities.

The sudden Apple Patch Day also included a patch to cover a trio of flaws in the Safari Web browser (Mac OS X and Windows).

QuakeLive.TV: e-Sports / Shoutcasting Beta Unveiled!

Submitted by: FishStix @ 02:17 PM | Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | (url: http://www.quake-...)

Quake Live TV is the new shoutcasting and e-sports destination for the Quake Live competitive community. Quake Live TV offers high quality video downloads, live, video streamed shoutcasts, a demo repository, match histories, featured competitive videos, quality e-sports articles, and more.

We're currently in beta testing, please help us by exploring our website and posting feedback, critiques, and bug reports on our forums!

Nvidia posts a net lost of $200 Million

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:07 AM | Friday, May 8, 2009 | (url: http://news.cnet....)

On Thursday, Nvidia reported a first-quarter loss, as revenue fell 42 percent from last year. But the graphics chipmaker said inventory was easing.

The company announced a net loss of $201.3 million, or 37 cents a share. Last year in the same period, the company posted a profit of $176.8 million, or 30 cents a share.

Revenue was $664.2 million, down from $1.15 billion for the same period last year. This was better than the analysts' average estimate of $534.4 million, however.

Adjusted net loss was 9 cents a share. Analysts had expected a loss of 10 cents a share, according to Reuters estimates.

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3D Realms to Shut Down

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:19 PM | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed to Shacknews that the company has been shut down.

The closure came about as a result of funding issues, our source explained, with the shut down said to affect both 3D Realms and the recently resurrected Apogee name. Employees of both entities have already been let go.

Phone calls and e-mails to various 3D Realms veterans have thus far gone unanswered, with publishing partner Take-Two likewise unavailable for comment.