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Details on Windows 7 SKUs

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:35 PM | Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | (url: http://www.winsup...)

Unlike with Vista, where Microsoft crowded the market with too many mainstream product editions, Windows 7 will ship in just a handful of common-sense product editions. And also unlike with Vista, these product editions are all true supersets of each other, so there are no overlapping feature sets (which is good) and upgrades will be much simpler (which is even better).

"As we moved to Windows 7, we looked back on the key learnings we had with Windows Vista and the conversations we've had with partners and customers," Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte told me in a recent briefing. "Everyone was looking for simplicity and clarity. They don't want to compromise capabilities as they stepped up."


Google Explains "Harmful Site" Glitch

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:54 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://googleblog...)

We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.

We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file.


Max Payne 2 MOD, Mona: The Assassin

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:19 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://monatheass...)

Mona: The Assassin is an unofficial Max Payne 2 expansion featuring 5 original, action-packed levels.

Mona Sax is a contract-killer, a job at which she excels. When a Mafia boss sends his army of mobsters after her, assaulting her hideout and forcing her to flee through the city streets, it gets personal and real nasty.

From an abandoned asylum, through the suburban streets of the Big Apple, to the Mafia social club, unleash her destructive power and make them regret to have ever messed with Mona: The Assassin.


New Star Wars: The Old Republic development video

Submitted by: Brontez @ 09:21 AM | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | (url: http://www.swtor....)

Join us for our first Developer Dispatch: The Making of Tython, with developer interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and breathtaking, never-before-seen concept art. Journey through Tython, the planet where the first Force users assembled and the Jedi Order was established. Discover how writers, artists, designers, and other developers came together to create one of the most essential planets in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

For more SW:TOR info visit our very own TribalWar TOR forum at:http://www.tribalwar.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=418


Project Reality v0.85 Released!

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:23 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://www.realit...)


I know Battlefield 2 is pretty much a dead horse, but this free mod can breathe some life into it once again. This Mod is not for the masses, due to the fact that it has a much higher learning curve then your classic arcade game. This is the real deal.


DRM Shuts Down PC Version of Gears of War

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:22 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009. Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response? "We're working on it."

Did Epic assume no one would be playing the title once 2009 came around? It's hard to understand why there would be an end-date hard-coded into the title's DRM, especially one that came less than three years after the game was released. Many PC gamers are leery of any kind of DRM that must dial into a central server to authenticate, wondering what happens if those servers are shut down. Now we knowin this case, the game shipped with DRM that was essentially counting down until the game would cease to work.


Dual World Record for x86 Clock Speed and 3d Mark 05 Score

Submitted by: Beren @ 09:25 PM | Saturday, January 24, 2009 | (url: http://au.youtube...)

During CES there were two teams (one from AMD, one from Finland) using Helium basud cooling to set OC records. Using a Phenom 2 the highest clock speed for a x86 chip was set, along with the record score for 3d mark 05.

Category: Hardware | 2 Comments
Tags: overclocking

Cooler Master Sniper Case Review

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:33 PM | Thursday, January 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.bit-te...)

Were you looking for a PC case to fit in with your collection of FPS-style crates and exploding barrels? Well, look no further than the eXtremely well-named Cooler Master Sniper. Just make sure you don't let any space marines see your new possession, or they might try shooting it to get at the stim packs and ammo contained within.


Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Review

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 09:08 PM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcper....)

Intels new X25-M 80GB SSD is one of the fastest consumer solid state drives available - a technology that's commonly cited as being the future of storage technology. But at $600, this puppy isn't cheap. Is the technology actually worth it yet?

Alternate reviews at PaulStamatiou.com, Tweaktown, and Tbreak


Singularity HD Trailer - Interview

Submitted by: jamesjimmy @ 06:26 PM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://bittnews.c...)


A New HD Trailer/Interview From Activision's upcoming title Singularity


Metal Drift Announced

Submitted by: Twitch @ 12:43 AM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://metaldrift...)

Black Jacket Studios announces Metal Drift, a post-cyberpunk vehicular combat game planned for release in the first half of this year. Some of the developers worked on the Tribes series.
The Metal Drift Website has some info and screenshots, and here's a bit from the press release: "Metal Drift features 56 different tank configurations with various weapon and upgrade selections to choose from. In addition, the drift-tanks have a unique energy system that allows the pilot to direct acquired energy into a speed boost or to power up weapons for extra damage. The game also features 5 different arenas, each with their own racing lines and boost tunnels."


Belkin caught paying for positive user reviews

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:51 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

The Internet may have given everyone a voice, but that also means that anyone can have a voice... and it can be hard to figure out who is worth listening to when looking at product reviews. Belkin hasn't made that process any easier, as the company has been caught buying positive reviews for its routers. The price for a positive review? Under a dollar, and you better be calling "legit" reviews unhelpful before you ask for your paycheck.


PC Game Commander in Chief Lets Players Become President Obama

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 07:20 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Commander in Chief, a PC game that puts players in President Obama's shoes, launches tomorrow, Inauguration Day. Just like the President, players immediately face the same problems and challenges as in the real world - the economy, controlling the military, national security and terrorism, natural disasters, alternative energy sources, and many others - all with the persistent threat of a terrorist attack on a major U.S. city.


Empire Total War 'Multiplayer' trailer

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:48 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://gamevideos...)

The Total War series moves into the 18th century in Sega's Empire Total War for PC. Along with their expansive single player experience, there will be new customizable game modes and multiplayer that fans of the series will enjoy.


ASUS ENGTX285 TOP GeForce GTX 285 Video Card Review

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 06:43 PM | Saturday, January 17, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

NVIDIA Continues to refine the GT200 GPU, and the latest 55nm version offers better efficiency and higher performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews performance tests the ASUS GeForce GTX 285 against a wide range of video cards. With 1GB of GDDR3 video memory clocked to 1300MHz, and 240 cores working at 1550MHz, the ENGTX285 TOP pushes frame rates to a new high. Benchmarks will help set these video cards apart, but price will ultimately decide the products fate.