Halo 4 launch trailer shown

Halo 4 launch trailer shown

Microsoft has released the Halo 4 launch trailer, from Fight Club director David Fincher.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Scanned, as the three minute TV spot is called, is a moody blend of live action and CGI that touches on Master Chief’s tough upbringing as an enhanced super soldier in training, and ends with a dash of action.

Fincher, who directed 2010′s The Social Network, produced the clip. Special effects maestro Tim Miller directed. Throughout the pair threaten to show Master Chief’s face, but as Halo franchise boss Frank O’Connor told Eurogamer last month, developer 343 Industries isn’t ready to do that.

We touch on the ancient evil Halo 4 revolves around. This is holding poor Master Chief captive. This is the force scanning him, searching for his weaknesses, drudging up the past.

Not long now till the Xbox 360 first-person shooter launches early November.

Source: YouTube

LG Nexus 4 to launch on October 29 according to a French newspaper

LG Nexus 4 to launch on October 29 according to a French newspaper

Google’s Nexus-branded products are all the rage right now, riding on the success of the company’s collaboration with ASUS which gave birth to the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 was the first Android device to run Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”, and now we’re staring down the barrel of another Nexus release, this time from LG.

French national newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that LG are set to unveil their Nexus-branded smartphone “Nexus 4″ later on in the month. The paper has reported that the Nexus 4 will see its global debut on October 29, before it arrives in France where it’ll jump on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December.

Le Figaro have hinted that the Nexus 4 could enjoy a product launch as well as the global unveiling, where we could see actual availability of the device at the same time.

It’s not long now until we see if Google can have lightning strike twice – first with the Nexus 7, and now with LG’s Nexus 4.

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GeForce GTX 650 Ti: Its final specifications Unveiled

The Nvidia GTX 660 series will have a new member starting tomorrow, as the launch is expected on the 9th of October of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. The latest information on this graphics card says it would have 576 CUDA Cores, but we now know that the core GK 106 that incorporates this card will have 768 CUDA Cores.

The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti comes to close the gap between the GeForce GTX 650 and GeForce GTX 660. This new graphics card is based on the Kepler architecture and manufactured at 28 nm, its core GX 106 with SMX disabled, thus, will have 768 CUDA Cores, 192 less than the GTX 660 and  double the GTX 650.

GeForce GTX 650 Ti will have a frequency of 925 MHz for the GPU, the amount of memory in this card will have is 1 GB GDDR5 with a frequency of 1350 MHz (5.4 GHz effective) Its interface is the same as the GTX 650, 128 bits , and its bandwidth will reach 86.4 GB/s. This graphics card does not incorporate GPU Boost and is also available with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The upcoming Kepler-based GPU will have a TDP of 110W and includes a single six-pin PCIe connector. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be presented during the day tomorrow and its price will $149 dollars for the reference versions, custom versions and their price will be around 159 ~ $179.

ROCCAT to Unleash Gaming Titans with Launch of New Mega Mice

ROCCAT to Unleash Gaming Titans with Launch of New Mega Mice
ROCCAT Studios are set to expand their high-performance mouse portfolio with the upcoming debut of three new game-changing devices:

  • ROCCAT Kone XTD – Max Customization Gaming Mouse
  • ROCCAT Kone Pure – Core Performance Gaming Mouse
  • ROCCAT Lua – Tri-Button Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT has tapped the Kone XTD to be the successor to the legendary Kone[+] gaming mouse, packing the XTD with a hefty increase in the already formidable capabilities of the Kone[+] – while keeping the beloved Kone design completely intact. The German manufacturer also kept the legendary Kone form when designing the Kone Pure – but slimmed it down to 91% the size of the Kone[+], while also adding more competition-crushing power to the original Kone[+] performance specs. Keeping the world famous Kone design when creating the new Kone models was extremely important, says ROCCAT, because legions of Kone fans worldwide have shown such a strong devotion to it. ROCCAT engineers designed the ultra-sleek Lua, meanwhile, to deliver superb combat performance to gamers of all hand sizes.

Both the Kone XTD and Kone Pure are powered by an astounding performance package loaded with the latest 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, a commanding 32-bit Turbo Core 2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, and the most advanced Tracking & Distance Control Unit around – all working in clockwork unison to deliver world-beating battle ability.

Both also offer a range of ergonomic features designed for the longest play comfort – and a suite of the world’s most advanced gaming software for max customization – all designed to give users a masterful tool for dominating any gaming world they choose.

In addition, both new Kone models feature fully-customizable lighting systems designed to boost the mood of every gaming session. Flanking the sides of the Kone XTD are two shimmering light rails powered by four independent multi-color LEDs that gamers can set in their choice of a wide range of vibrant hues. Gamers can even program the light rails to execute effects, such as a “breathing” function, color rotation in their choice of shades, or game profile change notification – eye-catching displays sure to enhance any session.

The Kone Pure, meanwhile, boasts a large ROCCAT logo on its back that users can set in their choice of 16.8 million vibrant colors. It, too, can be programmed to carry out the “breathing” and color rotation functions.

In designing the Lua, ROCCAT took the beloved three-button mouse model and injected it with loads of advanced gaming engineering – and then slimmed it down to fit any gamer’s hand.

Packing a fully-adjustable Pro-Optic sensor in a rugged, ambidextrous V-shape – featuring No-Sweat side grips, soft touch surface, and illuminated ROCCAT logo – the Lua gives props to the past while heading boldly into the future. Built for any hand and for any battle, the Lua is ideal for gamers who want an entry-level gaming mouse, but who don’t want to compromise on performance.

Continuing a dedication to building the world’s highest quality gaming gear, each of the new mice is built mega-tough using only the highest-quality materials, inside and out. From robust exteriors to premium inner electronics, everything on the new devices is state-of-the-art and built to last.

ROCCAT has additionally announced that the Kone XTD and Kone Pure will feature an advanced new scroll wheel – the toughest and most reliable ever designed. The new wheel is “built to last and engineered to own”, says ROCCAT, with each having been constructed using the planet’s most robust and high-tech components – for a level of quality that sets a new standard in scrolling.

In addition, ROCCAT has built each new mouse model using ROCCAT Click Master switch tech – powered by Omron. Using with the world’s most advanced switch components, Click Master technology ensures that every button press registers with extreme precision. Every click also delivers pronounced feedback, letting gamers feel their way to successful gaming. And because of their premium materials and rugged construction, Click Master systems deliver the longest life of hardcore gaming, click after click.

“With the Kone XTD, Kone Pure and Lua, we have renewed our commitment to gaming excellence”, says René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and CEO. “These new mice are world beaters. They deliver an amazing combination of quality and performance, and they illustrate perfectly the difference between simply playing and engaging in some serious gaming.”

The Kone XTD, Kone Pure and Lua are expected to hit shelves end of October/beginning of November, 2012, with a suggested retail price of €89.99 (Kone XTD), €69.99 (Kone Pure), €29.99 (Lua).

Source: PR

10 Ubuntu applications for productive blogger

Feeds, images, reviews, e-mails, editing, re-editing, composing – all of them and a lots more are part of a bloggers daily routine. After a few months of blogging experience, here is a list of top 10 applications which I use to blog when on Ubuntu. I have excluded Firefox and its add ons from the list, because I will making another post for that.

Liferea – It is a news aggregator for GTK/Gnome. Even though it does not offer a lot of  features, it is still a powerful, fast and clean RSS aggregator. It is also present in Ubuntu repository. Powerful, fast and clean are main reasons why I use Ubuntu in first place. And, I avoid KDE applications under Gnome, therefore Liferea is good choice to do all my feeding.

GNOME Do – Don’t Search, Do! It is not just a launcher. Send emails and IMs, play music, ssearch the web, and launch applications too. It is just a killer application in my opinion. I am so addicted to it that once, I pressed Win+Space to lower my air conditioner’s temperature.

Filezilla – FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. If you have a self hosted blog, a FTP Client is a must. It can do all the work which is expected of a good FTP-Client. Filezilla is open-source and cross platform. I use it on windows too.

Virtual Box 2.0 – As I try a lot of various linux distributions, a very productive way of doing it is through virtualization. And for it, I consider Virtual Box, the best option. To run Virtual Box 2.0 on Ubuntu, here is the installation guide. I also use it virtualize Windows XP.

CheckGmail – I use my Gmail ID for for every purpose. Getting emails on desktop as they arrive is far more productive than checking Gmail account everyday. This make me instantly reply to comments which I get on my blog.

Gimp + Inkscape Combo – The combo is a blessing for open source community. I do all my image editing with the G+I combo. Earlier I was used to Photoshop but when I switched Ubuntu, Gimp and Inkscape were the ways to go. Till now ,there isn’t a thing which I could do on Photoshop and could not do it with Gimp.

KompoZer – Although, KompoZer is a complete Web Authoring System but I only use it for creating static content for my blog using its WYSIWYG web page editing capabilities.

Pidgin + Plugins – The list is almost uncomplete without Pidgin. Every body have buddies bloggers or non-bloggers, connect with your buddies via Pidgin. Here is list of must have plug-ins from lifehacker.

Twitux – Twitux is a lightweight client for the twitter messaging service, featuring timeline auto updating, a tray area icon and notification of new messages. Since, Adobe Air hasn’t released its final version for Linux, I would stay with Twitux for now.

Rythmbox – What a better way to keep you going than music? And for music on Ubuntu, I love Ubuntu’s own Rythmbox. Always on during my blogging sessions(and when I am not blogging too).

And the final addition to my list (10+1) would be pen and paper. I still use the traditional pen & paper to draft my posts.

Apart from the above list I wished I could use Adobe Air applications. Another, application that I am trying to find is for Screencasts. I have not mentioned any blog writing tools because I find it easier to post my blogs directly.

What applications do you use for blogging? Or suggest me better applications that I am already using.

Note : Apart from Virtual Box 2.0, all the other applications can be found in Ubuntu repository.

Acer Aspire S7: Will arrive in late October, but is it worth it ?

Microsoft is set to launch its new operating system October 26, and the same day, the Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook will hit the market. The Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook is touch based and it incorporates the Windows 8 operating system, designed for touch devices, and besides unraveling its release date they have also revealed its price, and it exceeds $1,200.

The Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook will be available in two screen sizes, 11 inches and 13 inches, incorporates both an IPS display with full HD and a backlit keyboard. The 11-inch model will be available with an Intel Core i5-3317UB (Ivy Bridge), 2 cores at 1.7 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, integrated  Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card and 128 GB SSD storage, the price will be of $1,200. 

The model incorporates 13-inch Gorilla Glass screen and will have the same characteristics as his younger brother, ie Intel Core processor i5-3317UB , 4 GB memory RAM, 128 GB SSD storage and integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000, the price of this model is $1,400. In addition to this model there will also be a version with superior hardware, the processor will be the Intel Core i7- 3517UB, 2 cores at 1.9 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 256 GB SSD storage, available for about $1,650.

Ther Acer Aspire S7, highlights the possibility of incorporating two SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, to get double the performance. These ultrabooks include a USB to Ethernet adapter, micro HDMI output (VGA adapter incorporates a), the battery life is about six hours, although the 13-inch model will be available with an external battery that can double the length.

Where this ultrabook falters again is in the amount of RAM as the top model of $1650 only has 4 GB. The launch is scheduled for October 26, the very day that Windows 8 goes on sale. With prices so high, these devices are not intended for the general public.

Xbox Music to launch with Windows 8

Xbox Music to launch with Windows 8

Rumor has it that Microsoft is set to launch “Xbox Music” on the same day as the Windows 8 launch. As it sounds, this looks to be a music service to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft’s failed Zune platform. In recent years, Microsoft has had clear intention of sticking with the brands it’s best known for, so with its “Xbox Music” name, it’s bound to capture the attention of many.

Similar to the Zune Marketplace’s options, users will be able to opt for paid subscriptions or go the free route and listen to their music with the occasional ad tossed in. At this point, details are very scarce, so what the subscriptions will offer and cost is left totally up to the imagination for now.

Xbox Music is also set to support Microsoft’s storage service SkyDrive, however, so it seems likely that the subscriptions would include some space in the cloud

Source: TechSpot

 

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 (A85X) Motherboard Review

MSI FM2 A85XA G65 (A85X) Motherboard Review

Today sees the official launch for AMD’s new APU platform named Virgo. It doesn’t just include a whole stack of new APU processors, but also sees a release of some new motherboards, featuring the FM2 socket and of course a variety of new chipsets.

The flagship chipset for the FM2 platform is the A85X chip which is featured on the MSI motherboard we’re looking at today, which is conveniently called the FM2-A85XA-G65 so you’ll be sure to know what socket and chipset it is, just from the name. Being called the “G65″ also means that it’s pretty high-end. Unless MSI release a Big Bang version, we can’t see anything topping this out of their own range.

For those frequent readers of eTeknix, you may have seen the preview we did on this board last week, which can be found here. We focussed on the board itself, getting into the aesthetics, design and functionality but even though we could have showed a few benchmarks, we decided to wait, and instead showed a few power consumption figures, purely so you could wet your lips until today; the full review.

As we’ve already gone over the board design and features, we’d normally leave it out, but as it’s a new board, we’ll include what we wrote before on the next few pages for you to take a look at. We will also do our normal look at how the board performs under our benchmark suite before getting into the highlight for us; overclocking.

As this is a new platform and a new type of processor from AMD, overclocking should be an interesting task for all involved, but before we get into that, lets take another look at the whole package on offer.

CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset Review

CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset Review

CM Storm are known for their decent performing peripherals, which have often walked away with an award. They have not been around for long in comparison to other peripheral companies, but have already produced an extensive range of products and still have many more in the pipeline. We’ve had a look at their keyboards and mice in the past, but today we have their latest product – the Sonuz gaming headset.

Before we launch into the review, we’ll briefly highlight the points we’ll be looking out for, as headsets play a crucial part when it comes to gaming, especially when it’s competitive as it can mean all the different between first and second place. First off, whilst style isn’t necessarily that important, comfort is, so as long as they are comfortable for long periods of time and look fairly good, we’re on the way to a winner. Obviously the most important feature of headsets should be the sound quality – from low tones, all the way up to the high tones. The bass must be deep and rich, and in effect, sound like like you are actually there. Whether or not true surround sound or virtual comes into this, it could be debated that having some form of surround sound is essential for when you are trying to differentiate from whether the gunfire is coming from the front or back/ left or right.

The microphone must also be of a decent quality, as what is the point of having one if no one can understand or hear you? All of these points and some others, we will pay close attention to, to decide whether or not CM Storm should be walking away with yet another award. The CM Storm Sonuz gaming headset is the first headset we’ve had in to review from CM Storm, so it will be interesting for us to see how it compares to other headsets in the same range.

It features 53mm drivers in each earcup so we’re expecting to get a lot of bass out of it and hear some lovely crisp tones. From an initial look it doesn’t look very appealing due to it’s very large headband to ear cup ratio, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve had a much close look and have tested them out. Before we do jump in, lets just take a quick look at the specs:

Specification Headphone

  • Driver diameter: ?53mm
  • Frequency range: 10 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 45 ?
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): 98 dB ± 3 dB
  • Connector: 3.5 mm gold-plated headphone jack
  • Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 97.0 mm
  • Cable Length: 2.0m
  • Max Output: 200mW

Microphone

  • Frequency range: 100–10,000 Hz
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): -47 dB ± 3 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 58dB
  • Pick Up pattern: Omni-Directional
  • Diameter: 4×1.5mm

Cooler Master preparing Seidon 120M liquid CPU cooler

Cooler Master preparing Seidon 120M liquid CPU cooler

Cooler Master have been dabbling with the idea of selling closed loop liquid CPU coolers for well over a year. Now their finally nearing the market launch of their “Seidon 120M” liquid CPU coolers. We aren’t sure how different these will be to everything else on the market since the vast majority of liquid CPU coolers are made by Asetek or CoolIT and then rebadged by the retailing companies. Corsair, Antec, AMD, Intel and many more companies use rebranded closed loop liquid CPU coolers and market them as their own.

Cooler Master preparing Seidon 120M liquid CPU cooler

Cooler Master’s Seidon 120M uses a a 150.3 x 118 x 27 mm aluminum fin radiator with a copper micro-channel block. The tubing is dubbed as flexible plastic, but sometimes the plastic tubing tends to be a lot harder and less flexible than rubber tubing – so lets hope for Cooler Master’s sake that it is actually flexible.

The included 120mm fan operates between 600 to 2400RPM offering up 19 to 40 dBA of noise output although we aren’t sure about CFM ratings. The pump is supposed to be no louder than 17 dBA.

Socket compatibility is AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2, FM2/FM1, LGA1155/1156, LGA2011, LGA1366, and LGA775. Pricing and availability are not known yet, but expect them within a couple of months at prices competitive with the similar offerings from Corsair, Enermax, Antec and others.

Cooler Master preparing Seidon 120M liquid CPU cooler

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