NEWS

December 12th, 2012, 5:21 PM

Valve Launches (Sort-of) Real Money Marketplace

Valve has announced yet another high-profile software release that isn’t Half Life 3. This time it’s the Steam Community Marketplace, an effort to capitalize on the thousands of transactions between Steam users that previously involved only digital currency for digital goods. Now, Valve is allowing a real-money marketplace for players to buy, sell, and trade [...]

December 12th, 2012, 1:00 AM

ASRock Overclocker Nick Shih Breaks World Record with A10-5800K

Famed overclocker Nick Shih has demolished yet another overclocking world record, this time on the FM2 platform ASRock is reporting that Mr. Shih pushed a chip to 7930.69 Mhz with a socket FM2 APU and ASRock’s FM2A85X Extreme6 motherboard. A release from ASRock quotes Mr. Shih as setting a target of 8GHz for sometime soon. [...]

December 12th, 2012, 12:45 AM

Taiwanese Manufacturers Report Nexus 7 Orders Booming

According to the Taiwanese-based original devices manufacturers (ODM) of the Nexus 7, sales are increasing month-over-month and will likely increase again in the next quarter. Digitimes reports that global sales of the Nexus 7 have increased from 500,000-600,000 units a month on average initially, to a run-rate of 800,000-900,000 units in November. Digitimes quotes sources [...]

December 11th, 2012, 4:56 PM

Eurocom Offers VGA Upgrades for Scorpius Ultra High Performance Laptops

Eurocom is offering a high-end line of gaming laptops that come with upgradeable graphics cards that will allow users to extend the lifespan of their notebooks. Upgrading notebooks can be easy when dealing with the right hardware, which are designed from the beginning to be VGA upgradeable. The upgrade process is rather straight forward and [...]

December 11th, 2012, 11:36 AM

No Galaxy S4 at CES

Next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas won’t be the venue for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy 4. CNET says Samsung won’t have any major mobile announcements at CES, but instead will likely launch the successor to their best selling smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February or at an event of its [...]

December 10th, 2012, 3:00 AM

COUGAR Introduces White Editions of Mid-Tower Cases

For those who have been waiting for an alternative to the standard black finish on COUGAR’s Volant and Solution mid-tower cases, the day has come. Just in time for the holiday season, COUGAR has announced that both the high end and more affordable end of the spectrum for their mid towers will now be available [...]

December 10th, 2012, 12:02 AM

‘Steve Jobs’ Patent Invalidated by U.S Patent Office

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office declared one of Apple’s strategic patents that was at the centre of Apple v. Samsung invalid. The patent ruled invalid by the USPTO was the ‘Steve Jobs patent’ — the master patent that covered multi touch and scrolling — which arguably defines the iOS experience. Listed by the USPTO [...]

December 9th, 2012, 4:51 PM

Nokia Announces Lumia 620 Smartphone

This week, Nokia announced the Lumia 620, the third in its Windows Phone 8 smartphone range, and the most affordable yet, with an estimated MSRP of $249 USD (excluding taxes and subsidies). The Lumia 620 is more playfully styled than its counterparts, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820.  It uses a “dual-shot colour [...]

December 9th, 2012, 4:49 PM

Gabe Newell: Valve Prepping Game Console

Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve will be entering the console business during an interview at the Video Game Awards on Friday. Speaking to Kotaku, Mr. Newell didn’t elaborate what a Steam console would look like — whether it would be a Linux-based Steam OS or a Windows-based HTPC made in partnership with an OEM — [...]

December 9th, 2012, 2:24 PM

Outsourcing to America: Lenovo Calls U.S Manufacturing a ‘Solid Business Case’

In the December issue of The Atlantic, journalist Charles Fishman examines the “insourcing boom” — the return of manufacturing to North America. In his Atlantic piece, Mr. Fishman examines the “rebooting” of the once stoic General Electric manufacturing facility dubbed Appliance Park in the heart of Kentucky — which until recently was dormant as jobs [...]