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Submission + - Migrating Your EA Games from Steam or Retail to Or (techgage.com) 1

Deathspawner writes: "It's a little known fact that EA's Origin PC gaming platform allows you to register games you've previously purchased, either at retail or through Steam, but unlike Valve, EA doesn't list which games are or are not supported. With this, Techgage has begun its own list, kicking things off with 40 games and pieces of DLC, and hope to see it grow over time with the help of submissions — at least until EA rolls out its own proper list."

Submission + - Microsoft security tools nuking Chrome browser (zdnet.com)

OSPolicy writes: There are numerous reports circulating that the Microsoft Security Essentials anti-malware utility is flagging Google’s Chrome browser as a password-stealing trojan.

In what appears to be a crucial false-positive, Microsoft’s security tools are removing Chrome from Windows machines, marking it as a variant of the notorious Zeus (Zbot) malware family.

Complaints from Chrome users are lighting up support forums this morning.


Submission + - An FPS minus the shooting (arstechnica.com) 1

phaedrus5001 writes: Ars has a story about a first person shooter under development that involves no shooting on the part of the player; at least, not shooting bullets. The game, Warco, has the player in the role of a war correspondent. The object is to immerse yourself in dangerous situations armed only with a camera.

From the article: "Players will experience the process of filming conflicts, going into dangerous situations armed with nothing but a camera. They will then edit the footage into a compelling news story."

While an interesting and different concept, it should be even more interesting to see if the developers can actually convince a publisher to release the project.

Submission + - NVIDIA Talks PC Gaming Trends (techgage.com)

Deathspawner writes: "Thanks in part to the fact that console gaming has been experiencing a relative constant rate of growth year-after-year, "PC gaming is dead!" has become such a popular taunt that it could almost be classified as a meme. But, recent trends that NVIDIA raises disagree with that idea, showing that PC game sales are expected to outsell console game sales by 2014, at which point things should only get better for the PC. While some of the reasons might not be ideal in all gamer eyes, there's little denying that the PC as a gaming platform is alive and well."

Submission + - Rent a 30,472-core supercomputer for $1279/hour

An anonymous reader writes: Cycle Computing, a high-performance computing vendor, has successfully bonded 3,809 eight-core Amazon AWS Elastic Compute 2 instances together to create a supercomputer cluster of 30,472 processor cores with 27TB of memory and 2PB of storage. The running cost — or at least the cost you’ll have to pay Cycle for dedicated access to the cluster — is just $1,279 per hour, or about four cents per core.

Submission + - Battle of the SATA 3.0 Controllers (techgage.com)

Deathspawner writes: Think that all SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) controllers are alike? As Techgage explores, that's not the case. While most SATA 3.0 controllers do deliver the performance promised, the most popular offering on the market does not — at least where bandwidth-busting SSDs are concerned. The controller comes from Marvell, and was bundled on all motherboards prior to AMD and Intel launching their own SATA 3.0 solutions. In some cases, Marvell's controller is half as fast as the others, making it no better than a SATA 2.0 controller. For those with motherboards using a Marvell controller, the solutions are few; build a new PC, or invest in a super-expensive add-in card.
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Submission + - Xbox 360 Goes 3D with Firmware Update (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: An upcoming firmware update for the Xbox 360 will finally bring support for 3D games to the gaming console, Microsoft has announced. With the update, the console will finally be at par with its rival Sony PlayStation 3 console, which has enjoyed 3D capabilities since mid-2010. According to media reports, the update will be dished out around the same time during the holiday season as the release of new Halo, Batman and Gears of War games.

Submission + - Atari Now Going After Non-Game Sites (asteroids.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Recently there was a story about Atari trying to take down gaming hobbyist sites. Atari is now going after non-gaming sites for anything that sounds like an Atari product. asteroids.co.uk is a site which maps near earth asteroids in what is "apparently" a thinly veiled attempt to deceive visitors and dilute Atari's IP.

Submission + - AMD Rejects Industry Recognized SYSmark Benchmark (marketwire.com)

Deathspawner writes: "In an unusual move, Advanced Micro Devices has issued a press release rejecting its endorsement for the industry recognized benchmark SYSmark 2012. Developed by BAPCo and backed by industry heavyweights such as Dell, Intel and Hewlett-Packard, AMD has stated that BAPCo both has tuned SYSmark to create bias in favor of its competitor, and that its benchmarks are not relevant for the audience it targets. Also noted is a complete lack of heterogeneous CPU+GPU testing. Techgage tears apart AMD's claims to see if they are valid, while also evaluating the overall usefulness of SYSmark and the impact it can have on consumers."

Submission + - Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Mozilla delivered on Tuesday the final version of Firefox 5, the first edition under the new faster-release regime it kicked off earlier this year. The company also patched 10 bugs in Firefox 5, including one in the browser's handling of the WebGL 3-D rendering standard that rival Microsoft has called unsafe. Firefox 5 looks identical to its predecessor, Firefox 4, but Mozilla's made changes under the hood. Mozilla has denied copying Google Chrome's upbeat schedule but analysts have noted the similarities and pointed out the need of all browser makers to step up the pace. Because of the shorter development cycle, Mozilla called out relatively few new features in Firefox 5."

Submission + - AMD Launches Radeon HD 6800 Graphics Cards (techgage.com)

Deathspawner writes: After months of speculation and false starts, AMD has just launched its Radeon HD 6800 series of graphics cards. The Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 are the first cards to drop the ATI name, and are refreshes to the company's previous generation, the HD 5000 series. The new cards feature a much improved performance per watt ratio, improved DirectX 11 support and performance, and perhaps coolest of all — support for 6 monitors off of a single card. Even NVIDIA is stoked about this launch, having lowered the pricing on its own graphics cards in preparation!

Submission + - Blu-ray Ripping on the Cheap (techgage.com)

Deathspawner writes: In the earlier days of Blu-ray, getting a movie off of its disc and onto your PC was a complicated, and sometimes expensive ordeal. Today, both of those factors have changed, as it's now easier than ever to rip your Blu-ray movies and encode them into a more manageable format. Techgage takes a look at a couple of the better tools for getting the job done, and in addition to the fact that they couldn't be easier to use, they also happen to be available for free. That's right, $0.00 to rip your Blu-rays in any way you please.

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