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Nintendo’s Wii U – TVii

Nintendo’s Wii U just days away form it’s debut, Nintendo in the past couple months gave gamers the scope on the TVii and other Apps that will be ready for launch. With online gameplay, eShop,  and backwards compatibility support coming with the system’s Day One update you be sure video apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube will arrive launch day while TVii will be released in December. Originally Tvii was expected to be released alongside Wii U on November 18th  but for some unclear reasons Nintendo has pushed back TVii’s launch date hopefully in the up coming days or weeks more info will be available until then check out the TVii Demo trailer down below..

E3 2012: The Big Games List

 

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is quickly approaching. Press conferences begin on Monday, June 4thfollowed by the show on June 5th through June 7th, expect a ton of surprises to be revealed during the show.

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2K GAMES
Spec Ops: The Line (360, PS3, PC)
Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (360,PS3, PC)

ATLUS
Persona 4 Arena (360, PS3)
Persona 4 Golden (Vita)

BOHEMIA INTERACTIVE
ArmA III (PC)
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission (360, PS3, PC)

CAPCOM
Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC)
Lost Planet 3 (360, PS3, PC)
DmC (360, PS3)
Street Fighter x Tekken (Vita)

CCP
Dust 514 (PS3)

ELECTRONIC ARTS
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill (360, PS3, PC)
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (360, PS3, PC)
Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, PC)
Madden NFL 13 (PS3, 360, Wii, Vita)
Medal of Honor Warfighter (360, PS3, PC)
NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
NHL 13 (360, PS3)
SimCity (PC)
Outernauts (Facebook)
World Series of Poker (iOS)

HARMONIX
Rock Band Blitz (XBLA, PSN)

LARIAN STUDIOS
Dragon Commander (360, PS3, PC)
Divinity Project

MAJESCO
NBA Baller Beats (360)
Zumba Fitness (360)

NAMCO
Star Trek: The Game (360, PS3, PC)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (360, PS3)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (360)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PSN)

NINTENDO
Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Super Mario Wii U (Wii U)

PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT
Neverwinter (PC)
Raiderz (PC)

SEGA
Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Vita)

SNOWBIRD GAME STUDIOS
Eador: Masters of the Broken World (PC)

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
PlanetSide 2 (PC)
DC Universe Online (PS3, PC)
Free Realms (PS3, PC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (PC)
EverQuest (PC)
EverQuest II (PC)
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC)

SQUARE ENIX
Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3, PC)
Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)
Sleeping Dogs (360, PS3, PC)
Quantum Conundrum (360, PS3, PC)
Heroes of Ruin (3DS)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)

TECMO KOEI
Dead or Alive 5 (360, PS3)

THQ 
Darksiders II (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Metro Last Light (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)

TRION
Defiance (360, PC, PS3)
End of Nations (PC)
Rift (PC)

UBISOFT
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 360, PC)
Rayman Legends (Wii U)
Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
Rocksmith (360, PS3, PC)
ShootMania Storm (PC)

ZEN STUDIOS
Zen Pinball 2 (PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles (360, PS3, Vita)
Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS)

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Source: IGN

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NZXT introduces Phantom Armor (Helmet + Gauntlet) for PC

Ever wanted an awesome helmet like Iron Man? Wished you could virtually control everything with just your hand? Well that day just got a little closer thanks to NZXT and their new Phantom Armor kit! Check out the images and specs below!

Link: NZXT Phantom Armor

  

Phantom Helm
•    802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
•    Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
•    Battery life 280 Hours
•    Full Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound to immerse yourself in the game
•    Built-in microphone with volume control for audio and microphone
•    Visor provides 4 different vision modes: 3D vision, night mode, heat sensor, digital filter
•    Built-in 1080 HD Camera
•    USB 3.0 Charge
•    Rubberized grip handle for portability
•    Mesh front and side for air flow

Phantom Gauntlet:

•    802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
•    Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
•    Built-in AI SILI; activated by voice command that does everything but tell time
•    Battery life 80 Hours
•    USB 3.0 Charge
•    Analog control panel
•    Android 5.0 Pepper Mint
•    Touch keypad
•    Intuitive LED touchscreen
•    Fan control for your wrist
•    On/Off power button for PC
•    Adjustable straps

“Our Phantom Armor is just what every hardcore gamer needs” said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. “The lightweight suit will take you through endless battles and provide you the ultimate gaming experience.”

 

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Noctua releases the NH-L12 low-profile cooler

Have a smaller case or HTPC system that needs some improved cooling? Noctua has a new solution to get it done with their latest unit. The NH-L12 runs dual fans for extreme cooling, the NF-F12 and NF-B9 PWM fans run in dual configuration for maximum airflow or in single fan mode to save space at 66mm of total height on the cooler.

Platforms:

  • Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775
  • AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1

   

It’s not surprising to see this move, many are moving to HTPC units or small factor enclosures to maximize their home entertainment theater experience. With the rise of fusion chips from AMD and the Sandy Bridge series it means high performance doesn’t a dedicated GPU for rendering and other expansion cards. Noctua CEO summarizes this situation well when talking about the cooler.

“The industry trend towards Small Form Factor and Home Theatre PCs is well-established, but there’s still a lack of suitable high-quality quiet CPU coolers”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “Building a powerful PC always requires a capable CPU, which in return demands a competent cooling solution. But who wants his HTPC to sound like a jet engine? This is precisely where the NH-L12 steps in.”

The PWM support in the NF-F12 and NF-B9 keep the noise under control but also come with low-noise adapters to bring it down to 1200/1300rpm to force it to the bottom end of the spectrum. The system also comes with NT-H1 compound and SecuFirm mounting clips to hold it tight. Coming in at $59.90 it’s a solid deal coming from the company that makes the infamous NH-D14 cooler.

Link: Noctua

HTC One Series

HTC announces the One series at MWC 2012

Yesterday HTC unleashed the One series to the world, a next-gen phone for the company delivering a focus on user experience as they maximize their smartphone in everyday use. The series will come in 3 variants for users to pick from, each of them addressing the needs of their targeted demographics, there’s a list below but we’ll talk about the upcoming features to these ICS powered phones carrying HTC Sense 4.

Camera changes:

ImageSense is a new platform delivering improved sensors, lenses and software to their line of phones. This feels like a natural progression after using so many of their phones over the years since the Droid Eris.  The development doesn’t stop there, HTC also includes a new ImageChip to help deliver fast captures, high quality under hard conditions and quick review options for users.

ImageSense perks: Quick AF, f/2.0 lens, HDR support, Video Pic (capture stills during video), dropbox web storage

Audio changes:

As seen in 2011, HTC has increased its effort into producing higher quality sound output from their devices. Beats by Dr. Dre Audio is now standard across the line allowing for more authentic sound reproduction in any of your apps. Those on Cyanogenmod might already notice this flaw in regular audio playback when using the DSP tools to fix their frequency balances on the phone. Sync manager allows for traditional management to continue on and it also includes a Music Hub to match with favorite services and applications.

HTC One X

  • Polycarbonate unibody design
    • Lightweight with rugged strength of metal
    • (Assuming currently this means it’s laminated Polycarbonate)
  • High Gloss Piano Black finish with matte back.
  • Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad core with battery saver core enabled
  • 12 Core NVIDIA GPU
  • 4.7″ 720p HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • LTE Support
    • LTE enabled Snapdragon S4 with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One S

  • Metal Unibody design
    • 7.9mm thin
    • Ultra-matte black ceramic metal finish (microarc oxidation formed)
    • Anodized gradient finish
  • 4.3″ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s

HTC One V

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Using the design from the HTC Legend
  • Focus on broad market and casual features
  • Improved camera and sound ability
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Samsung Galaxy S III Details

Let the new phone envy begin, Dual core is so last year.(literally) Everyone who buys a phone and immediately wants a new one, knows that quad core is the emerging hotness. With the introduction of the Tegra 3 powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 debuting first, quad core now seems to be the new standard.

While the GSIII wont be running a Tegra chip with its secret 5th core, it will have a 4core version of the Samsung Exynos processor running at 1.5Ghz. It seems to be a newer more powerful version that runs in current SII’s. So if you like the SII but wish it would load angry birds faster, you’re in luck.

Another interesting bit is that it will feature a ceramic case. Now before you complain about how you have no coffee mugs left because they are shatter magnets, its not that kind of ceramic. Think track day ceramic brakes rather than pottery barn #1 dad mug.

The breakdown as known so far:

- 1.5Ghz quad core processor
- 2 megapixel front camera and 8 megapixel rear camera
- 4G LTE support
- 4.8-inch screen with 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio display
- Android 4.0 and it’s delicious name

There is no solid word on what carrier it will be available for yet but its its a safe bet that it will be on you provider. Expect more info when the official announcement is made.

Source- http://www.bgr.com

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Nintendo adds Pink Pearl edition 3DS in time for Valentine’s day

If you like to wait until the last minute to find the perfect gift, then Nintendo has you covered. Begining on Feb 10th, you can pick up a shiny Pink Pearl 3DS for  $169.99.

While not exactly  a brand new color since it was previously available in a Nintendogs bundle, it is still unknown how limited the run will be.  If you already bought that special someone the Nintendogs bundle, looks like you may need to consider other gift ideas since this is the same  system. Same price too just no free doggy game.

 

Here is Nintendo’s press release:

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo of America has a perfectly pink new option for consumers looking to win over their loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Starting Feb. 10, a Pearl Pink edition of the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system – previously available only as part of a limited-edition bundle – will be available as a stand-alone item at retailers nationwide, offered at a suggested retail price of $169.99.

In addition to free Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations across the nation, fun augmented-reality features and the ability to enjoy games and videos in 3D without the need for special glasses, Nintendo 3DS has a host of built-in social features that can keep users connected to their special someone throughout the year, plus a great lineup of games (sold separately) that lovebirds can enjoy together:

With the system’s built-in camera, sweethearts can each use their system to capture and share 3D photos and videos of romantic outings this Valentine’s Day – and always.
The new Swapnote™ application, which is available for download from the Nintendo eShop at no cost, lets users create and send customized 3D love notes to their sweethearts from their Nintendo 3DS.
The adorable virtual pets in the nintendogs™ + cats game can bring out players’ sweet side and make great portable companions on those lonely days when they’re apart.
Users can share creative passion with their beloved by playing downloadable games such as Pushmo™ and Freakyforms™: Your Creations, Alive!, both available from the Nintendo eShop, and by exchanging QR codes to show off their heartfelt handiwork.
The multiplayer modes in the Mario Kart™ 7 game invite players to get their hearts and their karts racing on a wild array of 3D Mario-themed courses.
For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds. 

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Antec unveils the Three Hundred Two case at retail

Get ready for another to the line-up, Antec announces a successor to the Three Hundred chassis with the Three Hundred Two coming in at $79.95, a mid-tower refresh bringing refined airflow and USB 3.0 to the mix. Some minor style changes include water cooling tube support from the top of the case, side exhaust port behind the CPU panel as well as filters for the PSU and front panel intake. Relatively little has managed to change since that point in appearances. Some users might be a bit upset that Antec has gone with full USB 3.0 support on the front panel which excludes anyone on older motherboards still. An alternative to this is ordering the 300 front port assembly to get your 2.0 support back on your system, would have been nice to see an adapter option like the company had gone with before on the P280 instead of asking for $8.50 + shipping to have legacy support if you were fortunate enough to figure out the option.

Overall the case is an update not a rebirth of any kind, it would have been nice to see them ditch the extruded vents on the case, they seem to do more damage than good in appearance, giving it a dated feel that I just can’t get past. If you’re really looking to go Antec on your next value case then this might fit the bill, if you need USB 2.0 support and are willing to overlook the rear CPU vent and water cooling holes the Three Hundred might be more your speed.

The specs

Model Three Hundred Two
Case Type Mid-Tower
Color(s) Black
Cooling System • One 120 mm rear TwoCool™ fan
• One 140 mm top TwoCool™ fan
• Two 120 mm front intake fans (optional)
• One 120 mm side intake fan (optional)
• One 120 mm side exhaust fan behind motherboard (optional)
• Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake
• Top water cooling grommets
• Enlarged CPU Cutout
Drive Bays • Three 5.25” tool-less drive bays
• Two 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)
• Six 3.5” tool-less drive bays
Front Ports Two USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector
• Audio In/Out
Expansion Slots /
video card size
Eight expansion slots
12.5” (318 mm) maximum video card size
PSU No Power Supply included
Motherboard Support Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
CPU Cutout Enlarged CPU Cutout
Cable Management N/A
Side panel features N/A
Dimensions 22.2” (H) x 11.4” (W) x 20.7” (D) /
565 mm (H) x 290 mm (W) x 525 mm (D)
Weight • Net Weight: 15.3 lb (6.9 kg)
• Gross Weight: 18.7 lb (8.5 kg)

Personally, we’re at a point where going with standard primer interiors is growing old, a refresh with a black interior would be refreshing. Seeing dual fan support at the top for larger radiators or a revision to the physical design would have helped. Instead there isn’t much to say about the Three Hundred Two given it’s already had a debut. It’s a refresh cycle and unfortunately very few of them bring exciting changes even though they should bring that last push of a product cycle to get people to want the improved version of what they already have.

Find it at: NCIX, Newegg, Frys (not available online yet)

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Pogo Sketch gets a makeover as the Pogo Sketch Plus

Love drawing on your iDevices? Ten One Design has a product update for you, today the company is launching their improved version of the Pogo Sketch series for iOS devices. Using the new Pro Tip technology they’re providing greater sensitivity while offering an even smaller tip, the result provides superior control and precision when working with it. For those in doubt go from trying to sketch something with a Crayola marker to using a ball point pen. It’s obviously not that exact of a size drop but any changes to have greater sense of place do help. For those that just want to keep the smudges off their screen, it also allows for quick navigation and typing on the go.

For those that already own the original Pogo Sketch, Ten One Design is offering 50% off if you send a picture of your current stylus to their special email address. Although time is limited, the offer expires on January 31st at 11:59PM (EST) so you really don’t have that much time.

As the picture indicates, you can find the Plus in Burnt Orange, Cactus, Hot Pink and Silver for $14.95 on their website.

If there was word about these working with Android devices I’d be tempted to invest in one, I’m looking at offerings from Incipio so I can get a better experience on my HTC phone for Sketchbook.

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NZXT uncages the Switch 810 chassis

Known for such recent products as the H2 and Phantom, NZXT is here with the Switch 810 series, a new Hybrid Full Tower setup build for the enthusiasts of course. The design goal focusing on adaptability that allows owners to change their systems in any way they choose, from water cooling to high flow air or just silent cooling.  How is it that NZXT makes this possible you might ask, they boast support for 280mm radiators and up to 10 140mm or 120mm fans while using hybrid fins that isolate noise and attraction of dust. When needed these fins can be opened to allow for full flow air to pass through and generate maximum results, the versatility is a key to allow any group to use this system to the fullest.

In terms of storage we see support for up to 7 HDD’s with two 140mm or 120mm fans to guide air over the cages not only that, we also see 2 more fans to pull air off of those heated drive bays to continue to push across video cards and other accessories. Those wondering about the design will note the cages are reverse mounted so the other side of the case has to be pulled to access the drives, otherwise the end cap on the bay covers them and creates a seamless impression with the NZXT logo stamped on the end bumper.

There are many little innovations for NZXT in this case, they’ve even gone so far as to illuminate the back panel for those nights you’re fumbling around trying to secure a video cable or even just attach a USB device to your board. Handy items like this help the daily experience with the case and add a unique flare that turns friends green with envy.

Overall it’s a tempting package with improvements all around including a larger CPU mount cutout behind the motherboard, unfortunately this was a huge drawback for earlier cases from NZXT but they’re working to remedy it as best they can. With so many options for cooling and airflow it’s hard to imagine the 810 failing to deliver to the expectations of any owner. It’s sleek, simple and packs a variety of features, it also swaps the mesh grills for plexi to show off those hardcore tweaks.

We don’t have a review available for this debut but there are many sites already launching their impressions now. Check them out below. If you’d rather see more images of the case just skip down to the gallery.

Reviews: Neoseeker | Vortez | 3Dgameman | Hardwareheaven | Hardware Secrets

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