EB Games unveils "MW3: Collector's Pack with Steelbook Case"


EB Games unveils “MW3: Collector’s Pack with Steelbook Case”

EB Games Australia has just announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collector’s Pack.

This special edition is EB Games exclusive and comes with COD: MW3 game, Steel book for your modern warfare collection (holds 4 discs), 4 pack of 500mL V’s (exclusive modern warfare 3 packaging), Entry into the Ultimate MW3 USA, Combat Adventure (1 x double pass to be won), Entry into the MW3 MP3 Boom box (1 per store and online to be won).

Modern Warfare 3 logo

This Modern Warfare collection steelbook case is designed specially to hold players Modern Warfare titles with 4 disc space for the entire collection thus far (and space for Black Ops as well).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collector’s Pack carries a price tag of $118 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and for PC its $98.

Packshot for all platforms:

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Toshiba claims ‘world’s thinnest’ tablet with Excite LE


Toshiba claims ‘world’s thinnest’ tablet with Excite LE

Toshiba will start shipping its Excite LE tablet next week, which the company claims will be the thinnest tablet yet.

It has a 10.1-inch display, is 7.7 mm thick and weighs 535g. By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2, which also has a 10.1-inch display, is 9.7mm thick and weighs 590g. Apple’s iPad 2, which has a 9.7-inch screen, is 8.8mm thick and weighs 601g.

The Excite LE will be priced at US$529.99 (around £332) for a 16GB model and $599.99 (£376) for a 32GB model, and will initially ship only in the US. That’s a bit pricier than the iPad 2, which is $499 (£313) for the 16GB model. Apple is expected to announce a new version of the iPad next week.

A Toshiba spokeswoman couldn’t confirm any plans to sell the Excite LE outside of the US, but said variants of the device could show up in other countries.

The tablet runs the Android 3.2 OS and will be upgraded to Android 4.0 in the spring. It gives up to eight hours of battery life, according to Toshiba, and runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Features include front and rear-facing cameras, and micro-USB and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports.

Toshiba already offers Android tablets with 7-inch and 10-inch screens.

Petition Against Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to destroy all copies


Petition Against Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to destroy all copies

Bethesda will get a bit worry after reading this, A US citizen has started a petition to seize each and every copy of their recently released RPG “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, and the worst part is that, the man want these copies to be destroyed.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim screenshot

The man is from Tennessee, and just one day before Christmas i.e by December 24, he needs to get 25,000 signatures. You guys can check out the details in the petition below, its short and simple one:

We Petition The Obama Administration To:

Immediately Ban the Deadly Videogame Known as “SkyRim” for The Safety of America’s Youths.

Whereas videogaming has proven to cause social, ethical and health problems in people of all ages,

Whereas sexual perversion and homosexuality are threatening to destroy the Christian foundations on which this nation was built,

Whereas a new video game has just been created that far exceeds any others in the psychological and spiritual damage it does to teens,

We, the American people, today ask you,

  1. To enact an immediate ban on the videogame known as “SkyRim” produced by Blizzard Entertainment. [Note: Developer mistaken due to lack of petitioner knowledge or stupidity]
  2. To seize and destroy all copies already in public hands and erase its presence on the internet.
  3. To prosecute the players of “SkyRim” to the fullest extent of the law.
  4. To create a national database of videogame avatars and “screen names” so that teenagers can be better monitored.

 

MW Expo: Show products get UK price


MW Expo: Show products get UK price

Apple UK has released the UK pricing details for the products announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his keynote speech today.

The 17-inch LCD iMac introduced during the keynote speech will cost £1,649.

There’s a price drop too – the SuperDrive-toting LCD iMac will cost £1,499, the combo drive iMac costs £1,349 and the CD-RW version will cost £1,149.

Meanwhile, the earlier generation CRT snow 15-inch iMacs will cost £649.

Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) will cost £99 for all users who purchased OS X 10.1 before July 17, and will be available August 24. Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.2 will cost £14 for users who purchase OS X 10.1 from today.

The 5GB iPod will cost £259 from August 1, while the 10GB model is set to cost £329. The newly-announced 20GB iPod will cost £399. PC versions of these should ship from August 15.

All prices include VAT.

AirPort 3.0 posted


AirPort 3.0 posted

Apple has released AirPort 3.0 for Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.1.5.

The release updates the firmware in both AirPort Extreme and AirPort products. It improves the product’s performance, the company states.

Apple says: “AirPort Extreme delivers higher speeds for customers who have both the AirPort Extreme Card and the AirPort Extreme Base Station. However, AirPort Extreme will work with all AirPort products.

“So with an AirPort Extreme Base Station and an AirPort card, using AirPort 3.0 software, you’ll still enjoy significant benefits, especially from the standpoint of printing, administration, and options for extending the range of your wireless network.”

More information is available at Apple’s Knowledge Base .

Twitch to Livestream E3: Schedule Inside


Twitch to Livestream E3: Schedule Inside

Twitch will livestream three days of the E3 show. See full schedule and highlights.

If you were worried about missing a second of E3, here’s a very good compromise. Livestreaming service, Twitch, will be covering the massive event and you can catch it here, starting 12.00 p.m. PDT (3.00 p,m, EDT) on Tuesday, June 11.

Twitch streams games and game-related events for easy viewing. They streamed the Konami Pre-E3 show today, and yesterday, they put up a schedule of the new games and updates they’ll cover.

The list includes many unannounced titles and game demos. Sony Santa Monica will reveal a new title and added game content for God of War: AscensionLego Marvel Heroes will make an appearance,  and Respawn Entertainment – former developers of the Call of Duty franchise – will finally return to E3 with a new title. They are also scheduled to show right after Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Some other highlights include:

Tuesday, June 11

  • Saints Row 4 (Volition Inc./Deep Silver) @ 12:40 p.m PDT (3:40 p.m EDT)
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2K Games) @ 12:40 p.m PDT (3:40 p.m EDT)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved! (Harmonix Music) @ 12:40 p.m PDT (3:40 p.m EDT)

Thursday, June 13

  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda) Thursday @ 11:00 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT)
  • Assassin’s Creed 4 (Ubisoft) @ 11:45 a.m. PDT (2:45 p.m. EDT)

There are many unannounced titles scheduled to be revealed, so tune in to Twitch’s livestream next Tuesday. Each day will end with a wrap up show courtesy of Dennis Fong, CEO of Raptr.

TWITCH SCHEDULE (PDT)

Tuesday, June 11:

  • 12:00pm – Saints Row 4 (Volition Inc./Deep Silver)
  • 12:20pm – Dungeon Defenders 2 (Trendy Entertainment)
  • 12:40pm – The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2K Games)
  • 1:00pm – Charlie Murder (Microsoft Studios)
  • 1:15pm – Ascend (Microsoft Studios)
  • 1:30pm – THIEF (Square Enix)
  • 1:45pm – MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT (Square Enix)
  • 2:15pm – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Ubisoft)
  • 2:30pm – TBA (Sony PlayStation/Santa Monica Studio)
  • 3:00pm – Fantasia: Music Evolved! (Harmonix Music)
  • 3:15pm – TBA (Adult Swim Games)
  • 3:30pm – Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Keep DLC (2K Games)
  • 4:00pm – Super TIME Force (Microsoft Studios)
  • 4:15pm – Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • 4:30pm – Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (ScrewAttack)
  • 5:00pm – TBA (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 5:30pm – E3 Day Wrap Up w/Dennis Fong, CEO of Raptr

Wednesday, June 12:

  • 10:30am – Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
  • 10:45am – DEDTiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • 11:00am – TBA (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • 11:35am – DuckTales Remastered (CAPCOM)
  • 12:00pm – TBA (PopCap/Electronic Arts)
  • 1:00pm – TBA (Microsoft Studios)
  • 1:30pm – LEGO Marvel Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 1:45pm – Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment)
  • 2:00pm – TBA (Ubisoft)
  • 2:15pm – TBA (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 2:30pm – Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 3:00pm – The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games)
  • 3:15pm – Skylanders Swap Force (Activision)
  • 3:45pm – YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z (Tecmo Koei)
  • 4:00pm – TBA (Microsoft Studios)
  • 4:30pm – Black Gold Online (Snail Games)
  • 5:00pm – Defiance (Trion Worlds)
  • 5:30pm – E3 Day Wrap Up

Thursday, June 13:

  • 10:30am – FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
  • 10:45am – Rayman Legends (Ubisoft)
  • 11:00am – The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
  • 11:15am – Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda)
  • 11:30am – The Evil Within (Bethesda)
  • 11:45am – Assassin’s Creed 4 (Ubisoft)
  • 12:00pm – Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (Tecmo Koei)
  • 12:15pm – Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 12:30pm – Dragon’s Prophet (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • 1:00pm – Warframe (Digital Extremes)
  • 1:15pm – Need for Speed (Electronic Arts)
  • 1:30pm – Dust 514 (CCP)
  • 2:00pm – Solstice Arena (Zynga)
  • 2:45pm – Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers (Wizards of the Coast)
  • 3:00pm – TBA (Microsoft Studios)
  • 4:00pm – Breach & Clear (Gun Media)
  • 4:30pm – E3 Show Wrap Up

Other E3 events not covered by Twitch but worth your while include EA’s unannounced titles to be revealed during its live press conference on Monday, June 10. It’s possible that Mirror’s Edge 2 will make an appearance.  

Major step for LAN-kind revealed


Major step for LAN-kind revealed

A major step toward the vision of the digital home has been reached, with the debut of a new wireless standard that is capable of supporting video and other demanding applications over such networks.

Until now, wireless connections have been unable to prioritise certain transmissions, leading to jumpiness when playing music back using WiFi, handling voice conversations, and to dropped frames when streaming video between devices.

This will change.

The 802.11e specification aims to improve voice and video on wireless LANs. It has received approval from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Crosstown traffic

The standard is a set of technologies for prioritisng traffic and preventing packet collisions and delays, which should improve the experience of users making VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) calls and watching video over wireless LANs.

WiFi strategist at SpectraLink, a maker of voice over WiFi systems, Geri Mitchell-Brown expects vendors, and the WiFi Alliance, to adopt specific elements of the standard as appropriate for common demands by users. The WiFi Alliance has adopted a subset of the standard, called WMM (WiFi Multimedia), which has already been adopted by several vendors.

No more noisy LANs

On wireless LANs that are based on standard 802.11, all users share the network’s capacity and no packet gets priority over any other. This isn’t usually a problem with typical data applications such as exchanging email and browsing the Web, but with voice calls and streaming video, packets have to get across the network at the right time.

The 802.11e specification allows packets to gain priority by defining four traffic classes, each with its own queue. By default, they would be for voice, video, best-effort and background, said Ben Guderian, vice president for market strategies and industry relations at SpectraLink. The definitions of the four classes could be changed from the default. To identify the class of each packet, the standard uses markers similar to ones used in wired Ethernet, he added. Seeing those markers, an access point could give voice packets top priority for transmission, followed by video, and so on, he said.

That piece combines with other mechanisms for preventing collisions between packets, Guderian added. Another key element of the standard is a way of timing communications with client devices that’s intended to conserve battery life in handheld devices, he said.

The new standard is a good start, according to IDC analyst Abner Germanow.

LAN’s ‘coming up’

“It’s a fairly good standard for small wireless LAN deployments where you have a need to prioritise certain traffic types, but it may not be the right standard for doing QOS in large-scale enterprise environments,” Germanow said.

The problem with 802.11e is that it puts the power to request priority in the client, Germanow said. As a result, “anyone has the ability to mark email as high-importance,” he said. In larger deployments more control will have to reside in centralised servers or network mechanisms, he said.

As a result, the process of standardising priority in wireless LANs may be just beginning, Germanow said.

However, the new standard is good enough for now, because the use of applications that need quality of service (QOS) guarantees on wireless networks is still limited, Germanow said.

Ruckus Wireless, a maker of wireless LAN gear optimised for voice and video in home use, believes 802.11e is limited in that it puts all voice calls into the same queue, and likewise with video streams. This may work fine in some cases, but homes with multiple WiFi phones and Internet TV viewers need additional tools to maintain high quality on all those sessions, the company said.

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to PC later this month | Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to PC later this month | Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available on PC starting January 28, with a deluxe version and collector’s edition of the game available to those willing to drop some extra cash.

The Xbox Wire blog has announced that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ 2015 hit Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to Windows soon. The release date for Steam, Windows Store, and “other major retailers” is set for January 28.

Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, said in the announcement: “The PC release of Rise of the Tomb Raider continues the positive momentum from our highly successful partnership and collaboration with Microsoft for the launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360.”

In a statement on Tomb Raider‘s official Tumblr, Ron Rosenberg – Crystal Dynamics’ other Co-Head of Studio – added: “PC players are a passionate, devoted audience, and we know they’ll embrace the version created for their systems.”

The PC release appears to be intended primarily for Windows 10 users, as both announcements make a point of mentioning the exclusive features added to this version of the game:

Crystal Dynamics has added a slew of awesome new Windows 10-specific features to the critically acclaimed game, including stunning 4K resolution support – and Rise of the Tomb Raider will be the first game ever to include cutting-edge VXAO technology, developed in partnership with NVIDIA.

The standard PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available for $59.99, with a “Digital Deluxe” version – which includes a Season Pass for current and upcoming DLC – will cost $89.99. A collector’s edition, which includes “the Digital Deluxe version of the game, a 12-inch Lara Croft statue, replicas of Lara’s journal and jade necklace, and a steel case” will be sold at the Square Enix e-store for $149.99.

 

Dutch ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay


Dutch ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

A court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday that Dutch ISPs Ziggo and XS4All have to block The Pirate Bay, effective within 10 days.

The court, in a decision signed by three judges, said there is proof that Ziggo and XS4All subscribers recently used the Pirate Bay to download and exchange movies, music and games.

“Due to the nature of the so-called BitTorrent protocol, the court assumes that those subscribers not only downloaded files, but also uploaded and thus they have infringed copyright,” the court ruled. While downloading is legal in The Netherlands, uploading is not.

The ruling is the result of years of litigation started by Dutch antipiracy foundation Brein. According to the court, Brein used all other options to ban The Pirate Bay. The antipiracy foundation tried to stop the torrent site via a lawsuit directly aimed at the administrators of The Pirate Bay.

In that case, The Pirate Bay was ordered to block traffic itself, but the site never complied. That is why, in this new ruling, the court said it is convinced there is no other way to block The Pirate Bay in The Netherlands. If the ISPs fail to block the site within 10 days they will be fined up to €250,000, according to the court order.

In total, three IP addresses and 24 domain names have to be blacklisted. The judge also ruled that Brein can report to Ziggo and XS4All any new IP addresses or domain names put into service by the The Pirate Bay.

Brein director Tim Kuik said in a phone interview that the ruling is “very important.” The antipiracy group is going to use it to convince other Dutch ISPs that they also have to block the site. “We are going to ask the other providers to do that,” Kuik said. “We want to block The Pirate Bay as soon as possible.”

Brein, which wanted to establish a precedent, targeted Ziggo initially because it is one of the largest ISPs in The Netherlands. XS4All then joined Ziggo in the case, as permitted by Dutch law, to support the ISP’s position.

XS4All spokesperson Niels Huijbregts said in a response on Twitter that the provider is “bitterly disappointed.” He added that “fundamental rights are bartered for commercial interests.”

Ziggo also called the verdict disappointing. “We did not expect this,” said Ziggo spokesman Gradus Vos, speaking to the Dutch technology news site Webwereld.

Both Ziggo and XS4All are contemplating whether it is wise to start an appeal. “We are not finished yet,” Vos said. “If there is a possibility, we will continue.” However an appeal can not prevent the blockade that has already been ordered, he added.

The current suit is the second lawsuit between brought against Ziggo and XS4All by Brein. The providers won the first case, in July 2010. At that time the court ruled that the alleged copyright infringement did not necessarily apply to all customers of Ziggo, and so a general block on The Pirate Bay was inappropriate.

In the new ruling, the court took that into account, but ruled that while it is true that The Pirate Bay can be used to share files that don’t infringe on copyrights, the amount of legal files being shared is “marginal.”

Heroes of the Storm’s Chromie wastes no time in her Hero Spotlight video


Heroes of the Storm’s Chromie wastes no time in her Hero Spotlight video

Blizzard Entertainment revealed two new Heroes would be entering the Nexus. The first, Chromie, will be released during the week of May 17. Today, Blizzard has released her spotlight giving us some background information on her as well as her abilities in Heroes of the Storm.

Chromie is described as a fragile, yet devastating artillery assassin that’s capable of trapping her enemies, and then taking them out from afar. Her Timewalker trait allows her to gain talents and abilities one level ahead of all other heroes, which if put in the right hands, can be a powerful as long as players take advantage of it as soon as possible.

Chromie’s primary abilities include Sand Blast, which fires a large ball of sand, damaging the first enemy hero it hits. Sand Blast can go past minions and be directed at enemy heroes. Her next ability is Dragon’s Breath, and activating it conjures up her true Bronze Dragon nature, which lets loose an attack within a target area. Enemies literally won’t know what hit them as there won’t be an area of effect indicator when used. The last ability, Time Trap, freezes enemy heroes in stasis for a short period of time.

Chromie’s two heroics are Slowing Sands and Temporal Loop. Slowing Sands creates a zone of whirling sand that will slow enemies and will continue until either Chromie cancels it, or runs out of mana. The longer it’s activated, the stronger its slowing effect. Her Temporal Loop heroic binds an enemy hero to a particular location, which they’ll return to no matter how far they travel after a short amount of time.

Chromie is expected to release in Heroes of the Storm some time next week. Want to learn about Chromie and the additional updates coming to Heroes of the Storm? Check out Greg Burke’s interview with Heroes of the Storm’s production director Kaeo Milker after Chromie’s hero spotlight video.