German Court Orders RapidShare To Filter Its Content
File hosting web sites like the German owned RapidShare are currently popular alternatives for people to illegally download music, TV series and games. Being in the crosshairs of the music industry and other organizations trying to protect various copyright holders for some time already, "the Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that file-hosting service Rapidshare must proactively filter certain content," today. "Music industry outfit GEMA asked the court to ban Rapidshare from making 5,000 tracks from its catalogue available on the Internet. The court estimated the value of the tracks at $34 million."
"The decision of the Hamburg Regional Court is a milestone in GEMA
ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software
In a statement id Software announced on its web site today that it was acquired by ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks. Founded in 1991, id Software is well known for its first person shooters like the popular Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake series, among others. ZeniMax Media is a media organization which "creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Vir2L Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., and ZeniMax Online Studios.
Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, commented on the transaction: "This was a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda Softworks where the interests of the studio and the publisher will be fully aligned in the development and marketing of our titles. In addition, we will now have financial and business resources to support the future growth of id Software, a huge advantage which will result in more and even better games for our fans."
id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles developing games at the studio.
"This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward," said John Carmack, who will continue to serve in his current role as Technical Director. "We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them. We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am."
Realtek HD Audio 2.27 Driver released
Realtek released build 2.27 of their audio drivers.
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Download: click here
Buffalo jams 16GB in really tiny USB key
For crying out loud .. that's just amazing. If you are looking for a tiny USB drive, that can store a lot of data, then check out the 16GB Buffalo Thumbkey Flash Drives. They won't be cheap though, as they are available to pre-order for $136.29 each, but man .. that is amazing isn't it ?
Heck I'd probably loose it in a flash <- great pun there :)
Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit
Routing network cables throughout various buildings isn't the most fun. And while wireless it's good .. for massive file transportation it's just not fast enough for me. I
Zotac GeForce GTX 275 1792 MB
It seems Zotac is jumping the gun on a 1792MB version of their GTX 275 as well. As we recently shown you in this review, the additional framebuffer (graphics memory) is a waste of money you guys. Sorry, but it's the stone cold truth.
ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes the latest addition to it
More people in US with a HD DVD player than Blu-ray
The irony, Blu-ray might have won a very dirty battle against HD DVD last year but a new survey by Harris Interactive suggests the war is still far from over. The percentage of American adults with a HDTV is up from 35 in May 2008 to 47 percent today, but the amount of Americans that own a Blu-ray player is only 7 percent, up from 4 percent a year ago. By comparison, 11 percent of Americans own a machine that plays the now-defunct HD DVD format.
The future for Blu-ray doesn't look to bright, as only 7 percent of non-Blu-ray owners considers to buy a Blu-ray disc player within the next year, down from 9 percent in May 2008. So why has Blu-ray failed to excite Americans so far? Milton Ellis, VP and senior consultant for Harris Interactive, believes Blu-ray adoption is being hampered by competition from alternative technologies, such as cable and satellite TV and the Internet, all of which offer HD content.
"Consumers today can easily watch high-definition TV channels or use the Internet or video-on-demand to access high-definition movies," Ellis said in a statement. "In the near future, access to high-definition movies may be a download or streaming delivery of one's favorite movies to a home media server that eliminates the need for a Blu-ray player and Blu-ray disc."
C&C 4 surfaces in new EA online survey
We would like to tell you about a new Command & Conquer game. Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to the 15-year Tiberium saga with innovative RPG-like player progression, persistent in both single player and Multiplayer modes, co-op play, and new stylized, live-action cinematics.In related news, GameStar, a German site, has listed a release date for C&C of 2010. Meanwhile, CNCNZ hosts a back-page scan from a German magazine that hints at a Command & Conquer announcement in their next issue, out July 29th.
Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to the 15-year Tiberium saga with innovative RPG-like player progression, persistent in both single player and Multiplayer modes, co-op play, and new stylized, live-action cinematics. How would you rate the appeal of the following statement? 'Experience the epic conclusion to the Tiberium Saga.'
Which of the following features would you like to see in a future version of Command & Conquer?
- Introducing the first mobile base in RTS games: The Crawler. Focus on the action as the Crawler becomes your all-in-one base, which can be deployed and redeployed anywhere on the battlefield for even more strategic options
- Play with all new, bigger and badder, units from GDI and Nod, including the Crawler, the first ever mobile base in RTS games
- Play in epic 5 vs 5 online multiplayer with all new objective-based game modes
- Play the campaign on your own or tackle it with a friend, as co-operative campaigns return
- Play in the first ever class-based C&C game - a new challenge for C&C and RTS players to master
- Dive into an all-new story written by a new scriptwriting team and told through trademark C&C cinematics taken to the next level with grittier, stylized FMVs in the vein of Minority Report.
- Play in the first RTS game with MMORPG like player progression in which you are rewarded every time you play. Every unit you kill in single player, multiplayer, or skirmish gives you experience points that allows you to level up your abilities and unlock new units, powers, and upgrades to your arsenal.
Which do you consider the most unique features? When it comes to expansion packs and paid content, do you prefer buying via direct download or purchasing the boxed expansion/content at the store? Have you ever purchased downloadable content for a game after its release (aka premium DLC)?
Max Payne 3 Screenshots
Max Payne 3. Set 12 years after the events of Remedy's Max Payne 2 and packing a cover system that is 'not the focus of the game,' the anticipated sequel hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this winter.
Max Payne 3, our titular anti-hero is twelve years senior and has long quit the NYPD. Not to mention, he looks a heck of a lot different. Sure New York was pretty rough, but Max now finds himself in Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the most densely populated, dangerous and crime-ridden areas in the world. While taking odd jobs protecting Sao Paulo
OCZ launches Sabre Gaming Keyboard
OCZ announced the Sabre OLED multimedia keyboard for advanced gaming and customization complete with intelligent management software. The Sabre
Reminder - Contest 1 ending this week !
Guys and gals ! This is the last reminder for the final 'Decade of Guru3D' contest we have running. The Photo contest is still open, and we we could always use some more entries. Don't forget that we have some awesome (read ridiculous nice) prizes to give away in this contest:
- GeForce GTX 285 personally signed by Jen-Sun Huang, the man himself, the CEO of NVIDIA!
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- OCZ Blade 2000MHz 7-8-7 Triple Channel 6GB
- OCZ Vendetta 2 including Core i7 brackets
- OCZ Illuminati Keyboard
- OCZ Behemoth Mouse
- OCZ Behemoth Mousepad
- BFG EX1200 Power Supply
- ECS X48T-A
- BFG GeForce GTX 285 OC2
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 power supply
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Radeon HS 4870 IceQ 4+ TURBO
- Zalman NC1500 notebook cooler
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- ECS N9600GT-512MX-F
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Radeon HD 4670 iSilence 4 1GB
You have until Friday the 26th to submit your entry. Please find all information on this page.
And here are a few examples of a submitted photos.
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review
With this kit finally available in Europe, we figured it was time for a review. In this article we will test and review the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision stereo kit. NVIDIA teamed up with Samsung to optionally bundle 120 Hz LCD monitors with their all new 3D stereo shutter glasses technology. NVIDIA on their end got driver support up and going to a state where it's really good.
Next to that, they redesigned the approach to the overall gaming experience.
A set of shutter glasses that is wireless and rechargeable, games that are supported in the new drivers will automatically kick in 3D mode and next to that, NVIDIA really wanted a cool looking kit.
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
OCZ increases warranty on some SSDs
OCZ has quietly extended the warranty of its Vertex and Summit solid state disks from two to three years. Two year warranty is for a storage unit very standard. We've been requesting this in our reviews a lot, in fact we really would like to see a 5 year warranty on the more expensive models. But every little step is one .. and three years is fairly nice for a new technology like this.
Anyway, we'll have the Summit review up and running soon.
Rumor: Windows 7 RTM set for July 13?
Wzor is claiming that the final sign off is set for July 13th. According to a translation, this is the final roadmap for Windows 7:
FINAL ROADMAP FOR WINDOWS 7 [CLIENT-SERVER]:
6/1 - 6/19 BUILDING RTM ESCROW - already assembled RTM ESCROW.
6/22 - 7/10 RTM RECALL - assembly and search for candidates to the final RTM release.
7/10 WINDOWS 7 RTM FINAL BUILD TARGET - build day "gold code".
7/13 WINDOWS 7 RTM SIGN-OFF - the date of signing the final RTM release!
We previously reported that Windows 7 could RTM at the end of this month, but if Wzor is correct. and that's a big if, it looks like we may now have a final RTM date. Wzor is stating that the latest RTM branch build is 6.1.7263.0.win7_rtm.090619-1900, and the latest build in the winmain branch is 6.1.7233.0.winmain.090614-1655, and that the next winmain assembly will be the final RTM build.
We're still waiting on pricing information for Windows 7, and the final release date is still set for October 22 [via neowin].
Best Selling PC Games (week ending Jun 20)
It's time for an overview of the most popular games based of the Direct drive and Steam. The NPD Group will no longer release its weekly charts of the ten best-selling PC games at United States retailers to the media.
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (6/14 - 6/20)
1. The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts
2. The Sims 3 (Mac) - Electronic Arts
3. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Terminal Reality
4. Prototype - Radical
5. Civilization 4: Complete Edition - Firaxis
6. Fallout 3 - Bethesda
7. Aion: The Tower of Eternity (Pre-Order) - NCsoft
8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Infinity Ward
9. Mass Effect - BioWare / Demiurge
10. Call of Duty: World at War - Treyarch
Steam Top Ten (By Revenue) (6/14 - 6/20)
1. Prototype - Radical
2. Empire: Total War - Creative Assembly
3. Left 4 Dead - Valve
4. Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Terminal Reality
5. The Elder Scrolls Game of the Year Pack Deluxe - Bethesda
6. Counter-Strike: Source - Valve
7. Team Fortress 2 - Valve
8. Killing Floor - Tripwire
9. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe - Bethesda
10. The Orange Box - Valve
WD 2TB drive soon with 64MB cache
Interesting, Akiba PC Hotline has spotted a new Caviar Black hard drive from Western Digital, this new model offers 2TB of storage capacity and has it's cache doubled up to 64MB which would really help with overall write performance.
This new drive should be available around the world within the next couple of weeks. For now, here's a photo.
QNAP SS-839 Pro Turbo NAS launches
QNAP Systems introduces the SS-839 Pro Turbo NAS, the world's smallest 8-bay, Intel Atom network attached storage solution supporting eight 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state disks (SSD).
Targeted at business users who require a storage solution of high performance, stability, scalability, low noise and low power consumption, the SS-839 Pro adopts low power Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, disk on module (DOM) architecture, and 2GB DDRII memory. The total storage capacity of the NAS is up to 4TB. It also features 2 eSATA and 5 USB ports for storage expansion and external storage backup. With ultra silent and excellent energy-saving design, the power consumption of the NAS with 8 hard drives installed is about 34W, which is almost 60% less than general 8-bay, 3.5-inch NAS. Moreover, the SS-839 Pro is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX operating systems. It offers abundant software features such as built-in iSCSI application (up to 8 iSCSI targets) with Thin Provisioning, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, Wake on LAN, automatic policy-based IP blocking, network share status report, instant SMS and email alert, BT download, Touch-N-Go RAID configuration by the LCD panel, scheduled power on and power off (max 15 schedules), 2 Giga LAN ports, 4 IP cameras for network surveillance, etc.
The SS-839 Pro is a powerful server of diversified features, e.g. network server, FTP server, web server with built-in phpMyAdmin, Joomla, MySQL/ SQLite, editable php.ini, printer server (up to 3 printers), etc. The exclusive QPKG software expansion feature enables the users to add more software applications to the NAS server such as setting up their own mail server by XDove or web page or online communication system with the customers by WordPress. Moreover, the users can make use of the Surveillance Station (network surveillance) with maximum four IP-based cameras for office security monitoring.
If you have not done so, check out our TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS review, we enjoy these units.
Zune HD confirmed to use NVIDIA Tegra
WSell, we of course knew this for a while already, but Microsoft have confirmed that their upcoming Zune HD touchscreen PMP will use NVIDIA