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 Wednesday, 23-January-2013  17:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in this new StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm opening sequence. We're pleased to present the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in full HD glory! The expansion arrives March 12, 2013.

ATARI's U.S. operations have filed for bankruptcy. Atari SA’s U.S.-based video-game- making businesses filed for bankruptcy protection in Manhattan with the intention of separating from the unprofitable French parent and seeking independent funding. New York-based Atari Inc., maker of video games “Pong” and “Asteroids,” as well as affiliates Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous Inc. and California U.S. Holdings Inc., asked to be jointly administered in filings yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, according to a statement.

Here's a video from Crucial about how they make their SSDs. Crucial® SSDs are designed and developed by Micron, one of the largest NAND manufacturers in the world. This means four things: hundreds of SSD qualification tests, over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing, 1.5 billion dollars invested in R&D, and more than 30 years of industry expertise.

Lifehacker have a beginner's guide to the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer that fits in the palm of your hand, yet packs enough power to run your home media centre, a VPN, and much more besides. Before you can do all that cool stuff, however, you need to configure it and install an operating system. Here’s how to do that. Raspberry Pi thread here, thanks Davo1111.

Technoviking is hitting the courts. The star of one of the most emblematic Internet cultural phenomenons of the past decade is suing the artist who surreptitiously filmed him, claiming he stole his image and profited from the results.

It's only a rumour at the moment, but could Microsoft be buying Dell? Microsoft Corp is in discussions to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion of mezzanine financing in a buyout of Dell Inc, CNBC cited unidentified sources as saying on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Intel are moving away from branded desktop motherboards. Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years. As Intel gradually ramps down its motherboard business we are ramping up critical areas of the desktop space including integration of innovative solutions for the PC ecosystem such as reference design development, NUC and other areas to be discussed later.

Neerav has a blog post about the strong AUD making it tough for local retailers. Australian retailers and distributors of consumer electronics products are facing a new challenge as a growing number of consumers take advantage of the high Australian dollar to purchase gadgets from grey importers.

As further proof that we're heading towards The Diamond Age, there's a new desktop plastic recycler to turn your junk into 3D printing filament. Imagine how much more incredible home-based 3D printing will get when folks don’t have to worry about wasting expensive filament. They can experiment away without fretting over how much each model is costing in raw materials because the failed projects can simply be recycled into new ones.

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