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Tuesday Morning #2 (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-November-2008  10:33:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This also from BlaYde:

I hope everyone is slowly recovering after "Mad Monday" which saw the release of Intel's new platform, the Core i7. To help you take your mind of that let's catch up on other news...

Let's start with an exclusive preview by CPU3D of Sapphire Radeon HD 4850x2. Due for release in late September, this GPU has been delayed by AMD, however, it now looks as if the release is imminent. "CPU3D is proud to bring you an exclusive first look at the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850x2 (2Gb DDR3). It features 2 x RV770 GPUs on a single PCB and has a massive 2Gb of DDR3 ram onboard."

After doing more research on the HD4850X2, I found that VR-Zone has also posted a preview of the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850x2, 2 days prior to the CPU3D preview so I'm not entirely sure how CPU3D's preview is an "exclusive". Anyway, it's worth checking out both previews as they contain early benchmark results, however, VR-Zone has tested this card on Intel's new Core i7 platform as opposed to CPU3D's Core 2 based results.

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report "provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software". Elinor Mills of Cnet has posted an article analysing Microsoft's SIR report in detail. "Industry wide, we've seen a decrease in the last 12 months in vulnerabilities across products," down nearly 20 percent from the year-ago period, George Stathakopoulos, general manager of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group".

According to this report, Panasonic has agreed, in principle, to buy Sanyo which means that this deal will create Japan's largest electronics company. "Panasonic plans to purchase a majority stake in Sanyo and convert it into a subsidiary by next April under an agreement reached by Panasonic President Fumio Ohtsubo and Sanyo President, Seiichiro Sano."

Whilst everything is looking rosy at Panasonic, the same can't be said about world’s 2nd largest game publisher, Electronic Arts, which has reported a massive $310 million deficit for the fiscal second quarter. "In response to its financial struggles Electronic Arts has decided to implement a “Cost Reduction Plan” by axing 6% of its work force, which amounts to about 600 jobs. The Company estimates its cost reduction plan will result in annual pre-tax cost savings of approximately $50 million."

Now for some gaming news....This week sees the release of arguably the biggest title to ever hit an XBox360, Gears of War 2. On the same day fans can expect to see 2 other big titles to be released, namely Little Big Planet (PS3) and Rock Band (360, PS3, PS2, Wii). All 3 titles are expected in stores on November 7th, 2008.

Over on the PC things have calmed down a little bit, following a mad week where we have seen 2 heavy weights of PC gaming being released in FarCry 2 and Fallout 3. This week will see the release of an all time classic, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. Expect those Ruskies to come on November 6th. However, you will have deal quickly with those Ruskies as new intel suggests new trouble is brewing in the Pacific and on the 12th November you might have to switch your focus and fight the Japs in Call of Duty: World at War. Fans (11 million plus) of WoW haven't been forgotten and on the 14th November will see another expansion arrive in the form of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. And on November 20th, fans of the Need for Speed series will get their chance to burn some serious rubber in EA's new Need for Speed Undercover.

And news just in, Relic, the makers of Company of Heroes have announced the plans for an expansion pack dubbed Tales of Valor. "the new expansion will bring with it three new single-player campaigns and some additional multiplayer content. As with the last expansion Opposing Fronts, Tales of Valor will be released as a standalone product that doesn't require the original to play, though the suite of software does work together as one for those who have the whole package."

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