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Wednesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-June-2011  14:51:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hexus have a GTX 560 roundup between GIGABYTE, ASUS and MSI. The GeForce GTX 560 is an interesting mid-range GPU insofar as NVIDIA doesn't prescribe default frequencies. Leaving all the work to its horde of partners, which includes designing the PCB, cooling and qualifying speeds, most have simply taken their extant GTX 560 Ti cards and switched the GPU around. You can of course read our GTX 560 reviews too: GIGABYTE, ASUS and MSI.

Internode CEO Simon Hackett has been awarded the Future in Review (FiRe) 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year award in the USA. The award, which recognises business acumen and strategic sense of global priorities, is not always given out; the last recipient was the founder and former CEO of PayPal, Elon Musk, who also chairs Solarcity and is the chair and chief executive of Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies.

Gamers are up in arms with reports that Call of Duty may start monthly fees. Activision Blizzard Inc. plans to launch an online service called Call of Duty Elite this fall that will work with the next major edition of the game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," and future installments of the hyper-realistic combat-simulation game. In a move industry executives describe as a first, Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new "Call of Duty" levels to play.

TechSpot checked out DiRT 3 CPU & GPU performance. Developed with the latest (v2.0) EGO game engine, Dirt 3 is a spectacular looking racing game with some surprisingly high, but also incredibly vague recommended system requirements. Codemasters recommends that you play with an AMD Phenom II or Intel Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card, but fails to mention specific models or anything at all from Nvidia. Meanwhile, the minimum requirements say you can scrape by with a paltry Athlon 64/Pentium D and HD 2000/GeForce 8000 class graphics.

Somewhat off-topic, but here's a scary reminder to check your axle spacers. I'm on a round-the-US trip, and apparently, I forgot to put on the chain-side wheel spacer the last time I changed the tire. The bike made it 3500 miles, but on a 105 degree day, in the middle of the Texas desert, this happened.

CSimpson sent info about the EB Games Expo in October. The EB Games Expo aims to bring an E3-style gaming exhibition to Australia, showcasing games and technology to Australian gamers. It will be held on Queensland's Gold Coast, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. The Expo will follow the already-running EB Vendor Show, an industry-only event, but will open the doors to the public with stalls, live demonstrations and displays. With 26 exhibitors just announced and more additions possible, the 2011 EB Games Expo will be the largest gaming exhibition ever staged in Australia.

Rowan noticed that World IPv6 Day is coming up soon. On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

Hackaday have taken a look at a bizarre fake news machine. We covered the Newstweek, a wall-wart sized box that injects fake news stories over public WiFi connections last February, but now there’s a great walk through and it seems our doubts about this project were disproved. The Newstweek uses ARP spoofing to change the text displayed on several news sites. After doing some field research, placing and configuring the device, there’s a simple web frontend that configures the man-in-the-middle hack.

Some Computex headlines: ASUS Press Conference on Futurelooks, Day 1 mini-post on NinjaLane, Day 1 Booth Babes on TechWareLabs, OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid on Tech Report, Intel Ultrabooks and Atom on PC Perspective, ASUS unveils Padfone on HotHardware and ASUS unveils ultra-thin notebook on Tech Report.

Also from John: Anand is reporting from Computex that AMD’s long-awaited Bulldozer has been slightly delayed because of issues with its B0 and B1 steppings. Now looking at a late July launch with B2 silicon. Also mentions that the 9 series motherboards currently arriving have functionally identical chipsets to the 8 series that they supersede. Also Hexus have managed to get their hands on an actual Llano sporting MB and although they haven’t been able to test it they have pictures to show the new Fusion part in all its glory. They are also predicting arrival of Llano in notebooks over coming weeks, with desktop versions arriving July.



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