Internet addiction changes your brain

"Internet addition effects the brain in the same way as alcohol, and cocaine addiction, according to a new study. Researchers in China scanned the brains of 17 adolescents diagnosed with "internet addiction disorder" who had been referred to the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, and compared the results with scans from 16 of their mates. The results showed impairment of white matter fibres in the brain connecting regions involved in emotional processing, attention, decision making and cognitive control.

AMD Radeon HD 7970 now shipping from Newegg

"AMD's highly anticipated flagship 28nm single-GPU card, the Radeon HD 7970, has now officially become available from Newegg nearly twenty-four hours before its official launch. The 28nm Tahiti-based GPU is available from six different add-in board partners - Sapphire, PowerColor, HIS, ASUS, XFX and Gigabyte - with a price range between $549 and $599 and approximately $8 dollar shipping within the continental United States."

Facebook kills a third of marriages

"Divorce-Online has noticed that the social notworking site is being named a source for evidence in more divorce cases. There is a 50 per cent jump in the number of ‘behaviour-based’ divorce petitions including the term Facebook being filed in the last two years. The firm also said that at least a third of the 5,000 petitions filed in 2011 mentioned Facebook.

In a statement Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online said that while Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people.

Man tries to shoot wife over Facebook addiction

"51-year-old Harry Hibbs Jr. of Washington County was jailed on attempted homicide, assault and reckless endangerment charges after he tried to shoot his wife on Christmas Eve. The reason? Well, Hibbs was apparently slightly miffed that his wife, Anna Hibbs, was spending way too much on Facebook, so he put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. Luckily, his gun maintenance skills seem to be on par with his social skills, so the gun jammed..."

AMD rolls out Catalyst 11.12 WHQL driver

"AMD has rolled out its final Catalyst driver update for this year, Catalyst 11.12 WHQL. The new Catalyst 11.12 driver pack supports all the cards since Radeon HD 2000 series as well as some APU graphics, FireStream and chipset products since Radeon 3000 series. It includes AMD display driver version 8.92, Hydravision, Southbrige/IXP driver as well as AMD Catalyst Control Center and AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.92."

STALKER developer struggling

"Ukrainian developer GSC Game World, best known for the STALKER series, is apparently struggling. While details are sketchy, it is rumored that GSC owner Sergei Grigorovich informed staff last Friday that there were plans to close the studio. Since these rumors have started, news from over the weekend and on Monday now indicate that some sort of an effort is on the way for the studio to continue. While Twitter reports initially denied the entire thing, those have since been replaced with Tweets indicating that the studio was going to do its best to continue, and nothing is certain yet."

PS3 Skyrim 1.3 update will not fix all issues

"Bethesda issued a statement to PlayStation 3 Skyrim owners letting them know that they take their Skyrim game play experience on the PlayStation 3 very seriously; but the statement indicated that the upcoming 1.3 patch isn’t going to address many of the issues that a number of players are complaining about."

A-Data rolls out new USB 3.0 flash drives

"A-Data has rolled out a new series of USB 3.0 flash drives with a rather interesting, ruggedized design. Featuring a shock-resistant and waterproof casing, the new S107 USB 3.0 flash drive series will be avialable in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities.

As the name suggests, the new flash drives feature the USB 3.0 interface and achieve read speeds of up to 100MB/s. Thanks to special casing design, S107 drives feature military grade shock and water resistance, as well as an interesting arc design that doubles as a flash-drive cap holder..."

AMD releases Catalyst 11.11c performance driver

"As was promised with the release of the 11.11b performance driver, AMD has now launched yet another performance driver that fixes performance scaling on Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards in the Elder Scrolls Skyrim... The new driver can be found here.."

Seagate releases next gen hard-drives

"Seagate is shipping its second generation of Momentus XT, solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops... The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70 percent faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity. Its Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation. The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. A 750GB drive will cost $245."

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