Graphics card makers concerned about HDD shortage

"Graphics card makers tell us that the HDD shortage has already upset the rest of the upgrade market, and they expect to be affected by it, at least slightly. Most PC DIY guys who waited to upgrade their machines tend to swap hard drives quite often, but once again, since 28nm graphics are delayed, a lot of them are now stuck waiting for new Radeon HD 7000 and Geforce 600 series to do the final upgrade."

Rumors point at demise of CD

"Many web portals appear to have caught on to an article claiming that CDs are coming to an end, as major labels allegedly plan to abandon the format by end of 2012. The article claims that CDs will be mostly dropped but used for some limited editions and such. The labels however aren’t interested in commenting the allegations."

Activision uninvites porn star from MW3 party

"Activision has apparently uninvited Dutch porn star Kim Holland from a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 party in Amsterdam. The gaming outfit was apparently unaware of Holland’s previous works, so to speak, and when it pulled her invitation shortly before the event. Writing in her blog, Holland said she was unpleasantly surprised by the decision and described it as hypocritical. Holland is a big fan of the CoD series and she seems to be a keen gamer. Holland then went on to question Activision’s moral priorities."

Nvidia releases 285.62 WHQL drivers

"Nvidia has rolled out a new set of its WHQL-certified drivers, Geforce 285.62 WHQL. Similar to the Geforce 285.38 beta driver, the new 285.62 WHQL-certified one is recommended driver for Battlefield 3 as well as some other game titles. The new driver supports all the GPUs since Geforce 6 series as well as the ION GPU. According to Nvidia, the Battlefield 3 performance is improved by up to 11 percent when compared to the previously released Geforce 285.38 beta drivers.

OCZ officially launches Octane SSDs

"OCZ has finally unveiled its first solid state drives based on the Indilinx Everest platform, the Octane series SSDs. The new Octane Series will include Octane, SATA 6.0Gbps, and Octane-S2, SATA 3.0Gbps, 2.5-inch SSDs. Previously announced back in July, the Indilinx Everest platform packs a controller with dual-core ARM CPU and features support for TLC NAND, support for 1xnm node NAND flash, support for up 512MB of 400MHz DDR3 DRAM cache and high sequential speeds and high transactional perfromance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files..."

42 percent of US consumers want Windows tablets

"We came across an interesting survey from Boston Consulting Group who came across some interesting data. They did a survey asking people in China and USA what operating system one would prefer on its tablet. The results could be described as shocking, since 44 percent of consumers in Chine want Windows on their tablets, while in US some 42 want the same. Apple’s iOS, the ultra-popular and most prolific operating system for tablets is preferred by 34 percent of Chinese customers while in the Apple loving US this number surprisingly drops to 27 percent.

Microsoft retires Zune players

"It is official, Microsoft has confirmed that it doesn’t have plans to make any new Zune players. In an announcement on the Zune support site, Redmond said it won’t kill the service so if you by any chance have Zune HD player and live in US or Canada, the music subscription service will remain alive for the time being."

Mozilla launches Firefox 7 with actual improvements

"Apparently, the browser boasts “vastly” improved memory usage and increased speed. In fact, the memory usage is said to be up to 50 percent better, although it’s “only” 20-30 percent better most of the time.  Considering Firefox’ reputation of a memory hog, this will surely come in handy.

Nvidia delivers new Geforce 285.38 driver

"Nvidia has rolled out a new version of its Geforce driver that will deliver a better gaming experience in the upcoming Battlefiled 3 beta test. The new Geforce 285.38 driver support all the graphics cards since Geforce 6 series as well as ION GPUs. According to the release notes, the new driver increases performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38 percent and improves overall stability and image quality."

Seagate to have 4TB internal drive by November

"We got confirmation from industry sources that Seagate plans to reveal an internal 4TB hard drive. It should launch it by November and it will have 5 plates rotating at 7200 RPM. They might be the first to market to have it, and since Seagate has acquired Samsung hard disk division, they have a good fighting position in internal hard drive market. It turns out that 7200 RPM drives are easier to make than 5400 eco ones, and this looks to be the path for the future. It looks like that most of the future internal 3.5 drives from Seagate might actually be the 7200 RPM ones."
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