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Windows 8.1 Introduces Major Mouse Lag

If you've been (un)fortunate enough to actually have the Windows 8.1 install work instead of locking up your computer, making the upgrade impossible, you may be wishing you didn't.  Apparently, the way the new update handles mouse input can be horribly laggy in some games.  This is not a good thing at all, and I'm very glad I have yet to install it on any of the machines here at BCCHQ South.

In this case, according to a post on Reddit, the changes in the DPI framework have caused games that don't use Raw Input or DirectInput to get hit with a massive amount of mouse lag. Among the games that are being affected by these problems are Deus Ex: Human Revolution, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypiat, Metro 2033 and some games in Activision's Call of Duty series. It also seems to affect hardware that includes mice products with a high polling rate and high DPI.

Source: Neowin

14 Rabbits That May Be in Apples Hat

Apple has another major event coming up this week and after the under whelming iPhone 5C announcement as well as the less-than-stellar reception given to iOS 7, Apple really needs to pull some fun and amazing things out of their hat.  There are a few things that could be coming down the pipe, and if you want an educated guess of what we may get, take a look at the link below.

Mavericks: It's pretty much a given that Apple will announce a release date for OS X Mavericks, given that the golden master has been issued and even updated. Whether you're getting Mavericks this week or this month is the only question. This rabbit's got bunny ears.

Source: ZDNet

Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth

What do you get when you put 130 HTC One smartphones in a photobooth?  Awesomeness.

BBM for Android and iPhone Roll Out - Details

While it certainly doesn't seem like that much of an "event", BlackBerry Messenger just hit the market for Android and iOS devices yesterday.  There is a lot of hype behind this App as the BBM service is actually quite good.  In order for users not to crash the servers, they are rolling it out slowly and you may be put on a wait list to have your account approved right now.  They are trying to gauge server load so they don't have the same disaster as when a beta leaked a couple of weeks back.

  1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser
  2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
  3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM

Source: BlackBerry Blog

Headless or Not, Here it Comes

For better or for worse, the social media giant Facebook has removed a ban put in place in May of this year that prevented the posting and sharing of picture or video of gory and/or graphic content. Now you may post the graphic stuff once again so long as it is not condoning it.

The social network now contends (once again) that graphic content such as beheadings are only a violation of its policy if the content is being celebrated by users. The Facebook spokesperson said, however, that the company is attempting to figure out the best way to give people control over the types of content they find on Facebook.

Source: CNET

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming PSU Review

We have just posted our review of the OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming PSU.  This is an 80+ Bronze unit that looks pretty awesome and sports the "Fatal1ty" brand.  I think we are most impressed with the clean totally-modular design of this Power Supply.  It performed pretty decent in terms of overall noise on the rails, but what is more impressive is that we ran almost 800W through this Power Supply during testing and it performed without a hiccup.  If you're looking for a new PSU, make sure to check out our review for all the details.


The OCZ Fatal1ty Gaming Gear 750W PSU certainly did not over-perform, but neither did it underperform. It handled all we threw at it like a champ, although it did start to get quite warm do to the fact that we had the fan partially removed in order to hook up our test equipment, but since we only did that for testing there will be no cause for concern under normal circumstances. I would have no issues putting this PSU in my rig if I was shopping for a 750W 80+ Bronze unit.

Ubuntu Tries to Steal Windows 8.1 Thunder with Saucy Salamander

Linux traditionally has been nothing to get too excited about for average consumers, but with the SteamOS gaming system coming out in the next few months (beta hardware earlier), some people may be considering a switch to the new OS.  The truth is, for many people Saucy Salamander will be very good and the user experience and interface looks better than ever.  Another bit of truth is that it didn't take away from the Windows 8.1 launch.  Still, if you want to find out more, check out the link below.

13.10 is the release that has the 1.0 of phone experience for a range of supported devices but it's also the release that precedes our major enterprise release so it has a full complements of the things we think will be right at the centre of enterprise IT for the next couple of years," Shuttleworth said.

Source: TheInquirer

Video Game Release List - Oct. 21-27

As we sit here winding down the month of October already, we have a very long video game release list to share.  This time around there are quite a few download titles as well as a couple decent free-to-play titles for the PC.  The big news though is that there is a new Commodore 64 game.  Not an emulated or ported game.  That's right, C64 has a new release, and if you've got one of these systems kicking around, you'll be happy to have another cartridge to add to your collection.

  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Defense Technica (download)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
  • Eldritch (download - $15)
  • Ethan: Meteor Hunter (download - $10)
  • How to Survive (download)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (download)
  • Path of Exile (free-to-play)
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition
  • The Dark Eye: Demonicon
  • The Sims 3: Into the Future
  • Warface (free-to-play)
  • Super Bread Box
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • How to Survive (XBLA)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
  • Just Dance Kids 2014
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Alien Rage (PSN - $20)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Beer Pong! (PSN)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
  • Ethan: Meteor Hunter (PSN - $10)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Magrunner: Dark Pulse (PSN - $10)
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
  • Just Dance Kids 2014
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Wii Party U
  • Just Dance Kids 2014
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut (eShop - $2)
  • Hometown Story
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut (DSiWare - $2)
Source: ShackNews

Intel Pushing OEMs to New Low Pricepoint

If you have been waiting to upgrade that four year old laptop that is heating your living room, you may not have to wait much longer. Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich mentioned on a conference call last week that he expects to see full fledged Haswell based notebooks from OEM’s at the sub $300 mark for this Christmas shopping season. He is also expecting tablets starting at $99, as well as convertible tablet/laptop devices in around $349. 

Speaking during a conference call yesterday, Krzanich told analysts that touchscreen-based notebooks based on the company's new Haswell processors will be at the heart of this year's holiday PC line up. Intel is pinning a lot of hopes on its Haswell silicon, and that the 50 percent better battery life offered by the chips, combined with double the graphics power will tempt buyers away from spending their money on Android and iOS tablets and instead encourage them to give the PC a second chance.
Source: ZDNet

Microsoft Makes Free Games with Gold Permanent

On Friday, Microsoft annouced that the Free Games with Gold program would continue - permanently.  We know one things for certain, nothing is permanent with Microsoft. Either way, this promotion was set to expire at the end of the year, but with the competition so stiff from Sony with the PS4, this is one marketing move that Microsoft can use to encourage people to stick to or try out their platform.

"According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold," the post states, "and we’re excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360."

Source: Microsoft

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