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Game Release List + Black Mesa!

ShackNews has posted up their weekly game release list and this week we've got a couple of titles that will keep us busy for a few weeks.  Borderlands 2 launches and it looks to be a nice update from the original.

PC

  • Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dogfight 1942 (download - $15)
  • F1 2012
  • Jet Set Radio (download - $10)
  • Torchlight II (download - $20)
  • Train Simulator 2013 (download - $30)

360

  • Borderlands 2
  • City Tuesday (XBLIG - $1)
  • Entropy (XBLIG - $1)
  • F1 2012
  • Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout
  • Jet Set Radio (XBLA - $10)
  • Kinect Nat Geo TV
  • Kinect Sesame Street TV
  • Pixel (XBLIG - $1)
  • RAW - Realms of Ancient War (XBLA)
  • Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection
  • XenoMiner (XBLIG - $1)

PS3

  • Borderlands 2
  • F1 2012
  • Harvest Moon: It's a Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS2 Classic)
  • Jet Set Radio (PSN - $10)
  • River King (PS2 Classic)
  • Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection

Wii

  • Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout
  • La-Mulana (WiiWare - $10)

PSP

  • Feisty Feet (Mini)

NDS

  • Retro Pocket (DSiWare - $5) 

On another note, Black Mesa - a Source Engine fan remake of the original Half-Life is now available.  This is a pretty amazing remake of the original and if you are a fan - go get it.


Bug-A-Salt

Why have I not seen this before?  Shooting flys with a salt-shotgun? YES!


iPhone 5 Line and Benchmarks

It appears that some people are already starting to line up for the iPhone 5 in New York.  These people include unemployed citizens who are on welfare and especially those that are willing to waste their life waiting for a piece of metal and glass.  It's crazy stuff.

Why is it worth lining up for?  According to MacRumors, the phone is indeed wicked fast.  It is about twice as fast as the iPhone 4S and comes clocked in at 1Ghz on a dual-core A6 CPU. 

The total Geekbench 2 score comes in at 1601. Poole notes that the average score for the iPhone 4S is 629 and the average score for the iPad 3 is 766. A comparison chart of previous iOS devices can be viewed at Geekbench. The numbers seem to validate Apple's claim that the A6 processor is twice as fast as the A5 and any previous iOS device.


Case Review Pile

We have a pile of case reviews that have backed up in the inbox, so today is your lucky day.  There are actually some pretty sweet cases in this bunch - so take a look and see what you could stuff your next build into.

TweakTown:

eTeknix:

HiTechLegion:

XtremeComputing:

XSReviews - Lian Li PC-Z60

HardwareSecrets - InWin GRone

Vortez - Fractal Design Define R4


Microsoft Has Finished Windows Phone 8

According to ZDNet, Microsoft has wrapped up Windows Phone 8 OS and has shipped it to manufacturers for installation on their devices.  It's looking like WP8 is all set to roll, but with all the focus in the mobile world on the new iPhone and the other half proudly claiming freedom in the Android camp, I don't think WP8 is going to change or affect to much.  Still, it looks like Microsoft is ready to launch on time, and that is always a good thing.

On September 14, Microsoft's phone team shipped the OS, codenamed "Apollo," according to a couple of my contacts. WPCentral is reporting they are hearing the same. And WMPoweruser has posted pictures via LiveSino.net, of what appear to be Windows Phone team members signing an RTM wall.


iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Laptop

TweakTown has a look at the formidable Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Laptop.  This beast comes with a 17-inch 1920x1080 screen, an Intel Ivy Bridge Quad-Core, an NVIDIA GTX 675M 2GB and 8GB and DDR3 memory.  Take a look and see how this massive unit shapes up.

Our review system features an Intel Core i7-3610QM, an NVIDIA GTX 675M with 4GB of vRAM, 8GB of GSkill DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray player and a 750GB 7,200RPM hard drive. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and Microsoft's Windows 8 Upgrade option. The unit we're reviewing today comes nearly stock with just a few upgrades.


NVIDIA GTX 660 Launch

NVIDIA has dropped another great card on the market in the way of mainstream cards and the GTX 660 has a lot to offer at a great price.  Take a look at these early reviews.


Steve Wozniak doesn't like the Samsung vs. Apple ruling

Just when you thought the Apple vs. Samsung stories had stopped for a while you get one more. This week Steve Wozniak (the guy who co-founded Apple) has said that he doesn't agree with the Samsung vs. Apple ruling in which a judge awarded Apple over 1 Billion dollars in damages. He doesn't figure it will stick and will be overturned and doesn't agree with it and wished they could all just get along for the sake of innovation. Its always interesting to hear what Wozniak has to say since he usually speaks his mind even if it means disagreeing with the company that he started. TNW has the full story.

In fact, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hates the result, doesn’t agree with it, and thinks it will be overruled. Samsung will of course appeal, and this case will go back and forth for months still, but Wozniak just wishes everyone could get along.

“I hate it,” Wozniak told Bloomberg in Shanghai today, referring to the patent battle. “I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”


12 things IT people hate to hear

Since its a slow news day I thought I might as well post up an article over at InfoWorld about the "top 12 things IT people dread hearing". Chances are good if you work in IT you've heard all of these before and probably will agree with them. Nothing like a good "My computer is broken" call followed by "I think its really broken and probably need a new one" on a Friday afternoon to remind you why you love IT...

Working on an IT help desk can feel like an endless case of déjà vu. Let's face it: Computer users are damn predictable. If you've heard a problem once, you've heard it a thousand times before.

Some things, though, have been said so many times that they've practically become help desk clichés -- and the very sound of them is enough to make any IT pro want to smack his or her head with the nearest blunt object.


iPhone 5 preorders sold out

If you were waiting to preorder a new iPhone 5 in the USA you've waited too long, they have already sold out. Preorders started yesterday and within about an hour they were already sold out so you will now have to wait. Even though the iPhone 5 didn't impress everyone as much as previous models might have it still shows the huge fan base Apple has amassed over the iPhone. BGR has the full story.

We recently wrote that following all the leaks and rumors leading up to the iPhone 5 unveiling, the only thing more predictable than the new iPhone itself was people’s reactions to it. Well, the only thing even more predictable than response to the iPhone 5 was the fact that preorders would sell out quickly. Apple made preorders of its new iPhone available on apple.com at 3:01 a.m. EDT, 12:01 a.m. PDT and in less than one hour, the company’s initial stock of new iPhones for Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T and Sprint was depleted. 


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