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Xbox 720 Leak

It appears that the Xbox 720 has sprung a bit of a leak, and if you believe everything you hear, the Wii U will die a fast and painful death.  The next Xbox is said to have Blu-Ray support, a fast x86 processor for new games as well as some PPC compenent for backwards compatibility.  If they can pull of what they claim for the rumored $299 price tag - with backwards compatibility, this will be the ultimate box for your TV room.  It will do everything that a guy and gal could want.  TechCrunch has more details and some of the 56 page document.

Features for the next Xbox, according to the document, will include native Blu- ray playback, full support for HD and 3-D, and beefed up hardware (graphics and processor) under the hood. Other bits and pieces from the doc include PVR functionality, a low power mode setting during media playback and what amounts to an always-on mode. Gates did say years ago that the Xbox would eventually become the nerve center for any living room.

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Virtu Universal MVP

HardwareSecrets explores the Virtu Universal MVP technology that comes to market courtesy of Lucid.  If you remember, Lucid is the company that makes the chipset that allows you to mix and match NVIDIA or AMD based cards in a hybrid CrosSLI or SLIFire setup.  The Virtu Universal MVP tech is software-based and is available on many Intel Z77 chipset boards.  Take a look at how it performs and which cards it likes more.

The Virtu Universal MVP also allows you to combine the CPU integrated graphics processor to your regular video card, increasing gaming performance. This feature is called “HyperFormance.” This is similar to what occurs with the NVIDIA’s Hybrid SLI and AMD’s ATI Hybrid technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs or CPUs of a specific manufacturer.

Headset Action

If you enjoy gaming as much as I do, you'll know that sound quality and experience can make or break a game.  In order to help your maximize your enjoyment without annoying others, a headset is often crucial.  HardwareHeaven looks at the Sennheiser PC 323D G4ME headset today and finds out if this is what you need to maximize your game.  They also take a look at the Corsair Vengeance 2000 7.1 Wireless headset and share how this goes.

eTeknix has the Tritton Detonator Xbox 360 headset on their bench and enjoy some console action with a great looking headset.  Take a look and find out if it sounds as good as it looks.

The Tritton range stands out from the crowd with its angular styling and contrasting colours, offering gamers of all budgets some of the best looking and performing headsets on the market today, ranging from high end wireless 7.1 headsets down to standard stereo models.

Video Game Releases

ShackNews has posted up their latest video game release list of the week and this week has a lot of downloadable titles.  There isn't much for blockbuster titles this week and probably the most excitement you're going to get is from LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.  Check the list below and all the details over at the Shack.


  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Cinders (download)
  • Gateways (download - $10)
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (Steam - $10)
  • Quantum Conundrum (download - $15)
  • Resonance (download - $10)
  • Roller Coaster Rampage (download - $10)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings
  • Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny
  • Civ V: Gods & Kings and The Secret World
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Secret World
  • Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers (download - $10)


  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Gateways (XBLIG)
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (XBLA - $10)
  • Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor


  • Brave: The Video Game
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 (PSN - $10)
  • Tomba! (PSone Classic)


  • Brave: The Video Game
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Order Up!! (eShop - $10)
  • Slitherlink by Nikoli (eShop - $5)


  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku (DSiWare - $2)
  • Pokémon Conquest

10 biggest Tech IPO fails of all time

It's been a while since we posted up any Facebook news, and since its a slow news day why not put up a link to Complex's list of the "Top 10 Tech IPO fails of all time". It's always fun to laugh at companies that had a bad idea and lost a huge amount of money as a result, just as long as you weren't an investor who took a huge kicking.

It’s been over three weeks since Facebook launched its $16 billion IPO, and as you’ve heard by now, it’s belly flopping on the NASDAQ. Wall Street and Silicon Valley VCs are in an uproar over the company's 30-percent stock decline and $25 share value, with some shareholders already looking to recoup their loses by suing CEO Mark Zuckerberg for withholding info on the company’s true value during its public outing. Needless to say, shit's getting real. But even after a disastrous start on the stock market, it's premature to label Facebook’s IPO one of the biggest bombs of all time, especially in comparison to some of history’s worst tech IPO blunders

What Apple didn't announce

This week at the Apple WWDC conference there wasn't a whole lot that got Apple fans excited and most people were pretty letdown by the whole experience. Gizmodo has come up with a list of devices and products that people were hoping would be released but will continue to remain internet rumors for the time being.

Apple dropped a lot of shiny new products and some gorgeous software to drool over at yesterday's action-packed WWDC keynote. Among them, a beautiful new retina display MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, Mountain Lion OS X, and iOS 6, along with a few other goodies that didn't necessarily warrant an explicit mention. For the most part, we're thrilled about what we saw. But then there are all the things that didn't make it from rumor to reality. And sometimes, with a company as secretive and methodical as Apple, that can tell you nearly as much as the presentation itself. So what didn't Apple announce?

Apple's biggest enemy

Last week on Weekly Tech Update we talked about how Apple had filed a lawsuit against Samsung in an attempt to get the upcoming Samsung Galaxy SIII blocked from being released in the US. That lawsuit has been delayed now which is a major setback for Apple and now has Apple scrambling to try and get their competition shut down. Reuters has posted up an interesting article that wonders if legal delays like this one might be Apple biggest enemy rather than their actual competitors.

Last Thursday, Judge Richard Posner in Chicago federal court canceled Apple's long-awaited trial against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility division, which makes devices powered by the Internet search company's Android mobile operating system. The trial had been set to start this week.

Then in an order late on Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, effectively dashed Apple's hopes of stopping the launch of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S III smartphone, which also runs on Android. Koh had said Apple's push to get a court order blocking the June 21 launch would overload her calendar, given Apple's high-stakes trial over other Samsung devices set for July that she is overseeing.

7 trends for the next year in technology

Last week at Computex we saw a bunch of announcements at will give us a pretty good idea of what to expect in the upcoming year in technology. Maximum PC takes a look at some of these trends and has come up with a list of the 7 biggest trends that they saw and what you can expect to see hitting shelves in the near future.

Last week was Computex, the annual trade show where most Asian electronics companies announce their hardware lineup for the coming year. It's an important event for the industry and for enthusiasts, but the show can be a hard to follow--the laptop-heavy announcements can get a little dry, and the show falls on the same days as the much-flashier E3.

Kogan imposes Internet Explorer 7 tax

Kogan, an internet retailer, has become sick and tired of dealing with customers with outdated internet browsers like Internet Explorer and has decided to put an end to it by imposing a 6.8% fee on any transactions made by someone using IE7. This tax can of course be easily avoided by upgrading your browser to something current and they will give you all the link to help you do it, but if you still refuse and can't let go of IE7 you'll be charged for it. This is actually a pretty good idea and will force users to update their software. TechGuide has the story.

Online retailer Kogan has imposed the world’s first tax on customers who use an outdated browser like Internet Explorer 7 for their purchases on its site.

Shoppers who stick with IE7 to purchase products on the recently updated Kogan website will be slugged an additional 6.8 per cent.

But customers who come to the site with IE7 can avoid the tax by downloading an up-to-date browser like a more recent version of IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera using a pop-up on the site.

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