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Free Games @ Origin

Origin is giving away a couple of free games if you are looking for a trip down memory lane. Battlefield 1942 now free (and you can even mod it to play Desert Combat and other fine add-ons) as well as Dead Space is also free until May 8th. Only stipulation is that you need to install the Origin app. Follow the links below for free games.

Battlefield 1942

Dead Space

Microsoft Actually Buys up Nokia

Microsoft has done it. They have finally snagged up a hardware company - Nokia. They've had an exclusive deal with Nokia for Windows phone for a while and with a recent announcement that certain Nokia models will feature Android laden heavily with Microsoft services and Apps, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft finally bit the bullet and bought Nokia. Elop will be really happy now. Also, this is pretty much the end for Nokai - not only in name, but in hardware as Microsoft has proved dozens of times that they don't get mobile. Goodbye Nokia - you would have been missed 10 years ago.

The completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and will mark a key step on the journey towards integration. This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones. In addition, we look forward to introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.

Source: Technet Blog

New Lytro "Lightfield" Camera to cost $1500

The technology behind Lytro - the company that makes a camera you can focus - after you shoot the image, is at it again with their next-generation camera. This one looks a lot more like a camera and has enough features to warrant a new model. The lens and sensor can capture an amazing 40 million rays of light. While this sounds incredible, it crams all of this data onto a 5 Megapixel image. That's not a lot of megapixels for the price, but it's a far cry about and beyond the first generation of light-field camera. There are some really cool sample images to interact with at the link below.

We should warn you, however, that if you were to save out a 40 Megaray file into something more suitable for print, it's equivalent to only about 5 megapixels. In addition, the Illum has a mechanical shutter with a speed of 1/4000th of a second, which Rosenthal says would make it great for sports photography. He showed us an example of a Lytro image where it captured a cloud of dirt as a motorcycle went around a dirt track.

Source: Engadget

OpenSSL to get funded (finally)

OpenSSL has been run on a shoestring budget for years and the results of that became very apparent when the Heartbleed flaw was exposed leaving many exposed. In a "better late than never" move, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and many others, have agreed to step up to the plate and fund the OpenSSL project to the tune of $3.6 Million dollars. That amount of money is really pennies to these big companies but it should hopefully help prevent another debacle like Heartbleed again. ArsTechnica has more details.

OpenSSL’s bare-bones operations are in stark contrast to some other open source projects that receive sponsorship from corporations relying on their code. Chief among them is probably the Linux operating system kernel, which has a foundation with multiple employees and funding from HP, IBM, Red Hat, Intel, Oracle, Google, Cisco, and many other companies. Workers at some of these firms spend large amounts of their employers’ time writing code for the Linux kernel, benefiting everyone who uses it.

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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