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The New Creed

There has been a lot of speculation about what the latest Assassin’s Creed will be. This speculation will come to an end at 9 AM PST May 12th when the new reveal trailer will be launched on Gamespot. It should be exciting to see what the next title in this great franchise is.

Ubisoft will be lifting the curtain on its upcoming new Assassin's Creed game at 9 AM PST on Tuesday, May 12. Stay tuned to this page on GameSpot if you want to catch the reveal as it goes live. More specific story details and previews will be posted soon. We will also be sharing our impressions of the reveal right after the stream.

Source: GameSpot

Microsoft Launches Office Preview for Android

If you're an Android user and you want to get productive with your device every now and then, you'll be happy to know that the Office for Android preview has been extended as a general release. I've been using it off and on for a few months and it seems pretty solid. If you can't live without office, this may be one of the best news bits this week. Grab the previews over at Microsoft's Google+ community.

For the most part, it looks like the Android tablet version. There's finger-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that let you create, open, and edit office documents. Best of all, the suite is free! Saving is all done in the cloud, and the announcement notes that "OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box" are all available.

Source: ArsTechnica

GM Says that You are Licensing Cars

In addition to a bunch of recalls in the past year, GM is stepping up their goal of pissing of customers by claiming that you don't own the software in the car that you just paid $50,000 for. That's right, you own a very limited license to use that software, but at any time GM can pull, change or actually remove said software at their discretion, and if you tamper with it - you are in DMCA violation. 

"You're putting that burden on buyers of many, many used cars to have that software system completely evaluated," she said. "To me, I don't know, that's a troubling prospect that in an ordinary used-car transaction you have to be worried about whether there's been a software modification."

Source: Autoblog

12-Inch iPad

It is looking like iPad and Apple users might be getting another option in the iPad lineup with the addition of a new 12-inch iPad model. No timeframe for release has been announced yet but Apple is hoping that it will help increase iPad sales once again. This will be a great addition to the iPad lineup and will offer users a size that no one else does (other than Samsung, Asus, Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Gigabyte, Dell, and many others). 9to5Mac has the details over here.

Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98″ and “J99,” as well as support for multi-user logins, according to sources briefed on the plans. First planned for debut last year, the split-screen applications feature for the iPad could be introduced as soon as June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, while multi-user login support and the 12-inch iPads will apparently arrive later…

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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