GameStop Launches Rental Service

GameStop just turned themselves into BlockBuster with their game rental service. If you have a GameStop close by - and don't want to use other services like EA Access - their latest announcement may be worth checking out. They have just launched PowerPass. You get unlimited game rentals for $60 for a 6-month go and you can swap games anytime you want at no additional cost. If you're into single-player games - or are easily discouraged from competing online, this makes a lot of sense.

PowerPass may be a good thing for the company, but that's the message between the lines: GameStop is looking for new ways to monetize its assuredly massive overstock of secondhand games. A program like this — which, at this point, has the feel of a public beta test — could help to shrink that stock while creating a new subscription-based source of income.

Source: Mashable

Hell Froze Over - AMD + Intel = Win

While it seems like the impossible has happened, the fact is that the rumors are true. AMD and Intel have teamed up to work on a processor. This processor is aimed at thin-and-light (think Ultrabooks) and has the ability to make these slender beasts true gaming systems. That's really what the notebook world has been waiting for for years. Intel integrated graphics are horrible and NVIDIA discreet GPUs are power hogs and pricey. AMD has been rocking the embedded graphics for years, but they've lacked when it comes to mobile processors. This is a win for Intel - they sell more chips; AMD - they sell more GPUs; and consumers as we get powerful, efficient, thin, light and very portable gaming PCs. So much win!

Though both companies helped engineer the new chip, this is Intel’s project—Intel first approached AMD, both companies confirmed. AMD, for its part, is treating the Radeon core as a single, semi-custom design, in the same vein as the chips it supplies to consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One X and Sony Playstation 4. Some specifics, though, remain undisclosed: Intel refers to it as a single product, though it seems possible that it could eventually be offered at a range of clock speeds.

Source: PCWorld

Weekly Tech Update #412 - Twitter is the King of Disinformation

We have just posted up Episode #412 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Facebook might have exaggerated a little bit, but if you want to truly disinformed, try Twitter, and hell has officially frozen over - that's right, Intel and AMD teamed up. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Hisense buys Toshiba's TV division

It's been rumored for a while that Toshiba has been looking to sell off parts of their business and it appears that Toshiba's TV division is the first casualty as Hisense has dished out $113 million for a 95% stake. Hisense was producing Sharp TV's and that didn't go so well so it's not too surprising that they are looking for new partners. The Verge has the story.

Toshiba signed a deal today selling its television subsidiary to China’s Hisense, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The Japanese company will sell a 95 percent stake in Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric for $113.6 million. Toshiba will keep a 5 percent stake.

Toshiba is struggling hard after its US nuclear department filed for bankruptcy in March. It has sold other parts of its business to stay afloat, including its dishwasher and washing machine appliance branch to China’s Midea Group. The Visual Solutions subsidiary, in particular, had reported a net operating loss of $54.1 million in the last fiscal year.

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front


The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.


The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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