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An Xbox Surface Tablet for 2013?

Microsoft is barely escaping the headlines for a day as of late, which is of course to be expected with the likes of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the company’s first tablet PC hitting the shelves. However, it is of course the third of these three that hold the most appeal for the hardcore gamer with an affinity for all-things Microsoft, as the Surface Tablet is expected to take Microsoft gaming in a whole new direction to say the least.

Having so far only received a lukewarm reception at best, the Microsoft RT Tablet has proved itself as something of a middleweight competitor, which although delivers the goods in some way still falls short in others. Its bigger brother in the form of the full-fat Windows 8 Surface Pro Tablet is expected to land in the next month or so, which has the potential to bring full-on Windows PC gaming to the tablet PC gamer like never before.

However, rumour has it that Microsoft’s ambition for the Surface Tablet range does not in fact come to an end with the elusive Surface Pro. Far from it in fact as over the course of recent weeks, stirring and whispers have grown into shouts about the prospect of a dedicated Xbox Surface Tablet arriving in the very near future.

The concept in its own right is far from a ludicrous one to say the least. According to those behind the stirrings, the Xbox Surface Tablet will make an appearing in the first half of next year and essentially bridge the gap between tablet and console gaming. The tablet itself is likely to be something of a lower-end model than the Surface Pro and perhaps even below the spec of the Surface RT Tablet, given the way in which it will in any case become one of the most expensive console accessories ever offered.

On the other hand, it may come to pass that the Xbox Surface Tablet arrives as a slightly modified version of the current Surface RT tablet, sporting tweaked and honed software as opposed to a full and frank redesign.

If any of the above proves to be accurate, Microsoft may be looking to take a leaf from the book of Nintendo following the so-far successful launch of the Wii U. Since its first appearance several months ago, the Wii U has been attracting both praise and curiosity for its tablet pc-style controllers which can enhance gameplay considerably.

If Microsoft goes one step further to offer an Xbox Surface Tablet which functions as an advanced gaming controller AND a tablet PC AND a mobile gaming device in its own right, the reception could be huge.

There is of course a big question mark hanging over the head of the idea as a whole, though it is entirely possible that the Xbox Surface Tablet may be being lined up to launch alongside the fabled Xbox 720 – also rumoured to be landing sometime during 2013. Now is clearly the time to make the most of the mobile gaming revolution and all signs are pointing to Microsoft doing exactly that.

Now may also be the time for me to prepare to sell my Xbox 360 and get ready for the next big thing.

 

This post was brought to you by Lisa Morton, who loves blogging about all things electronic and occasionally writes the odd food review.

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Getting a Better Gaming Rig on a Tight Budget

PC gaming is far, far from being dead. I know it sounds like a defensive statement coming from one who grew up on it, but a little research and an observant eye will tell you that though the console and mobile platforms are growing, there is a healthy and growing amount of PC gamers out there, especially those playing online shooters and MMORPGs (I tend to be a single-player RPG player myself, but that’s probably because I’m inherently antisocial).

Now that I convinced you to keep the faith and game on the PC, the next thing you’ll probably want to know is how to do it without selling a kidney. It’s true that some prebuilt gaming systems and custom enthusiast rigs cost along the lines of a couple of thousand dollars and above. With their elaborate cooling setups, cutting edge components, and awesome styling, it’s no big surprise why they can cost so much.

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The good news is that you do not really need multi-video card, water-cooled, 1000W+ setup to enjoy PC gaming. You don’t need a mean-looking, rugged military-grade PC chassis to go with it, either (unless you are playing from an actual war zone). A decent PC won’t break the bank and deprive you of an internal organ. Below are some quick and sensible tips on just how to keep the costs down and the enjoyment factor up.

Plan Ahead

Before you make your prospective upgrade or buy a new rig altogether, don’t do so at the spur of the moment. Google is your friend; research the heck out of the components you want to purchase for your system. After choosing the right part/s based on reviews (avoid the “sellout” sites for that), forum discussions, and owner feedback, start your research anew for the right place to purchase it.

There are many online retailers out there, and just because shop A sells item X cheap doesn’t mean they will also give you a good deal on the next component you need. Just make sure you keep the receipts and boxes handy for all of the products you buy, just in case you have to RMA.

It shouldn’t have to tell you, but I will anyway: keep within your budget. Do not buy something you cannot afford.

Function Over Form

I know enthusiasts tend to take great pride in their hobby by purchasing parts and components for their bling factor; it’s not so different from people who “pimp their rides.” Since you are watching your budget, it is more important that you consider what you see on the screen and hear over the speakers rather than how good the computer looks while it’s just sitting there.

Go for simple but reliable input devices, a well-ventilated chassis, and a monitor big enough for you to be able to appreciate the games you play (hint: LCD flat panels beyond 24” are a little bit of a waste if your monitor sits just a foot or two away from your face).

Research, Research, Research

I really emphasize the part about reading up and looking for product information and reviews even before seeing or buying the actual component. Because PCs are a very scalable and open platform with literally hundreds of hardware manufacturers and software developers making programs for it, it’s unavoidable that there will be little glitches and compatibility issues (I can hear the Mac fanatics snickering at this).

The best you can do is make sure the parts you buy will work as well as possible for the kind of games you prefer to play. With today’s games being mostly 3D-rendered, it’s always a good idea to read about and choose the best video card for your budget. You can never go wrong with a lot of memory, just don’t go overboard and buy memory your motherboard or operating system cannot fully utilize (as of writing this article, 8GB of DDR3 is plenty).

What are you waiting for?

Go open a bunch of other browser tabs and find the games you’ll want to play in the coming months, and start hunting down for some sweet PC hardware. If you’re really, really strapped for cash, I guess you can get yourself a title loan to cover for your rig. Regardless, have fun!

About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is currently conspiring with her girlfriends in making their own blog about their adventures in life, Word Baristas.

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How to Obtain Your PC and private Balances From Hacking Efforts

Are you confident about your computer’s protection? If not, then it’s high that you give some quality time to it because your privacy is at stake. You would definitely not want anyone to have access to important and sensitive documents that you have stored in computer. The atrocious hacker can gain access to all of the information saved in your personal computer as well as hack your private balances, if you have not taken proper care to protect your computer. Here goes a list of comprehensive instructions whereby you can save your computer from getting infiltrated by an unknown intruder.

A good anti virus is a must

It is extremely important to install a good and dependable anti virus is your computer that will also have an anti spyware and firewall resolution. Along with installation it is also important to renew the subscription every year. These computer applications will certainly guarantee protection from the malicious beasties. However, it is important to remember that though the software guarantees protection against most malwares and viruses but not all. Therefore the users must take some cautious measure while using the computer that can also save it from getting harmed.

Let’s be cautious

The users can also prevent their personal computers from getting hacked by being a little cautious. The first and foremost important thing that all users need to remember is that they should not download files from warez websites. Along with the downloaded files many other malicious viruses also get downloaded in the hard drive of the computer that can seriously harm it. Furthermore, it is best not to open spam emails or the attachments along with it.

As most often it contains malicious beasties whereby the hacker will be able to gain access to information that are saved in your computer. One important measure whereby you can take to stop your computer from getting infected is that whenever you need to get involved in something that is unsafe, try using a different computer.

Safeguarding your web balances

Any intruder can easily access the websites that you have been navigating through from your computer. If you are casually surfing through different sites, then there is no harm in it. But in it is definitely not a good idea to let someone else to know about the web pages you were browsing through as you might have accessed your personal accounts like Twitter or facebook account using it or have accessed internet banking through it. In such cases you would never want any unknown person to know about any of the details that you were surfing through.

Therefore, take the initiative to delete the browsing track record by going to history and deleting all your recent records. Even though you can think of skipping it while you are using your personal computers but you should always manually delete the websites history when using a public computer. In this way you can save your private balances form getting infiltrated by unknown users.

These are some of the precautionary measures that you take to safeguard your computer and private Balances from being hacked by unknown users or being damaged my malicious viruses that automatically get downloaded while you are browsing through different sites. It is extremely important to follow these steps as the safety of computer will guarantee security of the computer as well.

About the Author:

The above article is written by JD who is associated with many technology blogs and communities as their freelance and staff writer. He recommends his readers to check this page: forgetting passwords for any queries related to forgetting passwords.

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7 Tips on choosing the best games for your PC

Choosing the best games for your PC is truly a matter of opinion and what you enjoy. There are many different games out there that are all aimed towards a different genre. For example, some may enjoy playing first person shooter games while others gravitate more towards massive multi-player online role playing games. There are also classic PC games out there that are just as fun as they are addicting, such as Bejeweled. PC gamers get the best of both worlds. In addition to games that are specifically made for computer use, multiplatform games that can also be played on popular gaming devices are also available for the PC. Before going out and purchasing a PC game that you are unsure about, these tips will help you in choosing games that are not only fun, but that will perform smoothly on your PC.

1. System Requirements- One of the most important things to do before purchasing a computer game is to look over the system requirements. If you are running an older operating system and do not have a high performance video card, some games that have high graphic intensity may not be able to perform correctly on your computer. Update your PC drivers and video card to ensure a smooth gaming experience. Purchase games that do not exceed your systems specifications.

2. Reviews- It is important to look over game reviews online before making a purchase. These reviews are from unbiased individuals who will give you an idea of what the game is like, how to performs on their computer and if they suggest it to others.

3. Game Genre- There are tons of different games out there that are aimed towards different types of people. One of the most popular PC games is World of Warcraft. This MMORPG is the perfect choice for someone that is looking for an exciting multi-player game that combines fantasy with reality. Others may prefer a game such as Battlefield 3, where they can choose to use a number of weapons in this first-person shooter game.

4. Multiplatform Games- Some games that are available on popular gaming systems can also be played on the PC. See if your favorite games are available for computer play to experience it in a whole new way.

5. Read the Box- Reading the game’s box will give you a detailed description of the gameplay. Look at the graphics and features to decide if it is the right game for you.

6. Ratings- Look for the game’s ESRB rating to see if it includes material that may be offensive and if it is appropriate for the age level that you are buying for.

7. Game Websites- Visit game websites for recommendations based on your interests and desired genre.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 will have new challenges and content every month

While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to . While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to sample ? a new wave-based co-op mode where players hunt down targets in the environment and take them down, and the more traditional four-on-four team-based mode, respectively.

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Awesomenauts 1.4 coming next week, Voltar more omniscient

Okay, so technically Voltar won’t be more omniscient (is that even possible?), but he will be getting a nice buff in the Awesomenauts 1.4 update. Specifically, his healbot is getting a nice buff.

Furthermore, Coco will pick up some new upgrades, including a “blaze” effect for her lightning ball and homing electricity particles for her shock attack. The latter looks particularly nasty, dealing lots of damage up close.

Patch 1.4 will be released next week.

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Snapshot strikes a pose on Steam

Snapshot is now available (surprisingly) on Steam. Retro Affect’s 2D puzzle-platformer has been in development for several years and stars a robot named Pic, who can change the environment around him by taking pictures and placing them in the environment. The creative game is also coming to the PS Vita and PS3 later this year.

Snapshot is the second project from Retro Affect ? the studio’s first effort was Depict1, a freeware game that came out of Global Game Jam 2010. Kyle Pulver, one of the members of Retro Affect, also recently launched his solo project Offspring Fling, a fun-yet-evil game about throwing babies around.

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Counter-Strike: GO Review

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Counter-Strike is one of those iconic games that is still played many years after its release. With the original mod for Half-Life coming out in 1999 and a divisive Source engine update in 2004, Counter-Strike remains one of the premiere competitive multiplayer FPS communities. Now, that community has been given the latest update: Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

If you’re not familiar with Counter-Strike, it’s a shooter in which two teams – terrorist and counter-terrorist – compete in quick-fire rounds to either eliminate the other team or complete objectives like rescuing hostages or blowing up bombs. The gunplay is demanding, with high recoil and high damage necessitating a quick and accurate trigger finger as well as good knowledge of the game’s most popular maps.

Global Offensive does little to change the winning formula, choosing instead to support the community with skill-based matchmaking, built-in leaderboards, awards and achievements that should foster that space between pro teams and casual players.

Global Offensive also adds official support for popular game mode Gun Game, where players have to earn kills with each weapon in the game to progress to the next, with the round ending when a player gets a kill with the golden knife. This mode is called Arms Race in GO, and there’s also a related mode called Demolition that mashes together the gun progression of Gun Game and the standard Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue scenarios of the main game to great effect.

Of course, with any engine upgrade comes improved graphics and sound; GO is no exception. The UI has also been improved and optimised for consoles, and not to the detriment of PC players.

Finally, the game includes a few new pieces of content that should make the game a little fresher for veterans of the series. There are eight new weapons, eight new maps and a few new equipment options, but equally notable is the decision to keep all of the most popular maps to allow for the classic matches we’ve come to expect from Counter-Strike.

At just $15 on Steam and similar prices on Xbox 360 and PS3, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a brilliant update to a quality series. Whether you’ve never played Counter-Strike or it’s a big part of your gaming history, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of phone accessories.

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Amazon launches Kindle store in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its Kindle Store in India, claiming to have the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the country.

The India Kindle Store offers over one million e-books, priced in Indian rupees, including 70 of the top selling editions.

“We are proud to launch this new Kindle store for Indian customers, offering Kindle book purchases in rupees and the ability to buy and read the work of many great Indian authors,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content for Amazon.

The Kindle reader will be sold exclusively in Croma stores across India at an introductory price of Rs 6,999 (around $125).

“Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world and has revolutionized the way people read,” said Ajit Joshi, chief executive and managing director of Croma.

Customers may also download and read books on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, and Android-based devices.

The India Kindle Store features new releases, best sellers and other works from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

Some exclusive Kindle books will be available and over one million classics can be downloaded for free.

Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing for independent authors and publishers in India, allowing them to make their books available to customers worldwide on Kindle devices and reading apps.

Authors and publishers in India will be able to set prices specific for India and receive royalty payments in rupees.

Amazon has a number of Kindle stores for customers around the world in addition to its US store.

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Full Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trailer uses more ammo

In case you missed the Source Filmmaker-based teaser trailer for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, we have the extended version right here. The game is heading to PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 this coming Tuesday, August 21.

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