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A Look at the NVIDIA Kepler GTX 680

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It’s that time again. The time where computer hardware advances even further to bring a brand new wave of extreme video cards. The latest? The Kepler GTX 680 by NVIDIA, which will sport a price tag of around $500 using the GK104 architecture.

The card is 10 inches in length so it is big in size, but not the biggest graphics card out there.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 is compatible with HDMI 1.4a and supports up to a 4-way SLI for a very intense configuration and is rated up to 195w.



World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Beta)

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Those who are a fan of Blizzard Entertainment’s highly played MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) World of Warcraft (WoW) will be excited to know that the newest expansion set World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria will be available for beta soon.

This pack features a brand new continent called Pandaria, which inhabits new monsters, quests, and more — including a brand new Monk class and an increased level cap of 90.

This is the 4th expansion pack for WoW, with the previous ones being:

— The Burning Crusade
— Wrath of the Lich King
— Cataclysm

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Windows 8: Solve Game Lagging With Logitech Mouse / Keyboard

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So as some know, I recently switched from Windows XP 32-bit edition to Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64 bit edition (Metro). I skipped the Windows 7 and Windows Vista route and went from x86 to x64.

My Keyboard and Mouse are part of the Logitech Wave Pro wireless set, which runs off of a shared USB wireless stick. It worked flawlessly under Windows XP.

However, after formatting and going to Windows 8, the game FEAR Combat (F.E.A.R.) no longer ran smoothly. It had a lot of lag and would stutter or even microstutter. Though the problem wasn’t apparent, it was caused by my keyboard / mouse set. To get rid of this stuttering, you go to Device Manager, then locate “Human Interface Devices” and DISABLE all that say “HID-compliant device”. This can be listed numberous times — for me it was listed 5 times — including once under the alias “HID-compliant consumer control device”.

This tip works for other games too on the PC, as well as on Windows 7 and with other brands of Logitech Mice, which is where the problem exists — such as with the Logitech G series too.

So remember — if you have a choppy, stuttering frame rate or low frames per second (fps) in general, it could be your drivers.

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So I was going to write a Mass Effect 3 Review…

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Picard: WTF is this shit?
And then I finished the game. It ends with the Internet exploding.

In all seriousness, the past week has been filled with messages of abject disappointment and naked rage (sometimes by actual naked people) over on every forum dedicated to Mass Effect 3 discussions, but none has been buzzing more than the BioWare Social Network Forums over the ending to Mass Effect 3, where a not insignificant fraction of the player population has been posting almost every second of the day to the point that a full campaign has emerged to protest the ending. Child’s Play, a notable charity for children involving video gaming, has been the recipient of over $45,000 in donations from people who are angry for the children (I’m not kidding).

And naturally, I do not want to touch this with a six-foot pole. I’m still trying to figure out what in the hell happened in the ending.



Video: Elephant Paints Beautiful Picture

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Check out this video of an Elephant painting a picture of another elephant holding a flower! All using its long trunk to hold the paint brush.




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