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Zombie Studios: Play the Blacklight Retribution Beta, Keep Your Goods

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53w ago - Zombie Studios Associate Producer Kael Hammond invites PlayStation 4 fans to play the Blacklight Retribution PS4 Beta while keeping your goods.

To quote: Happy Holidays Agents, Keep what you have earned and purchased in Blacklight Retribution, then spend your ZCoins AGAIN!

Yes, we have seen your tweets, emails and Facebook posts, and the answer to those burning thoughts and nagging questions revolving around how the end of Beta is going to affect BLR players is at hand. What will happen to your ZCoins and what, pray tell, will the future hold for your inventory?

Fear not, Agents! The answers you yearn for are at hand. Behold - the end game for BLR Beta!

• You will NOT lose any purchases you have made (either with ZCoin or GP)
• Your character progress will NOT be reset
• All your ZCoins will be REFUNDED to your in-game account balance, such that you can spend them again

Huzzah! Yes Agents, nod happily at the bountiful gifts this magnificent Beta has bestowed upon you. We here at Zombie Studios concur with your elation and feel this is a great way to give thanks to those Agents that have been helping us by playing and commenting on the Beta.

This will continue throughout the remainder of the Beta so jump in game, invite a friend, play,...
 

Video: Nordcurrent Introduces Jewel Keepers: Easter Island PSP

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216w ago - Today Alexander Bravve at Nordcurrent has shared a video introduction of Jewel Keepers: Easter Island for Sony's PSP handheld console.

To quote: We are releasing Jewel Keepers: Easter Island, our latest minis title, very soon, and I wanted to tell you a few things about it.

As you might have guessed from the title, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island is a Match-3 game set on the Easter Island. As in all Match-3 games, you are required to swap adjacent jewels to put three jewels of the same colour next to each other in one row or column.

However, we have added a few gameplay elements that make Jewel Keepers different. You can have a look at the trailer to see the differences:





When you start a new level, all cells are grey. When jewels disappear, they turn grey cells into golden cells, and the goal of the game is to turn all cells into golden ones. This sounds pretty straight-forward when you think of an ordinary rectangular level.

However, as you progress further, you will be faced with more sophisticated level shapes, and it will get more and more challenging. And satisfying, once you complete the level.

And a few words about bonuses: we wanted to make bonuses a bit different from other games. We have time...
 

Pachter: PS3 Price Cut by October if Console Sales Keep Crashing

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285w ago - Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Sony will cut PS3's price before October 1, 2009 if US hardware sales continue to slide.

Speaking in a note today, Pachter estimated that US Wii, 360 and PS3 sales will show a year-on-year decline of 43 percent for June.

To quote: "We think that the console manufacturers will therefore be forced to consider a price cut before year-end, with Sony cutting the PS3's price by October 1," he said.

"Further, we do not think that Nintendo's hardware forecast figures are achievable without a price cut, and we expect one around the same time as the PS3 price cut.

"It is likely both manufacturers will cut by $50, with Sony making up any lack of increased demand with a software bundle.

"We expect Microsoft to follow suit, giving us confidence that US software sales will grow later in the year, notwithstanding negative sales in the early part of the year."

Pachter predicted sales of 350,000 Wii, 225,000 Xbox 360 and 165,000 PS3 consoles in June today. The June NPD releases this Thursday.
 

New Diamond Heatsink Helps Keep Component Heat Down

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297w ago - Too much heat can put laptops and other devices out of action, so manufacturers equip them with metal plates to discharge it.

A new composite can do this better, to quote:

While portable computers were still rather cumbersome several years ago, they now easily fit inside small briefcases. This is because the components on the substrates and microchips are shrinking in size with each successive model.

They are also spaced closer together, allowing more circuits to be accommodated on each chip. All of these components generate radiant heat, much like small power plants. The more components are packed into a limited space, the more difficult it is to dissipate the heat. And too much heat could put the electronics out of action.

The components and connecting elements can only withstand temperatures of 90 to 130 degrees Celsius. Manufacturers therefore mount a small copper or aluminum plate underneath them to conduct the heat away. The plate, in turn, is soldered to ceramic components or silicon (the main constituent of the chip).

If this system heats up, the metal plate expands about three or four times as much as the silicon or the ceramics. This causes tension which can lead to cracks in the soldered joints, so there are limits to how far components can be miniaturized.
 

Guide: Convert DVD to MKV HD Video to Keep the High Quality

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310w ago - I figured I would share this here since I just went through this myself.. Many people complain that when they convert DVD to video and watch it on laptop or PC the quality gets bad.

How to resolve this issue? We can do so by converting DVD to MKV and other HD video formats. These HD videos are often bigger than standard video and maintain the high quality.

Part 1: What's MKV HD video?

An MKV HD video file is a Matroska file, the Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free Container format. It is similar in conception to other containers like AVI, MP4 or ASF, but is entirely open in specification, And the size is often much more bigger than common video for the HD code methods.

Part 2: How to convert DVD to MKV HD video to keep the high quality?

Here I listed a few good DVD to MKV converters I found on Google, they all have good output quality, can input DVD disk, DVD folder, IFO, ISO and support MKV HD video, but you can select a better one with special feature for your needs.

[Register or Login to view links]: This DVD to MKV converter has been upgrade recently and added MT2S, TS, TP, TRP and MKV HD video formats into its output formats.

Important features:
 
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