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RUSH TO SEE 1976 FERRARI AND LEGENDS OF FORMULA ONE™ STARRING IN NEW F1™ 2013 VIDEO

Published on September 16, 2013 in Gaming

ICONIC FERRARI FEATURES IN BRAND NEW GAMEPLAY VIDEO SHOWING F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION CONTENT  

Sydney, September 16th Codemasters® have released a new video revealing the 1976 Ferrari 312 T2 set to star in the movie Rush, which will be playable for all F1™ 2013 gamers who sign up to RaceNet, Codemasters’ free online community hub (www.racenet.com).  F1 2013 is the latest entry in the award-winning series of officially licensed FORMULA 1™ video games and will launch on October 3rd across Australia & new Zealand for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC from Steam and is available for pre-order now.

The ‘Classics’ Trailer reveals the breadth of content set to star in F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION, which expands F1 2013’s full simulation of the 2013 season and 1980s classic content, with additional classic content from the 1990s and two additional classic tracks – Imola and Estoril. The trailer shows the iconic 1976 Ferrari 312 T2 in action, legendary drivers, including Alan Jones, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher, racing cars that defined their eras, and contemporary content from the 2013 season. The video is now available to view at http://youtu.be/ijjACOyxb-I 

All players of F1 2013 who are members of RaceNet will be able to receive the 1976 Ferrari 312 T2 as a free download. RaceNet, Codemasters’ free online community hub, powers a range of features including the new ability to set Time Trial challenges for their friends, receive new gameplay challenges, track their in-game progress and compare stats against their friends. Gamers who have not yet signed up to RaceNet can do so today in advance of F1 2013’s release at www.racenet.com, where players can also connect their other supported Codemasters titles.

F1 2013’s classic content is available in a new game mode, F1 Classics, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker. F1 Classics features a new fictional racing series, allowing players to race cars, drivers and circuits from different eras. Teams are represented by drivers who raced in specific cars, such as Mario Andretti in the 1986 Team Lotus 98T, and drivers who have also represented each team in different eras, such as Michael Schumacher racing Ferraris from the 1980s. Classic content is also available in a range of other game modes, including split-screen and online multiplayer modes. The full list of classic content set to feature in both F1 2013 and F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION can be found at www.formula1-game.com.

F1 2013 will also feature all the cars and stars from the 2013 season, allowing gamers to race as Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes and Sergio Perez in the McLaren-Mercedes for the first time, and includes all of the rule changes, tyre changes and remodelled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of cars. A range of enhancements, improvements, split-screen and online multiplayer, plus new and returning game modes deliver the most complete simulation of a FORMULA ONE™ season in videogame history. The additional classic content set to feature in F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION will be made available as separate packs as downloadable content for F1 2013.

Hunt down all the latest F1 2013 news straight from the studio by racing over to www.facebook.com/formula1game or follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/formula1game.

 
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STAN, CARTMAN, KYLE AND KENNY HIT THE STREETS OF SYDNEY FOR ONE DAY ONLY

SYDNEY, Australia – To celebrate the 16th season of South Park, available on DVD September 18, Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny will be out and about in Sydney on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 between 12pm and 2pm. In an exclusive day out, the boys will be wandering Pitt Street mall in Sydney. Fans of the show are encouraged to head down and take photos of the outrageous characters and tweet using the hash tag #SouthParkSydney.

Over the past 16 seasons, the cult show has explored the most controversial topics and featured a who’s who of popular culture.  From President Obama to OJ Simpson, Osama Bin Laden to Jennifer Lopez not to forget Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. The 16th season is no exception, with current events top of the show’s list. Already a winner of 3 Emmys®, South Park’s 16th season covers everything from Kony 2012 to Honey Boo Boo, with this season earning the show a nomination for the 9th episode, ‘Raising the Bar’.

 
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Breaking Bad: The Final Season & Complete Series- November 28, 2013

Universal Sony Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Breaking Bad: The Final Season and The Breaking Bad: The Complete Series available to own on DVD, Blu-ray™ and UltraViolet™ from November 28, 2013.

One of the most explosive series ever to air on television, The Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 16-disc set is this year’s must-have gift for Christmas, complete with all 62 episodes and more than 55 hours of special features.

Starring three-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), alongside two-time Emmy® winner Aaron Paul (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), the critically acclaimed drama from Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment boasts one of television’s most radical storylines, giving viewers a glimpse into the life of how far a man might go in order to take care of the ones he love.

 
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MONSTER PICTURES LAUNCHES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST “OZPLOITATION” FEATURE FILM CHALLENGE: MONSTER MICRO-NASTIES

Filmmaking mavericks of Australia take note!

Monster Pictures, in partnership with Open Channel, JMC Academy, Mnemonic Audio, Canadian film sales company – Raven Banner and crowd-funding platform – Pozible are very proud to announce a joint film production initiative that is set to stir interest across the land…

MONSTER MICRO-NASTIES: THE CANNIBAL PROJECT

Australia’s very first micro-budget, “Ozploitation” feature film challenge!

The challenge calls for teams to submit an idea for a micro-budget exploitation feature film, based around the theme of Cannibalism.

The best applicants will be invited to pitch their projects at Monster Fest Melbourne to a live audience and a panel of expert judges, with the winning project receiving script mentorship and development, production funds, a managed crowd-funding campaign, production support, distribution in Australia/NZ and the UK by Monster Pictures, international sales by Raven Banner Entertainment and a red carpet premiere of the finished film at Monster Fest 2014.

Neil Foley from Monster Pictures says of the initiative, “we want Monster Fest to be the premiere launching pad for new Australian genre and Micro-Nasties is all about consolidating that position. The partners we have onboard from development, financing, distribution to foreign sales, ensures filmmakers an exciting opportunity to approach a micro-budget feature with all bases covered, a rare situation indeed!”

Open Channel Executive Director, Marc Gracie comments “Open Channel is thrilled to be involved. Today, there are many more opportunities for filmmakers working on micro-budgets to explore stories outside the mainstream, to develop craft skills, and to connect with the global market. This is an amazing opportunity for emerging talent to

take a risk and find their voice and most importantly, to get their film seen by paying customers around the world.”

Applications close 5.00pm Friday 11th October, with the pitching competition set to take place at Monster Fest Melbourne at Cinema Nova on the 25th of November. 

Visit the Monster website at www.monsterpictures.com for more details.

Brace yourself Australia, things are about to get NASTY

 
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Behind the scenes of Next Car Game: damage testing

 
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SANDISK OFFERS WORLD’S FIRST HIGH CAPACITY 256GB COMPACTFLASH CARD SUPPORTING THE LATEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE SPECIFICATION

SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Cards Are Optimised For Cinema-Quality 4K Video Recording 

                        PMA, MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 13, 2013SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the availability of the 256GB1 SanDisk Extreme Pro® CompactFlash® memory card, the world’s first high-capacity, high-performance CompactFlash card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65)2 specification. Also being announced by SanDisk today are faster speeds across all other capacities of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line of memory cards.

“SanDisk has been at the forefront with storage solutions that enable the broader adoption of new video capture technologies. We always design our SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with professional photographers and videographers in mind,” said George Saad, Country Manager ANZ, SanDisk Corporation. “Cinema-quality 4K video capture demands tremendous performance and capacity, which is exactly what we have delivered with the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card.”

The card delivers minimum sustained write speeds of 65MB/s2, optimised to capture 4K and Full HD video3. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card has industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s4, designed to dramatically improve workflow efficiencies, and delivers fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s4 for advanced functions such as fast action and continuous burst mode shots.

“The speed and capacity of SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, as well as the ability to shoot and store 4K video directly to a CompactFlash card, are a major step forward for professional photographers and videographers,” said Sam Nicholson, founder, Stargate Studios. “My work rarely allows for a second chance to capture a big shot or important footage, so when I select SanDisk memory cards, I’m trusting them with assets that are essential to me and my clients.”

SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are designed for professionals and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty5. The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The cards also include a one year downloadable offer for RescuePRO® media recovery software6, which lets photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion. 

Increased Speeds Across the Product Line

To coincide with the launch of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card, SanDisk is increasing the speed across each capacity of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line. The other SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, will now feature read speeds of up to 160MB/s4 and write speeds of up to 150MB/s4, as well as the same VPG as the 256GB card. 

Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and are shipping in Australia by end of this month with MSRPs of $259.00 to $2,199.00.

 
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Alienware Aurora Reinvigorates Desktop Gaming with Extreme Performance

SYDNEY, Australia, 13 September, 2013Alienware, the pioneer in high-performance gaming systems, announced today that its flagship gaming desktop, the Alienware Aurora, has been reinvigorated with the latest performance processors and graphics to provide gamers with the ultimate gaming experience. Consistent with the Alienware heritage of always pushing the boundaries with technology and performance, the new Aurora desktop will inspire hardcore gamers around the world to push their own limits and achieve higher scores with its compelling features, innovative and bold design, and extreme performance.

The Aurora is now available with the latest Intel Core i7 processors including an Extreme Edition option, processors with as many as 6 cores and 15MB of cache, and overclock speeds up to 4.3GHz[i] with Turbo Boost technology. These new options are part of Intel’s new IvyBridge-E 4000-series family of processors announced at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 in San Francisco. Additionally, Aurora is now available with the latest NVIDIA GeForce 700-series graphics and AMD 8900-series graphics options. These latest components provide support for immersive experiences, whether multi-display, 3D or higher resolutions beyond 1080p gaming. Gamers are covered when it comes to future upgrades with support for quad-channel DDR3 memory; players can also increase speed and capacity by adding additional hard drives or solid state drives within the 4 internal drive bays.

“Alienware has always pushed the limits with the capabilities of its platforms, and the award-winning Aurora is no different,” said Frank Azor, General Manager, Alienware. “Hardcore gamers around the world will be able to play the latest games at the highest settings, on a system engineered to deliver the ultimate gaming experience for years to come.”

The innovative ALX chassis (available as an option) is ready to take on the thermal and acoustic challenges of the latest performance components. It features an intelligent thermal management system that monitors key locations within the chassis to ensure heat is being dissipated optimally. The active vents at the top of the chassis open, as if the system is coming to life, to provide additional heat dissipation when required. The ALX chassis’ premium CPU liquid cooling enables overclocking and lower operating temperatures, while meticulous details like internal theater lighting and tool-less, cable-free hard drive caddies support easy upgrades.

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralised hub.  Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. With the ALX chassis, gamers will have up to 20 colors to choose from across 8 different lighting zones, totaling to over 25 billion possible lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom game and application launcher, a system performance optimiser and a performance monitoring tool, as well as AlienFusion advanced power management and Thermal and Active Venting controls.

Availability and Pricing

The Alienware Aurora will be available on Dell.com.au in Australia and New Zealand starting on September 13.

The Alienware Aurora entry configuration now offers double the amount of storage (from 1 to 2 terabytes) over the previous generation, in addition to the unlocked and overclocked Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX760 1.5GB DDR5 graphics card, starting at $2,699(AUD).           

 
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Intel Sees Humans as the Ultimate Mobile Platform

Intel Fellow, Anthropologist Lays out Mobile Future Beyond Smartphones and Tablets

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel’s Dr. Genevieve Bell outlined the company’s      global vision for mobility and four human desires for future technology:      to be truly personal, to unburden them, to help them stay in the moment      and to help them realize their better selves.
  • Bell illustrated these ideas through various      demonstrations of current Intel and third-party research including smart      clothing, low-power silicon, and context-aware technologies.
  • By partnering with Intel, the global developer      community can envision mobile technology beyond today’s devices –      encompassing infrastructure, data, places and people.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept 12, 2013 –There is not one mobile future, but 7 billion futures, said Intel Fellow and anthropologist Dr. Genevieve Bell at the Intel Developer Forum today. Describing how the human being has always been, and will continue to be, the ultimate mobile platform, Bell illustrated how mobile technology has historically been used to extend our bodies and physical reach, augment our deficiencies and increase our capacity to get things done.

“Mobility technology has been transforming human society for centuries. Its future will be influenced not only by the shrinking size of computing technology due to Moore’s Law, but also by global population growth,” Bell said. “Our inspiration should come not only from the invention of new technology ingredients, but also from the needs and desires of human beings. It’s not one future we are shaping – it’s 7 billion futures, and counting.”

What people want in future mobility

Bell’s work as an anthropologist at Intel has uncovered important insights into people’s desires and frustrations regarding their relationship with technology. Relying on learnings from over 250,000 interviews conducted in 45 countries, she shared with the audience of technology industry developers four global themes reflecting what people want in future mobility: technology which is truly personal, which unburdens them from some of the more annoying hassles of use, which helps people stay in the moment, and which helps people to be their better selves.

A “smart clothing” demonstration from Berlin’s Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration illustrated how shrinking technology will one day disappear into the objects and spaces people interact with. A bicyclist sporting a jacket with a stretchable circuitry board woven into fabric demonstrated clothing could flash bright red lights when a rider is braking.

This single example represented each of the four themes of future mobile technology. The cyclist can enjoy the personal experience of riding and stay in the flow of the moment without worrying about controlling the jacket’s functionality. The jacket also augments his body making him more visible and allowing him to safely pursue riding at all hours of the day or night.

Required technology building blocks

Bell emphasized that these human desires require that Intel and the developer community think beyond today’s mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and consider a broader picture that includes infrastructure, personal data, places and people. In the future the best technology will be aware of the full context of each individual as it provides for personalized experiences. This in turn will shape the development of technology building blocks, be they silicon, operating systems, middleware, applications or services.

“This global vision requires a constant interplay between what technology makes possible and what individuals desire,” said Bell. “Intel will make the best technology and partner with leading developers worldwide to deliver this innovation from silicon to experiences.”

Truly personal mobile experiences depend on low power

Bell discussed how the mobile future will require power consumption orders of magnitude lower than is available today. As devices begin to understand people better, this will require constant sensing at low power. Underscoring the possiblities, Mike Bell, vice president of Intel’s New Devices Group, joined Dr. Bell for a demonstration of an experimental microprocessor powered by a battery made from a glass of wine. The device was able to power up, sense its environment, and send images to an eInk display.

“Low power is essential for the future of wearable devices and sensors in smart spaces, where frequent charging or power cables would be burdensome or even impossible,” said Mike Bell. “Only then can technology be truly personal and embedded into the places and spaces we inhabit and move through.”

Importance of context awareness

Middleware that helps devices understand the context in which their users are operating is another important ingredient for developers creating applications and services that offer truly personalized mobile experiences. In a demonstration of context awareness technology, a smartphone was able to detect when two individuals were in the vicinity of each other by continuously monitoring voices heard through their microphones. The information was used to create recommendations of nearby services such restaurant options — recommendations which could be tailored to the pair or to groups of individuals. For example, different choices might be suggested for a person who was near friends, rather than his or her children or co-workers.

In another demonstration, Dr. Bell showed how context-awareness might help to balance security and personal convenience. As a smartphone monitored a person’s walking patterns, it could recognize the person, and, based on this, open access to certain functions of the phone. Dr. Bell noted that this approach to security – when safely under the control of its rightful owner – is an interesting future security model for mobile devices.

In the conclusion of Dr. Bell’s presentation, Peter Biddle, the general manager of Intel Cloud Services, demonstrated a research concept for a cloud service with a dashboard to help people understand how secure their personal data is across all their devices and social networks.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 
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BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES DISHONORED: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION

Published on September 13, 2013 in Gaming

Sydney, Australia – September 13, 2013 – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Dishonored®: Game of the Year Edition will be available in North America on October 8, 2013, in Australia and New Zealand on October 10, 2013 and throughout Europe on October 11, 2013 for Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. This complete collection includes the full game as well as all of the game’s official add-on content, including Dunwall City Trials™The Knife of Dunwall™The Brigmore Witches™ and Void Walker’s Arsenal™.

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition is the definitive compilation of the critically-acclaimed first-person action game that has won more than 100 Game of the Year Awards from outlets including Game Informer, PC Gamer, Yahoo!, GameSpot.comMSNBC.com, and CNN. In addition, Dishonored received ‘Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year’ at the 2012 SPIKE TV Video Game Awards and was named ‘Best Game of 2012’ by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) video games awards.

Developed by Arkane Studios, Dishonored casts you as Corvo, a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. With Dishonored’s flexible combat system, creatively eliminate targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.

Dishonored introduced a new world and cast of characters which have really resonated with gamers around the world since its release in October 2012,” said Pete Hines, VP Marketing and PR, Bethesda Softworks. “We’re now excited to offer people the opportunity to have all of this great content in one package.”

For more information on Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, please visit the official site: dishonored.com/.

For more information on Arkane Studios please visit www.arkane-studios.com.

 
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Hummingbird, available to own on DVD and Blu-ray™ from October 24, 2013.

A British-American, action-thriller starring Jason Statham (Revolver, Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace), Hummingbird shadows the life of a damaged, ex Special Forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld.

Returning from a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan, Joey Jones (Statham) returns to London to face another kind of war – living homeless after being on the run from a military court-martial.

 
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