Daily News Brief: EVGA Owners, Rev Your GPUS!


New GPU Overclocking Program

EVGA is one of only two companies to officially allow their videocards to be overclocked without voiding the warranty (XFX being the other) , and to help customers push their GPUs, EVGA has released a new overclocking tool. Dubbed Precision , the OCing utility joins the ranks of RivaTuner, nTune, and ATITool. Precision works with EVGA 6, 7, 8, and 9 series graphics cards, offers core/Shader clock link/Unlink capability, and more. And if you own a Logitech G15 keyboard, you can view your OCing stats on the LCD display. Grab the download and read the FAQ here , and follow the forum discussion here .

And the $11 Million Merger Belongs To...

Infogrames said Wednesday it would acquire the remaining outstanding equity interests of Atari for $1.68 per share, or $11 million, making Atari a wholly-owned subsidiary. The move falls in line with Infogrames' effort to gain a stronger foothold in the US, while also jiving with Atari's recent major restructuring initiative.

Apple Invests in Instant Gratification for iTunes

Apple yesterday announced that new movies will now be available for purchase on the iTunes Store the same day as their DVD release. Participating studios include 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment, and First Look Studios. New releases are priced at $14.99 and most catalog titles run $9.99. Kicking off the concurrent DVD/iTunes releases this week are American Gangster and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly . See the full press release for more information.

Guess Who's Turning 30?

SPAM! That's right, the first known spam email was sent 30 years ago, traced back to a marketer for the now defunct DEC computer company. Flash forward to today, and unwanted emails toting their wares are now a staple of everyone's inbox. And according to an FBI report, 75 percent of Americans who were tricked into parting with $239.09 million were bamboozled through a spam message. More on the life and times of spam here .

GTA IV Shatters Own Sales Record in UK

Rockstar's highly anticipated Grant Theft Auto IV sold a record 609,000 copies during its first day of release in the UK, surpassing the previous record of 501,000 copies held by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The game has also become the fastest selling Xbox 360 title in the UK with 335,000 copies sold, besting Halo 3's first-day sales of 266,000. Good thing too, as Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies revealed in an interview that GTA IV had a budget of roughly $100 million, the most costly development of any game to date. And who held that record previously? Shenmue, with an unprecedented $70 million budget when it was released for the Dreamcast back in 2000!

Router Bling

Had we found this out on April 1st, we'd be sure it was a prank, lest we're led to believe there's a legion of surfers out there looking to spruce up their D-Link routers. Well, now they can ! Through a partnership with SkinIt , D-Link now offers both pre-configured and customized skins for anyone who owns a DIR-655, DIR -625, DIR-615, DGL-4500, DGL-4300, DGL-4100 or DIR-624 router. We'd offer our condolences to Linksys owners and others, but would they care?

What's Your Velocity?

That's not a rhetorical question, but the tagline behind Velocity Micro's video contest. Entrants are tasked with creating a video 3 minutes or less based around the tagline's theme for a chance to win a " $10,000 ultra performance Skulltrail gaming PC ." Three runners up will receive a 22" Velocity Micro monitor. More rules and details here .

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