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NVIDIA unleashes GeForce 313.95 driver in time for Crysis 3 beta

NVIDIA unleashes GeForce 313.95 driver in time for Crysis 3 beta

In case you hadn't heard the news, the open Crysis 3 multiplayer beta kicked off today. Those playing on PC will be pleased to know that NVIDIA is just as excited as you are, releasing its new GeForce 313.95 beta driver that's said to increase multi-GPU performance by as much as 35% in Crysis 3. Naturally, the boost you get from this beta driver will vary depending on your setup, but those with a serious gaming rig should expect at least some improvement when trying to run the Crysis 3 beta.

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Crysis 3 multiplayer beta kicks off next week

Crysis 3 multiplayer beta kicks off next week

Crysis 3 won't be arriving in North America until February 19, but you can check out the game's multiplayer mode a few weeks early thanks to a freshly-announced open beta. Today Crytek revealed this open beta, saying that it will go live on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on January 29. That happens to be next Tuesday, so Crysis fanatics don't have much longer to wait until they can get some hands-on time with the game's multiplayer.

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Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Windows Phone 8 users are getting a bit of good news today, as the Nokia Drive+ beta has opened up for all WP8 users in the US, Canada, and UK. Nokia Drive+ is Nokia's shot at turn-by-turn navigation, but the service offers a lot of other features that are worth paying attention to. Previously, the app was exclusive to those using a Lumia 810, 820, 822, or 920.

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Tasker for Android updates with completely new UI

Tasker for Android updates with completely new UI

The popular automation utility for Android, Tasker, essentially turns your smartphone into a superphone of sorts. It can do any number of things (except make your bed for you), and it's arguably one of the best utility apps that you can get on Android. Even better, though, is that the app updated today with a new, cleaner look.

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Elder Scrolls Online closed beta registration opens as new trailer drops

Elder Scrolls Online closed beta registration opens as new trailer drops

The Elder Scrolls Online is set to launch sometime this year, and there are some players who understandably skeptical that the game can satisfy series fans. Just the same, there are some players who think that the this is finally the multiplayer game so many Elder Scrolls fans have been asking about for years. Regardless of which camp you fall in - skeptic or believer - ZeniMax Online Studios has issued a call for for beta testers, so you can net a chance to test out a pre-release build of the game.

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SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

While SimCity won't officially release until March, it turns out that eager gamers who may not be able to wait that long will be able to play a little bit of the new game later this month. EA Games and Maxis have announced that they'll be hosting a beta throughout the weekend starting on January 25 and ending on January 28.

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AirDroid 2 Beta Review : remote camera access and Find Phone for Android

AirDroid 2 Beta Review : remote camera access and Find Phone for Android

This week the folks behind the fantastically useful app AirDroid have made their AirDroid 2 app available to the public in a Beta test. This app is made to connect you to your Android device via a browser window on a different computer. Since this is done through a web browser, your imagination is the limit for what machines you'll be able to do this with!

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Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

While you'll likely be able to speak to and be understood by most of your electronics in the distant future, here in the present Google's Chrome browser updating with a new Web Speech API is still considered a big deal. This feature is coming today to Chrome Beta, that being the perpetually beta pre-final release iteration of the web browser, here bringing speech recognition to any app whose developer wishes to integrate it in-browser.

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Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

While most companies seem to use CES to unveil new products and hardware, some use the show to launch new software. Synology is one such company, bringing its DiskStation Manager up to version 4.2 beta during the show. DiskStation Manager, as pretty much every Synology user already knows, is the operating system the company has developed for its network attached servers.

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Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook announced today that they're testing out a new feature in Facebook Messages that will allow you to pay $1 to have a message sent to someone that you're not connected to go straight to their inbox instead of the "Other" folder. This might seem like an intrusive approach to talking to someone you aren't friends with, but it could come in handy if you need to get a hold of someone that's friends with a friend.

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Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

On November 6, Steam for Linux was launched to a limited number of users who signed up and received an invitation. Now Linux gamers can rejoice: Valve opened the beta up to the general public this evening, giving anyone who wants to test it access to the Linux client. In addition, there's now an installer package repository as well.

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RIM starts BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for selected enterprise customers

RIM starts BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for selected enterprise customers

Research In Motion has announced today that they will be rolling out a technical preview of its next operating system, BlackBerry 10, for a select number of enterprise and government customers in an efforts to court companies and government agencies, and retain market share before the company launches the new platform next month.

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