Minecraft 1.8 Pre-Release Out!

It turns out one of the many beta testers Mojang AB entrusted with Minecraft Beta 1.8 has let loose the .jar file on the interwebs! So naturally, since Notch and Co. are extremely cool with it (at least this time), and Minecraft.net now hosts the pre-release 1.8 .jar file for anyone to add to a fresh install of Minecraft. Despite there still being bugs (a pre-release version of a beta, almost like an alpha), I’m loving every second of it. New items, combat moves, sprinting, new biomes and ravines, items, Endermen — you name it!

Via: @notch, Reddit, Official Download Link

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review

Despite only having my just-purchased Razer Onza Tournament Edition for only a few days, I’ve fallen in love with its many perfections and few flaws. The Razer Onza TE is from the well-respected PC gaming keyboard and mouse manufacturer, Razer. For the first time they have ventured to home consoles, and with a bang. The Onza TE has several features that the original Xbox 360 controller doesn’t have, like adjustable analog sticks (increased or decreased tensions), an improved D-pad, two programmable shoulder buttons (which can replace almost any button on the controller), “Hyper Response” ABYX buttons that also have built-in LEDs, a 15-foot braided USB cable, and finally a rubber texture.

Check out the full Onza TE review after the break to see if it really bests the competition!

Watch Windows 8 Start Up In 8 Seconds Due To Kernel Hibernation

Wouldn’t be cool if Windows 8 booted up in 8 seconds from hibernation? Well, that’s exactly what Microsoft is planing, due to a new form of hibernation for computers — the process of saving the current state on the hard drive, then resuming by performing a full start. Well it turns out that Windows 8 hibernation would pre-load the kernel of the OS, rather than all of your open apps, meaning that boot time from such a small file takes literally no time at all (especially using a solid state drive), so the new boot time from hibernation is 8 seconds. Pretty boss, I know. Video of it in action after the break. Via: Building Windows 8

Microsoft Still Leads With Xbox 360 Console Sales At 306,000 Units

Well, huzzah for the Xbox 360, the leading home games console for the past few months! Jumping up from a July decrease, the Xbox 360 from Microsoft managed to sell 306,000 units, despite the low amount of blockbuster games, however with some promise as September and November being months that three major games launch for the Xbox 360 — Minecraft, Battlefield 3, and Modern Warfare 3. And keep in mind the Xbox 360 will soon  have a slurry of limited edition systems, so demand may very well increase again. Via: GameSpot

Motorola DROID BIONIC Now Official: September 8th Release For $299.99

It’s final! The DROID BIONIC is officially coming out tomorrow, for an unexpected price of $299.99 on contract with 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless. Specs include: a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 1GB of RAM a 4.3-inch qHD display, the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS with Motorola’s custom UI skin, has Webtop support (like the Atrix 4G and Photon), 1735mAh battery, and finally an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED Flash, and 1080p HD recording with a 2MP front-facing camera for video chats. Full PR after the break.

Carol Bartz Out As CEO Of Yahoo, CFO Will Be CEO In Interim

It is nothing new that Yahoo! has had quite a story to tell in regards to its corporate drama. Now, for another addition to the book is female CEO Carol Bartz, who has run the company for 30 months, and during that time, has made Yahoo! go into a downwards spiral in most cases, and even a laughing stock, (however their traffic ranks are still among the highest in the world). And from my point of view, it’s about time Bartz took got out of there and gave Yahoo! the opportunity to do something other than get Microsoft’s Bing as a buddy. As for Yahoo’s next CEO, that remains a question, but for the interim, their CFO will be taking charge. The scoop, picked up by AllThingsD, can be seen at the source link. Via: AllThingsD

Minecraft Beta 1.8 Official Trailer Released — Blue Spiders, Beef, XP Orbs And New Combat!

Is a release for Minecraft Beta 1.8 just around the corner? I think yes, as the first official trailer has been released, and as for its creators, Notch and his team at Mojang AB have been hinting a a release soon. Check out the video above, where a new spider is introduced to the game (read: a blue one), the new combat moves, XP orbs, new eating animations, and NPC villages that will spawn near your first spawn location just in case you need a quick place to stay.