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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,18 2009 - tech 
ATI Catalyst 9.3 Display Driver - tech
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All you Radeon owners should head on over to the AMD/ATi website and grab the new Catalyst 9.3 drivers. The new 9.3 Cats are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Grab them if you need them.. In related news, nd there's a review on ExtremeTech about the performance in Windows 7 vs. Vista:
That said, it's clear that ATI is well ahead of Nvidia at this moment in time. It's rare that ATI's current cards run a game slower in Windows 7, and when they do the difference is slight. More importantly, there are lots of situations where Windows 7 is actually 5–10% faster than Vista.

With maybe six months or more before Win7's release, that's a great place to be. ATI's old Win7 drivers had a few compatibility issues with a handful of games, which seem to be addressed in this new Catalyst 9.3 release.

Nvidia is in good shape for this point in time, but still has some work to do. While quite a few games run the same under Vista and Win7, it's rare that any of them are faster, and there are some cases where a game will run considerably slower. Rumor has it that Nvidia plans another big Windows 7 driver update "soon" that brings their cards up to performance and feature parity with their Vista drivers.

If Windows 7 were due for release in a month or two, we'd be a little worried by some of what we see here. Given the time frame, and the fact that ATI is "beating" them in the Win7 performance race, we'd be surprised if Nvidia wasn't as fast or faster in the new OS well before its release.

The real question is: how much better will it get? This build 7000 beta of Windows 7 is not as fast as the newer beta builds, and Microsoft continues to improve. There's no doubt some debug code embedded in the OS, which affects performance.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,17 2009 - tech
TechNews - Microsoft Surface 2 coming soon - tech
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  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 vs E8600 - Is the cache worth it for most PC users ? Absolutely not ! Put the money in a faster GFX card, better CPU cooler etc... The price difference is too big to justify the few gains you will get in real world applications. With the first Core 2 Duo the 1Mb vs 2Mb vs 4Mb L2 cache was definitely more noticeable. Between 3 and 6mb the gap is pretty small
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Tested -  Is this just another ploy by Nvidia to push old parts on unsuspecting consumers? Well, looks like the only thing that we can expect to change is power consumption, due to a redesigned PCB. Also, 1GB editions now officially exist as well. Nvidia is launching the GeForce GTS 250 512MB at USD129 and the GeForce GTS 250 1GB at USD149. 
  • Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player Tested -  What makes the WD TV so appealing is its price tag. $129 is attractive enough already, but I've regularly found the device on sale for as little as $99, putting it dangerously close to impulse-buy territory if you've already got a spare USB storage device. The software needs a bit of fine-tuning, yet the WD TV strikes me as an excellent choice for people like my grandparents who don't need a next-generation game console or a home theater PC just to enjoy a digital video every once in a while. If you're on the fence about an HTPC, or you're just plain frustrated with the inconsistent format support from game consoles, the WD TV might be right up your alley.
  • Windows 7: RDP changes improve remote desktop performance - Here are the features introduced in Windows 7 Remote Desktop Client.
  • Microsoft Surface 2 coming soon (video) - Joe Olsen a developer whose company writes applications for the Surface said that the next version of Surface was already in the development stage. Though Microsoft won't comment on a release date, the Surface 2 codenamed 'Second Light' will be build on the original model and have a second projector inside the table computer that can project images onto a layer above the surface of the screen. In effect, the device will be able to overlay secondary images above those on the screen - such as satellite imagery. The machine will also have infrared sensors that can interpret gestures and movements without having to touch the screen. 
  • Adobe Patches Zero-Day Vulnerability - If you're still using Adobe Reader, you'll be happy to know a patch was released this week that fixes the problem in version 9. Users of versions 7 & 8 are still on schedule to be patched on 3/18. For those that haven't been following the details of the exploit, the vulnerability is a result of an array indexing error in the processing of JBIG2 streams. Hackers have found a way to corrupt arbitrary memory using the PDF format and take control of compromised systems. The lesson learned here if we didn't know it already, don't take candy, or PDF's from strangers. 
  • Facebook Announces Facebook Connect for iPhone - Facebook has announced Facebook Connect for the iPhone, which enables users to take their Facebook friends, identity and privacy with them wherever they go. Facebook Connect for the iPhone provides the first live social experience for iPhone and iPod Touch applications, as users can now connect with their Facebook friends to play games whether their friends are at home on a computer, or on their iPhone and share restaurant reviews on the go, location-based status updates, and more.
  • Scammers customize news to deliver you malware - Security experts warned on Monday of a new insidious e-mail scam that features false information about a bomb explosion in the recipient's hometown and leads to a malicious Web site.
  • Mitnick Kicked Off Facebook? - In an ironic twist, Kevin Mitnick, a social engineering master who went to jail for impersonating others to get information to access computer networks without authorization, couldn't access his own Facebook account for weeks because administrators at the social networking site didn't believe he was who he said he was. 
  • BlackBerry Niagara 9630 Preview (video) - Running on OS 4.7.1.10, the model shown in the video below appears to be an early beta, as the previewer says that he's been having some trouble with stability. The phone keeps rebooting itself for no real reason in particular, but we are offered a terrific glimpse into the physical features of the phone. 
  • Cajun Crawler Exhibition 08 (video) - The following video is a documentary of sorts. The video shows the Cajun Crawler. It was a project that was completed for the Fall 08 semester at the University of Louisiana. The scooter was inspired by Theo Jansen's leg mechanism. Throughout our research, we found no application where Jansen's leg mechanism was used as a weight-bearing application or vehicle. The legs are made of standard 5052 Aluminum. The joints all contain deep-groove ball bearings. 'm telling you right now, this thing would totally kick your Segway's wimpy ass :P
  • The Boat That Rocked Trailer - The film stars an incredible array of actors, including Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, and January Jones. It's being distributed by Universal Pictures in the US. The Boat That Rocked will hit theaters in the UK in early April and spread around the world through the summer. It will finally open in the US on August 28th.
  • Sam Mendes' Away We Go Trailer - Focus Features has debuted the trailer for Sam Mendes' Away We Go starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. This is quirky romantic comedy follows a couple about to have a baby who travel around the US to find a perfect place to start their family. Focus Features will premiere Away We Go in limited theaters starting on June 5th this summer.
  • Korean Teaser for Park Chan-wook's Vampire Thriller Thirst - A beloved and devoted priest (Song Kang-ho) from a small town volunteers for a medical experiment which fails and turns him into a vampire. Physical and psychological changes lead to his affair with a wife of his childhood friend who is repressed and tired of her mundane life. The one-time priest falls deeper in despair and depravity. As things turns for worse, he struggles to maintain whats left of his humanity. 
  • Neve Campbell is Still Hot - Neve Campbell has a pretty stunning photoshoot of her head. These pictures of the Scream actress show that Neve has still got it in the hots department. 
  • Malin Akerman Cover Maxim Magazine for April 2009 - Malin Akerman is the cover girl for the April 2009 issue of 'Maxim' magazine. She played Silk Spectre II in the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen. She's ridiculously good-looking and she is always getting naked in her movies. What more could you ask for? :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,13 2009 - tech
TechNews - Battery that 'charges in seconds' - tech
(hx) 07:27 PM EDT - Mar,13 2009 - Post a comment
  • AMD Phenom II DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance - AMD K10 is a good leap in performance, but it certainly isn't what is required to take full advantage of DDR3 memory. Looking at the design of K10 vs. Core i7, both processors have an on-chip memory controller, eliminating any FSB needed for memory to processor communication. Both have a very fast link between their CPU and their external Northbridge, allowing other components fast access to the system memory. So in all reality, both setups have the necessary basis to get things going. It is AMD's K10 that isn't quite able to take full advantage of this memory at these early stages; what the future holds is anyone's guess.
  • NVIDIA Backs Away From GTS 240 Rebrand of 9800 GT -  Looks like NVIDIA will not be going ahead with its controversial GTS 240 rebrand of the GeForce 9800 GT graphics card.
  • Fusion-io Reveals World's Fastest SSD - Fusion-io has just revealed the world's fastest SSD - touting a mind-boggling 1.5GB sustained read and 1.4GB sustained write speeds. The blazing fast drive will come in four sizes, 160GB, 320GB, 640GB and 1.28TB. Three of these versions will be available in April, while you'll have to wait until the second half of this year to get the 1.28TB flavor.
  • Battery that 'charges in seconds' - A new manufacturing method for lithium-ion batteries could lead to smaller, lighter batteries that can be charged in just seconds. Batteries that discharge just as quickly would be useful for electric and hybrid cars, where a quick jolt of charge is needed for acceleration. The approach only requires simple changes to the production process of a well-known material. 
  • Which Internet Browser is Fastest for Windows? - Microsoft Windows based browser it looks like Safari 4.0 Beta is the fastest thing out there that you can download today. With the rising popularity of netbooks and small form factor PCs the speed of a browser will become more important as many of the social networking sites are still growing and feature web 2.0 scripting
  • IE 8 due for March 20th release - Does Anyone Really Care? - Microsoft has pegged March 20th as the release date for Internet Explorer 8
  • Google Chrome 2.0.169.1 - Google Chrome 2.0.169.1 has been released
  • GCC To Receive Automatic Parallelization Support - IBM's Razya Ladelsky today outlined plans (thanks brbla) for providing automatic parallelization support within the GNU Compiler Collection.
  • Samsung Propel with Rogers video-review - One of the newer QWERTY-equipped phones to hit the shelves of Rogers is the Samsung Propel, a slider phone that isn't quite a smartphone. In terms of basic specs, you get a 2.2-inch display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and some basic web surfing capabilities. In regards to the keyboard, the buttons are "a bit close," but they get better as you get used to them. 
  • Guided Tour of New Apple iPod Shuffle - The new Apple iPod Shuffle is only about the size of a pack of gum because the controls have been relocated to the headphone cord. This video gives you a better explanation of what's going on, what you get with the new 4GB media player ($80), and just how cool you'll look with a tiny silver thing clipped to your shirt pocket.
  • 'Supermodel' satellite set to fly - The Goce satellite will map minute variations in the pull of gravity experienced across the planet. Scientists will use its data to improve their understanding of how the oceans move, and to frame a universal system to measure height anywhere on Earth. The super-sleek spacecraft will go into orbit on a modified intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north-west Russia.
  • James Toback's Tyson Documentary Trailer - Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the trailer for James Toback's Tyson, the documentary about boxing champ Mike Tyson.
  • Drag Me to Hell Trailer Online -  Drag Me to Hell stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a creepy and twisted horror adventure like no other. The film tells the story of Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) enters their lives…and everything begins to unravel. Universal will be releasing Drag Me to Hell in theaters everywhere on May 29th this summer
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Trailer - If you like Sienna Miller you better watch this trailer as well - you'll know why once you watch this ;-)
  • Warner Brothers is Remaking Stephen King's It! - Dave Kajganich, of The Invasion and Creek as well as the upcoming Pet Sematary remake, will write the script.
  • Ski Jump Bathroom (pic) - Japanese coffee company, Goeorgia Max Coffee, modified the bathrooms of ski areas around Japan to promote their coffee energy drinks. This is probably the most exciting bathroom I've ever seen!
  • Forrest Gump in One Minute, in One Take (video) - "Run, Forrest, run!"
  • Jim Cramer Gets PWND By Jon Stewart On The Daily Show (video) - Last night we had the big face-off, the heavyweight bout, the Super Bowl square-off between CNBC's Jim Cramer and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart. Cramer was especially upset about being included in a segment TDS produced on the horrible and almost criminal reporting CNBC has been airing as THE go-to business network after CNBC's Rick Santelli attacked average working-class people who got caught up in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Santelli dubbed them as "losers." Well, the only loser tonight was Cramer and CNBC. Jim basically sat there, starry-eyed like a lost puppy, and was virtually silent throughout the three-segment show featuring him. He basically waved the white flag and said, "You got me." 
  • Big Mexican Punch-Up (video) - Basically, it's just a sparring festival ;-) 
  • How Not To Pull Your Jeep Out Of The Mud (video) -  This is what happens when people with not enough brains have too much money to spend on vehicles. 
  • Miranda Kerr is Very Beautiful -  These pictures are from a Victoria's Secret launch event and they once again show that Miranda is a very beautiful women, even when dressed conservatively.
  • Bar Refaeli: Hurley Bikini Hottie - Bar Rafaeli is getting people buzzing with her sexy new ad campaign for surf company Hurley. The 23-year-old Israeli model says of the experience via People, "I had a blast at the shoot! It hardly felt like work! Yu Tsai is an amazing photographer and I am trust him completely to make beautiful pictures…Between the concept, photographer and the Hurley clothes, it was a match made in heaven."
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,10 2009 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia to drop GTX260 price - tech
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  • GeForce GTX 260 or RADEON HD 4870 1024MB - The overhauled GeForce GTX 260 outperforms its rivals noticeably (given the prices are similar). There are some exceptions, of course. Perhaps, performance ratings may change with the release of new drivers. But on the whole we admit that NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 is the best choice for the 300-dollar budget.
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870 to receive another round of price cut - AMD is going to have another round of price cut on its Radeon HD 4870 1GB card from US$199 to US$179.
  • Nvidia to drop GTX260 price - Nvidia's Geforce GTX 260 is going to be $30 cheaper at retail pretty soon, down to $199
  • AMD, Seagate Demonstrate 6-Gbit/s SATA interface - Currently, SATA uses a 3.0-Gbit/s interface, which should satisfy the throughput requirements of hard drives until 2011, when that channel will become saturated and the 6.0-Gbit/s interface will truly be needed. But the SATA-IO Working Group and the industry has traditionally built in enough overhead into the interface to allow the industry time to prepare
  • Samsung Launches 1.5 Terabyte 'EcoGreen' F2EG Hard Disk Drive - Samsung has developed a 1.5 TB three platter hard disk drive (500 GB per platter) which consumes 40% less power at idle, and 45% less power when reading/writing than other comparable drives
  • SuperTalent Luxio 64GB AES-256 Encrypted USB Drive Tested - Supertalent's 64GB Luxio USB drive retails for about $140USD ($150CDN) (model STP64GLXWU) , about par for a similar capacity USB drive. As a USB drive alone, it's fine. It's implementation of data security in the form of AES-256 encryption is is extremely buggy, unreliable and at worst completely circumventable and pointless.
  • New Asus Fold/Unfold Notebook Features Sliding Keyboard (video) - As you can see through the video, the keyboard actually slides when you open the lid. With this unique sliding mechanism, the Asus Fold/Unfold notebook provides extra space for a larger trackpad and the keyboard is held at the more ergonomic angle. There is usually some wasted space between the keyboard and the screen; the Fold/Unfold fills that gap.
  • Dell's Adamo teased by robots with lasers (video) - Wow that does look sexy!
  • What To Do With 24 256GB Samsung SSDs? (video) - It's really impressive to see some of the stuff that can be done with 24 Samsung SSDs in your system :-)
  • Microsoft's Windows 7 May Not Cure Netbook Headache - Microsoft is planning to offer several editions of Windows 7 for netbooks, scaled-down laptops that cost less than $500. If the wee things are running Windows at all it's usually XP, an issue that the company thinks Windows 7 Starter will address, acting as the low-cost intro Vista never was. With Starter's ability to run only three applications simultaneously, MS believes users will get quickly frustrated and then pony up extra cash to move to Home Basic or Home Premium. Will it work?
  • Robotic fish can swim and looks very realistic (video) - Take a look at the video, does it ever strike to you that the fish swimming has actually a battery and motors instead of a heart and gills. The sea bream robot as it is called has been developed by the Yamamoto laboratry in Japan. The movement of fins is based on the elastic oscillation wing system which makes the movement looks very realistic
  • Blood: The Last Vampire Trailer - Blood: The Last Vampire is directed by French filmmaker Chris Nahon, of Kiss of the Dragon and Empire of the Wolves previously. The adaptation was written by Chris Chow and the screenplay was written by Kenji Kamiyama and Ronny Yu. Blood: The Last Vampire was originally an anime first released in 2000. Universal is distributing this in the US, although they have not announced a release date just yet.
  • Jackie Chan in Shinjuku Incident Trailer - In essence, it's Jackie Chan vs the Yakuza, which once you see this trailer, you'll understand how badass that is! Shinjuku Incident will debut in China in April and Japan in May, but it doesn't have an official US distributor yet.
  • Britney Spears last night: 'My pu**y is hanging out' watch :P - Britney Spears took her Circus tour to Tampa, Florida this Sunday night and gave the crowd more than what they actually paid for: an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction and a good laugh.
  • Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen - HQ Photoshoot Celebrity Pictures - Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) are American actresses, best known for playing the role of Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support - tech
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  • Intel Gulftown 32nm 6-core should work with X58 boards - Intel plans to release a new six-core 32nm CPU next year, and the good news is that this chip will continue to support its X58 chipset. The socket should be the same, LGA 1366, and a 32nm six-core should make for a good high end CPU. The question that Intel cannot officially confirm is if the Gulftown 32nm CPU will work in all existing X58 boards.
  • AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support In Catalyst Driver - AMD announced that the new Catalyst 9.4 drivers coming up from the company will not support cards that are before the Radeon HD 2000 series. The cards that will supposedly not be supported anymore include professional cards such as the FireGL X1/X2/X3, V3000, V5000, V7000, FireMV 2200, and FireMV 2250.
  • Eee PC-in-a-Keyboard Coming Soon - If you can fit a whole computer, keyboard and screen into a tiny, fold-up 7inch box, why not squeeze one into a keyboard? And while you're there, what about adding a little touchscreen in the space normally inhabited by the number pad? What's that? Asus did it already? Yes, they did!
  • Microsoft confirms IE8 kill switch in Windows 7 - Microsoft on Friday confirmed that users will be able to remove Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), as well as several other integrated applications, from Windows 7.
  • Try To Install a Video Game from 2000 in 2009 = Fail! - Heroes of Might and Magic III itself was released in 99, then released in 2000 as part of the "Complete" package.
    In 99 I was running a Celeron 400 with 64MB of RAM, so that sounds about right. Ah...nostalgia....
  • Microsoft to discontinue the Xbox 360 Elite? - The news comes from FUDZilla, and will reportedly happen sometime during the second quarter of this year. What are your thoughts? Do you not mind if the Elite gets discontinued, or would you like it to stick around?
  • If browsers were women (Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome, IE) - Good thing my PC has Firefox, Opera and IE. I think I'll start using all three at once :-))
  • Webcam Porn Hijacks Twitter Accounts - OMG :-) The promise of a 23 year old hot chick and a webcam.... Jeez guys, when is the last time a 23 year old hot chick legitimately hit any of us up for some hot web cam action? There you have it :P
  • Happy Tree Friends - Doggone It (video) - I love the way Lumpy acts calmly and quickly in a crisis. Shame he always ends up fucking everything up though ;-)
  • Two and a Half Watchmen (video) - WTF
  • Depeche Mode - "Wrong" (official music video)  - 'Wrong' from the album "Sounds Of The Universe" Released April 20th, 2009 (UK), April 21st, 2009 (USA).  Looks like they have come back to their original sound!
  • Pixar's Up - First Full-Length Trailer - Pixar's Up is directed Pete Docter, one of the original Pixar members who directed Monsters, Inc previously and wrote the stories for Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The film is co-directed and written by Bob Peterson, who also wrote Finding Nemo. Disney will debut Up in theaters everywhere on May 29th this summer.
  • A Toilet That Can Flush Anything! (video) - You have to see this video to believe this. This beautiful toilet can flush just about anything!
  • New Star Trek Trailer Online - This is the trailer we've all been waiting for! Paramount has debuted the second official trailer for Star Trek this weekend and it's quite incredible!
  • Jennifer Aniston in Elle - Jennifer Aniston seems to just keep popping up all the time lately. Jennifer now makes an appearance in Elle magazine. I personally think she still looks good after all these years!
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,05 2009 - tech
TechNews - IE8 can be removed from Windows 7 - tech
(hx) 09:02 PM EST - Mar,05 2009 - Post a comment
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Mainstream GPU - The GeForce GTS 250 is very similar to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, and as such, the two cards perform almost identically when the new GTS 250's larger 1GB frame buffer doesn't come into play. At higher-resolutions, when additional pixel processing is employed (like in FarCry 2, for example), the GeForce GTS 250's larger frame buffer allows it to measurably outperform the older GeForce 9800 GTX+. In comparison to the Radeon HD 4850, generally speaking, both cards perform at nearly the same level, with a slight edge going to the GeForce GTS 250.
  • NVIDIA Developing x86 CPU? - According to Michael Hara, NVIDIA's senior vice president of investor relations and communications, the company is considering making a x86 processor in the next two or three years.
  • 1TB OCZ Z Drive Spotted At CeBIT - OCZ Technology cooked up just for CeBIT: a PCIe enclosure that'll contain 1TB worth of SSD storage with maximum read rates of up to 600MB/sec and maximum write speeds of up to 500MB/sec
  • IE8 can be removed from Windows 7 - Just-leaked build of Windows 7 lets users remove Internet Explorer. The move might have been prompted by recent charges by the European Union that Microsoft has stifled browser competition by bundling IE with its operating system, the bloggers speculate.
  • Firefox 3.0.7 - Security Update - For all you alternative browser types out there, Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox v3.0.7. The latest updated fixes eight vulnerabilities, six of which are considered critical.
  • The AutoMoto Scooter Review (video) - The Automoto, by contrast, is much more like a conventional scooter. It just happens to have two wheels in the back. This aids in stability, giving riders a greater sense of control as they rip around the corners. You'll also notice that the Automoto has a full roof and windshield, helping to protect you against the elements and making the Automoto more of an all-weather vehicle. There's also a trunk in the back, as well as four-speakers for in-scooter entertainment.
  • GM Says It Will Pull Bankruptcy Trigger Unless It Gets More Money - General Motors is teetering on the brink of financial chaos. GM says that its cash on hand is being depleted to levels where it will no longer be able to operate unless it gets $2B USD in additional loans at the end of March.  Heh! How long is the US going to stand up to this garbage? It is obvious that no matter how long we the people bail them out, they will not survive. They will just come back and point the bankruptcy gun at our collective heads and threaten to pull the trigger again. It is quite obvious that any 'loans' we the people give them will become write-offs as GM will never be able to pay them back!
  • Pinball machine running on HDTV (video) - Demo video of HyperPin a pinball frontend for Future Pinball.
  • The Half Million Dollar Basketball Shot (video) - Amir is convinced he made a blindfolded half-court shot for $500,000. Revenge for the epic Yankee Marriage Proposal Prank
  • Santell Bailed Out on Daily Show, Stewart Destroys CNBC (video) - CNBC's Rick Santelli is angry that those loser homeowners are going to get bailed out.
  • Man builds a holographic world for the woman he loves! (video) - This award winning short was created by filmmaker Bruce Branit, widely known as the co-creator of '405'. World Builder was shot in a single day followed by about 2 years of post production. Branit is the owner of Branit VFX based in Kansas City.
  • Burn Live from on stage, Melbourne 2.25.09 - The Canon 5D Mark II is AMAZING, I wish I had a spare $3000 to pick one up!
  • Michael Mann's Public Enemies Trailer - Universal has just debuted the trailer for Michael Mann's highly anticipated Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Depp stars as the infamous 1930's bank robber John Dillinger and Bale as his FBI pursuer Melvin Purvis. Hoover. Universal is bringing Public Enemies to theaters everywhere on July 1st this summer.
  • Another New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in theaters worldwide this upcoming summer on July 17th
  • Final Epic X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer - The first thing I'll say is that this looks so much better than before because it finally looks polished and the effects look really good. Secondly, both Gambit and Deadpool look badass and I can't wait to see them in action. But does this look like it'll be one of the best summer movies or not? Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st.
  • Hot and Sexy Anna Kournikova - It's pretty amazing that a tennis player like Anna Kournikova who never won a single tournament and retired like 5 years ago is still getting advertising contracts! :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,03 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v182.08 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 182.08 reference drivers out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit..Bearing the same number as a Quadro drive released last week, the GeForce 182.08 is WHQL certified, comes with the v9.09.0203 PhysX software, has support for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200 series cards and it features. The drivers add SLI profile support for some newly released games and fix some single and multi-GPU issues.
TechNews - Microsoft 2019 Vision Montage - tech
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  • Radeon 4870 Gets $50 Price Cut to $149, Radeon 4850 Will Drop to $129 - The ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB will drop $50 in price, from the $199 segment down to $149. It will compete in this price point primarily against NVIDIA's GTS 250 1GB rebrand using the old G92 chip, variants of which were used in the 8800GT, 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, etc
  • Seagate's Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive Tested - With its performance all over the map, the Barracuda 7200.12 is difficult to recommend to enthusiasts looking for a speedy system drive. However, near-silent noise levels and low power consumption do make it an attractive option for quiet desktops and home theater PCs.
  • NVIDIA Windows 7 *BETA* drivers (181.71) - NVIDIA has released a new graphics drivers for Windows 7 beta 32-bit / 64-bit.
  • Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation - Alex Kochis, director of Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program, said last week that users who don't activate the beta software "will receive persistent notifications, including a message from the system tray every 60 minutes" to "Activate Windows Now."
  • Microsoft Office Labs Looks Ahead to 2019 - How will emerging technology improve our productivity in the years ahead? What opportunities will arise from evolving trends and global change?
  • Intel Shows Off Programmable Matter (video) - CNN has a video of Intel's "programmable matter" in action well, in fully rendered 3D action that is. Pretty cool stuff!
  • Hands-On Video with Samsung Omnia HD i8910 - As you may recall, the Omnia HD i8910 does not get its juice through a Windows Mobile framework. Instead, the TouchWiz UI has been overlaid on top of a Symbian full-touch operating system. Other notable features include the 8 megapixel camera, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 720p HD video support, DLNA technology, dual stereo speakers, 720p @ 24fps video recording, FM radio with RDS, GPS, proximity sensor, accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, and an microSDHC memory card slot.
  • Watchmen iPhone Game is a Turn-Based MMO - It won't be all that surprising to find Watchmen games on the major consoles, but the Apple iPhone is getting in on the action as well. Who is going to watch the Watchmen? iPhone users, of course!
  • New Terminator Salvation Posters and Photos - A couple of new Terminator Salvation posters appeared on the web today. So check these out and let me know what you think! :P
  • Singularity Reveal Trailer (Official) - Singularity Reveal Trailer unveiled at last!
  • HULC Exoskeleton Promo Video - The new Lockheed HUCL is its newly-acquired powered exoskeleton intended to confer superhuman strength and endurance upon US soldiers.
  • 9 Child Prodigies Who Are Clearly Dangerous Mutants (video) - When they hit adulthood, we will all be obsolete. Check it out!
  • Sleeping Dog Runs Into Wall (video) - That was one intense dream!
  • Alessandra Ambrosio in Victoria's Secret Swimwear - Alessandra is one of the sexiest hotties I have laid eyes on in a long time! Some women are meant to wear only bikinis, and Alessandra Ambrosio might just top that list!
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,02 2009 - tech
NVIDIA Windows 7 *BETA* drivers (181.71) - tech
(hx) 05:32 PM EST - Mar,02 2009 - Post a comment
NVIDIA has released a new graphics drivers for Windows 7 beta 32-bit / 64-bit. Word is that the drivers: "represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for the forthcoming operating system from Microsoft" suggesting from here on out the company plans to provide regular updates for Windows 7. The update doesn't mention any performance improvements, but may be worth downloading if you're having problems with your graphics card and the Windows 7 beta. GPUs supported range from the GeForce 6 series all the way up to the latest GeForce GTX 200 cards.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,28 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7: Cure for a bad economy? - tech
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  • New ultra-low-voltage Intel CPUs may launch in March - The Core 2 Duo SU9600 will reportedly have a 1.6GHz clock speed with a $289 volume price tag, while the Core 2 Solo SU3500 will run at 1.4GHz and cost $262
  • 7 Intel Core i7 X58 Motherboards Tested and Compared - In terms of overclockability, we have two obvious winners: the Asus Rampage II Extreme and the Gigabyte X58-Extreme, both motherboards targeting the high-end enthusiast market.
  • ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Mobo tested - ASUS' M3A78-T motherboard has a little of something for everyone. Extreme gamers can take advantage of its socket AM2+ Phenom II processor support and Crossfire capabilities. Those looking for a nice upgrade for their existing socket AM2 processor now have HDMI, HDCP and a half decent integrated videocard at their fingertips.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Tested - Even though GTX 295 hasn't demonstrated ultimate performance in certain tests, it's apparently a king of 3D graphics, the fastest graphics card these days.
  • Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 drops to a delicious $199 - The Mini 9 runs on Ubuntu Linux and features a crisp 1024 x 600 resolution 8.9" color LCD screen, wireless connectivity, an ample Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz), 512MB of RAM, GMA950 graphics, a 4GB solid state drive (plenty for surfing the web, checking e-mail, office apps) and a 4-cell battery.
  • MacBook Air hinge defect not covered by Apple's warranty? - OMG, how can something like this not be covered under warranty?
  • AMD OverDrive 2.1.6 - This brings the handy utility up to version 2.1.6 so grab it if you need it, try it if you haven't.
  • Rivatuner v2.24 released - Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.24 RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters
  • Adobe Flash Flaw Could Give Attackers Full Control -  The new exploit can allow attackers to take full control of your PC
  • MSDN, TechNet To Get Vista SP2 RC Next Week - Microsoft is broadening the pool of testers getting the near-final Release Candidate (RC) bits of Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Windows 7 RC to natively support .mov files - While this may delight owners of cameras which output in the .mov format, it's also good news for anyone who enjoys watching movies on their PC, as movie trailers, particularly those on Apple Movie Trailers, come in .mov format, and so require QuickTime (or a freeware player such as VLC) to view.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7: Cure for a bad economy? - It's no secret that Windows 7 will ship before the end of the year. In related news, InfoWorld reports Microsoft tweaks Experience Index for Windows 7 and MSDN Blog has article called 'Engineering Windows 7'
  • Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer - Steve Ballmer confirmed on a conference call yesterday that Window Mobile 7 indeed won't be here until next year.
  • Can The Sonim XP1 Withstand A 9mm Bullet? (video) - The Sonim XP1 is marketed as an indestructible cell phone, but can it withstand a shot from a 9mm gun? Will it survive the bullet?
  • Want an iPhone 3G for free? Fly to Japan -  Softbank Mobile, the exclusive carrier of Apple's smartphone in Japan, will give anyone who signs a two-year contract a free 8GB iPhone 3G. If customers prefer the 16GB model, that will cost them $118 (reduced from $350). The 16B iPhone will also be discounted to $118, from $350; the 8GB used to retail for $235.
  • Five Reasons I'm Not Buying a Nintendo DSi - check it out
  • Colbert Dials Up the 1997 Internet (video) - I still deal with people who use 10-year-old versions of Internet Explorer, etc, despite newer versions being completely free. I'm thinking I'll send all of them this clip and see if they get it ;)
  • Worm Disables CPU Fan, Causes Overheating - Be on the lookout for a worm that causes your CPU fan to stop working, leading to overheating. Since the worm is an actual earthworm, the threat of it spreading is minimal ;-)
  • Awesome Tunnel Has 41,000 LEDs (video) - This project is a two hundred foot tunnel made by an artist named Leo Villareal. The lights are actually 41,000 LEDs that move in various patterns. You can see the display in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. through the end of 2009
  • Barack Obama May be the Next Antichrist, Hitler or Both - I am amazed at the amount of people that took this seriously!
  • Alien Speculation (video) - Will the real ET be little green men or little green bacteria? SETI Institute Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak theorizes what our first alien encounter might be like
  • Family Guy pokes fun at Bill Gates and the Zune - The last episode of Family Guy 'Oceans three and a half' takes on Bill Gates and the ill fated Zune. However what I liked most was the spoof of Christian Bale's outburst on the sets of Terminator 4
  • Echelon Conspiracy Trailer - Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young engineer untold wealth, then make him the target of a deadly international plot that threatens the entire world.
  • Greg Mottola's Adventureland Red Band Trailer - Miramax has debuted a crazy red band trailer for Adventureland, the 80's coming-of-age comedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola.
  • The Science of Watchmen Video - University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios was hired as a science consultant on Watchmen and now with the release just a few weeks away, Kakalios has put together this short video talking about various scientific aspects of the film. I was hoping this would be a lot cooler than it was, but it's still a good watch and it's interesting to hear about the actual scientific side of things in Watchmen
  • Everything is Possible (video) - Sometimes Internet videos don't go wrong. Here are some excerpts from the only 30 times that's happened.
  • Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers - While levels are fairly consistent across the US, eight of the top 10 pornography-consuming states voted Republican, says a study.
  • 12-hour Viagra-fuelled Orgy Ends in Death - The 28-year-old Russian man died after taking a bottle of Viagra pills for an apparent 12-hour sex romp
  • Maggie Grace - UHQ Photoshoot Celebrity Pictures - Margaret Grace Denig (born September 21, 1983), known professionally as Maggie Grace, is an American actress
  • Megan Fox Shows Us Some Awesome Cleavage - I know you had no doubt that her cleavage was going to be awesome, but Megan goes and proves that it's even more awesome than you had ever imagined!
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,24 2009 - tech
TechNews - F.E.A.R. 2 Gameplay Performance - tech
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  • DDR3 Round-Up: Memory Performance With The Core i7 - Higher clock speed memory modules perform better than lower clocked modules with a Core i7, and likewise, lower-latency modules perform better than higher-latency modules. Triple-channel memory configurations will give you more memory bandwidth compared to single-channel or dual-channel configurations. But anyone who knows a smidge about memory knows that these are basic rules that typically remain true with any platform
  • F.E.A.R. 2 Gameplay Performance and IQ - As you just saw in the benchmarks, Monolith's F.E.A.R. 2 performs quite well with today's and even yesterday's latest hardware. Even with max settings and 8xAA, the GeForce 8800 and Radeon 3870 all ran with very fluid frame rates at 1600x1200, and some may feel quite comfortable with the frame rates we saw from these cards at 1920x1200 as well with those settings.
  • Site claims to unlock fourth core in Phenom II X3 - Korean techsite Playwares claim to have successfully unlocked the missing core on a new Phenom II X3 710. Using a Biostar TA790GX motherboard with an SB750 south bridge, the site claims enabling the fourth core was as easy as changing an Advanced Clock Calibration setting in the BIOS.
  • Intel's response to PC Perspective's alleged SSD 'slowness' - A laptop user placing light workloads on their X25-M may never see the worst of these issues, but many users are going solid state for their desktop OS partitions, and a typical power user workload can fragment these drives in short order. It is likely that other manufacturers will employ similar write combining techniques in the future, and with those new devices may come similar real world slowdowns
  • ASUS VW266H 25.5inch LCD Monitor  - The image quality is really only adequate, which means professionals should obviously look elsewhere, but the display does well with fast motion. Being able to have a huge display along with the ability to turn graphics settings up makes the display a great choice for gamers.
  • Kingston demos 24GB RAM desktop - Using six engineering sample 4GB DDR3 memory modules, a Core i7-920 CPU and Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard, Kingston demo'ed a 24GB PC
  • Asus Eee PC T91 preview - The first and most important feature on this Eee PC is its touch-sensitive display (with the typical 1,024 x 600 native resolution) which is attached to the rest of the machine via a 180-degree hinge. This hinge also rotates by 180 degrees and enables the T91 to transform itself from a traditional netbook into what Asus claims is the smallest and slimmest tablet PC to date when the display is folded back over the keyboard
  • 9-inch, SSD-based netbooks going down in price - Looks like netbook makers are applying 'sharp' price cuts to 9-inch SSD-based netbooks-supposedly a strategy to clear inventory in the face of reduced demand
  • Mysterious Mac Mini Movie - The clip shows a case which is fundamentally identical to the current compact desktop, including its wrap-around aluminum skin, white plastic top, and slot-load optical drive, but continues to show the exact same change in ports as before. A fifth USB port has been added, while Mini DisplayPort and mini DVI replace the earlier, full-size DVI video connector. FireWire 800 also replaces the earlier FIreWire 400 port
  • Share Your Internet Over USB, No Drivers Needed - Plug the device into the computer with the internet connection and then run a USB cable from said device to the other computer. Boom - instant internet connection sharing; no need to install special drivers or extra software.
  • ATI Catalyst 9.2 Analysis - XP & Vista - For the most part performance seems to be up, which is always a good thing. The particularly good news is that there are performance improvements seen in the more important minimum department. This is where we want to see the increases which hopefully help in going above that golden 30 FPS minimum we always like to see.
  • Windows 7 Beta Review - Right now, Windows 7 may not be the fastest operating system, but it feels better than Vista ever did and is extremely fun to use
  • Windows 7 could hit release candidate stage on April 10 - The first Release Candidate will officially come out on April 10. This purported deadline might slip, of course, but Neowin claims the Windows team "is right on schedule with development" so far. If things keep chugging along at this rate, it sounds like Windows 7 might be ready in time for the summer
  • Google users hit by mail blackout - Google's web mail service is restored for many users after a blackout lasting more than four hours.
  • Beware "Error Check System" Facebook Application - All you Facebook users should be aware of this bogus "Error Check System" application currently making the rounds. While you guys probably won't fall for that, you have friends and family on Facebook that would
  • Microsoft makes fired employees mail back over paid cheques - Microsoft has now issued letters to many of its laid off staff claiming that they goofed up on the accounting front , overpaid them and are now asking to mail the over paid amount back to Microsoft or get a tax surcharge
  • Video Tour of American Nintendo DSi - The latest portable gaming and multimedia device from Nintendo has been on sale in Japan for several months, but the American version is just around the corner. Look for the American version of the Nintendo DSi to hit retailers on April 5th. The MSRP has been set at US$169.99, so the Canadian price will probably get pretty close to C$200.
  • Judd Apatow's Funny People Trailer - Universal has debuted a very long, very funny, and very touching trailer for Judd Apatow's Funny People. This is Judd Apatow's third feature film and it looks pretty incredible, I'd say, and I'm already going to say that it's one of my most anticipated summer releases based off of this trailer.
  • New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Featurette - This two-and-a-half-minute featurette plays like an extended trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but with some interviews and behind-the-scenes footage in addition to all of the actual finished scenes.
  • Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces Early Teaser Trailer - The film is described as a "four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of '50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled, with signature Almodovar themes such as fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of fathers for sons, and sons for fathers." Sony Pictures Classics will bring Broken Embraces to limited theaters starting on November 6th.
  • Funny People Trailer Online - Sandler is a good fit for the Apatow Pack, and I am really looking forward to seeing this
  • The Tower (pic) - Check it out
  • How To NOT Sell Rock Band on eBay (pic) - Totally not the way to sell Rock Band on eBay, the World of Warcraft poster behind him distracts people from the actual product
  • Sandra Bullock in InStyle Magazine - Sandra is in the March issue of InStyle magazine, and it's safe to say that she still looks absolutely amazing after all these years.
  • Eva Mendes - GQ Magazine -  It doesn't matter what magazine Eva Mendes is posing for, they all look pretty darn good in my opinion
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,20 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.2 Display Driver - tech
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All you Radeon owners should head on over to the AMD/ATi website and grab the new Catalyst 9.2 drivers.The new drivers are said to show performance benefits in "several" cases where framerates are CPU-limited, giving examples of up to 20% improvement in Crysis DX10 and Crysis Warhead DX10 and up to 5% improvement in World in Conflict. Along with the standard performance improvements and bug fixes, the new Catalyst 9.2 drivers offers Folding@Home Multi-GPU support. Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro x64 flavors are available so grab them if you need them!
TechNews - Another Exploit Targets IE7 Bug - tech
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  • HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB Tested - So, what is the verdict when it comes to 1 GB versus 512 MB on a video card? As long as the video card is a fast card, like the HD4870, it clearly is very beneficial to the performance of some games and less benificial in others.
  • Intel sues Nvidia over chipset license - Intel filed a lawsuit against Nvidia late on Monday, alleging that the two companies' current four-year-old chipset license agreement does not extend to Intel's upcoming CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers.
  • 8.9-inch Eee PCs to disappear this year - Why such a dramatic move? 10-inch models are "becoming the mainstream specification in the market," according to Asustek Asia prez.
  • Dell prepares to ship 10-inch Inspiron Mini 10 - The new Inspiron Mini's display has a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 1024x576 resolution, and it can purportedly scale up to 1024x768 (though Dell says the former res is a "better fit for the widescreen display"). This system is also outfitted with Intel Atom Z520 or Z530 processors, 1GB of non-upgradable memory, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, HDMI display output, and a copy of Windows XP. With the default three-cell battery, Dell says the Inspiron Mini 10 tips the scales at just 2.86 lbs. Prices are supposed to start at $399, but the config up on QVC right now costs $559
  • ATI Crossfire Extension v.1.0 is here! - Futuremark actually runs slower but Fear 2 demo runs like hell with this util! It will surely come handy from time to time! Kudos to the creator of this nifty program!
  • Microsoft's IE 8 Compatibility List: Is it working? -  Here is a list of the 2400 sites that will display automatically in non-standards mode if/when an IE 8 user decides to download and install the Compatibility View list.
  • Single Google Query uses 1000 Machines in 0.2 seconds -  The switch to holding the complete search index in memory results in the use of 1000 machines to handle a single query compared to just 12 previously
  • Another Exploit Targets IE7 Bug - If you are current on your patches, you are fine. Analysis by Trend Micro researchers reveal that BKDR_AGENT.XZMS takes screenshots of the infected system and sends these screenshots to a remote malicious location. It also creates a hidden Internet Explorer window which connects to a website to listen for commands.
  • Adobe Warns of Critical, Unpatched Security Flaw - Adobe says that attackers are taking advantage of a new, unpatched critical security flaw in Adobe Acrobat 9 and Reader 9. Adobe advises people to update their virus definitions and exercise caution when opening documents from unknown sources.
  • Man Gets Prison Time for Software Piracy - He has to pay back $810,000 and give up a Ferrari and Rolex he bought with the proceeds from the pirated software. Between July 2004 and May of last year, Dunaway operated about 40 Web sites that sold a "large volume" of downloadable counterfeit software without authorization from the copyright owners
  • Regular Dry-Cell Batteries Wrapped in Solar Panels? - When the batteries are drained, you simply leave them sitting in a windowsill or anywhere with ample sunlight and they'll recharge themselves
  • Scientists create a pill to get rid of bad memories - There are times in life when people wish they could remove a particularly painful thought from their mind. That usually never happens, but it could in the near future
  • Scientists expect to create life in next 10 years - That first cell of synthetic life - made from the basic chemicals in DNA - may not seem like much to non-scientists. For one thing, you’ll have to look in a microscope to see it.
  • Did Google Earth Find Atlantis? - Has Google Earth finally solved the mystery of the lost city of Atlantis? If this is true, and it is simply a data artifact as they claim, where are all the other lines like this on the bottom of the ocean? Or is Google claiming that only data from that area was collected using a boat that drives in perfectly square patterns?
  • Japanese Robot Of The Year (video) - Robot scorpions, robot soccer players, and a stereo that dances - take a look at the Japanese Robot Awards 2007.
  • New Trailer for The Boat That Rocked! - The Boat That Rocked is both written and directed by British filmmaker Richard Curtis, who only last directed Love Actually, but has written and produced numerous British hit TV series and movies, including Notting Hill and Bridget Jones. The film stars an incredible array of actors, including Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, and January Jones. It's being distributed by Universal Pictures in the US. The Boat That Rocked will hit theaters in the UK in early April, but does not have an official release date for the US just yet. Stay tuned for more in 2009!
  • Third and Final X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot: Legends - As promised, Fox aired the final of three TV spots last night for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st
  • Save $$$ Now - Follow these 10 easy steps to save over $500 this month without feeling the pinch
  • Kitten and the Invisible Door!- check it out
  • Water torture (pic) - Another poor kitten ;)
  • Battle for Terra Trailer Online - The trailer for Lionsgate's Battle for Terra has hit the net leaving me with a sense of distaste for the human race but wanting to cuddle something cute.
  • THE 10 SEXIEST FEMALE CELEBRITY LIPS - Research has shown that the more estrogen a girl has, the fuller her lips are. Research has also shown that estrogen makes women crazy, so that means these ten women are incredibly insane and incredibly hot
  • Carla Gugino in Details - Carla Gugino isn't a name that I nor many know very well. Carla was in the Spy Kids series as well as in the upcoming Watchmen movie. In Details magazine, she gets a very sexy spread of photos.
  • Hayden Panettiere - Mini Magazine Russian Edition - Hayden Panettiere covers the February 2009 issue of Russian Mini Magazine. 19-year-old American actress sure looks charming in this photoshoot, so I definitely am a fan of the cover shot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,18 2009 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v182.06 - tech
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There are brand new GeForce 182.06 reference drivers (GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series) out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit..Here's the full list of improvements in the ForceWare 182.06 drivers, according to Nvidia's download page:
- Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182.06 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
---Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
---Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
---Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
---Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
---Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
 -Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.
The official release notes (PDF) also mention bug fixes related to Lord of the Rings Online, Fallout 3, Crysis, and power-state switching in GeForce 9800 and 8800 cards.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,16 2009 - tech
TechNews - Facebook Owns YOU! - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 / X4 810 / X4 920 Tested - Phenom II processors demonstrate more attractive performance than their direct competitors from the Core 2 series. For example, the 810 processor looks much better than the Q8200 and the Q6600, which has a much larger cache. Phenom II X3 has a significant advantage -- the third core. So it's a more promising product, demonstrating no worse, or even better performance in most tests. In fact, this processor makes dual-core CPUs justified only in the budget category, which lacks triple-core models, or in case of some specific tasks.
  • Phenom II AM3 Facing DDR3-1333 Stability Issues - If you're eying an AMD Phenom II AM3 platform, you'll want to pay attention to this budding issue. TechPowerUp reports that AMD has acknowledged a limitation with the DDR3 memory sub-system.
  • AMD to Launch Radeon HD4890 in April 2009 - The RV790XT A11 sample has a clockspeed of 850Mhz and a operating voltage of 1.3V. It will likely be paired with 975Mhz GDDR5 memory. By comparision, the current Radeon HD4870 (RV770) model runs at 750MHz core clock and 900MHz memory clock
  • Nvidia Plans GeForce GTS 240 & 9800 GT 'Green' - Nvidia is going to silently launch a new 9800 GT Green edition in Mid March where the VGPU will be lowered and that results in core clocks reduction from 600 to 550MHz and shader clock from 1500 to 1375MHz
  • ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook $25 off - Amazon has fairly good deal for ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook (1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 10 GB E-Storage, Bluetooth, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery) Black.
  • Lenova 12" Notebook Soon - Lenovo reportedly plans to launch an Atom N280-based IdeaPad S20 netbook featuring a 12-inch panel. The specification would break Intel's restrictions for netbook products that state devices cannot offer panel sizes larger than the 10-inch category, according to sources at notebook makers. As a consequence for breaking the restrictions, Lenovo will lose out on preferential pricing for the N280 processor, and would end up having to buy at Intel's officially announced price, which is around US$10 higher than typical quotes to vendors of Lenovo's size, the sources noted.
  • Rivatuner 2.23 for Forceware 182.xx and Catalyst 9.1 - Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.23 In this release we have included a huge number of new stuff to keep you busy, obviously GeForce 9x00 / GTX 200 series support has been added as well as ForceWare GeForce drivers up-to 181.xx and AMD ATI Catalyst 8.12 support.
  • Microsoft Opening Retail Stores - Microsoft is planning to do what Apple did successfully and what Dell and Gateway failed to do: launch a retail store chain
  • Facebook: We own your content forever, and ever - Facebook's terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.
  • Woman, not breast-feeding, thrown off Facebook - I  am not sure why people act surprised when their Facebook account is closed after they post semi-nude pictures on the site. The way this girl is talking (claiming she is losing business), I smell a lawsuit coming
  • Pirate Bay file-sharing defended - The founders of a website which carries links to copies of music, films and TV programmes have gone on trial in Sweden on charges of copyright theft. "It is legal to offer a service that can be used in both a legal and illegal way, according to Swedish law," Mr Samuelsson said at the opening of the trial, which is expected to last three weeks. He said the site "can be compared to making cars that can be driven faster than the speed limit".
  • Conficker worm infects more than a million PCs - The $250000 bounty Microsoft has put up for information on of the controllers of the globe-spanning Conficker worm seems about right
  • HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 Announced - The second generation HTC Touch Diamond (which we know as the Diamond2) gets a screen upgrade, from 2.8in to 3.2in, with an accompanying resolution boost from VGA (480x640) to WVGA (480x800). The lauded TouchFlo 3D alternative interface now reaches a bit deeper into Windows Mobile 6.1, making a few more functions touch-friendly, but stopping short of a total overhaul.
  • Samsung unveils solar-powered phone - For starters, the back side of the Blue Earth has been outfitted with a large solar panel. They say that this panel will be able to generate enough electricity to make a phone call any time that you want.
  • I am a PC and 7 years old (video) - Last week we had Kylie, a 4 year old girl using Windows Live Photo Gallery to send pictures to her family, in the new Microsoft Rookies ad campaign. Now we have Alexa, a 7 year old who yet again uses Windows Live Photo Gallery. Alexa takes different pictures of her room and puts it all in one picture to make a panaromic picture using Windows Live Photo Gallery The ad still sticks to its underlying message which is, how easy are Windows products to use. Microsoft quotes, "It's easy at any age with Windows Live Photo Gallery. If Alexa can do it, how about you?"
  • Hubble in trouble after satellite crash -  A pair of satellites collided last Wednesday and the resulting debris poses a greater than normal risk to damage the Hubble Space Telescope
  • Lesbian Vampire Killers - Full Trailer - Lesbian Vampire Killers is directed by British filmmaker Phil Claydon, of the 2002 horror flick Alone. The script was co-written by Paul Hupfield and Stewart Williams, both of the British TV series "Balls of Steel" previously. For those from England, the film stars James Cordon and Mathew Horne, the duo from the TV series "Gavin & Stacey". Lesbian Vampire Killers is scheduled to hit theaters in the UK in March of 2009, but doesn't have a US distributor yet. With some luck, we can expect to see this sometime in 2009
  • Fight Scene from the Street Fighter Movie - Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is directed by ex-cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, who directed Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Doom previously. The script was penned by up-and-coming screenwriter Justin Marks, who also penned screenplays for Masters of the Universe and Voltron. Hong Kong fight choreographer Dion Lam, who previously worked on The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, and all of Bartkowiak's previous films, is handling the fight sequences. Fox is debuting Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li in theaters everywhere on February 27th.
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Trailer Online - The Trailer for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 has hit the net. In the film, opening in theaters on June 12th, the Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour.
  • Another Stunning Watchmen TV Spot! - Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (of Dawn of the Dead and 300) and is written by David Hayter (The Scorpion King, X-Men, X-Men 2) and Alex Tse. The film is an adaptation of Alan Moore's highly acclaimed award winning graphic novel of the same name. Watchmen officially arrives in theaters everywhere on March 6th, 2009.
  • New X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spots Online - The new TV Spot for X-Men Origins: Wolverine is online. I like how this clip shows where this movie fits. It will be telling an origin story, but also just an early story of Wolverine with flashbacks to his youth. Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st.
  • Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Trailer Online - Check it out! If you pause it at 1:39, i'm pretty sure we can see the fallen :P
  • The Simpsons new title sequence, first change in 19 years! - For the first time in the show's history, The Simpsons will be in HD for all to see Sunday night, as well as the first full, permanent revamp of the show's opening titles since its premiere in 1989. Fox will also air both a full-length and an abbreviated version of the credits.
  • A woman missed her flight at the boarding gate HKIA (video) - A woman going insane after missing her flight. WTF? :-)
  • Scarlett Johansson's Cleavage Is Convincing - Here are some new shots of Scarlett Johansson's Dolce & Gabanna campaign. Unlike the last set that came out last month, these ones show much more cleavage which makes the whole Marilyn Monroe recreation that much more authentic. Nice.
  • Bar Refaeli in a Bikini - Can we ever get enough of bikini and lingerie model Bar Refaeli? Well, today's photos are quite artistic, not like the usually gratuitous breasts and ass photos that we have all come to enjoy. Either way, I don't have a problem with it and neither should you. Enjoy, guys!
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,12 2009 - tech
TechNews - 3GB vs. 6GB Memory Performance - tech
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  • 3GB vs. 6GB Memory Performance Analysis on X58 - If you have the money or just want the best you're going to end up with 6GB. If you multi-task a lot and use your computer for work that runs memory intensive programs, then you will no doubt end up with 6GB or even 12GB. If you're on a budget or would rather spend the money you save by buying a 3GB kit over a 6GB one in order to upgrade your graphics card, you will end up with 3GB of memory and still be extremely happy.
  • NVIDIA notebook drivers 179.40 - The new drivers are numbered 179.48, and they're available for Windows Vista and Windows XP in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.
  • What People Search For On Google - I am not sure whether I should laugh or cry at these figures :\ Looks like we. are. doomed. ;-)
  • Paid Downloads are Coming to YouTube - What do you think about paying for YouTube videos?
  • Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know - ArsTechnica published a guide to upgrading to Windows 7.
  • Voiced Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation Points to iPhone (video) - With the basic GPS navigation on the iPhone, however, you still have to look at the screen to know where you are going. This new app overcomes that by providing voiced directions, just like you would get on a standalone GPS navigation device. It's not available through the official App Store, so you will need to go through the routine of jailbreaking to access this functionality.
  • The GeoBulb LED light bulb - The bulb is said to last 30,000 hours, using a fraction of the power of incandescent bulbs, generating very little heat and isn't susceptible to vibrations or repeated on/off switching
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know: AK-47 - With a new book on the market entitled AK-47: The Story of the People's Gun, Michael Hodges is an expert on this particular weapon, and we got Hodges to let us in on a few little-known facts about the AK-47 while researching his work
  • Microsoft Statement On Economic Stimulus Bill - Microsoft applauds the Senate's vote today to move this vital stimulus package for the U.S. economy a step closer to final passage
  • Cradle Of Filth - From The Cradle To The Enslave (Uncensored) - Check it out (my favourite band) :P
  • Guitar Store (pic) - Awesome storefront.
  • Erin Cummings of 'The Anniversary' on Attack Of The Show Video - Check it out!
  • Koala drinking water from the Bush Fire Tragedy Crisis (video) - God bless people who actually care about the animals who also live on this Earth.
  • Rat Loves Cat! (video) - I bet that cat will eat the rat when the time is right and no camera is playing :P!
  • Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds - Full Trailer - This is not a remake of the Italian film of the similar name (Inglorious Bastards) nor is it a remake of the Dirty Dozen as some have assumed. This simple plot comes from the twisted mind of Tarantino himself. This looks like it will measure up to every word of Brad Pitt's speech. It looks to have a LOT of brutal violence in it (which is always forgivable when doing it to Nazis apparently). 
  • Kate Hudson - HQ Photoshoot - Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an American film actress. She came to prominence in 2001 after receiving an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for her role in the drama Almost Famous, and has since established herself as a Hollywood lead actress, starring in several films, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Skeleton Key, You, Me and Dupree, Fool's Gold, and Bride Wars.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,10 2009 - tech
TechNews - AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & X4 810 - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & X4 810 Review Round-Up - The X4 810 is a nice part which will make quite a few folks happy. It does not run really hot, it does not pull all that much power, and it certainly performs well considering the price it is at. The real star of this show is the X3 720 BE. Overclocking this is a breeze, and its performance even at stock speeds is nothing to sneeze at. Once up at 3.5 GHz and beyond, the real fun starts.
  • Intel Reveals Westmere 32nm Roadmap -  Intel has unveiled most of what we wanted to know about their 32nm "Westmere" processors, and it looks like we have a fair amount to look forward to. In addition to the fact that we'll be seeing GPU/CPU processors later this year, the company also threw in a few other surprises, such as the inclusion of new security-based instructions.
  • Intel delays 'Tukwila' server chip - again - Tukwila is a quad-core update to the Itanium processor, which has had a less-than-promising run since the original version was announced back in 2001. The chip's architecture--based on explicit instruction-level parallelism--is a radical departure from the x86 design used in PCs today. It was believed at one time that Itanium would replace x86 chips in many Intel-based computers.
  • Intel to Invest $7 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing Facilities Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced the company would spend $7 billion over the next two years to build advanced manufacturing facilities in the United States.
  • Nvidia working to cut GeForce GTX 260 production costs - The latest design includes the new 55nm GT200b GPU, 10 PCB layers, and no Volterra chip
  • Catalyst 9.2 without AF-Bug Soon - It looks like the next Catalyst driver will resolve the AF bug. After the Catalyst 8.12 hotfix driver you cannot activate AF in Catalyst drivers under DX10 games. Some games like Crysis Warhead have not got any option in the game to configure AF. So you must play without AF in these games.
  • GeForce 182.05 beta driver released -  Recommended for the best experience in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • Official Windows XP Support To Be Scaled Back - On April 14, Microsoft plans to shift Windows XP from 'mainstream support' to 'extended support.' This will change the availability of free fixes and updates for many people.
  • Last official day to download Windows 7 beta - Today is the final day that Microsoft plans to offer the download from their servers. They will be shut off at 11:59 pm PT today
  • Microsoft reveals 'My Phone' backup, sync service - Microsoft said it would give each user 200MB of storage space, but warned that only phones powered by Windows Mobile 6 or later would be compatible with the service
  • ComputerTan hoax fools tens of thousands of users - ComputerTan is a fantastic new product that absolutely 100% guarantees to transform your computer monitor into a UV sunlamp, and provide that perfect crispy burnt glow at the office. Or not! It might sound absurd, but some 30,000 individuals have signed up the the service that offers to let them pick the shade they want to be, expecting their monitor to do its magic. OMG! :-)
  • No One Said iPhone Was a Nice Guy (video) -  Yes, the iPhone may not be the nicest guy there, but it seems that he really gets what's coming to him.
  • Disney and DreamWorks Distribution Partnership is Official - The Walt Disney Studios has agreed to enter into an exclusive long-term distribution arrangement with filmmaker Steven Spielberg and partner Stacey Snider, CEO of DreamWorks, to distribute all upcoming live-action motion pictures produced by DreamWorks under their partnership with Reliance Big Entertainment. Under the terms of this arrangement, Disney will handle distribution and marketing for approximately six DreamWorks films each year. The first DreamWorks film to be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner is scheduled for in 2010.
  • Fred Durst's The Education of Charlie Banks Trailer - Who would have ever guessed that Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst was going to become a great director? Although he directed The Longshots last year, his real debut was on a film called The Education of Charlie Banks, that is just hitting theaters now even though it premiered at Tribeca in 2007. The trailer for the film premiered over the weekend and is actually worth checking out
  • First Official Footage from Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds! - Apparently the rumors are true - Entertainment Tonight is showing the first full trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds tomorrow night. In advance of that debut, they've aired a very short teaser for the trailer, which features about 25 seconds of our first look at Inglourious Basterds.
  • Will Arnold be back in Terminator Salvation? - It's likely ILM is working on digitizing him to look like the 1984 Schwarzenegger we all know. Sound about right to you?
  • Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist Mash-Up Video - Every remake of this kid makes me laugh :-)
  • Olga Kurylenko Photos - Does it get any hotter than that? :P
  • Adriana Lima Is Sexy In Elle - Adriana Lima never disappoints!
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - Gaming On A 269inch Screen - tech
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  • GeForce 9 rebranding may take effect next month - Nvidia will re-introduce the GeForce 9800 GTX+ as the GeForce GTS 250 and the GeForce 9800 GT as the GeForce GTS 240.  Needless to say it merely serves to try and dupe customers into buying old parts by telling them they are new products. I know we should all check specs and what not before buying, but if Ford came out with a car and called it the 'AwesomeCar' and it was just a Focus but Ford claimed it was a new product, they'd be crucified.
  • nVidia Chips Comparison Table - You have to be very carefull with low-end video cards using nVidia chips, because they can use different clock rates and different memory interface from the table. For example, you can find GeForce FX 5200, GeForce FX 5500 and GeForce 6600 with 64-bit or 128-bit interface. We've seen GeForce FX 5200, GeForce FX 5500 and GeForce 6200 with 32-bit interface on the market! To make things cleaner, Hardware Secrets posted nVidia Chips Comparison Table
  • Nvidia goes stereoscopic with GeForce 3D Vision - The package comes with two main components: a pair of glasses and a little, black, pyramid-shaped doohickey that happens to be an IR transmitter. Both of these devices plug into the computer via a USB cable. The glasses plug in only for the purpose of charging. Otherwise, they're wireless and won't keep you tethered to your PC, thank goodness. The IR transmitter must remain connected to the PC, of course, because it's what sends signals to the glasses.
  • Western Digital MyBook Studio Edition II 2TB tested - Inside the WD MyBook Studio Edition II are two pairs of WD Green Power 1TB hard drives, which are Western Digital's new eco-friendly high-capacity hard drives. Both drives are configured as RAID 0 enabled, which puts speed and capacity over data protection. It comes formatted for HFS+, which is the default Mac hard drive format. If you're mainly a PC user, you can reformat the drives to either FAT32 or NTFS file formats using the included WD Drive Manager utility
  • Gaming On A 269inch Screen - According to the folks at IAC, who house this monstrosity in their headquarters' lobby, it's the largest, highest-definition screen in the world. That is to say there are larger screens with lower resolution and smaller screens with higher resolution, but this bad boy has the highest combo of both specs. Yes, it is large.
  • Windows Vista SP1 vs Vista SP2 Release Candidate Performance -  As for hard disk drive performance on the Intel ICH9R controller chip, performance was rather poor under SP2. Clearly something needs to be done. It affected read performance greatly, especially in the minimum read speed where SP2 dropped right down to around 48MB/s whereas SP1 stayed strong at about 136MB/s.
  • Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? - What do you think? Do Windows 7 and KDE 4 just look way too alike to tell the difference? Which one looks better?
  • Multiple Gmail Inboxes - From Gmail Labs -  Google Software Engineer, Octavian Costache is the brain behind this idea, implementing the Google's famous 20% time where employees spend 20% of their work time doing personal things
  • Two Key MySQL Executives Leave Sun - Two top executives of the MySQL business at Sun Microsystems, including the former CEO of MySQL, have decided to leave the company. They include Marten Mickos, the CEO of MySQL before it was acquired by Sun last year for about $1 billion, and Michael "Monty" Widenius, founder and original developer of MySQL. Widenius wrote he plans to work on a small company called Monty Program Ab, which develops open-source software applications. He also plans to open a restaurant which he said will use databases to achieve a better customer experience.
  • MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense (video) - Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they're done. Pattie Maes of the lab's Fluid Interfaces group said the research is aimed at creating a new digital "sixth sense" for humans
  • Ultra small car projector (video) - Future cars won't be having speedometers and other dials on the dashboard instead the information would be projected on the windshield!
  • iPhone Enters the Action with Time Crisis Strike - The fast-paced shooter franchise is now available on Apple's touchscreen handheld, letting you shoot those bad guys in the face over and over again.
  • Darth Vader theme played on a Hard Drive (video) - We just can't get enough of the Dark side ;)
  • Duck Vs Jet Engine (video) - This is a cool demonstration on what happens to Jet Engines when a single duck is flown much like the bird strike that caused the Hudson River plane crash last month.
  • Adnan's version of Beat it (unedited) - This is another way to kill your time :P
  • Bill Gates: How I'm trying to change the world now - Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.
  • Halftime Horror - Houdini Water Torture Cell Gone Bad (video) - Halftime Horror-  January 16th, 2009, where Kristen blacks out with a Hypoxic Seizure in front of 17,000 people. After the locks and lid were removed and her head was brought above water, she started breathing on he own instantly. She gets herself the rest of the way out of the water cell. This was her 599th attempt. Seven days later she was back in the water cell at Ford Park Center arena in Beaumont, TX for 4,000 people. She now has over 600 attempts.
  • World's Most Powerful Nerf Gun (video) - These guys build the world's most powerful .44 cal nerf gun and take aim at their buddy who is somewhat annoyed in their interest in the stupid toy. After the shot he is even less a fan ;)
  • Hilarious Traffic Stop From German Cop (video) - Check it out ;) For those of you who don't know. At the end she said "I love the feeling of sneezing" ;)
  • Skynet Research Viral Marketing for Terminator Salvation - That's why it would make perfect sense for Warner Brothers to use some sort of viral marketing for the upcoming Terminator Salvation, specifically involving Skynet, the AI system that controls the robots.
  • Full Teaser Trailer for Will Ferrell's Land of the Lost - For all of you who liked the Super Bowl TV spot, here is the full version of the teaser trailer for Land of the Lost. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, and Anna Friel, as well as SNL's Jorma Taccone. Personally, I'm not looking forward to it, but I expect it to be a big summer hit.
  • Giant Bug Movie Infestation Trailer - Now this is what Stephen King's The Mist should've been like! Here's the first trailer for the giant bug movie Infestation. This stars Fanboys actor Chris Marquette as a white collar office worker who must battle a sudden outbreak of giant killer alien insects. It's part horror and it's part comedy and overall it actually looks pretty awesome!
  • Hilary Duff - Glow Magazine Photoshoot - check it out
  • Gisele Bundchen in Elle - Gisele Bundchen is featured in the newest issue of Elle magazine. Yay!
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,04 2009 - tech
TechNews - Microsoft reveals Windows 7 editions - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 In Detail - Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost - Despite its new reincarnation, Hyper-Threading is still as controversial as in times of NetBurst. This technology yields zero performance gains according to our overall score (rounded), even though some tests demonstrate significant performance gains or drops.
  • Nvidia GT218 Card & Specs Surfaced - GT218 is the first 40nm based GPU from Nvidia and there are at least 4 SKUs on different PCB designs
  • Seagate announces 2TB enterprise hard drive - The new Constellation 2.5-in. and Constellation ES 3.5-in. drives come in Serial Attached SCSI 6Gbit/sec. or Serial ATA 3Gbit/sec. models and include a feature that allows them to shut down when not in use to save power.
  • Eee PC 1000HE available for pre-order -  According to Asus, the Eee PC 1000HE features a new Atom N280 processor that runs at 1.66GHz with a 667MHz front-side bus-faster than the 1.6GHz Atom N270 (with its 533MHz FSB) that powers most other netbooks.   FYI, you can save $25 by pre-ordering.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ - Dubbed 'SuperSpeed USB', USB 3.0 promises a major leap forward in transfer speeds and capability, while maintaining backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. It may sound straightforward, but a lot has had to change; in this FAQ we will address the most common questions about USB 3.0 and explain in plain English what it all means.
  • Microsoft reveals Windows 7 editions - Microsoft doesn't plan to put many marketing dollars behind Windows 7 Ultimate, and the edition will be available "via occasional promotions and offers from both PC makers and retailers." That leaves only two retail editions folks should really worry about: Home Premium and Professional. Having only two major retail editions essentially brings Microsoft back to the Windows XP days....good
  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades - Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that it will sell upgrades for Windows 7 to users running the Windows XP operating system. Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost.
  • Firefox 3.0.6 - This new minor version (release notes) fixes several security issues and bugs.
  • Google Earth 5.0 Released - There are new features that allow you to explore the ocean and ocean floors as well as view historical imagery from around the globe
  • Google launches software to track mobile users - Users in 27 countries will be able to broadcast their location to others constantly, using Google Latitude. Controls allow users to select who receives the information or to go offline at any time, Google said on its Web site.
  • Skype 4.0 for Windows is released - Indeed, with this release, Skype has turned itself from a VoIP and instant messaging service into nothing less than a real soft video phone. In Skype 4.0 for Windows, we decided to focus on three objectives: great call quality, better video calling and ease of us," Said Mike Bartlett, Skype's Director of Windows Product Management. The major differences between prior betas and the Gold version appear to all be performance- and ease of use-related improvements.
  • Ghost Camera app for iPhone will surely freak out your friends - Appliya a developer from Japan has released the Ghost Camera an app that allows you to take a picture and then insert a bunch of different versions of a Sadako-type ghost into them. So you can create haunted photos. Reminds me of the movie 'Shutter'. There is a free version also available 'Ghost Camera lite' for you try but it is limited to two ghosts only.
  • The latest puzzle from Professor Rubik, the Rubik 360 - Thirty years after Professor Rubik painted the Lament Configuration rainbow and decided to sell it to children in his native Hungary, everyone's loved the Rubik's Cube. Now, Professor Rubik has invented a new puzzle: the Rubik 360
  • SMART adds 'touch recognition' to SMART Boards - SMART's new Touch Recognition feature allows the SMART Board to recognize your touch and switch modes automatically. You can write with a pen, erase with the palm and move objects around with your finger without having to access other tools, buttons or on-screen menus
  • Billiards Go High-Tech (video) - The most advanced pool table in the world, the G-1 features a glass and resin playing structure and striking modern design. The patented transparent playing surface replaces the traditional felt but allows the balls to roll at the same speed.
  • Ford's EV project - the first details - Ford announced that a production vehicle based on the design would make it to market by ~2011 after a second prototype was built using similar technology. Range from the lithium-ion battery pack will be limited to around 100 miles, depending on how and where the car is driven.
  • Real Life Mario Kart - Remi Gaillard (video) - A real world version of Mario Kart...absolutely awesome! When Mario was throwing bananas at random cars...I was just thinking about the multiple $1000 dollar fines they would give him if he were in California. Too funny! This is going to be an Internet classic!
  • Brand New French Dragonball Evolution Trailer - Dragonball Evolution is directed by James Wong, of Final Destination, Jet Li's The One, and Final Destination 3 previously, with a script written by Ben Ramsey, of The Big Hit and Love and a Bullet previously. The film stars Justin Chatwin as Goku, James Marsters as Piccolo, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi, Jamie Chung as Chi Chi, and Park Joon as Yamcha. 20th Century Fox is releasing Dragonball Evolution in theaters everywhere on April 3rd, 2009
  • Kid's reaction after being drugged up at the dentist office (video) - It's cute when you're 7, less so when you're 27 ;)
  • Does Emmanuelle Chriqui ever look bad? - Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui (born December 10, 1977) is a Canadian actress who has appeared on both television and the big screen.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,02 2009 - tech
TechNews - Will Laptops Ever Replace Desktops? - tech
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  • ASUS 9800GTX+ Dark Knight Tested - Having a look at the benchmarks we can see that this ASUS’ version of the 9800GTX+ cleanly beats another special edition 9800GTX+ which had already beat the original 9800GTX+. Temperatures were a stable 41C at idle, 63C during load with stock clocks and ambient room temperature at 25C. With the overclocks applied we got 42C at idle and 64C at load which as you can see is almost no different from the original temperature readings.
  • The PC of 2010 - One goal of Windows 7 is touchscreen-friendliness (yes, comparisons to the iPhone's swipey gestures and virtual buttons have been made). MS aren't always reliable trendsetters - tablet PCs, anyone? - but this one really is looking likely, more so for laptops than for desktops. It won't hit big until 2010, but it looks certain to be part of the long-term future of PCs.
  • Will Laptops Ever Replace Desktops? - Yes, laptops cost about the same initially as equivalent desktops, but they're less reliable and more difficult and expensive to repair. I've seen a lot of relatively new laptops with dead motherboards, bad displays, or strange behavior due to overheating, though, to be fair, laptops take a lot more abuse from users than desktops do (coffee spills, dropped on the floor, etc.). Of course, I use both. I use my laptop almost daily around the house and on business trips (along with my HTC HD), but I could not work without my desktop PC! What about you?
  • Windows 7 Beta Taking Unusual Development Route - Microsoft is taking an unusual (for them) path in bringing Windows 7 to the masses. They're moving straight from the single beta release that was made available in January to a release candidate
  • Hacker war drives San Francisco cloning RFID passports (video) - Some dude, using minimal equipment, drove around San Francisco sniffing out RFID tags from drivers licenses and passports. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the passports of two very unaware US citizens. Watch the video, it is a bit scary!
  • Facebook Plans To Sell Your Data? - Apparently companies will be able to target Facebook's members through a polling system called Engagement Ads. The article even has quotes from Facebook's global marketing director (Zuckerberg's sister) claiming that companies are thrilled about the new system. I'll bet they are.
  • Scientists discover ground-breaking material: Graphane - The unique electronic properties of graphene have already led researchers to look at ways the material could be used in the development of increasingly small and fast transistors
  • Funny Toilets From Around The World (pics) - "What's your job? Well, I am a toilet designer, went to University for it..." :-D
  • The President has asked for your resignations (pic) - check it out
    Map of Heaven (Including America Land) -
    Wow, the most popular area is the area where you can watch people suffer in hell (10)...lol
  • Star Trek Superbowl Trailer - The first ever Star Trek Super Bowl ad contains a mix of not seen before footage with some footage from the theatrical trailer.
  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra teaser - Everyone needs to see this!
  • Transformers 2 Trailer - Holy crap cakes… how freaking sweet does that look?!?!?! And was that Devastator at the end???
  • Elisha Cuthbert Is Sexy In Complex - Elisha Cuthbert is posing for the Complex magazine February 2009 issue
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