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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,07 2010 - tech 
Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 released - tech
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Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 is now available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  Mozilla originally said that it plans on releasing the final version of Firefox 4 sometime in October, but it appears that this date may slip by a few days or weeks. Meanwhile, Microsoft is preparing to launch Beta 1 of IE9 next month. As far as we can see now, it may be a tight race between IE9 and FF4 as far as JavaScript and D2D acceleration is concerned. The Webkit browsers Chrome and Safari as well as Opera 10.6 have the edge in JavaScript performance, but they do not support hardware acceleration yet. In Firefox 4.x related news, Howtogeek posted a quick tip about bypassing the incompatible add-on error on Firefox.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,02 2010 - tech
TechNews - Feds Seize Movie Piracy Websites - tech
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  • Intel to Launch New CPUs in 3Q10? - DigiTimes, citing anonymous industry sources, claims that Intel plans to launch several new processors in the third quarter of this year. The report also lists rumored price drops coming in July, August and October.
  • Microsoft set to launch Arc multi-touch mouse? - Company officials registered on Tuesday March 30 this year and several European retailers have begun publishing listings for a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. Blogger Long Zheng spotted the details and notes that the new mouse could be the result of a Microsoft Research program dubbed "Mouse 2.0". The project detailed different designs for a prototype multi-touch mouse and one of the prototypes looks similar to the current Microsoft Arc Mouse.
  • Microsoft to redefine how you insert batteries - The technology is simply hot swapable batteries, that allow you to change batteries quickly without a second thought, and will support a large range of battery sizes and types, including standard batteries and rechargeable batteries. It especially targets those annoying, fiddly, barrel batteries of the AA, AAA, C and D sizes.
  • Enable Windows 7 Shortcuts In XP And Vista - show you how to enable the Windows 7 shortcuts in both Windows XP and Vista
  • AMD ATI Catalyst Driver Performance Comparison - Ever wonder just how much performance has improved with drivers since launch date with AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5800 series? We did after NVIDIA's recent driver launch, so we aimed to find out just how much AMD's drivers have improved. We compare the launch driver, the first WHQL driver, and the current WHQL driver.
  • Mozilla Explains Why Firefox 4 Has Tabs on Top (video) - Firefox 4 is coming soon, and it'll carry with it a lot of design and UI changes. One of the biggest ones is that the default setting will be to place tabs on top, a design Google Chrome (Google Chrome) popularized.
  • Sync Files Between PCs & SkyDrive with Windows Live Sync - Howtogeek shows you how to sync files between computers and SkyDrive with Windows Live Sync
  • Google to launch Facebook competitor called 'Google Me'? - According to a tweet by the ever-so-famous Kevin Rose, Google is set to launch their very own Facebook competitor called "Google Me." The man best known for starting is calling the news a "huge rumor," yet makes it clear that the word comes from a "very credible source." It's a little late in the year for an April Fools joke, and Kevin Rose is usually pretty on-the-ball when it comes to these sort of things.
  • Jobs responds to frustrated customer: "Calm down... It is just a phone." - The reader, Tom, had posted a video on YouTube about the signal degradation issue that occurs when the iPhone 4 has its bottom left-hand corner covered up. As the story goes, Apple saw the video, contacted Tom, said the so called problem is just "rumor hysteria," and asked him to refrain from posting any more videos on the matter. In a moment of frustration, Tom decided to send an angry email to Mr. Jobs himself. BGR has verified the email headers and their legitimacy.
  • iOS 4 already hacked - PwnageTool 4.01 Released - With PwnageTool 4.01 certain devices are not supported this is because they are not supported in iOS 4.0 or they are not supported by our software. We're working on ways to get past these restrictions.
  • How to replace your iPhone 4 screen after final contact - Has that new iPhone 4 screen of yours shattered? Dropped from a mere 3 feet and making an impact with it's destiny. has created a simple video to show how quick and easy it is to repair your busted screen.
  • Microsoft Kills Kin - the social phone we wanted to love is dead - Microsoft is killing its Kin after just a few short weeks? Wow. That was fast.
  • Introducing Hulu Plus for $9.99 - Hulu has finally took the wraps off its subscription service (sorta). I'm not sure how many of you will pay $9.99 a month for an "ad-supported" service but you never know, there might be a market for this...
  • Feds Seize Movie Piracy Websites in Sweeping Raid - The nine websites that were seized include,, and Movies-Links.TV.
  • Harvard Develops Self-Folding Origami? - Origami that folds itself? Wow :-)
  • Finger Painting on the Apple iPad - This was done over a three hour period with a live model and streamed on the web.
  • Amazing Italian Designed Space Saving Furniture - Amazing Italian Designed Space Saving Furniture utilize any room, apartment or home in efficient and useful ways.
  • First International Trailer for 'Let Me In' Debuts - Overture Films is bringing Let Me In to theaters everywhere starting October 1st this fall. Does it look as good as you were hoping?
  • Awesomely Epic 'Space Battleship Yamato' Full Trailer - As of this moment, Space Battleship Yamato (also known as Star Blazers when it was brought to the US in the 80s), will hit theaters in Japan in December of 2010, about half a year from now. . I don't know much about this, but it looks awesome so far, and I'm hoping it won't take too long to hit US theaters.
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Official Trailer - This is based on J.K. Rowling's very popular series of books which have already concluded. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I will arrive in theaters on November 19th later this year!
  • Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer - Paramount will be bringing Paranormal Activity 2 to theaters on October 22nd this fall, the same day as Saw VII 3D is released. Will you see this?
  • New Expendables TV Spot Online - Lionsgate has debuted a brand new 60-second trailer for Sly Stallone's The Expendables. Lionsgate is bringing The Expendables to theaters starting on August 13th later this summer.
  • Al-Qaeda Calls Off Attack To Spare Life of Twilight Author - ONN's Terrorism Expert Omar Al-Farouq explains how Al Qaeda's love for the beloved teen vampire series prevented the death of thousands.
  • Questions - New Old Spice commercial - These commercials are hilarious. They should have played them during the Superbowl instead of the lames ones they did use.
  • Viral Video Earns Family $150,000 - According to the news report, $100,000 of the money came from YouTube advertising, the other $50k same from other deals. Wow.
  • Hayden Panettiere Pops Champagne (video) - Hayden pops champagne and pours it on herself to the song by Ron Browz. This video is the reverse of the official photoshoot video that was originally reversed so it plays forward now.
  • Larissa Riquelme Will Run Naked If Paraguay Wins World Cup - Paraguay's success at the World Cup continued on Tuesday, with the country's soccer team beating Japan on penalty kicks to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals. Now, with only eight teams remaining, the Paraguayans may have a few more fans to help win it all!
  • Gaelle Garcia Diaz in P Magazine - Pictured here in P magazine, the Spanish born Belgian model, trans-europeans herself into total sex kitten hotness
  • Taryn Andreatta lets her hair down - London model Taryn Andreatta lets her hair down for this photo session with David Bellemere. The Brit bombshell looks racy in some sheer lingerie!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,29 2010 - tech
Windows 8 leak: an App Store for Windows - tech
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The slides, discovered by Engadget, depict the futuristic app store as being easy to use and very prominent in the Windows 8 landscape. Microsoft would offer a store service to third-party software developers. The store would allow easy discoverability of applications both from within Windows and from the Web. The store would handle standard features like account management and software updates, as well as providing capabilities such as the ability to replicate applications and settings across different devices. The store would be curated, so only applications that reached a certain quality standard would be permitted. The basic model, then, is a cross between Apple's App Store and Valve's Steam.

The Windows 8 app store also looks like it'll extend Microsoft's cloud computing plans. Another interesting little nugget nestled within the Windows 8 presentation is facial recognition. The new OS will apparently log you in by using your computer's webcam to detect when your bonce enters the frame. That's clever and could suggest the Microsoft is planning to cram more Kinect-style smarts into Windows 8. Could gesture control be its secret weapon? The full OS is reportedly planned for 2012.

What do you think of Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8?
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,25 2010 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 SP1 beta leaks - tech
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  • Leaked photos show stubby GeForce GTX 460 - Expreview has posted four photos, all of which look rather official, like they were pilfered from an Nvidia press deck. This GeForce GTX 460 will feature 336 stream processors, a 675MHz core clock speed, 1350MHz shaders, and 768MB of GDDR5 RAM pushing bits at 3.6GT/s through a 192-bit memory interface.
  • Huawei S7 Android Tablet with Voice and Marketplace - The Huawei S7 Android tablet is a 7-inch touchscreen device with an 800 x 480 pixel capacitive display, running Google Android 2.1. The tablet has a 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, and a microSD card for storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and 3G connectivity. Available for purchase in the US and UK. Expansys-USA is selling the Huawei S7 for $354.99 deliverable within 10 days. But it won't be available until July 7th.
  • Firefox 3.6.4 with Crash Protection Now Available - After some delays, Mozilla has released Firefox 3.6.4 (download), the newest version of the popular web browser. It comes with one big addition: protection against crashing due to third-party plugins, most notably Adobe Flash. Crash protection utilizes out-of-process plugins technology to run third-party plugins (specifically Flash, Quicktime, and Silverlight) in a separate process. In the past, a plugin crash would take down your entire Firefox browser. With crash protection however, “the browser will stay running while the portions of websites controlled by the plugin will be disabled.” It only takes a refresh to restart the plugin.
  • Opera 10.54 Released - Opera has just announced the release of Opera 10.54 for all you alternative browser types out there.
  • Windows 7 SP1 beta leaks to the web - The highly anticipated Windows 7 SP1 has leaked to the web. The new service pack provides many updates to the platform but does not introduce any drastic changes or new features. The impact of the service pack is expected to be minimal as the service pack is relatively light compared to some service packs in the past. The build number for this leak is 7601.16562.100603-1800. Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 by the end of July.
  • HTML 5 Speed Test: IE9 vs. Chrome 6 - DownloadSquad put together a video showing hardware accelerated canvas rendering on IE9 and Chrome 6.
  • The Software Behind Facebook - This article takes a look at some of the methods Facebook uses to keep up with nearly a half-billion users
  • Apple iOS 4.0 released - Apple has released their next big firmware update for the iPhone and iPod touch, excluding first generations, with loads of new features, including multitasking. Although the UI hasn't changed too much since the release of the first firmware, Apple has made huge improvements to the functionality and support for the mobile operating system, including copy and paste in 3.0 and now multitasking in 4.0.
  • Massive iPhone 4 Flaw Revealed - The newly released Apple iPhone 4 appears to have a significant design flaw that means the device loses network signal when you hold it in your hand. It's a major problem for the latest iPhone – which saw plastic bands placed around the metal rim to prevent aerial problems.
  • Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4 Reception Issues - Here's Apple's response to the now officially-acknowledged iPhone 4 antenna reception problems:  'Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases. '  Hah. This reminds me of the old-as-dirt joke about the guy who goes to a doctor and says, "It hurts when I do this," and the doctor says, "Don't do that" ;-)
  • iPhone 4 Broken After One-Foot Drop! - This is not a drop test. This is the first iPhone 4 that breaks after a simple accident that anyone may have: A one-foot drop.
  • iOS 4 already hacked - PwnageTool 4.01 Released - check it out
  • Super AMOLED pitted against LCD in direct sunlight - While it definitely fares better than its regular AMOLED cousin, the HTC Desire, the verdict is still out regarding its sunlight dominance over the LCD contender, Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10. While it's close, Super AMOLED certainly can't claim certain victory yet over LCD screens in outdoor lighting situations. It is, however, a big step in the right direction.
  • First Drive: 2011 Mazda2 puts fun before frugality - No, you can't get navigation, ambient lighting, satellite radio or many of the features becoming more important to shoppers, but if you really, truly need these extras, there's a whole world of aftermarket equipment out there.
  • Nexus One Wireless Slot Car Gas Pedal (video) - Things like this are just totally cool. Grant Skinner has figured out a way to allow his Nexus One to be used as a controller for these little race cars.
  • Pioneer One, A BitTorrent Exclusive TV-Series - Pioneer One is a scifi drama series that is being made for a straight-to-BitTorrent and Limewire release. The show's pilot was shot for a mere $6,000. The site has a donate section if you believe in the project, but the concepts behind the show are pretty neat and worth checking out.
  • The Green Hornet movie trailer - Check out the latest trailer for "The Green Hornet," which hits theaters January 14, 2011!
  • Bruce Willis in the First Official Trailer for RED! - Summit has unveiled the first trailer for RED, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban and Richard Dreyfuss, basically a helluva lot of damn good actors. Summit is bringing Red to theaters on October 15th later this year.
  • Gory Trailer for Nimrod Antal's Predators! - 20th Century Fox will be bringing Predators to theaters worldwide on July 7th next month.
  • Bodybuilder Can't Handle The Weight (video) - 800 pounds was a little bit to much for this guy. Wow :-(
  • Funny Techno Chicken Gets the Party Started (video) - This video took me by surprise, for what I thought would be an awful mashup or so, ended up with the funny and entertaining Chicken Techno song & dance by Oil Chang.
  • Seriously Japan? WTF (video) - This is exactly why Japanese commercials make you say, WTF ;-)
  • Cute Girl Excited To Get Paintball Gun (video) - She received a paintball gun as a graduation gift?
  • Hayden Panettiere Pops Champagne - Hayden pops champagne and pours it on herself to the song by Ron Browz. This video is the reverse of the official photoshoot video that was originally reversed so it plays forward now.
  • Amazon Kindle Now Only $189 - Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6inch; Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation) | Pre-order 'Singularity' and get $20 off a future video game purchase. Additionally, receive the exclusive "Singularity" graphic novel
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,19 2010 - tech
TechNews - $7-a-gallon gas? - tech
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  • H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup - The Gigabyte H55M-USB3 was one of the motherboards that really impressed the reviewer during the roundup. It uses an mATX form factor and a very reasonable retail price. But still manages to include a high quality VRM that allowed me to overclock very well. In fact, this board was able to increase the Intel 661 processors core frequency up to 4.5GHz, which was only duplicated by one other motherboard in the roundup. It was also the only H55 motherboard to support memory beyond 1333MHz and come with an on-board chips for RAID and USB 3.0 support. These all made this board stand out, but perhaps best of all is that it retails for just over $100. This places the board nicely in the mainstream making it a strong option for any HTPC or budget gaming rig.
  • Ion 2 Based Acer Aspire 532g Netbook Canceled - Engadget reports it has been cancelled. Blogeee is reporting that bugger has been canceled in France due to technical issues with NVIDIA and Acer drivers, and when we followed up with our Acer contact here in the US, we were told that the 532g would not be launched in the 'upcoming back-to-school cycle.;
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available Worldwide - Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Consumers can now purchase Office 2010 at more than 35,000 retail stores across the globe, such as Best Buy, Fnac, Harvey Norman and PC World; through online retailers, including; and direct from Microsoft at
  • 20 Windows 7 Tips and Tricks for IT Admins - PC World posted 20 Windows 7 tips and tricks for IT Admins
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0.5 Final - The final release of Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0.5 is now available for download.
  • Google TV shown off in official video - This video explains the true value of Google TV and it's actual purpose, which is simple: it's all about having the full internet (Yes, including Flash 10.1) as well as Android apps in your living room, alongside whatever setup you already have in the lounge. Techcrunch also points out, that Google ultimately wants to dip into the lucrative $70 Billion TV ad industry too, although it's unmentioned in the vide
  • YouTube Video Editor - Have any of you messed around with the new YouTube Video Editor? It is kinda cool for doing quick edits on your videos.
  • Microsoft plans to release another mobile OS - Microsoft will soon release a new mobile OS for embedded and enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5, to be followed by an enterprise-focused version of Windows Phone 7 in 2011, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said by video at the launch of a new Motorola enterprise smartphone on Thursday.
  • NTT docomo 2010 NEW smart phone SH-10B looks cool - The device was showcased by NTT DoCoMo and it's equipped with a high-resolution (960x480 resolution) 5-inch touch screen with a pretty well laid out keypad and works with Android 1.6. Like most new MIDs, this one's also able to make and take calls. Sharp has even outfitted the device with a 5.2-megapixel camera placed at the back. Other features include Bluetooth and internet connectivity options via WLAN or HSDPA. There's no word on price and there's speculation on if it'll ever make it out of Japan to the rest of the world.
  • The iPhone 4 screen is about as sharp as it gets - Apple seems to be making a pretty big deal about this whole Retina display technology used in the new iPhone 4, but is the 960 x 640 pixel resolution LCD with 326 ppi really that good? A new video released will let you see for yourself.  It's also confirmed that iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G contained 128MB of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS was boosted to 256MB of RAM. Similarly, the iPad contains 256MB of RAM. This discrepancy offers a technical explanation why Apple is not supporting iOS 4 features such as multi-tasking on the original and 3G iPhone -- there simply isn't enough RAM.
  • Sony's 55-inch HX800 3D TV is now shipping for $2900 - Sony's 55inch HX800 is now shipping - and it costs $2900 (you save $495). Sony actually announced it will go for $3400 - always good to see a lower price. This 3D TV supports active-shutter 3D, uses dynamic edge LED backlighting and has optional USB wireless adapter. This TV does not come with glasses or the IR emitter needed for 3D viewing (which will cost around $50 for the emitter and $150 for a pair of glasses).
  • The International Trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is directed by brilliant British filmmaker Edgar Wright, of cult classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz previously. Universal is bringing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World to theaters everywhere on August 13th!
  • Middle Men. (2010) Official Trailer - Apple has premiered the trailer for Middle Men, a film that chronicles the creation of online porn. 
  • Full Trailer for Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians! - Warner Bros has debuted the full-length theatrical trailer for Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
  • Somewhere Trailer - Sofia Coppola - First trailer for Somewhere, the new film directed by Academy Award Winner Sofia Coppola
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Trailer - A new full trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader is online.
  • Badass Red Band Trailer for Neil Marshall's Centurion - Magnet Releasing has debuted a bloody, badass new red band trailer for Neil Marshall's Centurion, the ancient Roman epic starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko. Centurion
  • World Champion Free Diver Free Falls Into Blue Hole (video) - The world champion freediver took time off during a freediving competition at Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas (the World's second deepest blue hole which plunges 202 meters/663 ft to the ocean floor) to make a short movie that emphasizes aesthetic images and innovative camera moves. The video featuring Guillaume Nery base jumping underwater into the depths of the Blue hole, takes your breath away just watching it!
  •  will hit limited theaters starting on August 27th as well as early online VOD and Xbox starting July 23rd.
  • How defensive can deers be? (video) - A newborn fawn creates a dangerous situation when mom gets protective. Starts cute, ends scary. Warning: this is disturbing stuff!
  • 13 Year-old Girl says 'C*nt' On The Today Show! - Aww, but she was quoting somebody. That hardly counts!
  • Cop Punches Girl in the Face During Jaywalking Stop (video) - It all started when a cop stopped a man for jaywalking. Things escalated quickly from there as voices were raised and a crowd gathered. When two young women intervened an onlooker pulled out his camera phone and started to roll tape. Oh well. They were being pretty aggressive with the officer. I'm really surprised a taser wasn't used on one or both of them.
  • $7-a-gallon gas? - President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas. That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.
  • How to wash a plain? (video) - Here's a commercial found at Copyranter for Avianova
  • Tyra Banks Slinky Sexy Photoshoot Is Crazy Hot - Here are Tyra Banks sexy negligee photos from Barry Hollywood!
  • 168 Booty-ful Reasons to Root for Brazil - COED Magazine has 168 Booty-ful Reasons to Root for Brazil!
  • Megan Fox Lingerie Pictures - Megan Fox in some nice little Armani lingerie!
  • Miss USA Rima Fakih Bikini Pictures - Here's new Miss USA Rima Fakih posing in some sexy bikini pictures
  • Nicole Scherzinger Maxim Pictures - The girls body is just phenomenal, so putting her in various little bikinis was a pretty good idea!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,16 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.6 Drivers - tech
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AMD has just released new ATI Catalyst 10.6 drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. The drivers incorporate a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting.
GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1
 * AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
 * Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
 o ATI Radeon HD 5000 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
 o ATI Mobility ATI Radeon HD 400 series (and higher)
 o ATI Radeon HD 3000 series integrated graphics (and higher)

Video De-blocking support

 * Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback
 * Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products

Mosquito noise reduction
 * Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback
 * Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products

Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3
 * ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 4.0 on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
 * ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 3.3 on the ATI Radeon HD Series
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,15 2010 - tech
NVIDIA WHQL GeForce 257.21 Drivers - tech
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NVIDIA has released WHQL-certified GeForce 257.21 drivers today. There are 32 and 64 bit versions available for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new drivers supposedly provide performance improvements for over a dozen games.
This is the first driver release from the Release 256 family of drivers (versions 256.xx to 259.xx). This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. Learn more about Release 256 drivers here .

New in Version 257.21

 * Adds support for Blu-ray 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. Learn more about the hardware and software requirements here .
 * Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured with GeForce GTX 480. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
 o Up to 14% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920x1200 noAA/AF – Tessellation on)
 o Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham Asylum (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF PhysX=High)
 o Up to 5% in BattleForge (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High settings)
 o Up to 5% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
 o Up to 4% in Crysis: Warhead (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Enthusiast setting)
 o Up to 24% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (1920x1200 no AA/AF)
 o Up to 9% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 8xAA/16xAF)
 o Up to 25% in Just Cause 2 (2560x1600 no AA/AF - Concrete Jungle)
 o Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1920x1200 no AA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
 o Up to 40% in Metro 2033 with SLI ((1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
 o Up to 8% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920x1200 no AA/AF – Day)
 o Up to 110% in Stone Giant with SLI (2650x1600 – Tessellation on, DoF on)
 o Up to 6% in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena (2560x1600 no AA/AF)
 o Up to 9% in Unigine: Tropics (2560x1600 no AA/AF – OpenGL)
 o Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Performance and Extreme Presets)
 o Up to 19% with Transparency AA (1920x1200 4xTrSS – measured in Crysis)
 * Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0223.
 * Adds support for OpenGL 4.0 for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs.
 * Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.1 which includes significant performance increases for double precision math operations. See CUDA Zone for more details.
 * Adds support for new extreme Antialiasing modes for 3-way SLI PCs, including up to SLI48x AA for GeForce 200 series GPUs and up to SLI96x AA for GeForce GTX 400 series GPUs.
 * Adds support for a new ‘Quality’ mode for NVIDIA’s Ambient Occlusion control panel feature.
 * Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel setup page for SLI and PhysX for ultimate control over multi-gpu configurations.
 * Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel feature for ultimate control over CUDA GPUs, allowing the user to effectively choose which GPU will power each CUDA application.
 * 3D Vision customers can download the v257.21 3D Vision drivers here.
 * Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.

Additional Information:

 * Installs HD Audio driver version (for supported GPUs).
 * Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
 * Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here.
 * Supports the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
 * Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
 * Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
 * Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
 * Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
 * Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,12 2010 - tech
TechNews - 2TB Hard Drives Crack the $100 Barrier - tech
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  • Intel Core i7 990X in the Works - Intel is evidently planning to updates its fastest CPU, the Core i7 980X, in the fourth quarter of this year. The new flagship will be called the Core i7 990X and should replace the 980X at the $999 price point.
  • Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Tested - Coolaler has posted some pictures and benchmarks of what appears to be a 2.5GHz Sandy Bridge engineering sample. You are going to need a translator if you want to do more than look at the pictures and benchmarks.
  • 2TB Hard Drives Crack the $100 Barrier - 2TB drives are down as low as $100 street, a year and a half after first coming to market, at $250 and up. That's $100 on promotional sales, for moderate-performance drives. Over the weekend, offered the Seagate LP ST32000542AS, a 2TB 5900-rpm internal SATA drive, for $99.99 to its mailing list customers
  • 12-way mouse round-up, every budget covered - TechSpot has a whopping 12 mice in a single round-up. Logitech, Razer and Microsoft are well represented again in this piece, but they also showcase some new names that you may not be as familiar with.
  • Archos 13 ultra-portable with dual-core Atom now available - Archos is now readily welcoming orders via its online French store for its new Archos 13. Priced at €399.98 (~$480), the ultra-thin treads dangerously close to being cast aside as 'yet another Atom-based netbook,' but it doesn't come without a few perks. For starters, the 13.3-inch (1366x768) display is a bit larger than you'd expect from a netbook, and the system packs a dual-core Atom D510 processor, which is typically reserved for compact desktops. Other specs include 1GB of system memory, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel camera, 10/100 Ethernet, an integrated modem, wireless b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, VGA output (no HDMI), three USB 2.0 ports, an MMC/SD/SDHC card reader, and audio jacks. When (or if) the updated Archos 13 will ship in the US isn't clear.
  • Google researcher gives Microsoft 5 days to fix XP zero-day bug - A Google engineer this week published attack code that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP, giving hackers a new way to hijack and infect systems with malware. But other security experts objected to the way the engineer disclosed the bug -- just five days after it was reported to Microsoft -- and said the move is more evidence of the ongoing, and increasingly public, war between the two giants.
  • Public DNS providers: Do they actually improve your experience? - Yeah, Google's DNS is probably my favorite.
  • Adobe releases final Flash 10.1 - After months in the release candidate stage, Adobe has finally pushed Flash Player 10.1 out the door. Those of you who follow our site are probably familiar with the biggest addition to the new version -- hardware acceleration -- but there's plenty more under the hood than the ability to harness your GPU for extra muscle. Flash Player 10.1 also includes accelerometer and multi-touch support, better streaming performance, content protection, and peer-to-peer broadcasting abilities
  • Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers 2.49 - Realtek has released new Realtek High Definition Audio drivers - Windows Vista/7 / XP
  • Sharp's 60inch LCD Has World's Thinnest Frame - Sharp new PN-V601, is the company latest 60inch (1366 x 768) LCD information panel with a new ultra slim bezel giving you just 6.5mm of space once mounted in a multi-screen display solution. Thanks to a unique bezel set-up, with a width of only 2.4mm on the right side and bottom as well as a width of 4.1mm on the left side and top of the LCD, Sharp is capable to offer on whatever configuration you may choose, en even space of just 6.5mm between each display.
  • Prototype Windows Phone 7 boots up really fast - The short video above features a prototype LG Windows Phone 7 device with a recent but still not final build of the OS doing a cold boot after removing and replacing the battery. Consistent across several tests, the device booted in an impressive 30 seconds. What's remarkable is that as soon as the lock screen displays, it's fully initialized and ready to be used.
  • iPhone 4 announced, launching June 24 for $199 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs just officially debuted the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 in San Francisco. While anyone with internet access has probably already seen the thing, we now know some of the new specs -- plus a date and pricing. June 24 for the iPhone 4 in white or black, 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $299, with a contract, of course. AT&T is extending the special pricing to any subscriber whose contract is up in 2010. Pre-orders for the iPhone 4 will open June 15.
  • Steve Jobs to crowd: 'We're having a little problem here' - Apple's chief exec and irreplaceable master of ceremonies has few if any equals when it comes to wowing audiences during product demos, but even Steve Jobs's famous reality-distortion field couldn't protect him from an embarrassing Wi-Fi snafu during the big WWDC keynote Monday. About 20 or 30 minutes into the big iPhone reveal, the Wi-Fi network that Jobs was using to show off Web browsing on the iPhone 4's revamped screen conked out, leaving Apple's normally poised, ultra-confident CEO a bit red-faced as the audience stared at a giant blank Web page. Jobs even got heckled before finally asking reporters to turn off any Wi-Fi they had so he could demo the iPhone ;-)
  • Leaked iPhone 4 Ad - The iPhone 4 is here and there is a brand new ad out to promote it. Be warned, the ad could be considered NSFW for some people.
  • 114,000 iPad owners info exposed - On monday, over 114,000 emails of iPad 3G owners were accidentally exposed over AT&T's network, according to Gawker. The hacker was able to gather emails of every AT&T customer who purchased an iPad 3G before Monday June 7, 2010 and their ICCIDs.  The FBI already investigating it. Why is the FBI investigating? My guess is that at least one of the e-mail addresses on that list ended in
  • Project Natal Tech Demos Detailed by LA Times - In a preview of Project Natal over at the LA Times, four tech demos were shown. They are "River Rush", "Ricochet", "Living Statue", and "Obstacle Course".
  • How Albert Einstein's Brain Worked - For all visible purposes, Einstein's brain seems perfectly normal, if not a little damaged, with nothing that would immediately indicate any great genius. We may not know anything until there's another equivalent genius brain to study; perhaps Einstein can't be compared to average brains.
  • The Motorcycle of the Future Has Arrived! - This is the MotoCzysz E1PC. It is electric. It is almost certainly the most advanced motorcycle on the planet. And it is the future. This bike is bad-ass, no two ways about it. It has a custom-built 12.5-kilowatt-hour lithium polymer battery that can be swapped in seconds. The custom-built, oil-cooled motor generates 100 horsepower (continuous) and 250 pound-feet of torque. It all hangs from a custom frame. Of course, it's got the usual top-shelf hardware. Ohlins. Brembo. You know the drill!
  • Nuclear Physicist Describes Vast UFO Cover-Up - 'Some UFOs are intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft, and this is the biggest story of the millennium.' These words are not the rantings of a deranged individual looking for attention or a comfortable straitjacket. Stanton Friedman is a maverick of sorts. Employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for companies like General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse and Aerojet General Nucleonics, he worked on highly classified programs involving nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets.
  • Chinese Concept: The Train that Never Stops - Basically, the train is made up of the regular train compartment and also the 'boarding/unboarding' compartment. Passengers may board the 'boarding' compartment while waiting for the train to arrive at the station.
  • 'Mortal Kombat Rebirth' Film Pitch Unveiled - Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, the eight-minute short was created to sell Warner Brothers on a new vision.
  • Jackie Chan's The Karate Kid Trailer - Sony has released an action trailer for The Karate Kid, directed by Harald Zwart and starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.
  • MTV's Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Trailer - Warner Bros debuted a very short mini-trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows during the MTV Movie Awards. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I will arrive in theaters on November 19th later this year!
  • First Short TV Spot for Robert Rodriguez's Predators! - Fox has aired the first official TV spot for Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal's Predators. 0th Century Fox is bringing Predators to theaters worldwide on July 7th this summer
  • Early Promo Trailer for Jerry O'Flaherty's Samurai - Twitch has debuted a promo trailer for a project called Samurai that will be the directorial debut of Jerry O'Flaherty, who has worked for years as the art director on Epic's Gears of War video game series. They're developing a samurai vs ninja action movie using hyper-stylized action straight from Zack Snyder's 300. But the kicker is that they're using the Unreal 3 video game engine to render the props and environments!
  • Takers Trailer - Screen Gems has debuted the second new trailer for the ensemble heist action movie Takers starring quite an eccentric cast: Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Jay Hernandez, T.I. and Chris Brown.
  • First 90 Seconds from First New Futurama Episode! - The one-hour season premiere of Futurama airs Thursday, June 24 at 10pm / 9c.
  • Watch Chuck Lorre's Admitted Failure: The Original Big Bang Theory Pilot - Here's your Big Bang Theory trivia of the day: Long before Kaley Cuoco joined the CBS sitcom as Leonard and Sheldon's ditzy neighbor Penny, Chuck Lorre shot a pilot with unknown Canadian actress/VJ Amanda Walsh as his female lead.
  • Is BP Headed for Bankruptcy? - How low will BP stock go? Today's guess: All the way to zero. Already, the oil spill in the gulf has caused BP shares to drop to $30 from $60. That's a loss in total market value of $90 billion.
  • Viacom PWNED on Piracy (video) - You have to watch almost half of this video before you actually get to the Viacom PWNED on piracy part but it is well worth it.
  • Adidas Originals - Star Wars Cantina 2010 - Adidas Originals invites you to join David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong and some of your dear, old friends for an intergalactic 2010 FIFA World Cup viewing party that you'll never forget!
  • First 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee commercial released - The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a really big deal for Chrysler. Not only is it the first product to launch since the Fiat takeover, but it needs to show the world that Chrysler is capable of making attractive, high-quality products, and that the brand is working to rebuild its image here in America.
  • Banned IKEA Commercial - 69 - IKEA's grand reopening (June 9th) commercial was banned by some TV stations.
  • Monkey Rapes Frog at Zoo (video) - A monkey rapes a frog at a zoo. Forced to give oral sex :-D
  • Pacman Call - Lady wants it disabled from google - Tech support call of an old lady wanting to get PacMan disabled from her 'homepage' because she can't use her computer with it there.
  • Rosie Jones naked in FHM UK - British glamour model Rosie Jones gets the World Cup spirit as she poses with the St. George's flag for FHM
  • Kristin Cavallari in French magazine Dirrty Glam - Kristin Cavallari sexes up her California girl style for this layout in the French magazine Dirrty Glam
  • Karolina Kurkova Plays in the Sand - Czech supermodel Karolína Kurková takes a stroll on the beach for BE France magazine.
  • Amazon Deals - Alice in Wonderland (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray - 2010) (save $17.50) | Save up to 30% on IMAX Collections
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,10 2010 - tech
Just Cause 2 is broken with ATI Catalyst 10.5 - tech
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AMD confirmed that Just Cause 2 is broken with the latest 10.5 drivers if you are using a Radeon HD 5970 and Eyefinity. AMD is aware of the problem, presumably it will be addressed by version 10.6.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,05 2010 - tech
TechNews - MSI WindPad 100 10-inch W7 tablet - tech
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  • AMD Demonstrates World's First Fusion APU - Here's the first public demonstration of an AMD Fusion processor, initiating the accelerated processing era.
  • MSI Big Bang-XPower Motherboard Preview - HardOCP takes a look at the MSI Big Bang-XPower Motherboard
  • USB 3.0 not coming to Intel chipsets until 2012 - Gigabyte confirmed Intel's USB 3.0 chipset will be delayed until 2012. There's no reason given. It claims to have shipped one million USB 3.0 boards already. Other USB 3.0 chips are coming on the market, cheaper than NEC's.
  • Nvidia preparing dual-GF104 card? - Fudzilla claims that Nvidia is preparing a dual-GPU card based on its upcoming chip, GF104. Recent rumours suggest that GF104, on which the GTX 460 is based, is a 240/256 SP, 192-bit chip.
  • MSI WindPad 100 10-inch Windows 7 + Atom tablet hands-on - Cramping on the iPad moniker, the Wind Pad is a 10-incher running on either Google Android OS or Windows 7. MSI actually plans to release the Wind Pad 100 later this year, with future iterations to come. Model 100 will be first, it's going to run a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD. Priced at $499 the model 100 will also sport HDMI output, dual USB 2.0 ports and a front-facing camera.
  • MSI's multi-touch 24inch full HD 3D all-in-one PC - MSI have introduced the world's first multi-touch 24inch full HD all-in-one PC that also happens to be a 3D eyepiece. It's called the Wind Top AE 20420 3D. Blessed with an Intel Core 15/17 option, the PC also boasts superior graphics with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD5730 discrete graphics chip. It also feeds more power for the 1080 HD performance.
  • Microsoft's tablet OS concept UI (video) - As previously noted, the new platform, Windows Embedded Compact 7, will provide a 'compartmentalized version of Windows 7 that can be embedded at the hardware level.' It will provide multitouch capabilities, as well as a full desktop browser experience. The new OS will also have full support for Silverlight and Flash 10.1.
  • John Underkoffler Points to the Future of UI - The guy behind the Minority Report UI gave a talk at TED this week on the future of UI.
  • Feature: Win 7's built-in speech recognition - ArsTechnica takes a look at Windows 7's built-in speech recognition.
  • Windows Live Essentials Update Preview - The Windows Team blog has a preview of the new Windows Live Essentials.
  • Attackers Exploiting New Flash Bug, Adobe Warns - The bug affects Adobe Flash Player version and earlier on all operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It is also found in the latest versions of the widely used Reader and Acrobat software, Adobe said. "There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat," Adobe said in its security advisory. When exploited, the flaw can cause Adobe's software to crash, but it can also give attackers control of the computer, Adobe said. There is a solution to this.
  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday for June, 34 vulnerabilities addressed - Microsoft has released a list of bulletins and patches for the upcoming Patch Tuesday. 10 security updates will be distributed next Tuesday, patching a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities. The update will patch vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and SharePoint
  • Apple launches HTML5 developers website - Apple has launched a support site for developers who are looking to support HTML 5. The new site shows off many of the new features of HTML 5 and offers resources on how web developers can utilize the new standard on their own web pages. Apple is pushing HTML5 explicitly as it is supported by their devices and circumvents their need for Flash.
  • 3D TVs may not need glasses in 2015 - The Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan recently gave videophiles a lot to look forward to in the coming years. They displayed an awesome 42 inch 3D LCD TV that didn't require viewers to wear those awful glasses
  • Avatar Days, WoW short film - A short film which examines the affect of World Of Warcraft on people, and also features their avatars walking around the city of Dublin.
  • Keanu Reeves Gives 50 Million to Unsung Heroes of 'Matrix' - Man of the moment Keanu Reeves has shown his generosity by giving away £50 million of his earnings from the Matrix sequels. The 38-year-old decided to hand over the money to the unsung heroes.
  • Great Trailer for Rob Reiner's Flipped - Warner Bros is bringing Flipped to theaters starting on August 6th later this summer.
  • Official US Trailer for Israeli Tank Film Lebanon - Sony Pictures Classics has finally debuted the official US trailer for Samuel Maoz's Lebanon, the film set entirely inside a tank set during the First Lebanon War in 1982. Sony Pictures Classics will be bringing Lebanon to limited theaters on August 13th this summer.
  • The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala - This can't be real; was my first thought.
  • Meet the Superhumans -- Videos of People With Extraordinary Skills - check it out
  • Life Inside The North Korean Bubble (video) - check it out
  • this drummer is at the wrong gig (video) - He is actually really good. Seems like he is a bit more energetic than the rest of the band ;-)
  • Victoria's Secret's Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Congrats Video - Victoria's Secret  just debuted a video on their FB page congratulating 'angel'' Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who got the big role in Transformers 3 replacing Megan Fox as announced by Deadline last week.
  • Fired For Being Dressed Too 'Sexy' At Work - An ex-banker for Citibank claims she was fired for being too sexy. At 5 foot 6 and 125 pounds, with a well defined figure, Debrahlee Lorenzana is a beautiful woman. Beauty may have initially worked in her favour, scoring the stunning Puerto Rican/Italian a $70,000 a year banker's position with Citibank during the recession. But the once-positive comments soon turned into harassment, Lorenzana says. After two months on the job things started going downhill, states the sexual harassment lawsuit Lorenzana launched against Citibank. Around that time, the business banker's bosses informed her the way she dressed was too distracting for the workplace. Many more (and better) pics here
  • Tori Praver in Marie Claire - The SI Swimsuit hottie - Tori Praver - is back on the beach in the June 2010 issue of Marie Claire
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Sexy in DT - As I already reported, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is replacing Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3,' this seems like a good time to rectify that oversight.
  • Bianca Balti in photo-shoot for Intimissimi lingerie - No wonder the Italian model replaced Angelina Jolie as the face of St. John sportswear!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,03 2010 - tech
Steam Hardware Survey Results: May 2010 - tech
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According to Steam's Hardware Survey, most gamers are running Intel powered (mostly dual core) Windows Vista or Windows 7 boxes with 2GB of RAM sporting DirectX 10 or DirectX 11-based video cards.  Another 21.55 percent of Steam PC owners have a DirectX 10/11 supported card while still running Windows XP, which is DirectX 9 only. Those of you that like an abundance of stats should click this link for the complete breakdown of all the stats.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,02 2010 - tech
ATI Drivers BFBC2 Hotfix 10.5a Released - tech
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ATI Catalyst Product manager, Terry Makedon tweeted they have released a 10.5a hotfix for non 5 series cards, which fixes the long BFBC2 load times.
Catalyst 10.5 Hotfix is out. It is Cat 10.5 plus the long load time fix for BF:BC2 for HD 2xxx,3xxx,4xxx products

 The ATI Catalyst 10.5a Hotfix provides resolution for the following issue:
 * Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Long load times for new maps when using a Windows 7 / Windows Vista based system with an:
 o ATI Radeon HD 4xxx series graphics card
 o ATI Radeon HD 3xxx series graphics card
 o ATI Radeon HD 2xxx series graphics card
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,01 2010 - tech
Nvidia launches mainstream GeForce GTX 465 - tech
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Nvidia has officially announced the launch of their mainstream DirectX 11-based card, the GeForce GTX 465. Priced at around ~$279 the GeForce GTX 465 has 1 GB of memory and a 607MHz clock speed. Here a roundup of the first GeForce GTX 465 reviews from PC Perspective, HotHardware, HardwareHeaven, THG and Legit Reviews:
There are few comparisons to be made here, the first of which is the new GeForce GTX 465 pitted against the AMD Radeon HD 5850, both of which will be available in the $279-299 range. In our gaming tests we found that both cards brought the same gaming experience and performance in our array of titles. The NVIDIA offering did take a slight lead HAWX and Metro 2033 while the AMD Radeon option was faster in DiRT 2. Other than that, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference when seeing them side by side. This is not a coincidence people - NVIDIA has obviously tweaked the specs, clocks and pricing for this exact reason.

The next question is about the intra-NVIDIA comparison of the GTX 465 and the GTX 470. Amazingly, the change in specifications pretty much EXACTLY determined the performance differences between the two options as we saw clear 25-28% performance gaps between the GTX 465 and GTX 470 in all GPU-bottlenecked resolutions of our games. Considering there were 27% fewer shaders, 27% fewer texture units and 25% fewer ROPs that exactness is impressive. I guess we could have just skipped that whole multi-day testing process, huh??

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 brings the performance and features of the GF100 architecture to a lower price point and does a good job of making a case for itself against the competing AMD products. SLI performance also impressed us with scaling rates as high as 90% in some cases and with a base price of $279 could make for the first consumer-friendly option for NVIDIA Surround support coming later in the summer. The Galaxy version of this GPU is a custom design with a unique fan that is both quieter and more functional with a foldout mechanism for cleaning and maintenance. The Radeon HD 5850 still has a couple of features I wish we found in the NVIDIA options, like support for three displays, but that is somewhat offset by things like CUDA and PhysX that you might not use quite as often but are there only with NVIDIA. GF100 is finally becoming more accessible to the gaming enthusiast and Galaxy's custom design only adds to the package.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,31 2010 - tech
Triple Nvidia SLI vs Triple ATI Crossfire - tech
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The chaps over at GameSpot have posted Triple Nvidia SLI vs Triple ATI Crossfire comparison. They used a $4,500 gaming rig from CyberPower, with an Intel Core i7 980X running at 4.2GHz, to run the batch of tests. Here's an excerpt:
Despite all of the cooling efforts, we still saw high temperatures: 93 degrees. But that was with three GeForce GTX 480s in there and running for hours on end. We saw slightly lower temperature levels with three Radeon HD 5870s. Three power-hungry GPUs jammed into the space of a toaster are bound to cause trouble.

The machine can live in a well-cooled area, but we'd hesitate to recommend using it in a room with no air conditioning, and we definitely wouldn't recommend running it in the dead of summer. Of course, if you have nearly $5,000 to spend on a computer, it's likely you're not skimping on air conditioning. After multiple hours of testing on both setups, we would see the occasional graphical glitch or corrupted texture, which went away if we simply let the GPUs cool down a bit. The cooldown is relatively quick and probably took no longer than 10 to 20 seconds once all graphical load was gone. Complexity

Running two GPUs in a system is complicated, but adding a third and possibly a fourth doesn't help matters. In testing both setups, we encountered our fair share of anomalies; quirks that one might expect from being on the bleeding edge. But they certainly weren't something anyone would be thrilled about after spending more than $1,500 on the GPUs alone.

With triple Crossfire, we could not get Eyefinity working with all three cards enabled in Crossfire mode, leaving us to game on a single monitor. The moment we disabled triple Crossfire mode, we regained the ability to play on multiple monitors. We imagine ATI will address this in time. Until then, it's certainly not a great reason to grab three of these cards. We did get Eyefinity working with two GPUs, though.

On the Nvidia side, the company has yet to enable 3D Vision Surround, a feature that requires SLI. The company aims to enable this feature with the next release of its 256 driver, which should occur at the end of June. 3D Vision Surround enables multimonitor gaming, as well as 3D, which requires special monitors and Nvidia's 3D glasses.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,29 2010 - tech
TechNews - New Apple TV revealed - tech
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  • Intel Not Bringing Larrabee GPU to Market - Intel's Director of Product and Technology posted a blog revealing the company will not be bringing Larabee as a discreet graphics product to market :-( I'm sad for the Larrabee GPU.
  • Core i5 655K and Core i7 875K Tested - Strictly from a stock performance standpoint, the new Core i7-875K and Core i5-665K processors perform exactly like their locked counterparts, the Core i7-870 and Core i5-650. If you're not overclocking and taking advantage of the unlocked multipliers on the new K-Series processors, there's little to differentiate them from the standard Core i7-870 and Core i5-650 other than their higher model numbers.
  • Galaxy and Palit GeForce GTX 470s in SLI Overclocked - Unlike the GTX 480, the GTX 470 loves to be overclocked. There's really some massive performance on tap with the overclock we achieved on the Galaxy GTX 470 OC GC of 803MHz on the core, taking the lead over the much more expensive GTX 480. Doing the math, the GTX 470 SLI setup when overclocked should be able to beat out the HD 5970 TOXIC in both forms
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SSD Performance Comparison - The results are pretty clear-cut. In most instances, the performance of the solid state drives improved significantly when we switched from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
  • Mafia II - Nvidia PhysX Trailer - Particularly, the Windows PC version of Mafia II will feature a thorough integration of NVIDIA PhysX and 3D Vision technology into 2K Czech's Illusion Engine. The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles.
  • DIY 13.4inch Carbon Fiber Touchscreen Tablet PC - This thing puts half the retail tablets to shame!
  • Chrome 5 Released - Google has announced the official release of Chrome 5, a new stable version of the company's increasingly popular Web browser. This is the first stable release with official support for Linux and Mac OS X. Grab it if you want it, try it if you haven't.
  • New Apple TV revealed; cloud storage, iPhone OS for $99 - The next version of Apple TV has been revealed by Engadget, stating a source very close to Apple has confirmed the next version will support Cloud storage, with the iPhone OS interface and best of all, it will retail for $99. The device is said to be based on the 4th generation iPhone, right down to the internals, including the A4 processor. The device will have 16GB of storage and 1080p HD output.
  • New iPhone vulnerability leaves your data wide open - Bernd Marienfeldt and Jim Herbeck discovered the vulnerability, and said it can even access most of the users data. The vulnerability can even work on an iPhone 3GS running firmware 3.1.3, when you connect it to a computer running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, even when the phone is in a locked state. This vulnerability can't be spread like the iPhone iRickRoll'd worm, which changed users backgrounds on their jailbroken iPhones, running SSH and who haven't changed their default password. This new vulnerability appears to only be when the phone is tethered to a computer running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, so any person wanting your data will need to get a hold of your iPhone first.
  • New Type of Phishing Attack Goes After Your Browser Tabs - Aza Raskin, the creative lead for Firefox, has just posted about a new type of potential phishing attack, dubbed 'tabnabbing.' Raskin has a proof-of-concept and an explanation for how this type of attack could work. Tabnabbing operates in reverse of most phishing attacks in that it doesn't ask users to click on a obfuscated link but instead loads a fake page in one of the open tabs in your browser. Pretty scary, right?
  • Google Pac-Man Logo Ate Up 5 Million Work Hours? - Five million work hours were lost because people were playing the Google Pac-Man logo?
  • Meguru - Japanese traditional crafts electric car - It's a cute looking three wheeler that looks very Japanese in style complete with a large paper Japanese fan-like door. The main body is iron coated with lacquer and the flooring is made from real bamboo.With a single charge this baby can drive non-stop for about 25 miles and hit speed of up to 25mph. It'll be out in the smaller Japanese towns like Kyoto and Nara and would be priced somewhere around 1 Million Yen which comes up to about $10,000.
  • 2011 Audi A8L W12 reminds us that we aren't rich enough (video) - Audi has just released the first promotional 2011 Audi A8L W12 video which shows the car's various new features and detailed views of its interior. The 2011 Audi A8L W12 was unveiled back in April and will go on sale in July with a price tag of 58,000 GBP. The 2011 Audi A8L W12 is powered, as the name implies, by a monster W12 6.3-litre FSI engine developing 500PS and 625 Nm of torque. Apart from the massive amounts of output, the 2011 Audi A8L W12 also offers the possibility to travel in comfort and style, with 130mm of extra room for your legs.
  • After a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all - The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now.
  • Gary Coleman Dies - Gary Coleman, best known for his role as Arnold in the 1970s-80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died yesterday of injuries he suffered in a fall at his Utah home. Coleman, who also appeared in 2003's Postal 2, was 42. TMZ reported Coleman's death just past 12:30 p.m. U.S. Mountain time. He had been in a Provo, Utah hospital since Wednesday, admitted in critical condition with unspecified injuries. TMZ reported Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage associated with falling and hitting his head.
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Replace Fox on Transformers 3? - According to GeekWeek director Michael Bay has hired Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to replace Megan Fox as Sam Witwicky's love interest in Transformers 3. his casting hasn't been officially confirmed, but with filming currently underway we will likely hear confirmation one way or another very soon. What are your thoughts on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley possibly joining the cast?
  • International Knight and Day Trailer Online -  A new Knight and Day trailer is online, and this International version makes the movie look better
  • The Last Exorcism Trailer - Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for The Last Exorcism, an Eli Roth produced and Daniel Stamm directed (A Necessary Death) horror film.
  • Epic TV Spot for Shyamalan's The Last Airbender! - Paramount recently debuted this epic new TV spot for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender to build some extra hype these last few weeks. T
  • LOST In 3 Minutes - Everyone's talking about it, few people seem to understand it - but I do, so I thought I'd help you out!
  • Incredibly Fast Fighter (video) - This clip is purely demonstration, you wouldn't punch or kick thin air with full force, and you don't want to hurt people you are trying to teach either. Power comes from the feet, and the body alignment the waist barely needs to rotate when using the JKD bijong stance. 
  • Maker Faire San Mateo 2010 (video) - check it out
  • Dog Surprises Officer After Being Freed From A Fence - I was not expecting that ending.
  • Smart Parrot - Parrot knows well :P
  • Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio - Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio makes any beach a little piece of heaven in these small wonders from the VS 2010 collection.
  • Jennifer is Just Perfect in Esquire - If you haven't already heard of actress Jennifer Lawrence, you will. Not only is she sexy as hell, this girl can really act!
  • Olivia Gets Wilde for GQ Russia - Actress Olivia Wilde showed off her sexy curves for the June 2010 issue of GQ Russia.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,26 2010 - tech
Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark Tool - tech
(hx) 07:21 PM EDT - May,26 2010 - Post a comment / read (1)
The folks at AMD have let us know that Rebellion, SEGA and Twentieth Century FOX have just released the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark to the public.
Rebellion, SEGA and Twentieth Century FOX have released the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark to the public.

As with many of the already released DirectX 11 benchmarks, the Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 benchmark leverages your DirectX 11 hardware to provide an immersive game play experience through the use of DirectX 11 Tessellation and DirectX 11 Advanced Shadow features.

In Aliens vs. Predator, DirectX 11 Geometry Tessellation is applied in an effective manner to enhance and more accurately depict HR Giger’s famous Alien design. Through the use of a variety of adaptive schemes, applying tessellation when and where it is necessary, the perfect blend of performance and visual fidelity is achieved with at most a 4% change in performance.

Your DirectX 11 hardware also allows for higher quality, smoother and more natural looking shadows as well. DirectX 11 Advanced Shadows allow for the rendering of high-quality shadows, with smoother, artifact-free penumbra regions, which otherwise could not be realized, again providing for a higher quality, more immersive gaming experience.

Let’s not forget ATI Eyefinity Technology! As an ATI Eyefinity Validated title, Aliens vs. Predator has undergone extensive testing to ensure a great experience, providing an easy path to a truly immersive gaming experience.
ATI Catalyst 10.5 Drivers - tech
(hx) 07:15 PM EDT - May,26 2010 - Post a comment
ATI Catalyst 10.5 drivers are now out! The new driver adds support for 120Hz displays, as well as overclocking enhancements for multi-monitor users and the raft of Windows 7 bug fixes outlined below:
 * 'Battlefield 2: Bad Company' maps no longer takes unusually long to load.
 * Enabling hardware shaders (perfect mode) no longer causes text and on-screen menu corruption while loading missions in 'IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946″ game.
 * Re-logging into a system after a Remote Desktop connection no longer results in 'Catalyst Control Center is not supported…' warning message or the Graphics menu for Catalyst Control Center Advanced view to go missing.
 * HDTV resolutions are now properly reported by the tooltip when the mouse cursor hovers over the CV display icon under 'Desktops & Displays' in Catalyst Control Center.
 * Alt-Tabbing to desktop and back into 'Mass Effect 2″ game no longer causes the display to go black.
 * In-game Anti-Alias can now be applied when other in-game options like Volumetric Effects are enabled in 'Empire: Total War' and 'Napoleon: Total War' games.
 * Enabling Anti-Alias in 'Empire: Total War' no longer causes a performance drop.
 * Running 'Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0″ in wireframe mode with tessellation enabled no longer causes the application to fail on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards.
 * Changing in-game resolution in 'Alien vs. Predator' no longer causes the screen to flicker under Multi-GPU configurations.
 * Catalyst Control Center now remembers the position of fourth monitor in Eyefinity group.
 * Black screen no longer observed with 'Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0″ application with OpenGL mode settings.
 * Enabling dynamic contrast in Catalyst Control Center video settings no longer causes vertical stripes to appear during XVID content playback.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,24 2010 - tech
Splinter Cell:Conviction Gameplay Performance & IQ - tech
(hx) 08:33 PM EDT - May,24 2010 - Post a comment / read (2)
The chaps over at HardOCP have posted their Splinter Cell: Conviction - Gameplay Performance and Image Quality article. Want to know which card to buy for this game?
Splinter Cell: Conviction is a departure from the normal format for this franchise, focusing on kinetic action rather than the more deliberate, stealth-sensitive progress of the earlier games. From a technological perspective, Splinter Cell: Conviction performs admirably on a range of hardware thanks to the utilization of a 6-year-old graphics engine that has been updated to include modern features like HDR and ambient occlusion. However, it does prove surprisingly to be a burden to the GTX 470 and HD 5850 at 2560x1600 not being playable and needing to drop to 1920x1200. Once dropping resolution they are capable of running a high AA setting.

If you want just the very best performance possible in this game, the Radeon HD 5870 and the GeForce GTX 480 are equally powerful options, but the Radeon HD 5870 is definitely a better buy. If your budget is more modest or if you have a smaller than 30" display, the Radeon HD 5850 is going to give you the best bang for your video card upgrade buck. If you game above this resolution, even though it uses an older engine, you are going to have to spring for the HD 5870 or GTX 480 for this game.
3DMark 11 gaming PC benchmark announced - tech
(hx) 04:12 PM EDT - May,24 2010 - Post a comment
Futuremark today announced its plans to release the latest entry in the series 3DMark 11 which will fully support the new DirectX 11 graphics API. There's no word yet on the pricing for the full version although a version with limited features will be released for free.
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the 3D graphics performance of gaming PCs. 3DMark 11 uses a native DirectX 11 engine designed to make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11, including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. 3Dmark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads. 3DMark is trusted by gamers and enthusiasts worldwide to cut through marketing hype and technical jargon to give accurate and unbiased guidance for PC hardware purchasing decisions. Coming Q3 2010.
NVIDIA BETA 256 Drivers Released - tech
(hx) 12:38 PM EDT - May,24 2010 - Post a comment / read (1)
NVIDIA has rolled out its first beta in the expected 256.xx driver (download) series for Linux, Windows, and other supported platforms. The new driver incorporates several new features, including support for 3D Blu-ray playback, new visual quality modes (including up to 96xAA for GeForce GTX 400 3-Way SLI users), new multi-GPU setup controls, and full support for CUDA 3.1 and OpenGL 4.0.