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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,25 2009 - tech 
TechNews - Windows 7 is Gold - tech
(hx) 08:15 AM EDT - Jul,25 2009 - Post a comment
  • Intel Core i7 920 CPU Tested - The Core i7 920 will apparently dissapear soon but I personally hate to see that happen, the processor is really fast and easily competes with the 965 Extreme after some overclocking
  • Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB has excellent cooling - So what does the Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB do well? Well, for one it offers up excellent cooling without the noise penalty that the reference cards present when you push the fan speed toward the max level. This card was barely audible three feet away from the case and was not heard over the white noise in the test room
  • Razer announces new laptop gaming mouse and mouse pad - The company revealed two new products made specifically for the laptop gamer. The Razer Orochi notebook mouse has features like 4000dpi, support for both wired and Bluetooth wireless modes, seven programmable buttons and on-board memory. The mouse will be sold via the Razerzone.com web site in mid-August for $79.99 and in September in retail stores. Also on sale in August is the Razer Kabuto gaming mouse surface. Prices at $19.99, the mouse pafe is ultra-thin and soft with a microfiber tracking surface and a rubber base. It can also double as a laptop screen protector.
  • Windows 7 is Gold - Windows 7 is now complete and has been sent off for mass duplication. OEM folks can get it as early as tomorrow, while MSDN and Technet folks will get it on August 6th. Consumers like yourself? October 22nd.
  • Facebook Lets You Change Your Username - It appears that Facebook has quietly launched a new option in the settings area called 'username' where you have the option to change your Facebook username. To find this option, go to 'Settings' at the top-right of the Facebook page and then click on 'Account Settings.' The second option from the top is 'Username.' Press "Change" to enter in your new username and then click 'Confirm' when you're ready to set it. Since there's no official announcement from Facebook at this time, it's hard to know why they've decided to give users another chance to pick their names.
  • What Will Apple's Big Tablet Cost? -  So what do we know about the tablet? Reports say it's an iPod-like device with a 10-inch screen, a handheld slate that's large enough for HD movies, video gaming, and Web browsing without all the window-resizing and screen-tapping calisthenics that smartphone users endure. Apple Insider says the tablet will feature 3G broadband, which seems logical. And since we're speculating here, I'd like to request Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and GPS as well.
  • iPhone encryption can be cracked in under two minutes - Looks like some hackers do not think much of Apple's iPhone 3GS hardware encryption and claim they have never seen encryption implemented so poorly before.
  • 25 Most Influential People in Mobile Tech - LAPTOP Magazine has posted a list of what they believe are the 25 most influential people in the realm of mobile technology. It is somewhat of a "by the numbers" list with the top ten spots dominated by folks from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel and Twitter.
  • RUSE gameplay on touch-screen table (video) - Gaming on a large touchscreen looks pretty damn cool!
  • Full-Length Official Trailer for Whiteout - Whiteout stars Kate Beckinsale as U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko who ends up investigating the first murder ever on Antarctica. I wasn't sure what we'd end up seeing go down in this movie (or who murdered who) - but as you can get a glimpse of in this trailer, there is something very interesting going on here...
  • Teaser Trailer for The Hughes Brother's The Book of Eli - Apple has just debuted the first teaser trailer for The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. What is your first impression?
  • Saw VI Teaser Trailer Online - Can you really believe they're already up to the sixth Saw movie?! Justin.tv debuted the first rather mild teaser trailer for Saw VI online earlier today. Saw VI is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Kevin Greutert, who edited all five of the previous Saw movies before this and directed a few horror short films. The screenplay was written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who broke out with Feast and subsequently wrote Saw IV and Saw V as well. Lionsgate is bringing this latest installment, Saw VI, to theaters everywhere on October 23rd, a year from the last one.
  • First Insanely Awesome Ninja Assassin Trailer! - The first official trailer for James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin has finally debuted today on MTV. You need to drop everything and watch this - it's one of those kind of trailers. Word is: "A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with the clan."
  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Official Teaser Trailer - Here's the teaser trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. This is based on Lewis Carroll's beloved series of books that were first published in 1865. Disney is bringing Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to both digital 3D and 2D theaters everywhere on March 5th, 2010 early next year.
  • Mazda MX-5 Races a Greyhound on Home Turf (video) - Richard Hammond test drives the Mazda MX5 in Ireland, and puts the car to the test with an unusual race against a greyhound at Shelbourne Park. Who will win? Man or dog?
  • Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world (video) - It's a single, steady picture of a huge fish tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan, shot with a Canon 5D Mark II
  • Unexpected Wedding Entrance (video) - Watch it. You might cry. You may get up and dance. You may break into instantaneous giggle fits. You may even be slightly horrified. But while you're watching and tapping your feet, notice the look in the attendees' eyes. Hear their laughs. Look at the faces of the bride and everyone else involved.
  • Bar Refaeli Photoshoot Pics are Hot - Everyone's favorite model, also known as Bar Refaeli, is back and still doing what she does best.
  • American Idol Bikini Girl - Here are some photos of bikini girl from 'American Idol' to check out. If you did not watch the last season of Idol then you will not have a clue who she is, but neither will 23% of the people that did watch the show, so don't feel too bad :-) For those that watched, recall that Simon Cowell actually gave Katrina Darrell (that is her real name by the way) the go-ahead simply because she was dressed in a bikini.
  • Today Tech Deals - Toshiba Satellite A355-S6931 16.0-Inch Laptop (save $200) || HP Officejet J6480 Printer (save $101) ||Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (save $63) || || Watchmen (Director's Cut) (Amazon Digital Bundle + Digital Copy and BD-Live) (save $15)
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,22 2009 - tech
ATI Catalyst 9.7 Drivers - tech
(hx) 07:12 PM EDT - Jul,22 2009 - Post a comment
All you Radeon owners should head on over to the AMD/ATi website and grab the new Catalyst 9.7 drivers for Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows XP (separate driver and CCC packages (other languages) and Windows XP drivers will be released tomorrow). The 9.7 Catalysts are supposed to improve performance in Crysis by up to 8% on HD4800 series and performance in Company of Heroes and BattleForge by up to 10%. AMD also introduced support for the ATI Video converter under Windows 7 32-bit  and Windows 7 64-bit. Grab them if you need them!
TechNews - Intel cuts CPU prices - tech
(hx) 08:41 AM EDT - Jul,22 2009 - Post a comment
  • Intel cuts CPU prices - Intel has trimmed prices on a range of mainstream and value-oriented Core 2 and Pentium processors. While pricing on higher-end quad-core Core i7 and Core 2 Quad CPUs carry over unchanged, Intel's Q9400 and Q9300 saw a 14% cut, down from $213 to $183, while their entry-level quad-core CPUs with 4MB of L2 cache (the Q8400 and Q8300) had their prices reduced 11% from $183 to $163. Low power variants of the Q9400 and Q8400 also saw cuts. On the dual-core Core 2 front, Intel lowered the E7500's price from $133 to $113, a reduction of 15%. Pentium CPUs also saw price cuts, with Intel trimming the price of the E6300 from $84 to $81, while the E5400 and E5300 saw cuts of 12% and 14% respectively, and are now priced at $74 and $64.
  • Upcoming 32nm Intel Clarkdale CPU Hitting 4GHz - The famous overclocker Coolaler has posted a few spy pics of what appears to be a 32nm Clarksdale processor and some CPUZ screenshots of the very same processor easily hitting 4GHz on air with just 0.832V.
  • Choosing an Office PC - A guide about choosing an office PC.
  • Sky News exposes dodgy laptop repair shops [UK] - Sky News in the UK have exposed several laptop repair shops including some big names like Micro Anvika and PC World. During the investigation, researchers unplugged a RAM stick from a laptop to see if the shops would simply diagnose the fault or charge extra for work and components. Only one shop was genuinely honest.
  • Update on Win 7 RTM availability, MSDN and TechNet August 6 - Microsoft has sent word that MSDN and TechNet customers will be able to get hold of Windows 7 RTM on August 6. Windows 7 RTM will initially be available in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st for both MSDN and TechNet customers.
  • DRM is Dead, RIAA Says - The RIAA says DRM is dead. Wait. What???
  • Taser makes new three-way X3 electro-shock, tests it on own - A single Taser passes a low electric shock through the body of the victims. The ones which were demonstrated here didn't shoot just one by three shots in quick succession. These caused an administration of z400 to 1200 volt shocks in the bodies of victims, thus immobilizing them temporarily.
  • Hand vs. Liquid Nitrogen and the Leidenfrost Effect (video) - The Leidenfrost effect is the formation of a gas barrier between a hot surface and a boiling liquid if the temperature difference is great enough. This gas barrier greatly slows the heat transfer between the two and allows the liquid to last longer and consequently the hot surface to remain hot longer. This effect can be seen in a frying pan as it's being heated. At first the water quickly boils as it's dropped in but at a hot enough temperature the Leidenfrost effect takes over and makes the water skate around the surface lasting a very long time.
  • Top Gear pits Jaguar XFR against BMW M5 (video) - Clarkson spent all of his time behind the wheel of a right hand drive XFR, and he seemed surprised and delighted at the Leaping Cat's power and handling. Clarkson calls the cushy ride of the XFR 'so soft and it's so absorbent, it's like sitting on a fat dog.' But this plump puppy has 503 hp, and '80 more torques' than the BMW, while both vehicles' weight is about the same!
  • If Man Walked on the Moon Today (video) -  In the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Slate V imagines how TV news would cover that historic event if it happened today.
  • The Question You Never Want Your Roommate to Ask -  OMG!
  • Happy Tree Friends - Wrath of Con - Ohh yeah! I enoy watching this one... Specially now its in HD :-D
  • First Extended TV Spot for Peter Jackson's District 9 - A brand new extended 60-second TV spot for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 has just landed online. Sony will be bringing District 9 to theaters everywhere on August 14th this summer.
  • Miranda Kerr in Lingerie Photos - Miranda Kerr still looks absolutely fabulous in slinky, sexy underwear like this.
  • Joanna Krupa Heats Up Maxim Magazine - It is easy to see why guys like this hottie because she has an exotic look with a body sculpted out of pure perfection.
  • Today Deals - Toshiba Satellite A505-S6973 16.0-Inch Laptop - Black/Grey (save $110) || Brother MFC-9840CDW Color Laser Multifunction Center (save $400) || Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy (save $20) || Microids: Sinking Island (save $11) 
NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL Drivers v190.38 - tech
(hx) 04:10 AM EDT - Jul,22 2009 - Post a comment
There are brand new GeForce 190.38 reference drivers out today for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit, and Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit. According to the release highlights, these new drivers support GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and the ION platform.  Other than adding Microsoft WHQL certification, the driver appears to be identical to last week's driver. Grab them if you need them!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,21 2009 - tech
Call of Juarez:Bound in Blood Gameplay Perf. and IQ - tech
(hx) 08:42 PM EDT - Jul,21 2009 - Post a comment
The chaps over at HardOCP just published Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Gameplay Perf. and IQ.  Their tested revealed that the game showed impressive performance on eight of the best video cards on the market today, even with the settings cranked all the way up. Here's a bit:
This time around, more main memory was consumed by the AMD GPU, and it used about 1% less of our CPU in doing so. The NVIDIA video driver appeared to better split the game’s load among our four CPU cores, but the NVIDIA GPUs did not provide a gameplay advantage because of it. In both camps, CPU utilization was near 100% on core 0, but the NVIDIA GPU loaded up core 3 quite a bit more than the AMD GPU.

At 2560x1600, the best value for Bound in Blood is definitely the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260. Of course, gamers with 30" displays may balk at paying less than $200 for a video card, but it is truly a great performer for this and most other games, and since they’ve spent so much on their monitors, maybe a GTX 260 can save some people some money. You can buy one right now for $149.99 USD after a $20 MIR.

At 1920x1200 and 1680x1050, the diminutive AMD Radeon HD 4770 is a knockout winner. It combines a high level of performance at these lower resolutions with a truly spectacular price. You can buy an XFX model with a lifetime warranty right now at NCIXUS for $111.08 USD, no rebate required.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,20 2009 - tech
TechNews - Upcoming Intel CPUs ditching VGA? - tech
(hx) 04:24 AM EDT - Jul,20 2009 - Post a comment / read (2)
  • Upcoming Intel CPUs ditching VGA? - Looks like Intel's upcoming Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs with integrated graphics built into the CPU won't support analog VGA output. Instead Intel's going all digital, with support for HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort outputs. Hopefully video card manufacturers and LCD panel makers will follow suit and ditch analog VGA support as well.
  • HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI-E x4 SATA RAID Controller Tested - When it comes to performance the HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 is void of cache, so RAID 5 performance is pretty lackluster. Even RAID 0 and RAID 10 performance is fairly low with our Seagate 7200.11 test drives
  • Intel 34-nm 320GB SSD Coming Soon - The new series should top out at 320GB, with an 80GB and 160GB version falling underneath. Word on the street has it that both of the smaller two will be around $100 cheaper than the same-sized X25-M drives, though there's been no leaks on the 320GB model's MSRP. Still, Intel has a golden opportunity here if it'll just get these things to market -- a cheap(er) SSD with a brand name like Intel could blow the solid state market wide open.
  • Nvidia beta drivers v190.38 - Nvidia has released new 190.38 drivers for the 3D Vision glasses (for Windows Vista and Windows 7). These drivers have been optimized to work on the new benchmark tool from Capcom. A number of newly supported 3D Vision games have been added with the new drivers; check out the list at this website. The new 3D Vision drivers require new beta GeForce 190.38 drivers and while there's no game performance improvements in this update it does add support for OpenGL 3.1 and CUDA 2.3. It also has new power management features.
  • Exploring Input Lag Inside and Out - Here's a very thorough dissection of how input lag occurs in PC gaming.
  • New Pirate Bay to Be Based on Give-And-Take Models - Does anyone seriously think this is going to work? Remember how much everyone loved Napster? Remember how much they liked it once it became a legit site?
  • Cars to be started by lasers instead of spark plugs - Scientists at Liverpool University and engineers at car giants Ford have developed a new ignition system which uses focused beams of laser light to ignite the fuel. The researchers claim the technology is more reliable and efficient than current spark plug technology and will enable cars to start more easily in cold and damp conditions.
  • Mansory Vincero costs $1 million (video) - The Mansory Vincero is the world's only tuned Bugatti Veyron and is perhaps the most wanton display of pure excess seen since Roman times. It comes with 1109bhp, new wheels, a new exhaust and new panels, as well as the restyled front end and the interior that I could live without. These small changes cost an eye-popping €700,000, too. So this is a €1.8 million car, which wasn't mine, and they gave me the keys. Mad...
  • Crazy guy puts new iPhone 3GS on RC plane (video) - You've seen tons of "cameras on RC plane" videos but have you seen an iPhone 3G S on a RC plane video?
  • Ping Pong Table-Door - From the looks of it, this amazing product not only makes you popular, it gets you chicks too!
  • Two Brand New Inglourious Basterds TV Spots! - Two brand new 30-second TV spots for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds have popped up.
  • First Trailer for Jim Carrey's I Love You Phillip Morris -  Here's the first trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. When Steve Russell turns to cons and fraud to allow him to change his lifestyle, his subsequent stay in the state penitentiary results in his meeting the love of his life, a sensitive fellow inmate named Phillip Morris.
  • Girl Arrested for Swearing on 9-11 call (video) - 17yr old Adrainne Ledesma calls 9-1-1 after her father had a stroke. The recording of 9-1-1 proves that she did swear before the operator picked up the phone. However then the operator started to lecture her on swearing and hung up on her, She called back and the operator then called Adrainne a "stupid ass" and a buffoon. Eventually Adrainne had to walk to the police station to get help, instead she was arrested on charges that do not exist "abusing 9-1-1".
  • Mysterious G-Men in Black SUVs Guard Fiber-Optic Cable in DC - A construction crew putting up an office building in the heart of congested Tysons Corner in McLean, Va., hit a fiber-optic cable no one knew was there. Within moments, three black SUVs drove up, half a dozen men in suits jumped out, and one said, "You just hit our line."
  • Toyota iQ: Small Car, Font Jockey (video) - Anyone who has ever used a computer knows that there are a lot of fonts out there, but we can't think of one that was designed with the use of a cute little hatchback. Letmedesign typographers Pierre & Damien teamed up with Stef Vancampenhoudt to create a whole new font using the new Toyota iQ, and the resulting ABCs are colorful to say the least.
  • Nirvana vs Rick Astley (video) - Kurt Cobain is RickRolling is his grave...!!! :-)
  • Supercharged PowerWheels (video) - 6 year old boy pushing the limits of a Power Wheel Vehicle!
  • Never Before Seen Footage of MJ's Pepsi Commercial Accident - It looks like he tried to put out the fire by doing dance moves. He was a showman even when getting scalded.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,15 2009 - tech
TechNews - Hacking the Seagate 1.5TB Drive - tech
(hx) 08:18 PM EDT - Jul,15 2009 - Post a comment
  • Intel updates CPU launch dates - Intel has updated its launch schedule for notebook-based Clarksfield CPUs, new CPUs for ultra-thin notebooks, desktop-based Lynnfield CPUs and several server CPUs. According to DigiTimes, the platform will launch between Sept 8-11. DigiTimes also says the first Clarksfield CPUs for notebooks will be launched sometime between the end of Sept and Oct. Intel reportedly has 3 Clarksfield processors being primed for launch, the Core 2 Extreme XE 2GHz, Core 2 Quad P2 1.73GHz and Core 2 Quad P1 1.6GHz.
  • X58 Roundup - July 2009 -  Read on to find out which best meets your requirements in regards to performance and functionality.
  • Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB (ST32000542AS) Tested - This Barracuda isn't meant to drive your dream machine, and instead is much better served sitting in the passenger seat. Or in the living room. By cramming 2TB into a single drive, the Barracuda LP shines for frequent backup duties, HTPC recording, archiving movies, and any other situation where storage trumps raw performance. And at a little over 11 cents per gigabyte, while not the best bang-for-buck you can get, you won't have to explain to the wife (or husband) where the paycheck went.
  • Hacking the Seagate 1.5TB Drive to turn it into a Velociraptor -  It looks like Seagate inadvertently created something marvelous by creating arguably the best consumer drive on the market. As you have seen from the benchmarks, the Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS outperforms the Velociraptor in almost all categories.
  • IronKey unveils ultra-secure USB Flash key - IT security firm IronKey has taken the wraps off what it promises to be the most secure Flash drive in the world. The S200 device is aimed at government and enterprise customers, and offers hardened physical security, the latest Cryptochip technology, active anti-malware and enhanced management capabilities. AES 256-bit encryption, and a tamper-resistant and tamper-evident rugged metal case mean that the S200 is the first USB Flash drive to get the FIPS 140-2, Security Level 3 certification.
  • Critical JavaScript Vulnerability in Firefox 3.5 - Mozilla has posted a security warning for Firefox 3.5. The company says that the bug was discovered in the JIT JavaScript compiler and disclosed publicly yesterday. The vulnerability can be mitigated by disabling the JIT in the JavaScript engine. To do so: Enter about:config in the browser's location bar. Type jit in the Filter box at the top of the config editor. Double-click the line containing javascript.options.jit.content setting the value to false. Note that disabling the JIT will result in decreased JavaScript performance and is only recommended as a temporary security measure.
  • Microsoft kicks off Office 2010 Technical Preview - Microsoft is distributing the Office 2010 bits via its Connect testing site. The bits hold the build number 14.0.4006.1110 meaning they are older than the recent "beta" leak. Office 2010 promises tighter integration with Windows 7, full Ribbon UI for Outlook and compatibility with Microsoft's forthcoming Office Web Applications. Office Web Applications are not available for testing yet, Microsoft employees are currently "dogfooding" the bits internally and a wider beta should begin at the same time as Office 2010 beta is offered publicly.
  • Microsoft unveils Office Web Applications 2010, Mobile 2010 - Microsoft has officially revealed its Office Web Applications offerings ahead of the announcements at this years Worldwide Partner Conference today. Company officials have posted several "what's new" videos onto the Microsoft Showcase site.
  • YouTube to drop support for IE6 - YouTube will soon be dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 as it attempts to move users to a 'more modern browser'. Google, who owns YouTube, is pushing for users to upgrade to Chrome, Firefox or IE 8. It's no surprise that they are pushing for users to switch to Chrome with two advertisements to download the browser which Google is using to challenge Microsoft's IE 8.
  • Project Natal tech coming to the PC too - Last month at E3, everyone was talking about "Project Natal", the code name for Microsoft's controller-less camera technology for the Xbox 360 game console. When asked if the technology could come to the PC as well, Microsoft execs wouldn't commit saying only that they were just talking about the Xbox 360's uses during E3. Well, no less than Microsoft founder Bill Gates has blown Project Natal's Xbox 360 exclusivity. CNET News.com reports that Gates has confirmed that they are bringing the gesture-based technology to Windows as well. Gates is quoted as saying, "Both the Xbox guys and the Windows guys latched onto that and now even since they latched onto it the idea of how it can be used in the office is getting much more concrete, and is pretty exciting."
  • China Halts Electroshock Therapy Program For Internet Addicts - China Daily a clinic was using electroshock treatment on teenagers to treat them for Internet addiction. China's Ministry of Health has ordered a halt to the controversial practice.
  • Install and Run Windows on Apple iPhone (video) - Using the Bochs emulator and an image of Windows 95, some happy modifiers have managed to install and run the now-ancient operating system on everyone's favorite smartphone. And yes, it comes complete with some Minesweeper action to boot.
  • Check out the LG Chocolate BL40 promo video - The latest videos to make rounds of the internet are that of the LG Chocolate BL40. This is the fourth phone in the Black Label Series and sports a very impressive 4.0 inches touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 345 pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio.
  • Porsche Panamera vs. U.K. postal service (video) - The latest Top Gear challenge pits the Panamera against Britain's postal service. James May and Richard Hammond race a stamped and mailed letter from the Isles of Scilly to Zanzibar Bungalow, Birsay, Orkney -- about 900 miles over land and sea!
  • Instant Karma (video) - Instant karma hits you when you try to screw with your co-star. If this is fake, the falling guy is a fantastic stunt actor. Lot of work here, from getting the lively/stupid attitude right in the first minutes to the way he misses a step and falls down. They probably have made 3 or 4 takes before getting it right, in all probability. Or maybe the stunt guy is really ***** talented :-)
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Teaser - AOL has just debuted the teaser trailer for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief based on the book by Rick Riordan
  • Jason Eisener's Amazing Treevenge Short Film - This gets very gory near the end, and I don't think it's safe to watch at work or otherwise. Neverthless, I'm so glad this finally ended up online!
  • Blake Lively in Glamour Looks Familiar - Blake is a pretty nice girl to look at!
  • Emma Watson Gorgeous in Elle UK Edition - check it out
Windows 7 UK pre-orders 'strong' - tech
(hx) 10:00 AM EDT - Jul,15 2009 - Post a comment
Microsoft began its' limited Windows 7 pre-order offer for UK customers (Windows 7 pre-order offer - US) in the early hours this morning. Microsoft will only be offering Windows 7 E in Europe, without Internet Explorer. Company officials confirmed that no upgrade versions are available so customers who purchase Windows 7 E using the pre-order offer will get full versions of Windows 7. The downside, users will need to clean install Windows 7 meaning you cannot use the copy to upgrade from Windows Vista or Windows XP. Microsoft's decision to remove Internet Explorer for European markets was due to the European Commission's ongoing concerns at Microsoft's IE integration.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,13 2009 - tech
TechNews - Touching Windows 7 Touch Pack - tech
(hx) 04:01 AM EDT - Jul,13 2009 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • Amazon Kindle DX Review - Amazon continues to create readers with a wonderfully sleek design and good view ability. The availability of over 300,000 titles and the slick way those books, newspapers, and magazines can be downloaded is still a big enticement for an avid reader. Although the technology is wonderful and the Kindle DX is an excellent reading device, at USD 489 it is very expensive. In fact, you can purchase a computer for that price. Amazon was wise to lower the price of the Kindle 2 to USD 299, to make it more attractive.
  • Windows 7 family pack; Anytime Upgrade prices leaked - Retailer Expercom listed the Windows 7 family pack -- which provides Windows 7 licenses for up to 3 PCs -- for $136.95 while another retailer, University IT Computer Sales, listed it for $144.95.
    That's not all though. Expercom also listed prices for Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade. Upgrading from Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium will cost $81.95, while Expercom listed an upgrade price of $90.95 to switch from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Finally, the Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate upgrade was listed for $137.95.
  • Touching Windows 7 Touch Pack (video) -  For those of you interested in the Windows 7 Touch Pack you should watch this.
  • Windows 7 RTM - build 7600 -  Released to manufacturing follows weeks of rumour and speculation on when Microsoft would unveil that it has finished Windows 7. 7.7600.16384.090710-1945 is the potential final build number and we're still expecting the company to announce the finalisation of Windows 7 at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday providing there are no last minute recompiles. Windows 7 has been in development since mid to late 2008 and build 7600 will mark the end of the beta phase and on to servicing and then general availability on October 22
  • Microsoft releases Silverlight 3.0 - Microsoft launched its latest effort to 'Light up the web', Silverlight 3 which is now available for download. Silverlight 3 introduces more than 50 new features, including 3D support, GPU acceleration, H.264 video support and out-of-the-browser capabilities to Silverlight. The out-of-browser support will enable developers to build applications that work like Adobe's AIR plugin. Dramatic video performance and quality improvements are also included.
  • How to fix a 1TB hard drive that suddenly changes to 32MB in size - The loss of factory hard drive capacity seems to be an increasingly common occurrence with very large capacitym 1TB hard drives, but it's not specific to any one hard drive manufacturer. It can happen to brand new drives or existing hard drives full of data. In either case the data portion of the drive isn't generally affected. If a new or existing hard drive in your computer suddenly pops up with a capacity of 32MB, or another value equally small compared to the true drive size, don't freak out, the data should still be there. Here's what typically happens; a large capacity hard drive of between 500GB, 750GB, 1TB and 1.5TB suddenly appears to loose most of its capacity for no apparent reason. In many situations the capacity of the hard drive shrinks to 0.0GB or 32MB (and occasionally 32GB) and becomes inaccessible to the Windows Vista.
  • Stallman on the current state of GNU/Linux - Neowin has posted an interesting interview with Richard M. Stallman, an 'American software freedom activist, hacker and software developer.' He is perhaps most notably known for his work on the Free Software movement. Stallman is also the father of the GNU operating system, that which is commonly referred to as Linux but more accurately defined as GNU/Linux.
  • ImageShack Hacked by 'Anti-Sec' Group - If you use ImageShack or frequent a forum that does, you may have noticed that all of the hosted images were replaced with a manifesto from a group that calls themselves "Anti-Sec." The message adds that 'no images were harmed in the making of this...image', implying that ImageShack images are not lost.
  • iPhone app to help you pick Cruelty-Free products - The application is called 'Be Nice To Bunnies' and is available at $1.99 on iTunes. Check out a video of the 'Be Nice To Bunnies' app at work and buy cruelty-free products from now on.
  • Digital booth babe (video) - Spotted at the International Stationery and Office Supply Fair, this eye-catching digital signage system consists of a 0.3-millimeter-thick high-luminance rear-projection film (Vikuiti Rear Projection Film developed by 3M) applied to a 3-millimeter-thick glass substrate cut into the shape of a woman. A rear projector beams video onto the film, whose microbead-arrayed surface produces a crisp, brilliant image viewable from any angle, even in brightly lit environments.
  • Danish WWII Flame & Citron Trailer - IFC has finally debuted an official US trailer for the Danish WWII thriller Flame & Citron. This film stars Danish actors Mads Mikkelsen (from Casino Royale) as Citron and Thure Lindhardt as Flame
  • Firefox Add-ons in The Real Life - check it out!
  • Video Clears Up Obama Photo (video)  - Image misleadingly seems to show the president admiring a woman's backside.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,08 2009 - tech
Google announces Chrome based Operating System - tech
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Google has officially announced that they plan to release a Chrome based OS. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Google plans to open-source its code later this year and offer Google powered netbooks in 2010. Company officials confirmed that Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips. Google is currently working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year bundled with the new Chrome OS.
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,07 2009 - tech
TechNews - SSD RAID Scaling Under Windows 7 - tech
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  • AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Tested - The latest Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is the first dual-core Phenom II chip. And it's great for gaming and multitasking. The 3.1GHz processor performs very much on par with Intel's 3GHz dual-core E8400, but costs L50 or so less.
  • AMD TWKR BE: Phenom II 42 - overclocked to 6ghz+ - The chaps over at DriverHeavens overclocked the AMDs TWKR CPU and managed to get over 6GHZ out of it - which makes it the fastest AMD CPU they have ever tested!
  • SSD RAID Scaling Under Windows 7 - It is important to know what limiting factors you may run into and to also help keep your expectations in check. Upgrading your PC's hard drive to a solid-state drive is possibly the single greatest upgrade you can perform right now to improve your experience, depending on what exactly you are doing with it of course. Running more than one drive increases the time it takes to boot up into Windows 7. The increased overhead of RAID also makes it a slightly slower option when compared to a single drive in our case. Your mileage may vary depending on SSD used, motherboard used and which RAID card (if any) you use.
  • Kingston DataTraveler DT200/64GB Tested - For business data and non-disclosure agreement products on review sites the Kingston DataTraveler DT200/64GB is the perfect choice. For home use it can pull double duty and carry all your sensitive files and media. School use you can protect those term papers and assignments and still have plenty of Music and media files stored.
  • TRENDnet TPE-S44, TPE-112GS and TPE-111GI Power over Ethernet - TweakTown take a look at three products from TRENDnet that help bring PoE to home security without breaking the bank; the TPE-S44 10/100 PoE Switch, the TPE-111GI PoE Injector and the TPE-112GS PoE Splitter
  • VLC 1.0.0 Released - The VideoLAN project is pleased to announce the release of the first version of the Goldeneye branch of VLC: 1.0.0. This major release introduces many new features, new formats and new codecs to the VLC multimedia framework and fixes a very high number of bugs that were present in the 0.9.x or 0.8.6 versions.
  • Google removes 'Beta' label from Gmail, other services - Google announced on its company blog that starting from today the company will remove the beta label from Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk.
  • IE's market share falls below 60%, Firefox surpasses 30% - Internet Explorer fell from 62.09% to 59.49%, while Firefox rose from 28.75% to 30.33%. But Firefox isn't the only browser that's gaining market share. Opera, recently released the beta version of version 10 of its browser, rose from 3.23% to 3.36%, Safari, recently released version 4 of its browser and hitting 11 million downloads in three days, rose from 2.65% to 2.93%, and Chrome rose from 2.42% to 2.82%.
  • Twitter Suggested For a Nobel Prize? - OMG!. You have got to be kidding me. Twitter suggested for a Nobel Peace Prize?
  • McAfee Attacking Core System Files with Latest Update - McAfee users are blowing up about an apparent glitch in McAfee's most recent virus signature update. This glitch causes McAfee to attack core system files, sometimes causing BSODs. Based on anecdotes, the glitch appears to be caused when older VirusScan engines install DAT 5664, which McAfee seems to have pushed out in the past 24 hours. Affected systems then begin identifying a wide variety of legitimate - and frequently crucial - system files as malware. Files belonging to Microsoft Internet Explorer, drivers for Compaq computers, and even the McAfee-associated McScript.exe were being identified as a trojan called PWS!hv.aq, according to the posts and interviews.
  • New iPhone app to locate the nearest tube in Central London (video) - This application helps the users locate the nearest tube station in Central London. Once activated, the application uses the iPhone camera, GPS and compass to locate the nearest tube. When held flat, the app shows an arrow pointing in the right direction and it shows an arrow upwards to show information like distance, relevant tube lines and other stacked stops. This app will certainly come in handy if you are stuck in some god forsaken place.
  • IPhone 3GS owners bemoan its battery life - Apple claims the iPhone 3GS has a slightly increased battery life in certain areas. However, owners interviewed in this LA Times article are finding a much different reality, paying a premium for phones that can't even last through a workday without being plugged in.
  • Ancient Bible Published Online - Nearly 800 pages from the Codex Sinaiticus, a Christian Bible dating to the 4th century, written in Greek and containing the oldest complete copy of the New Testament, were posted Monday at the Web site codexsinaiticus.org, coinciding with a conference on the book at the British Library in London.
  • Blast into Space, Spectacular Fall to Earth (video) - Onboard cameras capture the amazing journey of Atlantis into space, and the dramatic return of the solid rocket boosters. Fast-Forward to 2:25 to get to the really cool part!
  • Nova Science: How Auto-Tune Works (video) - What puts the pain in T-Pain? How the hell did Reba McEntire win all those Grammys? Dr. Andy Hildebrand knows the secret and he's telling.
  • Humming bird robot from pentagon flies like the real one -  Military-backed researchers have built a tiny drone that looks and flies like a hummingbird, flapping its little robotic wings to stay in the air. So far, the mock bird, built for Pentagon mad-science division Darpa, has only stayed aloft for 20 seconds at a time.
  • Marcus Dunstan's The Collector Trailer - Here's a fairly short red band teaser trailer for the film for your viewing enjoyment. The Collector hits limited theaters on July 31st.
  • First Trailer for Jim Sheridan's Brothers - In a small, snowy Pennsylvania town, a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his older brother's wife (Natalie Portman) and children after her husband (Tobey Maguire) goes missing in Afghanistan. Lionsgate is bringing Brothers to theaters on December 4th this winter.
  • French Trailer for Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 2 - Here's a French trailer for Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 2, the long-awaited sequel to Jaa's 2003 martial arts cult classic. The Weinstein Company has the distribution rights for the film and is expected to release Ong Bak 2 in the US hopefully sometime later this year.
  • First Red Band Trailer for Jennifer's Body! - 20th Century Fox has debuted the first red band trailer for Jennifer's Body starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried!
  • Evian Roller Babies US (video) - So small yet already incredible!
  • Michael Jackson Ghost? During CNN Larry King Interview with Jermaine Jackson (video) - Something strange to Neverland comes: On an episode of "Larry King Live" late last week, viewers were taken on a video tour of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. While the reporter giving the tour is just outside of Michael Jackson's bedroom, something that looks like a shadow moves in the background. People, convinced it's the "ghost" of MJ, loaded it up on YouTube and added slow-mos.What do you think? :P
  • Emma Watson in Herald Sun - Emma Watson in Sunday Magazine (Herald Sun)
  • Isabel Lucas is the New Hotness - Here are some frickin' hot pictures Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2) bikini pictures taken on the beach, because there's nowhere better to appreciate a woman's beauty than on the beach
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,01 2009 - tech
Ghostbusters Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
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The chaps over at HardOCP have posted their Ghostbusters Gameplay Performance and IQ evaluation. They have eight video cards in this evaluation: the Radeon HD 4870 X2, the Radeon HD 4890 1GB, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and the Radeon HD 4770 512MB. From NVIDIA, we have the GeForce GTX 295, the GeForce GTX 285, the GeForce GTX 275, and the GeForce GTX 260 with 216 shaders.
Ghostbusters proves to us that games can employ gameplay-physics and effects-physics all calculated by the CPU, leaving the GPU free to handle what it is designed for: Graphics. NVIDIA has a vested interest in PhysX, and they push it rather aggressively. A Quad-Core CPU is vastly underutilized in a lot of games, since the focus has been on graphics, and video cards have become so powerful. GPUs are so powerful, in fact, that designers are looking for something more to do with them. NVIDIA and AMD both want general-purpose computing to be done on the GPU, and that is great. But NVIDIA wants to push PhysX on developers and consumers to sell more NVIDIA-based video cards, not to improve gameplay based physics.
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Basically, any NVIDIA GeForce GTX series video card, and any Radeon HD 4800 or 4700 series video card should be able to run Ghostbusters with the highest possible settings at a high resolution like 1920x1200. If you are on a budget, the Radeon HD 4770 would be a fantastic choice. You can buy one now for $104.99 USD plus shipping. If your means are more sympathetic to your gaming needs, a GeForce GTX 275 or a Radeon HD 4890 would be good options as well, and should give you some future-proofing, should AA support be miraculously worked out. You can buy a GeForce GTX 260 for $154.99 USD plus shipping after a $20 MIR, or a Radeon HD 4890 for $169.99 USD after a $20 MIR, and it comes with free shipping. Any way you slice it, you are going to receive a great gameplay experience in Ghostbusters on every current generation video card from AMD and NVIDIA.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,30 2009 - tech
Windows 7 preorder a hit--on Amazon - tech
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Seriously, did anyone think this was going to go any other way than what it did? Of course Windows 7 preorders for $49 - $99 are going to be a hit, beats the hell out of buying it for full retail. The two offers have proven exceptionally popular on Amazon. The Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade package vaulted to No. 1, not just in Amazon's software store, but among all electronics products on the site. Meanwhile, the Windows 7 Professional upgrade was No. 2 among software products. Amazon also has a lot of Windows 7 info on its site, as well as a paid delivery option that guarantees that the product will arrive on October 22. According to Engadget, Windows 7 has completely sold out of pre-orderable copies in Japan, which combines sales from the 17 retailers involved with the early orders. Apparently, this is a grand total of about 30,000 copies of the operating system, and it took 1.5 days (out of the 10 that were allocated) for this event to happen. Don't think that this offer hasn't been popular in the U.S., though; Windows 7 immediately shot to the top of Amazon sales.
Firefox 3.5 Is Out - tech
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Alright all you alternative browser types out there, Firefox 3.5 is out now. The English (US) version weighs in at just under 8MB so head on over and grab it if you want it or try it if you haven't. Firefox 3.5 is the first major revision since 3.0 was released about a year ago. The new version sports a faster rendering engine, stability enhancements and a new javascript engine. It will also include support for the most widely-used elements of HTML 5 that allows for offline data access, enhanced web graphics and multimedia playback without plug-ins. The Firefox logo has also had a small revision as well.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,27 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7 on thumb drive? - tech
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  • AMD DirectX11 White Paper Released - Legit Reviews posted one of the first white papers on DirectX 11 released by AMD
  • 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Battle: Seagate vs. Western Digital - It is crystal clear that the fastest 2 TB hard disk drive available today is Barracuda LP from Seagate, which is 20% faster than its main competitor, Western Digital Caviar Green.
  • Kingston DataTraveler 200 (128GB) reviewed - Kingston's DataTraveler 200 (DT200) is actually the world's first 128GB USB flash drive - that's enough storage for around 182 music CDs (remember those?) or up to 27 DVD movies. Do not worry if you don't need the large capacity (or price) as the wholly-black DT200 128GB (from £293/$376) also comes in a blue-and-black 32GB model (from £58.58/$80.99) and yellow-and-black 64GB model (from £103/$143) capacities. The price premium is definitely on the 128GB unit. 
  • Microsoft may offer Windows 7 on thumb drive for netbooks - Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive so that netbook owners are able to easily upgrade their machines in case they lack a DVD drive, and are unable to use an external one. Even though Microsoft is considering selling Windows 7 on a thumb drive, there are other options for netbook users to upgrade. Less tech-savvy consumers could pay for someone else to do it, such as a service like Best Buy's Geek Squad. More technically literate consumers could order Windows 7 as a download and put it on their own thumb drive, or use an external DVD drive. 
  • Windows 7 Pricing Officially Announced - Microsoft has announced the 'upgrade option program' and prices for its upcoming operating system, Windows 7. Electronics retailer Micro Center is offering Windows 7 pre-orders for $10 less than the pre-order standard prices.  Newegg, along with a handful of other online retailers, is offering the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 instead of the $119.99 Microsoft announced yesterday. The same e-tailer also has the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade on sale for $99.99 instead of $199.99.
  • No Windows 7 upgrade option in the EU - Microsoft announced that the EU will be getting a version that will not contain IE and because of this Microsoft will be offering no upgrade option in the EU. 
  • Pirate Bay retrial call rejected - A Swedish court has rejected an appeal for a retrial by the four men behind The Pirate Bay.
  • Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Smartphone Tested - The iPhone 3GS is seriously faster than the original 2G. Most of this can be accounted for by the extra internet speed boost moving from Edge-only to a 3G network. Interestingly, the iPhone 3GS is only slightly faster than the 3G. 
  • Apple iPhone 3GS Overheating Reports - Is the Apple iPhone 3GS having overheating issues? The story began at French site Nowhereelse.com, with a piece that showcases a discolored white iPhone 3GS whose owner says the discolorations came from the device noticeably heating up during use of the GPS over 3G wireless. 
  • Step by Step Guide to Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3.0 - Do you need to jailbreak or unlock your original iPhone, iPhone 3G or iPod Touch?
  • Conan O'Brien Intel Science and Engineering Fair 2009 (video) -  Conan O'Brien talks to Craig Barrett about the hundreds of boys and girls from around the world competing at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • First Footage and Photos from Avatar Revealed at CinExpo - Finally, after years of waiting, the first footage from James Cameron's Avatar was screened to public for the very first time in Amsterdam earlier today as part of the Cinema Expo International. 
  • First Full Trailer for Richard Kelly's The Box! - Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are starring in the psychological thriller called The Box! Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden), a suburban couple with a young child, receive a wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human somewhere in the world. 
  • Awesome Blood-Sucking Daybreakers Trailer! - Lionsgate has finally debuted the first trailer for the new vampire flick Daybreakers that stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Ethan Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps (Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan) on a way to save humankind. Lionsgate is bringing Daybreakers to theaters on January 8th, 2010 next year.
  • Transformers 2 Parody (Revenge of The Twitter Icons) - Sam and Mikaela must face a global battle against rampant Twitter Icons.
  • Drifting Rolls Royce Drophead 2009 (video) - Some ultra rich, ultra spoiled and ultra bored guys had found a new way to enjoy the Phantom. These rich hooligans have attempted to perform donuts around other parked cars with a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead.
  • The 5 Most Hated Creatures on the Planet (Don't Deserve It) - We've always had a weird double standard toward non-humans. The adorable animals became our buddies, while we obsessively killed the ugly. It might be time to change that standard.
  • Flooded River Destroys Road In Minutes (video) -  What started as a steady flow of water from a flooded river took out an entire road in just 4 minutes and created a 25 foot gap in the road in less than half an hour.
  • Was Michael Jackson Murdered? (video) - Was Michael Jackson murdered by his doctor? Did Michael Jackson OD? 
  • French Guy Discovers Hidden Feature in The New Mac Books (video) -  Some French guy is working on his MacBook laptop when suddenly it begins to transform into a spaceship then flies away ;-) 
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,24 2009 - tech
TechNews - What's New in Firefox 3.5 - tech
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  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 CPU Tested - Intel's Q8400 is basically a Q9400 with 2MB of L2 cache disabled. This fact was reflected in our tests as we saw the two chips keep pace with one another in almost every benchmark. Against the AMD chips we used for comparison, the competition was also stiff. While the Q9400 was the best of the bunch, the Q8400 definitely held its own. Also, we were very happy with the 3.92GHz overclock we achieved with this chip at only 1.36V.
  • ASUS Maximus II Gene mATX Motherboard Tested - The new ASUS Maximus II Gene motherboard goes by the tagline: Mini Size, Max Mobility. You have to take these marketing lines with a grain of salt, because taken at face value, you might expect a mini-ITX board. Instead we have a micro-ATX (uATX) board that squeezes almost every last feature from its feature-rich ROG brother into the slightly smaller format. A more accurate description might be: Micro Size, Max Performance. Let's dive in and take a look at what ASUS calls: A new band of ROG heroes, the GENE squad."
  • Storage Device That Lasts 1,000 Years? - In the case of HDDs, data could be lost in four to 40 years due to the influence of magnetic field. And data stored in an optical disc could be lost in 30 to 100 years when affected by oxygen or moisture. On the other hand, semiconductor devices can keep data intact for a thousand years or more if the humidity around the chip is kept at 2% or less.
  • What's New in Firefox 3.5 - new video from Mozilla - Mike Beltzner gives a quick preview of what's new and exciting in Firefox 3.5, coming soon from Mozilla.
  • Get a Free Copy of Office 2010 and Laptop From Microsoft - Microsoft is looking for people to participate in their "real life stories" campaign so that you can share your story about Office 2010 with the world. As part of the program, Microsoft will give you a laptop for at least six months and you will receive a free copy of the final Office 2010 suite when it is released.
  • Rumor: Windows 7 RTM sign off set for July 13? - Wzor is claiming that the final sign off is set for July 13th. 
  • Xbox 360 on the Cowboys Stadium Video Wall - check it out
  • OTOY Goes Mobile, Turns Your Cell Phone Into Gaming Rig - Here's a video that shows OTOY tech in action on a cell phone. It's a very impressive technology, requiring no plugins or lengthy installs — just open your browser and you can instantly jump into a game of Crysis or GTA4, streamed in HD quality. According to TechCrunch, the phone above is a Samsung Omnia, which is "running" Crysis and Left 4 Dead through its built-in web browser. The Xbox 360 controller is connected to the phone wirelessly. 
  • Ultrasn0w iPhone 3G unlock for 3.0 is 0ut - Looks like the iPhone Dev-Team's Ultrasn0w unlock for legacy iPhone 3G owners is ready. The unlock works with the original iPhone as well but not the iPhone 3GS - for that you'll have to be patient. 
  • iPhone 3G S Can Do 720p But Doesn't? - According to AppleInsider, the new iPhone 3G S is capable of recording 720p video but for some reason doesn't. 
  • Tanker Implodes (video) - The tanker could have been filled with a gaseous substance at a higher temperature than the surroundings, and this demonstration may have taken place at a location that was at a temperature below the vaporization point of said gas. Therefore, as the gas inside this tanker cooled to the temperature of the surroundings, and if the tanker was well sealed, the gas inside would begin to condense and form a liquid, which would cause about a 1000x or more decrease in volume. However, since this is a constant volume system with a constant amount of material inside, this would cause an equivalent decrease in pressure inside. This huge pressure decrease may be sufficient enough to cause an implosion.
  • Talking Dog Collar from Pixar's Up! Is Real (video) - As it turns out, that doggie translating collar is very much real and here's a video. Dubbed the Bowlingual Voice Translator, the dog collar from Takara Tomy claims that it can translate the thoughts of Fido into a language that we (assuming you speak Japanese) can understand :-) Attaching the plastic toy to your dog, you will be able to hear what he is thinking each time he lets out a bark. Technology is amazing, isn't it? ;-) 
  • Mercedes ESF 2009 S400 Hybrid Concept Promotional Clip - The German premium car maker has created an Experimental Safety Vehicle, the ESF 2009 which is based on the upcoming S400 Hybrid. It is their first vehicle of this nature since the ESV 24 which was introduced at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show. 
  • Hospital Confirms Transplant For Steve Jobs - It looks as though the hospital has officially confirmed that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant, saying Apple’s CEO 'has an excellent prognosis.' The doctors also said that Jobs only had to wait a short time on the list because he was the 'sickest patient on the waiting list.'
  • Arrested for asking a policeman for his badge number (video) - The Guardian has obtained this police footage of Emily Apple and Val Swain being arrested by surveillance officers after asking for their badge numbers at the Kingsnorth climate camp last year. The two women speak to Paul Lewis about their arrest, imprisonment and official complaint.
  • Another Trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween II - The Weinstein Company has debuted the second full trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween II. Halloween II is again both written and directed by musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, and 2007's Halloween previously. This sequel is the continuation of a "reboot" of John Carpenter's original Halloween series that lasted for eight films until Halloween: Resurrection in 2002. The Weinstein Company is bringing Halloween II to theaters on August 28th this upcoming fall.
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Trailer - Here's the new trailer for the TV movie 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan,' which chronicles the same story as the TV show from the viewpoint of the Cylons. Before watching the clip, I was pretty skeptical; I don't see how you can cram the other side of a story that lasted five seasons into a two-hour episode. But I have to admit: this looks good.
  • New Inglourious Basterds Trailer - Let me get this straight. Tarantino movie about killing Nazis in the most heinous ways possible? Yes, please!
  • Katie Price in bikini on the beach in Ibiza - Showing off her busty bikini body, Katie Price was spotted enjoying her holiday in Ibiza.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,21 2009 - tech
TechNews - Windows 7: How Slow Can You Go? - tech
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  • Intel explains new Core i3, i5 and i7 CPU branding - Intel has spelled out its branding for the upcoming Core series of processors including the 'Lynnfield' and 'Clarksfield' chips. 
  • XFX 4890 Black Edition & Zotac GTX285 Infinity Tested - DriverHeaven.net  take a look at two cards, the XFX HD 4890 Black Edition and Zotac's GTX285 Infinity. Both are each respective manufacturer's fastest single core offerings and bring several improved features to the table. The XFX Black Edition contains a 1GHz core (150MHz increase over the reference card) while the Zotac GTX285 Infinity is supplied with increased clock speeds and a preinstalled waterblock for unmatched thermal performance.
  • Sony BWU-300S Blu-ray burner Tested - There are not many negative things to say about the Sony BWU-300S. Unfortunately, the one gripe we have with the Sony BWU-300S is its ripping performance. CD-Audio, DVD-Video , and more importantly, BD-Video ripping performance is rather slow. The rips obtained are good quality, and the Sony BWU-300S proved to be a reliable ripping drive. But, the ripping speed is rather slow. This may not be a problem for CD-Audio and DVD-Video ripping, as many users will have a DVD burner that they can use for this purpose, and a DVD burner is very cheap to buy. . 
  • 2009 Mid Year Audio Roundup - One of article favorites is an all new headphone technology allowing for a dedicated 5.1 speaker system to be located inside a pair of headphones. They also take a look at new powerful audiophile card from ASUS known as the Essence STX. This card offers the average consumer 'true' audiophile performance on a budget.
  • Grace Digital Audio Pico GDI-VW00 Compact USB Turntable/Vinyl Archiver Tested - The main idea of the Pico Turntable is to help you archive your old records, you can use your PC or Mac to covert them over to many audio formats. The recording function isn't the only feature though, for me the main feature was of course the ability to listen to my old vinyl records once again. The Pico Turntable also comes with Audacity software, which is open source and works nicely with the turntable to record and edit your audio files
  • Windows 7: How Slow Can You Go? - Look like Windows 7 is working on a Pentium II 266 with 96MB of RAM and a 4MB video card. Wow :-) 
  • Microsoft extends XP downgrade option for OEMs to 2011 - Microsoft will be extending the Windows XP downgrade option until 2011
  • XdN Tweaker 0.9.1.7 - A free tweaking program for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista
  • Google Reserves 1 Million Phone Numbers - Network World reports that Google has reserved 1 million phone number, presumably for the upcoming Google Voice service. The free service, announced in March, lets users unify their phone numbers, allowing them to have a single number through Google Voice that rings a call through to all their phones. Sources could not say when the 1 million numbers may be assigned. Level 3 has been supplying Google with phone numbers since the introduction of Google Voice, so the 1 million numbers are an indication Google is close to adding a significant amount of users. If you've been one of the lucky beta testers, what do you think about it?
  • Microsoft confirms Nvidia 'Tegra' chip for Zune HD - Microsoft has confirmed that the Nvidia "Tegra" chip is inside the upcoming Zune HD, a big win for Nvidia. "There's been a lot of chatter about us possibly putting the Nvidia Tegra chip in the Zune HD," Matt Akers, software development engineer in test at Microsoft, said in a June 19 podcast. "Well, we're going to go ahead and confirm that. Yes, the Zune HD does have the Tegra chip in it." He added: "So much better battery life, graphics acceleration. This thing's like a mini laptop in your hand." 
  • Apple iPhone 3G S Tested - One important aspect is pricing, which is at either $199 (16GB) or $299 (32GB) for new AT&T customers or existing subscribers outside of their 2-year contract (which means all iPhone first-gen users). However, iPhone 3G customers are only a year into their 2-year contract, which means you can only purchase a 3G S for an additional $200 on top of the subsidized prices. 
  • Colbert gave us a look into the next generation Xbox (video) - On the Bears & Balls segment of his show The Colbert Report last night, comedian Stephen Colbert took aim at Microsoft and Project Natal, he also gave us a look into the next generation Xbox, what he calls the 'ex-Xbox' :-) 
  • A mom cancels a WoW account and ...... (video) - That is probably the most exercise kid's gotten since that WoW account was first created. :-))
  • Iranian shot during protest [NSFW] - Things are really out of hand over there. I mean, more than usual :-(
  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Trailer - G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is directed by big action filmmaker Stephen Sommers, of The Jungle Book, Deep Rising, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and Van Helsing previously. Paramount will premiere G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in theaters everywhere on August 7th this year.
  • First Full 2012 Movie Trailer! John Cusack vs. apocalypse!  - Sony Pictures has released the first full trailer for 2012, the next big disaster film from Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and Godzilla. 
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,19 2009 - tech
TechNews - Why Do You Need +6GB RAM? - tech
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  • 1 TB Hard Disk Drive Round-Up - The big winner from the 1 TB hard disk drive round-up was clearly Seagate Barracuda 7200.12.
  • ATI HD Audio reduces 3D performance - In general the option ATI Function Driver for High Definition Audio is enabled in Windows equipment manager, although you have an intern or extern sound card. If you disable the feature and look in six games (Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, GRAW 2, GTA IV, HAWX und Stalker: Clear Sky) under 1920x1200, 4xAA/16xAF, you will notice that the performance will increase in average 2-3%. Especially in modern games like Crysis Warhead we can measure up to 5% performance boost.
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Cards Tested - PCI Express itself does not give any benefits to the cards. But X-Fi Titaniums, owing to Creative's efforts, provide extra protection from cracking, which was a serious problem with previous X-Fi PCI cards. Still, the X-Fi Titanium cards are good as all-purpose devices as well. If you want a universal sound card without sacrificing much quality, we can also recommend Auzentech products with hardware X-Fi DSPs.
  • Why Do You Need More Than 6GB of Memory? -  HardOCP's Kyle has started a discussion about the benefits of running more than 6GB of memory. Currently Kyle is running Windows 7 and one of the points he made in this thread is how having more than 6GB of memory makes it possible to run upwards of 15 applications at a time, even when performing memory intensive tasks like encoding a Premiere Pro movie sequence. Who needs the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7 when you are running 12GB of RAM? Have an opinion?
  • Why Can't We Get an Accurate Battery Life Test for Laptops? - Ever wonder why that advertised '8 hour battery life' never equals more than 4 hours in real life? 
  • Microsoft's free anti-malware beta to arrive next week - The service works like traditional antivirus products in which client software monitors programs on a PC. When something changes on the computer, such as files being downloaded or copied or software trying to modify files, the system checks against a set of malware signatures in the client program to see if the code matches the signature for known malware. If so, it blocks it from getting downloaded.  The service will be free and remain free even after the beta period is over.
  • Firefox 3.5 Due By The End Of June - Pocket-Lint reports that Firefox 3.5 is coming out at the end of this month. There is also a release candidate out now (here) that is supposed to be pretty close to what you can expect from the final product. The new features total over 5,000, Mozilla claims. The biggest among them include video built in, local storage for offline web apps, private browsing (dubbed "porn mode" by some), geolocation functionality, the previously-reported "About:me" page and improved performance. Mozilla's also talking about what's going to happen after 3.5. The successor, codenamed "Namoroka" is planned to include Chrome's process isolation features (so if one tab dies, your whole browser doesn't crash) and a 64-bit version of Firefox for OSX.
  • OTOY In Action (video) - Remember that announcement from AMD and OTOY back in January about AMD's Fusion Render Cloud? Well, you can see the tech in action in this video:.
  • MySpace Slashes Jobs As Growth Slows Down - MySpace is laying off nearly a third of its U.S. staff, or about 420 employees, as the once highflying Internet business tries to rein in costs and contend with fast-growing rival Facebook Inc. The cuts will leave the social-networking site with about 1,000 employees in the U.S. MySpace declined to say whether it is also cutting back its international operations, in which the company has invested heavily in recent years. No word on how many jobs will be cut overseas.
  • RIAA awarded $80,000 for each file-shared song - In her second, but almost certainly not final, trial, Jammie Thomas-Rasset (née Thomas) has now been ordered by a federal jury to pay $1.92 million to the RIAA for the 24 songs she is charged with sharing online. That comes out to $80,000 per track, considerably more than the $208.33 per track the RIAA, according to their legal summation at trial, had offered to let her off with in their original "pay or we sue" letter.
  • Layar - worlds first mobile Augmented Reality browser (video) - Layar is derived from location based services and works on mobile phones that include a camera, GPS and a compass.
  • iPhone firmware 3.0 released /more details/ -  Apple's much anticipated release of 2009 for the iPhone and iPod Touch is here. Apple has released the latest major firmware for the iPhone and iPod Touch available for download through iTunes. The latest 3.0 firmware adds hundreds of new features including a landscape keyboard, MMS, Internet Tethering, full Bluetooth support, Cut, Copy & Paste turn-by-turn GPS navigation, a kill switch for lost handsets and many more. 
  • iPhone 3GS taken for a spin (video) - The video shows the new White 16GB iPhone 3G S stretching its legs with some digital compass action, voice memo demo (sorry, couldn't resist), higher-resolution pics with video recording and a slew of additional iPhone OS 3.0 features. Seeing as how video recording seems to work and the digital compass is fully functional, there's little doubt that this vid is legit (those are hardware-dependent features on the iPhone 3G S).
  • The Mp3 Experiment Six (video) - For our Sixth Annual Mp3 Experiment, over 2,000 people of all ages downloaded the same mp3, pressed play at the same time, and had a blast together. This year's event took place on Roosevelt Island, a thin strip of land in the middle of the East Rive
  • Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see 'Up' - Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing - a movie. From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film. After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue. The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins’ Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.
  • First Trailer for Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland! -  Sony has debuted the first trailer for Zombieland starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. This kind of looks like if Adventureland and Shaun of the Dead and I Am Legend were mixed together into one undead comedic masterpiece. Sony will be bringing Zombieland to theaters on October 9th this fall.
  • Batman 3 in 2013? Without Nolan? -  With good reason, it seems that everyone just assumes that Nolan will be sitting in the comfy chair for Batman 3, but as it seems the third chapter of this wildly popular take on Batman will be a ways off in the distance. Like 4 more years away. And it may not have Nolan on board. 
  • Red Band Trailer for Park Chan-wook's Thirst - Focus Features has debuted the official US trailer for Park Chan-wook's Thirst. Thirst is directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, of Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK previously. The screenplay was co-written by Park Chan-wook and his writing partner Jeong Seo-Gyeong. This first hit theaters in Korea back in April. Focus Features will debut Thirst in limited release starting on July 31st.
  • New Fame Trailer Online - A new trailer comes forward for Fame, the remake of the film and TV series from the 80s that revolves around the aspiring superstars of a prestidgious art school in NY. 
  • Alessandra Ambrosio in InStyle - Alessandra Ambrosio heats things up in InStyle magazine.
  • Christina Milian in Maxim - I guess that it's pretty safe to say Christina Milian is one hot woman! 
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,18 2009 - tech
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'It would be good if everybody switched to Windows 7 as quickly as possible,' Brad Wardell, CEO of Demigod publisher and Impulse operator Stardock, has said. Chatting with Gamasutra, Wardell feels that one of the big features of Windows 7 is Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) which will allow a PC's CPU to handle some DirectX graphical features even if the PC has a poor gaphics card or no dedicated graphics card installed. Wardell feels that feature will allow lots of games to be played on low end machines: 'We want the game to look incredible on high-end systems, but I want people to be able to play this on their three-year-old laptop on the airplane.'
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,16 2009 - tech
TechNews - Microsoft to RTM Windows 7 this week? - tech
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  • Intel Launching New Core i7 and Celeron CPUs in 2H09 - Intel will launch two CPUs under the Celeron E3000 series initially in the third quarter. The Celeron E3200 and E3300, featuring core frequencies of 2.4GHz, and 2.5GHz, respectively, as well as the same 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB, and 65W TDP. Celeron E3000 series CPUs will support VT-x virtualization. Intel will launch the Core i7 960 CPU in the fourth quarter, with a core frequency of 3.2GHz.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 200M series notebook GPU technology preview - Starting out in the mainstream segment, the GeForce G110M is replaced as you might expect with the more powerful GeForce G210M. Moving upwards into the performance sector, the previous GeForce GT 130M part is replaced by a choice of two offerings, either the GeForce GT 230M or GeForce GT 240M. Finally, the previous enthusiast level GeForce GTX 280M and 260M remain in place at the top of the tree, but these G92-based GPUs are now accompanied by the GeForce GTS 250M and 260M at slightly lower performance levels (hence the GTS rather than GTX moniker).
  • Windows 7 and Multitouch Support Demonstrated - TechRadar reports on what sounds like a really cool demo that their friends at PC Plus got to see at Microsoft's Reading campus in the UK. MS setup an HP IQ850 with Windows 7 and showed some converted Surface apps to show off what Windows 7 can do. 
  • Microsoft to RTM Windows 7 this week? Build 7260 leaks - Russian site Wzor claims that Microsoft will build the RTM (release to manufacturing) build between June 15-19. If Wzor is correct, and that's a big if and rumour, then we may see the final Windows 7 RTM build ready this weekend. Internal sources indicate that 7260 is still the latest build under the win7_rtm branch. Build 7260 carries the tag 7260.win7_rtm.090612-2110 and is an RTM escrow build meaning vigorous testing will commence to ensure this is the final code unless there are show stopper bugs. Folks inside Microsoft who wish to remain anonymous have also indicated that many people internally are growing tired and bored of the leaks and want development to conclude as soon as possible. I think everyone here at Neowin feels the same, lets see what the weekend brings. Microsoft will officially release Windows 7 to the public on October 22.
  • Microsoft's new Anti-Virus, 'Morro', revealed - "Morro" is likely to be targeted to compete with the low end of anti-virus products from other providers, and it will not have much of an impact on sales of full-blown security suites. According to Janice Chaffin, president of Symantec's Consumer Division, "Microsoft's free product is basically a stripped down version of the OneCare product Microsoft pulled from the shelves. A full Internet security suite is what consumers require today to stay fully protected." Neowin has three screenshots of the upcoming anti-virus suite from an anonymous tipster, we understand this is an internal build that is currently under testing so the UI is subject to change.
  • Downloading IE8 will help feed hungry Americans - Microsoft has announced that for every completed download of Internet Explorer 8, they will donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to the Feeding America network. The campaign is called "Browser for the Better," and runs from June 10 and August 8. Only IE8 downloads from the specific "Browser for the Better" website will count. Microsoft will be donating $1.15 (their reported financial equivalent of eight meals) per download, to a maximum of $1,000,000. Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the U.S and provides services for more than 25 million low-income individuals. They distribute 2 billion pounds of donated food per year.
  • Sony VAIO P Lifestyle PC Runs Mac OS X Leopard (video) - The Dell Mini 9 isn't the only ultra portable that's capable of running Mac OS X Leopard, as the guys over at Insanely Mac have managed to install it on a Sony VAIO P. Unfortunately, its 'GMA-500 video chip remains an obstinate problem, refusing to allow real 3D graphics.' 
  • YouTube videos now cached by browsers - YouTube videos are now held in the browser's cache by default, allowing people to watch them again and again without pauses once they have been downloaded. Videos will load from the browser's cache even if they're embedded in a web page, so this feature is not limited to YouTube's site. 
  • 200,000 Facebook Vanity Names in 3 Minutes! - The Facebook team has just flipped the switch and you can now register your username. Facebook revealed that 200,000 usernames have been registered in 3 minutes! 500,000 usernames in 15 minutes!! Wow :-) 
  • iPhone OS on Mac Pro? (video) - So is this video real or fake? Looks fake. Smells fake. But people are sticking to the claim that it is real. 
  • The first glimpses of the Nokia E72 on YouTube - Think your $99 Nokia E71x from AT&T is all that? It might very well be, but you might just change your tune and turn green with envy as Nokia's Conversations blog has just posted a video of its successor, the E72, to YouTube and it looks to be quite a nice update. A 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, optical trackpad, 3.5mm headphone jack and S60 FP2. 
  • Water Powered Car (video)  -  Here's more info on that water powered car that is being developed in Japan. Imagine what would happen if this ever goes into production, the price of water will skyrocket.
  • Jay Leno reviews Zero S electric motorcycle -Zero founder and CTO Neal Saiki drops by and offers a bit of commentary on the recently-released machine, and there are a few bits of interest to dissect. For instance, Neal says the bike's 32 horsepower is roughly equivalent to 50 horsepower in an internal combustion engine since the Zero S's power is available throughout the rev range. Coupled to a weight of just 225 pounds, that's an impressive power-to-weight number, regardless of which horsepower figure you elect to use. Saiki also says that the Zero's frame is made from aluminum that's just three times the thickness of a soda can. Regarding the bike's top speed of 60 miles per hour, Saiki says it's possible to make it go much faster, but the gearing required to hit those speeds would reduce the Zero S's ability to wheelie on command, and that's not good.
  • Two TV Spots for Halloween 2 - Two new TV spots for Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 (H2) are online! 
  • Not Quite Hollywood' Trailer - Not Quite Hollywood is a fast moving journey through Aussie genre cinema - an unjustly forgotten cinematic era unashamedly packed full of boobs, pubes, tubes and even a little kung fu. Not Quite Hollywood will finally arrive in very limited theaters on July 31st.
  • Kelly Brook In Sexy Lingerie Promoting Her Perfume - check it out
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