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 Gameguru Mania News - May,13 2010 - tech 
TechNews - AMD/ATI vs. Intel/Nvidia - tech
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  • AMD/ATI vs. Intel/Nvidia Gaming Performance - The chaps over at ocaholic compared the gaming performance of AMD/ATI vs. Intel/Nvidia.
  • CPU Round-up: Sub-$100 Intel and AMD Processors Tested - TechSpot posted a CPU roundup of sub-$100 Intel and AMD Processors.
  • AMD Phenom II X4 960T cancelled for retail/e-tail - AMD has notified the press that its Phenom II X4 960T, which is known for its ability to unlock to a fully fledged six core processor , will not reach retail/on-line stores, however it will still be available as an OEM- only part. The dream of having a six core 45nm thuban-based CPU for the same price as a quad core has been shattered by AMD, and honestly we can't blame them. This is mainly down to the bad publicity that AMD received when they released the X3 CPU's that had problems unlocking, even though AMD made it clear to all users that the unlock was at their own risk not AMD's. Can't really blame them for that, can we? If you happen to get a processor that can unlock cores, then you are one of the lucky ones.
  • High End Storage Comparison - The chaps over at PC Perspective have posted a high end storage comparison today that pits a pair of SSDs against Quad Velociraptors. Who wins?  As it turns out, both configurations performed very well under these criteria and there is little doubt that the Areca 1230 card is responsible for some of that leveling between the SSDs and traditional hard drives. The raw performance edge still obviously goes to the pair of SiliconEdge SSDs though I was impressed at how close the Velociraptors were able to get. Obviously if you are worried about capacity and price more than the top speed result here, I think the Western Digital Velociraptors are easily the best pick.
  • A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires - At a speed of 7 gigabits per second, WiGig can easily handle the transfer of high-def video. That positions it as a replacement for wired HDMI connections or optical audio cables.
  • Microsoft offers PC makers Office Starter for $2 - Microsoft is planning to offer PC manufacturers $2 per copy of Microsoft Office Starter 2010, if they pre-install the Bing bar and Windows Live Essential.
  • May 2010 Security Bulletin Release - Microsoft issued two critical bulletins on Tuesday fixing holes in its e-mail programs and the Visual Basic for Applications programming language implementation built into Office.
  • Highly critical Safari vulnerability - Secunia last week published a new vulnerability affecting Apple's desktop Safari browser. The new exploit can be used by malicious users to execute arbitrary code on the system and is deemed to be 'highly critical'. The security research company found the exploit to grant system level access when a user 'visits a specially crafted web page and closes opened pop-up windows'. Affected versions include Safari 4.0.5 for Windows, though other versions and operating systems might also be affected.
  • MS is hoping free Office Mobile will stop users from switching - Microsoft announced that Office Mobile 2010 is now a free upgrade for all Windows Mobile 6.5 users with the previous version of Office Mobile.
  • FCC hands Hollywood the keys to your PC, home theater and future - According to BoingBoing, the FCC has given Hollywood permission to activate the 'Selective Output Control' technologies in your set-top box. These are hidden flags that allow the MPAA to deactivate parts of your home theater depending on what you're watching. The FCC says that they're doing this because they believe that if they do so, the MPAA will start releasing first-run movies (the ones that are still in theaters) for TV. They say that Hollywood won't make these movies available unless they get Selectable Output Control because SOC will stop piracy. WTF?!
  • BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider caught on video - Check out the new BlackBerry Bold 9800 device running OS 6.0 on video. Who's excited about this new addition to the Bold family?
  • Border's Kobo e-reader launches June 17th for $149 - Border's ebook reader is now official. The Kobo produced device will be available on June 17th for $149 featuring a 6" e-Ink display, 1GB of internal storage, and an SD card slot. This is a very aggressive price point when considering its closest competition, Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook, both clock in at $259. The Kobo e-reader will ship preloaded with 100 classic books, and will have over a million e-books available for purchase.
  • JaicraB Releases KeyFindPuP v0.1, Details PS3 LV2 Dump Progress - Just over a month ago JaicraB attempted to dump the PS3 Hypervisor LV2 (GameOS) and revealed how it was done, and today he has released a KeyFindPuP application alongside details on their PS3 LV2 dump progress.
  • Microsoft's Translating Telephone - Microsoft has developed a translating-phone that combines speech recognition, machine translation, and text-to-speech technology allowing two people of different languages to carry on a phone conversation.
  • Impossible motion: magnet-like slopes (video) - In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if they are pulled by a magnet. The behavior of the balls seems impossible, because it is against the gravity. The video is not a computer graphic, but a real scene. What is actually happening is that the orientations of the slopes are perceived oppositely, and hence the descending motion is misinterpreted as ascending motion. This illusion is remarkable in that it is generated by a three-dimensional solid object and physical motion, instead of a two-dimensional picture.
  • Pixar's Summer 2011 Newt Movie Has Been Officially Canceled - The Pixar Blog reports that Newt, a 3D film that was originally scheduled for release in summer of 2011, has been canceled.
  • J.J. Abrams' Super 8 Official HQ Teaser Trailer! - Paramount has debuted the teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' secret alien project Super 8 online in high def on Apple. Paramount will be releasing Super 8 in theaters everywhere sometime next summer in 2011 (a date has not been set).
  • The making of Dubai 45 Gigapixels (video) - Creating the worlds largest digital panoramic photo
  • How Not to Demonstrate Your Car's Auto-Brake Feature (video) - Volvo (now a Chinese brand) shows how not to demonstrate your car's "Collision Warning with Auto Brake" system in front of a live audience. As you can probably already tell, the S60 doesn't fare too well when it came time to brake.
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (video) - Only 500 of these beasts will be produced, retailing from $245,000 when the first deliveries begin this October.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,12 2010 - tech
The State of DirectX 11 -Image Quality&Performance - tech
(hx) 05:43 PM EDT - May,12 2010 - Post a comment / read (7) takes a look at the state of DirectX 11:
We've tested five of the earliest available DirectX 11 titles and we're happy to report that the situation this time around is looking quite favorable for early adopters. While we observed performance hits when switching to DirectX 11 from DirectX 9 in all five games, we also observed a noticeable corresponding image quality improvement. The drop in performance for DirectX 11 in our tests can be attributed to the added image quality. Effects like tessellation, screen-space ambient occlusion, advanced post processing and DX11 exclusive anti-aliasing in some games brought the performance down in our testing, but they also boosted image quality.

What's more, it would seem that some of the games actually performed noticeably better in DirectX 11, compared to DirectX 10 and 9, when the extra image quality features exclusive to DirectX 11 were not enabled, as we observed in Alien vs. Predator. This suggests that DirectX 11 rendering paths can be faster than their DirectX 9 counterparts while maintaining the same image quality level in some scenarios.

In terms of image quality, the new effects and graphical tricks we saw with DX11 added some extra realism not available in DirectX 9. Effects like screen-space ambient occlusion, depth of field, and tessellation really brought the graphics up a notch, adding extra atmosphere and realism to games like Aliens vs Predator, Bad Company 2 and Dirt 2. However, these effects were generally quite subtle and are nothing as dramatic as the image quality changes brought on by DirectX 8 or 9 in the past, which both offered major milestones in shader technology. It's also worth noting that, except for tessellation, these effects are all technically possible without DirectX 11 and compute shaders, as proven by Crysis.

DirectX 11's hardware tessellation and DirectCompute API have great potential, but currently they're being used to implement effects we've seen before since Crysis was introduced. While that certainly doesn't sound very impressive, it's worth noting that although the graphical effects are nothing new, DirectCompute now makes them much more efficient. So efficient, that all five games were able to run at full HD resolution (1920x1200) with all the graphics setting cranked to max without much trouble, even on the affordable $150 Radeon 5770. This means that game developers will be much more willing and likely to implement these effects in their titles, so watch for them in the coming months. Overall, performance in currently available DirectX 11 games is excellent.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,10 2010 - tech
NVIDIA Forceware 197.75 drivers for GTX 470/480 - tech
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NVIDIA has just released new WHQL-certified ForceWare drivers (v197.75) for the new GTX 400 series cards. There's not much to speak of: just that they appear to be needed for the APB beta and add 4-way SLI support (480 only).
Wolfenstein Case Mod - NZXT Panzerbox - tech
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The case was modded in tribute the gaming franchise Wolfenstein. While most of the artwork was taken from the newest installment released last fall, the whole project was done in tribute to the series. All of us have fond memories playing the game way back when it was the FIRST first person shooter and felt a great mod was called for. (thanks VE3D)

 Gameguru Mania News - May,08 2010 - tech
TechNews - 10GHz Processors By 2011? - tech
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  • 10GHz Processors By 2011 - Intel is predicting that its microprocessors will hit 10GHz by the year 2011. In addition, it is currently working on a system bus that is 10 times faster than its upcoming 400 MHz (4*100MHz) Pentium 4 system bus, working at effective speeds of around 4 GHz. Think they'll make it?
  • Computer Pioneer Skeptical of Computers - Max Palevsky, the computer industry pioneer and early investor in Intel who died at age 85 on Wednesday, had, ironically, a fairly well-documented skepticism of computers, cells phones, Google, and games later in his life, according to reports.
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Motherboard Sneak Peek - check it out
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up - Gigabyte, MSI, HIS - posted an ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up.
  • Toshiba Satellite L555D-S7930 17.3-inch Notebook Tested - The Toshiba Satellite L555D-S7930 isn't a multimedia machine. It is not a high-powered workstation and it's not a gaming rig. What the Toshiba Satellite L555D-S7930 is, is a cheap and moderately capable general use computer with a big screen. If what you are looking for is a machine with a large keyboard and a big screen to make you more productive in the home or office setting for surfing the web or doing word processing, the Toshiba Satellite L555D-S7930 is more than capable.
  • Apple's Gianduia framework to rival Flash and Silverlight? - Apple is reported to be developing their own native and standards based web framework to compete with Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight. Named 'Gianduia', the client-side javascript framework would enable developers to create rich, desktop class web apps without the need for additional browser plugins.
  • Chrome is Fast! (video) /updated/ - These speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times.
  • Worm Spreading via Yahoo Messenger - Apparently there is a new worm spreading via Yahoo Messenger.
  • Facebook fixes embarrassing security flaw - Facebook has rushed to fix a security flaw that allowed users to eavesdrop on the live chats of their friends and see their pending friend requests
  • Most internet pirates say they would pay for content - and CoreData conducted a survey about illegal downloads, the survey got over 7000 responses and found that the majority of people would pay for things they download illegally if it was made available for the right price.
  • UK iPad pricing revealed - Apple announced on Friday that the UK version of the iPad will go on sale May 28. Pre-orders for the device begin on Monday May 10.
  • Microsoft's Building 99 (video) - Read this CNET story to see how Microsoft researchers turned this wobbly short video into a surprisingly sharp panoramic still image.
  • Microsoft Software Prank with alarm - Microsoft Office Ultimate with alarm build in it.. Check out the reactions of the people picking it up, it's hilarious!
  • Full Theatrical Trailer for Chris Nolan's Inception - Warner Bros debuted the full-length theatrical trailer for Chris Nolan's Inception. Warner Bros is bringing Inception to theaters starting on July 16th this summer.
  • New 'Scariest Thing I Ever Saw' Website - As expected, following the in-theater premiere of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' Super 8 trailer is the launch of a new viral game to follow until the release of the movie next summer. Not only does it look like they're making things very complicated (and hard to find), but they're already setting the tone by launching a website with a URL that spells out Scariest Thing I Ever Saw. Creepy.
  • Woman claims she became pregnant after watching porn in 3D - A white American woman who had a black baby claims she fell pregnant whilst watching a porn movie in 3D. According to reports, the childs father , who is white was serving in the military in Iraq when she became pregnant. His wife Jennifer told him the child was conceived whilst watching a porn movie in 3D. 'I see it as suspicious. The films in 3-D are very real. With today's technology, anything is possible', he said.
  • 15 Examples of the Worst Advice on Men - from Women's Mags - Here are 15 examples of the worst man advice that you can get from any of dozens of women’s magazines on the shelves today.
  • New $100 Bill Released Today by U.S. Treasury - The U.S. Treasury refreshes its currency every once in a while to stay a step ahead of counterfeiters, and this time they're refreshing the new $100 bill. The new bill will contain a security feature called Motion, where each bill will contain up to 650,000 microlenses embedded in the printing which will allow for an underlying image to shift when the bill is moved.
  • Just 2 Fingers! - It's hard enough to find someone who could do this trick using their hands, so to witness someone execute it so flawlessly with the help of only their index fingers is nothing short of ridiculous.
  • Jessica Jane Clement shows two sides of her - British beauty Jessica Jane Clement shows two sides of her!
  • Mandi Ray posing in a pink dress - Mandi Ray is turning up the heat posing in a pink dress!
  • Jessica Gomes Totally Sizzles In Esquire's Video Pick-Me-Ups - Here's a groovy little video put together by out buddies over at Esquire magazine featuring uber hot supermodel Jessica Gomes.
  • Angelic Jessica Alba! - Jessica Alba looks as ethereal as an angel in these dreamy shots from Tatler magazine. What could be better than a slightly naughty angel in a diaphanous skirt that shows her undies!
 Gameguru Mania News - May,05 2010 - tech
TechNews - MSIE 9 preview #2 - tech
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  • Core i7 CPU Water Block Roundup - Looking for the top CPU water block on the market? We set out with a mission to take several of the best CPU water blocks on the market and evaluate them after close inspection. Aesthetics, cost, quality, and performance are all important criteria, so we'll pit them head to head and see which is victorious
  • StarTech 2-port PCI Express USB 3.0 controller review - Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first thing we can see if just how diminutive this controller card is, fitting into the length you'd expect of a PCI Express 2.0 1x card perfectly, with the board supporting both PCI Express 2.0 and 1.1 while also serving to act as a half-height card when equipped with the correct mounting bracket. At the heart of this device is the same NEC chip seen on most of the motherboards which have added USB 3.0 support to their specification, with this chip supporting two devices as per the specification of the card itself.
  • Microsoft releases IE 9 preview #2 - Microsoft has released its IE 9 preview #2 and is touting the many improvements made over the previous releases.
  • New Creative Audigy Drivers 2.18.0017 - Creative has released new version 2.18.0017 drivers for Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series sound cards. The drivers were release on April 8, and are said to fix a number of issues. They also warn these are not to be used for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value cards
  • Win7codecs 2.4.9 Final - Win7codecs is an audio and video codec package for Windows 7. The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive package. You won't need to make any adjustments or tweaks to enjoy your media content immediately. Windows Media Player and Media Center will instantly recognize all your files as playable.
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Is More Power Hungry Than Windows 7 - Well, it seems that Ubuntu is more power hungry than Windows 7.
  • Firefox add-ons gets an overhaul - Mozilla is planning to do a major overhaul of their add-on manager UI for Firefox. The new add-on manager will change from the existing popup window, to its own tab. The add-on manager will move from the existing top navigation to side-tabs, keeping the same list view of available and installed add-ons. Users will be able to manage their languages, search engines, extensions, themes and plug-ins all in the same window, being able to search for addition add-ons through the built in Mozilla search
  • Skype to Unveil Group Video Chat Function - Skype has announced a public beta of its upcoming group video calling feature that will allow up to 5 people to chat at once. The new video chat feature will be available to Windows users next week. Mac users will have to wait until later this year.
  • Facebook security flaw lets you see friends' chats - This morning, TechCrunch has pointed out a shocking security flaw in Facebook that allows users to see the live chats of any of their friends. The discovery furthers the concern that Facebook's security is not yet where it needs to be.
  • Infinity Pre-Alpha Tech Demo April 2010 - This video shows the latest version ( as of April 2010 ) of the game client/engine, and features the seamless planetary engine, a ring with asteroids, a space station, basic navigation/camera/controls and a few effects. The game is still heavily a work in progress.
  • 60 Minutes: The full Conan O'Brien Interview (story & video) - Conan breaks his silence on the Tonight Show and his exit from NBC, telling 60 Minutes that it's not possible for the Tonight Show to have lost money under his watch. He also tells all on Jay Leno.
  • Street Fighter Legacy Trailer Online - An independent filmmaker and martial arts actor (Bourne Ultimatum) has made the effort to put out a short film online that captures his vision for what these films could have been.
  • Fan Made Rendezvous with Rama Movie Trailer! - Vancouver Film School student Philip Mahoney and visual artist Aaron Ross teamed up to create this trailer for an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's sci-fi novel Rendezvous with Rama. This is obviously just a trailer created out of computer visuals, but it's an absolutely mesmerizing look at how great a movie based on the book could be...
  • Teaser Trailer for Anton Corbijn's The American - Focus Features has debuted a teaser trailer for Anton Corbijn's The American starring George Clooney as a hitman on his last assignment in Italy.
  • Robert Rodriguez's 'Illegal' Machete Trailer! - Robert Rodriguez has premiered a brand new 'illegal' trailer for Machete starring Danny Trejo. 0th Century Fox will be bringing Machete to theaters on Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd this fall. I can't wait to see this!
  • Going sideways, on two wheels, Abarth-style (video) - If you carry too much speed into the corner in most racing cars, you're liable to spin out. But then most racing cars have a low center of gravity and a suitably long wheelbase. Suppose, then, that you're driving something a little stouter, like a race-tuned Fiat 500 in the Trofeo Abarth.
  • Cats Attack Babysitter (video) - Two house cats come running into a room after hearing a glass break and try to protect the kid by attacking the babysitter.
  • Real life Modern Warfare mission (video) - Here's a video from a recent Dutch special forces action where they stormed a freight ship that was taken over by pirates. We get the whole thing in first person perspective from a camera mounted on one of the soldier's helmets.
  • LEGO Sequential Gearbox (7+R) on a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (video) - You don't have to be a kid to dig on this remote controlled LEGO Bugatti Veyron. Watching this thing run through the gears is pretty damn impressive!
  • Tornado Forms in Front of Car (video - April 25, 2010) - Raleigh, North Carolina - Couple returning home come face to face with a tornado developing in front of there car:
  • Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family (NOT SAFE for work, children or the emotionally sensitive!) - It's horrifying, but I'd urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,01 2010 - tech
TechNews - Adobe CS5 now shipping - tech
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  • Phenom II X6 Reviews Roundup -  While clock for clock, speed for speed, the Intel i7 980X brings the 1090T to its knees, but if you factor in the costs of each one and the price to performance ratio then they start to equal out. The current pricing for the Intel 980X is about $999 just for the processor and when released the Phenom II X6 1090T will cost only around $285 which is almost a quarter of the price of the 980X. For that price, you could also add all of the components of the Leo Platform including the motherboard and a 5800 series graphics card, so comparing apples to apples is fine if the apples cost the same. If you look at the price per core, the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T calculates to about $50 per core versus about $166 per core for the Intel i7 980X. Disable all but two of the Intel cores and run the tests and I bet that the AMD Phenom II X6 price for price will take away the competition.
  • GeForce GTX 480- Worth upgrading from Radeon HD 5870? - If you have already have a 5870, I don't really think you will see much of a difference moving to the GeForce GTX 480
  • AMD FirePro V5800 and V3800 Tested - With half of the shader processors of the V8800, the V5800 performed right in that window in the tests with CineBench and SPECviewperf. The V3800 was obviously much lower than that - expected again with the drop to 400 shader processors and the slim $109 price tag. Compared to the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800, the V5800 looks like a fantastic performer as well. In a few cases the FX 3800 did beat out the V5800, but not usually by much. When the AMD FirePro took the lead though it was more dominant and of course the severe price difference doesn't hurt either.
  • Super Talent SuperCrypt USB 3.0 32GB Thumb Drive Tested - If you have USB 3.0 in your system already, or were thinking about the ASUS U3S6 or ECS add-in cards, then you need a device like this to truly see its potential. You can use it for speedy backups or moving large amounts of data between USB 3.0-ready systems or just sit there and read and write to it to see how fast it can go.
  • Microsoft cancels innovative Courier Tablet - Microsoft has canceled their internal Courier project, according to sources close with the project. Gizmodo reports that CEO Steve Ballmer put the brakes on the project this week
  • HP Slate cancelled Too? - After Microsoft announces the end of their Courier project, TechCrunch reveals that sources close to HP are now saying that their upcoming HP Slate has also been canned
  • Macbook Pro Helps Core i7 Hit 101 Degrees Celsia - During a recent review, the chaps at PC Authority noticed that the Core i7 in the MacBook Pro they were testing was hitting 101 degrees Celsia!
  • HP buys Palm for $1.2 Billion - Profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm's current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company and the deal is expected to close during HP's third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.
  • Adobe CS5 now shipping - Adobe announced that their flagship production and design software collection, Creative Suite 5, has reached RTM and is now shipping. Adobe has also posted 30-day trial downloads for every application and suite in CS5. Users can either download trials of the different suite editions or choose individually between different applications. Trial downloads require a free Adobe ID registration. Adobe has posted a comparison table of the various editions, what they include, and how much they will cost.
  • Ubuntu 10.04 brings new user interface -Ubuntu 10.04 is now available for download in regular and netbook remix editions for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Version 10.04 has the LTS label, which stands for long-term support and means Canonical will continue to provide updates for three years after release.
  • McAfee Compensating Home Users Affected by Update - Say what you will about McAfee after that whole 'bad update' debacle last week but at least they have pledged to cover the cost of repairs needed to get your system back up and running.
  • Hybrid PhysX Mod Package Contained Trojan - HardOCP learned that the Hybrid PhysX Mod from posted earlier this month contained the Infostealer.Gampass trojan. According to Symantec, Infostealer.Gampass specifically targets video game credentials, log-ins and passwords. I would recommend uninstalling this and doing a full scan on your computer.
  • 1.5M stolen Facebook IDs up for sale - A hacker named Kirllos has a rare deal for anyone who wants to spam, steal or scam on Facebook: an unprecedented number of user accounts offered at rock-bottom prices. Researchers at VeriSign's iDefense group recently spotted Kirllos selling Facebook user names and passwords in an underground hacker forum, but what really caught their attention was the volume of credentials he had for sale: 1.5 million accounts. IDefense doesn't know if Kirllos' accounts are legitimate, and Facebook didn't respond to messages Thursday seeking comment. If they are legitimate, he has the account information of about one in every 300 Facebook users. His asking price varies from $25 to $45 per 1,000 accounts, depending on the number of contacts each user has. To date, Kirllos seems to have sold close to 700,000 accounts, according to VeriSign Director of Cyber Intelligence Rick Howard.
  • Windows Phone 7 videos illustrate Office, productivity features - New videos of Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS have surfaced demonstrating its strong depth in productivity features. The two short clips from Mobility Digest show real world scenarios that users would encounter when using Windows Phone 7
  • Steve Jobs: 'Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone!' - Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on a roll. While he's probably had better days than today, he's lately been shooting off emails left and right in response to customers' concerns. We just were sent what appears to be one such Jobs response, sent last week surrounding the whole Mark Fiore situation. And it's a good one. When questioned about Apple's role. When questioned about Apple's role as moral police in the App Store, Jobs responds that 'we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.' Better, is what he said next: 'Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.'Looks like I'm buying an Android phone ;-)
  • Google Confirms Android 2.2 Will Fully Support Flash - Google's Andy Rubin revealed that the upcoming version of the Android mobile operating system will fully support Flash technology.
  • Gizmodo editor Jason Chen gets house raided, assets seized - Jason Chen, Editor of, came home Friday night to a surprise visit from California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, according to Gizmodo. Following the issuing of a warrant from the Judge of the Superior Court of San Mateo, CA, officers seized four computers and two servers from his residence. The warrant clearly states that the search was for any material surrounding the controversial iPhone 4G prototype, and that anything deemed related to the iPhone prototype would be brought in and analyzed by forensic experts for any signs of misconduct or felony. Now Gizmodo considers suing police after iPhone raid.
  • Depressing $1800 home office fits in your closet - What do you do when you want to have a home office, but don't really have the room to fit it? What do you do if you live in a 400 square foot shoebox in the sky, but need to run your home-based business? Simple. For all 5 of you, just buy the Armoire Box Office.
  • Hypersonic Air Force Glider traveling mach 20 disappeared - The Falcon is a different type of weapon, it's equipped with high-power, but non-nuclear explosives that should remain undetected by nuclear defense systems. But everything didn't work out as planned. 'Preliminary review of data indicates the HTV-2 achieved controlled flight within the atmosphere at over Mach 20. Then contact with HTV-2 was lost,' said Johanna Spangenberg Jones, a spokeswoman for DARPA. Where did it go? Nobody knows yet 
  • Husqvarna DXR 310 - Demolition robot (video) - The new remote-controlled demolition robot from Husqvarna, the DXR 310, is the very latest in compact demolition robot technology. High power, low weight and functional design make it an obvious choice for consumers who want a highly maneuverable, super-strong and sturdy machine with a long reach. The remote -control for the DXR 310 features a unique user-friendly and well-considered design, unlike anything on the market.
  • Avatar Director Pitching In on 3-D Cameras for Mars - James Cameron is taking his science fiction and turning it into science fact. He is in collaboration with NASA developing a 3-D camera which will rival human presence on the planet.
  • Is Stephen Hawking right about aliens? - Stephen Hawking thinks that making contact with aliens would be a very bad idea indeed. But with new, massive telescopes, we humans are stepping up the search. Have we really thought this through?
  • Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3-D First Teaser Trailer - This horror film boasts an impressive cast including Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, and Richard Dreyfuss. The Weinstein Company will be bringing Piranha 3-D to theaters everywhere on August 27th this fall.
  • Second Full Trailer for Vincenzo Natali's Splice! - Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a dangerous new organism. Warner Bros is bringing Splice to theaters, in wide release, starting on June 4th this summer. I had a feeling this would turn out to be a hit and it definitely looks like it will be!
  • Brand New Trailer for 'The Complete Metropolis' - The Complete Metropolis hits theaters on May 7th and will continue to show 'in all major markets throughout the US and Canada.'
  • Official Trailer for Jonah Hex - The story in this movie will follow Jonah Hex (seen with the gun), a disfigured bounty hunter who tracks a voodoo practitioner that wants to raise an army of the undead to liberate the South. Former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward, who is a big fan of both comics and westerns, is directing.
  • Stallone Says That Rambo is 'Done' & There Won't Be Another - Well, found in the latest issue of Empire are some new quotes, re-published by TheShiznit , from Stallone himself that stating that the Rambo franchise is finished and that there will no longer be a fifth movie. So if you're a Rambo fan you better be content with the way Expendables looks, because that will probably be filling in for Rambo. Stallone has a few other action projects in development, but it looks like he's finally decided to leave Rambo and Rocky behind.
  • Chris Nolan's Third Batman to Hit Theaters in Summer 2012 - Not only has Sony already announced it will release its Spider-Man franchise reboot on July 3rd of 2012, but Warner Bros has finally announced today that they will be releasing the third installment of the Batman franchise from Christopher Nolan on July 20th, 2012.
  • Official Teaser Trailer for Ryan Reynolds' Buried - A U.S. contractor working in Iraq awakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. Buried hits theaters in October!
  • The Gift Is A.I. Meets Children Of Men (video) - The Gift is apparently being turned into a feature-length film, a la District 9. If the feature-length film, called Small, is anywhere near as good as this short, it will get an Oscar nom as well. Here's the film. Prepare to have your mind fucking blown.
  • The World Would Be Better If Everyone Watched This Video - The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.
  • Where did OW and OUCH come from? (video) - Where did OW and OUCH come from? Why do we say those words?
  • Lady Gaga Chosen 'Most Influential' by Time - Time magazine has revealed its annual list of their 100 Most Influential People, and alongside obvious choices President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are pop culture faves like Lady Gaga, Robert Pattinson, Conan O’Brien, Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock and Ashton Kutcher.
  • Quake Creates Pool Tsunami (video) - A security camera in Mexicali was rolling when the 7.2 quake hit on Easter.
  • North Korean Film Madness (video) - Vice founder Shane Smith visits North Korea to try and penetrate the Korean Feature Film Studio, the state-run film production facility west of Pyongyang: a sprawling lot that at its height produced around 40 films a year. I highly suggest watching the whole thing, it's awesome
  • Glee's Lea Michele, ASOS UK May 2010 - Lea Michele who plays the shy Rachel Berry on Glee is sizzling up the pages with not a hint of shyness going on. The world has gone absolutely Glee mad, the cast are popping up on covers and inside editorials everywhere and it's awesome.
  • Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2) in FHM - Here's Olivia Munn showing her undies in the latest issue of FHM. 
  • Nina Mascunana defines the word 'exotic' - Nina Mascunana defines the word 'exotic', with her multiethnic combination of Spanish, Chinese and Filipino blood
  • Jessica Alba Cosmopolitan UK March 2010 - These outtakes from Cosmopolitan UK layout show Jessica Alba is more gorgeous than ever.
  • Amazon Deals - Avatar (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $20) || Saving Private Ryan [Blu-ray] (1998) (save $17)
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,28 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.4 driver available - tech
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ATI Catalyst 10.4 drivers are now out! The new Catalyst 10.4 drivers support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Linux.
Performance improvements
 * S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky
 o Improves up to 6% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
 o Improves up to 3% with ATI Radeon HD 5800 graphics products
 o Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products

ATI Catalyst - Video enhancements

 * H.264 Level 5.1 support
 o ATI Catalyst can now playback 5.1 level streams on all support players
 o Allows for playback of high resolutions (4Kx2K)
 o Mosquito noise removal
 o Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback .
 o Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series and ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series of products

AMD video transcoding updates
 * This release of ATI Catalyst provides enhanced support for the Windows 7 Drag and Drop video converter
 o Performance improvements
 o New formats supported (H.264 file formats - MTS and WMV9 Complex profile interlaced content)
 o ATI Catalyst Control Center option for enabling/disabling GPU acceleration
 * Support for the ATI Video converter is now available in the advanced view of the ATI Catalyst Control Center

Resolved Issues: Highlights
 * Desktop mouse cursor will no longer intermittently appear enlarged
 * Pressing the "Page Down" button while configuring the last display in Eyefinity group will now properly switch to the next display instead of closing the bezel user interface
 * Shortcut keys to configure the bezel now functions properly
 * "Battlefield 2: Bad Company" maps no longer takes unusually long to load for ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
 * Performance on 2D applications and benchmarks has now been fixed
 * Flashing no longer visible in "Shattered Horizon" game with CrossFire enabled
 * Changing in-game resolution in "Alien vs. Predator" no longer causes screen flickering under multi-GPU configuration
 * Tint setting under Catalyst Control Center - Basic Color now displays smooth transition when adjusted for Blu-ray playback
 * In-game anti-alias now functions properly when other in-game options like Volumetric Effects are enabled in "Empire: Total War" and "Napoleon: Total War"games
 * Flickering corruption and flashing textures are no longer visible in "Battlefield 2: Bad Company"

Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 10.4 release include:

Support for new Linux operating systems
 * This release of ATI Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems:
 Ubuntu 10.04 early look support
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,26 2010 - tech
StarCraft II Beta: Game Performance Analyzed - tech
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Tom's Hardware put Blizzard's upcoming super-RTS, StarCraft II to the test in order to see how much CPU and graphics power it needs to run smoothly. Here's an excerpt:
True to Blizzard Entertainment form, StarCraft II doesn't need a lot of horsepower to deliver attractive visuals. And this is the beta we're talking about--who knows what performance enhancements the developers may make to the game before it releases. In any case, based on this early release, we think it's safe to say that most gamers will find playable performance accessible without worrying about a PC upgrade. It's just not that kind of game.

If there are any surprises, it's the CPU dependence this game demonstrates. While even the lowest-end graphics card we tested (a Radeon HD 5570) could handle attractive medium graphics settings at 2560x1600, there is a definite reliance on processor speed. The good news is that any modern dual-core CPU over 2.0 GHz should be able to run the game acceptably, and more megahertz will only help. Folks with legacy single-core CPUs below 3.0 GHz are going to have to sacrifice a lot of visual fidelity for playable performance, though, regardless of the graphics card they use.

If you're looking for a comprehensive review of the gameplay, I think it's too early for that. Blizzard Entertainment is still tweaking the title with regular patches and there will likely be a lot more patching and changes before the game is released.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,25 2010 - tech
TechNews - 19 Tips Every Windows 7 User - tech
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  • Dell Vostro V13 laptop Tested - The most expensive iteration comes with just 2GB of RAM (as opposed to 4GB). Usually it is easy for support staff to upgrade RAM but in this case the aluminium chassis which helps make this laptop look so stunning is a single sheet -  there is no hatch which support staff can remove to add RAM.
  • 19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know - MaximumPC present a bottle of their favorite Windows 7 tips, each designed to help you extract the very last bits of convenience and GUI-navigating performance from your own personal dream machine. And if you haven't yet upgraded to Win7, we trust you will after reading this article, as its core features - let alone its actual Lab-benchmarked performance - kicks Vista and XP ass.
  • Office 2010 now available on MSDN/TechNet - Microsoft has released the final build (4763.1000) of Office 2010 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today. Microsoft said on Friday that its new Office suite, due in May for businesses and June for consumers, had reached the released to manufacturing (RTM) milestone. The build leaked shortly after the official RTM announcement last Friday. Volume License customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the RTM bits on April 27. Microsoft is holding business launch event for Office 2010 in New York on May 12. Consumers will not be able to purchase the product until June.
  • MS and Facebook Announce - Social Online Wordprocessing - TheNextWeb is reporting that at Facebook's F8 developer conference, Microsoft and Facebook announced the beta release of The site is built on, what seems to be, a stripped down version of Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 Web Apps platform, and can be used to create and share Office documents with Facebook friends. The service can be used for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
  • Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 released for download - The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that are designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that have been created for Windows 7.
  • Google Street View Scanning & Mapping Your MAC Address? - Why in the world would Google's Street View cars be scanning for MAC addresses? According to the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Street View cars are equipped with Wi-Fi scanners that are mapping the location of wireless networks. WTF?
  • Hulu to start $10 subscription service - Sources close to Hulu are reporting that the video streaming company is gearing up for a new subscription service to launch on May 24. The new paid service, named Hulu Plus, would provide customers with additional TV episodes and content for a monthly $9.95 fee. The current free, ad-supported service would remain untouched to provide only the five latest episodes of a TV show. n addition to the new paid subscription service, its owners are contemplating more frequent and longer commercials akin to regular network television.
  • Microsoft Courier coming in 2011 (+video) - An early report from the New York Times claims that Microsoft is aiming for a 2011 release for their famed Courier tablet.
  • Dell Lightning: the ultimate Windows Phone 7 device leaks out - Engadget has just posted a major phone leak. Although not as hype-worthy as the iPhone 4G, this upcoming phone by Dell is sure to make you think again before deciding Microsoft is out of the running for king of the smartphone market. The device is called the Lightning, and is an extremely thin portrait slider with some pretty amazing specs.
  • ASUS Eee Keyboard Unboxing Video - Someone made a 3 minute unboxing video.
  • 99 year-old loves her first computer - an iPad - Virginia Campbell, a 99-year-old woman from Lake Oswego, has finally bought her first computer -- an Apple iPad. "It's changed her life," one of her daughters told Virginia has been an avid reader most of her life, but she suffers from glaucoma, making reading increasingly difficult. Because of the iPad's ability to adjust the brightness of the page and to increase the font by simply tapping, Virginia has been able to take up her beloved past-time again.
  • Android Running On iPhone (video) - The best new app for the iPhone? ;-)
  • Legal spying via the cell phone system - If you weren't paranoid enough already about people spying on you, this article should put you over the top. Two researchers say they have found a way to exploit weaknesses in the mobile telecom system to legally spy on people by figuring out the private cell phone number of anyone they want, tracking their whereabouts, and listening to their voice mail.
  • Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane - Though the 11,000-pound vehicle--about 29 feet long, with a wingspan of just under 15 feet--is designed to stay in orbit for 270 days, the exact duration of its first flight hasn't been revealed. Upon completing its first mission, the Boeing-built X-37B is due to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • Spanish Hospital Claims First Full-Face Transplant - The Spanish patient, who was not identified, now has a completely new face from his hairline down and only one visible scar, which looks like a wrinkle running across his neck, said Barret, who headed the 30-member surgical team.The man cannot yet speak, eat or smile, but he can see and swallow saliva, the surgeon said. He is expected to be able to eat and breathe on his own in about a week.
  • Alan Wake Live Action Movie Teaser Trailer - Microsoft hopes TV fans will find this six-part series evokes the same ghostly chills as Twin Peaks did when it premiered 20 years ago this month.
  • Fun Little Featurette About Iron Man 2's Villains - With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Paramount will be bringing Iron Man 2 to theaters everywhere starting on May 7th, 2010 this summer.
  • Final Trailer for Shyamalan's The Last Airbender - Paramount has debuted the final full-length trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. his is such an epic and unbelievably awesome trailer. I can't frickin' wait to see this now! The effects look fantastic and the story looks great, too! Paramount is bringing The Last Airbender to theaters everywhere starting on July 2nd this summer.
  • Full Trailer for Twilight Saga Eclipse - As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for the vampire Edward or her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black. Summit Entertainment is bringing Eclipse to theaters everywhere on Wednesday, June 30th, this summer.
  • How Europeans See America (Map) - I'm guessing that an american did this, only an american would think pizza was invented in America ;-)
  • Amazing Anamorphic Fire Illusion (video) - Lots of candles. Lots of heat. But it turned out neat!
  • Guy is Completely Wasted, Needs Flip-Flop (video) - I love how when he finally gets it on and composes himself, he stands up and immediately loses both ;-) Check it out!
  • The Lane Bryant Lingerie Commercial That ABC/Fox rejected - Who doesn't enjoy TV commercials with scantily clad ladies? Some folks at ABC and Fox, apparently. The nets rejected this spot for Lane Bryant lingerie featuring bountiful, busty beauty Ashley Graham, despite airing other undie commercials including that one from Victoria's Secret that seems to be on every show we watch lately.
  • Candace Rae in Bikini - Candace Rae is smokin' hot in skimpy red lingerie for Ralph magazine.
  • Jessica Alba is Lethally Stunning! - After taking some time off from films, Jessica Alba is back with the Robert Rodriguez action thriller Machete, coming in September. The sultry babe decorates the cover of June's Total Film magazine. We think Jessica is totally gorgeous!
  • Amazon Deals - Avatar (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (2009) (save $20) | Blu-ray up to 52% off
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,21 2010 - tech
ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview driver available - tech
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As promised ATI has updated the ATI Catalyst 10.4 preview to the ATI Catalyst 10.4a preview driver which includes the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 performance improvements for the ATI Radeon HD 4000, ATI Radeon HD 3000, and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of products.
The ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview provides resolution for the following issue:

 Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using a Windows 7 / Windows Vista based system with an:
 * ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series graphics card
 * ATI Radeon HD 4xxx series graphics card
 * ATI Radeon HD 3xxx series graphics card
 * ATI Radeon HD 2xxx series graphics card
 * The XP driver is provided only as an early look of Catalyst 10.4
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,19 2010 - tech
TechNews - GeForce GTX 480 Overclocking = 82dB - tech
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  • CPU Round-up: $100 - $200 Intel and AMD Processors Tested - In a nutshell, if you are looking to spend ~$200 on a CPU then we recommend the Core i5 750 without exception. At the half way point of $150 we recommend either the Phenom II X4 925 or the Core i3 540 depending on your needs, and as much as we like Intel’s offering here we are leaning towards the Phenom II X4. Finally, at $100 it’s all AMD and we feel the Phenom II X2 555 is the best option here.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Overclocking with Voltage Adjustment - TweakTown posted an article on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Overclocking with Voltage Adjustment. The first thing we have to say is that this isn't practical. When we say that we mean it's not practical in the sense that you cannot have the fan running at 100% when you're gaming; honestly 82dB is loud. I mean - it's really loud! ;)
  • Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung - The chaps over at HotHardware have posted a definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung. In this roundup they take a look at a total of nine 3.5-inch, SATA, 2TB hard drives, from Samsung, Seagate, and Western Digital. For the enterprise drives, the WD RE4 2TB offers the best value
  • Super Talent RAIDDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Tested - According to review, it can reach speeds of 280MB/s read and nearly 130MB/s write!
  • Benchmark Performance SSD Testing: AHCI vs IDE - Ryan and the gang at PC Perspective put together a rather informative SSD performance article that could help enthusiasts avoid making a mistake when tweaking SSD drive settings.
  • FRAPS 3.2.2. - The new version (actually from March 31) fixes problems opening movies with some applications, fixes a problem capturing stereoscopic movies at 1920x1080 and 1920x1200, and fixes occasional corruption with loop recordings
  • Infected XP owners left unpatched - According to BBC, some of the latest security updates for Windows XP will not be installed on machines infected with a rootkit virus. A rootkit is sneaky malware that buries itself deep inside the Windows operating system to avoid detection. Microsoft said it had taken the action because similar updates issued in February made machines infected with the Alureon rootkit crash endlessly. The latest updates can spot if a system is compromised by the Alureon rootkit and halt installation.
  • Microsoft Launches 'Fix It Center' - Microsoft has just launched the Fix It Center (beta), a downloadable tool combined with an online service that makes it easy solve Windows technical issues.
  • One of the first news reports about this thing called 'Internet' - This report is as old as the internet :-D Broadcast Date: Oct. 8, 1993.
  • This Is Apple's Next iPhone - It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. Gizmodo got it and disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details.
  • iPhone OS 4.0 shows social network integration - Engadget has unveiled a new look at social networking on the iPhone OS 4.0. The files were discovered on a jailbroken iPhone running the 4.0 SDK, which found native Facebook integration built into the phone. It's hard to tell exactly what the feature does, or even how it works right now, but the file system shows support for linking contacts with Facebook to your contacts on your phone. The Facebook app already allows photo syncing with contacts, but this will now be integrated into the phone.
  • HTC Incredible video walkthrough (video) - The new HTC Incredible will feature the Android 2.1 OS, HTC Sense, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB onboard memory an an 8 mega pixel camera. It will be available April 29 but can be pre-ordered starting today.
  • Incredible Teaser for Chinese Earthquake Movie 'Aftershocks' - Here's a teaser trailer for a disaster film called Aftershocks coming out of China about the devastating 1976 Tangshan Earthquake that killed over 240,000 people. The film will be released in China in July of this year, but it does not have a US release date. In fact, it doesn't even have a US distributor yet.
  • Sony bundling 4 3D games with 3DTV - Sony is really pushing 3D technology just as they did with Blu-ray. In fact, they want you to buy their new HX803-series Bravia 3DTV that is going on sale in Europe this June that they are bundling 4 free 3D PS3 games with it. Those games include WipEout HD, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Super Stardust HD and PAIN. Of course, if you don't want to buy the sure to be high priced TV you can just hop online and snag them from the PSN, for a price.
  • Gmail gets Drag and drop attachments onto messages - On The Official Gmail Blog, Google has posted two new features that have been added to their popular Gmail webmail service. Unlike many recently rolled out features, these particular ones aren't categorized as Labs. These are fully functional, hard coded features, baked right into Gmail. The new features are drag and drop attachments, and insert calendar invitation.
  • Second Featurette for Nimrod Antal's Predators - This is a reboot of the Predator series created by Jim & John Thomas and directed by John McTiernan in 1987. I'm not sure what the actual plot is, but all we need to know is that it's about a bunch of badass elite warriors who fight a bunch of predators out in the jungle. 20th Century Fox is bringing Predators to theaters worldwide on July 7th this summer.
  • Woman Falls Off Wii Fit, Becomes a Sex Addict - Yahoo has an interesting story of Amanda Flowers, 24, who fell off her Wii Fit Board the wrong way (maybe it was the right way.) She now has persistent sexual arousal syndrome.
  • Kin promo video edited after 'sexting' complaints - Microsoft has apologised via tweet after it was suspected one of the promotional videos for the recently announced Kin mobile phone series contained material encouraging 'sexting'.
  • Octobus Steals Camera and Filmmaker Chases it Down (video) - An underwater photographer was peacefully cruising along a reef when this speedy octopus snaked out an arm and grabbed his Lumix away. The cephalopod then proceeded to jet away at top speed, while filming the whole thing -- unfortunately, with more than a couple of its thumbs covering the lens.
  • Live Footage Iceland Volcano 2010 April - Hot weather & video from Iceland Volcano. Live footage.
  • Masterpieces in 3D Ad (video) - With new 3D TV technology getting better all the time, haven't you wondered what classic works of art would look...
  • Kitten Plays With iPad (video) - That cat probably got more use out of that thing that the person who bought it did ;-)
  • Bond Beauty Olga Kurylenko - Olga Kurylenko, best known for her role as Camilla Montes in the James Bond thriller 'Quantum of Solace,' posed topless for the May issue of Esquire.
  • Candice is a Bikini Babe! - The stunning Victoria's Secret Angel is also modeling for the Agua Bendita swimsuit line. Aren't you happy that it's almost summer? ;-)
  • Candice Swanepoel Gets Kinky in GQ South Africa - As you might expect, South African Superhottie Candice Swanepoel has some superhot pictures in the South African edition of GQ magazine!
  • Miranda Kerr Needs to Take Her Bikini Off - Well, it's that time again for new Miranda Kerr bikini pictures, this time for Ayyildiz Swimwear!
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,15 2010 - tech
A look through the eyes of Natal (video) - tech
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Engadget has posted a video demonstration from NextGen-News showing how Project Natal actually views people interacting with it. One interesting thing about the video is the gender recognition.

ATI Beta Drivers Fixes Bad Company 2 Load Times - tech
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ATI has released the ATI Catalyst 10.4 Hotfix, aimed at fixing long level load times in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for players with Radeon series 5 video cards. ATI warns that these drivers won't work on HD5800 Eyefinity 6 products, while ATI's Terry Makedon says on Twitter that a fix for series 4800 cards is planned for next week.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,14 2010 - tech
NVIDIA Forceware 197.45 drivers released - tech
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NVIDIA has just released new WHQL-certified ForceWare drivers (v197.45) for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs. Owners of the new GTX 400 series cards, however, still require the use of 197.41 WHQL. The latest driver gives a PhysX system software update to 9.10.0129 as well as a bunch of game-specific performance enhancements, additional SLI profiles and various bug fixes, all detailed within the release notes here (PDF).
What's New in Version 197.45
- Recommended for achieving the best performance with the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
- Added support for the new version of MotionDSPʹs video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output.
- This driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.10.0129.NVIDIA PhysX acceleration is available on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and a minimum of 32 processor cores.
- This driver package installs the HD audio driver, version
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,12 2010 - tech
TechNews - 3-D Internet Will Arrive In Five Years - tech
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  • Core i7 920 to EOL in Q2 2010 - Fudzilla reports that Intel will officially end production of the Core i7-920 during this quarter. The 920 was essentially replaced by the Core i7-930 last month. It runs at 2.8GHz with 8MB of L3 cache and 4.8 GT/sec QPI interface. Intel's list price is $294, $10 more than the Core i7-920.
  • Intel to Ship Samples of Experimental 48-core Processor - If this article is correct, sample 48-core processors will be shipped to researchers by the end of the second quarter of this year.
  • GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5830 1GB Video Card Tested -  Love it or hate it, the HD 5830 is here to stay and some may feel that it's a better option over something like a HD 5770 because ATI tend to focus on adding performance to their higher end models. With the HD 5830 falling in the HD 5800 series range, one would hope that it may see more of a performance bump than models in the HD 5700 series. The models are beginning to come in thick and fast and we've got a couple here from a few different companies. The first one we'll be looking at today comes from GIGABYTE and carries with it quite a mean looking coole
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB SATA 6Gbps HDD Tested - The VelociRaptor series is an enthusiast class product and is ideal for those PC users who don't want to jump into the SSD market right now. The new 450GB and 600GB VelociRaptors would also make for great secondary storage drives to those that have an SSD as their primary storage drive.
  • Benchmark Performance SSD Testing: AHCI vs IDE - Benchmark Reviews compared the SSD performance of AHCI and IDE. Unfortunately, benchmarking SSD speeds will only reveals how fast data can be read-from or written-to; it doesn't reveal how many pieces of data can be used in that process. More important than bandwidth speed is an SSDs operational performance, measured in IOPS. Unquestionably, the best operational IOPS performance between AHCI and IDE configurations was IDE-mode. IOPS results were always more consistent and usually much higher when the SATA controller was set to IDE-mode instead of AHCI..
  • Samsung N210 Netbook Review - PureOverclock posted a review of the Samsung N210 Netbook, which is very similar to the majority of the current netbooks on the market, based on the Intel Atom N450 processor and offering limited upgrades. While there isn't much in terms of computing power increase on the CPU, the advantage here is that lower power consumption is offered, which results in a longer battery life.
  • Early Windows 7 SP1 build leaks - The build, 6.1.7601.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053, appears to be a recent compile from March 27. Early reports, from enthusiast site GeekSmack, indicate the build is quick to install but it's not clear whether it includes the promised USB 3.0 support or enhanced Bluetooth and Wi-fi stacks.
  • 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wait for Windows 7 SP1 - In the past, waiting until a service pack was released was typically the best move when it came to Windows. Windows XP was substantially improved when Microsoft delivered the first service pack. Windows Vista enjoyed similar results when its service pack was released. But Windows 7 is a different story altogether. It doesn't have the kind of issues that XP and Vista did when they first hit store shelves. Simply put, users who are on the fence about Windows 7 shouldn't wait for Service Pack 1
  • Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas - Flash CS5 will allow for Flash developers to export their old and new animations directly into HTML5 Canvas code to paste onto their websites. This will enable users with HTML5 supported browsers to experience Flash animations without the need for Flash installed. So this will save the Flash as a method of making animations but will help kill flash as a plugin.
  • TweetUp: New search engine for tweets, Twitter - Jets acquire WR Holmes from Steelers 04.11.10 Veteran technology entrepreneur Bill Gross today is launching a new startup that hopes to make money from Twitter's unbridled stream of 600 tweets per second.
  • Intel Guru Says 3-D Internet Will Arrive In Five Years - A technology guru at Intel Corp. predict that the internet will look significantly different in five to 10 years, when much of it will be three dimensional, or 3D. Sean Koehl, a technology evangelist with Intel Labs, said technology is emerging that will one day change the way we interact with electronic devices and with each other. That could come as soon as five years from now when, he predicted, there will be realistic-looking three-dimensional applications.
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Multitasking tool bar teaser video - This is the first video found showing the iPhone OS 4.0 multitasking between applications. Check out the mini icon bar on the bottom. The ALT+TAB has arrived iPhone owners, and you only have to 'wait till the summer' to get in on the action. Shown is the 3GS developer's beta, did ya only wish you were a developer now? Along with Fast app switching, Background audio is going, VoIP, Background location, Push notifications, Local notifications, Task completion are added to the list of multitasking features.
  • iPad Components Cost $259 - Apple's (AAPL) iPad tablet computer costs as little as $259.60 to build, according to analysis by the research firm iSuppli. Materials for the iPad, which went on sale Apr. 3, include a touchscreen display that costs $95 and a $26.80 processor designed by Apple and manufactured by Samsung Electronics, according to El Segundo (Calif.)-based iSuppli.
  • Apple reveals iPhone OS 4.0 + walktrough - With the release of the iPhone OS 4.0 beta, many are keen to get their hands on a copy. Unfortunately, not everybody that wants to can do so due to a number of reasons, but thankfully, some developers are willing to provide screenshots of all the new features and additions:
  • Mitsubishi Announces 82inch Home Theater 3D TV - Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America is showcasing its 82 inch Home Theater TV, the world's largest mass production 3D-Ready1 television available. With almost four times the viewing area of a small screen 42-inch flat panel TV, the 82-inch Mitsubishi 3D-Ready Home Theater TV provides a high quality, cinema-like, large screen 3D experience.
  • Remove Scratches from a CD/DVD with Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) - Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) can be used for chapped lips, dry skin, and for getting rid of head lice; but how about making CDs and DVDs readable again? Well, it does that too. There are also other ways to do this on the Instructables website, but this guide will show you the one that I believe works best.
  • First Trailer for Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks - Paramount has finally debuted the first trailer for Austin Power director Jay Roach's new comedy Dinner for Schmucks which stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Paramount is bringing Dinner for Schmucks to theaters on July 23rd this summer.
  • The Losers Trailer - Originally a Special Forces team seconded to the CIA in the 90s, the Losers were betrayed by their handler, Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. Eager for revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list, the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests, uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic villain Max, whose influence within the CIA and US government is unparalleled. The Losers is directed by Sylvain White and will hit theaters on April 16th next weekend.
  • Teaser Trailer for Adam McKay's The Other Guys - Sony has finally debuted the first teaser trailer (that runs a full 2-1/2 minutes) for The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of misfit cops.
  • New Full-Length Trailer for Ong Bak 3 - Here's a brand new full-length trailer for Tony Jaa's Ong Bak. I guess the fact that all 3 movies are called Ong Bak is a little misleading, but understandable from a marketing standpoint. The first Onk Bak was just about a dude with crazy skills kicking people's ass in the city, while 2 and 3 seem to go the fantasy route and are not connected to the first movie whatsoever. But the name is familiar and will most likely attract an audience...What do you think?
  • Octopus vs. Sea Lion - First Ever Video - New National Geographic Crittercam footage shows never before seen eating habits of the Australian sea lion - including video of a sea lion hunting a large octopus. The footage is from a project intended to help save the endangered sea lions, in part by uncovering where and how the animals eat.
  • Will It Blend? Watch iPad Meet a Blender!! (video) - What happens when you put an iPad in a blender...? :P
  • This Happens To Me Every F*king Single Day (pic) - Some days, it happens two or three times. I bet that you and most of your friends and family find themselves in the same situation too ;)
  • New York destroyed by throngs of 8-bit creatures! (video) - check it out!
  • Sexy photos of Danielle Lloyd - British glamour model Danielle Lloyd looks like an old-fashioned pinup girl in these sexy shots from the Freemans Lingerie catalog for Spring/Summer 2010.
  • Amazing Sophie Monk Bikini Pictures From Ralph Magazine - I didn't expect new Sophie Monk bikini pictures so soon, but here she is on the cover of the April issue of Australia's Ralph magazine!
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,05 2010 - tech
Metro 2033 DirectX 11 Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
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The chaps over at HardOCP have posted their Metro 2033 DirectX 11 Gameplay Performance and IQ evaluation. They compared the GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 to the Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850. They also have detailed apples-to-apples testing and image quality screenshots.
In Metro 2033, DirectX 11 has a real impact on gameplay. Thanks to hardware Tessellation, the characters look great, and it is more easily noticeable than the lack of benefits we saw with Aliens vs. Predator. However, it still isn’t perfect, and we think a lot of gamers will still be hard pressed to tell differences during fast gameplay action. The effects are more noticeable than AvP, but Tessellation is still very much a subtle visual effect in this game since it is limited to just one object, characters. We still haven’t been "Wowed" by Tesellation in any game yet. Thankfully, in terms of performance, Tessellation is not overly degrading to performance. There is a hit, but it isn’t huge.

Advanced Depth of Field on the other hand is the exact opposite on the performance front. We feel that Advanced Depth of Field looks absolutely fantastic, but for the performance hit it takes, we expected a lot more. In many cases, Advanced DoF cut our framerate in half, and the graphical payoff was simply not there on a lot of closer objects. We would definitely recommend enabling Tessellation if your hardware supports it, but leave Advanced DoF turned off. By disabling Advanced DoF you will be able to increase other in-game settings that will affect the gameplay experience more.

We were somewhat underwhelmed by DX11’s graphical contribution to Aliens vs. Predator, but we certainly appreciated the performance boost we got with the new API’s performance optimizations. In Metro 2033, we experienced slightly diminished performance compared to DX9 when running in DX10 and DX11, and this was consistent on both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. However, we did find that on AMD GPUs, enabling DX11 provided higher framerates than DX10. On the NVIDIA side, we saw narrow scaling between APIs, indicating possibly better optimizations there. As time progresses, perhaps AMD will better optimize performance in this game with future driver updates.

Metro 2033 is a competent survival shooter with some stout hardware requirements. With all of the high-end graphics features enabled, you will need a seriously powerful video card to play at a high resolution. The Radeon HD 5870 can do it right now, and when NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 hit the shelves those cards will be better equipped for Metro 2033. Perhaps unsurprisingly, NVIDIA’s new DirectX 11 GPUs will give you the best performance and gameplay experience in Metro 2033.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,03 2010 - tech
TechNews- Cooking an Egg On The GeForce GTX 480 - tech
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  • Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series 3rd Party Quotes (video) - Compilation of quotes from software vendors for the Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series.
  • Cooking an Egg On The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Video Card - Some guys tried to cook up an egg on the heatsink of the GeForce GTX 480 video card during some benchmarking!
  • Nvidia demos IE9 advantages with ION - In the video, Chris Pedersen of Nvidia compares an old netbook with just an Intel Atom to a newer Asus EEPC 1201PN that features ION. He runs three different test suites for the comparison: map zooming, flying 3D images, and SVG animation.
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3 Final - Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3 Final has been released. Firefox 3.6.3 fixes a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution
  • Hacker Finds a Way to Exploit PDF Files, Without Vulnerability - A security researcher has managed to create a proof-of-concept PDF file that executes an embedded executable without exploiting any security vulnerabilities.
  • The $900 iPad app - EP Visual Design, a Pennsylvania-based software development firm, is now offering a $900 app in the App Store for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Targeted toward corporate and government customers, SiteCloner Publisher enables its customers to build apps that can publish content to end users through HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP connections. The app also features local storage for offline viewing, user permissions, customizable user interfaces, compare and download, error checking, and download restarts. Sounds great, but is it really worth $900?
  • The iPad Arrives: The Wait is Over - Apple rolled out the iPad Thursday to cheers on Twitter from many early adopters and by Apple Store employees greeting customers who waited for hours to drop at least $500 each for Apple's 'magical' tablet that does a lot of things and not a lot of others but can't quite be fully defined yet. At the flagship 5th Avenue store in Manhattan - across the street from the storied Plaza Hotel and down the block from Tiffany's and other high-end stores who could only envy the business Apple was doing - hundreds of people were already waiting at 8 am for a 9 am opening.
  • Microsoft's iPad Killer? - Engadget has posted some details on the un-announced Microsoft Courier, a digital journal designed to compete with the iPad.
  • Windows Phone 7 Series ported to HTC HD2? (video) - A developer over at htcpedia seems to have successfully ported Microsoft's upcoming mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 Series, to the HTC HD2. The developer, who goes by "tom_codon", credits a Russian team for the successful port and has provided several screenshots of it running on the device.
  • T-Shirt With E-Mail Notification (video) - Here's a t-shirt that displays how much unread e-mail you have!
  • Why 3D TV is Just a Pointless Gimmick - While I may not agree with everything this guy says, you have to agree with his point that there is nothing new about 3D movies.
  • First Official Trailer for Vincenzo Natali's Splice! - Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for Vincenzo Natali's Splice starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a dangerous new organism. Warner Bros is bringing Splice to theaters, in wide release, starting on June 4th this summer.
  • Creepy Official UK Red Band Trailer for [Rec] 2 - IGN has debuted a brand new official red band trailer for [Rec] 2, the Spanish sequel to the original horror film [Rec] from a few years back. The movie doesn't have a US distributor yet.
  • Red Band Trailer for Romero's Survival of the Dead - This second, new trailer for George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead is a vast improvement over the first trailer (also red band) that arrived earlier this month. This one is edited together much better and includes some of the best zombie kills from the film.
  • First Iron Man 2 TV Spot from Kids' Choice Awards - Paramount has recently debuted the first TV spot for Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 tonight during the Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon.
  • Second Brand New Trailer for Fox's The A-Team - As badass as that first trailer was, this one is even better. 20th Century Fox is bringing The A-Team to theaters everywhere on June 11th this summer.
  • Intense Full-Length Theatrical Trailer for Angelina Jolie's Salt - Gorgeous Angelina Jolie kicks some major ass in this trailer from her upcoming summer blockbuster 'Salt'. Angie plays a CIA agent on the lam after being called a Russian spy. Hey, this is Angelina Jolie is there anything she doesn't look good doing? Sony is bringing Salt to theaters everywhere on July 23rd this summer. So who's in?
  • Stargate Universe Season 1 Episode 11:Watch Space Online S01E11 - Stargate Universe Season 1 Episode 11:Watch Space Online S01E11 - Stargate Universe Season 1, Episode 11 called 'Space' directed by Andy Mikita and written by Joseph Mallozzi aired last night on Syfy.After a very long winter break ,Stargate Universe is back with a boat load of drama.
  • Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans - Thoughts? - Louis Leterrier's new Clash of the Titans remake hits theaters this weekend. But is it any good? How does it compare to the original? Do the effects look better in contrast to Ray Harryhausen's work? How is the story? How are the characters and performances, including Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton? If you've seen it, leave a comment...
  • Kelly Brook Lingerie Pictures from Ultimo - Kelly Brook is the new 'face' of Ultimo lingerie in the UK, but I'd say she's more like the new body. And what a body!
  • Jennifer Aniston looks amazing! - Jennifer Aniston appears on the cover of the new Harper's Bazaar UK and says, 'Look, I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to.'
  • Alessandra Ambrosio Goes Ass Up for Victoria's Secret - Is Alessandra Ambrosio planning a birthday party for her little girl? Actually, she's posing for Victoria's Secret, but who would turn down the invitation to party with Alessandra? ;-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,02 2010 - tech
GeForce GTX 480 Real World Temperatures & Sound - tech
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For those of you that haven't HardOCP's GeForce GTX 480 real world temperatures and sound article yet, I suggest you to watch the video at least:

Using the GTX 480 in an SLI configuration is going to supply awesome gaming performance. Along with that performance you are going to get a LOT of heat and a lot of noise. There are just no two ways about it. GTX 480 SLI is hot and loud. Without the air conditioning on in my house it raised my office temperature by over 10F overnight while leaving a 3D game running. I can hear the GTX 480 SLI downstairs from my office. I can close the door to my office and hear it running. It makes a lot loud sound. It however is not terribly annoying. The sound during normal usage is not so shrill that it is terribly annoying, but you will hear it. If you however have a high ambient temperature in your house or are putting two GTX 480 into a chassis that has an in-case ambient temperature above 95F or so; be prepared to hear some real racket. Even with the SLI set up well ventilated, I could still hear the system with my headphones on. Sitting 4 feet away, 480 SLI is going to pump out 55dB under load; and that is a best case scenario, unless you live in Alaska.
Sharp details new 3D screens for mobile devices - tech
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Adding more depth to the already eye-popping rumor that the Nintendo 3DS will use Sharp's parallax barrier LCD screen, Sharp today detailed its latest 3D, no-glasses-required screen for mobile devices The announcement also confirms that the screen can switch between 2D and 3D modes, and that the non-touchscreen iteration of it will go into production in 'the first half of fiscal 2010 [beginning April 1].' Presumably we could see the touchscreen version going into full production soon afterward, and a new Nintendo handheld on retail shelves by this holiday. In addition, Akihabara News went eyes-on with the display and came away impressed with the colors and brightness. Better yet, it says, "Sharp succeed to do what Sony and Panasonic does with 3D Glasses!" Well, that sounds hopeful.
Sharp's latest 3D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch screen held one foot from the viewer's face. Sharp demonstrated liquid crystal screens Friday for mobile devices that showed 3D animation, touch-panel screens that switched from one 3D photo to another and a display connected to a 3D video camera.

The drawback until now has been the need for special glasses, which show different images to the right eye and the left eye. Sharp's 3D technology doesn't require them because the displays are designed to shoot different images to each eye. The technology may be applied to TVs in the future, said Executive Managing Officer Yoshisuke Hasegawa. But he acknowledged it now works better when the distance between the viewer and the screen is fixed. The smaller displays, shown Friday, are intended for mobile devices such as cellphones, game machines and digital cameras. The 3D animation on the handheld screen looked like a miniature version of the 3-D animation we are used to seeing on larger TV screens, though images were less convincing than those seen in a darkened cinema. Photos on the touch screen were less clear and even a bit blurry from certain angles, though Sharp said its latest technology does away with such "ghosting" effects. Still, the system promises gaming and technology fans the potential for pop-up e-mail messages and taking 3D photos of friends.

The technology is likely to show up in the next DSi portable game machine, which Nintendo says will be 3D. Sharp refused to confirm the names of companies it was supplying. Sharp expects 3D to replace two-dimensional displays the same way color replaced black-and-white in movies and television. "The arrival of mobile 3D is just around the corner," Hasegawa told reporters. Sharp tried to sell 3D products in the past but failed, largely because of poor image quality. This time, the Osaka-based company has made breakthroughs for displays that are twice as bright and clear as existing 3D displays. The displays can continue to show 3D images when they are turned to the side, a key feature for smartphones, according to Sharp. Mass production of the 3D LCDs is set to start in the first half of fiscal 2010, which began April 1, it said.